Ship of the Week

Friday, 23 March 2018 10:27

Mar 23 - Asterix

After successfully completing sea trials, the Royal Canadian Navy’s new Resolve-class naval support ship M.V. Asterix sailed from Quebec City in December 2017 for her home port of Halifax where she was formally commissioned on January 30 this year. Built in 2010 as a container ship, Asterix carried the names Amorito, Neermoor and Cynthia  in the five years prior to being purchased by Federal Fleet Services in 2015 under the Canadian Government’s “Project Resolve”. She is the first new naval support ship to enter service with the Royal Canadian Navy in 50 years, the first large naval platform to be delivered from a Canadian shipyard in over 20 years and the first naval vessel to be delivered since the launch of the National Shipbuilding Strategy. The contract to convert the vessel was awarded to Chantier Davie Shipyards under a controversial non-competitive contract after Davie was excluded from the original National Shipbuilding and Procurement Strategy on account of being in receivership at that time. Built by Nordic Shipyards, Wismar, Germany in 2010Converted by Chantier Davie Shipyards, Quebec (2015-17)LOA 185.5mBeam 25.2mService speed 22knotsHelicopters: 2 x Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclones or 2 × Boeing CH-47F ChinooksClass: Lloyds Register    The conversion of Asterix from an…
Friday, 16 March 2018 10:30

Mar 16 - Pacific Oak

  Anchored in Burrard Inlet on the direct route between Seabus Terminals last weekend and earlier this week was the Japanese owned Capesize bulk carrier Pacific Oak. That she was anchored in the inner harbour for an extended period continues to highlight the acute shortage of Capesize anchorage capacity. Pacific Oak was waiting for cargo readiness to load coal at Westshore’s Roberts Bank Terminal and I caught the above picture while on the Seabus heading over to the HSBC Canada Sevens rugby tournament for one of the best weekends of the year for entertainment in Vancouver.  Built by  JMU Ariake Shipyard, Kumamoto, Japan in 2005Owned and operated by Hokuku Marine, Tsukumi, JapanLOA 299.95mBeam 50.0mGRT 101,933 tonsDWT 203,212 MT     After a downturn in 2016, coal exports through the Port of Vancouver staged a recovery in 2017 with an overall increase of around 11% to 36.8 million tons through the Westshore and Neptune Terminals. British Columbia’s third export coal outlet, Ridley Terminals in Prince Rupert, saw coal shipments begin to recover at 7.6 million tonnes, a 90% increase over 2016 volumes. While there are countries that have seen a decline in consumption, coal still makes up 29% of global primary…
Friday, 09 March 2018 10:17

Mar 9 - Girolando Express

  Jointly named at a ceremony held in February 2014 with her sister vessel Gelbray Express, Girolando Express is the fourth in a series of “next generation” livestock carriers to be built in China for the Vroon Group of the Netherlands. The new vessels are fitted with animal-welfare facilities including capacity for 90 air-changes per hour, thereby exceeding even demanding Australian (AMSA) regulations. It will be noted that she also incorporates a revival of the battleship bow design that today’s generation of naval architects have identified as achieving reduced fuel consumption and improved sea going performance. The vessel has a cruising range of 18,000 nautical miles. Built by COSCO Shipyard Group, Guangdong, PRCOwned and operated by Vroon B.V., The NetherlandsDelivered in 2014LOA 134.8mBeam 19.6mGRT 10,421 tonsDWT 5,488 MTLivestock pen area 4,500 sqmService speed 16.75 knots (maximum 18 knots)Flag: Singapore      With Australia being the leading exporter of livestock, AMSA has taken the lead in laying down standards of carriage in that country’s Navigation Act of 2012. The Act details such issues as restrictions on carriage, structure and protection standards; means of livestock and personnel access; the strength, design and capacity of pens; mandatory equipment for care onboard including a…
Friday, 02 March 2018 11:46

Mar 2 - Seabed Constructor

Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, a Boeing 777-200ER, took off from Kuala Lumpur on March 8th 2014 with 239 people on board heading for Beijing. Unnoticed until many hours later, the plane abruptly altered course over the South China Sea and broke off radio contact. It was last detected by radar near the northern tip of Sumatra, heading west-north-west into the open ocean. Subsequent connections to a communications satellite suggested that it crashed somewhere along an arc 1,500km west of Australia. The search that followed was the largest in aviation history. It was mounted by Fugro, a Dutch firm, and paid for jointly by the Malaysian, Chinese and Australian governments. Over the course of three years Fugro scanned 120,000 square kilometres of seabed. but detected no trace of the aircraft. Under a new initiative, Malaysia has chartered Ocean Infinity’s Seabed Constructor to search for the wreckage on  a “no find - no fee” basis during the traditionally moderate weather conditions from January to March in the southern ocean. Using eight autonomous submarines, the plan is the scan 1,200 square kilometres of seabed per day. Owned and operated by Swire Seabed, Bergen, NorwayChartered to Ocean Infinity, Houston, TexasLOA 115.4mBeam 22mGRT 7,883 tonsDWT…
Friday, 23 February 2018 12:04

Feb 23 - Star Endeavour 1

  Seen here departing Portsmouth in the UK is the multipurpose container/breakbulk reefer ship Star Endeavour 1 owned by Siem Shipping. Portsmouth has evolved into one of the UK’s largest fruit-handling ports, with fruit imports from the Caribbean, Central and South America, Morocco, South Africa, New Zealand and the eastern Mediterranean. The port claims to handle about 70% of the bananas eaten in the UK.  Built by Shikoku Dockyard, Takamatsu, JapanOwned by Grace Ocean, SingaporeOperated by Philsynergy Maritime, Manila, PhilippinesDelivered in 2010LOA 163mBeam 26mGRT 14,022 tonsDWT 12,967 MTClass NKFlag Singapore    The history of STAR Reefers dates back to the mid 1990’s when Blue Star Line, owned by the Vestey family, was sold to P&O Nedlloyd. The Vestey family’s Albion Reefers subsidiary went on to merge with Hamburg Sud to form Star Reefers however, a reefer market collapse in 2000/01 resulted in the Anglo-Norwegian financial group Siem Industries Inc. stepping in to save the company with a restructured business strategy. The name of the listed parent company was changed from STAR Reefers Inc. to Siem Shipping Inc. in 2012 in recognition of Siem’s broader shipping interests including Siem Car Carriers and Siem Offshore. The company is listed on the Oslo…
Friday, 16 February 2018 10:04

Feb 16 - Ireland

  M.V. Ireland is a dedicated cement carrier built for the joint venture JT cement, in which Erik Thun AB cooperates with KG Jebsen Cement of Bergen, Norway. The vessel and her sister M.V. Greenland are among the first ever dry cargo vessels with an LNG fuelled propulsion system which includes a unique design incorporating a pressurised LNG tank positioned in the fore-part of the vessel. Built by Ferus Smit Shipyard, Westerbroek, The NetherlandsOwned KGJ CementOperated by MF Shipping GroupDelivered in 2016LOA 109.7mBeam 15mGRT 4284 tonsDWT 7300 MTMain engine WartsilaFlag Norwegian International Register     KGJ Cement owns and operates a large fleet of pneumatic cement carriers, and is the largest independent cement carrier owner in the world. A spectacular video of the vessel’s launch can be found at As with most dedicated cement carriers, discharging is undertaken pneumatically via one or two hoses between the vessel and reception facilities. The cargo is pumped out by compressed air which is supplied by the vessel’s integrated cargo handling equipment. Conversely, loading can be performed either pneumatically or by gravity with dust emissions being eliminated by on board dust collectors. In addition to cement, the vessel can carry commodities such as fly…
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