Friday, 23 June 2017 11:09

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Seen here loading potash at Neptune Terminal Berth 3 in North Vancouver is the recently built Supramax bulk carrier Ultra Innovation.

Delivered in 2016 by
Owned by Shoei Kisen Kaisha
Chartered by Ultrabulk A/S, Copenhagen, Denmark
LOA 199.98m
Beam 32.2m
DWT 61.188 MT

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hit the headlines last month when, following issuance of a court order, she was detained in the Panama Canal when carrying a Moroccan phosphate shipment for Canada’s Agrium from the disputed territory of Western Sahara after the Polisario independence movement claimed the cargo had been transported illegally. She is second bulk carrier to suffer a delay in the Panama Canal related to this geo-political dispute The status of Western Sahara has been in dispute since 1975 when Morocco laid claim to the territory. The two sides have been locked in armed struggle and a diplomatic stand-off ever since and repeated U.N. negotiations have failed to reach a deal.

Ultrabulk A/S is wholly owned by Ultranav, which is the ship owning and operating arm of the Ultramar Group of Chile – a well known name that anyone who has traded to that part of the world will recognize instantly. The original company which was founded in by Captain Albert von Appen in 1952 was entirely focused on ship agency and service companies but lift off soon came after Captain von Appen’s sons Sven and Wolf joined the company. Expansion into the world of tugs, terminals and off-shore supply vessels, not only in Chile but throughout Latin America, ensued. Today the company is further diversified into mining, energy, oil and gas under the leadership of Mr. Dag von Appen and  Mr. Richard von Appen. So far as shipping is concerned, the company’s scope extends to containers, gas, checmicals and dry bulk cargo in the form of Ultrabulk.

In 2010, the company acquired a majority shareholding in Eitzen Bulk A/S, a holding which it increased in 2010 to become sole owner. Today, the company operates a fleet of modern tonnage in the Panamax, Supramax and Handy-size sectors serviced by company headquarters in Copenhagen and branch offices in offices in Hamburg, Santiago, Rio de Janeiro, New York, Hong Kong and Singapore. A new office has been opened this year in Cape Town. The company motto is “A Partner you can trust”.

Port of Vancouver potash export shipments were 8 million tonnes in 2016, an 8% decline on 2015 due to tough market conditions.

Ship of the Week contributed by Captain Stephen Brown, West Pacific Marine Ltd.

Friday, 16 June 2017 11:54

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While it is a distant problem to most Canadians, a new wave of refugees and illegal immigrants from North Africa and the Middle East is challenging the countries of southern Europe again this summer. This involves hundreds and sometimes thousands of people being rescued from the Mediterranean each week including many children. One such mission last month involved the Medecins San Frontieres chartered offshore supply vessel Vos Prudence which in a single operation rescued 1,449 migrants from 12 different boats and delivered them to Naples after being forced to sail for an extra two days following refusal of a request to land them in Sicily due to heightened security surrounding the G7 summit.  Among the refugees rescued were 207 women, 22 of them pregnant, and more than 140 children, the youngest being just a week old.

Built by Fujian Southeast Shipyard, Fuzhou, PRC and delivered in 2013
Owned and managed by Vroon Offshore Services
Registered in Ancona, Italy
LOA 75m
Beam 17m
GRT 2948 tons
DWT 3324 MT

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Since the beginning of 2017 there has been a steady increase in the number of those who have lost their lives while trying to reach Europe by sea, not having any safe or legal methods by which to do so. Despite the risks, desperate people are rolling the dice, the mortality rate being 0.37% in 2015. However, in the first 5 months of 2017 this has risen to 2.3% compared to 1.2% in the same period of 2016.

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Founded in 1971 by a small group of French doctors and journalists, Medecins San Frontieres (MSF) also known as Doctors Without Borders, is an international humanitarian NGO widely known for its work in the many war-torn, disease ridden and famine affected regions of the world. The organization is supported by some 30,000 volunteer personnel comprising doctors, nurses and other medical professionals, logistical experts, water and sanitation engineers and administrators spread across roughly 70 countries. Private donors provide about 90% of the organization's funding, while corporate donations make up the rest, giving MSF an annual budget of approximately US$1.6 billion.

The organization emphasizes "independence and impartiality," and explicitly precludes political, economic, or religious factors in its decision making. For these reasons, it limits the amount of funding received from governments or intergovernmental organizations.

Founded in 1890, Vroon B.V. is headquartered in Breda, The Netherlands, and employs some 4,000 people globally including the manning of a diverse fleet of approximately 200 vessels. The company operates through a number of subsidiaries in the sectors of offshore-support vessels, offshore installation, maintenance and engineering services, dry-cargo vessels, container vessels, product & chemical tankers, asphalt & bitumen tankers, car carriers, livestock carriers and ship management services.

Ship of the Week contributed by Captain Stephen Brown, West Pacific Marine Ltd.


Thursday, 08 June 2017 16:15

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Seen here as the first vessel of the combined fleets of Gearbulk Shipping and Grieg Star Shipping to be painted in the new G2 Ocean livery is the Fleximax Eco designated vessel Lawin Arrow. In October 2016 it was announced that the two long time competitors would form a joint venture to operate their combined fleet of open hatch, semi open hatch and conventional bulk vessels. In early 2017, it was announced that the name chosen for the joint venture would be G2 Ocean, thereby retaining the “G” from the two owners. Now up and running, G2 Ocean is owned 65% by Gearbulk and 35% by Grieg Star. The total number of vessels operated by G2 Ocean is over 130, supported by a network of offices on every continent.


Delivered in 2014 by Oshima Shipbuilding Co. Ltd, Saikai, Japan
Owned by Gearbulk Shipping
Operated by G2 Ocean, Bergen, Norway
LOA 200m
Beam 32m
GRT 37,150 tons
DWT 62,841 MT
Registered in Bahamas
Sister vessels: Avocet, Misago and Osprey Arrow


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In the four years following delivery of the first of Gearbulk’s Fleximax II vessels, the cumulative impact of several design improvements have provided Lawin Arrow and her three sister vessels with a 13% reduction in fuel consumption at full speed. The design improvements focus on the following areas:

  • An advanced  anti-fouling, low friction, underwater paint system
  • Two devices ahead of the propeller - flipper fins and a pre-swirl stator which together improve the flow of water into the propeller and hence its efficiency
  • An improved rudder design which reduces the energy losses in the water after it has passed through the propeller
  • The elimination of a bow thruster and tunnel which in turn reduces water turbulence and resistance

The combination of these external efficiency improvements enabled a smaller electronically controlled main engine to be fitted to further reduce fuel consumption. The company has estimated that assuming the four Flex II Eco sister vessels operate at full speed at sea for 250 days per year, then the combined reductions in CO2 emissions is equivalent to taking 7,500 cars off the road. As a consequence of these efforts, Lawin Arrow was awarded the Rightship GHG Emissions A grade rating. In the company’s advance on-line literature, one of the world’s largest open hatch gantry carriers, Tenca Arrow (above right) is also simulated in the new colours.

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With final regulatory approvals now in place, the G2 Ocean Board of Directors is composed of five members, three appointed by Gearbulk and 2 appointed by Grieg Star. Chair of the Board is Mr. Hans Petter (above left) with Ms. Elisabeth Grieg of Grieg Star (above centre left) assuming the role of Vice Chair. The Chief Executive Officer is Mr. Rune Birkeland (above centre right) nominated by Grieg Star, and the Chief Commercial Officer is Mr. Arthur English (far right) nominated by Gearbulk. The two parties have retained independent technical ship management and ownership in their respective fleets and the scope of the joint venture excludes activities and vessels operated by Gearbulk in association with other third parties, as well as terminal businesses, transshipment activities, the operation of liquid pitch tankers and caustic bulk vessels. For Grieg Star, their Squamish terminal remains outside the scope of the new company.

Grieg Star Shipping, part of the Grieg Group whose business history goes back to 1884, has been in shipping since 1961 and comes to the joint venture with some 45 owned and chartered open hatch, semi open hatch and conventional bulk vessels. Formed in Since 1968, Gearbulk Shipping brings between 85 and 90 open hatch and conventional bulk vessels to the new venture.

See the G2 Ocean video


Ship of the Week contributed by Captain Stephen Brown, West Pacific Marine Ltd.


Friday, 02 June 2017 10:27

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The Panama Canal expansion Project has for several years resulted in US East Coast container ports licking their lips at the prospect of larger container ships bringing traditional west coast cargo volumes closer to the ultimate major consumers in the Eastern United States. The first neo-Panamax container ship eventually transited the expanded Canal in June 2016 and despite intense competition from the Suez Canal, the number of larger container vessels now taking advantage of the Panama Canal to access the East Coast is expanding. Earlier this month the 13,092 TEU capacity COSCO Development, called at the ports of Virginia, Savannah and Charleston in that sequence.

Built by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), Ulsan, South Korea in 2011
Owned and managed by Seaspan Shipmanagement Ltd. Vancouver
LOA 366m
Beam 48.2m
GRT 141,823 tons
DWT 140,609 MT
Capacity 13,092 TEU
Registered in Hong Kong

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Up until last week's transit of the OOCL France with 116 more TEUs, the COSCO Development was the largest vessel to utilize the expanded canal in connecting Asia with the US East Coast. The Panama Canal reported in April that it had already welcomed its 1,000th Neo-Panamax vessel through the waterway. The container sector accounts for nearly half the transits through the expanded canal and represents its principal source of both traffic and revenue. It is estimated that 53% of container vessel cargo transiting the waterway does so now using the expanded canal. LNG carriers also began using the expanded canal in July 2016 with the volume of these vessels now up to five per week. We also have to mention the Vancouver based Disney Wonder for the Alaska cruise season which at the end of April became the first large cruise ship to use the expanded canal’s new locks.

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COSCO Development, seen above entering the port of Savannah, is operating on the Ocean Alliance South Atlantic Express service which connects the East Coast ports with Hong Kong, Yantian, Ningbo and Shanghai. Ocean Alliance members are China COSCO Shipping, Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL), CMA CGM and Evergreen Line.

As the first port of discharge, COSCO Development was taking full advantage of the Port of Virginia’s $670 million investment in a 15.2m navigation channel which equals the new maximum draft of the expanded Panama Canal. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Fiscal Year 17 Work Plan includes funding for harbor improvement (dredging) projects at the Ports of Charleston ($17.5m), Jacksonville (17.5m) and Savannah ($42.7m). Charleston will also benefit from $300m in state funding. Overall, it is estimated that approximately $4.6 billion is needed at East and Gulf coast ports to remedy pinch points in harbor infrastructure.

Ship of the Week contributed by Captain Stephen Brown, West Pacific Marine Ltd.

Friday, 26 May 2017 11:13

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This weekend is arguably the marketing opportunity of the year for designers and manufacturers of luxury yachts as the rich and famous gather in Monaco for the latest stage of the Formula 1 Grand Prix. A stroll around Monaco’s picturesque inner harbour in the past few days would hardly fail to impress anyone with an interest in the ultra luxury side of our industry – yours to rent for a mere US$100,000 and upwards per night. Closer to home, I couldn’t help but notice this week a stand out of its own sitting quietly in Coal Harbour Marina, namely the Expedition Super Yacht Triton.

Designed and built by Triton Marine, Seattle in 2004
LOA 49.7m
Beam 9.7m
Draft 2.8m
Powered by Twin Caterpillar 3508 engines with twin screws
Accommodation for 12 guests
Cruising speed 16 knots

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Triton’s American owners use her for worldwide cruising, deep-sea fishing and reef diving, a typical example being above left where she is anchored off the island of Kemmunett, Malta. She has spent a number of summers in the Mediterranean and even cruised through the Suez canal to Saudi Arabia and the Seychelles to spend the winter. However, she is no stranger to ice as demonstrated by the picture centre above centre during a cruise to Alaska.

Building on years of experience in composite construction, the designers harnessed advanced hull laminate and carbon fibre materials to ensure Triton’s high level of strength and durability. At the same time, minimal vibration was ensured by soft mounting the main engines and all interior spaces are literally “floating”. With four decks of living and entertaining areas, Triton features a full width master stateroom forward on the main deck with sitting room, library and an office with a video editing station intended to allows guests to edit the day's video footage. Additional features include a large walk in refrigerator to cool the wine, a large gym to work off the calories and televisions that flip down from the ceiling to keep an eye on your favourite news and sports channels, not to mention an underwater camera in the bulbous bow and underwater lights at the stern. Just in case you are exhausted after a day’s cruising, an elevator connects guests between the lower deck to the upper flying bridge which also features a hot-tub.

For those who appreciate more active and technical entertainment, Triton is equipped with a sophisticated dive compressor with Nitrox and Tri-Mix capability and a dive platform at the transom for ease of entry and exit from the water. A Simrad state-of-the-art sonar and bottom-mapping system photographs the ocean bottom beneath the yacht and stores the information as 3-D maps ideal for pinpointing wrecks or reefs for diving. On the main deck, two 24-foot tenders can be launched using overhead gantry cranes while the upper deck is equipped with an additional 6000 lb capacity knuckle-boom crane to lift tenders or load heavy items onboard in port, as well as the customary helicopter landing pad. 

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The pictures above provide a taste of Grand Prix week in Monaco. Smaller cruise ships can enter the inner harbour to nestle in with the super yachts while larger cruise ships anchor off-shore and use their tenders to ferry their guests ashore. First held in 1929, the Monaco Grand Prix is one of the few street races on the Grand Prix circuit and incorporates several  elevation changes and tight corners as well as a tunnel, making it one of the most demanding tracks in Formula One. The late Ayrton Senna of Brazil took the chequered flag at Monaco an amazing six times during his 10 years of Formula One racing. He sadly lost his life at the age of 34 on 1 May 1994, as a result of crashing into a concrete barrier while he was leading the San Marino Grand Prix in Italy.

Ship of the Week contributed by Captain Stephen Brown, West Pacific Marine Ltd.

Friday, 19 May 2017 11:34

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The latest vessel to join the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, the civilian arm of the UK’s Royal Navy, is the fleet replenishment vessel RFA Tidespring, designated A136. After a ten-month construction delay, the UK Ministry of Defence accepted this, the first of four Tide-class tankers, from the South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) on January 12, 2017. Several technical issues, including wiring and electrical design, were said to have resulted in the delay to acceptance of the vessel. These vessels are intended to provide fuel, food, fresh water, ammunition and other supplies to Royal Navy and allied vessels around the globe. Norway has ordered a slightly larger design at the same yard with a 48 bed hospital and greater solid stores capacity while Australia is to build a series of similar vessels, also at DSME.

Built by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, Okpo, South Korea
Owned and operated by the UK Government (Royal Fleet Auxiliary)
Keel laid June 2014
LOA 200.9m
Beam 28.6m
GRT 29,324 tons
DWT 21,750 MT
Speed: maximum 28.6 knots, cruising 17.6 knots
Range: 18,200 nautical miles
Flight deck & hanger capacity for mid-range Merlin class helicopter but strengthened for Chinook class
Crew 63 plus provision to embark up to 46 flight and combat personnel
Sister ships under construction: RFA Tiderace, RFA Tidesurge, RFA Tideforce
Cost GBP 452 million for four vessels

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The order for the new vessels was originally placed with DSME in February 2012 at a cost of £452 million, of which £150m would be spent on final fitting out in the UK. The construction of naval supply ships in South Korea generated controversy in the UK, but no British naval yards had tendered for the order as they were fully occupied with the construction of modules related to the new aircraft carriers, HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales.  The picture below left shows tank testing of replenishment operations using models of the new aircraft carriers with the new Tidespring class replenishment vessels.

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The last vessel to carry the Tidespring name (picture above right) served the Royal Fleet Auxiliary for 30 years from 1962 until 1992 and saw action in the UK’s Aden Withdrawal (1967-68), also Monrovia (1990). Most notably however, in 1982, she found herself assigned to the naval task force sent to the South Atlantic to liberate the Falkland Islands following the surprise Argentine invasion of that year. Those actions helped the Tidespring name to earn its first battle honour. The board carrying the honour, along with the original ship’s badge, were kept safe when the original Tidespring was paid off in the early 1990s and were shipped to South Korea to enjoy pride of place on the new ship.

Canada is also to build new fleet supply vessels known as the Queenston Class. The vessels will be constructed at the Seaspan Marine North Vancouver Shipyard under the National Shipbuilding and Procurement Strategy. It was announced in 2013 that ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems Berlin Class replenishment ship (picture above right) would be the basis for the design of the new vessels. The first of class, HMCS Queenston, is scheduled for an early 2021 delivery, and is expected to be operational later that year. HMCS Châteauguay is expected to follow in 2022.

Ship of the Week contributed by Captain Stephen Brown, West Pacific Marine Ltd.

Friday, 12 May 2017 11:19

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There was only one contender for Ship of the Week this week – the magnificent Japanese four-masted tall ship Kaiwo Maru which, after a short visit to Burrard Inlet, spent last weekend at Garry Point Park in Steveston. Kaiwo Maru was built to replace a 1930’s built sailing training ship of the same name which translates directly to “King of the Sea”. The vessel made her voyage across the Pacific to participate in Richmond’s Ships to Shore King of the Sea Festival and to mark Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations.

Built by Sumitomo Heavy Industries, Uraga Shipyard, Yokohama
Laid down in July 1988 and completed in September 1989
Operated by the Japan National institute for Sea Training
LOA 110.1m
Beam 13.8m
Height of main mast 43.5m
GRT 2,556 tons
Propulsion 2 x diesel engines, total HP 3,000, giving 13 knots
Complement 199 

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In 2004, Kaiwo Maru was heavily damaged while sheltering from a typhoon outside the port of Fushiki in the Bay of
Toyama, Japan. She dragged anchor and grounded on a breakwater, sustaining severe damage.  Her crew of young cadets were evacuated by bravely climbing along ropes stretched between the vessel and the breakwater. Many were injured but miraculously none were lost. The vessel itself was salvaged and returned to her builders for extensive repairs.

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regularly participates in international tall ship festivals and In 2010, visited San Francisco to commemorate the 1860 voyage of the Kanrin Maru, the first Japanese ship to officially visit the United States. Onboard was a significant passenger, a retired businessman descended from one of the original Kanrin Maru crew members. Then in March 2011, Kaiwo Maru was on a voyage from Japan to Honolulu when the famous tsunami of that year hit the coast of Fukushima, Japan, sparking a nuclear emergency. She was diverted to Fukushima where she served as accommodation for workers tackling the crisis. 

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Not to be completely out-done, the North Shore last weekend hosted the 1968 built A.R.C. Gloria, the flagship of the Colombian Navy at Burrard Dock just east of Lonsdale Quay. She is one of four similar barques built as sail training vessels for Latin American navies. Her half-sisters are the Mexican sail training vessel Cuauhtémoc, Venezuela’s Simón Bolívar and the Ecuador’s Guayas. While much smaller that Kaiwo Maru, A.R.C. Gloria nevertheless proved to be a big attraction on a rare sunny weekend.

Ship of the Week contributed by Captain Stephen Brown, West Pacific Marine Ltd.

Friday, 05 May 2017 11:23

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A recent Vancouver caller was the versatile vessel Erradale operated by Swire bulk, a subsidiary of China Navigation Compay whose history goes back to the early colonial days of Hong Kong. Erradale is formally described as as a BD39 logger of which the company operates, or has on order, 20 such vessels. The design is intended to be flexible for bulk cargoes, steel products, project cargoes, logs and lumber.

Built by Chengxhi Shipyard, Jiangyin, PRC and delivered in 2014
Owned and operated by China Navigation, Singapore
LOA 179.9m
Beam 30m
GRT 24,785 tons
DWT 39,757 MT
5 double skinned holds/hatches
Deck cranes 4 x 36 MT SWL (72 MT in tandem)
Main engine Wartsila 5RT-flex50-B Tier 2, MAX MCR 6,050kW

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The Swire Group traces its history back to 1816 when Mr. John Swire (1793–1847) formed a small import-export company in Liverpool based mainly on the textile trade. Mr. Swire’s sons expanded the business overseas and it was under John Samuel Swire that the seeds were sown for the creation of a multi-national company to be reckoned with. In 1861, John Swire & Sons opened trade links with China and in 1866 the famous trading name Butterfield & Swire was established in Shanghai. Things went well until the declaration of the People's Republic of China when Butterfield & Swire was forced to cease activities in China and transferred its business to Hong Kong.

The China Navigation Company itself had been established in 1872 to operate paddle steamers on the Yangtze River but has grown to be the holding company for the group’s entire shipping and agency businesses. Although now headquartered in the UK, the company remains heavily committed to the Asia Pacific region. Mr. Barnaby Swire serves as Chairman and Mr. Merlin Swire as Chief Executive. To the general public the Swire Group is perhaps best known as the 45% owner of Cathy Pacific Airways whose origins date back to 1946 and whose business base remains in Hong Kong.

One other sideline. Swire Oilfield Services was established in 1979 and is one of the world's largest suppliers to the global energy industry including being a leading supplier of modular systems and offshore aviation services.

Ship of the Week contributed by Captain Stephen Brown, West Pacific Marine Ltd. 

Friday, 28 April 2017 13:22

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                        Seabourn Sojourn entering Valetta Harbour, Malta

For many of us, the first hints of summer are synonymous with the arrival of an armada of some of the world’s leading cruise ships. This year is no exception with the arrival of Holland America’s Zaandam on Wednesday this week, followed by Eurodam today (Friday) and Oosterdam, Nieuw Amsterdam, Carnival Legend and Noordam over the weekend. Thursday June 1 will also see the arrival of the Seabourn Sojourn for her maiden Alaska season based out of Vancouver.  

Delivered in 2010 by Mariotti Shipyard, Genoa, Italy
Owned and operated by Seabourn Cruise Line, Seattle, Wa.
LOA 198.0m
Beam 25.6m
GRT 32,346 tons
Speed 21.6 knots (cruising)
Capacity: 450 guests
Crew: 335
Sister ships: Seabourn Odyssey & Seabourn Quest

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Seabourn Sojourn is advertised as being among the most luxurious cruising vessels in the world. Despite her modest size, she has a large two-deck spa facility of over 11,000 square feet, two outdoor swimming pools and six outdoor whirlpool spas. The four restaurants and six bars and cafes have seating capacity for over 800 diners, though the vessel carries just 450 guests. Alaska itineraries are a mix of 11 and 14 days one way cruises from Vancouver to and from Seward Alaska providing time to explore some of the less frequented nooks and crannies of the BC and Alaskan coast lines including six calls to the Port of Prince Rupert.

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Seabourn Cruise Line was originally founded in 1987 by a consortium of Norwegian investors headed by Mr. Atle Brynestad under the name Signet Cruise Lines but adopted the name Seabourn Cruise Line after objections over a trademark ownership. Seabourn Pride entered service in 1988, followed by an identical sister, Seabourn Spirit in 1989. Carnival Corporation purchased an initial 25% stake in Seabourn in 1991, increasing this to 50% in 1996 at a time when the company was developing a reputation for unrivalled service quality.

In 1998, in partnership with a consortium of new Norwegian investors, Carnival purchased the remaining 50% stake in Seabourn, as well as acquiring Cunard Line from Kvaerner ASA, and merged the two brands into Cunard Line until in 2001 Carnival bought out the Norwegian shareholders, and Seabourn's parent company became a wholly owned subsidiary of Carnival Corporation. In 2011 Seabourn transferred its base of operations from Miami to the Holland America headquarters in Seattle. The highly acclaimed Seabourn Encore (above right) at 40,350 GRT joined the fleet in December 2016.

The global cruise industry has grown from 19.1 million passengers carried in 2010 to 22.9 million in 2016 and is forecast to reach 25.3 million in 2019. To meet this growth, there are currently 157 significant cruise ships on order stretching to delivery as far ahead as 2026. About 60% of business originates in North America, 25% in Europe and the balance spread over other markets. Cruises to Alaska represents 4.5-5% of the global market.

Ship of the Week contributed by Captain Stephen Brown, West Pacific Marine Ltd.

Thursday, 20 April 2017 22:17

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Although we covered the new trailer ferry Seaspan Swift as our Ship of the Week on her initial arrival in BC in December 2016, Sunday April 9 was a unique event for British Columbia when Seaspan Ferries hosted the dual formal naming of Seaspan Swift and sister vessel Seaspan Reliant. The event was hosted by Seaspan Ferries President Mr. Steve Roth and attended by BC Premier Christy Clark (sponsor of Seaspan Swift) and Ms. Anisa White representing Plains Cree-Metis First Nation (sponsor of Seaspan Reliant). On a rare sunny afternoon, welcome speeches were also given by retiring Seaspan CEO Mr. Jonathan Whitworth and the incoming CEO Mr. Frank Butzelaar before the traditional breaking of champagne bottles on each vessel.  Mr. Kyle Washington and Jonathan Whitworth accompanied the Premier to do the honours on Seaspan Swift.

Built by SEDEF Shipbuilding Inc. Turkey
Designed by Vard Marine Inc.
Owned and operated by Seaspan Ferries Corporation
LOA 148.9m
Beam 26.0m
GRT 4,762 MT
Capacity 59 x 53’ trailers over 1042 lane meters
Main engine 2 x dual fuel Wartsila 9L34DF generating 4,400 Kw
Thrusters 2 x Schottel SCD 2020
Bow thrusters 2 x 550 Kw
LNG capacity 200 cbm
Diesel capacity 162 cbm
Battery capacity 546 kWh
Class Bureau Veritas

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Responsible for some 50% of all cargo movement to and from Vancouver Island, Seaspan Ferries offers a daily truck and trailer service from the company’s dedicated dock in Tilbury, Delta to and from Nanaimo, Duke Point and Swartz Bay. Seaspan Swift and Seaspan Reliant, mark the first vessels added to the company’s fleet since 2002. Following the formal ceremonies, Seaspan Reliant was open for guests to view both above and below deck. There was no mistaking how proud the crews are of their new vessels. Representatives of the Turkish shipbuilders and designers Vard were also on hand to respond to questions.

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The decision of the company to invest duel fuel LNG and diesel in partnership with Fortis BC is very significant for the future of short sea shipping here on the west coast. Compared to existing vessels, the new tonnage is estimated to represent a reduction of 53.6% in GHG emissions, 62.3% in CO2 emissions and 74.4% reduction in particulate matter emissions compared to the existing vessels. The 200cbm LNG storage tank situated below deck is shown above left. The cake looked so good before it was consumed, I just had to share a picture with you. As a bonus, each guest was also treated to a Lego certified model kit – great for kids of all ages.

Ship of the Week contributed by Captain Stephen Brown, West Pacific Marine Ltd.