Trying to find a Ship of the Week is not always an easy task. Sometimes a news item will refer to a vessel that would be interesting to feature in our newsletter, but quite often it is time spent researching and trolling through the internet to see what can be found. Recently we happened to come across Moby Lines, an Italian shipping company that operates ferries and cruise-ferries between the Italian or French mainland and the islands of Elba, Sardinia and Corsica. The company was found in 1959 under the name Navigazione Arcipelago Maddalenino (NARVARMA). Moby Lines is known for using Looney Tunes characters as the external livery on some of the vessels. We thought that perhaps this week we would feature some of these colourful ferries from the fleet as the Ship(s) of the Week.
Moby Niki Moby Ale
In Halifax, NS on October 5th, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, wife of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, presided over the naming of Canada's first Arctic and offshore patrol ship the HMCS Harry DeWolf. The vessel is named for a vice-admiral who oversaw the rescue of 42 sailors from the HMCS Athabaskan on April 29, 1944, during the Second World War. This is the first of at least five Arctic patrol vessels that will be tasked with patrolling Canadian Waters, including the Arctic. The fully completed vessel is expected to be delivered to the Royal Canadian Navy in June 2019.
Type: Patrol Vessel
Displacement: 6,615 mt
LOA: 103 m
Beam: 19 m
Draft: 5.8 m
Speed: 17 knots open water
3 knots icebreaking
The HMCS Harry DeWolf has a range of 6,800 nautical miles (12,600 km). The patrol vessel can embark up to 8 x 20’ sea containers and has a 20-tonne self loading / offloading crane. The core crew size is 65 and could surge up to 120 persons if required. The flight deck has been fitted to handle a CH 48 Cyclone Helicopter. Primary missions will include Arctic Operations during the navigable season, Search and Rescue (SAR), High Availability/Disaster Recovery (HA/DR) and will provide support to scientific research. Construction of the second and third vessels – to be known as the HMCS Margaret Brooke and HMCS Max Bernays – is already well underway.
With this week’s announcement that LNG Canada has decided to proceed with building an export facility in Kitimat, the Ship of the Week, Murex, is an LNG carrier managed by Shell, one of the joint venture partners in the project.
Vessel Type: LNG Tanker
Year Built: 2017
Gross Tonnage: 13263
Length: 294.9 m
Width: 46.44 m
Draft: 12.5 m
Murex is one of five Teekay LNG-owned tankers managed by Shell, powered by M-type, electronically controlled, gas-injection engines. These are more fuel-efficient and produce lower emissions than other LNG-carrier engine types. Sailing at 19.5 knots, the ship will consume 50 tonnes less fuel a day than a conventional steam-powered LNG carrier. Launched in 1892, the original coal-power Murex was the first oil tanker to pass through the Suez Canal. She was named for a sea shell, a practice that remains in place for Shell vessels to this day.
The Venta Maersk competed its trial passage of the Northern Sea Route today with its arrival in St. Petersburg, Russia. The Venta Maersk, a new 3,596 TEU Baltic feeder, departed the port of Vladivostok on August 22nd and included stops in Vostochny, Busan, before passing through Bering Strait on September 6, 2018 on its way to Bremerhaven.
Capacity 3,596 TEU
The Baltic feeder class ships are designed specifically to operate in waters of -25 degrees C where the stronger hull can offer year-round operations. The trial provided Maersk with a unique opportunity to gain operational experience in a new area and to test vessel systems, crew capabilities and the functionality of the shore-based support setup. The transit route was coordinated with Russian authorities after careful evaluation of ice conditions. The Northern Sea Route could be a shorter route for journeys from East Asia to Europe than the Northwest Passage over Canada. However, Palle Laursen, Chief Technical Officer at Maersk states, "Currently, we do not see the Northern Sea Route as a viable commercial alternative to existing east-west routes. In general, we plan new services according to trading patterns, population centres and our customers demand.”
The M/V Whistler is currently sitting at Nanaimo Assembly Wharf and is operated by Transpac group and NYK Global, a leading shipping company, have partnered to own and operate 2 Japanese engineered and built 38,000 dwt bulk carriers.
Shipyard: Shin Kurushima, Japan
Delivery: February 2016
Deadweight: 38,000 MT
Gross Tonnage: 24,600 MT
Length Overall: 182.9 M
Breadth: 31.0 M
Load draft: 9.05 M
The Pacific Orca is a purpose-built heavy-lift jack-up vessel owned by Swire Pacific Offshore (SPO). This self-elevating and self-propelled vessel was built for use in the offshore wind farm market. The vessel has a carrying and installation ability of up to 12 wind turbine generators.
Speed: 13 kts
Tonnage: 24,586 t
Deadweight: 13,104 t
Length: 161.3 m
Breadth: 49.3 m
The Pacific Orca can allow for installation of wind farms to a depth of 60m, as well as being able to install ultra-large Wind Turbine Generators with a capacity of 10MW or higher, which are being developed to meet the demand for larger wind farms. The vessel can be floated up to 17m above sea level, using its six jack-up legs and the 1,200t crane fixed on the vessel allows for the installation of power generation towers, power generation rooms and wings. The Pacific Orca has 111 single berth cabins, a cafeteria that seats 70 personnel, 2 day rooms, a fitness centre, 2 TV rooms, an operations office, 2 conference rooms and 4 multi-use offices.
The Xin Guan Hua is a semi-submersible vessel that has the capability of hauling extremely large cargo or machinery. The cargo carrying area of the semi-submersible ship is submersed under the water with the help of ballast tanks. After the cargo is fully loaded into the loading area, the loading area (deck) is raised once again out of the water and the semi-submersible ship along with it cargo can make the voyage to the destination.
Horsepower: 2 x 10,500 kW
Speed: 13.5 knots
Propulsion: 2 fixed pitch propellers
Bow Thrusters: 2 x 2650 kW
Stern Thrusters: 2 x 2650 kW
Length: 255.0 m
Breadth Moulded: 68.0 m
Xin Guang Hua has 117 ballast tanks with one valve to the sea in every ballast tank. When submerging, the onboard control system will open the valves of the corresponding tanks without additional power. Within six hours she can submerge to a depth of 30.5m, where the waterline reaches 16m above the main deck. When the Xin Guang Hua has reached her required depth, four heavy-duty air compressors are responsible for lifting the vessel back up.
Semi-submersibles generally show far less motion in waves, making them especially suitable for tasks with very strict motion requirements. Semi-submersibles can also be used as crane vessels, drilling vessels, production platforms and accommodation facilities. The 98,000dwt heavy-lift vessel Xin Guang Hua is the second largest of its type in the world, after the Dockwise Vanguard.
Wallenius Wilhelmsen's Pure Car Truck Carrier (PCTC), the MV Titus, arrived this week on her maiden call to Halifax. She was built in Tianjin China, and left the yard in June as the first of 4 HERO Class vessels and has a capacity for 5,846 cards or a combination of 2,959 cars and 485 trucks.
Owner Wallenius Lines AB, Sweden
Length 199.10 m
Beam 32.26 m
DWT 22,862 MT
GRT 55,598 GT
# of Decks 13
The MV Titus is a High Efficiency RoRo (HERO) class vessel designed to reduce energy consumption and emissions per tonne/kilometer cargo transported. The advanced hull is tailored for efficient operations in a wide range of sea conditions, and dramatically improves the cargo to ballast ratio. The engine has been tuned for low-load operation to reduce the specific fuel consumption in normal operation and she has an efficient bunker system that can operate on different bunker qualities. The cargo hold, with its two-pillar design and electrically hoistable deck panels, allows for flexible operations and is optimized to transport breakbulk, rolling equipment and cars.
The second vessel in the series is expected to enter service later this year and two are scheduled for delivery in 2019. WW Ocean already has four vessels of the HERO design in operation, which have proven their ability to deliver from an operational and environmental perspective.
ABS has announced the world's first successful conversion of a slow-speed marine diesel engine to operate on Ethane as a fuel. Navigator Gas, in partnership with Charterer Borealis, engine manufacturer MAN Energy Solutions, cargo system and fuel gas supply system supplier TGE and ABS, has completed the successful conversion of the Navigator Aurora’s main engine from LNG fueling to Ethane fueling, while berthed alongside at Frederikshavn in Denmark. ABS-Classed Navigator Aurora equipped with a MAN B&W 6S50ME-C8.2-GI dual fuel (HFO/LNG) burning engine has now been converted to a dual fuel (HFO/Ethane) 6S50ME-C-GIE engine.
Vessel type: Ethylene/LPG Carrier
Capacity: 35,000 CBM
GRT: 23,000 tons
DWT: 26,500 tons
Length: 179 m
Beam: 29 m
Draught: 10.5 m
The 15-day long conversion followed engine performance and emissions testing at Kawasaki in Japan, to prove the principle that burning ethane in the Navigator ME-GI engines would be possible. The trials were successful and demonstrated that suitable power and emissions performance, meeting Classification and statutory requirements, was available at a fuel gas injection pressure of just over 300 bar.
Paul Flaherty, Director of Fleet and Technical operations at Navigator Gas, said: “This project represents a significant investment by both Navigator Gas and Borealis that clearly demonstrates a very strong commitment to environmental protection and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. This retrofit modification will comply with all current global emissions regulations and position us as early adopters of the global sulphur cap regulation due to come into force on the 1st of January 2020.”
The MV Articaborg is a multi-purpose offshore supply vessel. She was previously operated by Wagenborg Kazakhstan in the Caspian Sea but was transferred to Canada in 2017 and acquired by Fathom Offshore in 2018. The vessel is currently being retro-fitted where it will operate from in Vancouver to provide ice-breaking support, ice navigation assistance, fuel supply, salvage, and cargo services in the Western Canadian Arctic.
Length: 65.1 m
Beam: 16.4 m
GRT: 1453 t
DWT: 675 t
Arcticaborg and her sister ship, Antarcticaborg, were built by Kværner Masa-Yards in Helsinki, Finland, in 1998. They are the first full developments of the double acting ship concept and among the first icebreakers equipped with Azipods, electric azimuth thrusters manufactured by ABB. The vessel was previously active in several oil and gas related projects in the Caspian Sea, which is characterized by shallow waters and severe ice conditions. After working for twenty years in the region, it will take on a new project in a similar environment.