Friday, 17 August 2018 14:53

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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
Year:        1998

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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.

Friday, 10 August 2018 11:17

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Last Sunday the Orca Ace, a “Next-Generation Car Carrier” cargo ship for autos and roll on/roll off cargoes, arrived at the WWL Annacis Auto Terminal on her maiden voyage. The Orca Ace began her journey to the United States in July 2018, departing from Hitachinaka, Japan and will continue on to ports on the US West Coast with San Diego being the final destination on her maiden voyage. 

Owner:         Lunar River Line S.A. of Panama
Operator:     Mitsui OSK Line Ltd. (MOL)
Length:        199.9 m 
Breadth:       32.2 m
Ramp:          150T
Max Deck:    5.6 m
Capacity:      6,800 units (standard passenger vehicles)

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Built in Japan, the Orca Ace is the second in its FLEXIE series optimized for efficient loading and unloading all types of vehicles.  The vessels have six liftable decks, compared with two on conventional car carriers to provide for more flexibility for different vehicle types along with high and heavy cargo transport.  The rounded bow shape will minimize wind resistance and is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by about 2% compared to today's car carriers. The new shape is the result of joint research by MOL, MOL Techno-Trade, Ltd. (President: Hirokazu Hatta; Headquarters: Chuo-ku, Tokyo), and Akishima Laboratories (Mitsui Zosen) Inc. It is one of the environmental impact-reducing technologies developed in the MOL Group's "ISHIN NEXT -MOL SMART SHIP PROJECT-."   The first in the FLEXIE series was the Beluga Ace launched in March 2018 and MOL has provided a virtual ship visit on line for those interested in a quick tour.

Thursday, 02 August 2018 10:01

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Frequently seen in the Pacific Northwest, the CSL Spirit is a self-unloader that uses her discharge boom to discharge cargo without shore-based unloading equipment. Self-unloaders can operate 24 hours a day at speeds up to 5,000 tonnes per hour. These versatile vessels can operate and discharge cargo in any accessible waterway, and can provide offshore transshipment operations, topping up or offloading into larger vessels.

Built:              2001
Length:        225 m
Breadth:        32 m
DWT:          70,018
Boom:           79 m

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Self-unloaders have a reduced environmental footprint as loading and discharging cargo from the vessel can be carried out within a completely enclosed system. Advanced dust suppression equipment and fully enclosed or covered booms further reduce the potential for dust and spillage. Noise generated by the ship’s self-unloading machinery is controlled through the use of acoustic enclosures and sound barriers.




Friday, 27 July 2018 08:42

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The Energy Observer is the world's first hydrogen vessel to circumnavigate the world solely on renewable energy resources.  The catamaran’s plans to visit 50 countries with 101 port calls over a period of six years.  So far 8,240 nautical miles have been covered in France and the Mediterranean Sea and in 2020 the Energy Observer will make her way to the Americas.

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The former 100-ft racing boat was converted by a team of nearly 50 engineers, designers and naval architects to be powered by a combination of solar, hydrogen, wind and water energy.  Propulsion comes from two electric motors, driven by all that generated electrical energy, but it’s the way that’s stored that’s clever. The Energy Observer uses just 106-kWh of batteries, for immediate, buffer, storage and energy demands. It stores the bulk of the excess electricity generated when the sun is shining or the wind is blowing as hydrogen gas. An electrolyzer uses the current to spilt the water into hydrogen and oxygen. The latter is released into the atmosphere, and the H2 is stored in eight tanks, made from aluminum and carbon fiber, which can hold up to 137 pounds of compressed hydrogen. When that energy is needed, the H2 is run through a fuel cell and recombined with oxygen from the air to create electricity, with water as a byproduct. 

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Friday, 20 July 2018 13:26

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The super trawler and factory ship Margiris is the world's second largest fishing vessel.  She has been surrounded by a significant amount of controversy over the years as states look to control its catch and operations.  Australia has banned trawlers over 130 metres from fishing in its waters. Tasmania is looking to strengthen its existing ban that restricts vessels larger than 38 metres in length from fishing in their waters, up to three nautical miles off the shores of Australia. The Tasmanian recreational fishing industry is worth about $93 million to the economy.

Flag:           Lithuania
Builder:       rebuilt by Mjellem & Karlsen Verft, Bergen Norway 1997
Homport:    Klaipeda 
Tonnage:    9,499 GT / 6,200 DWT
Length:      142 m
Beam:        17 m
Decks:       32



Tuesday, 10 July 2018 09:21

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The EV Nautilus is a research vessel currentlly based in Victoria, British Columbia.  The vessel is on a global mission of exploration, so it has no true home port.  The ship is operated by the Ocean Exploration Trust under the direction of Dr. Robert Ballard.  The Nautilus is equipped with a team of remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) Hercules, and Argus, a multibeam mapping system, and mapping tools Diana and Echo.  All of these tools help the Ocean Exploration Trust conduct deep sea exploration of unknown parts of the ocean to a depth of 4000 meters.

Built:                 1967
Length:             64 m
Beam:               10.5 m
Speed:              10 knots
Complement:  17 crew, 31 science/mission


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From July 5-21 2018, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the Haida Nation, Oceana Canada, and Oceans Network Canada are embarking on an expedition to explore seamounts near the islands of Haida Gwaii in the northeast Pacific Ocean off the coast of British Columbia.  The team will spend 16 days on board the EV Nautilus.  All known seamounts located in Canadian waters are found off the coast of BC and this expedition will survey three of them:  SGaan Kinghlas-Bowie, Dellwood and Explorer.  The EV Nautilus has a SeaTel satellite communication system and will be live streaming underwater images of their research and commenting live on what they see.  To hear them and ask your questions, click here to access the Nautilus Live Website.


Friday, 06 July 2018 12:24

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The M/V Lifeline operated by Mission Lifeline is a humanitarian vessel dedicated to saving all people in distress at sea from death by drowning. Efforts are focussed in the central Mediterranean where the number of deaths is the most concentrated in the world.  The Lifeline supports ongoing search and rescue (SAR) operations offshore Libya and cooperates with other SAR organizations to effectively rescue people from distress. The vessel and its captain are in the headlines following the its recent arrival of 233 rescued migrants to shore in Malta last week.   The vessel is charged with entering Maltese territorial waters illegally and without proper registration and a licence. The prosecuting officers are also requesting the court to order the confiscation of the ship.

Flag: Netherlands
GRT: 231
LOA: 32 m
Beam: 8 m
Built: 1968

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The Lifeline's registration irregularities are in question as Dutch officials gave written confirmation that the vessel was not registered under the flag for the purpose of international law conventions. It was only registered as a pleasure yacht with a Dutch yacht club and gave it no right of nationality to the vessel.  In any event when the vessel was denied entry to the Maltese port, the Lifeline was obligated to take instructions from the Libyan authorities when they took over the rescue case. Confirmation is still pending from Libya.

Friday, 29 June 2018 14:54

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The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, USS Shoup, arrives at the Vancouver Drydock Pier today.  The USS Shoup returned recently from Interpid Sentinel, an exercise designed to increase interoperability between the three participating nations - US, UK and France - to reduce response time by establishing a coordinated international maritime coalition to counter the complex challenges presented in the US 5th Fleet area of operations.

Built:       2000
Dwt:        9,200 tons
Beam:     20 m
Length:   155.30 m
Speed:    exceeds 30 knots
Crew:      310 officers and enlisted
Aircraft:   2 x MH-60R Sea Hawks

During the exercise, the ships conducted operations that branched into multiple warfare areas. The multinational trio was involved in an air defense exercise, a combined anti-submarine exercise, as well as a visit, board, search and seizure event.

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USS Shoup provided assistance to South Korean naval forces after their recapture of the chemical tanker, Samho Jewelry, on 21 January 2011 in the Arabian Sea. The tanker's captain had been shot by pirates holding the vessel and a helicopter from Shoup was used to evacuate him in order for him to receive medical treatment for his injuries. 

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The ship is named for Medal of Honor recipient General David M. Shoup, the 22nd Commandant of the Marine Corps. He was selected as commandant by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, and later served in the administration of John F. Kennedy. Shoup opposed the military escalation in response to events such as the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Bay of Pigs invasion, but his strongest opposition was to US involvement in South Vietnam. 

Friday, 22 June 2018 17:10

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A vessel that will be commonly seen in the Port of Vancouver these days is the M/T CL Aquarius operated by Canship Ugland Ltd, based in St. John's N.L. The CL Aquarius is a Canadian flagged tanker, fully manned by Canadian crew, state of art vessel with integrated bridge control, twin engine, bow thruster, radar gauges, ESD’s and many smart safety features. The vessel is double hulled IMO II type chemical carrier construction

Flag:      Canada
Builder:  Turkter Shipyard, Istanbul, Turkey
Built:       2007
Class:     Oil/Chemical Tanker
Length:   90.5m
Breadth: 14.6m
DWT:      3569 tons
GRT:       2999 tons

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Canship Ugland is a ship management and crewing company operating and managing a modern fleet of DP shuttle tankers, tugs, bulk carrier, pilot boats and product tankers. In addition, they provide crew management services to other vessel owners and operators. Canship Ugland is looking to compile a labor pool of crewmembers in the local Vancouver, BC area, which can fill temporary requirements of a few days or weeks duration on short notice. The vessel is a Canadian flag tanker on a long term charter and are currently recruiting officers and engineers.

Friday, 15 June 2018 09:21

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Incat Crowther has launched the Spirit of the Wild, a spectacular new tour vessel for Gordon River Cruises, and the first in Australia to operate in the heart of the UNESCO Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area with Silent Drive.

Built by:  Richardson Devine Marine
LOA:      33.3 m
Beam:   9 m
Depth:  3.25m
Construction Marine grade aluminium

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The Spirit of the Wild, catamaran passenger ferry exhibits excellent noise and vibration characteristics, even in Boost mode.  While touring the Gordon River, Silent Drive mode is engaged and all the main engines are shut down and the vessel runs on electric power.  Engine ventilation systems and the engine room have been addressed with a fully-engineered acoustic insulation system. Attention was paid to fittings and door openings, with seals and bushes used extensively to stop rattles and gaps. In Silent Drive mode, the experience is eerily quiet, with seats returning sound level readings as low as 45dbA.  In open water, the vessel will use Boost mode from the hybrid system, which matches motor speed to engine speed to seamlessly add electric power. In this mode, the vessel operates at 25 knots.

The vessel layout is designed around optimal viewing. Every seat on the vessel was considered in the design to provide exceptional vistas.