Ship of the Week

Friday, 15 December 2017 12:26

Dec 15 - Cheshire

  Owned and operated by one of the UK’s oldest family run shipping businesses. M.V. Cheshire is an unremarkable Supramax sized bulk carrier and was largely unheard of until she suffered an ammonium nitrate fertilizer cargo fire in August this year off the Canary Islands. At the time of the fire, she was on passage from Norway to Thailand when her cargo began to overheat. She continued to Las Palmas where she was scheduled to bunker but was denied access due the smouldering cargo. Crew members were evacuated by helicopter leaving salvage tugs to keep here offshore.   Built by Jinling Shipyard, Nanjing, PRCOwned by Bibby Line, Liverpool, UKTechnical and operational managers V Ships, SingaporeDelivered in 2012LOA 189.97mBeam 32.26mGRT 33042 tonsDWT 56,598 MTRegistered in Douglas, Isle of Man      With direct application of water ruled out due to the instability of the cargo, attending tugs were restricted to external water cooling. Heat transfer between cargo holds caused the fire to spread rapidly and high temperatures prevented salvors from boarding for two weeks until there was simply no ammonium nitrate left to burn. Only then were salvage crews from Resolve Marine, using four tugs directed from an operating base in…
Thursday, 07 December 2017 18:05

Dec 8 - Changdao 867

                                Changdao 867 – Submarine Rescue Ship The recent tragic loss of the Argentine submarine ARA San Juan with the death of 44 crew members has drawn into sharp focus the limited global resources to effect a submarine rescue. One such modern purpose built vessel is the Chinese Submarine Rescue Ship Changdao 867 operated by the Peoples Liberation Army Navy. Changdao 867 is officially classified as a Type 926 Submarine Support Ship, the latest of three similar vessels to be commissioned. Changdao 867 participated with five other Chinese warships in the Rim of the Pacific Naval Exercise (RIMPAC) in 2016 and during one exercise, the US and Chinese navies collaborated on a practical submarine rescue off the coast of Hawaii. The name Changdao translates to Long Knife (or sword) and the lead picture above shows her entering Pearl Harbour. Built by Guangzhou Shipyard InternationalOwned and operated by the Peoples Liberation Army NavyCommissioned in 2014Displacement 9,500 tonsEquipped with an LR-7 manned rescue vehicle.      Above left and centre, the LR-7 battery powered manned submarine rescue vehicle being prepared for launch. Above right, the LR-7 which…
Thursday, 30 November 2017 21:13

Dec 1 - MP Kamsarmax 1

  A recent grain loader in Vancouver was the unusal geared Kamsarmax bulk carrier MP Kamsarmax 1. Owned by M. Pallonji & Co. Pvt., of Mumbai, a privately owned Indian shipping company) she is one of a fleet of geared Panamax, Utlramax and Kamsarmax vessels which are primarily engaged in the movement of coal and fertilizers into India. Built by Jiangsu Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.Owned by M. Pallonji & Co. Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai, IndiaOperated by M. Pallonji Shipping Singapore Pte. Ltd.Delivered in 2017LOA 229mBeam 32.3mGRT 44327 tonsDWT 81190 MTRegistered in Singapore    The M. Pallonji Group of Companies was established at the beginning of the last century, primarily as a paint marketing company. Today, the company’s interests have extended to painting including speciality coatings, dredging, barging, stevedoring, cargo logistics, shipping, investment finance, insurance and auto dealerships, all managed by a diverse collection of privately registered companies. The vessel’s builders, Jiangsu Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Co.,Ltd. were founded in 1956 with production now centred on Jiangyin-Jingjiang industry zone, Jingjiang city, Jiangsu province and Taicang Province, seated in the north side of golden channel of the Yangtze River.    The picture above left shows the company’s now sold MP Panamax 3 anchored off Mumbai…
Friday, 24 November 2017 12:52

Nov 24 - Treasure

On August 21 this year the U.S. Arleigh Burke-class destroyer John S. McCain was in collision with the 51,000 ton tanker Alnic MC in the Strait of Malacca off the coast of Singapore following a steering malfunction on the warship. The collision resulted in the penetration of the hull of the McCain by the bulbous bow of the tanker and the consequent death of 10 young seamen who were trapped in their sleeping compartment below decks. Following emergency repairs at the Changi Naval Base in Singapore, the U.S. Navy decided to effect permanent repairs of the McCain at the US Naval Ship Repair Facility-Japan Regional Maintenance Center in Yokosuka, Japan. Being unseaworthy, the decision was taken by the Military Sealift Command to charter in the semi-submersible heavy lift vessel M.V. Treasure to carry the McCain to Japan. Loading of the McCain on the Treasure took place on October 6 off Singapore. Built by Split Shipyard, CroatiaOwned by Dockwise B.V.Operated by Anglo Eastern Ship Management, Hong KongOriginally delivered in 1990, converted in 2008LOA 216.8mBeam 44.5mGRT 42,515 tonsDWT 53,818 MTMain engine: 11,952kW with a fixed propellerPrevious names: Jahre Target until 1993, Nord Jahre Target until 2000, Crude Target until 2003, Genmar Centaur…
Friday, 17 November 2017 13:48

Nov 17 - Spyros K

  While on a flight from Athens to London with Aegean Airways a couple of weeks ago, I could not fail to notice a distinguished looking gentleman sitting just ahead of us examining a Tsakos Shipping Group fleet brochure. I eventually realised that this was no other than Captain Panagiotis Tsakos, the founder of the Tsakos Group who was flying in the company of his wife Dr. Irene Saroglou-Tsakos and supporting staff members. Following a career at sea and land based management, Captain Tsakos established Tsakos Shipping and Trading SA in 1970, the embryo of what has grown to become the “Tsakos Group of Companies” comprising a number of affiliated and associated companies around the globe. Today, with a fleet of 90 vessels, the company is a leader in several sectors of shipping including tankers, LNG carriers, bulk carriers, container and ro-ro vessels, all of which are committed to long term charters, some with provisions for profit sharing. A typical example of this modern and well maintained fleet is the Suezmax tanker Spyros K. Built by Sungdong Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, Tongyoung, South KoreaOwned and operated by Tsakos Columbia Shipmanagement, AthensDelivered in 2011LOA 274.2mBeam 48.0mGRT 81314 tonsDWT 157,648 MTSummer draft…
Friday, 10 November 2017 11:41

Nov 10 - HMCS Ottawa

On this Remembrance Weekend it is perhaps appropriate to give thought to the Royal Canadian Navy. Following a six month deployment to Asia, a visitor to the Pier in North Vancouver in August was HMCS Ottawa, a Halifax Class Patrol Frigate and the fourth to be named after Canada’s capital city. While in Asia, Ottawa and her sister ship HMCS Winnipeg visited the Philippines, Malaysia, India, Sri Lanka, China, South Korea, and Japan and participated along with Allied Navies in exercise Poseidon Cutlass 17. Home ported in Esquimalt, Ottawa is assigned to Maritime Forces Pacific.   Built by Saint John Shipbuilding, Saint John NBCommissioned in 1996LOA 134.2mBeam 16.5mDisplacement 4795 MT in operational conditionPropulsion 2 x LM 2500 gas turbines generating 47,500 shaft HP + 1 x SEMT Pielstick diesel engine generating 8,800 HPSpeed 30 knotsComplement 225 including air detachmentHelicopter: Sikorsky CH-148 CycloneSister ships: HMCS St. John's, Halifax, Charlottetown, Fredericton, Montreal, Québec City, Toronto, Winnipeg, Regina, Calgary and Vancouver     More than one million Canadians served in World War II spread over the Royal Canadian Navy, Royal Canadian Air Force and Canadian Army but often also integrated with other Commonwealth forces. More than 44,000 Canadian lives were lost and 54,000 wounded.…
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