Ship of the Week

Friday, 23 June 2017 11:09

June 23 - Ultra Innovation

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 KaishaChartered by Ultrabulk A/S, Copenhagen, DenmarkLOA 199.98mBeam 32.2mGRTDWT 61.188 MT  Ultra Innovation 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…
Friday, 16 June 2017 11:54

June 16 - Vos Prudence

  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 2013Owned and managed by Vroon Offshore ServicesRegistered in Ancona, ItalyLOA 75mBeam 17mGRT 2948 tonsDWT 3324 MT    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…
Thursday, 08 June 2017 16:15

June 8 - Lawin Arrow

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, JapanOwned by Gearbulk ShippingOperated by G2 Ocean, Bergen, NorwayLOA 200mBeam 32mGRT 37,150 tonsDWT 62,841 MTRegistered in BahamasSister vessels: Avocet, Misago and Osprey Arrow        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…
Friday, 02 June 2017 10:27

June 2 - COSCO Development

  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 2011Owned and managed by Seaspan Shipmanagement Ltd. VancouverLOA 366mBeam 48.2mGRT 141,823 tonsDWT 140,609 MTCapacity 13,092 TEURegistered in Hong Kong      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…
Friday, 26 May 2017 11:13

Expedition Super Yacht Triton

  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 2004LOA 49.7mBeam 9.7mDraft 2.8mPowered by Twin Caterpillar 3508 engines with twin screwsAccommodation for 12 guestsCruising speed 16 knots     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…
Friday, 19 May 2017 11:34

May 19 - RFA Tidespring

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 KoreaOwned and operated by the UK Government (Royal Fleet Auxiliary)Keel laid June 2014LOA 200.9mBeam 28.6mGRT 29,324 tonsDWT 21,750 MTSpeed: maximum 28.6 knots, cruising 17.6 knotsRange: 18,200 nautical milesFlight deck & hanger capacity for mid-range Merlin class helicopter but strengthened for Chinook classCrew 63 plus provision to embark up to 46 flight and combat personnelSister ships…
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