Ship of the Week

Friday, 06 July 2018 12:24

Jul 7 - Lifeline

  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: NetherlandsGRT: 231LOA: 32 mBeam: 8 mBuilt: 1968   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…
Friday, 29 June 2018 14:54

Jun 29 - USS Shoup

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:       2000Dwt:        9,200 tonsBeam:     20 mLength:   155.30 mSpeed:    exceeds 30 knotsCrew:      310 officers and enlistedAircraft:   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.   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.  The ship is named for Medal of Honor recipient General David M. Shoup, the 22nd Commandant of the Marine Corps. He…
Friday, 22 June 2018 17:10

Jun 22 - CL Aquarius

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:      CanadaBuilder:  Turkter Shipyard, Istanbul, TurkeyBuilt:       2007Class:     Oil/Chemical TankerLength:   90.5mBreadth: 14.6mDWT:      3569 tonsGRT:       2999 tons 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

Jun 15 - Spirit of the Wild

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 MarineLOA:      33.3 mBeam:   9 mDepth:  3.25mConstruction Marine grade aluminium   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…
Friday, 08 June 2018 09:29

June 1 - Theodore Too

Theodore Too arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick yesterday where he will be available for daily family and public harbour tours throughout the summer. The Theodore Too was commissioned by Cochran Entertainment, Inc in 2000 and is modelled after the popular children's television show, Theodore Tugboat, which aired on CBC in Canada, and PBS in the USA from 1993 until 2001.   Built by     Snyder's Shipyard, Dayspring, Nova ScotiaYear          2000Tonnage   105 mtLength      20 mBeam        6.7 mDraft         2.21 mPropulsion   400 hp   The boat was designed by Fred Allen and naval architect Marius Lengkeek of Lengkeek Vessel Engineering and the hull and wheelhouse are made entirely of wood, with a fibreglass hat and smokestack. It has a 'face' on the funnel, with large realistic hydraulic eyes which are no longer operational.The boat displays a number of prop details such as winches and towing bitts inspired from real tugs but operates as a tour boat, not a real tugboat. When Theodore Too was launched the ocean-going tug carried out a 50-city tour down the eastern seaboard to Tampa Bay and back through the Great Lakes to Chicago.  Now the Theodore Too is the Ambassador of the US National Safe Boating Council and mascot…
Friday, 01 June 2018 08:18

June 1 - SM Qingdao

                                                            Photo: Rick Etkin Productions – Vancouver On May 28th the containership M/V SM Qingdao made it inaugural visit to Fraser Surrey Docks as the first North American stop under its new Pacific Northwest Service (PNS) launched on May 17th. The CEO of SM Line, Chil-bong Kim, and other delegates attended the vessel’s arrival and welcome ceremony hosted by Fraser Surrey Docks and Westward Shipping Ltd. The SM Qingdao is one of six 4,300 TEU vessels on the weekly PNS. Built: 2010 Capacity: 4,360 TEU DWT: 52,326 Gross tonnage: 40,741 Flag: Liberia Ex-Name: APL Riyadh    SM Qingdao Ship Photos: Rick Etkin Productions – Vancouver  SM Line was Incorporated in December 2016 as part of the SM Group along with Korea Line Corporation and Korea Shipping Corporation.  The company acquired the Asia-US tradelane assets of bankrupt Hanjin in early January for $23M and this was followed by the purchase of 11 Hanjin ships, at fire-sale prices and two key Hanjin terminals in Gwangyang and Incheon, South Korea. After gaining approval by the Federal Maritime…
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