Ship of the Week

Thursday, 26 April 2018 10:49

April 27 - Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2)

Ten years after her arrival in Dubai to great fanfare, the former Cunard liner Queen Elizabeth 2 underwent a “soft opening” last week (April 18) as a luxury floating hotel and museum following a stem to stern refurbishment. The vessel was purchased in 2008 for $100 million with the objective of adding her to an already long list of tourist attractions in Dubai but the financial crisis of 2008/09 which hit Dubai particularly hard left the vessel’s fate in limbo. However, with all now back on track and a grand formal opening scheduled for October this year, she is following in the footsteps of family member Queen Mary in Long Beach which, despite all manner of financial ups and downs, continues to survive as a hotel and conference centre. Built by John Brown & Co, Upper Clyde Shipbuilders, Clydebank, Scotland.Launched September 1967, named by H.M. Queen ElizabethMaiden voyage May 1969Now owned by PCFC Hotels (a Dubai World subsidiary)LOA 293.5mBeam 32.0mGRT 70,327 tonsPropulsion 2 x GEC main engines, total 88 MW driving twin variable pitch propellersSpeed maximum 34 knots, service 28.5 knotsGuest capacity 1,777Crew in service 1040    QE2 was originally fitted out with a steam turbine propulsion system rated at…
Thursday, 19 April 2018 09:22

April 20 - USS Lexington

We normally do not cover ships lying on the seabed, particularly one that has been there for 76 years, but this week we are making an exception for an exceptional vessel. Early last month the wreckage of USS Lexington was discovered by an expedition crew aboard Paul Allen’s RV Petrel. The Lexington was discovered 3,000 meters below the surface approximately 500 miles off the eastern coast of Australia. She was mortally damaged by Japanese torpedo bombers, launched from aircraft carriers, on May 8 1942 during the Battle of the Coral Sea. She was abandoned and scuttled with the loss of more than 200 crew. Built by Fore River Ship and Engine Building Co., Quincy MassachusettsOrdered in 1916 as a battle cruiser – design amended in 1922 to an aircraft carrierLaunched in 1925 and commissioned in 1927LOA 270.7mBeam 32.8mPropulsion quadruple screw turbo electric 180,000 shp (130,000 kW)Speed 33 knotsCrew 2,800 including air-armAircraft 78Sister ship: USS Saratoga    Lady Lex, also known as Gray Lady was the fourth U.S. naval vessel to be named Lexington after the 1775 Battle of Lexington during the American War of Independence. Originally designed as a battlecruiser, she was converted during construction into one of the U.S.…
Wednesday, 11 April 2018 10:12

April 13 - MOL Triumph

After two years of preparations and gaining regulatory approvals the Ocean Network Express (ONE) has finally been launched. The partners are the three major Japanese international carriers with NYK owning 38%, K Line and Mitsui OSK each holding 31%. ONE is launching its first 33 services this month and will eventually operate 85 service loops with 1.4 million TEU of capacity serving more than 200 ports globally as the sixth largest ocean carrier in the world. Dedicated to operate between Asia and Europe, with over 20,000 TEU capacity MOL Triumph is at the upper end of the size of vessel that will operate in the initial ONE fleet. Built by Samsung Heavy Industries, South KoreaOwned by Mitsui OSK LinesOperated by Ocean Network ExpressDelivered in 2017LOA 400mBeam 58.8mGRT 100,146 tonsDWT 210,678 MTCapacity 20,146 TEU   The ONE holding company is in Tokyo but with the global operating headquarters in Singapore. Regional headquarters are in London UK; Richmond, Virginia; Sao Paulo, Brazil; and Hong Kong. The company philosophy is that “ONE does not aspire to be the largest carrier in the market, just large enough to survive and yet small enough to care”, also ONE aim is “to be a global company…
Thursday, 05 April 2018 15:52

April 6 - Symphony of the Seas

  Having been ordered in May 2014, the world’s largest cruise ship, Symphony of the Seas was on show last week in the port of Malaga ahead of her maiden voyage taking in Spain, France and Italy. She will spend the summer in the Mediterranean before repositioning in the fall to join her slightly smaller sisters, Oasis, Allure and Harmony in the Caribbean with home-port Miami. Symphony of the Seas is the 25th and now largest ship in Royal Caribbean’s fleet with a reported capacity for up 6,680 guests who will have the opportunity to enjoy every conceivable form of entertainment and relaxation spread over 20 restaurants and six bars.   Built by Chantiers de l’Atlantique, Saint Nazaire (STX France)Owned and operated by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.Delivered March 2018LOA 362.1mBeam 47.5m at waterline, 66m maximumGRT 228.081 tonsMain propulsion 3 x 20 MW (27,000 hp) ABB Azipod UnitsThrusters 4 x 5.5 MW (7,400 hp) Wartsila WT-55Speed 22 knots cruisingCrew 2,220Cost US$ 1.4 billion       Responding to the challenge of embarking and disembarking so many guests in a few hours, Royal Caribbean now offers the use of a mobile app which leverages a combination of bar codes, beacons and facial…
Tuesday, 27 March 2018 11:42

Mar 30 - Torm Amalie

  Seen alongside at Kinder Morgan’s Westridge Terminal last week is the Medium Range (MR) oil/chemical tanker Torm Amalie, having delivered a cargo of aviation fuel destined to keep the wheels turning at Vancouver International Airport (YVR). The Trans Mountain Jet Fuel pipeline system carries fuel from the Chevron refinery, and the Westridge terminal to YVR via a 41km pipeline system that has been in operation since 1969. It includes five storage tanks at YVR with an overall volume of 7155 cbm. Pipeline capacity is supplemented by around 1,000 tanker truck deliveries of jet fuel to YVR each month from Washington State, each truck travelling about 140 km round trip per delivery. Built by Guangzhou International Shipyard, PRCOwned by Torm Shipping, SingaporeManaged by Torm Shipping, Mumbai, IndiaLOA 183mBeam 32.3mGRT 30,241 tonsDWT 49,999 MT       Without a new jet fuel delivery system, the number of trucks required to keep the airport moving was projected to rise to more than 3,000 a month within 20 years. For this reason Vancouver Airport Fuel Facilities Corporation (VAFFC), a consortium owned by most of the major airlines serving YVR, is building a new fuel delivery system based on the construction of a marine…
Friday, 23 March 2018 10:27

Mar 23 - Asterix

After successfully completing sea trials, the Royal Canadian Navy’s new Resolve-class naval support ship M.V. Asterix sailed from Quebec City in December 2017 for her home port of Halifax where she was formally commissioned on January 30 this year. Built in 2010 as a container ship, Asterix carried the names Amorito, Neermoor and Cynthia  in the five years prior to being purchased by Federal Fleet Services in 2015 under the Canadian Government’s “Project Resolve”. She is the first new naval support ship to enter service with the Royal Canadian Navy in 50 years, the first large naval platform to be delivered from a Canadian shipyard in over 20 years and the first naval vessel to be delivered since the launch of the National Shipbuilding Strategy. The contract to convert the vessel was awarded to Chantier Davie Shipyards under a controversial non-competitive contract after Davie was excluded from the original National Shipbuilding and Procurement Strategy on account of being in receivership at that time. Built by Nordic Shipyards, Wismar, Germany in 2010Converted by Chantier Davie Shipyards, Quebec (2015-17)LOA 185.5mBeam 25.2mService speed 22knotsHelicopters: 2 x Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclones or 2 × Boeing CH-47F ChinooksClass: Lloyds Register    The conversion of Asterix from an…
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