Ship of the Week

Thursday, 17 April 2014 09:01

April 17 - Ocean Dover

                 Ocean Drover - livestock carrier Ocean Drover is the world's largest, purposebuilt livestock carrier with capacity to transport 75,000 sheep or 18,000 cattle to global markets Built by Uljanik Shipyard, Pula, Croatia in 2002Owned by Wellard Ships, SingaporeLOA 176mBeam 31mGRT 29,770 tonsDWT 13,462 tonsFormer name: Becrux    Launched in 2002, Ocean Drover was the first purpose-built livestock carrier with advanced ventilation, feed and water systems. The newer sister ships Ocean Outback (below left) and Ocean Swagman (below right) were both launched in 2010, and incorporate further world leading standards in animal care, design and technology.   In September 2011 A new world record for the largest shipment of live cattle was set by another Wellard vessel, Ocean Shearer. A total of 24,683 steers and heifers were loaded on the vessel in Townsville and Darwin for Indonesia, breaking the previous record of 23,372 cattle set by the same vessel in July 2008.  Based in Fremantle, Western Australia, Wellard’s operations cover every aspect of the export chain, including feed milling, livestock aggregation, road transport, feedlot facilities throughout Australia and modern shipping.A few statistics: During 2013, Australian live cattle exports totalled almost 851,000 head, an…
Thursday, 10 April 2014 23:02

April 11 - Rolldock Sea

                         Rolldock Sea – Heavy Lift Carrier In order to provide its customers with a variety of shipment options, The Netherlands based RollDock’s vessels typically offer three loading modes, namely: Lift on / Lift offwith 2 heavy lift cranes of 350 tons lifting capacity each and a total of 700 tons lifting capacity when working in tandem Float in / Float out as the vessels are semi-submersible Roll on / Roll offvia vessels' ro-ro ramp which is adjustable in height to cope with various quay heights Rolldock Sea was built by Larsen and Toubro Shipyard, Surat, India, in 2011 Owned and Managed by Rolldock, Capelle Aan Den Ijssel, NetherlandsLOA 139MBeam 24mGRT 12,802 tonsDWT 6,879 MT In August 2012, Rolldock Sea was chartered for an unusual lifting of a Russian built Kilo-636 submarine from St Peterburg to Cam Ranh naval base in Vietnam. The submarine was subsequently commissioned into the Vietnamese navy in January 2013.    In early 2014 in the port of  Izmit, Turkey  Rolldock Sea loaded two 900 tons push tugs for Nueva Palmira in Uruguayby the float-in method. Pictures of the loading operation are below.   BigLift Shipping…
Friday, 04 April 2014 09:44

April 4 - ADV Ocean Shield

     ADVOcean Shield – Royal Australian Navy The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) vessel Ocean Shield, originally built as an offshore support vessel, has been asked to lead the search for black box recorder of Malaysia Airlines flight 370. She left Perth on Monday this week fitted with US Navy equipment designed to electronically search for the box, including a towed pinger locator and unmanned underwater drone.The towed pinger locater on Ocean Shield has a range of 1.6km and depth capability up to 6000m, with the search set to be conducted at a speed of just 5km/h. The underwater drone will be prepared to dive should the pinger locater detect a signal, map the sea floor and photograph potential debris. Built by STX OSV - Original name: Skandi BergenAcquired by the Royal Australian Navy in 2012LOA 105.9mBeam 21mDisplacement 6,500 tonsPropulsion       2 x Rolls Royce 4,000 HP stern azimuth thrusters                      2 x 2,400 HP bow thrusters                      2 x 2000 HP bow azimuth thruster Speed 16 knotsCost A$130 millionSister ship: Ocean Protector    ADV Ocean Shield entered service with the…
Friday, 28 March 2014 09:25

March 28, 2014 - Tokitae

     Washington State’s First Olympic-Class Ferry Tokitae The new Washington State Ferry Tokitae was christened last week at the Seattle shipyard of Vigor Industrial  by State Secretary of Transportation Ms. Lynn Peterson. LOA 110.3mBeam 25.4mDisplacement 4320 tonsDecks: 2 vehicle & 2 passengerCapacity 1500 passengers, 144 vehicles2 x diesel engines total 6,000 HPSpeed 17 knots    Tokitae is the first of three Olympic class car ferries planned to replace the state’s aging Evergreen State class 87 ferries, all of which are around 60 years old and well past their sell-by date. The second ferry, Samish, is under construction at the same yard. Following sea trials and crew training, Tokitae will enter service on the Mukilteo-Clinton route in June this year. Meanwhile, Samish is expected to serve the San Juan Islands beginning early next year. In a press statement, Vigor also revealed that Washington State has also approved funding for a third sister vessel which is expected to serve the Seattle-Bremerton route. Construction of Tokitae is estimated to have provided approximately 500 jobs at Vigor and its subcontractors. As with British Columbia, Washington State has long recognized that ferries are lifeline for many communities. In 1951, after numerous discussions with the…
Friday, 21 March 2014 08:06

March 21, 2014 - Coral Energy

       Coral Energy – directly driven dual fuel LNG carrier The world’s first dual-fuel LNG carrier, Coral Energy, is chartered by Skangass to deliver LNG to remote communities in Scandinavia.   Built by Meyer Werft, Papenburg, Germany in 2013Owned by Anthony Veder, Rotterdam, NLLOA 155mBeam 22.7mGRT 13,501 tonsDWT 12,344 MTCapacity 15,600 CBMIce Class 1A   The Anthony Veder Group was incorporated in 1937 as a shipowner and port agent. In 1969, the company acquired its first gas tanker and today exclusively operates gas tankers in all segements of the market, from CO2 to ethylene and from LPG to LNG including the world’s first LNG/LPG/LEG carrier. Skangass is Scandinavia’s major distributor on LNG.
Friday, 14 March 2014 00:00

March 14, 2014 - Raven Arrow

                          Raven Arrow Gearbulk Fleximax III design Gearbulk’s Raven Arrow is one of a series of seven vessels built to the company’s advanced Fleximax III design which began with the original Polish built Fleximaxes in 1996. Built by Mitsui Ichihara Engineering and Shipbuilding, Ichihara, Japan in 2012LOA 210mBeam 36mSummer draft 13.8mGRT 46,295 tonsDWT 72,871 MTJib cranes: 4 x 45 MT SWLGrabs: 4 x 15 cbmService speed 14.5 knotsOwned by Doun Kisen, Imbari, JapanManaged by Seaquest Oriental, SingaporeChartered by Gearbulk Pool Ltd. UKSister ships: Finch Arrow, Japin Arrow, Macaw Arrow, Maitaca Arrow, Petrel Arrow, Siskin Arrow      Raven Arrow was the first in a series of eight Fleximax III open hatch jib crane vessels. As with her predecessors, Raven Arrow, with box-shaped holds, is ideal for carrying unitised cargoes requiring a very high standard of stowage and handling. Although the new Raven Arrow class vessels with a deadweight of 73,000 MT are more than 50% larger than earlier generation open hatch vessels in Gearbulk's fleet, her carbon footprint per ton/mile of cargo carried is nearly 50% smaller.   \ anybody recognize the handsome young Captain alongside a former Raven Arrow? –…
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