Ship of the Week

Friday, 16 February 2018 10:04

Feb 16 - Ireland

  M.V. Ireland is a dedicated cement carrier built for the joint venture JT cement, in which Erik Thun AB cooperates with KG Jebsen Cement of Bergen, Norway. The vessel and her sister M.V. Greenland are among the first ever dry cargo vessels with an LNG fuelled propulsion system which includes a unique design incorporating a pressurised LNG tank positioned in the fore-part of the vessel. Built by Ferus Smit Shipyard, Westerbroek, The NetherlandsOwned KGJ CementOperated by MF Shipping GroupDelivered in 2016LOA 109.7mBeam 15mGRT 4284 tonsDWT 7300 MTMain engine WartsilaFlag Norwegian International Register     KGJ Cement owns and operates a large fleet of pneumatic cement carriers, and is the largest independent cement carrier owner in the world. A spectacular video of the vessel’s launch can be found at As with most dedicated cement carriers, discharging is undertaken pneumatically via one or two hoses between the vessel and reception facilities. The cargo is pumped out by compressed air which is supplied by the vessel’s integrated cargo handling equipment. Conversely, loading can be performed either pneumatically or by gravity with dust emissions being eliminated by on board dust collectors. In addition to cement, the vessel can carry commodities such as fly…
Friday, 09 February 2018 10:35

Feb 9 - RV Investigator

  RV Investigator is an Australian marine research vessel which was designed by RALion (a joint venture between Robert Allan Ltd. and Alion Science and Technology). She was constructed in Singapore and is owned and managed by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), through Australia's Marine National Facility with its operations funded by the Australian Government to undertake oceanographic, geoscience, ecosystem and fisheries research. Built by Sambewang Shipyard, SingaporeOwned by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO)Operated by ASP Ship Management Pty. Ltd.  Delivered in 2014LOA 93.9mBeam 18.5mGRT 6082 tonsDWT 1537 MTPropulsion: Diesel-Electric, 2 x fixed pitch propellers | Propulsion Motors: 2 x L3 AC reversible propulsion motors rated at 2600 kW minimum eachRudders: 2 x independently vectoring Becker high lift | Steering Gear: 2 x rotary vane units Dynamic Positioning: Kongsberg K-Pos - DP1 (AM) which allows the vessel to hold station within defined limitsCruising speed 12 knots Drop Keels: 2 x drop keels with instrumentation mounting extendable to 4m below the keelAccommodation for up to 40 research staff and 20 crewClassification Lloyds +100A1, +LMC Research Vessel, DP (AM) UMS, ICE 1C, IWS, SPS Code  & DNV Silent-RHome port: Hobart, State of Tasmania      The history of Investigator goes…
Friday, 02 February 2018 10:14

Feb 2 - Willem van Rubroeck

In late August 2017, the world’s largest self propelled Cutter Suction Dredger Willem van Rubroeck was launched at the Uljanik Shipyard in Croatia. The concept of a Cutter Suction Dredger (CSD) is that of a vessel which is equipped with a rotating head for cutting and fragmenting hard soils. The soil is sucked up by means of dredge pumps before being discharged through a floating pipeline and piped to shore. Alternatively, the dredge material  may be discharged into split hopper barges that are moored alongside during operations. In contrast to a traditional dredger, a CSD is moored and stationary while dredging. See an excellent video of the launch at Built by Uljanik Shipyard, CroatiaOwned and managed by the Jan De Nul GroupLaunched in August 2017, to be delivered Q1 2018LOA 151.3mBeam 36mLoaded draft 5.75mInstalled power 40,975 kwDredging power 25,500 kw spread over 3 pumpsCutter power 8,500 kwDredge depth up to 45mSpeed 12 knotsStandard crew compliment 67   The picture above left shows the vessel during launch, immediately after clearing the slipway, while the picture above right is a concept picture of the completed vessel in operation. The company’s history goes back to 1938 when Jan Frans Jozef De Nul…
Thursday, 25 January 2018 17:28

Jan 26 - R/P Flip

  Built in 1962, R/P Flip is a most unusual craft - her name being the acronym for “Floating Instrument Platform.”  Strictly speaking she is not a ship at all, but an oceanographic research platform designed by scientists at Scripps's Marine Physical and operated by Scripps Oceanography for the US Navy. When not in use she is generally decked in San Diego Bay before being towed out to sea in a horizontal (submarine type) position and then “flipped” 90 degrees so that about 120m of her length is below water creating something akin to a very stable spar buoy, resistant to wave motion. Her initial primary task was the study of sound propagation for submarine warfare, but with the development of new technologies she has evolved to support research in geophysics, meteorology and oceanography. Built by Gunderson Brothers Engineering Corporation in Portland, Oregon in 1962 Owned and operated by Scripps Oceanography, San Diego, CA Delivered in 1962 LOA 108m Average beam 8.0m (diameter of the hull is 6.5 meters from the 91- to 49-meter depth, tapering to 4 meters at the 20-meter depth) GRT 700 tons Power supply 3 generators mounted on trunnions providing 340 kW to meet platform and…
Thursday, 18 January 2018 17:10

Jan 19 - Green Iris

Friday December 22 was yet another milestone in the move towards use of LNG as a mainstream fuel for vessel propulsion with the naming ceremony at the Hyundai Mipo Dockyard of the LNG fueled bulk carrier Green Iris. The 50,000 MT DWT vessel, which is expected to enter service this month, has been built against a long term charter to South Korea’s major steel manufacturer POSCO for the movement of limestone. POSCO has also provided the vessel’s LNG fuel tank constructed of high manganese steel as an alternative material to more commonly used nickel alloy. The South Korean government also used the occasion to re-enforce that country’s commitment to development of an LNG bunkering infrastructure. Built by Hyundai, Mipo Dockyard, Ulsan, South KoreaOwned and operated by Ilshin Shipping Co. Ltd.Chartered by POSCODWT 50,000 MT (approx)Main engine: MAN ME-GI   The cryogenic high manganese steel used for the LNG storage tanks on Green Iris has been some 10 years in development and successfully complies with a new standard from ASTM International which develops and publishes technical standards for many materials, including metals and non-metals. To date, more than 30,000 experts from 140 countries have established more than 12,000 technical specifications to ASTM…
Thursday, 11 January 2018 13:45

Jan 12 - Northern Sea Wolf

Following delivery from her previous Greek owners, Orveline Hellinic Shipping Co. in Piraeus in late August this year, the 17 year old freshly repainted ferry now renamed Northern Sea Wolf has made the 10,100 nautical mile passage to British Columbia via the Panama Canal. The name of the vessel was selected through a community engagement process involving First Nations, BC Ferry Advisory Committee members, BC Ferries employees and the Mid-Coast Ferry Working Group. Beginning in the summer of 2018, she will operate a new mid-coast ferry service with BC Ferries which will offer sailings between Port Hardy and Bella Coola five days per week during peak season which is, to say the least, something of a contrast to servicing some of the Greek Islands.  Built by Panagiotakis Bros, Ampelakia, GreeceOwned and operated by BC FerriesDelivered in 2000LOA 75mBeam 15mGRT 2679 tonsDWT 353 MTPropulsion 2 x Cummins Diesels 2399kWCapacity for 35 vehiclesPassengers and crew 150Previous names: Agios Andreas II, Andreas II, Mr. Shoppy One, Aqua Spirit      The above pictures left and centre show Northern Sea Wolf alongside in picturesque Grand Harbour, Valetta, Malta following drydocking. The voyage to BC was 35 days with bunker calls at the Canary Islands,…
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