Ship of the Week

Friday, 07 July 2017 09:25

July 7 - Rotra Vente

  Following a truly innovative conversion from a humble short sea trading container ship to a ro-ro vessel, the Rotra Vente has caught the eye of many in the European ship building industry. Rotra Vente is the first of two innovative vessels that are specifically designed for ease of shipping wind turbine parts such as masts, nacelles (engine rooms) and rotor blades. The base was an existing container ship’s hull, which was converted into a special service heavy cargo vessel with ramp. The conversion of the original vessel includes the incorporation of a movable bow and extendable ramp, allowing for unhindered ro-ro operations access. Built by Nantong Mingde Heavy Industries, Nantong, PRCConverted by Holland ShipyardsOwned by Amasus Shipping BVOperated by Siemens Wind Power GmbH & Deugro Danmark A/sLOA 141.6mBeam 20.6mGRT 6,564 tonsDWT 8,929 MTPropulsion: Wartsila 8L38C with 5,400kW output to a CP propellorService speed 15 knotsCrew capacity 11Original name: Flintercoral      Rotra Vente is the first of two ro-ro vessels designed by the Concordia Group in The Netherlands and converted by Holland Shipyards for Germany’s Siemens Group. For Siemens, the charterer of the vessel, and means of loading and unloading, allows for a highly cost effective operation contributing to…
Friday, 30 June 2017 11:09

June 30 - V2V Empress

  Some 23 years after a similar venture failed due to lack of ridership, Saturday May 6 saw the launch of a new passenger only ferry service between the Steamship Building in Victoria Inner Harbour and Vancouver Convention Centre, Coal Harbour. The catamaran V2V Empress is owned by Riverside Marine, a family owned enterprise, based in Brisbane, that has been in business for 91 years and which is now owned and operated by the 3rd generation of the founding Campbell family. The start up cost for the new service was said to be in the region of $15 million including the cost of conversion from a dining and entertainment vessel sailing on the St. Lawrence to her new role at Point Hope Shipyard in Victoria. Built in 1995 by Goelette Marie Clarisse, La Baleine, QuebecOwned by V2V VacationsLOA 39mBeam 11mGRT 465 tonsDWT 60 tonnesCapacity 254 seatsPrevious name: Famille Dufour II     After a disruptive start-up week due to electrical problems, the service is now up and running. One-way fares (taxes not included) start at $120 for adults and $60 for children ages two to 12 in Premium Comfort Class, and rise to $199 each for adults and children in first…
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…
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