Ship of the Week

Friday, 28 April 2017 13:22

Apr 28 - Seabourn Sojourn

                        Seabourn Sojourn entering Valetta Harbour, Malta For many of us, the first hints of summer are synonymous with the arrival of an armada of some of the world’s leading cruise ships. This year is no exception with the arrival of Holland America’s Zaandam on Wednesday this week, followed by Eurodam today (Friday) and Oosterdam, Nieuw Amsterdam, Carnival Legend and Noordam over the weekend. Thursday June 1 will also see the arrival of the Seabourn Sojourn for her maiden Alaska season based out of Vancouver.   Delivered in 2010 by Mariotti Shipyard, Genoa, ItalyOwned and operated by Seabourn Cruise Line, Seattle, Wa.LOA 198.0mBeam 25.6mGRT 32,346 tonsSpeed 21.6 knots (cruising)Capacity: 450 guestsCrew: 335Sister ships: Seabourn Odyssey & Seabourn Quest   Seabourn Sojourn is advertised as being among the most luxurious cruising vessels in the world. Despite her modest size, she has a large two-deck spa facility of over 11,000 square feet, two outdoor swimming pools and six outdoor whirlpool spas. The four restaurants and six bars and cafes have seating capacity for over 800 diners, though the vessel carries just 450 guests. Alaska itineraries are a mix of 11 and…
Thursday, 20 April 2017 22:17

Apr 21 - Seaspan Swift & Seaspan Reliant

  Although we covered the new trailer ferry Seaspan Swift as our Ship of the Week on her initial arrival in BC in December 2016, Sunday April 9 was a unique event for British Columbia when Seaspan Ferries hosted the dual formal naming of Seaspan Swift and sister vessel Seaspan Reliant. The event was hosted by Seaspan Ferries President Mr. Steve Roth and attended by BC Premier Christy Clark (sponsor of Seaspan Swift) and Ms. Anisa White representing Plains Cree-Metis First Nation (sponsor of Seaspan Reliant). On a rare sunny afternoon, welcome speeches were also given by retiring Seaspan CEO Mr. Jonathan Whitworth and the incoming CEO Mr. Frank Butzelaar before the traditional breaking of champagne bottles on each vessel.  Mr. Kyle Washington and Jonathan Whitworth accompanied the Premier to do the honours on Seaspan Swift. Built by SEDEF Shipbuilding Inc. TurkeyDesigned by Vard Marine Inc.Owned and operated by Seaspan Ferries CorporationLOA 148.9mBeam 26.0mGRT 4,762 MTCapacity 59 x 53’ trailers over 1042 lane metersMain engine 2 x dual fuel Wartsila 9L34DF generating 4,400 KwThrusters 2 x Schottel SCD 2020Bow thrusters 2 x 550 KwLNG capacity 200 cbmDiesel capacity 162 cbmBattery capacity 546 kWhClass Bureau Veritas      Responsible for some…
Friday, 07 April 2017 13:31

Apr 7 - Dockwise White Marlin

Two casualties spread almost three years apart have dominated the maritime news in the past week. The loss of the 24 year old Very Large Ore Carrier (VLOC) Stellar Daisy (picture below right) in the South Atlantic about 2,300 nautical miles off the coast of Paraguay while carrying 260,000 tons of iron ore from Brazil to China was a sharp reminder of the fragility of life for unsuspecting seafarers. Of a crew of 24, only two Filipinos survived having been rescued from a liferaft. Initial reports indicate that the ship broke in two which of course raises many questions. Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, the wreck of the 140m South Korean ferry Sewol was raised and manoeuvred onboard the semi-subersible heavy lift vessel Dockwise White Marlin. The perfectly managed operation was executed by a Chinese salvage consortium which raised the Sewol between a pair of barges fitted with winches and lifting beams that were secured beneath the wreck to provide lift. Once the wreckage was sufficiently raised, the submerged Dockwise White Marlin was able to maneuver into position between the barges thereby enabling the wreck to be landed intact. The wreckage was then secured and drained in preparation for the short voyage to the…
Friday, 31 March 2017 09:48

Mar 31 - Alpena

  We are winding the clock back this week to take a look at a veteran Laker. SS Alpena was built in 1942 for the Pittsburgh Steamship Company and remains in service on the Great Lakes today. She is employed in moving cement from the Lafarge Corporation plant in Alpena, Michigan to a number of Great Lakes’ ports, including Milwaukee, Green Bay, Chicago, Muskegon, Detroit, St. Joseph, Cleveland, and Buffalo. She makes makes about 100 trips a year, arriving in Duluth-Superior about once a month.   Built by Great Lakes Engineering Works, Ecorse, MI, USAOwned and managed by Inland Lakes Management, Grand Rapids, MI, USALOA 158.5mBeam 20.4mGRT 8018 tonsDWT 19,414 MTPropulsion: 4,000 HP steam turbineSpeed 13 knotsHome port Cleveland, OhioFormer Name: Leon Fraser until 1991   As the Leon Fraser, Alpena was laid up in Lorain, Ohio, in 1982, and remained there until 1989. She was sold to Inland Lakes Management in 1990 and re-named Alpena in 1991 before being shortened by 36m at the Fraser Shipyard in Superior as part of a full converion into a bulk cement carrier. In service she carries around 13,50 tons of cement in her 7 holds. In December 2015, a major fire in the…
Thursday, 23 March 2017 09:47

Mar 24 - Seajacks Scylla

  Having been delivered in 2015, Seajacks Scylla is considered to be the world’s largest and most advanced Offshore Wind Farm Installation Vessel. The vessel is purpose designed and constructed to meet the environmental rigors associated with working the UK and North West European markets. Operating at depths of up to 65m and with an open deck space of 4,600m2, Seajacks Scylla  is ideally suited to servicing the ever expanding market for off-shore wind farm installation. Built by Samsung Heavy Industries, Geoge City, South KoreaOwned and operated by Seajacks UK Ltd., Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, UKLOA 139mBeam 50mGRT 12,000 tonsDWT 5,000 MTPropulsion: 3 x 3000kW stern azipod unitsThrusters: 3 x 3000kW (retractable)Jack-up legs, length 105mSpeed 12 knotsAccommodation for 130 crew and turbine installation specialists Seajacks Scylla is uniquely equipped with a 1,540 MT leg-encircling crane capable of meeting the installation needs of jumbo-monopiles, jackets, and turbines of future wind farms in deeper waters further from shore. She recently visited the Port of Rotterdam for a mooring system upgrade following her first successful assignment on Phase 1 of the Veja Mate Offshore Wind Farm Project which included the installation of 67 foundation monopiles off the coast of Germany, each weighing approximately 1,300…
Thursday, 16 March 2017 17:10

Mar 17 - CCGS M. Charles M.B

  Based at the Institute of Ocean Sciences in North Saanich on Vancouver Island, the Hero Class Mid-Shore Patrol Vessel CCGS M. Charles M.B. was delivered to the Canadian Coast Guard in June 2014. Along with her sister vessel CCGS Captain Goddard M.S.M she arrived at her new base of operations in February 2015 after sailing for 39 days, covering a distance of just over 7,000 nautical miles from Halifax, Nova Scotia via the Panama Canal.   These vessels are designed to conduct Maritime Security missions on the Great Lake and St. Lawrence Seaway in addition to the Atlantic and Pacific Coasts. Under the "Mid-Shore" designation, they are approved to operate up to 120 nautical miles offshore. Built by Irving Shipbuilding Inc, Halifax NSParent Design Damen Stan Patrol 4207LOA 43.0mBeam 7.0mDisplacement 257 MTPower 4,992 kW with 2 x controllable pitch propellersSpeed: Maximum 25 knots, cruising 14 knotsRange 2,000 nautical milesCrew up to 14Design and construction cost for nine vessels $198 million        With their steel hulls and aluminium superstructure, the fleet of nine Mid-Shore Patrol Vessels are deployed in support of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) Compliance and Enforcement programs with responsibility to: Conduct surveillance of…
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