Ship of the Week

Thursday, 08 December 2016 22:08

Dec 9 - Icebreaker Polaris

Consistent with our local weather this week is the issue of ice breaking and those who do it for a living. In a year that has seen some major decisions from the IMO on limiting marine industry GHG emissions, delivery of the world’s first dual fuelled ice-breaker Polaris to the Finnish Transportation Agency is an important milestone towards that end. Built by Arctech Helsinki ShipyardDelivered September 2016Owned by the Finnish Transport AgencyOperated by Arctia Icebreaking Oy.LOA 110mBeam 24mGRT 9,300 tonsDisplacement 10,961 tonnes at a design draft of 8mMain engines: Wärtsilä 2x 6000 kW, 2x 4500 kW, 1x 1280 kW, Dual fuelAzimuth propulsion: units ABB Azipod 2x 6500 kW (stern), 1 x 6000 kW (bow)Speed 17 knots (6 knots in ice of 1.2m)Icebreaking capability 3.5 knots / 1.8 mLNG tanks: 2 x 400 m3Oil recovery capacity: 1400 m3Towing winch: 300 m, 110 tonnesBollard pull: 214 tonnesCrew: 16 plus accommodation for up to 8 specialistsLloyds Register   Polaris is the first icebreaker to be built that is capable of running on both LNG and ultra-low sulphur diesel, making her the most environmentally friendly diesel-electric icebreaker in the world. With a total output of about 22 MW, she is also Finland’s most powerful icebreaker to date.…
Friday, 02 December 2016 10:10

Dec. 2 - CMA CGM Rhone

           CMA CGM Rhone arriving Vancouver assisted by SST Orleans and SST Capilano A recent Vancouver caller was CMA CGM Rhone, the 7th of a series of 28 ships ranging from 9,400 TEUs to 10,900 TEU, all named after famous rivers, that have been delivered to the company over the past two years. Founded in 1978 by Mr. Jacques R. Saadé, the company currently operates a diversified fleet of 532 container vessels as part of the Ocean Alliance along with China COSCO Shipping, Evergreen Line and OOCL. Built by Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Company, PRCOperated by CMA CGM GroupDelivered February 2015LOA 300mBeam 48mGRT 95.263 tonsDWT 113,800Capacity 9,365 TEU including 1,458 40’ reefer plugsRegistry: Malta   From its 33 story headquarters in Marseille (picture below left), the privately held CMA CGM Group does business in more than 160 countries through a network of 600 offices. The company has more than 29,000 employees worldwide including 4,500 in France and some 18 million containers were shipped by CMA CGM in 2015 generating revenues of around US$21 billion.    Company Chairman and CEO Mr. Jacques Saadé (above right) is long renowned for being a political bridge builder and the company frequently…
Thursday, 24 November 2016 20:42

Nov 25 - Searoad Mersey II

We have a submission from Harry Armstrong, a cargo coordinator with Western Stevedoring, to share with you this week. After her launch is June this year, the new build ro-ro Searoad Mersey II will enter service on the Bass Strait service between Melbourne and Hobart in December this year. Her claim to fame is that she is the first coastal ship in Australia to use LNG fuel-and-power technology and is also the first pure dry cargo ship globally to use a roll-on roll-off LNG supply system according to her owners, SeaRoad Shipping. Built by Flensburger, Flensburg, GermanyOwned and operated by SeaRoad Shipping, MelbourneLOA 181.52mBeam 26.6mDWT 7,920 MTPropulsion: twin screw and dual fuelSpeed: 20 knotsCapacity: 2,000 lane metersFlag: Australia    SeaRoad's origins stem from a family run business established in the 1890s as 'Wm Holyman and Sons'. Over the years, with the various changes in ownership the business expanded its shipping and logistics operations through organic growth as well as a number of significant acquisitions. In 2006, Toll Holdings Limited's (Toll) takeover of Patrick Corporation Ltd (Patrick), resulted in the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) requiring Toll to divest Patrick's Bass Strait operations. SeaRoad, formed by a group of business…
Thursday, 17 November 2016 11:14

Nov. 18 - USS North Carolina

As we took time to remember our veterans last week, the immaculately preserved USS North Carolina lies testament to an age of naval warfare in which battleship supremacy was unquestioned. All that changed on December 7 1941 with the attack on Pearl Harbour but nevertheless, battleships remained a potent threat to merchant shipping and played a vital role in support of invasion forces throughout World War II. Many consider USS North Carolina, a well preserved example of one of the last battleships to be built to be perhaps the finest example of naval design of that era. Built by New York Naval ShipyardLaid down in October 1937Launched in June 1940Commissioned in April 1941Decommissioned June 1947LOA 222.1mBeam 33.0mPropulsion: 4 x General Electric steam turbines generating 121,000HP or 91,000kWSpeed 28 knotsComplement: 2,300 menAviation: 3 catapult launched Kingfisher float plans      At the time of Pearl Harbour, USS North Carolina was still serving in the Atlantic as a guard against the German battleship Tirpitz being ordered into action against allied shipping. In June 1942 she was ordered into the Pacific in support of US reoccupation of invaded territory. Her arrival in Pearl Harbour was a well timed moral boost for U.S. Pacific forces.…
Thursday, 03 November 2016 15:54

Nov 4 - Ocean Orange

We have selected a handsome ship for your this week in the form of Orange Ocean, a dedicated purpose built carrier of orange juice from Brazil to the United States and Europe. Built by Hyundai Mipo Dockyard, Ulsan, South Korea in 2014Owned by Atlanship of Lausanne, SwitzerlandLOA 170mBeam 26mGRT 22,687 tonsDWT 22,918 tons   Founded in 1982, Atlanship is a Swiss shipping company that operates a fleet of eight specialized vessels, purpose built to ship refrigerated fresh and concentrated fruit juice. The company carries orange juice on behalf of Cutrale, which provides one in four glasses of orange juice globally including most of the orange juice used by the major drink manufacturers worldwide. In the 1980s, Brazil overtook the US as the world's leading producer of orange juice and in simple terms, today provides 25% of the world’s orange juice, the largest market being Europe.Some vessels were designed and constructed specifically for this trade, while others have been converted. All carry orange juice, primarily concentrate, under refrigeration from Brazil to the United States and Europe, less frequently, to Asia. The ships generally are divided into four or five cargo holds into which are placed between one and four refrigerated stainless steel tanks…
Thursday, 27 October 2016 21:12

Oct 28 - Nord Steady

A fairly regular caller in Vancouver is the chemical tanker Nord Steady which recently made a call at the Stanovan Terminal in Burnaby. The vessel operates in the Norient Product Pool and has recently been trading back and forth between the west coast and Hawaii. Built by STX Offshore & Shipbuilding, Jinhae, South Korea in 2013Owned by Norden Shipping SingaporeManaged by Norden - Hellerup, DenmarkLOA 183mBeam 32mGRT 29,850 tonsDWT 49,998 MTRegistered in Singapore    Norient Product Pool is a limited company registered in Denmark and owned 50/50 by the founding partners Interorient Navigation Company Ltd and Dampskibsselskabet NORDEN A/S . Head office is in Denmark supported by commercial operating offices in Singapore, USA and Cyprus. The pool is currently managing 92 product tankers ranfging from 25–75,000MT DWT. Founded in 1871, Dampskibsselskabet NORDEN A/S is incorporated in Denmark and listed on NASDAQ OMX Copenhagen A/S.  The company operates a fleet of dry cargo and tankers worldwide through a mix of owned and chartered tonnage. Head office is in Hellerup, Denmark, supported by branch offices in Singapore, Shanghai, Annapolis, Rio de Janeiro and Mumbai. The company was a founding member of the Danish Shipowners' Association in 1884. Founded in 1979 and headquartered in Cyprus,…
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