Ship of the Week

Friday, 23 September 2016 12:58

Sept 23 - YM Movement

Seen approaching Lions Gate Bridge recently is the container vessel YM Movement for her Thursday afternoon into Friday day shift window at GCT’s Vanterm Container Terminal. The vessel operates in a service loop from Ningbo, ShanghaI and Busan to Tacoma and Vancouver. Built by Koyo Dockyard, Mihara, Japan in 2013Owned and managed by Shoei Kisen, Imabari, JapanChartered by Yang Ming LineLOA 293.2mBeam 40.0mGRT 71,821 tonsDWT 72.370 MTRegistered in Panama   Headquartered in Keelung, Taiwan, Yang Ming Marine Transport Corporation (Yang Ming) was established in December 1972 and today operates a fleet of around 105 vessels of around 6 million tons DWT having almost 600,000 TEU of capacity. Yang Ming has also made terminal investments in exclusive terminals at Keelung and Kaohsiung in Taiwan, Los Angeles and Tacoma in the U.S; Antwerp in Belgium and Rotterdam in the Netherlands. The four berth Kao Ming Container Terminal in Kaohsiung Harbor of Taiwan is the company’s flagship transhipment hub in Asia. Sister company Kuang Ming Shipping Corporation is the company’s global bulk shipping arm. The company has historical links with the China Merchants Steam Navigation Company (CMSNC), which dates back to the Qing Dynasty (1872–1912) and the so called Self-Strengthening Movement of that…
Friday, 16 September 2016 13:05

Sept 16 - Seaodyssey

                              artist's rendering of the MT Seaodyssey – LR1 product tanker Last weekend was a great occasion for Hong Kong based Valles Steamship and the company’s team here in Vancouver at Valles Steamship (Canada) Ltd.  September 10 was the occasion for the naming of the company’s newbuild LR1 tanker, the MT Seaodyssey. Built by Guangzhou Shipyard International Co. Ltd, PRCOwned and operated by Valles SteamshipLOA 250mBeam 44mSummer draft 13.7mGRT 64,092 tonsDWT 113,388 MTMain engine: MAN B&W 6G60ME-c 9.2 Tier IIService speed 14.5 knotsComplement: 14 officers and 16 ratings   The design of Seaodyssey brings together several aspects of modern naval architecture including the Leadge Bow (developed from the Ax-bow) and an Asymetrical Stern designed to provide a highly efficient hull form. Thanks to the use of high grade construction materials throughout, she is assigned the latest ABS notation of ECTC (SC) for Enhanced Cargo Tank Cleaning. She also comes equipped with enhanced satellite communications along with a sophisticated CCTC security monitoring system. Bearing in mind that the Ballast Water Management Convention will take effect on September 8 2017, the vessel comes prepared with a D-2 standard ballast water…
Friday, 09 September 2016 08:46

Sept 9 - Jubilee Seaways

                              Jubilee Seaways – the largest LEGO ship model in the world Apparently motivated by some of the recent outstanding performances at the Rio Olympics and wanting to do something unique for the company’s 150th anniversary, Danish ferry operator DFDS decided to go for a world record of their own by building a new Guinness World Record Breaking (Lego) Ship M/V Jubilee Seaways. Based on a futuristic design concept, construction involved 7,000 people spread over 20 countries and amazingly took only two weeks. As shown above, she is mounted on a company trailer and is now on tour, apparently receiving a rapturous reception wherever she goes including the Tall Ships Regatta. Built by 7,000 DFDS employees in 900 person hours spread across 75 locations in 20 countriesLOA 12.4mBeam 1.7mKeel to upper mast 2.72mWeight, 2,860 kgsThe ship, plus the trucks, cars and other details consists of 1,015,000 LEGO bricks    DFDS partnered with the Lauritzen Foundation to construct a record-breaking LEGO ship. DFDS employees around the world added bricks to individual sections, which were combined to complete the vessel, which was unveiled last week. Prior to Jubilee Seaways, the largest known LEGO model was that of USS Missouri at 7.8m In 1866 several small…
Friday, 02 September 2016 14:07

Sept 2 - Olympic Future

As we transition from the International Olympics to the International Paralympics beginning September 7, it is easy to overlook the origins of the Olympic movement. The Ancient Olympic Games were religious and athletic festivals held every four years at the sanctuary of Zeus in Olympia, Greece. Competition took place between the athletes of the day representing the city states and kingdoms of Ancient Greece. The first Games to be held under the auspices of the International Olympic Committee were hosted in Athens in 1896 when the Games brought together 14 nations and 241 athletes who competed in 43 events. The original intent was for Greece to host the games every four years but the IOC decided that subsequent Games would be rotated through selected host cities. The Olympic name was also adopted by the legendary Greek ship owner Aristotle Onassis who is widely credited with developing the world’s largest fleet of modern tankers in the 1960’s and 70’s. Amazingly, he insisted that their hulls be painted white, a huge additional cost to their maintenance and one even had a piano installed in the owner’s suite. The name lives on through a foundation created in memory of his only son Alexander,…
Friday, 26 August 2016 08:34

Aug 26 - Crystal Serenity

The luxury cruise ship Crystal Serenity sailed on August 16 from the port of Seward, Alaska, on a 32 day voyage to New York via the Northwest Passage – a cruise industry first. Not taking any chances, she is accompanied by the US Coast Guard ice-breaker Healy and a chartered ice-class escort vessel the Ernest Shackleton along with two helicopters to help out if needed. The vessel has a capacity of 1,700 passengers and crew with prices for the trip ranging from US$19,000 to $120,000 per person. Detailed planning for the voyage has taken three years. Built by Chantiers de L’Atlantique, Nantes, St. Nazaire, FranceOwned and operated by Crystal Cruise, Los AngelesMaiden voyage in 2003LOA 249.9 mBeam 32.3mGRT 68,870 tonsPassengers: 1070, crew 655Full speed 25 knots   The ship’s Master, Captain Birger Vorland of Norway (above left) provided a number of interviews prior to departure from Seward’s Alaska Railroad Dock (above right). He will be assisted in the passage by two Canadian ice-pilots and in preparation for the voyage, the vessel has been fitted with a Rutter’s sigma S6 Small Target Surveillance and Ice Navigator System which provides enhanced small target detection of first-year and multi-year sea ice as well…
Friday, 19 August 2016 09:44

Aug 19 - Bardu

Currently time chartered to Westwood Shipping on the company’s liner services to and from Asia, the multipurpose vessel M.V. Bardu is a regular caller to Vancouver. The company’s sailings and intermodal delivery service provide full origin to destination service with sailings to and from more than 20 ports in Japan, Korea, China and the Pacific Northwest with a fixed-day, weekly sailing schedule. Built by  Jiangsu Yangzijiang Shipuyard, Jiangyin, PRC   in 2014Owned and operated by Klaveness Ship Management, Oslo, NorwayLOA 209mBeam 30mGRT 26,374 tonsDWT 34,086 MTCapacity 2,500 TEU   Westwood is a wholly owned subsidiary of J-WeSco, a subsidiary of Sumitomo Warehouse, which in 2011 lead a consortium of Japanese stevedores, all of which had been key service providers to Westwood for more than 25 years in a $53 million buy-out from the Weyerhauser Group.   Founded in 1946, Torvald Klaveness is a leading service provider to the global dry bulk industry. In addition the company has a unique concept for combination carriers and provides container feeder vessels to a number of operators. Family owned with its main office in Oslo, the company has approximately 170 employees on shore and nearly 900 employees at sea. Klaveness serves its clients from offices in…
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