Ship of the Week

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…
Friday, 10 March 2017 10:25

Mar 10 - Yuan Wang 5

  One of the enjoyable aspects of cruising for former seafarers is the opportunity to see sectors of shipping that we would normally not see here at home. One such occurrence for us was a port call in Auckland, New Zealand, in October last year where we found the sophisticated Chinese research / survey vessel Yuan Wang 5. She and China’s fleet of six similar vessels form the backbone of the country’s world-wide space tracking and intelligence gathering capability.   Built by China State Shipbuilding Corporation, Shanghai, PRCOperated by the Peoples Liberation Army Navy (PLAN)Commissioned in 2007LOA     190m (approx)GRT      22,686 tonsSpeed  20 knots (approx.)Crew     470Registered in Shanghai      The Yuan Wang (translates to “Long View” in Mandarin) class of ships are used for tracking and support of space flights, satellites and intercontinental ballistic missiles by the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). The first Yuan Wang class of vessel is believed to have been proposed by Premier Zhou Enlai in 1965, eventually being approved by Chairman Mao Zedong in 1968 with Yuan Wang 1 and Yuan Wang 2 entering service in 1977 and 1978 respectively. The latest in the series, Yuan Wang-7, was launched…
Thursday, 02 March 2017 21:04

Mar 3 - ENGIE Zeebrugge

  Last month, one of the world’s first purpose built LNG bunkering vessels, ENGIE Zeebrugge, was delivered to the Gas4Sea Partnership, a brand name generated to market ship to ship LNG bunkering services worldwide. The French energy and utility company ENGIE, Mitsubishi Corporation and NYK are the partners to this new venture which will set up shop initially to service the Port of Zeebrugge in Belgium. Built by Hanjin Heavy Industries, Yeongdo Shipyard, Busan, South KoreaOwned by Gas4Sea PartnershipOperated by: NYK Energy Transport (Atlantic) Ltd & (NYK LNG Shipmanagement (UK) Ltd.)LOA 107.6mBeam 18.4mGRT 7,403 tonsCapacity 5,000 CBMMain engine: Dual Fuel (marine gas oil, marine diesel oil, and LNG)Registry: BelgiumClass: Bureau Veritas       ENGIE Zeebrugge is operating on LNG for her maiden delivery voyage to Zeebrugge via the Suez Canal. Just this week she called at the Port of Singapore’s LNG terminal hub for a recharge. The picture above right is an artist’s impression of the new vessel in operation once she arrives in Europe.   In October last year, Gas4Sea signed up the company’s first commercial customer, the Marseilles based container line CMA CGM. In Zeebrugge, two LNG fueled pure car and truck carriers (PCTC) operated by United European…
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