Ship of the Week

Friday, 27 January 2017 12:09

Jan 27 - Pleiades Sprit

Nestled in English Bay anchorage enjoying a cold but sunny and picturesque day over the new year break was the car carrier Pleiades Spirit awaiting berth at Fraser Wharves. Built by Shin Kurushima Toyohashi Shipbuilding, Toyohashi, Japan in 2008Owned Mizuho Sangyo, Imabari, JapanOperated by Nissan Motor Car Carrier Co. Ltd., Tokyo, JapanLOA 200mBeam 32.3mGRT 60,330 tonsDWT 17,424 MTStandard capacity: 5,200 vehiclesSister ship: Leo Spirit   Established in 1965, Nissan Motor Car Carrier Co. Ltd. (NMCC) has as its shareholders Mitsui OSK Lines and Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. The current fleet of nine vessels trades world-wide in support of Nissan’s global export trades. In 1990, Euro Marine Carrier B.V.(EMC), specializing in short-distance sea transportation within Europe, was established by Nissan in the Netherlands. That company operates a fleet of seven vessels, the largest being the City of Rotterdam and her sister vessel City of St Petersburg, both having capacity for 2000 vehicles. Nissan cars manufactured for the North American product line are generally produced in one of six manufacturing facilities located in Japan, the United States and Mexico. US President Donald Trump, has criticized US car companies which manufacture abroad, accusing them of costing US jobs. Of the Japanese car manufacturers,…
Friday, 20 January 2017 11:31

Jan 20 - APL Raffles

                                                             APL Raffles It is perhaps fitting that on the day a new US President is inaugurated, we feature a vessel of the American President Line, more commonly known today as simply APL. Gone are the days when the fleet of the American President Lines flew the US flag and proudly circled the globe sporting the names of past US Presidents along with the US Navy’s fleet of nuclear powered aircraft carriers, each of which is similarly named after a past President. Built by Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries, Samho, South Korea in 2013Owned and operated by Neptune Shipmanagement Services of Singapore, a subsidiary of CMA-CGMLOA 368.5mBeam 51.0mGRT 151,963 tonsDWT 150, 936 MTCapacity 13,900 TEUMain engine Hyundai-MAN B&W 11S90ME-C9.2 engine driving a fixed pitch propeller.Service speed 19 knotsRegistered in Singapore    Armed with a precious mail contract, the sailing of an American steamer from New York to the US West Coast during the California Gold Rush of 1849 was the effective launch of Pacific Mail Company, the predecessor of American President Line.…
Friday, 13 January 2017 12:09

Jan 13 - Salish Orca

After a 50 day trip of around 10,400 nautical miles from Poland via the Canary Islands and including a transit of the Panama Canal, the first of BC Ferries’ new intermediate Salish Class vessels arrived in Richmond this week. Salish Orca is designed to operate on LNG or ultra low sulphur diesel oil representing a significant leap forward in the adoption of clean technology by the company. Following routine inspections, the vessel will shift to Tsawwassen for crew training and to be in operation by early spring on the Powell River-Comox route. Built by Remontowa Shipbuilding, Gdansk, Poland in 2015-16Owned and operated by BC FerriesLOA 107mBeam 24mGRT 8,728 tonsMain engine: 3 x Wartsila 8I.20DFService speed 15.5 knotsCapacity for up to 145 vehicles and 600 passengers/crewSister ships: Salish Eagle, Salish Raven    In January 2016, BC Ferries and the First Peoples' Cultural Council announced the selection of three Coast Salish artists to create designs for the new Salish Class vessels; Darlene Gait from Esquimalt Nation for the Salish Orca, John Marston from Stz’uminus for the Salish Eagle and Thomas Cannell from Musqueam for the Salish Raven. The vessels are named to recognize the Coast Salish as the original mariners of the…
Friday, 06 January 2017 12:13

Jan 6 - Shturman Albanov

After a few days of Arctic conditions, at least by Vancouver standards, our first vessel of the year seems appropriate. The Russian flagged shuttle tanker Shturman Albanov, which is designed to operate in temperatures as low as -45degC, is the lead ship in a series of six Arctic shuttle tankers ordered by the Sovcomflot Group (SCF) under a long-term contract with Gazprom Neft. These highly specialized Arch7-Class tankers are designed to carry crude oil year-round from the Yamal Peninsula to the Port of Murmansk via the Northern Sea Route. The vessel is the first tanker to be certified in compliance with the International Maritime Organization’s Polar Code which came into effect this week on January 1. Built by Samsung Heavy Industries, South KoreaOwned and managed by SovcomflotLOA 249mBeam 34mDWT 41,454 MTLoaded draft 9.5mSpeed 14 knotsClass: Russian Maritime Register KM, ARC7, Oil Tanker (ESP), LI, CSR, OMBO, CCO, BWM, BLS-SPM, AUT1-ICS, ECO-SHome port: St. Petersberg   Shturman Albanov is designed to navigate channels previously cut by nuclear icebreakers. It has been designed for the climatic conditions of the Arctic and the shallow waters of the Gulf of Ob. Once all six tankers have been brought into operation they are intended to carry…
Wednesday, 21 December 2016 11:48

Dec. 23 - USNS Bowditch

Much in the news over the past week has been USNS Bowditch which became involved in a diplomatic scuffle between China and the United States following the retrieval of an unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) operating from the Bowditch by a Chinese submarine rescue vessel. USNS Bowditch, a Pathfinder Class survey ship, is the third ship in class of a 29 ship Special Mission US Ship program and operates in the South China Sea where last week’s incident occurred. Built by Halter Marine, PascagoulaCommissioned in 1996Operated by US Military Sealift CommandLOA 100mBeam 18mSpeed 16 kotsComplement 26 civilian and 27 military personnel   USNS Bowditch has been at the centre of a number of previous diplomatic spats including incidents involving South Korea, India and two previous incidents with China.  In last week’s incident, the drone was taken about 50 nautical miles northwest of Subic Bay off the Philippines, just as the Bowditch was about to retrieve it from the water. When responding to questions, The Pentagon said the drone used commercially available technology and sold for about $150,000. The seizure came only a few days after the US accused China of adopting an aggressive posture in the disputed South China Sea, including…
Friday, 16 December 2016 11:56

Dec 16 - Seaspan Swift

Following an eight week voyage of more than 10,000 nautical miles from Turkey to Vancouver via the Panama Canal, Seaspan Ferries has taken delivery of the Vard designed hybrid trailer ferry, Seaspan Swift, the first of five such vessels to be employed in North America. The new vessel is now berthed at the company’s Tilbury Terminal in Delta where regulatory inspection and crew training is underway. The vessel has already undertaken initial LNG bunkering with product supplied by tanker truck. Built by Sedef Shipbuilding Inc. Istanbul, TurkeyOwned and operated by Seaspan Ferries (a division of the Washington Marine Group)LOA 148.9mBeam 25mGRT 4,810 tonsPropulsion: 2 x Wärtsilä 34DF dual-fuel enginesSpeed 15.8 knotsCapacity for up to 59 trailersSister ship: Seaspan Reliant (arrival early 2017)   Seaspan Swift, the first new ferry to join the company’s fleet since 2002, is powered by two Wartsila dual-fuel engines and a Corvus Energy Storage System (ESS) consisting of 84 advanced lithium polymer batteries. The design combines dual-fuelled propulsion, hull form efficiency, and a battery backup system that provides 2,200kW for 10 minutes to minimize operational costs and environmental impact. The hybrid propulsion system also permits redundancy while operating at economical speed on a single engine. Seaspan…
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