Ship of the Week

Thursday, 13 August 2015 15:55

Aug 11 - VLCC Ghazal

                               VLCC Ghazal The National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri)was formed by a Royal Decree in 1978 as a Public Company, 22% ownership held by the Saudi Government, 20% by Saudi Aramco and the remaining being held in public shares by Saudi Nationals. From a modest beginning, the company has grown from a small shipping company operating multipurpose vessels to become the Saudi national carrier and one of the biggest shipping conglomerates in the world. A core segment of the company’s activity is the ownership and operation of a fleet of Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCCs). Built by Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries, South Korea in 2009Owned by National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh, Saudi ArabiaManaged by Mideast Ship Management, Dubai, UAELOA 333mBeam 60mGRT 160,782 tonsDWT 317,388 MTSummer draft 21.7m  NSCSA also operates a floating storage VLCC, 4 MR product tankers, one Aframax and a fleet of24 chemical carriers. By way of further diversification, the company also owns seven 26,000 DWT multipurpose vessels, deployed between Arabian Gulf - Indian Subcontinent - Red Sea - Mediterranean - US / Canada East Coast.  The fleet is managed by…
Friday, 07 August 2015 08:53

Aug 7 - El-Mahrousa

                   Egyptian state yacht El-Mahrousa Given the significance of this week, the opening of an expanded Suez Canal, the first major upgrade since its first opening in 1869, the presence of the Egyptian state yacht El Mahrousa at both events 150 years apart is a remarkable achievement. The origins of the yacht began in 1863 when Egypt's ruler, Khedive Ismail Pasha, ordered a royal yacht from the British shipbuilders Samuda Brothers shipyard in London. The luxuriously finished vessel was designed by Oliver Lang, who also designed Queen Victoria's first steam yacht with the aim of being a state of the art steamship. El-Mahrousa remained the Egyptian royal yacht until the monarchy was overthrown in 1952 following which she was used as a naval training ship by the Egyptian government. She was then renamed Al Horreyya and has served as the presidential yacht ever since. During the 19th century she was cut in two and had approximately 40 ft added to her length. She was also rebuilt in 1905/06 in Italy and became one of the earliest ships of any size to be fitted with steam turbines. She was further refitted in the late…
Friday, 31 July 2015 10:37

Jul 31 - MSV Fennica

                           MSV Fennica Still with the oil industry, MSV Fennica is a Finnish multipurpose icebreaker and platform supply vessel built in 1993. She was the first Finnish icebreaker designed to be used as an escort icebreaker in the Baltic Sea during the winter months and in offshore construction projects during the open water season. Built by STX Rauma, Finland in 1993Owned and managed by Arctia Offshore, Espoo, FinalndLOA 116mBeam 26mGRT 9,392 tonsClass DNV POLAR-10 IcebreakerPropulsion: Diesel-electric 2 x Aquamaster US ARC 1 azimuth thrusters (2 × 7,500 kW) & 3 Brunvollbow thrusters (3 × 1,150 kW)Speed; 16.5 knots, 9.5 knots in 80 cms of iceAccomodation for 80 peopleSister ship: Nordica    For offshore construction projects Fennica is equipped with a 30 MT SWL Hydralift crane and a 120-ton A-frame for trenching machines and ploughs. Since she acts as an escort icebreaker during the winter season, she is also equipped with an Aquamaster-Rauma anchor handling and towing winch along with a stern notch for towing. An oblique bridge design maximizes visibility from the starboard side steering position. When Fennica entered service it was agreed that Finalnd’s multipurpose icebreakers would be chartered for offshore duties about 180 days per year during the ice-free season and for the winter months, they would return to Finland for routine escort icebreaking duties. In…
Thursday, 23 July 2015 12:40

Jul 24 - Oliver Hazard Perry

                                  SSV Oliver Hazard Perry Last week, SSV Oliver Hazard Perry set sail on her maiden voyage Thursday from Portsmouth, Rhode Island to Portland, Maine to attend the Tall Ships Portland festival which took place last weekend. She is the largest privately owned tall ship and largest civilian sail training vessel in the United States and the first full-rigged ocean-going tall ship to be built in the U.S. in over 100 years. Built by Senesco Marine, North Kingstown, Rhode IslandOwned and operated by Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island (non-profit organization)Category: Tall Ship with 1,300 sqm sail areaLOA 40m (60m when sparred)Propulsion: 2 CAT C12 385 hp each and 2 Deere 99kW gensets, CAT 30 kW   As Rhode Island’s Official Sailing education vessel, the Oliver Hazard Perry is intended to be a "good will ambassador" for the state as well as a floating classroom. She is financed through a tax exempt charitable foundation, and public subscription. Her original construction actually began in Canada where she was to have become a replica of the 20-gun British ship HMS Detroit (captured by a flotilla commanded by Commodore Perry). United States Navy Commodore Oliver…
Thursday, 16 July 2015 22:16

Jul 17 - F.A. Gauthier

                                     F.A. Gauthier The Province of Quebec has just commissioned the F.A. Gauthier, the first North American LNG fuelled ferry for operations in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence region. Built by Fincantieri Castellammare di Stabia Shipyard, ItalyOwned and operated by Société des traversiers du Québec (STQ)Launched in June 2014, delivered in May 2015LOA 133mBeam 22mCapacity; 800 passengers, 180 vehiclesMain engines: Four Wärtsilä 34DF (dual-fuel) engines and a Wärtsilä LNGPac (liquefied natural gas fuel system)Service speed 20 knotsIce Class 1APrice $148 million  The F.A. Gauthier represents a notable technological achievement as it is the first LNG powered ferry ever built in Italy.  She is equipped with a unique integrated diesel electric propulsion system has four dual fuel diesel power generators installed and can run on either gas (LNG) or marine diesel oil (MDO), a system that meets the ecological requirements of the Emission Control Areas (Baltic Sea, North Sea, Caribbean, North America).  Quebec 's natural gas utility Gaz Metro will provide fuel for the vessel while the Wärtsilä Group supplied the gas-powered propulsion machinery and corresponding gas storage and handling capabilities. The vessel is named after…
Friday, 10 July 2015 08:54

Jul 10 - Saga Fuji

Trading as part of the recently formed Saga Welco Pool comprising Saga Forest Carriers and Westfall Larsen Shipping, Saga Fuji made her maiden call into Vancouver last week to discharge steel products.                                           Saga Fuji Built by Oshima Shipbuilding, Saikai, Japan in 2013Owned by NYK Line, TokyoManaged by Anglo Eastern Shipmanagement, Hong KongLOA 199.0mBeam 32mGRT 37,441 tonsDWT 55,400 MT   Saga Welco AS is a major operator in the competitive world of “open hatch gantry craned” general cargo vessels. The company’s fleet consists of 52 such vessels, all but two of which are equipped with travelling gantry cranes. An additional two vessels are lined up for delivery in 2017. With the company’s head office in Tønsberg, Norway, the network of services is coordinated by regional offices  in Savannah, Rio de Janeiro, Antwerp, Livorno, Tokyo, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore and Bergen. Saga Welco AS is the Manager of the Pool with Saga Shipholding (Norway) AS owned by NYK controlling 32 vessels, and Westfal-Larsen Shipping AS owned by Masterbulk Pte. Ltd owning 20 vessels.    In late June it was announced that the…
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