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Ship of the Week

Friday, 17 January 2014 13:35

January 17, 2014 - Hyundai Frontier

                          Hyundai Frontier Typical of modern Capesizes, Hyundai Frontier is a good example of the larger bulk carriers plying the word’s main iron ore and coal trades. Over 1500 Capesizes with a deadweight of 300 million tons  dominate the world fleet. It is also worth noting that this sector has doubled since 2008 when the recession hit. Built by Universal Shipbuilding Corp, JapanLaunched May 25 2010LOA 299.7mBeam 50mSummer draft 18.23mGRT 106,367 tonsDWT 207,945 MTMain Engine: Mitsui MAN B&W/6S70MC-CFull speed 15 knots Hyundai Group is a South Korean conglomerate (Chaebol) founded by Mr. Chung Ju-yung in 1947 as a construction company and headquartered in Seoul. With government assistance, Mr. Chung and his family members rapidly expanded into various industries, eventually becoming South Korea's second biggest chaebol. The company spun off many of its better known businesses after the 1997 Asian financial crisis, including Hyundai Automotive Group, Hyundai Department Store Group, and Hyundai Heavy Industries Group. As of March 2007, Hyundai Engineering and Construction is the main shareholder of Hyundai Merchant Marine, which is the de facto holding company of Hyundai Group.Mr. Chung Ju-yung passed away in 2001 at the…
Friday, 10 January 2014 11:52

January 10, 2014 - Sunshine State

Sunshine State is owned by American Petroleum Tankers Parent LLC and is employed in moving refined petroleum products, crude oil and chemicals in the U.S. Jones Act protected domestic coastwise trade. She is one of  a fleet that consists of five modern, double-hulled product tankers which were delivered from the National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) in 2009 and 2010. LOA 174m Beam 32m GRT 29,527 tons DWT 48,644 MT   APT maintains commercial management of the vessels, while technical and crew management is outsourced to Crowley Maritime’s management. Golden State, delivered in January 2009, is on time charter with BP, trading on the U.S. Gulf Coast; Pelican State, delivered in June 2009, is on time charter with Shell, trading on the U.S. Gulf Coast; and Sunshine State, delivered in December 2009, is on time charter with Chevron, trading on the U.S. Gulf Coast. Empire State and Evergreen State, delivered in July and December 2010, respectively,are in world-wide service with the navy’s Maritime Sealift Command. It was announced in December that Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. is to purchase APT and State Class Tankers (SCT) from affiliates of the Blackstone Group and Cerberus Capital Management. The $962 million transaction includes the acquisition of all five of APT’s…
Friday, 20 December 2013 12:21

December 20, 2013 - Mackinawa

In a tradition dating back to the late 1800’s, in late November the US Coast Guard's "Christmas ship" was loaded with more than 1,200 trees for delivery to families across Chicago. This year it was the turn of the USCG Cutter Mackinaw, which arrived in Chicago on December 6 for the two day community event. The Mackinaw was commissioned in 2006 and has a crew of 60. It is among the Coast Guard’s most technologically advanced cutters used for search-and-rescue, maritime law enforcement operations, and ice-breaking missions on the Great Lakes. Built by Marinette Marine CorporatonCommissioned June 2006LOA 73mBeam 17.8mPropulsion ABB Azipod - Fixed Pitch, 10’ diameter, 9,119 shp (6.8 MW)Speed 16 knots By tradition, members of the Coast Guard present the first tree to a representative Chicago family leaving volunteers from various youth organizations, including the Sea Cadets, Sea Scouts and Young Marines to distribute the remainder. The re-enactment models when Captain Herman Schuenemann, Master of the schooner Rouse Simmons, the original Christmas ship, delivered fresh evergreens and wreaths from Michigan to Chicago for more than 30 years through the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. The Rouse Simmons was lost between Kewaunee and Two Rivers, Wisconsin, during a violent storm…
Friday, 13 December 2013 14:12

December 13, 2013 - Sikhululekile

Much in the news this week is Robben Island, the home of Nelson Mandela during 18 of his 27 years of imprisonment. Today the island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the ferry Sikhululekile (meaning we are free in the local Xhosa language) plies back and forth on a 3.5 hours tour schedule which includes a 30 minute boat trip each way. Amazingly enough, former political prisoners are paid to act as tour guides. Weather permitting, tours leave Cape Town at 9am, 11am, 1pm and 3pm. Built by Damen Shipyard, Gorinchem, The Netherlands in 2008GRT 268 tonsCapacity for 300 passengersPurchase price R26 million (US$2.6 million) The Portuguese explorer Bartholomeu Dias first sailed into Table Bay and set eyes on Robben Island in 1488. One of Dias's captains, Jao del Infante, in Dias's second ship, is reputed to have landed there sometime after him to view the colonies of seals and penguins. When the Dutch Administrator Jan Van Riebeeck was Commander of the Cape from 1652 to 1662 he was charged with building a fort, improving the natural anchorage at Table Bay, planting cereals, fruit and vegetables and obtaining livestock from the indigenous people. It was Van Riebeeck who first saw…
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