Ship of the Week

Friday, 02 November 2018 09:13

Nov 2 - Afros

  The Afros is the first ever bulk carrier to harness the power of wind using spinning sail technology. Rotor ships feature towering vertical rotors on their decks that use the Magnus effect for propulsion. The Magnus effect is caused when a spinning sphere or cylinder drags air faster on one side then the other, moving the object in the direction of side with the lower-pressure side. It's the same effect that causes balls to spin in sports and it can be harnessed by ships to move them forward in a similar way. The thrust produced by the rotors significantly reduces the need for engine power, without losing operating speed, therefore saving fuel and ultimately reducing emissions.   Vessel Type:          Bulk CarrierYear Built:              2018Speed:                   15.1 knLength:                  199 MBreadth:                 32 MTonnage:                36,452Deadweight:           63,223 t           From 2020, shipping companies will be required to reduce the sulphur content of their fuel, which could come at a…
Thursday, 25 October 2018 10:31

Oct 26 - Gargarin Prospect

On October 22, the world’s first LNG-Powered Aframax vessel, Gargarin Prospect, completed her maiden voyage across the Baltic and North Seas, from Primorsk to Rotterdam where she safely delivered 104,815 tonnes of crude oil. Type:              TankerBuilt:               2018Speed:           14.6 knotsLength:           250 mBreadth:         44 mDraught:         8.6 m   The Gargarin Prospect received is first LNG fuel from Shell’s specialized bunker vessel, Cardissa, at the beginning of October, and less than two weeks later the vessel loaded its first export cargo of Russian crude oil at the Port of Primorsk. The operation marked a number of firsts, as it was also the first ship-to-ship bunkering in the Port of Rotterdam. Tankers fueled with LNG emit zero sulphur oxide (SOx) and particulates. They emit 76 per cent less nitrogen oxides (NOx) and 27 per cent less carbon dioxide (CO2), than similar vessels operating on heavy fuel oil. This will reduce the vessels environment footprint and will also comply with tightening sulphur and nitrogen oxide emissions regulations, including the IMO’s global 0.5% sulphur cap, which takes effect in 2020. 
Thursday, 18 October 2018 15:56

Oct 19 - Moby Lines

                                                                       Moby Aki Trying to find a Ship of the Week is not always an easy task. Sometimes a news item will refer to a vessel that would be interesting to feature in our newsletter, but quite often it is time spent researching and trolling through the internet to see what can be found. Recently we happened to come across Moby Lines, an Italian shipping company that operates ferries and cruise-ferries between the Italian or French mainland and the islands of Elba, Sardinia and Corsica. The company was found in 1959 under the name Navigazione Arcipelago Maddalenino (NARVARMA). Moby Lines is known for using Looney Tunes characters as the external livery on some of the vessels. We thought that perhaps this week we would feature some of these colourful ferries from the fleet as the Ship(s) of the Week.                          Moby Niki                           …
Friday, 12 October 2018 12:31

Oct 12 - HMCS Harry DeWolf

In Halifax, NS on October 5th, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, wife of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, presided over the naming of Canada's first Arctic and offshore patrol ship the HMCS Harry DeWolf. The vessel is named for a vice-admiral who oversaw the rescue of 42 sailors from the HMCS Athabaskan on April 29, 1944, during the Second World War. This is the first of at least five Arctic patrol vessels that will be tasked with patrolling Canadian Waters, including the Arctic. The fully completed vessel is expected to be delivered to the Royal Canadian Navy in June 2019. Type:                     Patrol VesselDisplacement:       6,615 mtLOA:                     103 mBeam:                   19 mDraft:                     5.8 mSpeed:                  17 knots open water                               3 knots icebreaking The HMCS Harry DeWolf has a range of 6,800 nautical miles (12,600 km). The patrol vessel can embark up to 8 x 20’ sea containers…
Thursday, 04 October 2018 16:07

Oct 5 - Murex

  With this week’s announcement that LNG Canada has decided to proceed with building an export facility in Kitimat, the Ship of the Week, Murex, is an LNG carrier managed by Shell, one of the joint venture partners in the project. Vessel Type:            LNG TankerYear Built:                2017Gross Tonnage:      13263Length:                    294.9 mWidth:                      46.44 mDraft:                       12.5 m   Murex is one of five Teekay LNG-owned tankers managed by Shell, powered by M-type, electronically controlled, gas-injection engines. These are more fuel-efficient and produce lower emissions than other LNG-carrier engine types. Sailing at 19.5 knots, the ship will consume 50 tonnes less fuel a day than a conventional steam-powered LNG carrier. Launched in 1892, the original coal-power Murex was the first oil tanker to pass through the Suez Canal. She was named for a sea shell, a practice that remains in place for Shell vessels to this day.  
Friday, 28 September 2018 15:10

Sept 28 - Venta Maersk

The Venta Maersk competed its trial passage of the Northern Sea Route today with its arrival in St. Petersburg, Russia. The Venta Maersk, a new 3,596 TEU Baltic feeder, departed the port of Vladivostok on August 22nd and included stops in Vostochny, Busan, before passing through Bering Strait on September 6, 2018 on its way to Bremerhaven. LOA               200mBreadth           35mGRT             34,882DWT            42,000 Built             2018Capacity      3,596 TEU    The Baltic feeder class ships are designed specifically to operate in waters of -25 degrees C where the stronger hull can offer year-round operations. The trial provided Maersk with a unique opportunity to gain operational experience in a new area and to test vessel systems, crew capabilities and the functionality of the shore-based support setup. The transit route was coordinated with Russian authorities after careful evaluation of ice conditions. The Northern Sea Route could be a shorter route for journeys from East Asia to Europe than the Northwest Passage over Canada.  However, Palle Laursen, Chief Technical Officer at Maersk states, "Currently, we do not see the Northern Sea…
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