Ship of the Week

Friday, 24 August 2018 14:19

Aug 24 - Navigator Aurora

ABS has announced the world's first successful conversion of a slow-speed marine diesel engine to operate on Ethane as a fuel.  Navigator Gas, in partnership with Charterer Borealis, engine manufacturer MAN Energy Solutions, cargo system and fuel gas supply system supplier TGE and ABS, has completed the successful conversion of the Navigator Aurora’s main engine from LNG fueling to Ethane fueling, while berthed alongside at Frederikshavn in Denmark. ABS-Classed Navigator Aurora equipped with a MAN B&W 6S50ME-C8.2-GI dual fuel (HFO/LNG) burning engine has now been converted to a dual fuel (HFO/Ethane) 6S50ME-C-GIE engine. Built:                2016Vessel type:    Ethylene/LPG CarrierCapacity:        35,000 CBMGRT:               23,000 tonsDWT:              26,500 tonsLength:          179 mBeam:            29 mDraught:        10.5 m    The 15-day long conversion followed engine performance and emissions testing at Kawasaki in Japan, to prove the principle that burning ethane in the Navigator ME-GI engines would be possible. The trials were successful and demonstrated that suitable power and emissions performance, meeting Classification and statutory requirements, was available at a fuel gas injection pressure of just over 300 bar.…
Friday, 17 August 2018 14:53

Aug 17 - Arcticaborg

   The MV Articaborg is a multi-purpose offshore supply vessel. She was previously operated by Wagenborg Kazakhstan in the Caspian Sea but was transferred to Canada in 2017 and acquired by Fathom Offshore in 2018.   The vessel is currently being retro-fitted where it will operate from in Vancouver to provide ice-breaking support, ice navigation assistance, fuel supply, salvage, and cargo services in the Western Canadian Arctic. Length:     65.1 mBeam:      16.4 mGRT:        1453 t DWT:        675 tYear:        1998   Arcticaborg and her sister ship, Antarcticaborg, were built by Kværner Masa-Yards in Helsinki, Finland, in 1998. They are the first full developments of the double acting ship concept and among the first icebreakers equipped with Azipods, electric azimuth thrusters manufactured by ABB.  The vessel was previously active in several oil and gas related projects in the Caspian Sea, which is characterized by shallow waters and severe ice conditions. After working for twenty years in the region, it will take on a new project in a similar environment.
Friday, 10 August 2018 11:17

Aug 10 - Orca Ace

Last Sunday the Orca Ace, a “Next-Generation Car Carrier” cargo ship for autos and roll on/roll off cargoes, arrived at the WWL Annacis Auto Terminal on her maiden voyage. The Orca Ace began her journey to the United States in July 2018, departing from Hitachinaka, Japan and will continue on to ports on the US West Coast with San Diego being the final destination on her maiden voyage.  Owner:         Lunar River Line S.A. of PanamaOperator:     Mitsui OSK Line Ltd. (MOL)Length:        199.9 m Breadth:       32.2 mRamp:          150TMax Deck:    5.6 mCapacity:      6,800 units (standard passenger vehicles)      Built in Japan, the Orca Ace is the second in its FLEXIE series optimized for efficient loading and unloading all types of vehicles.  The vessels have six liftable decks, compared with two on conventional car carriers to provide for more flexibility for different vehicle types along with high and heavy cargo transport.  The rounded bow shape will minimize wind resistance and is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by about 2% compared to today's car carriers. The new shape is the result of joint research by MOL, MOL Techno-Trade, Ltd. (President: Hirokazu Hatta; Headquarters: Chuo-ku, Tokyo), and…
Thursday, 02 August 2018 10:01

Aug 3 - CSL Spirit

Frequently seen in the Pacific Northwest, the CSL Spirit is a self-unloader that uses her discharge boom to discharge cargo without shore-based unloading equipment. Self-unloaders can operate 24 hours a day at speeds up to 5,000 tonnes per hour. These versatile vessels can operate and discharge cargo in any accessible waterway, and can provide offshore transshipment operations, topping up or offloading into larger vessels. Built:              2001Length:        225 mBreadth:        32 mDWT:          70,018Boom:           79 m   Self-unloaders have a reduced environmental footprint as loading and discharging cargo from the vessel can be carried out within a completely enclosed system. Advanced dust suppression equipment and fully enclosed or covered booms further reduce the potential for dust and spillage. Noise generated by the ship’s self-unloading machinery is controlled through the use of acoustic enclosures and sound barriers.      
Friday, 27 July 2018 08:42

Jul 27 - Energy Observer

The Energy Observer is the world's first hydrogen vessel to circumnavigate the world solely on renewable energy resources.  The catamaran’s plans to visit 50 countries with 101 port calls over a period of six years.  So far 8,240 nautical miles have been covered in France and the Mediterranean Sea and in 2020 the Energy Observer will make her way to the Americas.   The former 100-ft racing boat was converted by a team of nearly 50 engineers, designers and naval architects to be powered by a combination of solar, hydrogen, wind and water energy.  Propulsion comes from two electric motors, driven by all that generated electrical energy, but it’s the way that’s stored that’s clever. The Energy Observer uses just 106-kWh of batteries, for immediate, buffer, storage and energy demands. It stores the bulk of the excess electricity generated when the sun is shining or the wind is blowing as hydrogen gas. An electrolyzer uses the current to spilt the water into hydrogen and oxygen. The latter is released into the atmosphere, and the H2 is stored in eight tanks, made from aluminum and carbon fiber, which can hold up to 137 pounds of compressed hydrogen. When that energy is needed, the…
Friday, 20 July 2018 13:26

Jul 20 - F/V Margiris

The super trawler and factory ship Margiris is the world's second largest fishing vessel.  She has been surrounded by a significant amount of controversy over the years as states look to control its catch and operations.  Australia has banned trawlers over 130 metres from fishing in its waters. Tasmania is looking to strengthen its existing ban that restricts vessels larger than 38 metres in length from fishing in their waters, up to three nautical miles off the shores of Australia. The Tasmanian recreational fishing industry is worth about $93 million to the economy. Flag:           LithuaniaBuilder:       rebuilt by Mjellem & Karlsen Verft, Bergen Norway 1997Homport:    Klaipeda Tonnage:    9,499 GT / 6,200 DWTLength:      142 mBeam:        17 mDecks:       32    
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