Ship of the Week

Friday, 15 June 2018 09:21

Jun 15 - Spirit of the Wild

Incat Crowther has launched the Spirit of the Wild, a spectacular new tour vessel for Gordon River Cruises, and the first in Australia to operate in the heart of the UNESCO Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area with Silent Drive. Built by:  Richardson Devine MarineLOA:      33.3 mBeam:   9 mDepth:  3.25mConstruction Marine grade aluminium   The Spirit of the Wild, catamaran passenger ferry exhibits excellent noise and vibration characteristics, even in Boost mode.  While touring the Gordon River, Silent Drive mode is engaged and all the main engines are shut down and the vessel runs on electric power.  Engine ventilation systems and the engine room have been addressed with a fully-engineered acoustic insulation system. Attention was paid to fittings and door openings, with seals and bushes used extensively to stop rattles and gaps. In Silent Drive mode, the experience is eerily quiet, with seats returning sound level readings as low as 45dbA.  In open water, the vessel will use Boost mode from the hybrid system, which matches motor speed to engine speed to seamlessly add electric power. In this mode, the vessel operates at 25 knots. The vessel layout is designed around optimal viewing. Every seat on the vessel was considered…
Friday, 08 June 2018 09:29

June 1 - Theodore Too

Theodore Too arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick yesterday where he will be available for daily family and public harbour tours throughout the summer. The Theodore Too was commissioned by Cochran Entertainment, Inc in 2000 and is modelled after the popular children's television show, Theodore Tugboat, which aired on CBC in Canada, and PBS in the USA from 1993 until 2001.   Built by     Snyder's Shipyard, Dayspring, Nova ScotiaYear          2000Tonnage   105 mtLength      20 mBeam        6.7 mDraft         2.21 mPropulsion   400 hp   The boat was designed by Fred Allen and naval architect Marius Lengkeek of Lengkeek Vessel Engineering and the hull and wheelhouse are made entirely of wood, with a fibreglass hat and smokestack. It has a 'face' on the funnel, with large realistic hydraulic eyes which are no longer operational.The boat displays a number of prop details such as winches and towing bitts inspired from real tugs but operates as a tour boat, not a real tugboat. When Theodore Too was launched the ocean-going tug carried out a 50-city tour down the eastern seaboard to Tampa Bay and back through the Great Lakes to Chicago.  Now the Theodore Too is the Ambassador of the US National Safe Boating Council and mascot…
Friday, 01 June 2018 08:18

June 1 - SM Qingdao

                                                            Photo: Rick Etkin Productions – Vancouver On May 28th the containership M/V SM Qingdao made it inaugural visit to Fraser Surrey Docks as the first North American stop under its new Pacific Northwest Service (PNS) launched on May 17th. The CEO of SM Line, Chil-bong Kim, and other delegates attended the vessel’s arrival and welcome ceremony hosted by Fraser Surrey Docks and Westward Shipping Ltd. The SM Qingdao is one of six 4,300 TEU vessels on the weekly PNS. Built: 2010 Capacity: 4,360 TEU DWT: 52,326 Gross tonnage: 40,741 Flag: Liberia Ex-Name: APL Riyadh    SM Qingdao Ship Photos: Rick Etkin Productions – Vancouver  SM Line was Incorporated in December 2016 as part of the SM Group along with Korea Line Corporation and Korea Shipping Corporation.  The company acquired the Asia-US tradelane assets of bankrupt Hanjin in early January for $23M and this was followed by the purchase of 11 Hanjin ships, at fire-sale prices and two key Hanjin terminals in Gwangyang and Incheon, South Korea. After gaining approval by the Federal Maritime…
Friday, 25 May 2018 11:49

May 25 - Kirkeholmen

  The oil/chemical tanker, Kirkeholmen, has been a regular sight in the Port of Vancouver and Indian Arm Anchorages over the past two years.  The ship carries petroleum products from the US refineries just south of the border in Anacortes to keep our fuel-thirsty lower mainland well supplied.  Fully loaded the Kirkeholmen can safely carry approximately 110,000 barrels of gasoline which is enough to full up the gas tanks of about 350,000 automobiles. Built: 2010LOA: 144.22mBeam: 23.03mDWT: 17,136    The Kirkeholmen is managed by Norbulk Shipping, whose present fleet consists of; bulk carriers, chemical and oil tankers, container ships, gas carriers and reefer ships. Since it's formation in 1982 Norbulk Shipping has continued to expand its ship management operations. Ship owner clients located across the globe now include, public listed companies, private family controlled shipping interests and government shipping enterprises. Ship management remains the core business of the group and the company maintains full compliance with ISO 9001 and ISO 14001. Norbulk Shipping was one of the first ship companies to obtain certification of Quality Management systems in 1994. The name Kirkeholmen, along with other ships in the fleet such as the Fruholmen and Brentholmen are all named after Norwegian Islands. Ship of the…
Friday, 18 May 2018 08:34

May 18 - Norwegian Bliss

In her inaugural transatlantic voyage from Germany to the Pacific Northwest, the Norwegian Bliss marked a major milestone and she is now the largest passenger ship to transit the Panama Canal since its expansion in 2016.  The Norwegian Bliss will arrive at her homeport in Seattle for the Alaskan cruise season on May 30th, where she will have her official christening ceremony, and then embark on a three-day exhibition cruise, that includes her first stop in Victoria on June 1st.  From June 2nd, Norwegian Bliss will start her seven-day voyages from Seattle to Alaska with featured calls in Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Victoria.  Launched: April 21, 2018Built by: Meyer Wefts in Papenburg, GermanyLength overall: 333.5 m / 1,094 ftMax Beam: 41.5 m / 136 ftTonnage: 168,028 GT / 11,700 DWTPassengers Capacity: 4,004Crew: 1,716Staterooms: 2,043Cruise speed: 23.2 knotsEngines: Diesel Electric      The Norwegian Bliss is the sixteenth ship in Norwegian Cruise Lines fleet and has a number of unique features including a private area called The Haven that encompasses 80 luxurious suites and a two-story Horizon Louge for these guests' exclusive use.  For the young at heart, there is a two-level 1,000-foot long electric car race track with cars reaching up to 30 miles per hour, an…
Wednesday, 09 May 2018 10:11

May 11 - HMNZS Te Kaha

Her Majesty’s New Zealand Ship (HMNZS) Te Kaha arrived at Seaspan’s Victoria Shipyards in March, Seaspan having been awarded a “Frigate Systems Upgrade Project” as a subcontractor for Lockheed Martin on the Royal New Zealand Navy’s ANZAC Class frigates. The project includes upgrades to the surveillance, combat and self-defence capabilities and to replace current outdated technologies. Once upgrades are complete, work on sister ship HMNZS Te Mana will begin sometime in 2019. The project represents a rare opportunity for a Canadian shipyard to demonstrate the capability to competitively upgrade non-Canadian naval vessels similar to the “Modernization and Mid-Life Upgrades” to the 12 Canadian Halifax Class frigates, five of which were completed by Seaspan Shipyards. Built by Tenix Defence Systems, Melbourne, AustraliaCommissioned in 1997LOA 118mBeam 15mPropulsion 1 x General Electric LM2500+ gas turbine providing 30,000 hp (22.5mW)2 × MTU 12V1163 TB83 diesel engines providing 8,840 hp (6.5 mW)Speed 27 knotsComplement 25 officers & 150 ratings1 x Kaman Super Seasprite helicopter   Lockheed Martin Canada, which won the contract to upgrade the vessels in April 2014, is New Zealand’s prime system integrator, responsible for the supply of the combat system upgrade on both ships as well as a new shore-based trainer. This…
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