Ship of the Week

Thursday, 05 April 2018 15:52

April 6 - Symphony of the Seas

  Having been ordered in May 2014, the world’s largest cruise ship, Symphony of the Seas was on show last week in the port of Malaga ahead of her maiden voyage taking in Spain, France and Italy. She will spend the summer in the Mediterranean before repositioning in the fall to join her slightly smaller sisters, Oasis, Allure and Harmony in the Caribbean with home-port Miami. Symphony of the Seas is the 25th and now largest ship in Royal Caribbean’s fleet with a reported capacity for up 6,680 guests who will have the opportunity to enjoy every conceivable form of entertainment and relaxation spread over 20 restaurants and six bars.   Built by Chantiers de l’Atlantique, Saint Nazaire (STX France)Owned and operated by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.Delivered March 2018LOA 362.1mBeam 47.5m at waterline, 66m maximumGRT 228.081 tonsMain propulsion 3 x 20 MW (27,000 hp) ABB Azipod UnitsThrusters 4 x 5.5 MW (7,400 hp) Wartsila WT-55Speed 22 knots cruisingCrew 2,220Cost US$ 1.4 billion       Responding to the challenge of embarking and disembarking so many guests in a few hours, Royal Caribbean now offers the use of a mobile app which leverages a combination of bar codes, beacons and facial…
Tuesday, 27 March 2018 11:42

Mar 30 - Torm Amalie

  Seen alongside at Kinder Morgan’s Westridge Terminal last week is the Medium Range (MR) oil/chemical tanker Torm Amalie, having delivered a cargo of aviation fuel destined to keep the wheels turning at Vancouver International Airport (YVR). The Trans Mountain Jet Fuel pipeline system carries fuel from the Chevron refinery, and the Westridge terminal to YVR via a 41km pipeline system that has been in operation since 1969. It includes five storage tanks at YVR with an overall volume of 7155 cbm. Pipeline capacity is supplemented by around 1,000 tanker truck deliveries of jet fuel to YVR each month from Washington State, each truck travelling about 140 km round trip per delivery. Built by Guangzhou International Shipyard, PRCOwned by Torm Shipping, SingaporeManaged by Torm Shipping, Mumbai, IndiaLOA 183mBeam 32.3mGRT 30,241 tonsDWT 49,999 MT       Without a new jet fuel delivery system, the number of trucks required to keep the airport moving was projected to rise to more than 3,000 a month within 20 years. For this reason Vancouver Airport Fuel Facilities Corporation (VAFFC), a consortium owned by most of the major airlines serving YVR, is building a new fuel delivery system based on the construction of a marine…
Friday, 23 March 2018 10:27

Mar 23 - Asterix

After successfully completing sea trials, the Royal Canadian Navy’s new Resolve-class naval support ship M.V. Asterix sailed from Quebec City in December 2017 for her home port of Halifax where she was formally commissioned on January 30 this year. Built in 2010 as a container ship, Asterix carried the names Amorito, Neermoor and Cynthia  in the five years prior to being purchased by Federal Fleet Services in 2015 under the Canadian Government’s “Project Resolve”. She is the first new naval support ship to enter service with the Royal Canadian Navy in 50 years, the first large naval platform to be delivered from a Canadian shipyard in over 20 years and the first naval vessel to be delivered since the launch of the National Shipbuilding Strategy. The contract to convert the vessel was awarded to Chantier Davie Shipyards under a controversial non-competitive contract after Davie was excluded from the original National Shipbuilding and Procurement Strategy on account of being in receivership at that time. Built by Nordic Shipyards, Wismar, Germany in 2010Converted by Chantier Davie Shipyards, Quebec (2015-17)LOA 185.5mBeam 25.2mService speed 22knotsHelicopters: 2 x Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclones or 2 × Boeing CH-47F ChinooksClass: Lloyds Register    The conversion of Asterix from an…
Friday, 16 March 2018 10:30

Mar 16 - Pacific Oak

  Anchored in Burrard Inlet on the direct route between Seabus Terminals last weekend and earlier this week was the Japanese owned Capesize bulk carrier Pacific Oak. That she was anchored in the inner harbour for an extended period continues to highlight the acute shortage of Capesize anchorage capacity. Pacific Oak was waiting for cargo readiness to load coal at Westshore’s Roberts Bank Terminal and I caught the above picture while on the Seabus heading over to the HSBC Canada Sevens rugby tournament for one of the best weekends of the year for entertainment in Vancouver.  Built by  JMU Ariake Shipyard, Kumamoto, Japan in 2005Owned and operated by Hokuku Marine, Tsukumi, JapanLOA 299.95mBeam 50.0mGRT 101,933 tonsDWT 203,212 MT     After a downturn in 2016, coal exports through the Port of Vancouver staged a recovery in 2017 with an overall increase of around 11% to 36.8 million tons through the Westshore and Neptune Terminals. British Columbia’s third export coal outlet, Ridley Terminals in Prince Rupert, saw coal shipments begin to recover at 7.6 million tonnes, a 90% increase over 2016 volumes. While there are countries that have seen a decline in consumption, coal still makes up 29% of global primary…
Friday, 09 March 2018 10:17

Mar 9 - Girolando Express

  Jointly named at a ceremony held in February 2014 with her sister vessel Gelbray Express, Girolando Express is the fourth in a series of “next generation” livestock carriers to be built in China for the Vroon Group of the Netherlands. The new vessels are fitted with animal-welfare facilities including capacity for 90 air-changes per hour, thereby exceeding even demanding Australian (AMSA) regulations. It will be noted that she also incorporates a revival of the battleship bow design that today’s generation of naval architects have identified as achieving reduced fuel consumption and improved sea going performance. The vessel has a cruising range of 18,000 nautical miles. Built by COSCO Shipyard Group, Guangdong, PRCOwned and operated by Vroon B.V., The NetherlandsDelivered in 2014LOA 134.8mBeam 19.6mGRT 10,421 tonsDWT 5,488 MTLivestock pen area 4,500 sqmService speed 16.75 knots (maximum 18 knots)Flag: Singapore      With Australia being the leading exporter of livestock, AMSA has taken the lead in laying down standards of carriage in that country’s Navigation Act of 2012. The Act details such issues as restrictions on carriage, structure and protection standards; means of livestock and personnel access; the strength, design and capacity of pens; mandatory equipment for care onboard including a…
Friday, 02 March 2018 11:46

Mar 2 - Seabed Constructor

Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, a Boeing 777-200ER, took off from Kuala Lumpur on March 8th 2014 with 239 people on board heading for Beijing. Unnoticed until many hours later, the plane abruptly altered course over the South China Sea and broke off radio contact. It was last detected by radar near the northern tip of Sumatra, heading west-north-west into the open ocean. Subsequent connections to a communications satellite suggested that it crashed somewhere along an arc 1,500km west of Australia. The search that followed was the largest in aviation history. It was mounted by Fugro, a Dutch firm, and paid for jointly by the Malaysian, Chinese and Australian governments. Over the course of three years Fugro scanned 120,000 square kilometres of seabed. but detected no trace of the aircraft. Under a new initiative, Malaysia has chartered Ocean Infinity’s Seabed Constructor to search for the wreckage on  a “no find - no fee” basis during the traditionally moderate weather conditions from January to March in the southern ocean. Using eight autonomous submarines, the plan is the scan 1,200 square kilometres of seabed per day. Owned and operated by Swire Seabed, Bergen, NorwayChartered to Ocean Infinity, Houston, TexasLOA 115.4mBeam 22mGRT 7,883 tonsDWT…
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