Ship of the Week

Thursday, 25 January 2018 17:28

Jan 26 - R/P Flip

  Built in 1962, R/P Flip is a most unusual craft - her name being the acronym for “Floating Instrument Platform.”  Strictly speaking she is not a ship at all, but an oceanographic research platform designed by scientists at Scripps's Marine Physical and operated by Scripps Oceanography for the US Navy. When not in use she is generally decked in San Diego Bay before being towed out to sea in a horizontal (submarine type) position and then “flipped” 90 degrees so that about 120m of her length is below water creating something akin to a very stable spar buoy, resistant to wave motion. Her initial primary task was the study of sound propagation for submarine warfare, but with the development of new technologies she has evolved to support research in geophysics, meteorology and oceanography. Built by Gunderson Brothers Engineering Corporation in Portland, Oregon in 1962 Owned and operated by Scripps Oceanography, San Diego, CA Delivered in 1962 LOA 108m Average beam 8.0m (diameter of the hull is 6.5 meters from the 91- to 49-meter depth, tapering to 4 meters at the 20-meter depth) GRT 700 tons Power supply 3 generators mounted on trunnions providing 340 kW to meet platform and…
Thursday, 18 January 2018 17:10

Jan 19 - Green Iris

Friday December 22 was yet another milestone in the move towards use of LNG as a mainstream fuel for vessel propulsion with the naming ceremony at the Hyundai Mipo Dockyard of the LNG fueled bulk carrier Green Iris. The 50,000 MT DWT vessel, which is expected to enter service this month, has been built against a long term charter to South Korea’s major steel manufacturer POSCO for the movement of limestone. POSCO has also provided the vessel’s LNG fuel tank constructed of high manganese steel as an alternative material to more commonly used nickel alloy. The South Korean government also used the occasion to re-enforce that country’s commitment to development of an LNG bunkering infrastructure. Built by Hyundai, Mipo Dockyard, Ulsan, South KoreaOwned and operated by Ilshin Shipping Co. Ltd.Chartered by POSCODWT 50,000 MT (approx)Main engine: MAN ME-GI   The cryogenic high manganese steel used for the LNG storage tanks on Green Iris has been some 10 years in development and successfully complies with a new standard from ASTM International which develops and publishes technical standards for many materials, including metals and non-metals. To date, more than 30,000 experts from 140 countries have established more than 12,000 technical specifications to ASTM…
Thursday, 11 January 2018 13:45

Jan 12 - Northern Sea Wolf

Following delivery from her previous Greek owners, Orveline Hellinic Shipping Co. in Piraeus in late August this year, the 17 year old freshly repainted ferry now renamed Northern Sea Wolf has made the 10,100 nautical mile passage to British Columbia via the Panama Canal. The name of the vessel was selected through a community engagement process involving First Nations, BC Ferry Advisory Committee members, BC Ferries employees and the Mid-Coast Ferry Working Group. Beginning in the summer of 2018, she will operate a new mid-coast ferry service with BC Ferries which will offer sailings between Port Hardy and Bella Coola five days per week during peak season which is, to say the least, something of a contrast to servicing some of the Greek Islands.  Built by Panagiotakis Bros, Ampelakia, GreeceOwned and operated by BC FerriesDelivered in 2000LOA 75mBeam 15mGRT 2679 tonsDWT 353 MTPropulsion 2 x Cummins Diesels 2399kWCapacity for 35 vehiclesPassengers and crew 150Previous names: Agios Andreas II, Andreas II, Mr. Shoppy One, Aqua Spirit      The above pictures left and centre show Northern Sea Wolf alongside in picturesque Grand Harbour, Valetta, Malta following drydocking. The voyage to BC was 35 days with bunker calls at the Canary Islands,…
Friday, 05 January 2018 11:19

Jan 5 - Aquitaine

Much in the news recently is Euronav following that company’s acquisition of Gener8 Maritime, the major U.S. based tanker operator. Headquartered in Antwerp, Belgium, Euronav was already the world’s largest independent quoted crude tanker company being listed on Euronext Brussels and on the NYSE. The company operates on both the spot and period markets with most VLCCs being operated in the Tankers International Pool. Delivered in 2017, M.V. Aquitaine is very typical of the modern fleet of VLCCs operated by the company.Built by Hyundai Heavy Industries, South KoreaOwned and operated by Euronav, BelgiumDelivered in 2017LOA 333.0mBeam 60.0mSummer draft 21.6mGRT 154,139 tonsDWT 298,767 MTBallast water treatment system fitted.  Euronav fleet management is conducted by three wholly owned subsidiaries, namely Euronav Ship Management SAS and Euronav SAS, both headquartered in Nantes, France, also having a branch office in Antwerp. The third entity is Euronav Ship Management (Hellas) Ltd. with offices in Piraeus, Greece. The company’s fleet, which has an average age of just over 7 years, flies the Belgian, Greek, French, Marshall Islands and Panama flags. On December 21 2017 it was simultaneously announced in Antwerp and New York, New York that the Boards of Euronav and Gener8 Maritime, Inc. had reached an…
Thursday, 21 December 2017 11:21

Dec 21 - Zim Antwerp

Seen here approaching berth at the Port of Vancouver’s Deltaport Container Terminal in October 2016 is the 10,062 TEU capacity ZIM Antwerp. Opened in 1997 and located adjacent to the Westshore Coal Terminal, Deltaport is operated by Global Container Terminals under lease from the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. At 210 acres, this is Canada’s largest container terminal and comprises 1,100m of quay and eight rail tracks totaling 28,000 feet. Super post-Panamax cranes, some of which are tandem lift, enable the handling of the largest ships currently in service between Asia and the West Coast of North America.  Built by HyundaI Samho Heavy Industries, Samho, South KoreaOwned and operated by Zim Integrated Shipping Services, Haifa, IsraelDelivered in 2009LOA 349mBeam 46mGRT 114,044 tonsDWT 116,294 MTCapacity 10,062 TEU    ZIM Antwerp made a small piece if history in June this year when she was the first Ultra Large Container Vessel (ULCV) to pass under the newly raised Bayonne Bridge (picture above center) when calling at Maher terminals in the port of New York and New Jersey. A plaque was made to commemorate the event and presented to the vessel’s Master (above right). With the raising of the bridge to provide an air draft…
Friday, 15 December 2017 12:26

Dec 15 - Cheshire

  Owned and operated by one of the UK’s oldest family run shipping businesses. M.V. Cheshire is an unremarkable Supramax sized bulk carrier and was largely unheard of until she suffered an ammonium nitrate fertilizer cargo fire in August this year off the Canary Islands. At the time of the fire, she was on passage from Norway to Thailand when her cargo began to overheat. She continued to Las Palmas where she was scheduled to bunker but was denied access due the smouldering cargo. Crew members were evacuated by helicopter leaving salvage tugs to keep here offshore.   Built by Jinling Shipyard, Nanjing, PRCOwned by Bibby Line, Liverpool, UKTechnical and operational managers V Ships, SingaporeDelivered in 2012LOA 189.97mBeam 32.26mGRT 33042 tonsDWT 56,598 MTRegistered in Douglas, Isle of Man      With direct application of water ruled out due to the instability of the cargo, attending tugs were restricted to external water cooling. Heat transfer between cargo holds caused the fire to spread rapidly and high temperatures prevented salvors from boarding for two weeks until there was simply no ammonium nitrate left to burn. Only then were salvage crews from Resolve Marine, using four tugs directed from an operating base in…
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