Friday, 01 November 2019 11:14

593 Ship of the Week


BC Ferries is introducing a new class of hybrid-electric ferries – the Island class. Set to begin coming into service in early 2020, the vessels will service routes between:

  • Powell River – Texada
  • Port McNeill – Alert Bay – Sointula
  • Campbell River – Quadra Island
  • Nanaimo Harbour – Gabriola Island


Each vessel will be designed to carry 47 vehicles and up to 300 passengers and crew and feature wide vehicle lanes, dedicated pedestrian paths, and bicycle parking spaces.

Capacity: 47 vehicles, 300 passengers and crew

Service speed: 14 knots



Friday, 25 October 2019 11:49

592 Tasmanian Acheiver II


Toll’s RoRo cargo ship, Tasmanian Achiever II, won the 2018 Shippax RoRo Technology award. The award recognises that Tasmanian Achiever II and its sister ship, Victorian Reliance II, are the largest RoRos ever used for domestic trade outside of Europe and the United States and have the largest reefer capacity of any short-sea RoRo vessel. The ship commenced operations in servicing the Bass Strait trade at the beginning of March, 2019 and the award was presented to the ships’ naval architects, Sea Highways Ltd, and Naos Ship and Boat Design.


TEU: 700 TEU

Length: 210 metres

Breadth: 28 metres

Gross Tonnage: 20000



Friday, 18 October 2019 14:44

584 MSC Camille


MSC Camille is a containership capable of holding up to 14,000 TEU. The vessel is equipped with two tunnel thrusters for better maneuverability in and out of ports.

MSC is on course to overtake alliance partner Maersk as the biggest ocean carrier by capacity within the next two years. The company has placed an order for five 23,000 teu ULCVs from the South Korean Daewoo yard, which will increase their fleet to 16 vessels with a total of 305,352 teu.

Gross Tonnage: 153092

Deadweight: 165644 t

Length: 365.52m

Breadth 51.3m

Year Built: 2009



Friday, 11 October 2019 14:55

583 nationageo2

Currently in the Fraser River, National Geographic Venture is a state-of-the-art, purpose-built expedition vessel made for exploring remote locations in comfort. Spacious cabins, beautiful public spaces, open decks with tiered system for optimal wildlife viewing and specialty tools for exploration make her the ideal ship for sailing in the remote areas of Alaska, British Columbia and Baja. Designed with five decades of expedition experience, National Geographic Venture more than comfortably accommodates 100 guests in 50 cabins. She joins her sister ship, the National Geographic Quest, in being among the most luxurious expedition small ships to explore Pacific waters.

Built:          2018
Builder:      Nicholas Brothers Boat Builders, Freeland, WA
Operator:   Lindblad Expeditiions
Flag:          US
Length:      238 ft


Friday, 04 October 2019 10:59

582 irisleader


NYK has conducted the world’s first maritime autonomous surface ships (MASS) trial in accordance with the IMO guidelines, making a big step toward realizing its target of manned autonomous ships for safer operations and reducing crew workload. The Iris Leader, an NYK-operated vehicle carrier was navigated day and night using the Sherpa System for Real ship (SSR) navigation system. The trial was conducted during the ship’s voyage from Xinsha, China, to the port of Nagoya, and from the port of Nagoya to the port of Yokohama.

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The SSR’s performance in actual sea conditions was monitored as the system collected information on environmental conditions around the ship from existing navigational devices. NYK now plans to analyze the data and continue to develop the SSR into a more advanced navigation-support system by making adjustments to the difference between the optimal course derived by the program and that determined by professional human judgment. The SSR verified by this trial would also be applied to future coastal ships, which currently face serious crew shortages, according to the company.


Year built:           2015
Vessel Type:     Vehicle Carrier
Capacity:           7,125 verhicles
Flag:                  Panama
Shipbuilder:       Imarbari Shipbuilding Co. Ltd.
Length:              199.99 / 34 m
Gross Tonnage:  70826
Net Tonnage:      23,217


Friday, 27 September 2019 13:03

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This week, CMA CGM launched the world’s largest LNG-powered containership, Jacques Saade. The vessel is the first in a new fleet of nine French-flagged LNG-powered containerships. The ship was launched at the Shanghai Jiangnan-Changxing Shipyard. The vessel features a state-of-the-art bridge design, a smart system to manage ventilation for the reefer containers carried in the hold, and a hydrodynamically optimized hull. View video here.

TEU: 23,000
Length (m): 400
Breadth (m): 61
Draft (m):  
Built: 2019
Flag: France


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The Group has symbolically given the name of its Founder to its future flagship. A visionary entrepreneur, Jacques Saadé built CMA CGM into one of the world’s leading maritime shipping companies, while maintaining its family dimension and strong values. In this way, he left a lasting mark on the entire shipping industry.


Friday, 20 September 2019 13:22

578 MS Roald Amudsen


The MS Roald Amudsen is the first hybrid-powered cruise ship through the Northwest Passage using a combination of massive batteries and diesel engines.  Hurtigruten, a cargo, ferry and cruise company from Norway claims it's the first time a vessel of its kind and size has sailed the route. The ship, which is named after Norway's famed polar explorer, completed a more than 3,000-nautical-mile voyage from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean, ending in Nome, Alaska, on Sept. 10. Nearly 500 people were on board.

The ship's hybrid technology involves four diesel engines and two large battery packs and reduces fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by about 20 per cent.  In some scenarios the ship can run solely off battery power for about an hour. The ship also has energy recovery systems, such as using water that cooled engines to help heat the spa and pools. All grey water and waste is stored on board.

Year Built:  2019
Shipyard:  Kleven Yards
Passenger Capacity:   530 (500 in Antartica)
Gross tonnage:  20,889
Length: 140 m
Speed: 15 knots

To learn more about this vessel visit:



Friday, 13 September 2019 14:34

577 Ship of the Week


The MS Regatta is undergoing a massive refit in North Vancouver that is expected to last until September 21. The 680-passenger ship, will be getting new furnishings, carpets and TVs, and the ship will have its hull stripped and re-coated. Work will be underway 24 hours a day until completion. Throughout the refit, 2,000 workers will stay on the Grand Classica, a passenger ship docked nearby.

Gross Tonnage: 30277

Length: 178m

Beam: 25m

Built: 1998



Friday, 06 September 2019 13:47

576 Shp of the Week


The Greg Mortimer is the first, of potentially ten, polar expedition cruise vessels for the U.S based SunStone Ships to be built at the CMHI yard, China. The vessels have been designed and developed by Norway-based Ulstein Design & Solutions together with the ship’s owner and their client, Aurora Expeditions.  The vessel is the first expedition cruise ship to incorporate Ulstein’s patented X-BOW innovation, a bow hull design which leads to a smoother and more comfortable journey in head seas. Less resistance in waves means that less fuel is needed to cut through the waves, hence a lower environmental footprint.

All vessels in the INFINITY Class will be customized to each client, as is also the case with the Greg Mortimer. Aurora’s team experts have been closely involved in the ship project, to ensure the best possible expedition vessel for their purpose and itineraries.  The Greg Mortimer is is a 104-metre ship built to Polar Class 6 standards for venturing in cold waters. She boasts 80 passenger cabins with private bathrooms and balconies. Other facilities include a restaurant and a bar, a lecture room, a lounge, a 180-degree indoor observation deck and outdoor viewing areas. After a long day venturing on the ice, the passengers can choose to retreat to the ship’s gymnasium, sauna and spa or one of the two Jacuzzis. The vessel has been delivered and is all set for her first Antarctica venture.



Friday, 30 August 2019 09:24

575 Ship of the Week 1  575 Ship of the Week 2


The Canadian Coast Guard has officially named the Offshore Fisheries Science Vessel CCGS Sir John Franklin during a dedication to service ceremony. The vessel is the first of three Offshore Fisheries Science Vessel built under the National Shipbuilding Strategy. The home port for the CCGS Sir John Franklin will be the Institute of Ocean Sciences in Sidney, British Columbia, where it will ensure that Fisheries and Oceans scientists are working with modern equipment to conduct vital work and data collection in support of our marine ecosystem. The vessel will also support environmental response and search and rescue operations, when needed.

Length (m):  63.4

Breadth (m):  16

Draft (m):  6.2

Built: 2017

DWT: 900

Flag: Canada