Owned by BC Ferries since 1985, this N-class ferry entered service with the Ministry of Transportation's Salt Water division in 1973, and was built in Vancouver to serve the inter-island routes. The vessel currently runs on the Discovery Coast Connector route, which offers summer service between Port Hardy and Central Coast ports Bella Bella, Shearwater, Klemtu, Ocean Falls, and Bella Coola.
Built: 1973, Vancouver
Overall Length: 33.53 metres (110')
Maximum Displacement: 371 tonnes
Car Capacity: 12*
Passenger & Crew Capacity: 95
Maximum Speed: 11 knots
Amenities: Passenger lounge, self-serve food station, main deck washroom facilities.
(photo credit: Algoma Central Corporation)
Algoma Tankers Limited, an operating unit of Canadian shipping company Algoma Central Corporation, has taken delivery of its 8th vessel in its product tanker fleet. Built in 2010, the 16,500 dwt vessel will be renamed the Algoterra once the transition is completed. The Algoterra was purchased in from an unnamed seller in Amsterdam and is currently en route to Canada and is due to arrive in Halifax in mid-April. The Algoterra is the second product tanker acquired by ATL in the last four months, joining the Algonorth, which was acquired in early December.
Manager: Algoma Tankers Limited
Registry: Halifax / Canada
Builder: Jiangnan Shipyard (Group) Co. Ltd. 2010
Type: Double Hull Product Oil Tanker
Class: Det Norske Veritas 1A1 Tanker for Oil Products, Tanker Chemicals, ESP, ICE 1A NAUTO-OC Nauticus (New building), EO, ETC, VCS-2 TMON, INERT
IMO Number: 9442249
Gross Tonnage: 11,889
Net Tonnage: 5,151
Year Built: 2007
Speed: 22 knots
Length: 288 m
Beam: 48 m
Gross Tonnage: 113561 gt
The Emerald Princess is scheduled to arrive in Vancouver on March 29. The ship is on a repositioning voyage from Los Angeles and is the first cruise vessel to arrive for the season. Built in 2007, the vessel underwent an extensive refurbishment in 2015. After a dry dock stay in Vancouver, the ship is headed over to Victoria on April 12th, and will then depart for warmer southern waters.
The vehicle carrier, Tranquil Ace, was the first ship to arrive at the new Vehicle Processing Centre (VPC) at the Nanaimo Assembly Wharf in the Port of Nanaimo.
Owner Prosper World Marine Co. Ltd.
Flag Cayman Island
Capacity 6,233 cars
The new VPC is a partnership between the Nanaimo Port Authority (NPA), Western Stevedoring (Western) and their affiliate organization, the Auto Division of SSA Marine (SSA) to develop and operate a multipurpose break bulk terminal with an initial focus on European automobile import and processing. The official ceremony for the VPC will be held on March 29th with the arrival of the second carrier, Wisdom Ace. Thanks to Montship for providing the photo for this week’s Ship of the Week.
Year Built: 2010
Gross Tonnage: 43764
Deadweight: 80700 t
Sometimes finding a ship of the week is challenging. While looking for some inspiration, using AIS tracking I started tapping on all the vessels that were anchored in English Bay.... And there she was – INSPIRATION.
Year Built: 2018
Deadweight: 147500 t
Length: 366 m
Breadth: 51 m
Speed: 23 kn
Capacity: 14,220 TEU
Two new 14,000 TEU full-container vessels built by Imabari Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. and chartered by Yang Ming, were named as YM Warranty and YM Wellspring on 6th March, 2019 at Imabari shipyard. YM Warranty and YM Wellspring, are the fourth and fifth of the five 14,000 TEU full-container vessels Yang Ming chartered from Shoei Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. They belong to the same type as YM Wellbeing, YM Wonderland and YM Wisdom which were delivered to Yang Ming recently. This type of ship is designed with a nominal capacity of 14,220 TEU and equipped with 1,000 reefer plugs. Since 2015, a total of 20 newly-built 14,000 TEU full-container vessels have been added to the Yang Ming fleet. YM Warranty and YM Wellspring are the last two of them and will join Yang Ming’s service in the very near future. In addition to the 14,000 TEU vessels, Yang Ming will also deploy ten self-owned 2,800 TEU ships and fourteen chartered-in 11,000 TEU ships, which are to be delivered during year 2020-2022.
The MV Happy Dynamic arrived in Vancouver Harbour last week bearing gifts for Vanterm and Western Canada Marine Response Corporation (WCMRC). On board were 4 rubber-tire gantry cranes (RTGs) for Vantem and three new coastal response vessels to be discharged in Nanaimo for WCMRC.
Owner: Rederij Happy Dynamic
Operator: BigLift Shipping B.V.
Flag: The Netherlands
Home port: Amsterdam
Air draft: 48.05
Engine: Wartsila diesel 8L46 /8400kW / 500rpm
Speed : 16.0 kts ballast / 14.5 kts loaded / 14 kts manoeuvring
Thank you to Wheelhouse Shipping Agency for submitting this week's Ship of the Week.
Vessel Type: Aframax Tanker
Year Built: 2004
Tonnage: 62845 tons
Deadweight: 115048 tons
Length: 249 m
Breadth: 44 m
A Singapore-flagged oil tanker, which was reported to have been seized by private militiamen in Cameroon earlier this month following a dispute between Eastern Pacific Shipping and DSC Marine was released on Feb. 5th. Eastern Pacific Shipping alleged at the time the Aframax M/T Barents Sea was illegally seized by DSC Marine, a local charterer, and local Cameroonian military forces armed with AK-47 submachine guns in the Sonara refinery in Limbe, Cameroon. The 26 crew on board which includes nationals from India, Ukraine, China, Philippines and Turkey were unharmed.
Manager & Owner: Eastern Pacific Shipping
Vessel Type: Tanker
Year Built: 2000
Built by: Hyundai Heavu Industries
The Finnish Geospatial Research Institute has announced that together with Aalto University they will team up with Fleetrange and the Tallink Group as part of a research project carried out under a program of and funded by the European Space Agency (ESA). The goal is to develop techniques for autonomous navigation for ships with focus on safety, using a combination of different sensors, machine learning and artificial intelligence. The technology will combine data from visual images, environmental sound recordings, radar and lidar ranging, satellite navigation, and vessel transponders. These sensors will be installed on Tallink’s Megastar ferry and the data processing will be performed using innovative artificial intelligence and machine learning software. The goal is to automatically identify and recognize objects, such as navigation aids and other vessels and boats around the ship and provide improved situational awareness information through sensor fusion. The objective of the ESA-funded research project is to improve European know-how in the field of autonomous transports and to study how European space-based positioning and navigation infrastructure, such as Galileo and EGNOS, can contribute to enhancing scientific innovation and consequently business opportunities in this field.