Friday, 16 August 2019 12:32



The MSC Gulsun is the world's largest container ship. The Panama-flagged ship transited the Suez Canal for the first time on August 9 with the northbound convoy, heading to North Western Europe from the Port of Xingang. The MSC Gulsun is the first of 11 sister vessels the MSC has under construction at Samsung Heavy Industries and DSME in South Korea. The vessels are set for operations between the Far East and North-Western Europe via the Suez Canal as part of the AE 10/SILK service in collaboration with Maersk Line.


TEU:                 23,756

Dimensions:     61.4 m (width) x 400 m (length)

Draft:                16 m

Class:               Megamax 24

Flag:                 Panama

Tonnage:          232,000 GRT

Friday, 09 August 2019 14:44

 592 SagaFreya


The Saga Freya is one of Saga Welco's box-shaped, open-hatch vessels specialized in the carriage of forest products fitted with two specialized gantry cranes with lifting capacity ranging up to 70 MT.  Saga Shipholding (Norway) AS is a subsidiary of Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK), Japan, and was established in Tønsberg, Norway in 2005.  The roots, however, goes back to 1991 when NYK, Aaby and Borgestad established a pool cooperation named Saga Forest Carriers, with open hatch gantry craned vessels.  In October 2014, Masterbulk Pte Ltd and Saga Shipholding (Norway) AS established a new pool venture, Saga Welco AS. All our vessels are trading in the Saga Welco Pool.


Owner:       Saga Shipholding Norway
Built:           2017
Shipyard:   Oshima Shipbuilding Co. Ltd, Saikai, Japan
Length:      199m
Breadth:     32m
GT:             37,441 tons
DWT:          55,807        

Friday, 02 August 2019 13:59

571 Shubert 1571 Shubert 2


SM Line’s containership Schubert brought in the first new two-car train for Translink’s Canada Line that arrived at Fraser Surrey docks from South Korea this week.  Now at the Canada Line’s operations and maintenance centre near Bridgeport Station, they will be married into a single train and undergo final testing and commissioning. A total of 12 new two-car trains have been ordered and the rest of the cars are expected to arrive throughout the remainder of 2019. The Schubert has been a regular caller at Fraser Surrey Docks this year.

Operator: SM Line Corporation

Built: 2010

Builder: Hyundai Samho Mokypo Shipyard, South Korea

Flag:  Portugal

Gross Tonnage:    41,311
Length:  262.06 m

Breadth:  32.2 m

Capacity: 4300 TEU

Friday, 26 July 2019 13:35

591 OOCL Hong Kong2 591 OOCL Hong Kong3


The OOCL Hong Kong, one of the world's largest containership with a carrying capacity of 21,413 TEU,  made her maiden call to the Port of Hong Kong today. 

Mr. Andy Tung, Co-Chief Executive Officer of OOCL, hosted the event and made the following remarks to the enthusiastic group in the audience: “This is truly a milestone event for us at OOCL because the last time we welcomed a vessel with the same name in Hong Kong was back in 1995 which coincided with our company’s 25th anniversary. It was a brand-new ship, with a capacity of 4,960 TEU, and warmly welcomed by a large crowd right here at the Hong Kong port in Kwai Chung. Twenty-five years later, we are here once again, welcoming the OOCL Hong Kong to the port on our 50th anniversary! This maiden call has special meaning to not only the people at OOCL, but to many citizens living here who may see the vessel as the pride of Hong Kong.”  In 1969, OOCL was the first Asian shipping line to ship goods by container. This first container sailing saw only 13 TEUs transported from Hong Kong to Long Beach, California.

Flag:         Hong Kong
LOA:        399.87m
Breadth:      58.8 m
Depth:         32.5 m
DWT:     191,317 mt
Air Draft:     73.5 m


Friday, 19 July 2019 11:33

569 Intermezzo


The Intermezzo is a liquid bulk vessel built in Mailiao, Taiwan. She is owned and operated by Mol Chemical Tankers PTE LTD, and is one in a series of vessels with music related names. The Intermezzo departed Taiwan on its maiden voyage from to the US on June 12, where she discharged approximately 10,000 metric tons of sodium hydroxide at the Port of Vancouver USA before sailing to San Francisco, CA and Los Angeles, CA.


Tonnage: 22988 GT

Deadweight: 37328 t

Size: 180.15m x 28m 

Tonnage: 90,000GT

Built: 2019   


Friday, 12 July 2019 09:06

568 Radiance of the seas


Royal Caribbean's Radiance of the Seas was launched in 2000 from the Meyer Weft shipyard in Germany. Considered the flag ships of the Radiance Class, which includes the Jewel of the Seas, Brilliance of the Seas and Serenade of the Seas, the Radiance of the Seas was the first of this class built for Royal Caribbean and is a gas-turbine vessel.

Considered faster than most the ship maneuvers with the combination of the Azipod propulsion system, powerful bow thrusters, and a dynamic positioning system. The ship is economically efficient through the design of a power plant consisting of two gas turbines and one steam turbine. The waste heat from each gas turbine is fed through a heat recovery steam generator, thus using the steam to power the steam turbine. Once electricity is generated from this power plant it then powers the external propulsion pods and thrusters.


Passengers: 2,110/Crew: 859

Registry: Bahamas

Decks: 12 passenger decks

Tonnage: 90,000GT

Length: 961 feet

Beam: 106 feet

Maximum speed: 25 knots

Refurbished: 2016

Friday, 05 July 2019 12:06



On May 28, the SST Tsimshian Warrior had its blessing ceremony at the grand opening ceremony for the new AltaGas propane export terminal on Ridley Island. Named in honour of local first nations, the latest addition to the SAAM SMIT Canada Inc. is equipped with an IMO Tier II compliant exhaust after-treatment system, dramatically reducing the tug’s emission of NOx, Sox, and particulate matter emissions. The SST Tsimshian Warrior will be capable of safely performing all ship-handling roles, including berthing, unberthing, and escort duties, including in heavier weather conditions.

The tug designed by Robert Allan Ltd. is also fully equipped for terminal standby roles with a Fi-Fi 1 with water spray (2,700 m3/hr) external fire-fighting system supplied by Marsis that can not only provide significant additional fire-fighting capability to the new LPG terminal, but to the Port of Prince Rupert as well. Having been custom designed for servicing the terminal, the tug is also equipped with additional safety features including both a gas detection system, as well explosion-proof deck machinery.


Bollard pull:      80+ tonnes

Max speed:      14 knots

Fire Fighting:    Fi-Fi 1 class, with waterspray and foam

Dimensions:     13.2 m (width) x 32 m (length)

Draft:                3.2 m

Height:             12.2 m

Flag:                 Canada

Tonnage:          499 GRT

Friday, 28 June 2019 11:32

567 marin


In celebration of MARIN's testing of it 10,000th ship model, MARIN created a competition amongst schools in the Netherlands to design clean, smart and safe ships for the future. Four winning school classes participated in the awards event, as MARIN did not choose one winner but brought together the best ideas from the different school classes to design a ship for the future. The winning ship was in the shape of a sailfish, and had a retractable sail with solar panels, a frictionless shark skin, a flexible moving tail, and netting to catch any containers that might fall overboard.  Almost a hundred school classes and children participated in the competition. In some classes, the children worked together on a design, and in other classes, everyone made their own design. MARIN received all sorts of great ideas, drawings and short videos including ships with solar panels, sails, wind turbines and hydrogen engines for clean propulsion, floating hospitals for marine animals, cruise ships with amusement parks, chill rooms and escape rooms, and smart self-navigating ships with cameras and radars.  Each school class was given a model of the ship for the future for their classroom. The design was created and tested in one of MARIN’s model basins - video can be viewed at

Friday, 21 June 2019 14:19

565 islandregent 565 islandregent2

Yesterday Island Tug and Barge, a subsidiary of Tidewater Canada, christened its new custom-built state-of-the-art articulating tug, the Island Regent.  The structure and hull of the coastal tug was built at ITB's Annacis Island facility along the Fraser River and was completed at Nichols Brothers Boat Builders in Freeland, WA.   The tug is designed and constructed for bulk fuel transport on the Canadian and US West Coast and is the second of three tugs planned.  The sister tug, Island Raider, pictured in the right photo, was launched less than a year ago, marking the first new coastal ATB in their fleet in 15 years.

Designed by:     Robert Allan Ltd., Vancouver, BC
Dimensions:      25 m (width) x 12.5 m (length)
Draft:                 3.2 m
Height:              12.2 m

The Island Regent is equipped with Z-drive, enabling a 25 percent fuels savings and 11 percent trip time savings.  The Island Regent will be paired with the 25,000 barrel double-hulled petroleum tank barge, ITB Reliant.

Friday, 14 June 2019 11:16

564 Maerk Transporter


The Maersk Transporter is a tug actively working with the Ocean Cleanup initiative, removing plastic from our oceans. She is currently anchored at Duncan Bay to pick up her new floating system and will then move on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.


GT: 4678

DWT: 3507

Flag: Denmark

Built: 2009