Friday, December 28, 2007

NYK VENUS

NYK Venus (source: NYK line)
Today we have the NYK Venus (IMO: 9312793, Port of Registry: Panama) featuring as the Ship of the Day. The NYK Venus is 338 meters long, almost 46 metres wide, has a gross tonnage of 97,825 tons and a TEU capacity of 8,600. She is propelled by a B&W 12K98ME engine which delivers approximately 87,000 horsepower. The vessel was built in 2007 by Hyundai Heavy industries and is equipped with the most advanced environmental safety measures, including an electronically controlled engine and a specialized hull structure to prevent fuel-oil leakage. The NYK Venus was the second ship of four identical NYK vessels which have been built between October 2006 and April 2007. Her sister vessels are: NYK Vega, NYK Vesta and NYK Virgo

The NYK Venus is expected to arrive later this evening at the ECT Terminal coming from Jeddah, Saudi-Arabia on the Grand Alliance EU-4 loop. She will depart within 48 hours with destination Hamburg.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

CMA CGM MEDEA

CMA CGM Medea
The CMA CGM Medea (IMO: 9299800, Port of Registry: Marseille) is an in 2006, by Hyundai Heavy Industries built, Post-Panamax container vessel, capable of transporting up to 9,400 teu. She is 349 metres long, almost 43 metres wide, has a maximum draught of about 15 metres and a deadweight tonnage of 107,000. The CMA CGM Medea also provides passenger accomodation with five passenger cabins. On board, guests can book a single or double room and enjoy the ship’s amenities including a lounge, gymnasium, pool and library along with meals at the captain’s table. Travelers seeking an uncommon cruise adventure between Asia and Europe need look no further. The CMA CGM Medea is the fourth of eight super mega container vessels deployed in the new European (FAL2) service jointly operated by CMA CGM and China Shipping. Her sisters are: CMA CGM Fidelio, Rigoletto and Norma.

The CMA CGM Medea has entered the Port of Rotterdam this morning where she is berthed at the ECT Terminal. She will depart tomorrow with destination Hamburg.

Monday, December 24, 2007

HEDWIG OLDENDORFF

Hedwig Oldendorff Today's Ship of the Day is the Hedwig Oldendorff (IMO: 8015697, Port of Registry: Monrovia). This under Liberian flag sailing bulk carrier was built in 1984 by Hyundai Heavy Industries, has a deadweight of about 150.000 tons and has 9 holds and hatches. The ship is 281 meters long, 53 meters wide and has a maximum draught of 15 meters .

The Hedwig Oldendorff is scheduled to arrive later this evening from Port Cartier, Canada at the EECV terminal, Rotterdam containing a load of iron ore .

Friday, December 21, 2007

AL SHEGAYA

Al ShegayaThe Al Shegaya is an Ultra Large Crude Carrier (ULCC) built in 1998 by Hyundai Heavy Industries, Korea. The vessel is 335 meters long, 58 meters wide and has a maximum draught of almost 23 meters. With a deadweight of 310,000 tons, the Al Shegaya is one of the largest crude carriers currently sailing. The ship is owned by the Kuwait Oil Tanker Company which is also the owner of the vessels: Al Tahreer, Al Awdah, Kazimah III, Al Salhia, Al Samidoon, Al Funtas and Al Shuhada.

The Al Shegaya arrived in Rotterdam this morning from Sidi Kerir Terminal (Egypt) for discharging at the MOT terminal.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

EXPLORER

Yacht carrier Explorer
The Explorer (IMO: 8116051, Port of Registry: Willemstad, Dutch Antilles) was originally a barge carrier built in 1984 as the Pavel Antokolskiy. She was converted in 2003 to a yacht carrier for Dockwise Yacht Transport. The Explorer is 159 metres long, 31 metres wide, has a submerged draught of 11 metres, a gross tonnage of 19,453 and a net tonnage of 10,763. She has a deck space of 2823 m2 and is propelled by two 2780 kW Wartsila Vasa diesel engines which give the vessel a service speed of 9 knots. The yacht carrier was specially converted to safely accommodate large and small sailing and motor yachts within its 10-metre high side walls during transport.

The Explorer arrived this morning at the Waalhaven, Rotterdam. She will leave in about a week with destination Le Havre.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

EBBA MAERSK

Ebba Maersk
The Ebba Maersk (IMO: 9321524, Port of Registry: Copenhagen, Denmark) is already the fifth in line of Maersk's PS-class. Together with her sisters (amongst which are the 'Emma Maersk' and 'Evelyn Maersk') she is the largest containership ever with a total teu capacity 11,000 teu (of which 1,000 forty foot reefer containers) according to the A.P. Moller - Maersk Group. A total capacity of 13,500 teu is also possible when containers are not fully loaded. This capacity is possible by stacking the containers in 22 rows wide. Maersk calculates the teu capacity with loaded containers. The vessel is 397 meters long, 56 meters wide, has a depth of 30 meters and a deadweight of 156,907 tons. Amazingly, all this size and capacity requires a crew of only 13. The specially designed Wärtsilä diesel engine delivers 80,000 kW. A waste heat recovery system is installed to optimise the use of the energy produced, so that the engine can deliver up to 90,000 kW. The vessels in this series have also established new standards for safety and environmental responsibility. Environmentally-safe silicone paint, for example, is used on the hull, below the water line, reducing water resistance, and thereby fuel consumption, by 1,200 tons per year. The ship was launched at Odense Steel Shipyard Ltd in May 2007.

The Ebba Maersk will arrive this evening at the APM terminal, Rotterdam from Algeciras. Tomorrow, the vessel will set sail for Bremerhaven on the APM AE1 line. She will return within about 7 weeks to Rotterdam.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

XIN LOS ANGELES

Xin Los AngelesTwo years ago the Xin Los Angeles was the largest containervessel around. But since the launching of the Emma Maersk (which arrived yesterday at the port of Rotterdam), the vessel is 'just' one of the bigger ones. The Xin Los Angeles is 337 metres long, almost 46 metres wide and has a maximum draught of 15 metres. She can carry a maximum of 18 rows of containers by eight tiers on the weather deck and 16 rows by 10 tiers in the holds which gives the vessel a total capacity of 9,600 teu. The ship is propelled by a MAN B&W 12K98MC-C Mk6 engine, with a power of 68,520 kW. During sea trials the ship achieved a ballast service speed of 25.4 knots. The CSCL Pusan and Xin Shanghai are her sistervessels.

The Xin Los Angeles has entered the port of Rotterdam this morning and is currently berthed at the ECT terminal.

Monday, December 17, 2007

EMMA MAERSK

Emma MaerskThe Emma Maersk is the largest containership of all times with a total teu capacity 11,000 teu (of which 1,000 forty foot reefer containers) according to the A.P. Moller - Maersk Group . Rumours are that a total capacity of 13,500 teu is also possible. This capacity is possible by stacking the containers in 22 rows wide. The vessel is 397 meters long, 56 meters wide, has a depth of 30 meters and a deadweigth of 156,907 tons. The specially designed Wärtsilä diesel engine delivers 80,000 kW. A waste heat recovery system is installed to optimise the use of the energy produced, so that the engine can deliver up to 90,000 kW. The ship was built this year by Odense Steel Shipyard Ltd. The Emma's sister vessels are (amongst others): Estelle Maersk and Eleonora Maersk.

The Emma Maersk will arrive at the APM terminal, Rotterdam from Algeciras later this day. The vessel will then set sail for Bremerhaven on the APM AE1 line. She will return within about two months to Rotterdam.

Friday, December 14, 2007

SEVAN VOYAGEUR


The Sevan Voyageur(IMO: 9390977, Port of Registry: Nassau) is a Floating Production, Storage and Offloading platform (FPSO), which is used as a floating production and storage for hydrocarbons. The hydrocarbons are stored in tanks in the hull of the platform and are transported by shuttletankers or by pipe line to onshore refineries. The hull is fitted with machinery, power generators, transformators, electric boards, fire control systems, ballast pumps and cargo pumps.

The main components on deck are living quarters with control rooms, workshop, life vessels, helipad, cranes, on- and offloading system for oil, and anchorwinches.

The FPSO also has a processing plant for hydrocarbons installed on deck. Depending on characteristics of the field, the processing plant has different modules for processing oil, gas, and water.

Source: Sevan Marine

There is also a power generating module that delivers power to the platforms additional machinery. The processing module has an oil production capacity of 10.000 - 200.000 barrels and a storage capacity of 300,000 barrels. She has an offloading capacity of 3,600 m3 per hour.

The oil is brought from the reservoir through one or more risers from the wellhead on the sea bed up to the platform. Gas and water is separated from the oil. The gas can be treated in several ways. It can be flared, re-injected into the well or used in the operations of the processing plant. The water is re-injected into the reservoir or released into the ocean after satisfactory cleaning.

The Sevan Voyageur is already the third round FPSO from Sevan Marine. Her predecessors are 'Sevan Piranema' and 'Sevan Hummingbird'

The Sevan Voyageur left Yantai Raffles Shipyard,China on November 9, 2007. The platform was placed onboard of the semi-submersible heavy load vessel 'Tai An Kou', which will enter the port of Rotterdam this evening where she will unload the Sevan Voyageur. The Sevan Voyageur will then be towed to Keppel Verolme Shipyard where she will be built off for topside hook-up and commissioning.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

CMA CGM NORMA

CMA CGM NormaThe CMA CGM Norma (IMO: 9299812, Port of Registry: Marseille) is an in 2006, by Hyundai Heavy Industries built, Post-Panamax container vessel, capable of transporting 9415 teu. She is 350 metres long, almost 43 metres wide, has a maximum draught of about 14.5 metres and a deadweight tonnage of 107,200. The CMA CGM Norma was the first of eight super mega container vessels deployed in the new European (FAL2) service jointly operated by CMA CGM and China Shipping. Her sisters are the CMA CGM Rigoletto, CMA CGM Medea and CMA CGM Fidelio.

The CMA CGM Norma is expected to arrive later this afternoon at the ECT Terminal, Rotterdam with the last port of call at Le Havre. She is scheduled to depart saturday morning with destination Hamburg.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

QUEEN VICTORIA & QUEEN ELIZABETH 2

Queen Victoria (artist's impression)Today we have two cruise vessels of the Cunard Line entering the Port of Rotterdam, namely the brand-new Queen Victoria (IMO: 9320556, Port of Registry: Southampton) and the, 48 year old, Queen Elizabeth 2 (IMO: 6725418, Port of Registry: Southampton). The Queen Victoria is 294 metres long, 36 metres wide, 54 metres high and has a gross tonnage of 90,049. She provides accomodation to a maximum of 2,000 guests in 990 staterooms which are located on 12 decks. Nice to mention is that 86% of the rooms are outside and 71% of the rooms have balconies. Of course, she is equipped with several lounges, bars and restaurants. Next to this, she is also equipped with a shopping mall, a winter garden, a grand, stylish West-End-style theatre, a conference center, fitness center, sports deck etc., etc. She was built this year by Fincantieri Shipyards, Italy.
Queen Elizabeth 2 (Artist's Impression)
The legendary Queen Elizabeth 2 was built in 1969 by Upper Clyde Shipyards, UK and has already carried over two million passengers. She is 293 metres long, 32 metres wide and has a gross tonnage of 70,327. She provides accomodation to 1,778 passengers. On board are a casino, book shop, several bars and restaurants, a library, theatre, pools etc., etc.

Both vessels arrived this morning at Rotterdam. The Queen Victoria, which is on her maiden trip, is currently berthed at the Holland Amerikakade and the Queen Elizabeth is berthed at the Waalhaven. Both vessels will depart later this afternoon with destination Southampton.

Please find the webcams of both vessels below:
Webcam Queen Elizabeth 2Queen Victoria Webcam

Monday, December 10, 2007

CHICAGO EXPRESS

Chicago ExpressThe Chicago Express (IMO: 9295268, Port of Registry: Hamburg) is 336 metres long, 43 metres wide, has a maximum draught of 14.5 metres, a deadweight tonnage of 104,000 and a teu capacity of 8750. The containership was built by Hyundai Heavy Industries, Korea in 2006 and is currently owned by Hapag Lloyd, Germany for whom she is currently deployed on the EU3 service between China and Europe. Her sister vessels are the Kyoto Express and Colombo Express.

The Chicago Express is scheduled to enter the Port of Rotterdam later this evening with the last port of call at Hamburg. She will depart tomorrow with destination Port Kelang, Malaysia and will return to Rotterdam within two months.

Friday, December 07, 2007

STELLANOVA

Stellanova
The Stellanova (IMO: 9085730, Port of Registry: Rotterdam) is a heavy load ship operated by Jumbo Shipping. She is, together with her sisters Jumbo Spirit and Fairload, the smallest vessel in Jumbo's fleet. The ship is almost 96 metres long, about 18 metres wide and has a gross tonnage of 4,962. She has one hold with a bale capacity of 7176 cubic metres, one crane with a capacity of 250 tons and 1 derrick with a 250 tons capacity (in combi 500 tons). The Stellanova was built in 1996 by the IJssel Vliet Combination, the Netherlands.

The Stellanova will arrive this afternoon at the Waalhaven, Rotterdam with the last port of call at Fredericia, Denmark.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

XIN SHANGHAI

Xin ShanghaiThe Xin Shanghai (IMO: 9307231, Port of Registry: Hong Kong) is one of the largest containervessels currently sailing with her length of 336.7 metres, width of 45.6 metres and a maximum draught of 15 metres. She can carry a maximum of 18 rows of containers by eight tiers on the weather deck and 16 rows by 10 tiers in the holds which gives the vessel a total capacity of 9,600 teu. The ship is propelled by an MAN B&W 12K98MC-C Mk6 engine, with a power of 68,520 kW. During sea trials the ship achieved a ballast service speed of 25.4 knots. The CSCL Pusan and Xin Los Angeles are her sistervessels.

The Xin Shanghai is scheduled to enter the port of Rotterdam from Le Havre this afternoon. She will berth at the ECT terminal, Rotterdam and depart with destination Hamburg tomorrow. She will return to Rotterdam within two months.

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