Saturday, February 28, 2009


DelvarToday's Ship of the Day is the Very Large Crude Carrier Delvar (IMO: 9218454, Port of registry: Valletta, Malta). The Delvar is 333 metres long, 58 metres wide and has a draught of over 22 metres. These dimensions give the vessel a deadweight tonnage of almost 300,000. The vessel was built in 2002 by Dalian New Shipbuilding Heavy Industry and is powered by a seven-cylinder Sulzer 7RTA84T-B low-speed marine diesel engine with an output 27,160kW at 74rpm. This is linked to three sets of heavy fuel oil Wartsila 9L20C units with an output of 1,490kW at 900rpm. There is also a 1,765kVA alternator for Gulf weather conditions as well as an emergency generator with an output of 399kW at 1,800rpm. She is manufactured as a complete double skin double bottom unit with a bulbous bow and transom stern with an open water frame. It has two longitudinal bulkheads in the cargo area. The cargo tanks and engine room of the vessel are protected by ballast tanks. She is owned by the National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC). The Delvar's sister are the Damavand, Darab, Daylam and Dena.

The Iran Delvar will arrive this afternoon at the MOT Terminal, Rotterdam.

Friday, February 27, 2009


MSC PinaThe MSC Pina (IMO: 9339272, Port of Registry: Panama) is one of the most recent containervessels in the MSC fleet. This 9580 TEU, 107,849 GT ship was built in 2007 by Samsung Shipbuilding as the first of a batch of thirteen ships. The MSC Pina is 336 meters long and 45.6 meters wide. She was originally deployed on MSC's Dragon service, linking the Far East and the Mediterranean, but has recently changed her route to the Silk Express connecting the Far East and North-Western Europe.

The MSC Pina is expectedarrived this morning at the ECT Delta terminal Rotterdam where she will stay for about 36 hours. She will return to Rotterdam in about 7 weeks.

Thursday, February 26, 2009


SolitaireToday's Ship of the Day is the pipe laying vessel Solitaire (IMO: 7129049, Port of Registry: Panama). The Solitaire is the the largest pipelay vessel in the world with a pipe carrying capacity of 22000 t. The vessel is equipped with a full dynamic positioning system allowing the vessel to work most accurately in highly congested areas. The Solitaire is about 300 meters long (410 including the stinger), 40 meters wide and can accomodate up to 420 men. The Solitaire was built in 1972 as the bulk carrier Trentwood and was converted in 1999 to her current form. She is propelled by eight engines delivering a total of 51 mw of power.

The Solitaire arrived this morning at the Calandkanaal, Rotterdam. She will depart in about 48 hours.

Monday, February 23, 2009


YM UnityToday's Ship of the Day is the 8,200 TEU containervessel YM Unity (IMO: 9302619, Port of Registry: Monrovia, Liberia). The YM Unity is 335 metres long, almost 43 metres wide and has a deadweight of 101,411 tonnes. She was built in 2006 at Hyundai Heavy Industries, Korea and is propelled by a 68,666 KW HHI-MAN B&W 12K98MC Mk6 Engine. The vessel is operated by Yang Ming Line, China.

The YM Unity is scheduled to arrive this evening at the ECT Delta Terminal, Rotterdam with a last port of call at Singapore. She is scheduled to depart tomorrow afternoon with destination Hamburg, Germany.

Friday, February 20, 2009


ResolutionThe Resolution (IMO: 9260134, Port of Registry: Limassol, Cyprus) is world's first purpose-built vessel for installing offshore wind turbines, foundations and transition pieces. The ship is 130 meters long and 38 meters wide and is capable of elevating herself and can work in water depths ranging from five metres to more than 35 metres. The jacking system raises it to operational level to provide a safe, stable working platform that remains operational well beyond the limits of traditional weather windows. The Resolution is operated by MPI Offshore and was built in 2002 by ShanHaiguan Shipyard, China.

The Resolution will enter the Port of Rotterdam this morning and will berth at Damen Shipyards, Schiedam.

Thursday, February 19, 2009


Gjertrud MaerskThe Gjertrud Maersk (IMO: 9197894, Port of Registry: Ringkøbing, Denmark) is a 367 meters long, 43 meters wide container vessel, capable of transporting up to 10,000 teu. The Gjertrud Maersk was delivered in December 2005 by Odense Steel Shipyard, Denmark and was then, together with her sisters, Gudrun Maersk, Gerd Maersk, Grete Maersk, Gunvor Maersk and Georg Maersk, the largest container vessel sailing. Nowadays the Emma Maersk, and her sisters, amongst which are the Estelle Maersk and Eleonora Maersk have taken over the leadership.

The Gjertrud Maersk is currently sailing on the Maersk AE-2 loop between China and Europe. She has entered the port of Rotterdam this morning from Bremerhaven. The next destination of the Gjertrud Maersk will be Felixstowe. From there she will set sail for the Suez Canal and South-Eastern Asia. The Gjertrud Maersk is scheduled to return to Rotterdam within two months.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009


Stena Antarctica
The Stena Antarctica (IMO: 9322827, Port of Registry: George Town, Cayman Islands) is quite unique since there are only a few ice class tankers with the dimensions this vessel has. The Stena Antarctica is 250 metres long, almost 44 metres wide and has a draught of almost 15 metres. These dimensions give the Aframax-dimensioned tanker a deadweight tonnage of 115,000. She was built this year by Samsung Heavy Industries, Korea, is currently owned by Moon Shipping Servicos e Navegacao Lda and is on a 10 year long timecharter for Progetra, Russia.

The Stena Antarctica is scheduled to arrive later this evening at the Vopak Europoort Terminal, Rotterdam from Vysotsk, Russia.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009


Maersk StepnicaThe Maersk Stepnica (IMO: 9352004, Port of Registry: Rotterdam) is one of the latest newbuildings managed by the Dutch based Maersk Ship management. Maersk Stepnica is the first in a series of five 8400 TEU container vessels delivered and built by Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. in South Korea. The South-Korean shipbuilder also delivered another new building, Maersk Inverness (3364 TEU), in January this year. Maersk Stepnica, as Maersk Inverness, will be sailing under the Dutch flag and be mainly manned by Dutch officers. (source: Maersk Ship Management). The vessel has a teu capacity of 8,400, is 334 metres long and 43 metres wide. These dimensions give the vessel a deadweight tonnage of 101,500.

The Maersk Stepnica is scheduled to arrive later this evening at the APM terminal, Rotterdam. The Maersk Stepnica is currently deployed on Maersk's AE-1 loop. She is scheduled to return to Rotterdam in about 7 weeks.

Saturday, February 14, 2009


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.

Thursday, February 12, 2009


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 and is operated by Oldendorff Carriers, Germany.

The Hedwig Oldendorff arrived last night from Seven Islands, Canada at the EECV terminal, Rotterdam containing a load of iron ore.

Friday, February 06, 2009


Bremen Express
The Bremen Express (IMO: 9343728, Port of Registry: Hamburg) is one of the newest containervessels of Hapag-Lloyd's Colombo Express class. She was delivered this year at Hyundai Heavy Industries, Korea. The Bremen Express is propelled by a 68,530 kW Hyundai Heavy 12 cylinder engine which gives the vessel a maximum speed of 25 knots. The vessel is 335 metres long, 43 metres wide and has a gross tonnage of 93,750. She is capable of transporting up to 8,749 containers.

The Bremen Express is scheduled to arrive later this evening at the ECT Delta Terminal, Rotterdam with the last port of call at Jeddah, Saudi-Arabia.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009


SwanToday Ship of the Day is the semi-submersible heavy load vessel Swan (IMO: 8001000, Port of Registry: Willemstad, Dutch Antilles). The ship is 180.5 meters long, 32.3 meters wide and has a maximum draught when submerged of 21.6 meters. The Swan provides a deck space of 126.8 meters by 31.6 meters with a deck load of 16-20 tonnes/sq.m which ensures the vessel to carry heavy cargo up to 25,000 tons. She is equipped with 4 ballast pumps, electrically driven, with a total capacity of 2,800 cu.m/hr and 3 cargo pumps, also electrically driven, with a total capacity of 3,000 cu.m/hr. The Swan was built in 1977 as the Swan Arrow and was converted into her current state in 2003. She is currently operated by the Dutch based company Dockwise Shipping B.V.

The Swan arrived this morning with the jack-up liftboat KS Titan 2 which was contracted to support installation and maintenance of wind power projects in the North Sea. She is currently located at the Calandkanaal.

Monday, February 02, 2009


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 is scheduled to arrive this afternoon at the APM terminal, Rotterdam from Algeciras where she will stay for about 36 hours. The vessel will then set sail for Bremerhaven on the APM AE1 line. She will return within about two months to Rotterdam.

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