Friday, July 31, 2009


Adrian Maersk The Adrian Maersk (IMO: 9260457, flag: Denmark) is a Series S type vessel of the A.P. Moller group. The vessel was built in 2004 by Odense Steel Shipyard, Denmark. The Adrian Maersk is 352 meters long, almost 43 meters wide and has a deadweight of 109.000 tons. She is capable of transporting about 9,000 teu and sails on Maersk's AE-2 route (Asia-Europe-Asia).

The Adrian Maersk will arrive this morning at the APM terminal, Rotterdam from Hamburg. She will depart tomorrow heading Felixstowe before returning to the Far East.

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Thursday, July 30, 2009


The Janah Star (IMO: 9384227, Port of Registry: Monrovia, Liberia) is the fifth of six very large crude carriers ordered from Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering by her owners Vela International. She was deliverd at the end of 2008. The vessel is 333 meters long, 60 meters wide and has a maximum draught of 22.5 meters, giving the vessel a deadweight of 319,500. The ship can carry 2.2 million barrels (350,000 m3) of crude oil. The Janah Star is a sister vessel of the Sirius Star, which was hijacked by Somali pirates on November 15, 2008, becoming the largest ship ever captured by pirates. Sirius Star was released on January 9, 2009, after the payment of a ransom.

The Janah Star arrived this morning at the TEAM Terminal Rotterdam where she will stay unloading for about 24 hours.
Janah Star
Copyright: Hans Esveldt

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009


Gemini GloryThe Gemini Glory (IMO: 9233650, Port of Registry: Panama) is a 332 meters long, 58 meters wide VLCC with a maximum cargo capacity of 339,424 tonnes, contained in 17 tanks, and a maximum draught of 22.5 meters. The vessel is propelled by a HSD-MAN B&W 7S80MC-C 27535 kW engine and is owned by Gulf Marine Management S.A., Greece. She was built in 2002 as the World Crest at Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering, Korea.

The Gemini Glory arrived this morning at the Team Terminal, Rotterdam with the last port of call at Basrah, Iraq.

Monday, July 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. The MSC Pina is deployed on the Silk Express connecting the Far East and North-Western Europe.

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

Friday, July 24, 2009


NYK VestaToday we have the NYK Vesta (IMO: 9312808, Port of Registry: Panama) featuring as the Ship of the Day. We could have chosen the cruise ship MS Rotterdam, but since the Rotterdam is currently arriving every week at Rotterdam, the Nyk Vesta stepped up to take the first place today. The NYK Vesta 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 Vesta was the third ship of four identical NYK vessels which have been built between October 2006 and April 2007. Her sister vessels are: NYK Vega, NYK Venus and NYK Virgo

The NYK Vesta arrived last night at the ECT Delta Terminal coming from Hamburg.

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Thursday, July 23, 2009


SolitaireToday's Ship of the Day is the pipe laying vessel Solitaire (IMO: 7129049, Port of Registry: Panama). The Solitaire is 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 is scheduled to arrive later this evening at the Calandkanaal, Rotterdam.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009


Queen Mary 2Today's Ship of the Day is, of course, the Queen Mary 2, one of the most magnificent ocean liners ever built. Entered service in January 2004, she combines over 165 years of tradition with modern innovations hardly dreamed of only a few years ago. The QM2 is 345 meters long, 41 meters wide and a total height from keel to funnel of almost 72 meters. Her 157,000 horsepower, environmentally friendly, gas turbine/diesel electric plant provides power to four pods of 21.5 MW each giving the vessel a maximum speed of 28.5 knots. The Queen Mary 2 has a capacity for 2,592 guests and has all kinds of public rooms such as an art gallery, ballroom, swimming pools, top boutiques and brands such as Harrods, H. Stern's, Chopard and Hermes, etc., etc., etc. all located on 13 decks.

The Queen Mary 2 entered the port of Rotterdam early this morning and is now located at the Holland Amerikakade. She is scheduled to depart at 18:00 this afternoon with destination Cherbourg. After Cherbourg the vessel will visit the port of Southampton before making the westbound transatlantic crossing to New York

Please find the webcam of the vessel below:

Webcam Queen Mary 2

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Monday, July 20, 2009


Eleonora MaerskThe Eleonora Maersk (IMO: 9321500, Port of Registry: Svendborg, Denmark) is, together with her sisters (amongst others) 'Emma Maersk', 'Estelle Maersk', 'Evelyn Maersk' and 'Ebba Maersk', 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 optimize the use of the energy produced, so that the engine can deliver up to 90,000 kW. The vessels in this series will also establish 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 built by Odense Steel Shipyard Ltd in 2006. The new MSC vessels, amongst which is the MSC Danit are smaller in dimensions, but can transport more TEU than the PS-class vessels of Maersk, due to their smart design (which doesn't give the vessels the best looks).

The Eleonora Maersk is expected to arrive later this afternoon at the APM terminal, Rotterdam from Algeciras. Tomorrow, the vessel will set sail for Bremerhaven. She will return within two months to Rotterdam.
Eleonora Maersk at Rotterdam

The Eleonora Maersk seen arriving at Rotterdam at January 24, 2007. Many thanks to Rene Nicolaes of for the photo!

Saturday, July 18, 2009


MS RotterdamToday's Ship of the Day is the ms Rotterdam (IMO: 9122552, Port of registry: Rotterdam), the flagship of the Holland America Line which has a capacity of 1,316 passengers. She is already the sixth ship of the HAL to bear the name.
The Rotterdam has 658 rooms of which there are 4 penthouse suites, 36 normal suites, 120 mini suites, 381 outside staterooms and 117 inside staterooms. Furthermore there are several restaurants, bars, a theather, a kids club, a library, a casino and a health spa on board. This in 1997 in Italy built vessel is 238 meters long, 32 meters wide and has a gross tonnage of almost 60.000. The ms Rotterdam has arrived last night at the Holland Amerikakade from Oslo. She will depart this evening with destination Helsingborg and will continue her tour to Copenhagen and Oslo before returning to Rotterdam again next week.

Pictures below are of the penthouse, the art gallery and the atrium.

Rotterdam PenthouseRotterdam Atrium

Rotterdam Art Gallery

Thursday, July 16, 2009


Cosco Beijing The Cosco Beijing (IMO: 9308508, Port of Registry: Piraeus) is still one of the largest container vessels measuring in gross tonnage nowadays, together with her sisters: Cosco Hellas, Cosco Ningbo, Cosco Yantian and Cosco Guangzhou. However since the launch in 2006 and 2007 of Maersk PS-class vessels (amongst which are the Emma Maersk, Estelle Maersk and Eleonora Maersk) and Cosco's own 10,000 teu vessels Cosco Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania and America and more recently MSC's 14,000 TEU vessels (amongst which is the MSC Danit)the Cosco Beijing's position on the list of largest containerships is declining.

The Beijing is 350 metres long, almost 43 metres wide, has a deadweight tonnage of 107,000 and a teu capacity of 9,450. She is currently sailing on the AE1-loop which connects Asia and Europe.

The Cosco Beijing is scheduled to arrive later this evening at the ECT Terminal, Rotterdam, with the last port of call at Singapore. The vessel will leave in about 36 hours for Felixstowe, Hamburg and Antwerp before returning to the Far East.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009


Tideway RollingstoneThe Tideway Rollingstone (IMO: 7814101, Port of Registry: Flushing, The Netherlands) is a stone dumping vessel, built in 1979 as the semi-submersible heavy transport vessel “Super Servant 1” at the Oshima yard in
Japan for the former owner Wijsmuller Tansport. She was converted into her current form in 1992 at IJsselwerf, Capelle a/d IJssel, The Netherlands. The Tideway Rollingstone is 139 meters long, 32 meters wide and has an operational speed of 12 to 14 knots. She can operate in water depths up to 300 meters. The ship has two large stone storage areas with a total storage capacity of 13,000 tons. Between these two storages a pipe storage and assembly tower was placed, which suspends the
fall pipe through which the stones are dumped. The vessel has a stone dumping capacity of 700 tons per hour.

The Tideway Rollingstone is expected to arrive later this morning at Damen shipyard, Schiedam.

Monday, July 13, 2009


MSC DanitToday's ship of the day is the recently delivered MSC Danit (IMO: 9404649, Port of Registry: Panama). This container vessel is 365 meters long and 51 meters wide. Due to her design with the superstructure midships, she is capable of transporting about 14,000 TEU, more than Maersk PS-class (amongst which is the Emma Maersk). One can argue about the looks of this vessel, however the design ensures for better stability and lower trim for higher speed, when the ship is fully loaded. The main engine of the container ship is MAN B&W 12K98MC-C with full output power of 72,240 kW. This power is enough for the ship to reach maximum speed of 25 knots. The MSC Danit is operated by Mediterranean Shipping Company on their Far-East to Europe loop.

The MSC Danit arrived this morning at the ECT Delta terminal, Rotterdam from Valencia and will depart tomorrow early morning.

Friday, July 10, 2009


Colombo ExpressThe Colombo Express (IMO: 9295244, Port of Registry: Hamburg) was a few years ago one of the largest container vessels. Now since Maersk's PS-class and the new MSC vessels were introduced, she is just one of the larger ones. The vessel has a maximum teu capacity of 8,749 and 730 reefers. She is 335 metres long, 43 metres wide and has a deadweight tonnage of 103,800. She is owned by the German shipping company Hapag-Lloyd, and operated by the Hapag-Lloyd Container Line division. Built in Korea by Hyundai Heavy Industries in 2004-2005, she was christened on 11 April 2005. The Colombo Express operates on Hapag Lloyd's EU-3 loop between Asia and Europe in 56-day round-trips.

The Colombo Express is scheduled to arrive later this evening at the ECT Delta terminal, Rotterdam with the last port of call at Jeddah.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009


Cosco Napoli

The Cosco Napoli (IMO: 9305489, Port of Registry: Monrovia, Liberia) is an in 2006 built container ship with a length of 335 metres, a width of almost 43 metres and a maximum teu capacity of 8,200. She has a deadweight tonnage of 101,500 and a maximum draught of 14.5 metres. The vessel was built by Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries and is currently operated by E.R. Schiffahrt, Hamburg, Germany. The Cosco Napoli's sisters are: Cosco China and Cosco Germany.

The Cosco Napoli is currently deployed on Cosco's AE-1 loop between South-Eastern Asia and Europe. She arrived this morning at the Euromax terminal, Rotterdam from Singapore and will depart tomorrow with destination Hamburg.

Monday, July 06, 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 will enter the port of Rotterdam this evening from Algeciras. The next destination of the Gjertrud Maersk will be Bremerhaven. From there she will set sail for the Algeciras, Port Tangiers and afterwards the Suez Canal and South-Eastern Asia. The Gjertrud Maersk is scheduled to return to Rotterdam within two months.

Thursday, July 02, 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 was the first in a series of five 8400 TEU container vessels delivered and built by Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. in South Korea. She is propelled by a 68,640 kW 12K98ME MK7 HHI engine. 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 arrived this morning 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.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009


Cosco China Today's Ship of the Day is the Cosco China (IMO: 9305465, Port of Registry: Monrovia, Liberia), which is a container vessel of 335 meters long, 43 meters wide, and a teu capacity of 8,200. These dimensions give the vessel a deadweight tonnage of 100,800. She is currently sailing for E.R. Schiffahrt Germany on the China - Europe loop.

The Cosco China is expected to arrive later this afternoon at the Euromax Terminal, Rotterdam from Singapore. She is expected to depart tomorrow evening with destination Felixstowe and is scheduled to return to Rotterdam within two months.

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