Saturday, January 31, 2009

EVER CHIVALRY

Ever Chivalry The Ever Chivalry (IMO: 9293791, Port of Registry: Hamburg, Germany) is a 334 meters long, 42.5 meters wide container ship that has been built by Samsung Heavy Industries in Seoul, Korea in 2006. The Chivalry is capable of carrying more than 8,000 teu and is still one of the biggest container ships with her deadweight tonnage of over 100,000. Ever Chivalry

The vessel is owned by the German Conti Reederei.

The Ever Chivalry will arrive this morning at the ECT terminal, Rotterdam with the last port of call at Hamburg. She is scheduled to depart from Rotterdam tomorrow with destination Thamesport, UK before heading towards the Mediterranean and China. The Ever Chivalry sails on Evergreen's China-Europe-Mediterranean Service (CEM) and will visit Rotterdam every two months.

Friday, January 30, 2009

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 EU4 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 Jeddah. She will depart tomorrow with destination Hamburg and will return to Rotterdam within two months.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

BELUGA SKYSAILS

Beluga SkysailsThe Beluga Skysails (IMO: 9399129, Port of Registry: Hamburg, Germany) is quite a remarkable ship with her giant computer-controlled kite of 160 square metres. The kite, designed by the German based Skysails GmbH, should reduce fuel consumption by 20%. This kite is connected to the ship by a rope, and controlled by an automatic pod to maximize the wind benefits. The kite functions at an altitude between 100 metres and 500 metres. By using this system it is possible to improve the speed of the ship and reduce fuel consumption. SkySails calculates that the use of its technology worldwide could reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 146 million tons (about 0.6% of the entire global energy-related emissions of CO2). SkySails estimates the potential upgrade market for its system at more than 40,000 ships (source: Wikipedia). The Beluga Skysails is 132 metres long, 16 metres wide and can achieve a maximum speed of 15.5 knots. She is operated by Beluga Fleet Management, Bremen and owned by Beluga Shipping GmbH. She made her maiden voyage on January 22, 2008 from Bremen to Venezuela.

The Beluga Skysails is scheduled to arrive this evening at the EBS Laurenshaven terminal from Richards Bay, South Africa.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

MINERVA ELLIE

Minerva EllieThe Minerva Ellie (IMO: 9297321, Port of Registry: Piraeus, Greece) is a 244 metres long, 42 metres wide crude oil tanker with a deadweight tonnage of 103,500 built in 2005 by Samsung Shipyard, Korea. She is capable of transporting 113,316 m3 of crude oil in three segregations. The ship's pumps have a capacity of 2,800 m3/hr each. The Minerva Ellie is a frequently seen vessel in the port of Rotterdam, operated by Minerva Marine Inc., Greece. She is propelled by a 14,511 kW HSD Engine.

The Minerva Ellie is scheduled to arrive this evening at the MOT Terminal, Rotterdam with the last port of call at Skikda, Algeria.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

AXEL MAERSK

Axel Maersk (Photo by: Bernt Skjøtt)Today's SOTD is the Axel Maersk (IMO:9260419, Port of Registry: Bagenkop, Denmark). This 'Series S' container vessel was built in 2003 by Lindo Shipyards, Denmark and can carry a total number of containers of 9000. She is powered by a HDS Sulzer 12RTA96C 76,200 BHP engine. The Axel Maersk is 352 meters long, 43 meters wide, has a deadweight tonnage of 109.000 and is currently sailing on Maersk's AE-1 (Far East to Europe) route. From March 2009 she will start sailing in the AE-10 route, which will serve the Far east, Mediterranean and Western Europe.

The Axel Maersk is scheduled to arrive this evening at the APM Terminal, Rotterdam with a last port of call at Le Havre. She will depart tomorrow with destination Southampton.

Monday, January 26, 2009

EDITH MAERSK

The Edith Maersk (IMO: 9321548, Port of Registry: Roskilde, Denmark) is, together with her sisters (amongst which are the 'Emma Maersk' and 'Eleonora 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. 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 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 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 launched at Odense Steel Shipyard Ltd on March 3rd 2007.Edith MaerskSource: Shipspotting.com
Photo by: Claus Michelsen

The Edith Maersk arrived this morning at the APM terminal, Rotterdam from the port of Algeciras. She will stay in port for about 36 hours. The vessel will then set sail for Bremerhaven on the APM AE1 line. She will return within about 7 weeks to Rotterdam.

Friday, January 23, 2009

PACIFIC BLADE

Pacific BladeThe Pacific Blade (IMO: 9169366, Port of Registry: Singapore) is a Anchor Handling Tug Supply Vessel with an overall length of 66 metres. The vessel is operated by Swire Pacific Offshore (SPO), which operates across the globe from the Far East and Australasia through India and the Middle East to West Africa, the Mediterranean and the North Sea. Built in Ulstein Verft AS, Norway, this class has successfully served in the North Sea spot market, performed round-the-clock anchor handling duties for pipelay barges throughout the Mediterranean and the Arabian Gulf, carried out salvage work on the African coast, and semi-submersible deepwater anchor handling in Southeast Asia. Pacific Brigand also has experience in deepwater anchor handling, having set and recovered anchors in 2,170 metres of water. The Pacific Blade is propelled by 2 Wartsila Vasa 12V32D engines delivering 6,120 BHP each. This ensure a bollard pull of 157 metric tonnes continuous.

The Pacific Blade entered the Port of Rotterdam this morning from Aberdeen and is currently located at the Lloydkade, Rotterdam.

If you are interested in the salvaging industry, I recommend National Geographic's Salvage Code Red where salvors race against time to rescue stricken ships, their cargo and crew, and prevent environmental disaster.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

GUNVOR MAERSK

Gunvor MaerskAlthough she's not as large as the new PS-series Maersk vessel (amongst which are the Emma Maersk and Eleonora Maersk) the Gunvor Maersk (IMO: 9302891, Port of Registry: Aalborg, Denmark) is still one of the larger containerships owned by Maersk with its length of 367 meters, width of 43 meters and teu capacity of up to 9000. The vessel was built in 2005 by Odense Steel Shipyard, Denmark.

The Gunvor Maersk arrived this morning at the APM terminal, Rotterdam coming in from Bremerhaven. After Rotterdam the vessel will set sail for Felixstowe before returning to the Far East again.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

MINERAL BELGIUM

Mineral BelgiumThe Mineral Belgium (IMO: 9309021, Port of Registry: Antwerp, Belgium) is a 174,000 deadweight tonnes capesize bulk carrier with a length of 289 metres. The ship is 45 metres wide and has a maximum draught of 18.2 metres. She was built in 2005 by Shanghai WaiGaoQiao Shipbuilding, China and is currently owned by Bocimar NV, Belgium and operated by Anglo-Eastern, Belgium.

The Mineral Belgium arrived this morning at the EMO Terminal, Rotterdam with a load of coal from Richards Bay, South Africa.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

AOKA MIZU

Aoka MizuThe Aoka Mizu (IMO: 9190028, Port of Registry: Willemstad, Dutch Antilles is a so-called ‘FPSO' (floating production and storage offloading system) which are used as floating platforms to gather oil from relatively small oil fields at sea. The Aoka Mizu is 248 meters long, 42 meters wide and has a deadweight tonnage of 105,000. She is capable of storing 95,000 m3 (600,000 bbls) of crude oil and is able to process 30,000 barrels of oil per day. The Aoka Mizu is owned by Bluewater Enegry Services, The Netherlands

The Aoka Mizu arrived this morning at Keppel Verolme for some final work before being installed at the Ettrick field, located in the Outer Moray Firth about 120 km Northeast of Aberdeen, where Bluewater was awarded a contract for the production facilities and operations by Nexen Petroleum U.K.

Monday, January 19, 2009

EVELYN MAERSK

Evelyn Maersk
The Evelyn Maersk (IMO: 9321512, Port of Registry: Copanhagen, Denmark) is, together with her sisters (amongst which are the 'Emma Maersk' and 'Eleonora 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. 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 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 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 launched at Odense Steel Shipyard Ltd on March 3rd 2007.

The Evelyn Maersk is scheduled to arrive later this afternoon at the APM terminal, Rotterdam from the port of Algeciras. She will stay in port for about 36 hours. The vessel will then set sail for Bremerhaven on the APM AE1 line. She will return within about 7 weeks to Rotterdam.

Friday, January 16, 2009

MSC MARIA ELENA

MSC Maria Elena

The MSC Maria Elena (IMO: 9304423, Port of Registry: Panama) was built in 2006 by Samsung Shipbuilding & Heavy Industries and is with its teu capacity of 9,200 one of the largest container vessels sailing and the biggest vessel of the Mediterranean Shipping Company. The ship is 336 meters long, 43 meters wide and has a deadweight tonnage of 110,000. The Maria Elena is currently sailing on the MSC's 'Silk Express', the Far East/China - Northwestern Europe route.

The MSC Maria Elena has entered the port of Rotterdam this morning. She is currently berthed at the ECT Delta Terminal. The vessel's last port of call was Felixstowe.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

CMA-CGM PARSIFAL

Today's SotD is the CMA CGM Parsifal (Flag: Liberia, IMO: 9318060). The ship is capable of transporting about 8,200 teu and has a capacity for 700 reefers. She is 335 meters long, 43 meters wide and has a deadweight tonnage of 100,800. The vessel was built in 2006 by Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries, Korea and is managed by E.R. Schiffahrtsgesellschafts MBH, Germanyand is currently sailing on CMA-CGM's Far East - North-Western Europe line (FAL3).

The Parsifal is scheduled to enter the port of Rotterdam later this afternoon with destination ECT Delta terminal.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

ALBUTAIN STAR

The Albutain Star (IMO: 9378541, Port of Registry: Monrovia, Liberia) is a 332 meters long, 60 meters wide crude oil tanker with a deadweight tonnage of 318,000. The ship was built in 2008 at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, Korea and is owned by Vela International Marine, located in Dubai which is one of the largest crude oil tanker companies in the world and is a subsidiary of the Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco). Vela International Marine won the 2008 Tanker Operator Award at the Oct. 9, 2008.

The Albutain Star arrived last night at the TEAM terminal Rotterdam with the last port of call at Sidi Kerir Terminal, Egypt. She will be discharging for about 36 hours.
Albutain Star
Source:
Shipspotting.com
Copyright: HansE

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

COSCO OCEANIA

Cosco OceaniaThe Cosco Oceania (IMO: 9334923, Port of Registry: Hong Kong) is one of Cosco's most recent newbuildings. This 10,000 teu container ship was delivered in April 2008 at Nantong COSCO KHI Ship Engineering Co.Ltd, China. The ship is 348 meters long, 45.6 meters wide and has a deadweight tonnage of 111,385. The vessel's Hyundai Heavy 12K98MC MK6 engine delivers a maximum power of 68,640 kW, which assure a maximum speed of about 24 knots.

The Cosco Oceania is scheduled to arrive later this evening at the ECT Delta Terminal with the last port of call at Felixstowe.

Monday, January 12, 2009

KAZIMAH III

Kazimah III
The Kazimah III (IMO: 9329693, Port of Registry: Safat, Kuwait) is a Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) with a length of 333 metres, width of 60 metres, draught of 22 metres and a deadweight tonnage of 317,000. She was the first tanker of this type within the fleet renewal program of its owner Kuwait Oil Tanker Co. At present, KOTC operates about 25 vessels of which 8 VLCC's. The Kazimah III was built in 2006 by Hyundai Heavy Industries, Korea.
Since the Egyptian government has widened and deepened the Suez Canal recently, the Kazimah III is now able to sail directly from Kuwait to Rotterdam without discharging her cargo and loading it again after passing the canal.
The Kazimah III is scheduled to enter the Port of Rotterdam this evening for discharging crude oil at the MOT Terminal Rotterdam.

Friday, January 09, 2009

HERMOD

HermodThe Hermod (IMO: 7710214, Port of Registry: Panama) is a 154 metres long, 86 metres wide, 42 metres high crane vessel capable of a tandem lift of 8,100 tons up to 39 metres in tandem. The vessel was built in 1978 and is owned by Heerema Marine Netherlands. The main hoist lifting height is 92 m above work deck. She has a gross tonnage of 73877, provides accomodation for 336 persons, has a helicopter deck which is suitable for a Sikorsky 61-N and is propelled by two electrically driven, controllable pitch propellers of 4,400 kW each aft and two electrically driven, retractable, controllable pitch thruster of 1,470 kW each forward. Power supply by seven diesel driven main generators of 2,765 kW each. The vessel has static and dynamic ballast systems both fully computer controlled. Ballast pump capacity 8,000 cubic meter/hour. Dynamic ballast water handling 500 t/sec.

The Hermod will arrive this afternoon at the Keppel Verolme Shipyard, Rotterdam accompanied by the tug Magnus.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

DOKTER WAGEMAKER

Today's SotD is one of Holland's most well-known vessels, the 'Dokter Wagemaker'. The Dokter Wagemaker is owned by Texels Eigen Stoomboot Onderneming N.V. (Teso) which has been operating the ferry service between the island of Texel and Den Helder since 1907. The vessel was built between 2003 and 2005 by Damen Shipyards. The hull of the ferry was built in Galatz, Romania; the remainder of the vessel was built by Koninklijke Schelde shipyard, Flushing, Netherlands.

The vessel is 130 metres long, 22 metres wide, has a draught of 4 metres and a passenger capacity of 1,750. A maximum of 300 vehicles should be possible, without any trucks. A standard trip carries about 30 trucks and 200 cars.

The Dokter Wagemaker will enter the Port of Rotterdam later this evening. She will take berth at Damen Shipyards for maintenance.

Monday, January 05, 2009

ESTELLE MAERSK

Estelle Maersk
The Estelle Maersk (IMO: 9321495, Port of Registry: Hellerup, Denmark) is, together with its sisters (amongst which are the 'Emma Maersk' and 'Eleonora 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 deadweigth 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 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 Estelle Maersk is scheduled to arrive later this evening at the APM terminal, Rotterdam from Algeciras. The vessel will then set sail for Bremerhaven on the APM AE1 line. She will return within about 7 weeks to Rotterdam.

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