Wednesday, March 31, 2010

EENDRACHT

EendrachtPhoto by: MaxToday's SotD is a well-known vessel in the port of Rotterdam. The three masted schooner Eendracht (IMO: 8814275, Port of Registry: Rotterdam) is used to get anyone, especially young people, acquainted with the adventure of sailing at sea. The vessel was built in 1989 by Damen Shipyards, Gorinchem, is 59 metres long, 12 metres wide, has a maximum sail area of 1,206 m2 and a mast height of 41.7 metres. The vessel has a crew of 13 and a passenger capacity of 40 for trips of more than one day. She has 15 two-person cabins, 6 four-person cabins and one single person cabin.

The Eendracht will return this afternoon to her homeport Rotterdam after 6 months travelling. During this voyage the vessel visited several ports in the Caribbean, such as Surinam and Trinidad & Tobago. After three weeks at sea the vessel will berth this afternoon at the Holland Amerikakade. More info can be found at the website of the Eendracht.


Click here for the current position of the Eendracht

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

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 arrive this afternoon at the port of Rotterdam with the last port of call at Hamburg. She will take berth at the ECT Delta terminal, Rotterdam and will depart with destination Zeebrugge within 36 to 48 hours. She will return to Rotterdam within two months.

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

UASC YANBU

UASC YanbuToday we have the recently delivered UASC Yanbu (IMO: 9415844, Port of Registry: Monrovia, Liberia) as the Ship of the Day. The UASC Yanbu is the second of three vessels ordered by D. Oltmann Reederei. She was built by Hyundai Heavy, Korea and delivered in december 2009. She is currently operated by United Arab (chartered from China Shipping) in her Asia/Europe Container 2 service (AEC2). The vessel is 304 meters long, 40 meters wide and has a maximum teu capacity of 6,600. She has a maximum speed of 26.5 knots, however she is deployed in UASC's service to make slow steaming possible on the major trade lanes to save on fuel costs through the slack season. This additional vessel joins UASC's AEC2 service fleet of nine 6,900 teu (A7) vessels previously deployed on the service.

The UASC Yanbu is scheduled to arrive this afternoon at the APM Terminal, Rotterdam.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

TAURUS

Taurus
Today we have the anchor-handling tug Taurus (IMO: 9344978, Port of Registry: St. John's, Antigua & Barbuda) featuring as the Ship of the Day. The Taurus is 58 metres long, about 15 metres wide and has a gross tonnage of 1767. The vessel's two MAN B&W 14V32/40 engines deliver a maximum output of 14,000 kW at 750 rpm, which ensures a bollard pull of 207 tons and a maximum speed of 16 knots. Furthermore the vessel is equipped with two 400 KW bowthrusters and one 400 KW sternthruster. She provides accomodation to 21 persons in 16 cabins. The Taurus was built in 2007 at Mützelfeldt Yard, Cuxhaven and is owned by Harms Offshore, Hamburg, Germany.

The Taurus arrived this morning at the Parkkade, Rotterdam.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

SETAGAWA

SetagawaToday Ship of the Day is the recently delivered very large crude carrier (VLCC) Setagawa (IMO: 9391763, Port of Registry: Tokyo). The Setagawa has an overall length of 333 meters, is 60 meters wide and has a maximum draught of 20.5 meters. These dimensions give the vessel a maximum cargo capacity of 349,750 m3. The vessel was delivered in december 2009 by IHI Marine Shipyard, Japan to her owner Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha. She is managed by K Line ship management.

The Setagawa arrived this morning at Rotterdam carrying a load of gasoil and is currently located at the Calandkanaal. She will stay in port Rotterdam for almost one week.

Monday, March 22, 2010

MSC CAMILLE

Today's ship of the day is the recently delivered MSC Camille (IMO: 9404651, 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 Camille is operated by Mediterranean Shipping Company on their Far-East to Europe loop.

The MSC Camille arrived last night at the ECT Delta terminal, Rotterdam from Felixstowe and will depart within 36 hours.
MSC Camille
Source: Shipspotting.com


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Friday, March 19, 2010

EMMA MAERSK

Emma MaerskToday we have a long-time favorite featuring as the Ship of the Day. The Emma Maersk (IMO: 9321483, Port of Registry: Taarbaek) is the largest containership, measured in dimensions, with a total teu capacity 11,000 teu (of which 1,000 forty foot reefer containers) according to the A.P. Moller - Maersk Group . 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 in 2006 by Odense Steel Shipyard Ltd. The Emma's sister vessels are (amongst others): Estelle Maersk and Eleonora Maersk. 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 her smart design (which doesn't give her the best looks).

The Emma Maersk will arrive this afternoon at the APM terminal, Rotterdam from Bremerhaven where she will stay for about 36 hours. She will return within about two months to Rotterdam.

Click here for the current position of the Emma Maersk

Thursday, March 18, 2010

NYK OLYMPUS

The NYK Olympus (IMO: 9312987, Port of Registry: Panama) was built in 2007 at IHI corporation shipyard, Japan and is currently operated by Columbia Shipmanagement. The vessel is 336 metres long, 46 metres wide and has a maximum TEU capacity of 9,120 of which 600 reefer containers. These dimensions give the vessel a gross tonnage of 98,799. She is propelled by a Sulzer 12RT-flex96C engine which delivers a power output of 68,200 kW. She has a maximum speed of 24.5 knots. Although not as large as the NYK vessels Vesta, Vega, Venus and Virgo, the NYK Olympus is still one of the largest containervessels currently sailing in the NYK fleet.


The NYK Olympus arrived last night from Jeddah on the EU3-loop. She will leave within 48 hours with destination Hamburg and will return to Rotterdam in about two months.
NYK Olympus
Source: Shipspotting.com
Copyright: Derek Sands


Click here for the current position of the NYK Olympus

Monday, March 15, 2010

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 is scheduled to enter the Port of Rotterdam later this afternoon. She will berth at the ECT Delta Terminal and depart within 36 hours with destination Hamburg.

Friday, March 12, 2010

CASTORO SEI

Castoro SeiThe Castoro Sei (IMO: 8758603, Port of registry: Nassau, Bahama's) is a semi-submersible pipelay vessel with an overall length of 152 metres, a width of 70 metres and a operating draught of 7.8 up to 15.5 metres. She provides a safe, reliable and stable operating platform capable of laying subsea pipelines up to 60 inches in diameter, with additional facilities for offshore construction works and flotel capability. The semi-submersible hull construction with optional thruster assistance for enhanced position keeping enable operations to continue in adverse weather conditions. The Castoro Sei is equipped with 2 rotating gantry cranes 134 tonnes capacity and three 110 tonne pipe tensioners for pipelaying. She provides accomodation for 330 persons. The Castoro Sei is currently owned by Saipem, Italy and was built in 1978 by Fincatieri. More information can be found at the Saipem site. Castoro Sei at ERS, Schiedam

The Castoro Sei is expected to arrive later tonight towed by the tugs Blizzard and Maersk Tackler.

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

HMS OCEAN (L12)

HMS OceanHMS Ocean (L12) (IMO: 9079456, Port of Registry: Portsmouth, UK) of the Royal Navy is an Amphibious assault ship (or Landing Platform Helicopter) or Helicopter carrier), the sole member of her class. She is designed to support amphibious landing operations and to support the staff of Commander UK Amphibious Force and Commander UK Landing Force. She is currently the largest ship in the Royal Navy. She can deploy an Embarked Military Force (EMF) of a Royal Marines Commando Group from 3 Commando Brigade supported by aviation and landing craft assets. The ships company includes 9 Assault Squadron from 1 Assault Group Royal Marines. Ocean is also capable of limited Anti Submarine Warfare activities, supporting afloat training and acting as a base facility for other embarked forces including Counter-terrorism units.

She was constructed in the mid 1990s by Kvaerner Govan Ltd on the Clyde and fitted out at Barrow-in-Furness prior to first of class trials and subsequent acceptance in service. She was commissioned in September 1998 at her home port Devonport, Plymouth, Devon. In her sea trial she managed to reach a top speed of 20.6 knots, however her usual top speed is 18 knots now totally fitted out and with the addition of new equipment (Source: Wikipedia).

The air group of up to 12 Sea King HC-4 medium-lift helicopters, six Lynx AH-7 light-lift/anti-Tank helicopters, and four Mk5 landing craft is provided by the Commando Helicopter Force. However, she can also support the Westland WAH-64 Apache operated by the Army Air Corps and helicopters of the Royal Air Force including the Chinook.
Ocean can transport up to 15 fixed wing Harrier[14] aircraft of Joint Force Harrier in the ferry role, but is unable to operate as a fixed wing aircraft carrier.

The HMS Ocean is expected to arrive later this afternoon at the Holland Amerikakade Rotterdam.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

COSCO HELLAS

Cosco Hellas
The Cosco Hellas(IMO: 9308510, Port of Registry: Piraeus) is one of the larger container vessels nowadays, together with her sisters: Cosco Beijing, Cosco Ningbo, Cosco Yantian and Cosco Guangzhou. The vessel is 350 metres long, almost 43 metres wide, has a deadweight tonnage of 107,000 and a teu capacity of 9,450. The Cosco Hellas is currently sailing on the AEN-loop which connects Asia and Europe.

The Cosco Hellas arrived this morning at the Euromax Terminal, Rotterdam, with the last port of call at Port Said.


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Tuesday, March 09, 2010

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 evening with destination ECT Delta terminal.

Saturday, March 06, 2010

MSC DANIT

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 will arrive later tonight at the ECT Delta terminal, Rotterdam from Felixstowe and will depart within 36 hours.

Click here for the current position of the MSC Danit

Thursday, March 04, 2010

ELEONORA MAERSK

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.
Eleonora Maersk at Rotterdam

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



Click here for the current position of the Eleonora Maersk

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

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 scheduled to arrive later tonight at the ECT Delta Terminal, Rotterdam with the last port of call at Le Havre. She is scheduled to depart within 36 hours.

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