Thursday, May 24, 2012


Condock IIToday we have heavy load ship Condock II (IMO: 8500599, Port of Registry: Hamburg) featuring as the Ship of the Day. The Condock II was built in 1986 as the Gruz at IJsselwerf shipyard, The Netherlands. She was acquired by Condock Befrachtungsgesellschaft GMBH in 2008. This type of vessels is primarily equipped for the world-wide shipment and transportation of floating units as well as oversized and heavy ro-ro cargoes with a maximum unit weight of 2.000 t and heavy-lift cargoes of up to 400 t. The vessel is 104 meters long (deck length 85 meters) and 20 meters wide. The Condock II is equipped with two Huisman cranes with a SWL up to max 400 mt and a 15 meter wide ramp at the stern of the ship. She is propelled by two Wärtsilä engines delivering 1,500 kW of power.

The Condock II arrived this morning at the Waalhaven, Rotterdam.

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Monday, May 21, 2012


CMA CGM Corte RealToday we celebrate the 1000st post on this website. And the honour goes to .... the CMA CGM Corte Real (IMO: 9454400, Port of Registry: London). The Corte Real is currently one of the largests vessels in CMA CGM's fleet with a maximum teu capacity of 13,344. The vessel is 365 meters long and 51 meters wide. She was built in 2010 by Daewoo Heavy Industries, Korea. The vessel's design is comparable to the recently built MSC vessels (such as: MSC Beatrice) with the superstructure located midships. 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. In compliance with CMA CGM’s environmental policy and like all new vessels of this type ordered by the Group, the CMA CGM Corte Real is equipped with a combination of innovative environmental features, including:

- An electronically controlled engine, reducing oil and fuel consumption thus enabling the vessel to be operated at eco-speed,
- Double-hull protected bunker tanks, in compliance with the MARPOL 12A regulation which will come into effect in August 2010
- The Fast Oil Recovery System, which enables bunkers to be rapidly recovered at any time, hence significantly limiting the environmental consequences should there be an incident at sea.

The Corte Real has seven sisterships, amongst which are the CMA CGM Christoph Colomb and CMA CGM Amerigo Vespucci which have also been recently delivered. She is deployed in CMA CGM's FAL5 loop connecting China and North-Western Europe.

The CMA CGM Corte Real is scheduled to arrive later tonight at the ECT Delta terminal, Rotterdam with the last port of call at Zeebrugge.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012


OSV Relume

The Relume (IMO: 9280720, Port of Registry: Nassau, Bahama's) has been specifically designed to facilitate the delivery of a wider range of related services, enabling her owner Middle East Navigation Aids Service (MENAS) to provide additional support to the offshore oil industry, environmental protection agencies and marine safety and charting organisations. The vessel was built in 2004 at Damen Shipyards, Flushing, The Netherlands and is 82.6 meters long and 16.5 meters wide. She is fitted with an ample working deck fitted with container securing points, multiple electrical power points, a 25-tonne crane, advanced sonar equipment and a sophisticated Dynamic Positioning System. The Relume is propelled by two Rolls Royce (Aquamaster) Azimuth units of 1500 KW each and 2 x Rolls Royce (Kamewa) Bow Tunnel Thruster units of 515 KW each giving the vessel a service speed of 13 knots. The ship provides accomodation in 10 officers cabins, 26 Petty Officers/Crew berths and an owners suite.

The Relume arrived this morning at Damen, Schiedam. She is expected to stay there for about three weeks.

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Friday, May 11, 2012


Elly Maersk
The Elly Maersk (IMO: 9321536, Port of Registry: Svendborg, Denmark) is, together with her sisters (amongst which are the 'Emma Maersk' and 'Evelyn 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. 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 already the sixth in line of Maersk PS-class vessels. Currently there are eight PS-class vessels of which the most recent is the 'Eugen 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 Elly Maersk is scheduled to arrived later tonight at the APM terminal, Rotterdam from the port of Tanjung Pelepas. She will stay there for about 36 hours. The vessel will then set sail for Bremerhaven on the APM AE10 line. She will return within about 7 weeks to Rotterdam.

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Wednesday, May 09, 2012


Emerald PrincessCruise Ship Emerald Princess (IMO: 9333151, Port of Registry: Hamilton, Bermuda) is the third cruise ship this season visiting Rotterdam. The vessel is owned by Princess Cruises which is one of the best-known names in cruising. Princess Cruises first set sail in 1965 with a single ship cruising to Mexico. Today, the line has grown to become the third largest cruise line in the world. The Emerald Princess was built in 2007 and is one of the largest ships in the Princess fleet. She offers nearly 900 balcony staterooms providing as well as several bars and restaurants, a casino, theatre, swimming pool, etc. etc. She is 288 meters long and 36 meters wide and has a gross tonnage of 113,561.

The Emerald Princess arrived at the Holland Amerikakade, Rotterdam this morning and will leave the cruiseterminal around 18.00 this evening.

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Webcam Emeral Princess

Monday, May 07, 2012


Stemat SpiritThe Stemat Spirit (IMO: 9496458, Port of Registry: Rotterdam) is a multi-purpose dynamical positioning installation vessel which has been especially designed to meet the demand for installation of large power cable systems and umbilicals. The vessel is 90 meters long and 28 meters wide. She has an open deck space of 1,500 sq.m. with a deck strength of 15 ton / sq.m. The Stemat Spirit is propelled by two Caterpillar 3512HD engines and is equipped with two azimuth stern thrusters of 1140 kW, two caterpillar bow thrusters and two azimuth retractable bow thrusters of 1118 kW. The vessel provides accomodation to a crew of 60.

The Stemat Spirit arrived last night at the Calandkanaal, Rotterdam.

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Friday, May 04, 2012


Orange StarJuice tanker Orange Star (IMO: 9564384, Port of Registry: Monrovia, Liberia) is the replacement vessel for the old Orange Star which was in service from 1975 to 2010 and visited the port of Rotterdam many times. The new vessel is 190 meters long and 32 meters wide, has a deadweight tonnage of 37,000 and a payload of 32,000 m3 with 12 juice tanks of 2000 m3 and 2 tanks of 4000 m3. The speed of 15 knots will be acquired with main engine type MAN B&W 6S50 MC-C7, made by Brodosplit Diesel Engines Factory Ltd. She was delivered in 2010 from Brodosplit Shipyard, Croatia for her owner Atlanship S.A., Switzerland.

The Orange Star arrived last night at the Continental Juice terminal.

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Wednesday, May 02, 2012


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. On board ms Rotterdam you will find exact replicas of the huge clay army discovered buried in Xian, China. Other art pieces include remarkable clocks and time pieces, contemporary art by recognized artists, and antiques that represent the rich seafaring heritage of Holland America Line. A highlight of the tour is a beautiful 18th-century ship model carved from bone. 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 arrived this morning at the Holland Amerikakade from Cherbourg for her first visit of twenty visits to Rotterdam this season. She will leave the port this afternoon for a 17 day cruise visiting Lisbon, Gibraltar, Barcelona, Civitavecchia (Rome), Ibiza and several other cities in Spain.

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

Rotterdam PenthouseRotterdam Atrium

Rotterdam Art Gallery

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Tuesday, May 01, 2012


Eva N
Today's SotD is the orecarrier Eva N (IMO: 9127150, Ex. Name: Berge Nord, Port of Registry: Monrovia, Liberia) . She is currently owned by Neu Seeschiffahrt, Germany. The Eva N has a deadweight tonnage of 218,000, a draught of almost 19 meters and has seven holds and hatches. The ship was built in 1997 by Hyundai Heavy Industries in Korea. This 305 meters long, 53 meters wide bulk carrier is the biggest ship to enter the Arctic sea. Other vessels owned by Neu Seeschiffahrt and visiting Rotterdam regularly are: Faith N, Alfred N and Amy N.

The Eva N is scheduled to arrive later tonight at the EECV bulk terminal, Rotterdam from Seven Islands, Canada carrying iron ore.

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