Friday, June 29, 2012


The Grietje (IMO: 9147708, Port of Registry: St. John's, Antigua & Barbuda) is a heavy lift ship, operated by SAL Heavy Lift, Germany. The vessel was built in 2000 by J.J. Sietas KG Schiffswerft, Hamburg, Germany, is 152 metres long and 21 metres wide, which give the vessel a deck space of 124 x 20.5 metres. She has two cranes with a SWL of 320 metric tons and 1 crane with a SWL of 200 metric tons. Combined the cranes have a load capacity of upto 700 metric tons. Her MAN 9L48/60 engine delivers 4,995 KW, which gives the vessel an operating speed of 18 knots.

The Grietje is scheduled to arrive this afternoon at the Waalhaven, Rotterdam from Mantyluoto, Finland.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012


Today's SotD is world's largest ore carrier Vale Italia (IMO: 9572331, Port of Registry: Singapore). She was delivered in October 2011 from builder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd, South Korea to her owners, Brazilian mining corporation Vale S.A.. The vessel is 362 meters long, 65 meters wide and has a maximum draught of 23 meters. These dimensions give the vessel a deadweight of 402,000 tons. The Vale Italia is propelled by a single MAN B&W 7S80ME-C8 two-stroke low-speed diesel engine directly coupled to a fixed-pitch propeller. The main engine, which has a maximum output of 29,260 kilowatts (39,240 hp) at 78 rpm, burns 96.7 tons of heavy fuel oil per day. However, due to the large size of the vessel the emissions per cargo ton-mile are very low, making the Vale Brasil in fact one of the most efficient long-distance dry bulk carriers in service, and for this reason the ship received the Clean Ship award of 2011 in the Norwegian shipping exhibition Nor-Shipping. These so-called Valemax vessels have seven cargo holds with a total gross volume of almost 220,000 cubic metres.Vale Italia
Copyright: Charran

Vale has reported a 35 % drop in emissions per ton of cargo in comparison to older ships. Her service speed is 15.4 knots (source: Wikipedia). The Vale Italia is one of the successors of the Berge Stahl as the largest ore carrier in the world. She is 20 meters longer and 1.5 meters wider, giving the vessel a deadweight that is 40,000 higher than the Berge Stahl.

The Vale Italia arrived this morning at the EECV Terminal where she will stay for unloading her cargo of iron ore originating form Ponta da Madeira for about 5 days.

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Thursday, June 21, 2012


The Black Marlin (IMO: 9186326, Port of Registry: Willemstad, Curaçao) is a semi-submersible heavy load vessel operated by Dockwise Shipping, The Netherlands. The vessel is 217.5 meters long, 42 meters wide and has a deck space of 165.60 x 42.00 meters. Fully submerged the vessel has a draught of 23.3 meters. She then has a water depth above deck of 10 meters. The Black Marlin is mainly used for the transportation of rigs or large parts of offshore plants.

The Black Marlin will enter the Port of Rotterdam this afternoon carrying a rig (Transocean Shelf Explorer) and a drilling ship (Troll Solution) from Singapore.

Copyright: Dockwise

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Friday, June 15, 2012


The Edith Maersk (IMO: 9321548, Port of Registry: Roskilde, Denmark) is, together with her sisters (amongst which are the 'Emma Maersk' and 'Eleonora Maersk'), still the largest containership 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. 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:
Photo by: Claus Michelsen

The Edith Maersk will arrive later this afternoon at the APM terminal, Rotterdam from the Suez Canal terminal. She will stay in port for about 24 hours. She will return within about 2 weeks to Rotterdam on her second call in the loop.

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Saturday, June 09, 2012


OtinaThe Otina (IMO:9196644, flag:Isle of Man) is a, in 2002 built by Hitachi Zosen Corp., very large crude carrier (VLCC). The vessel is 333 meters long, 60 meters wide, has a maximum draugth of 21 meters and a deadweight of over 298,000 tons. The ship is owned by Hitachi Hull 4983 Ltd., managed by Stasco Ship Management, London and propelled by a MAN B&W 7S80MC engine. The vessel was previously named Hakata and Front Hakata.

The Otina arrived this morning at the Vopak Europoort terminal with the last port of call at Mina Al Ahmadi, Kuwait.She is scheduled to leave the port of Rotterdam in two days.

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Friday, June 08, 2012


The Amy N (IMO: 9149809, Port of Registry: Monrovia, Liberia) is a 332 meters long, 58 meters wide ore carrier with a deadweight tonnage of 322,500 and a maximum draught of 23 meters. The Amy N was built in 1997 at Daewoo Shipbuilding, South Korea as the Neckar Ore. She is currently operated by Neu Seeschiffahrt, Germany. Other vessels operated by Neu Seeschiffahrt are (amongst others) Eva N, Alster N and Waterman N.

The Amy N arrived last night at the EECV terminal, Rotterdam carrying a load of iron ore from Tubarao, Brasil.
Amy N
Copyright: Kenneth Karsten

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Thursday, June 07, 2012


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, owned by Cunard Line, 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 Zeebrugge and Southampton. From Southampton the QM2 will make two roundtrip transatlantic crossings to New York, back to Southampton, back to New York again and then again back to Europe. She is scheduled to visit the Port of Rotterdam again next October.

Please find the webcam of the vessel below:

Webcam Queen Mary 2

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Friday, June 01, 2012


The CSCL Uranus (IMO: 9467304, Port of Registry: Hong Kong) is the seventh of eight container carriers of its kind ordered by CSCL. The vessel is 366 meters long, 51 meters wide and has a teu capacity of 14,000. She was delivered in march 2012 by Samsung Shipbuilding & Heavy Industries, Korea and is propelled by a 72,000 KW HSD Engine. She is deployed on China Shipping's AEX-7 loop connecting Asia and Europe. Some of the Uranus's sisters are: CSCL Mars, CSCL Star, CSCL Jupiter and CSCL Venus.

The CSCL Uranus arrived last night at the Port of Rotterdam from Hamburg. She is currently berthed at the ECT Delta Terminal.
CSCL Uranus
Copyright: Derek Sands

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