Friday, November 30, 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. 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 tonight 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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Wednesday, November 28, 2012


SC BalticThe SC Baltic (IMO: 7393793, Port of Registry: Nørresundby, Denmark) is an in 1975 built pallet handling vessel with an overall length of 95 metres, a width of 15 metres and a maximum draught of 5.7 metres. The vessel can handle pallets using the two starboard sidedoors together with the four pallet elevators and six on board forklifts. She is also capable of transporting special, project cargo at her open deck. She has a total bale capacity of 6.544 m3 and is propelled by a 2,200 kW MAK engine, which gives the vessel a service speed of 12 knots. The SC Baltic is scheduled to arrive this afternoon at the Waalhaven.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012


CMA CGM Christophe ColombToday's Ship of the Day is the CMA CGM Christophe Colomb (IMO: 9453559, Port of Registry: Marseille, France). The Christophe Colomb is currently the largest vessel 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 2009 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. The Christophe Colomb will have seven sisterships, amongst which are the CMA CGM Amerigo Vespucci and CMA CGM Corte Real. She is deployed in CMA CGM's FAL-5 loop connecting China and Europe.

The CMA CGM Christophe Colomb is scheduled to arrive this afternoon at the ECT Delta terminal, Rotterdam with the last port of call at Zeebrugge.

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Monday, November 26, 2012


The CSCL Mars (IMO: 9467287, Port of Registry: Hong Kong) is the fourth 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 october 2011 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 Mars's sisters are: CSCL Star, CSCL Jupiter and CSCL Venus.

The CSCL Mars arrived last night at the Port of Rotterdam from Le Havre. She is berthed at the ECT Delta Terminal.
Copyright: Osvaldo Morales Cáceres

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Friday, November 23, 2012


Seven SeasToday we have the pipelayer / construction vessel Seven Seas (IMO: 9384760, Port of Registry: Douglas, Isle of Man) featuring as the SotD. The Seven Seas was constructed in 2007 at Merwede Shipyard, Hardinxveld-Giessendam and was outfitted at Huisman-Itrec, Schiedam. She is operated by Subsea 7. The vessel is 153 metres long, 28 metres wide and has a gross tonnage of 18,250. She is equipped with an active heave compensated 400/350 t offshore crane, three auxiliary cranes, two workclass ROVs rated to 3000 metres and is fitted with a pipelay tower designed for flexlay, J-Lay and moonpool deployment operations. The vessel provides accomodation to a maximum of 120 persons and is fitted with an approved and certified
helideck suitable for Sikorsky S92 and Super Puma operations.

The Seven Seas will arrive this morning at Damen shipyard, Schiedam for maintenance work.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012


Cosco AsiaToday we have the containership Cosco Asia (IMO: 9345403, Port of Registry: Panama) featuring as the Ship of the Day. The Cosco Asia is a 349 metres long, 45 metres wide ship with a maximum teu capacity of 10,000 and a deadweight tonnage of 110,000. She was christened on July 26, 2007 in South Korea and made her maiden voyage on August 9, 2007 from China to Europe. The vessel was the first of six identical ships being built for COSCO by Hyundai Heavy Industries shipyard. Her sister vessels are: Cosco Europe, Cosco Africa, Cosco America, Cosco Oceania and Cosco Pacific. The vessel realizes a high-level of automation and is very environmentally friendly. It was classed by Lloyd's Register to stringent environmental standards, reflecting COSCO's commitment to its UN Global Compact responsibilities.

The Cosco Asia is scheduled to arrive this afternoon at the Euromax terminal, Rotterdam with the last port of call at Hamburg.

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Friday, November 16, 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 from Singapore.

Copyright: Dockwise

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Friday, November 09, 2012


Hoegh Berlin
The Hoegh Berlin (IMO: 9295842, Port of Registry: Nassau, Bahamas) is a 228 meters long, 32 meters wide car/truck carrier with a fully-loaded capacity of 6,100 cars, secured on 12 decks with a total deck area equal to that of nine football fields. Cars are loaded through the side- and stern-mounted ramps that allows for a variety of wheeled cargo to be driven aboard. The vessel was built in 2005 by Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering in South Korea under contract to Höegh Autoliners as the fifth vessel in the series of nine newbuildings.

The Hoegh Berlin is scheduled to arrive later this afternoon at the Rotterdam Car Terminal from Zeebrugge.

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Tuesday, November 06, 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 Werkhaven, Rotterdam.

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Monday, November 05, 2012


The NYK Olympus (IMO: 9312987, Port of Registry: Panama) was built in 2007 at IHI corporation shipyard, Japan and is currently operated by NYK Ship Management. 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 and 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, which doesn't feature any super post-panamax vessels yet.

The NYK Olympus is scheduled to arrive this afternoon at Rotterdam from Suez on the LP1-loop. She will leave within 48 hours with destination Hamburg and will return to Rotterdam in about two months.
NYK Olympus
Copyright: Derek Sands

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Saturday, November 03, 2012


Saipem 7000Today's SotD is world's second largest crane vessel Saipem 7000 (IMO: 8501567, Port of Registry: Nassau, Bahama's) with a lifting capacity of 2 x 7,000 tonnes. Only Heerema's Thialf is larger with its lifting capacity of 2 x 7,100 tonnes, however the crane radius of Saipem 7000 grant a lifting capability of 14000 t at 42 meters while Thialf can only lift 14200 at 31.2 meters; for this reason, the Saipem 7000 retains the world lifting records. The Saipem 7000 is 198 metres long, has a free deck area of 9,000 sq. m. and a transit speed of 9.5 knots. The vessel is equipped with 10 azimuth thrusters for exact manoeuvring, ballast tanks with a total capacity of more than 100,000 cu. m. for lowering the vessel into its position and 2 twin Saipem 7000 model fully revolving bow mounted AMHOIST cranes. She provides accomodation for a maximum of 800 persons in 405 fully AC single or double cabins. The Saipem 7000 was previously known as the Micoperi 7000 and is currently owned by Saipem S.p.A, Italy. She was built in 1987 by Fincantieri, Italy.

The Saipem 7000 arrived this morning at Keppel Verolme Shipyard, Rotterdam.

Thursday, November 01, 2012


SCF SurgutThe SCF Surgut (IMO: 9422445, Port of Registry: Monrovia, Liberia) is a Suez-max crude oil tanker delivered in 2009 by Hyundai Heavy industries to join the fleet of the largest Russian shipping company Sovcomflot. The tanker is named after one of the oldest cities of Siberia - the centre of Russia's largest oil region, a kind of unofficial oil developing capital of Russia. The vessel is 274 meters long, 48 meters wide and has a maximum draught of 17.15 meters. These dimension give the vessel a deadweight tonnage of 158,290. She is operated by SCF Unicom Singapore.

The SCF Surgut is scheduled to arrive this afternoon at the TEAM terminal, Rotterdam from Novorossiysk, Russia.

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