Monday, November 25, 2013


The CMA CGM Jules Verne (IMO: 9454450, Port of Registry: Marseille) is one of the most recent newbuildings in the fleet of CMA CGM. The vessel is 396 meters long, 54 meters wide and has a deadweight tonnage of 187,000. She has a maximum TEU capacity of 16,022 and was delivered in June 2013 by Daewoo Heavy Industries, Korea. Equipped with innovative instruments and the latest technology, the CMA CGM Jules Verne, like the CMA CGM Marco Polo and CMA CGM Alexander Von Humboldt, boasts impressive performances with 36g of CO2 per km/TEU emitted, that’s 12% less than vessels in the 13,800 TEU series. The vessel’s design has been specifically adapted for slow-steaming by fitting the WARTSILA 14 RT Flex 96 C-B main engine with an exhaust by-pass system to improve energy efficiency at low loads, and thereby reducing fuel consumption by around 1.5% at slow speeds.

The CMA CGM Jules Verne is scheduled to arrive later tonight at the ECT Delta terminal from Bremerhaven.

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Friday, November 22, 2013


The Maersk Essen (IMO: 9456783, Port of Registry: Majuro, Marshall Islands) were Maersk's answer to the new breed of containervessels, introduced by MSC, with the superstructure midships. The Maersk Essen was the first of nine newbuildings in this class, amongst which are the Maersk Edinburgh, Maersk Edmonton and Maersk Eindhoven. The vessel is 366 meters long and 48 meters wide and has a deadweight of 141,000 tonnes. She has a maximum capacity of 13,092 teu and is propelled by a Hyundai-Wärtsilä 12RT-flex 96C engine delivering a maximum power of 68,640 kW. The vessels are deployed in Maersk's AE-10 loop. More recently Maersk has also built 18,720 TEU ships in the Triple-E class, such as Maersk Mc-Kinney Møller.

The Maersk Essen is scheduled to arrive this afternoon at the APM Terminal, Rotterdam from Tanjung Pelepas, Malaysia.
Maersk Essen
Copyright: Jens Boldt

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Monday, November 18, 2013


Today's Ship of the Day is the nuclear fuel carrier Sigrid (IMO: 9631840, Port of Registry: Oskarshamn, Sweden) which was launched on 25 October this year at Damen shipyard, Galati, Romania. Her owner, Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Company, SKB, has chosen to carry out its shipments of radioactive waste by sea. It uses a purpose-built vessel to transport low- and intermediate-level operational waste from all of Sweden’s nuclear power plants to SFR, the final repository for short-lived radioactive waste at Forsmark. The ship also transports spent nuclear fuel to Clab, the company’s interim storage facility in Oskarshamn.

The Sigrid has double hulls, four engines and other duplicated systems to enhance safety and availability. She needs to be able both to manoeuvre in shallow water and to cope with high seas and harsh winter conditions. She will have low fuel consumption and an environment-friendly design. With a length of almost 100 meters and a width of 19 meters, Sigrid is somewhat larger than her predecessor Sigyn and can carry 12 nuclear fuel and waste containers.

M/S Sigrid arrived this morning at Damen shipyard, Schiedam from Galati, Romania to finish work on board of the vessel.

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Friday, November 15, 2013


Ebba Maersk
The Ebba Maersk (IMO: 9321524, Port of Registry: Copenhagen, Denmark) is the fifth in line of Maersk's PS-class. Together with her sisters (amongst which are the 'Emma Maersk' and 'Evelyn Maersk') she used to be the largest containership ever in dimensions with a total teu capacity 11,000 teu (of which 1,000 forty foot reefer containers). 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 optimise the use of the energy produced, so that the engine can deliver up to 90,000 kW. The vessels in this series have also established 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 in May 2007.
The Ebba Maersk will arrive this afternoon at the APM terminal, Rotterdam from Tanjung Pelepas, Malaysia. Tomorrow, the vessel will set sail for Bremerhaven on the APM AE1 line. She will return within about 2 weeks to Rotterdam on her return call this loop.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013


Combi Dock IToday we have the heavy lift cargo ship Combi Dock I (IMO: 9400473, Port of Registry: St. John's, Antigua & Barbuda) featuring as the Ship of the Day. The Combi Dock I is 162 meters long, 25 meters wide and was delivered in January 2008. The vessel is able to transport heavy lift
offshore objects loading/discharging the cargo by floating the objects with a maximum draft of 4.5 mtrs onto and off the large free cargo deck, having a size of 132,60 m x 25,40 meters,. She is equipped with 3 heavy lift cranes, 2 with a capacity of a SWL 350 t each and 1 with a SWL of 200 t, delivering a total lifting capacity with 2 in tandem 700 t. The Ship was built at Lloyd Werft, Bremerhaven and is currently operated by Combilift, Denmark.

The Combi Dock I arrived this morning at the Mammoet, Schiedam.

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Monday, November 11, 2013


CMA CGM Amerigo VespucciToday's Ship of the Day is the CMA CGM Amerigo Vespucci (IMO: 9454395, Port of Registry: Marseille, France). The Amerigo Vespucci is one of the largest 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 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. In compliance with CMA CGM’s environmental policy and like vessels of this type, the CMA CGM Amerigo Vespucci 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 Amerigo Vespucci will have seven sisterships, amongst which are the CMA CGM Christoph Colomb and CMA CGM Corte Real which have also been recently delivered. She is deployed in CMA CGM's FAL5 loop connecting China and North-Western Europe.

The CMA CGM Amerigo Vespucci arrived thi9s morning at the EC Delta Terminal, Rotterdam with the last port of call at Bremerhaven on her second call to Rotterdam in the loop.

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Friday, November 01, 2013


The CSCL Jupiter (IMO: 9467263, Port of Registry: Hong Kong) is the third 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 may 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 Jupiter's sister are: CSCL Star, CSCL Mars and CSCL Venus.

The CSCL Jupiter is scheduled to arrive this afternoon at the Port of Rotterdam from Suez. She will take berth at the Euromax Terminal.
CSCL Jupiter
Copyright: Pascal Bredel

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