Monday, September 29, 2014


The Oasis of the Seas (IMO: 9383936, Port of Registry: Nassau, Bahama's) is a cruise ship owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises and the first of the four vessels from the Oasis-class. The Allure of the Seas is her sistervessel. A third vessel is currently being built at Saint-Nazaire, France and a fourth vessel has been recently ordered. With a length of 360 meters, width of 60.5 meters and a gross tonnage of 225,282 the Oasis of the Seas is by far the largest cruise ship in the world. The vessel has 16 passenger decks and can accomodate a total of 6,360 guests with a crew of 2,394. On board you can find (amongs others): an aquatheater, 18,000 sq ft casino, water park, 3d movie theater, two FlowRider surf simulators, an ice-skating rink, etc...etc... The Oasis of the Seas was delivered in 2009 by STX Europe, Turku, Finland. She is propelled by 8 Wärtsilä V12 engine with 17,500 HP each, which give the vessel a cruising speed of 22 knots.

"Oasis of the Seas" door Baldwin040 - Eigen werk. Licentie CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

The Oasis of the Seas is expected to arrive later tonight at the cruise terminal at the Holland Amerikakade, which was adjusted recently for receiving such large cruise vessels. Afterwards she will move to Keppel Verolme shipyards for maintenance works during two weeks.

Click here for the current position of the Oasis of the Seas

Monday, September 15, 2014


ThialfThe Thialf (IMO: 8757740, Port of Registry: Panama) is the largest deepwater construction vessel (DCV) in the fleet of owner Heerema Marine Contractors (also operating crane vessel Hermod), and is capable of a tandem lift of 14,200 t (15,600 short tons). The dual cranes provide for depth reach lowering capability as well as heavy lift capacity to set topsides. The cranes can reach a lifting height of 95 meters above workdeck. This multi-functional dynamic positioned DCV is tailored for the installation of foundations, moorings, SPARs, TLPs and integrated topsides, as well as pipelines and flowlines. The vessel has an overall length of 200 meters and is 89 meters wide. She provides accomodation to a crew of 736 and is equipped with a helicopter deck suitable for a Boeing Chinook 234. The Thialf has six 5,500 kW - 360 degrees azimuth thruster, provicding a total thrust of 400 tonnes. She has a transit speed of 7 knots accompanied by one tug.

The Thialf arrived last night at the Calandkanaal.

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Friday, September 05, 2014


The Zr. Ms. De Zeven Provinciën is an air defense and command frigate of the Dutch navy. She is currently visiting the Port of Rotterdam for the Wereldhavendagen. She will be located at the Parkkade, opposite to the Zr. Ms. Karel Doorman (A833), which is located at the Wilhelminakade.

Source: Dutch Royal Navy

The ship has a crew of 174 persons and is already the 8th ship to bear the name 'De Zeven Provinciën'. She was built by 'De Schelde' in Flushing between 1998 en 2001. The frigate is 144 meters long, 17 meters wide, can reach a speed of 30 knots, is incorporated with Stealth techniques and is armed with a Oto Breda-cannon 127 mm, Vertical Launch System (VLS) Mk 41 for Enhanced Sea Sparrow Missiles en Standard Missiles, Harpoon Missile, Goalkeeper (fast fire cannon), Mk. 46 Torpedo-weapons and a Lynx orNH-90 helikopter.

Wednesday, September 03, 2014


Mighty Servant IToday's Ship of the Day is the semi-submersible heavy load vessel Mighty Servant I (IMO: 8130875, Port of Registry: Willemstad, Dutch Antilles). The Mighty Servant I is 190 metres long, 50 metres wide and has a maximum draught when submerged of 26 metres. The vessel has a deck space of 50 x 150 metres on which she is able to carry the heaviest semi-submersible drilling units, harsh environment deepwater jack-up rigs and large floating production platforms like TLPs, FPUs and Spars with drafts up to 14 metres. The Mighty Servant I is powered by two 6,770 kW Wärtsilä 12V38A diesel generator sets, driving two propellers by four E-motors of 3,100 Kw each which give the vessel a maximum speed of 15 knots. The vessel has a maximum sailing range of 59 days and is operated by Dockwise Shipping, Breda, The Netherlands.

The Mighty Servant I arrived this morning at Keppel Verolme shipyard, Rotterdam.

Click here for the current position of the Mighty Servant I

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