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200th Kamsarmax bulker completed
Tuesday, 24 February 2015 00:00

The new Chinese-built, British-registered Ultra Lion will sail for Denmark’s Ultrabulk Shipping A/S on long-term charter. Tsuneishi ShipbuildingThe new Chinese-built, British-registered Ultra Lion will sail for Denmark’s Ultrabulk Shipping A/S on long-term charter. Tsuneishi ShipbuildingJapan’s Tsuneishi Shipbuilding has completed its 200th Kamsarmax bulk carrier, the 81,588dwt Ultra Lion, at its yard in China for compatriot owner Kambara Kisen Co. The shipbuilder first started developing the Kamsarmax type in 2002, when it was requested to complete a bulk carrier that could safely berth at the Port of Kamsar, Guinea in West Africa, which is a major bauxite port that has a ship length restriction of 229m.

Tsuneishi increased the length of one of its 76,000dwt class Panamax ships by 4m, while keeping the vessel’s beam narrow enough to pass through the Panama Canal. This resulted in a 82,100dwt ship measuring 229m by 32.26m that had a cargo capacity of 97,000m3 on a maximum draught of 14.4m.

By using research facilities at Hiroshima University and the Monohakobi Technology Institute in Japan, Tsuneishi was able to improving the vessel’s energy-saving capabilities, including the addition of a low-vibration propeller and refined hull shape in 2010. The latest models have also incorporated the use of an electronically controlled main engine to provided an economical service speed of 14.5 knots.

 
Triple E makes maiden call at Felixstowe
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 00:00

The new container ship Morten Maersk (2014) berthed at Felixstowe. Andrew McAlpineThe new container ship Morten Maersk (2014) berthed at Felixstowe. Andrew McAlpineOn 7 January the world’s largest container ship, CSCL Globe, made her maiden call at the port of Felixstowe, and with her huge capacity of 19,100TEU this was covered extensively in the media. Early on the evening of 8 January, while CSCL Globe was still alongside her berth on Felixstowe’s South terminal and after the world’s media had departed, another large container vessel making her maiden call to the port passed CSCL Globe and, in the early evening light, was turned around by tugs before being backed onto Felixstowe’s Trinity 7 berth.  

To the uninformed observer it looked like a typical scene at the busy container port, but in fact the incoming vessel was Morten Maersk (194,849gt), the 13th vessel in the series of 20 Triple E giants that held the title of the world’s largest containership until CSCL Globe entered service. The combined capacity of these two vessels was a staggering 37,370teu.

 
Record-breaking week
Tuesday, 10 February 2015 00:00

The container vessel BF Aurelia approaches the Forth Bridge on one of her regular sailings from Grangemouth to Rotterdam. Iain McGeachyThe container vessel BF Aurelia approaches the Forth Bridge on one of her regular sailings from Grangemouth to Rotterdam. Iain McGeachy

The Port of Grangemouth, Scotland’s largest container port, handles in excess of 150,000 containers per annum, with regular services to Rotterdam, Antwerp, Felixstowe and Hamburg. In the last week of November 2014 the port handled a record-breaking 4,200 containers, surpassing the previous record by over 200 containers.

The busy pre-Christmas period was boosted by a strong potato seed season and an increase in the drinks market of whisky and white spirit cargoes. A regular caller at Grangemouth from Rotterdam has been the 5,272dwt container vessel BF Aurelia, built in 1998 as Gerd Sibum. Owned by BF Ship-management GmbH, Germany, she has made regular sailings with a full complement of containers.

 

 
Malaysia completes twins
Tuesday, 03 February 2015 00:00

One of two sisterships recently completed by Malaysia’s Shin Yang Shipyard, the 275ft Alya is destined for SE Asia’s offshore petroleum Industry. Cummins MalaysiaOne of two sisterships recently completed by Malaysia’s Shin Yang Shipyard, the 275ft Alya is destined for SE Asia’s offshore petroleum Industry. Cummins Malaysia

With a booming offshore oil industry on its doorstep, the southeast Asian nation of Malaysia is seeing a boom among its shipbuilders, particularly those specialising in offshore vessel construction. One of these is the Shin Yang Shipyard located at Miri in Sarawak, Malaysia on the island of Borneo.

The yard has recently delivered the sisterships Anis and Alya using a design drawn up by Wärtsilä Ship Design of Singapore. Both vessels can accommodate 199 people, while tankage has been provided for 800m3 of fuel and 900m3 of water.

The ABS-classed vessels have electric drive bow thrusters as well as 45-ton deck pedestal-mounted deck cranes. Propulsion is by two Cummins QSK60M engines, each delivering 2,200hp at 1,800rpm, turning four-blade 2000-m/m fixed-pitch propellers. JS

 

 
A westbound Northwest passage
Tuesday, 27 January 2015 00:00

Without much fanfare, Montreal-based Fednav sent its ice-strengthened bulk carrier Nunavik (22,622gt/27,997dwt) westward through the Northwest passage to Bayuquan, China during the autumn of 2014 with a cargo of 23,000 tonnes of nickel concentrate, which was loaded at Deception Bay, Canada.

Heavily built, and considered the most powerful non-nuclear  icebreaking bulk carrier in the world, the ship, which was launched at the Japanese shipyard in July 2013, travelled the entire route unescorted. According to the ship’s owners, the Northwest passage was 40 per cent shorter than the traditional Panama Canal route and, as a result, greenhouse gas emissions by the vessel were reduced by more than 1,300 tonnes. JS

 

 
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