In late August 2017, the world’s largest self propelled Cutter Suction Dredger Willem van Rubroeck was launched at the Uljanik Shipyard in Croatia. The concept of a Cutter Suction Dredger (CSD) is that of a vessel which is equipped with a rotating head for cutting and fragmenting hard soils.
Built in 1962, R/P Flip is a most unusual craft – her name being the acronym for “Floating Instrument Platform”. Strictly speaking she is not a ship at all, but an oceanographic research platform designed by scientists at Scripps’s Marine Physical and operated by Scripps Oceanography for the U.S. Navy.
Friday December 22 was yet another milestone in the move towards use of LNG as a mainstream fuel for vessel propulsion with the naming ceremony at the Hyundai Mipo Dockyard of the LNG fueled bulk carrier Green Iris. The 50,000 MT DWT vessel, which is expected to enter service this month, has been built against a long term charter to South Korea’s major steel manufacturer POSCO for the movement of limestone.
Following delivery from her previous Greek owners, Orveline Hellinic Shipping Co. in Piraeus in late August this year, the 17 year old freshly repainted ferry now renamed Northern Sea Wolf has made the 10,100 nautical mile passage to British Columbia via the Panama Canal.
Much in the news recently is Euronav following that company’s acquisition of Gener8 Maritime, the major U.S. based tanker operator. Headquartered in Antwerp, Belgium, Euronav was already the world’s largest independent quoted crude tanker company being listed on Euronext Brussels and on the NYSE.
The Baltic Dry Index can best be described as a weighted average of daily shipping rates for the different classes of dry bulk vessels, namely Capesize, Panamax, Supramax, and Handysize based on a daily survey of agents across the globe.
Seen here approaching berth at the Port of Vancouver’s Deltaport Container Terminal in October 2016 is the 10,062 TEU capacity ZIM Antwerp. Opened in 1997 and located adjacent to the Westshore Coal Terminal, Deltaport is operated by Global Container Terminals under lease from the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority.
Picture: The ULCV CSCL Jupiter aground in the River Scheldt in August 2017
The recent ordering of a batch of 22,000 TEU capacity Ultra Large Container Vessels (ULCV) has re-ignited the debate surrounding just how big container vessels can become.