Pioneering Spirit is a unique catamaran hull heavy lift crane vessel and the world’s largest vessel by gross tonnage. Since conversion in 2021, she is also the largest floating sheerleg in the world.
Owned and operated by Pacific Basin Shipping of Hong Kong, Oyster Bay is representative of a fleet of 120 Supramax bulk carriers both owned and operated by the company. The Supramax segment is generally accepted to be vessels in the range of 52-58,000 tonnes deadweight.
Currently the world’s largest container ship, Ever Ace is the first of 13 sister ships having a capacity of 23,992 TEU which in the opinion of many is as high as container ships can practically go (famous last words).
In February this year, the newbuild chemical tanker Tern Island performed what is believed to have been the first zero-emissions port operation by a tanker. The vessel relied exclusively on a combination of batteries and shore power provided by the Port of Gothenburg.
Recently completing her maiden voyage from Southampton to Barcelona was Celebrity Beyond, the third in a series of five new Edge Class cruise ships built for Celebrity Cruises, a division of the Royal Caribbean Group. She is now home ported in Barcelona for the 2022 summer season before repositioning to Fort Lauderdale for the winter.
Sweden’s Stena Line is well known for operating a large and diverse fleet of ferries and tankers. Innovation in design and state of the art facilities are a hallmark of the company’s approach to European market leadership.
Delivered in late 2020, Stena Embla is the third so called E-Flexer ferry to join the company’s Irish Sea fleet and operates on the highly competitive Liverpool – Belfast route. The investment represents a multi-year $536 million development program
Completed in China in 2021, the VLOC Sea Zhoushan is fitted with tilting Rotor Sails supplied by Finland based Norsepower. She is the largest vessel to date to be fitted with Rotor Sails and the first bulk carrier of any size. The five Rotor Sails are 24m high x 4m diameter.
Marshal Vasilevskiy is Russia’s only Floating Storage Regasification Unit (FRSU), a prime example of these complex vessels which have the attractive option of providing in port terminal LNG capacity or trading on the open market. She was originally built to serve Kalingrad.
Container vessel appearance is about to enter a new phase with the announcement by Maersk Line of the design for a series of eight carbon-neutral methanol-powered 16,000 TEU capacity container ships ordered with Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI). The first vessel in the series is scheduled for delivery in Q1 of 2024. A contractual option for four additional vessels was also exercised earlier this month.
Believed to be the world’s first dual fueled diesel/LNG Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC), Yuan Rui Yang is setting a trend which others seem certain to follow as pressure mounts on ship owners to reduce GHG emissions.