Kondili – Pneumatic Cement Carrier

While recently escaping the cold north for a touch of sunshine, I took this picture of the pneumatic cement carrier Kondili in the Port of Melbourne. Having been built in 2006, the vessel was converted from a handy size bulk carrier to a pneumatic cement carrier in 2018 and is currently dedicated to serving the Australian coast. She is one of 5 cement carriers in the Montreal headquartered CSL fleet.

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Lombok Strait – containerized reefer ship

In the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s the traditional reefer ship ruled the break bulk and pallet movement of perishables across the globe. The demand for citrus fruits, deciduous fruits, bananas, meat and fish of every description ensured that hundreds of ships were fully deployed for other than a few weeks in the northern summer which was referred to as “slack season”. On their ballast legs, many used their tween decks to ship new and/or used automobiles until the modern auto carrier squeezed them out.

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Boka Vanguard – Semi-submersible Heavy Lift Ship

Boka Vanguard is a uniquely designed and capable semi-submersible heavy lift ship capable of loading project cargoes of up to 110,000 tonnes. She was initially designed to move oil and gas facilities across the globe but as can be seen in the picture, she offers additional flexibility as an emergency drydock.

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MPA Guardian – multipurpose patrol vessel for Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

Commissioned in June this year for the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, the hybrid electric aluminium catmaran hulled MPA Guardian is designed to fulfill routine patrol, search and rescue, fire fighting, oil spill response and drone operations. The aluminium hulled vessel is a collaboration between the Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) of the Singapore Ministry of Defence, local builder Penguin Shipyard International, and UK-based naval architecture specialist BMT.

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Plumeria Leader – Eco Friendly Car Carrier

In March this year, Japan’s NYK Line took delivery of Plumeria Leader, the company’s second Pure Car and Truck Carrier (PCTC) using LNG as the ship’s primary fuel.

Built by Shin Kurushima Dockyard, Shin Kurushima Toyohashi Shipbuilding Co. Ltd.

Owned and operated by NYK Line

Chartered by Toyota Motor Corporation

LOA 199m

Beam 38m

Capacity 7,000 units (standard vehicle equivalent)

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Oyster Bay – Supramax bulk carrier

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.

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Tern Island – Product Tanker

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.

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