Sunday, 27 May 2018

Welland Canal, May 1, 2018

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Federal Champlain above lock 1, upbound.
IMO:  9671058
GRT:  20,789
DWT:  34,564
Length:  199.98m
Beam:  23.82m
Draft:  10.86m
Year Built:  2016

Bale Capacity:  42,289 cubic metres
Grain Capacity:  44,084 cubic metres
Ballast:  19,337 tonnes
What's all this different tonnage, anyway?
GRT: Gross Registered Tonnage:
The volume of space within the hull and enclosed space available
for cargo, stores, fuel, passengers and crew.
It is a measurement of cubic capacity.
 DWT:  Deadweight Tonnage:
The displacement at any loaded condition minus the Lightship weight.
It includes the crew, passengers, cargo, fuel, water and stores.

Lightship:
Measure the actual weight of the ship with no fuel, passengers, cargo, water, etc.
Net Tonnage:
A calculation of the volume of all cargo spaces of the ship.
It indicates a vessel's earning space.

Below:  Approaching Lock 2.

Ro-Ro ferry Jiimaan above Lock 1.
On the way home from refit in Hamilton, Ontario.
IMO:  9039298
GRT:  418
DWT:
Net Tonnage:  364 tonnes
Length:  61m
Beam:  15m
Draft:  1.75m
Year Built:  1992

Propellor:  1 x Fixed Pitch

More on the Jiimaan, Click Here.
The ferry runs between the Ontario mainland and Pelee Island, the southernmost part of Canada.
More on Pelee Island, Click Here.
The actual southernmost part of Canada is Middle Island.
It is just south of Pelee Island and is part of Point Pelee National Park in the province of Ontario.

Latitude of Middle Island is approximately 41.685 degrees north.  
This is about the same latitude as Des Moines, Iowa; Zaragoza, Spain; Braga, Portugal.
It is farther south than Chicago; Providence, Rhode Island; Vatican City;
 California's northern border with Utah; and Boston.

Qamutik at the Garden City Skyway / Homer Bridge.  
The Skyway was built in 1963 as road traffic on the Homer bridge,
which carried the QEW highway, was increasing.
It was determined that QEW was a main highway and that road traffic
should not be delayed due to ship traffic and subsequent bridge openings.
A similar high-level bridge was built over the Burlington Ship Canal which enters Hamilton Harbour.
Much more about the Homer bridge, Click Here.
Below:  Interesting cargo.
This ship is re-flagged to Canadian registry each summer.
This allows it to carry cargo from Canadian Ports to the Canadian Arctic.
IMO:  9081289
GRT:  8,448
DWT:  12,760
Net:  4,651
Length:  136m
Beam:  19m
Year Built:  1994

Engine:  Wartsila Finland
Engine Stroke:  450 mm
Cylinders:  6
Power:  5430 kW
1 x Fixed Pitch
Bale Capacity:  15,772 cubic metres
Grain Capacity:  15,750 cubic metres
TEU:  730

Freeport, Bahamas - January 24, 26, & 27, 2018

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Carnival Victory in one of the floating drydocks in Freeport.
IMO:  9172648
GRT:  101,509
DWT:  10,774
Length:  272.2m
Beam:  35.54m
Draft:  8.32m
Year Built:  2000

Net Tonnage:  73,744
Berths:  3,360
Cabins:  1,379

Engine:  Wartsila Italy
Engine Stroke:  400 mm
Cylinders:  12
Power:  63,360 kW
Propellors:  2 x Controllable Pitch
Above:  MSC Bilbao at Freeport container Terminal
Below:  MSC Sao Paulo at the same terminal
Below:  Both ships showing the extent of the terminal
It will be expanded over the next few years.

RT Blackbeard & RT Raptor at their berth.
Info for RT Blackbeard:
IMO:  9756444
GRT:  485
DWT:  248
Length:  32m
Beam:  12m
Year Built:  2017
Above:  Ro-Ro carrier Tropic Jade loading for her next trip.
IMO:  7800265
GRT:  1,827
DWT:  2,536
Length:  90.05
Beam:  17.07
Draft:  4.81m
Year Built:  1978 - old by salt-water standards

Engine:  GM Electro Motive
Engine RPM:  900;   Engine Stroke:  230mm
Cylinders:  16
Power:  2,586 kW
Propellors:  2 x Fixed Pitch at 255 RPM
Fuel consumption:  12 tonnes per day at average speed

More on the fleet owned by Tropical Shipping, Click Here.
Yacht Turquoise entering the harbour.
IMO:  1011173
GRT:  755
DWT:  640
Length:  55.4m
Beam:  9.7m
Draft:  3.1m
Built:  2011

Net Tonnage:  226 tonnes
Displacement Summer:  649 tonnes
Engine:  Caterpillar USA
Cylinders:  12
Power:  2,238 kW
Engine Stroke:  170 mm
Turquoise, registered in the Cayman Islands.

Maersk Kawasaki being turned by tugs before securing at the container pier.
IMO:  9107887
GRT:  81,488
DWT:  90,456
Net:  43,399
Length:  318.24m
Beam:  42.92m
Draft:  14.5m
Year Built:  1997

Engine Stroke:  900 mm
Cylinders:  12
Power:  54,840 kW
1 x Fixed Pitch
Fuel Consumption:  240 tonnes per day at 24 knots
TEU:  6,418
OK, what is TEU?
Twenty-Foot Equivalent Unit.
Measures a ship's cargo carrying capacity in containers.
One TEU is equal to that of a standard 20' shipping container.
More on TEU, Click Here.

Polarcus Asima Approaching the dock in the gathering gloom.
Fuel delivery by tug and barge.




Thursday, 17 May 2018

Freeport, Bahamas - January 25, 2018

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 Allure of the Seas was in port for a brief visit to the drydock.
This is one BIG ship.  Check the humanoids visible in the photo below.
 Lifeboats were removed so the davits could be serviced.
Even the lifeboats are big.  
It holds about 5400 passengers and about 2400 crew.
 IMO:  9383948
GRT:  220,000
DWT:  19750
Length:  360 m
Beam:  60.5 m
Draft:  9.32 m
Just a tad too big for the Seaway!
Year Built:  2010
 Above:  A fleet of tugs were required to move the thing around.
 Engine:  Wartsila Finland
Cylinders:  12
Power:  97,020 kW
Propellors:  3 x Azimodal
4 x 5500 kW Wartsila Bow Thrusters
Above:
Height above the waterline:  72 m; 236 ft.
More on the Allure of the Seas, Click Here.

And now for something completely different.
Above:  Aircraft enthusiasts, is this a DC-3?
Freeport harbour is on the main approach.
Lots of aircraft of all sizes go by all day.

Above:  On a trailer that delivered coils of wire
to the survey ship Polarcus Asima.
Old vehicles from the USA are brought to the Bahamas.
Some don't require new plates I guess.
Above:  At the "pier" we were at, dubbed "On the Rocks",
the fenders were not well secured and would sometimes go adrift.
This one had to be resecured for the arrival of the Polarcus Asima.
Below:  Polarcus Asima arrives along with the Majesty of the Seas.
Above:  Notice the oil boom in the water on the bottom right.
It was there to mark a sunken tug.
IMO:  9538127
GRT:  7894
DWT:  4450
Length:  92 m
Beam:  21 m
Draft:  9.32 m
Year Built:  2010
Ballast:  2067 tonnes

 Engine:  Wartsila Finland

Cylinders:  9
Power:  12,900 kW
Propellors:  2 x Controllable Pitch

Above:  Mooring station.
 The ship can tow a large array of seismic gear.
 More on Polarcus & their fleet, Click Here.
Lots of these bows are showing up on ships. 

 Majesty of the Seas inbound for one of the drydocks.
IMO:  8819512
GRT:  74,077

DWT:  6,953
Length:  268.32 m
Beam:  36 m
Draft:  9.32 m
Year Built:  1992

 More on Majesty of the Seas, Click Here.
  Engine:  SEMT Pielstik



Cylinders:  9
Power:  21,840 kW
Engine Stroke:  400 mm
Propellors:  2 x Fixed Pitch