Saturday, 30 June 2018

Seattle, Washington. June 30, 2018

Random Photos.
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Being Seattle, it was overcast and grey!
Arctic Sunrise secured.
A decade or so ago this ship went up the Welland Canal,
followed by a number of police cars and other surveillance outfits.

IMO: 7382902,  MMSI:  244538000
Type:  Research / Survey
Gross Tonnage:  1017,  Summer DWT:  610
Built:  1975, Vaagen Verft Engineering - Kyrkesaeterora, Norway
Flag:  Netherlands

Society:  DNL GL,  Notation:  + 1A1 Icebreaker

Engine:  MAK Maschinebau, 9 cylinders, 1618 kW, Stroke 320 mm, 1 x fixed pitch propellor

 Above:  Bird on a Wire.
Click Here to listen to Leonard Cohen perform his song live.
 Less poetic, birds in the water.  No song for them.

Elettra III, originally built for the Marconi Company.  
Now being retrofitted as a science and marine technology laboratory and research vessel for kids.
Much more information about this ship, including original drawings, Click Here.

Above:  Small family gathering at a fish food restaurant.
Below:  More family.


Above:  Louise found something exciting.
Below:  Besides him!

 Hiram M Chittenden Locks.
They have a web site with oodles of information.  Click Here.

 Below:  For sale - As is.
 Below:  Ram used to open and close lock gates.
Below:  USACE vessel Puget.
Length:  20 m;    Beam:  8 m;    Max Draft:  2 m
 Below:  Locking through.
 Below:  Sluice way at dam.

 Above:  Bridge over the canal.
Below:  Locking through.

 Above & Below:  There is a fish ladder to allow the fish to bypass the dam.
More about the fish ladder & locks, Click Here.

 Above & Below:  From our balcony at the Edgewater Hotel in Seattle.  
This was not planned, but was a pleasant surprise when we stepped outside.
Below:  The Edgewater Hotel has several places to lounge about.
Apparently the Beatles fished from their room at this hotel back in the days of, well, Beatle road trips.
More here.
 Below:  More boats.

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Freeport, Bahamas. January 28, 2018

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Sometimes, one has to take "Mental Health" breaks.
 Majesty of the Seas arrives for a drydocking.
IMO:  8819512
GRT:  74,077
Displacement:  35,064 tonnes
Net Tonnage:  47,599 tonnes
Length:  628.32 m
Beam:  36 m
Draft:  7.88 m
Year Built:  1992
Cabins:  1178;  Berths:  2744
Main propulsion is SEMT Pielstick
But, I cannot find out how many engines this ship has.
Engine Stroke:  400 mm
Cylinders:  9
Power:  21,840 kW
Propellor:  2 x Fixed Pitch
Above:
Once clear of the water you can see the two props.
Above:  New materiel for the Polarcus Asima.
Polarcus Asima; a Research/Survey ship.
IMO:  9538127
GRT:  7,894
Net Tonnage:  2,369 tonnes
Deadweight:  4,450 t
Length:  92 m
Beam:  21 m
Year Built:  2010
This ship has 111 berths & 69 cabins!
Main propulsion is Wartsila Finland
Engine Stroke:  200 mm
Cylinders:  9
Propellor:  2 x Controllable Pitch

Above:  Another attempt to restore balance.
These were very nice noise-cancelling headphones.  
I left them on an airplane.  I hope someone else is enjoying them.
Another ship for repairs, crew change, etc.  Telluride.
IMO:  9256248
GRT:  40,763
DWT:  72,344
Length:  228 m
Beam:  30 m
Draft:  14 m
Year Built:  2003
Crude Oil Capacity:  491,535 bbl
Ballast:  32,153 tonnes
Main propulsion is 1 x Man B&W
Engine Stroke:  2,400 mm
Engine Bore:  600 mm
Cylinders:  5
Power:  11,300 kW
Engine RPM:  105
2 x Z Peller solid LB 5.0
Fuel Consumption:  38 tonnes/day @ 14 knots
Propellor:  1 x Fixed Pitch

Above:
Svitzer Hanne
Below:
Svitzer Chirripo
 There are times when you must exercise your safety equipment.
Fire monitor test; used to fight fires on other ships, rigs and ashore.
Below:
Vega Scorpio departing after delivering a cargo.
Even in paradise the sun does not always co-operate.

 Svitzer Pacuare
IMO:  9788148
GRT:  461
DWT:  146
Length:  28.2 m
Beam:  12.6 m
Draft:  5.3 m
Year Built:  2017
 This tug is classed by ABS (American Bureau of Shipping),
A1, Towing vessel, Fire Fighting Vessel Class 1, AMS, ABCU
Don't ask!

Freeport, Bahamas. January 29 to 31, 2018

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Crowley's tug Explorer brought in another floating drydock.
 Local tugs helped put it into position.
Tug Explorer
IMO:  7397660
GRT:  4538
DWT:
Net Tonnage:  161 tonnes
Length:  39.21 m
Beam:  11.13 m
Draft:  5.13 m
Year Built:  1975

1 x Caterpillar USA
Engine Stroke:  254 mm
Engine Bore:  230 mm
Cylinders:  20
Power:  90 kW
Propellor:  2 x Fixed Pitch

Above:  Workboat Cyclone approaching Polarcus Asima.
Above & Below:
Sometimes things happen.
While working on a lifebuoy release the PainsWessex Manoverboard MK8 flare/light float released itself, bounced off the deck and ignited.
So, now we all know how one of these works;  not a complete loss.
For much more info about these devices, Click Here.

Fenny arrives in Freeport.
She is now classed as a supply vessel,
but was obviously a fishing vessel in a former life.
IMO:  8003450
GRT:  302
NET: 90 tonnes
Net Tonnage:  364 tonnes
Length:  36.5m
Beam:  8m
Draft:  4.1m
Year Built:  1980
Registered in Port Vila, Vanuatu.
Where is Vanuatu and other facts, Click Here.
Main propulsion is 1 x Stork Werspoor
Engine Stroke:  240 mm
Cylinders:  6
Power:  1030 kW
Propellor:  1 x Fixed Pitch
Coming alongside the "Dock" ahead of our ship.