The Canary Islands, which are part of Spain, are off the coast of West Africa. Tenerife is the largest of the Canarys. Santa Cruz, where these photos were taken, is the capital of the island of Tenerife. Being an island means lots of ferries and other ships.
Above: Almudaina Dos leaves for Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. One of four high speed monohull ferries built by Fincantieri and delivered in 1997. In 2006 it was chartered to Acciona Trasmediterranea, given its current name, and started its current run.
Above & Below: Bencomo Express arriving in Santa Cruz from Puerto de las Nieves.
This is an Incat ship, 96 metres long, wave piercing catamaran.
The two ships carry 880 passengers, 230 cars and can travel at 38 knots.
For engines they have 4 Caterpillar 3618 giving total power of 28,800 KW.
Waterjets: 4 Wartsila LIPS LJ 150D.
The current run for both these ferries is between Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Puerto de las Nieves which is on the west coast of Gran Canaria.
Above & Below: Bentago Express, sister ship to the Bencomo.
Gross Tonnage: 6348; Deadweight: 787
Length: 96m; Beam: 26.17m
Flag: Spain; Call Sign: EHYG; IMO: 9213337
Drill ship Ensco DS5 alongside.
Ensco plc is a global provider of offshore contract drilling services
to the international oil and gas industry.
Ensco DS 5 has Gross tonnage 60105; deadweight 60663 t;
was built in 2011 and flies the flag of the Marshall Islands.
Main Engine: ABB Industries; AMI710L8L VATFMV;
16 cylinders, 5500 kW; engine stroke 320 mm.
Above: Ferry route between Tenerife and La Gomera.
Florence B, a small tanker flying the flag of France.
Built 2008; gross 2158 t, deadweight 3536 t; Length 89m, beam 14m.
Mitsubishi, 6 cylinder, 2080 kW, 930 rpm, 240 mm stroke.
1 controllable pitch propellor, 280 rpm.
Cargo ship Hatice C. Built 2007, gross 10,122 t, deadweight 15,800 t, length 148m, beam 21m.
8 cylinder engine, 3824 kW, 520 rpm, 460 mm stroke. 1 fixed pitch propellor.
Museum ship La Palma.
Gross 893 t, deadweight 546 t, length 67m, beam 9.2m, built 1912.
The only engine details: Maccoll & Pollock.
One link to information about Maccoll & Pollock. Click here.
Museum website, in Spanish: Click Here.
Below: Supply ship Punta Salinas.
Spanish flag; IMO 7931894; Gross 1171t; deadweight 1188t; length 63m; beam 13m; built 1982.
Punta Salinus is also a virus (PSV), member of the species Hughes nairovirus, genus Nairovirus.
I had no idea!
Above & Below: Santa Cruz Pilot Boat.
Following are several photos of the cruise ship Star Breeze in Tenerife.
Below: Recent photo of the Star Breeze cut open to make it longer.
Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri has cut Windstar Cruises' Star Breeze in two places as part of a process that will see the cruise ship lengthened by a total of 85 ft.
This will also be done to fleetmates Star Legend and Star Pride.
In addition to providing additional passenger accomodations each ship will have its engines removed and replaced with more efficient, less polluting, engines.
Above & Below: Drill rig West Eminence.
This is a 6th gnertion ultra-depwater semi-submersible drilling rig mostly used offshore Brazil.
Built 2008; flag Panama; length 389 ft, beam 292 ft; draft 77 ft when drilling, 32 ft wheen in transit; displacement 60,186 ST; crew 180; max water depth 7,874 ft; max drilling depth 29,528 ft.
Took these mostly to show the height of the surrounding hills.
Main Engines 8 x Wartsila 5,982 HP at 720 rpm; main generators 8 x ABB 7,320 HP at 720 rpm; thrusters 8 x ABB Azimuthing 4,425 HP; Speed 8 knots.
Another ferry - Volcan del Teide.