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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Maiden Voyage

Lloyd Triestino Makes Maiden Voyage Into U. S. Ports

Lloyd Triestino, the Italian container shipping line, will make its maiden voyage into U. S. ports this week for its new weekly service between the Far East, the Caribbean, and South Atlantic U.S. East Coast. The first ship, the Ever Guide, will make its first call at Port Everglades on May 15; Savannah, May 17, and Norfolk on May 19. The joint service with Zim Israel Navigation (named AUX), is utilizing nine fully cellular 2,700 TEU vessels. The service will cover ports in the Peoples Republic of China, South Korea, Central America, the Caribbean and U. S. South Atlantic ports.

Cunard Reports Strong Advance Bookings For QM2

Cunard has announced that initial sales for its new Queen Mary 2 have exceeded all expectations. Only one day after bookings officially opened on August 1, the line's capacity-controlled early booking discounts have been removed for the January 12, 2004, maiden voyage, which is nearly sold out. The highly anticipated, $800-million ship is the largest, longest, tallest, widest and most luxurious ocean liner ever constructed.

Amphibious Landing Dock Ship Pre-Comm

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Dec. 1, 2008, the amphibious landing dock ship pre-commissioning unit Green Bay (LPD 20) is underway from Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding Avondale Operations in New Orleans. The ship is on her maiden voyage en route to Long Beach, Calif., where she will be commissioned in January 2009 and become the second San-Antonio-class ship to be home ported in San Diego. (U.S. Navy photo)

One More in Series for Waxler

The Helen Merrill southbound on her maiden voyage on the Ohio River at Metropolis Ill. a few miles below Paducah, Ky. with the I-24 highway bridge. (Photos courtesy Jeff L. Yates courtesy of Cummins Marine)

Waxler Transportation Co. has taken delivery of the final towboat in a series of five 99 by 35-ft, 3200 hp pushboats. The latest sister, the M/V Helen Merrill, made her maiden voyage for Secors inland transport subsidiary in mid-January 2010.   Each of the vessels has a pair of Cummins KTA50 M2 diesels individually rated for 1600 HP linked to Haley HRV Series gears providing main engine power. Electrical requirements are met by a pair of 99 kW Cummins Onan generator sets.

Classification Society's Key Role in 'Viking Grace' Success

Viking Grace: Photo credit LR

The world’s most environmentally friendly large passenger ship, 'Viking Grace', delivered by STX Finland, & maiden voyage tickets a sell-out. Apart from its unique green credentials, the vessel’s two standout features are its LNG-powered Wartsila engines and its safe return to port compliance technology. Such was the vessel’s much anticipated arrival that tickets for its maiden voyage from Turku to Stockholm were sold out months in advance

Maiden voyage of Wartsila LNG Powered Vessel

The LNG fuelled passenger ferry will operate between Cuxhaven and the island of Helgoland.

  The first ever newbuild liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuelled German seagoing vessel, which is powered by a complete Wärtsilä LNG propulsion solution, had its maiden voyage on December 11. The ship has been built at the Fr. Fassmer shipyard in Germany. The passenger ferry, owned by Reederei Cassen Eils GmbH, will operate between Cuxhaven and the island of Helgoland. This route takes the vessel close to the UNESCO World Heritage listed Wadden Sea National Park

DCT Gdansk Handles Largest Ship to Date

The arrival of the 2732TEU Racha Bhum at DCT Gdansk’s terminal in on September 1 was the first vessel to call at the deepwater terminal on its maiden voyage.  It is reported to be the biggest ship so far handled by DCT Gdansk.  And, it is the first vessel to load containers at this Polish terminal for direct carriage to . Racha Bhum was delivered to the Singaporean carrier Regional Container Lines (RCL) by the Polish shipyard Stocznia Gdynia at the end of August and chartered

Seabourn - Newest Ultra Luxury Yacht

The Yachts of Seabourn has announced its next ultra-luxury yacht, to be named Seabourn Sojourn in a ceremony in London in June 2010, before sailing on its 14 day Maiden Voyage. The sleek new vessel is being built in Italy, and will position from Genoa to London before its inauguration. "London has always been a great destination for our Seabourn yachts," noted Seabourn president and CEO Pamela Conover. "We have earned a large and loyal following of repeat cruise guests from

M/V Tijuca Maiden Call in Tacoma

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On Sunday, Jan. 11, the Wallenius Wilhelmsen M/V Tijuca made its maiden call at the Port of Tacoma. With a total length of just over 760 ft and a capacity of 7,500 autos, the Tijuca is among the largest in the Wallenius Wilhelmsen fleet. The vessel was delivered to Wallenius Wilhelmsen from the Daewoo Shipyard in South Korea on Dec. 19, 2008. It took on cargo in Japan before making its maiden voyage across the Pacific to its first North American discharge in Tacoma (assorted construction

Transpetro's 10th Ship Enters Service

Anita Garibaldi (Photo: Petrobras)

The new ship Anita Garibaldi departed on Wednesday, June 3 from the Petro-Eisa A shipyard in Niterói (RJ), for its maiden voyage. The tanker is the 10th ship of the Program for Modernization and Expansion of the Transpetro Fleet (Promef) to go online. After leaving the shipyard, the ship headed for the Terminal Island Water in the Bay of Guanabara, where it will make its first load operation.   There are currently 14 program vessels in different phases of construction

NY/NJ Welcomes CMA CGM Theodore Roosevelt

Photo: APM Terminals

 The 14,400 TEU capacity CMA CGM Theodore Roosevelt became the largest container ship to call the port of New York and New Jersey when it arrived at the APM Terminals Elizabeth container terminal.    The ultra-large container ship also established a new record as the largest vessel to pass under the raised roadbed of the Bayonne Bridge, which now gives air draft clearance to vessels of up to 18,000 TEU capacity.  

Indian Navy Commissions Waterjet Fast Attack Craft

Photo: Indian Navy

 INS Tarasa, a Water Jet Fast Attack Craft was commissioned into the Indian Navy by Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command at the Naval Dockyard, Mumbai on 26 September 2017.    At an impressive commissioning ceremony, Vice Admiral Luthra expressed confidence that the new INS Tarasa will discharge her duties with élan and resolve, and bring laurels to the Western Naval Command and the Nation.  

Saudi Flag Raised on Bahri's VLCC Rimthan

Rimthan Registration (Photo: Bahri)

The Public Transport Authority (PTA) has raised the Saudi flag on Rimthan, one of the latest VLCCs received and owned by Bahri, a leader in transportation and logistics.   Under the supervision of PTA, the ceremony of Rimthan’s registration under the Saudi flag took place on Sunday, October 8, 2017, at Port of Ras Tanura in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia, and was attended by senior officials of both PTA and Bahri

Evergreen Expands its Service Network to Northern Mindanao

Image: Evergreen Shipping Line

 In order to offer a wide-ranging service to the whole market of the Philippines especially in Mindanao Island, Evergreen Line who operates the fourth largest container fleet in the world will launch the new Taiwan-Philippines Service (TPH) adding new port call at Mindanao Container Terminal in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental.   The dedicated South Philippines feeder loop will utilize two containerships with a minimum capacity of 1, 300 TEU

Madrid Maersk's Maiden Voyage to Rotterdam

Photo: APM Terminals

 The 20,568 TEU Madrid Maersk, launched in March 2017 as the first of 11 of the second-generation Maersk Triple-E vessels to be delivered to the global container ship fleet, called APM Terminals Rotterdam on its maiden voyage on the Far East-Europe (AE-2) service operated by Maersk Line and Swiss-based Mediterranean Shipping’s 2M Alliance.   Keith Svendsen, APM Terminals Chief Operating Officer based in The Hague

Keel Laid for Hapag-Lloyd Cruise Ship

(Photo: Hapag-Lloyd Cruises)

 June 20, 2017 began the next construction stage for Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ first newbuild expedition cruise vessel, HANSEATIC nature. During a keel laying ceremony at the VARD shipyard in Tulcea, Romania, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises CEO, Karl J. Pojer, placed a coin inside the steel block; the coin was welded into the block and will accompany the ship on all its future cruises.   HANSEATIC nature‘s keel consists of two steel blocks: each block is 9 meters long, 11 meters wide, 1

New 11,000 TEU Ship Enters Service for Zim

Cape Sounio (Photo: Zim)

The newly built 11,000 TEU vessel Cape Sounio owned by Costamare has been deployed on Zim’s Asia South America East Coast (ASE), the Israeli container shipping company said.   The vessel embarked on its maiden voyage on from Pusan, South Korea, on May 4, on its regular route calling ports in Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina, connecting to major Asian ports.    Built at Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Philippines (HHIC Phil) and delivered in April, 2017

HMS Queen Elizabeth Sets Sail on Maiden Voyage

HMS Queen Elizabeth (Photo: UK Royal Navy)

Britain's most advanced and biggest warship, 65,000-tonne aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, set out on its maiden voyage on Monday from the Rosyth dockyard in eastern Scotland.   The ship, which measures 280 metres and can move 500 miles a day, took 11 tugs to manoeuvre out into the River Forth and then must wait for low tide so as to pass under the Forth's famous bridges - weather and systems checks permitting.  

New Australian Navy Vessel Arrives in Home Port

Photo: Damen

Completing her maiden voyage, the Damen Multi-role Aviation Training Vessel (MATV) MV Sycamore arrived in Sydney harbor early on Monday morning. The 94-meter-long vessel is now less than a month away from deployment as a versatile multi-role vessel and helicopter training platform for the Royal Australian Navy.   “It is definitely an impressive sight to see the Sycamore enter Sydney harbor,” said Damen Sales Director Asia Pacific Roland Briene

USS Gabrielle Giffords Completes Maiden Voyage

Photo: United States Navy

 The newest Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) arrived in San Diego July 5, after successfully completing her maiden voyage from Mobile, Alabama.   Following construction and acceptance trials earlier this year at the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Giffords sailed to Galveston, Texas, where she was commissioned June 10.    "Our Sailors are honored to represent the ship namesake, its homeport in San Diego and the U.S

Royal Caribbean to Install NavBox Across Entire Fleet

Photo: Royal Caribbean Cruise

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCC) has signed a deal with NAVTOR to install the NavBox navigation solution across its entire corporate fleet of 49 vessels, in a deal which spans RCC's six different operating companies. E-navigation specialist NAVTOR launched NavBox in 2013. The solution, which complements NAVTOR’s range of electronic navigational chart (ENC) based services, automatically downloads, distributes and updates all vessel navigational charts and publications

SS United States Thrown a Lifeline

SS United States sits out of commission in Philadelphia. (Photo: SS United States Conservancy)

Just days away from a verdict on its ultimate fate, the historic cruise liner SS United States has received a lifeline in the form of a $150,000 donation to a fundraising effort which aims to save “America’s flagship” and restore the storied vessel to its former glory.   The $150,000 contribution from cruise industry executive Jim Pollin to the SS United States Conservancy's "We are the United States" campaign has enabled the national nonprofit organization

Hapag-Lloyd Receives New 15,000 TEU Ship

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Hapag-Lloyd said it has taken delivery of the 11th and final 15,000 TEU vessel received through its merger with UASC. The 369-meter-long and 51-meter-wide containership, AFIF, was handed over to Hapag-Lloyd’s Ship Management by Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI) in South Korea on July 27, 2017. Although the new vessel is final ship brought into the combined company by UASC, it is the first to already be sailing with Hapag-Lloyd’s colors and design.

Munich Maersk Comes to Hamburg

Munich Maersk. Photo: The Maersk Group

 While on her maiden voyage, the “Munich Maersk” berthed at EUROGATE Container Terminal Hamburg on 5 August. With a nominal capacity of 20,568 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) the container vessel is one of the largest in the world.  The megaship belongs to the second generation of Maersk Line’s well-known Triple-E class and calls Hamburg as part of the AE5 service of the 2M alliance, which connects European harbours with ports in Far East

Double Naming Ceremony for Stena Bulk at GSI

Stena Imperator with her sister Stena Imprimis side by side (Photo: Stena Bulk)

Two newly built vessels owned by Stena Bulk, Stena Imperator and sister ship Stena Imprimis, were named side by side at the Chinese shipyard Guangzhou Shipbuilding International (GSI) in Guangzhou in southeast China.    The two godmothers – for the Stena Imperator, Ylva Syrén Carlsson and for the Stena Imprimis, Denise Baum – wished the vessels, their captains and crews fortune and prosperity on the seven seas and swung the bottles of champagne against the

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