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Ships of the Year

Scandinavian Shipping Gazette
December 22, 2006

The responsibility of a charterer
Pär-Henrik Sjöström
Behind each newbuilding there is an owner and behind each owner there is a story. It may be the story of an entrepreneur, who once started his business with a small secondhand vessel, and now is able to take delivery of a newbuilding. When looking at the newbuildings delivered during this year, it becomes obvious that there is a lot of creative thinking and many good business ideas among the owners in Northern Europe, resulting in a number of excellent new vessels.

  Ships of the Year

Photo: Henrik Byrn & Team

Tangier Med:
The largest port in Africa

Tangier Med, 13 kilometers from the European mainland, is emerging as an important new port for worldwide shipping, as well as for ferries and ro-ro’s. From 2007 it will be teeming with drivers, lorries, containers, cranes and ships. It is the centre of North Moroccan development.


more than the towing tank

SSPA:s activities include model tests in the towing tank, in the large cavitation tunnel and in the sea keeping and maneuvering basin. They also offer expertise in hydrodynamics, hydro-acoustics and simulations used in the design of ships and marine structures, and in the development of simulators.

Has ice-classed tonnage –
wants ice

Mild winters are not a new phenomenon, but the 2006/2007-winter season in the Baltic has so far turned out to be exceptional. Even if it should turn cold later it is safe to assume that severe ice conditions will not occur in the Baltic Sea this season.

Ships of the Year

Wallenius Wilhelmsen’s new PCTC, Aida, is 199 meters long and carries 6,700 cars along or 3,000 cars and 400 buses. Photo: Wallenius Lines

Aida & Otello: New PCTCs
for Wallenius Wilhelmsen

The Pure Car Truck Carrier Aida was delivered from Daewoo Heavy Industry Ltd in Korea to Wallenius Lines AB on May 26, 2006. Her first ports of call were Inchon, Pyongtaek and Masan, where she loaded for European ports in the Mediterranean, the UK and on the continent. Her sister ship the Otello left the same yard three months later almost to the day


Ance is the first in Lasco’s new series of tankers. Photo: Marita Ozolina-Tumanovska

Ance: New LASCO type
The Latvian Shipping Company (Lasco) is now scoring the results of its fleet renewal programme, which was drawn up several years ago. The first two tankers are already operational.
Operating a fleet of 30 product tankers, Lasco is one of the world’s largest shipping companies in middle-range tankers. But the fleet’s average age of 18 years required the older tankers to be replaced in order to maintain competitiveness.

Arctic Princess on trials off Japan. Photo: Höegh LNG

Arctic Princess: The first for the Snöhvit trade
The first of the Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) carriers for the Snöhvit project was delivered in January 2006 as the Arctic Princess, to bring liquefied natural gas from the Norwegian Barents Sea coast to customers in Europe and USA. And it was, however briefly, the largest LNG vessel in the world.

Bro Deliverer is Broström’s first D-class vessel. Photo: Peter Bartholdsson

Bro Deliverer:
The first Clean Design tanker
The Bro Deliverer, the first vessel in Broström’s new D-class, was taken in to service on April 4. Built as the first tanker to meet Det Norske Veritas (DNV) Clean Design class requirements, this new product tanker is truly one of this year’s finest.

Credo – the product tanker that became a bulk carrier when turned into a firm order. Photo: Pär-Henrik Sjöström

Credo: Easy-access bulk carrier
for short sea trading

The geared bulk carrier Credo of the Swedish shipping company Rederi AB Donsötank was originally intended to be a product tanker. When turning the option into a firm order, the tanker became a bulk carrier due to a new co-operation with ESL Shipping in Finland.

Emma Mærsk is the largest containership ever built. Photo: Maersk Line

Emma Mærsk:
Setting a new standard
During the autumn of 2006 a new standard has been set for container transportation at sea. The largest chunks of containers ever have been carried at sea at the same time, onboard the Danish built and Danish owned ships Emma Mærsk, Estelle Mærsk and Eleonora Mærsk. Further ships of the same type will follow in 2007 and 2008.

Photo: Pär-Henrik Sjöström

Large and fast ro-pax
In 2006 Finnlines took delivery of the first two of its large and fast ro-pax-vessels from Italy. The Finnstar and the Finnmaid entered service between Helsinki and Travemünde in the summer and the third sister Finnlady is to be delivered in 2007. Later in 2007 the series will be completed by the deliveries of the Europa Link and the Nordlink.

Freedom of the Seas beeing towed out of the Aker Finnyards just before her maiden voyage. Photo: Aker Finnyards

Freedom of the Seas:
First of three cruising giants
The world’s largest cruise ship, the Freedom of the Seas, left Aker Yards, Turku shipyard last April and just barely cleared the Great Belt Bridge by 1.5 metres on her maiden voyage to Norway. Royal Caribbean Cruises now has her sailing on seven-night cruises in both the western and eastern Caribbean.

Photo: Aker Yards

A colourful newcomer
The Galaxy, which was delivered last spring, is the third cruise ferry ordered by Tallink from Aker Yards in Finland. The earlier two, the Romantika and the Victoria I, were completed in 2002 and 2004 respectively, and the fourth sister ship is due for delivery in 2008. The EUR 165 million Galaxy entered service on the Tallinn–Helsinki route.

Luneplate joins German programme.

Plugging a Weser safety gap
At one time it didn’t look as though the ambitious project to create Germany’s latest ocean-going oil pollution combat ship from the hull of an old inland tanker would ever succeed. A year and a half on, however, the ship has survived ups and downs and passed her first oil spill test as well.

The installation of the crane was a huge rebuilding of the existing ship. Photo: Bent Mikkelsen

Mærsk Achiever:
Attractive lifting capacity
Maersk Supply Service did some creative thinking in 2005, when there was a great need for ships with lifting capacity for cleaning up in the Mexican Gulf in the aftermath of the hurricane Katrina. Before coming back to normal production in the vital area of American oil supply, some 16,000 moves had to be made in the area. Lying on the bottom of the ocean were around 16,000 pieces of debris of oil rigs, pipelines, pumping stations and other kinds of offshore installations.

Photo: Aker Yards

Norilskiy Nickel:
Breaking the ice in the Arctic
Designed for shipments of metallurgical products from Dudinka on the river Yenisey to Murmansk, the double-acting arctic container vessel Norilskiy Nickel is the prototype for a series of four vessels ordered last summer by the Russian mining company Norilsk Nickel for delivery in 2008 and 2009. The Norilskiy Nickel was delivered last spring from Aker Yards’ Helsinki shipyard but the sister ships will be built at Aker Yards’ German shipyards. The order also includes an option for a fifth newbuilding.


A floating tanker-truck anchored off the coast and with a long hose ashore.

Spectacular Greenland tanker
The M. H. Simonsen ship Orasila is a rather spectacular tanker. It is virtually a combination of a tanker and a delivery truck for working in Greenland. In the country the roads are nearly non existent – there are some 25 km of consecutive roads around the capital Nuuk, but otherwise nearly nothing. So a tanker is needed, and has been used for years.

The 49,200 GT freight ferry Pauline is not only the first con-ro ship to be built by Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG), she is also the biggest and heaviest of all the ro-ros to be completed by that shipyard.

Con-ro vessel keeping FSG on top
FSG continues to lead the world in the construction of ro-ro ships. One reason for this is undoubtedly the willingness of an enthusiastic design team to be flexible as well as versatile when it comes to meeting complex customer demands. Another reason has surely been ongoing efforts to get up productivity and cut the costs so that the yard can still offer what must be very competitive prices.

Photo: Joachim Sjöström

Aframax tanker with Ice Class IA
Lundqvist Rederierna in Mariehamn, Åland, have taken delivery of their first ice-strengthened crude oil carrier.

Photo: Pär-Henrik Sjöström

Scorpius & Astina: Identical twins with different owners
Even though the Turkish-built sisters Scorpius and Astina have different owners, the Donsö-based companies Sirius Rederi AB and Rederi AB Veritas Tankers have been closely co-operating in this project. The vessels were acquired from Besiktas Group in October 2005 as a resale while under completion at the Celik Tekne shipyard in Turkey. After this, the new owners entered a long-term charter for both vessels with Neste Oil Oyj.

Seatrout spearheads new tanker series.

Seatrout & Seacod: Series continues Lindenau’s good work
The 40,600 DWT Seatrout is the biggest tanker built in Germany to date and has set new standards in safety, economy and environmental awareness. All that goes without saying, because she was built at Lindenau Schiffswerft. Boasting 47,372 cubic metres, Seatrout was delivered in June as the first in an eye-catching series of four vessels that the Kiel yard says demonstrate optimal hydro-dynamic features and a string of operational advantages.

Sine Bres is built to Ice Class 1A to sail on Lake Vänern all year around. Photo: Bent Mikkelsen

Sine Bres:
A rarity in the Danish fleet
The Sine Bres was a rather rare addition to the Danish fleet in 2006. Rare, as it is no longer very often that a new coaster is added to the fleet. But Rederiet Nielsen & Bresling of Faaborg has decided to continue working with their contract partners in Sweden, shipping wood pulp, paper reels and sawn timber from Lake Vänern to North Africa, the Canary Islands and Southern Spain. A continuation meant new ships and the Sine Bres is the first of three new sister ships.

Photo: Stena/Conny Wickberg

Stena Arctica:
Sweden’s largest
Stena Arctica, with its 117,000 deadweight tons, is not only the largest Swedish flagged ship in the Swedish merchant marine but also the world’s largest tanker with Swedish-Finnish Ice Class 1A Super. The Stena Arctica left Hyundai Heavy Industries on November 1, 2005 for Dubai Dry Docks, where she completed the under water painting. On her maiden voyage she loaded gas and oil in Jamnagar, in India, for Aliaga in Turkey and La Coruña and Bilbao in Spain. The naming ceremony took place in Göteborg on 27 January 2006.

Delivered in the summer, Stena Trader is now running the Hoek van Holland–Killingholme line. Photo: Stena RoRo

Stena Trader: Best possible alternative to a bridge
The Stena Trader is the first vessel in Stena’s new ro-pax quartet, the Seabridger class, designed to be the best possible alternative to a bridge for both passengers and freight trade. Delivered to Stena RoRo this summer after having her hull built at Baltiysky Zavod shipyard in St Petersburg and being fitted out at Fosen Mek. Verksteder in Norway, the Stena Trader is now in service on the Hoek van Holland–Killingholme line for Stena Line.

Photo: Pär-Henrik Sjöström

Combining lo-lo and ro-ro
Large container capacity on deck and a service speed over 20 knots are important features in the new Trafexpress-class of ro-ro vessels for Transfennica. The first one in a series of eight is Timca, which entered the liner service between Hamina, Hanko and Antwerpen last summer.

Photo: J & H Soinila

Carrying paper for Stora Enso
The Swedish-Finnish forest industry group Stora Enso is implementing a new transport system for its cargo flow from the mills in Finland and Sweden. The system called NETSS (North European Transport Supply System) includes a liner service from the ports of Kemi and Oulu in Northern Finland to the port of Gothenburg, where Stora Enso operates a hub for its distribution further to the Continent and the UK. This service will be operated with three newbuildings from Aker Yards’ Rauma shipyard, built for Rederi AB Transatlantic.

Also in this issue: News review, SES Onboard, Finance and Insurance, IT & Communications, Fleet News, Market Reports and more.

The next issue “Short Sea Shipping” is due on January 26, 2007.

Latest update 21-12-2006 16:28


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