Home' Ships and Shipping : January 2010 Contents The Turkish shipbuilder Çiçek Shipyard delivered the
3,100DWT double-hull tanker 'Frecciamare' to the Italian
shipowner Ciane Anapo in 2009.
'Frecciamare' was completed as 'Chem Flower', the first of four
identical vessels being built by Çiçek Shipyard for its associated
shipowning company White Tulip Shipping, based in Malta. White
Tulip then sold 'Chem Flower' to Ciane Anapo shortly after
completion, leaving Çiçek to make some minor modifications to
meet the new owner's requirements.
Although Ciane Anapo intended to use this first vessel for
bunkering duties, the four ships are extremely flexible, all being
capable of worldwide trade, transporting oil products, chemicals
(IMO type II) and vegetable, animal and fish oils.
MarineLine coatings were selected by Çiçek to give the ability
to carry a wide range of cargoes while high manoeuvrability is
guaranteed by the choice of twin HRP 940kW azimuthing
propellers and a single 200kW HRP bow thruster. The vessel is
powered by twin six-cylinder Mitsubishi S12R-MPTK main
engines, each rated 940kW at 1,600rpm. Auxiliary power is
supplied by twin Volvo Penta D16 auxiliary engines coupled with
The vessel and its sisters are classed by Bureau Veritas and
constructed to meet Ice B standards.
United States-based Jeffboat delivered the tank barge
'Endeavour' to its US owner, Andrie in 2009.
The 50,000-gross-barrel capacity barge is fitted with JAK
articulation socket plates, allowing it to be pushed from the stern by
the dedicated tug 'Karen Andrie'. While this means there are no
engines for propulsion on board the 'Endeavour', she is fitted out for
the specialised carrying of bitumen with Cummins QSM19 pump
engines and Cummins GSM11-DM generators rated at 250kW.
The vessel has an overall length of 110 metres, a beam
of 18 metres, a draught of approximately six metres and a depth
of 7.3 metres.
The 2,285DWT vessel has a gross tonnage of 4,040 tonnes and a
net tonnage of 2,459 tonnes.
The vessel's Cummins SQK-19DM side thrusters are rated
at 600kW while its Omni Thruster HT 600 bow thruster is rated
On deck, 'Endeavour' is equipped with four Markey Marine
DESGM-18 electro-mechanical mooring winches and two anchor
windlasses, also from Markey Machinery. Other deck equipment
includes a Kaiser Service air compressor, a set of Quincy air
compressors and Warren BJ70 cargo pumps.
STX Europe's Turku, Finland shipyard delivered the 'Oasis of
the Seas', first of the new "Oasis"-class cruise ships, the world's
largest, to US cruise line Royal Caribbean International.
'Oasis of the Seas' (and sister ship 'Allure of the Seas', scheduled
for delivery from the Turku shipyard at the end of 2010), has 16
passenger decks and seven different themed "neighbourhoods"
including a football-field-sized, open-air, grassed "Central Park"
with over 12,000 plants, 62 grapevines and 56 trees.
'Oasis of the Seas' is 361 metres in overall length on a 66-metre
width at its widest point, rising, at its highest point, to 72 metres
above the waterline. The gross tonnage is 225,000GT. The vessel
accommodates a maximum of 6,360 passengers and 2,100 crew.
The ship has 2,704 staterooms.
'Oasis of the Seas' is powered by six main engines: three
Wärtsilä 12V46D, each rated at 13,860kW, and three Wärtsilä
16V46D, each rated at 18,480kW. Main propulsion is undertaken
by three azimuthing, 6.1-metre-diameter ABB Azipods, each rated
at 20,000kW. Four Wärtsilä Propulsion CT 3500 tunnel thrusters
with ABB AMI 800L12L VAMV electric motors enhance vessel
manoeuvrability and twin MTU Friedrichshafen 16V4000 engines
act as emergency generators.
The vessel has a cruising speed of 22.6 knots.
Having pored over the 90 vessels we
reviewed in Ships and Shipping in 2009, and
after several editorial meetings, we have
undertaken the very difficult task of picking out
twelve ships that we felt to be a cut above, for
one hard-fought reason or another.
We hope that as you browse through this
roundup, those reasons will be self-evident.
2009 was still a very positive year for vessel
construction, despite the GFC, and we encourage
you to look back over all of the ships that we have
reviewed throughout the year by visiting our
electronic archive at www.bairdmaritime.com (of
which we are very proud).
We congratulate and thank all of the
shipyards, designers and ship owners who
have contributed their vessels to Ships and
Shipping and who have achieved so much in
We congratulate those innovators in marine
engineering, naval architecture and
construction, but also those in the fields of
marine propulsion, electronics, deck machinery
and every other aspect of modern vessel
outfitting, whose thoughts and products have
contributed to making these vessels stand out
from an already outstanding display of
We thank all our reviewers and contributors
for their efforts throughout 2009, and we
look forward to another year of strength,
perseverance and breathtaking innovation from
the world's best designers, suppliers and
shipbuilders in 2010.
January 2010 SHIPS AND SHIPPING
'Oasis of the Seas' -- The world's largest cruise ship, built by STX Europe in Finland
'Frecciamare' -- Çiçek Shipyard delivers the first of four 3,100DWT bunkering tankers
'Endeavour' -- A sophisticated 50,000-barrel bitumen barge to travel the Great Lakes for Andrie
ships and shipping's TOP 12 SHIPS of 2009
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