Images of MT ‘Bitu Express’ Photographed against the Manhattan Skyline

Images of MT ‘Bitu Express’ Sailing against the Manhattan Skyline
Products Tanker, 46,000-dwt, built in 2003 at Shin Kurushima

VESSEL IDENTIFICATION AND DESCRIPTION: Ex-names are Fair Express, Nord Stream. Launch Name was Nord Stream. Handy Tanker, Call Sign HOZW, IMO Number 9265689. Built at Shin Kurushima Dockyard Co., Ltd (NB.: great shipbuilder; we have visited them at Akitsu-cho, Hiroshima Prefecture, as we have done business there!). Double Hull, Panama Flagged, RINA Classed, Length Overall of 179.88 m., Length Between Perpendiculars of 172.00 m., Draught of 12.00 m., Moulded Depth of 18.70 m.,, Beam of 32.20 m., 50.65 Tonnes per Centimeter Immersion, Lightship air draft of 39.18 m., Keel to mast air draft of 46.06 m., Gross Tonnage of 28,059, Tonnage of 23,314 Panama Canal Net, 26,451 Suez Canal Net, 11,645 International Net, 8,807 Light Displacement and 45,248 Dwt (long). Mitsubishi Engine, Speed of 15.10 kts, Heavy Fuel Oil, Horsepower of 12,600, Bunker Capacity of 1,850 tonnes.

SHIPOWNERS / MANAGERS DETAILS: Maritec N.V., Antwerp, Belgium. Registered Owner: Pickett Shipping Corp.

CARGO HANDLING DETAILS: Cargo Capacities of 50,750 cu.m. and 319,000 Barrels, Segregated Ballast Tanks, 14 Tanks, 4 Pumps with a total Capacity of 3,000 cu.m., Epoxy Tank Coating, Heating Coils, Maximum heating capacity of 75 degrees Celsius. 4 Cargo Separations, 14 Wing Tanks with a capacity of 50,750 cu.m., all of which are fitted with heating coils, 4 Cargo Manifolds, Stern Discharge, Closed Loading System, Cargo connections have diameters of 16 inches, Manifold height above deck of 2.10 m., Distance from bow to centre manifold is 91.30 m., 4 Centrifugal Pump(s) in 1 Pumproom(s), Maximum operating capacity of cargo pumps is 3,000 t/hr, Steel cargo lines.

MAIN ENGINE: 1 x Diesel – Mitsubishi 6UEC60LA – 2-stroke 6-cyl. 600mm x1900mm bore/stroke 9,267mkW total at 110rpm.

AUXILIARY: 4 x Aux. Diesel Gen – 4-stroke driving 4 x AC generator(s) at 2,256ekW total, (2,820kVA total).

PROPULSOR: 1 x FP Propeller (Aft Centre) (mechanical), 110rpm.

SALE & PURCHASE HISTORY: Vessel was reported acquired by her present owners in March 2013 at US$ 14.75m.


Products Tanker MT ‘Bitu Express’ sailing downstream on Hudson River, passing under the George Washington Bridge that connects New Jersey to Manhattan Island. Non IMO-rated, 46,000 dwt products tanker built at a fine Japanese shipyard (Shin Kurushima) in 2003. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

 

Products Tanker MT ‘Bitu Express’ sailing downstream on Hudson River, passing under the George Washington Bridge that connects New Jersey to Manhattan Island. Non IMO-rated, 46,000 dwt products tanker built at a fine Japanese shipyard (Shin Kurushima) in 2003. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

Products Tanker MT ‘Bitu Express’ sailing downstream on Hudson River, passing under the George Washington Bridge that connects New Jersey to Manhattan Island. Non IMO-rated, 46,000 dwt products tanker built at a fine Japanese shipyard (Shin Kurushima) in 2003. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

 

Products Tanker MT ‘Bitu Express’ sailing downstream on Hudson River, passing under the George Washington Bridge that connects New Jersey to Manhattan Island. Non IMO-rated, 46,000 dwt products tanker built at a fine Japanese shipyard (Shin Kurushima) in 2003. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

Products Tanker MT ‘Bitu Express’ sailing downstream on Hudson River, passing under the George Washington Bridge that connects New Jersey to Manhattan Island. Non IMO-rated, 46,000 dwt products tanker built at a fine Japanese shipyard (Shin Kurushima) in 2003. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

 

Products Tanker MT ‘Bitu Express’ sailing downstream on Hudson River, passing under the George Washington Bridge that connects New Jersey to Manhattan Island. Non IMO-rated, 46,000 dwt products tanker built at a fine Japanese shipyard (Shin Kurushima) in 2003. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

Products Tanker MT ‘Bitu Express’ sailing downstream on Hudson River. Manhattan Island in the background. Non IMO-rated, 46,000 dwt products tanker built at a fine Japanese shipyard (Shin Kurushima) in 2003. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

 

Products Tanker MT ‘Bitu Express’ sailing downstream on Hudson River. Manhattan Island in the background. Non IMO-rated, 46,000 dwt products tanker built at a fine Japanese shipyard (Shin Kurushima) in 2003. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

Products Tanker MT ‘Bitu Express’ sailing downstream on Hudson River. ‘432 Park Avenue’ skyscraper on Billionaires’ Row sticking out. Non IMO-rated, 46,000 dwt products tanker built at a fine Japanese shipyard (Shin Kurushima) in 2003. Bow detail. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

Products Tanker MT ‘Bitu Express’ sailing downstream on Hudson River. Manhattan Island in the background. Non IMO-rated, 46,000 dwt products tanker built at a fine Japanese shipyard (Shin Kurushima) in 2003. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

Products Tanker MT ‘Bitu Express’ sailing downstream on Hudson River. ‘432 Park Avenue’ skyscraper on Billionaires’ Row sticking out. Non IMO-rated, 46,000 dwt products tanker built at a fine Japanese shipyard (Shin Kurushima) in 2003. Bow detail. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

Products Tanker MT ‘Bitu Express’ sailing downstream on Hudson River. Photographed against the Manhattan skyline with Empire State Building and One World Trade Center standing out (on left and right, respectively). Non IMO-rated, 46,000 dwt products tanker built at a fine Japanese shipyard (Shin Kurushima) in 2003. Bow detail. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

Products Tanker MT ‘Bitu Express’ sailing downstream on Hudson River. Non IMO-rated, 46,000 dwt products tanker built at a fine Japanese shipyard (Shin Kurushima) in 2003. Bow detail. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

Products Tanker MT ‘Bitu Express’ sailing downstream on Hudson River. Non IMO-rated, 46,000 dwt products tanker built at a fine Japanese shipyard (Shin Kurushima) in 2003. Stern and accommodation details. Image credit: Karatzas Images.


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Images of MV ‘Genco Pyrenees’ sailing upstream the Elbe River in Hamburg

Images of Supramax Vessel MV ‘Genco Pyrenees’ (Ex: Pearlor)
Supramax Dry Bulk Vessel of 58,018 DWT, built in 2010

VESSEL IDENTIFICATION / DESCRIPTION: Ex-name is Pearlor. Launch Name was Pearlor. Handymax Bulker, Call Sign V7KB5, IMO Number 9511832. Built at Sinopacific Dayang, Marshall Islands Flagged, DNV GL Classed, Length Overall of 190.00 m., Length Between Perpendiculars of 185.00 m., Draught of 12.95 m., Moulded Depth of 18.00 m., Beam of 32.25 m., Keel to mast air draft of 45.10 m., 59.30 Tonnes per Centimeter Immersion, Gross Tonnage of 32,837, Tonnage of 19,559 International Net and 57,102 Dwt (long). Design Crown 58 by Shanghai Design Associates (Sinopacific), MAN B. & W. Engine, Speed of 14.00 kts at 34.00 tonnes per day, Heavy Fuel Oil, Horsepower of 12880, Bunker Capacity of 2,334 tonnes.

VESSEL’S OWNERS / MANAGERS DETAILS: Genco Shipping & Trading Ltd, New York, USA. URL: http://www.gencoshipping.com. Technical Manager: Wallem Shipmanagement Ltd, Hong Kong.

CARGO HANDLING DETAILS: Grain Capacity of 71,549 cu.m., Bale Capacity of 69,761 cu.m., Grab Fitted. Fore & aft hatches, Hydraulically operated, 5 Holds, 5 Hatches, Strengthened for Heavy Cargo, 4 Crane(s) with a safe working load of 30 tonnes.

ENGINE DETAILS: 1 x Diesel – MAN B. & W., 2 S.A. 6-cyl., Engine Model 6S50MC-C8.2 – 2-stroke 6-cyl. 500mm x2000mm bore/stroke 9,480mkW total at 127rpm.

AUXILIARY: 3 x Aux. Diesel Gen – Wartsila 4-stroke 4L20 – 4-stroke 4-cyl. 200mm x 280mm bore/stroke 2,040mkW total at 900rpm driving 3 x AC generator(s) at 1,935ekW total, (2,419kVA total) at 60Hz, 1 x Emergency Gen – Doosan AD136TIS – 4-stroke 6-cyl. 111mm x 139mm bore/stroke 138mkW total at 1,800rpm driving 1 x AC generator(s) at 99ekW total, (124kVA total) at 60Hz.

PROPULSION: 1 x FP Propeller (Aft Centre) (mechanical), Wuhan Heavy, 127rpm.

Images of MV ‘Genco Pyrenees’ (‘Crown 58 SDARI’ design, 58,000-dwt, 2010-built) sailing upstream the Elbe River in Hamburg. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

Images of MV ‘Genco Pyrenees’ (‘Crown 58 SDARI’ design, 58,000-dwt, 2010-built) sailing upstream the Elbe River in Hamburg. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

Images of MV ‘Genco Pyrenees’ (‘Crown 58 SDARI’ design, 58,000-dwt, 2010-built) sailing upstream the Elbe River in Hamburg. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

Images of MV ‘Genco Pyrenees’ (‘Crown 58 SDARI’ design, 58,000-dwt, 2010-built) sailing upstream the Elbe River in Hamburg. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

Images of MV ‘Genco Pyrenees’ (‘Crown 58 SDARI’ design, 58,000-dwt, 2010-built) sailing upstream the Elbe River in Hamburg. Bow detail. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

Images of MV ‘Genco Pyrenees’ (‘Crown 58 SDARI’ design, 58,000-dwt, 2010-built) sailing upstream the Elbe River in Hamburg. Bow detail. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

Images of MV ‘Genco Pyrenees’ (‘Crown 58 SDARI’ design, 58,000-dwt, 2010-built) sailing upstream the Elbe River in Hamburg. Accommodation detail. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

Images of MV ‘Genco Pyrenees’ (‘Crown 58 SDARI’ design, 58,000-dwt, 2010-built) sailing upstream the Elbe River in Hamburg. Crane detail. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

Images of MV ‘Genco Pyrenees’ (‘Crown 58 SDARI’ design, 58,000-dwt, 2010-built) sailing upstream the Elbe River in Hamburg. Stern detail. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

Images of MV ‘Genco Pyrenees’ (‘Crown 58 SDARI’ design, 58,000-dwt, 2010-built) sailing upstream the Elbe River in Hamburg. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

Images of MV ‘Genco Pyrenees’ (‘Crown 58 SDARI’ design, 58,000-dwt, 2010-built) sailing upstream the Elbe River in Hamburg. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

Images of MV ‘Genco Pyrenees’ (‘Crown 58 SDARI’ design, 58,000-dwt, 2010-built) sailing upstream the Elbe River in Hamburg. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

 


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Images of MV ‘Cap San Lorenzo’ Sailing Upstream the Elbe River, in Hamburg

Images of MV ‘Cap San Lorenzo’ Sailing Upstream the Elbe River, in Hamburg
Neo-Panamax, Fully Cellular Containership 9,670 TEU built in 2013

VESSEL IDENTIFICATION & DESCRIPTION: Launch Name was Cap San Lorenzo. Call Sign CQEV, IMO Number 9622227.Built at Hyundai HI (Ulsan), Madeira Flagged, ABS Classed, Ice Strengthened D0 Class. Length Overall of 333.20 m., Length Between Perpendiculars of 313.50 m., Draught of 14.00 m., Moulded Depth of 26.80 m. Beam of 48.20 m., Gross Tonnage of 118,950, Tonnage of 51,100 International Net and 122,515 Dwt (long). Speed of 25.00 kts, Heavy Fuel Oil, Horsepower of 55270.

SHIPOWNERS’ / MANAGER’S DETAILS: Hamburg-Sudamerikanische Dampfschifffahrts-Gesellschaft KG, Hamburg, Germany. Operators are Hamburg-Sud.

CARGO HANDLING DETAILS: Teu Capacities of 9,670 Total, 7,200 Homogeneous and 3,200 Reefer, Ship is able to transit the newly expanded locks of the Panama Canal, but is not able to transit the old locks.

MAIN ENGINE: 1 x Diesel – MAN B. & W. 7S90ME-C9.2 – 2-stroke 7-cyl. 900mm x3260mm bore/stroke 40,670mkW total at 84rpm.

AUXILIARY: 5 x Aux. Diesel Gen – 4-stroke driving 5 x AC generator(s) at 24,686ekW total, (30,857.50kVA total) 6600V, 1 x Emergency Gen – 4-stroke driving 1 x AC generator(s) at 400ekW total, (500kVA total) 450V.

PROPULSOR & POSITIONING: 1 x FP Propeller (Aft Centre) (mechanical), 84rpm. 1 x Pos, Tunnel Thruster (Aft) (electric) at 1,900ekW total AC, 1 x Pos, Tunnel Thruster (Fwd.) (electric) at 2,500ekW total AC.

SALE & PURCHASE HISTORY: Vessel was contracted in March 2011 as a newbuilding contract at a reported price of US$ 118 million.


Images of sistership containership MV ‘Cap San Marco’ had been posted on our blog in March 2014, again with the vessel sailing upstream and docking in the Elbe River, in Hamburg.


Day at the beach, in Hamburg… Neo-panamax Containership MV ‘Cap San Lorenzo’ upstream the Elbe River. Appr. 9.670-teu capacity but heavily under full capacity here. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

Day at the beach, in Hamburg… Neo-panamax Containership MV ‘Cap San Lorenzo’ upstream the Elbe River. Appr. 9.670-teu capacity but heavily under full capacity here. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

Day at the beach, in Hamburg… Neo-panamax Containership MV ‘Cap San Lorenzo’ upstream the Elbe River. Appr. 9.670-teu capacity but heavily under full capacity here. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

Day at the beach, in Hamburg… Neo-panamax Containership MV ‘Cap San Lorenzo’ upstream the Elbe River. Appr. 9.670-teu capacity but heavily under full capacity here. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

Day at the beach, in Hamburg… Neo-panamax Containership MV ‘Cap San Lorenzo’ upstream the Elbe River. Appr. 9.670-teu capacity but heavily under full capacity here. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

Day at the beach, in Hamburg… Neo-panamax Containership MV ‘Cap San Lorenzo’ upstream the Elbe River. Detail of the bow. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

Day at the beach, in Hamburg… Neo-panamax Containership MV ‘Cap San Lorenzo’ upstream the Elbe River. Detail of the bow. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

Day at the beach, in Hamburg… Neo-panamax Containership MV ‘Cap San Lorenzo’ upstream the Elbe River. Between the bridge and the chimney stack. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

Day at the beach, in Hamburg… Neo-panamax Containership MV ‘Cap San Lorenzo’ upstream the Elbe River. The Bridge. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

Day at the beach, in Hamburg… Neo-panamax Containership MV ‘Cap San Lorenzo’ upstream the Elbe River. The chimney stack. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

Day at the beach, in Hamburg… Neo-panamax Containership MV ‘Cap San Lorenzo’ upstream the Elbe River. At 332 meters (1,089 ft), she a big ship. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

Day at the beach, in Hamburg… Neo-panamax Containership MV ‘Cap San Lorenzo’ upstream the Elbe River. Detail os the stern and the struggling tug. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

Day at the beach, in Hamburg… Neo-panamax Containership MV ‘Cap San Lorenzo’ upstream the Elbe River. At 332 meters (1,089 ft), she a big ship. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

Day at the beach, in Hamburg… Neo-panamax Containership MV ‘Cap San Lorenzo’ upstream the Elbe River. At 332 meters (1,089 ft), she a big ship. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

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Images of MV ‘Tracer’ downstream the Elbe River in Hamburg

Images of MV ‘Tracer’ downstream the Elbe River in Hamburg
Multi-purpose (MPP) / Heavy-lfit Vessel 8,200 DWT, built in 1999

VESSEL IDENTIFICATION & DESCRIPTION: Launch Name was Tracer. Call Sign PHAC, IMO Number 9204702. Built at Zhonghua Shipyard, Netherlands Flagged, BV Classed, Ice Strengthened IC Class, P&I insurance with UK P&I Club, Length Overall of 100.50 m., Length Between Perpendiculars of 94.80 m., Draught of 8.20 m., Beam of 20.40 m., 18.60 Tonnes per Centimeter Immersion, Gross Tonnage of 6,714, Confidence, Wartsila 4-stroke Engine, Speed of 16.00 kts at 28.00 tonnes per day, Heavy Fuel Oil, Horsepower of 10,600, Bunker Capacity of 768 tonnes.

VESSEL’S OWNERS / MANAGER DETAILS: BigLift Shipping BV, Netherlands.
BigLift Shipping BV is a subsidiary of Spliethoffs Bevrachtingskantoor BV.

CARGO HANDLING DETAILS: Grain Capacity of 10,530 cu.m., Bale Capacity of 9,720 cu.m., 1 Holds, 1 Hatches, Teu Capacities of 371 Teu and 106 Reefer, Maximum Teu of 195 in the Holds and 176 on Deck, 2 Crane(s) with a safe working load of 275 tonnes each, 500 MT SWL when in twin mode, Heavy Lift. Vessel description for the TRA-Type vessels, as per Ship-manager’s website, can be found here!

MAIN ENGINE: 1 x Diesel – Wartsila 4-stroke 8L46B – 4-stroke 8-cyl. 460mm x580mm bore/stroke 7,794mkW total at 500rpm.

PROPULSION / POSITIONING: 1 x CP Propeller (Aft Centre) (mechanical). 1 x Pos, Tunnel Thruster (Fwd.) (electric) at 500ekW total AC.


Equally brightly colored MPP/Heavylift vessel MV ‘Happy River’ from same Owner has been posted on our blog in March 2017. MV ‘Happy River’ is appr. 16,000 dwt (almost twice as big as MV ‘Tracer’ with cranes of 400 MT (twin mode) vs ‘only’ 275 MT for MV ‘Tracer’. These ships can carry indeed a heavy load!


Brightly colored MPP/Heavy-lift vessel MV ‘Tracer’ (8,200 dwt, 1999 built at Zhonghua Shipyard, China) sailing downstream the Elbe River in Hamburg. Image credit: Karatzas Images

Brightly colored MPP/Heavy-lift vessel MV ‘Tracer’ (8,200 dwt, 1999 built at Zhonghua Shipyard, China) sailing downstream the Elbe River in Hamburg. Image credit: Karatzas Images

Brightly colored MPP/Heavy-lift vessel MV ‘Tracer’ (8,200 dwt, 1999 built at Zhonghua Shipyard, China) sailing downstream the Elbe River in Hamburg. Image credit: Karatzas Images

Brightly colored MPP/Heavy-lift vessel MV ‘Tracer’ (8,200 dwt, 1999 built at Zhonghua Shipyard, China) sailing downstream the Elbe River in Hamburg. Image credit: Karatzas Images

Brightly colored MPP/Heavy-lift vessel MV ‘Tracer’ (8,200 dwt, 1999 built at Zhonghua Shipyard, China) sailing downstream the Elbe River in Hamburg. Image credit: Karatzas Images

Brightly colored MPP/Heavy-lift vessel MV ‘Tracer’ (8,200 dwt, 1999 built at Zhonghua Shipyard, China) sailing downstream the Elbe River in Hamburg. Image credit: Karatzas Images

Where all is taking place… big cranes of 275 MT SWL each (500 MT in twin mode), each located port and starboard side. Brightly colored MPP/Heavy-lift vessel MV ‘Tracer’ (8,200 dwt, 1999 built at Zhonghua Shipyard, China) sailing downstream the Elbe River in Hamburg. Image credit: Karatzas Images

Accommodation and Bridge. Brightly colored MPP/Heavy-lift vessel MV ‘Tracer’ (8,200 dwt, 1999 built at Zhonghua Shipyard, China) sailing downstream the Elbe River in Hamburg. Image credit: Karatzas Images

Brightly colored MPP/Heavy-lift vessel MV ‘Tracer’ (8,200 dwt, 1999 built at Zhonghua Shipyard, China) sailing downstream the Elbe River in Hamburg. Image credit: Karatzas Images

Brightly colored MPP/Heavy-lift vessel MV ‘Tracer’ (8,200 dwt, 1999 built at Zhonghua Shipyard, China) sailing downstream the Elbe River in Hamburg. Image credit: Karatzas Images

 

Brightly colored MPP/Heavy-lift vessel MV ‘Tracer’ (8,200 dwt, 1999 built at Zhonghua Shipyard, China) sailing downstream the Elbe River in Hamburg. Image credit: Karatzas Images

Bon Voyage! Brightly colored MPP/Heavy-lift vessel MV ‘Tracer’ (8,200 dwt, 1999 built at Zhonghua Shipyard, China) sailing downstream the Elbe River in Hamburg. Image credit: Karatzas Images

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IMPORTANT DISCLAIMERS:  Vessel description is provided in good faith and is believed to be correct and accurate but no assurances, warranties or representations are made herewith. Vessel description is provided for entertainment  purposes only. We have no responsibility whatsoever for any errors / omissions in vessel description.

Access to this blog signifies the reader’s irrevocable acceptance of this disclaimer. No part of this blog can be reproduced by any means and under any circumstances, whatsoever, in whole or in part, without proper attribution or the consent of the copyright and trademark holders of this website. Whilst every effort has been made to ensure that information herewithin has been received from sources believed to be reliable and such information is believed to be accurate at the time of publishing, no warranties or assurances whatsoever are made in reference to accuracy or completeness of said information, and no liability whatsoever will be accepted for taking or failing to take any action upon any information contained in any part of this website.  Thank you for the consideration.

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Images of Cruiseship MS ‘Norwegian Star’ departing the Port of Piraeus

Cruiseship MS ’Norwegian Star’ exiting the Port of Piraeus (in reverse)
2,348 Berths Cruiseship, built in 2001 at Meyer Werft, Germany                                                 
VESSEL IDENTIFICATION: Launch Name was Norwegian Star II. Call Sign C6FR3, IMO Number 9195157. Dawn Class (only sistership vessel is MS ’Norwegian Dawn’.)

VESSEL OWNERS’ DETAILS: Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), subsidiary of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. Norwegian is a publicly traded company with 44% publicly listed on NASDAQ, with major shareholders including Genting Group (28%), Apollo Global Management (20%), and TPG Capital (8%).

VESSEL DESCRIPTION: Total number of Passengers 2,600, 1120 Passenger Cabins, 2348 Passenger Berths, 11 Passenger Decks, 1,060 Crew.

Built at Meyer Werft, Bahamas Flagged, P&I insurance with Steamship Mutual P&I, Length Overall of 294.15 m., Length Between Perpendiculars of 264.80 m., Draught of 8.20 m., Moulded Depth of 11.50 m., Beam of 32.20 m., Tonnage of 61,090 International Net and 7,380 Dwt (long). Gross Tonnage of 91,740.

MAIN ENGINE: 4 x Diesel Gen – MAN Diesel & Turbo 14V48/60 – 4-stroke 14-cyl. 480mm x 600mm bore/stroke 58,800mkW total at 514rpm driving 5 x AC generator(s) at 60Hz. Speed of 24.60 kts, Heavy Fuel Oil.

AUXILIARY: 1 x Emergency Gen – Cummins KTA50-M2 – 4-stroke 16-cyl. 159mm x 159mm bore/stroke 1,492mkW total at 1,800rpm driving 1 x AC generator(s).

PROPULSION & POSITIONING: 2 Azimuth Propellors, 3 Bow Thruster(s). Pod (Aft) (electric), ABB Azipod™ VO2300 at 39,000ekW total AC. 3 x Pos, Tunnel Thruster (Fwd.) (electric), Brunvoll FU 100LN-2750, Ø2.75m AC.

SALE & PURCHASE HISTORY: Vessel was originally ordered by Star Cruises in 1999 at reportedly US$ 380 mil. While under construction, Star Cruises acquired NCL. Additional info on vessel can be found on Wiki under the entry ‘Norwegian Star’ and on the shipowners’s website by clicking here.


Previously posted on our blog images of NCL cruiseships can be found herebelow:
Images of Cruiseship MS ‘Norwegian Breakaway’ Departing New York Harbor, April 2017
Images of Cruiseship MS ‘Norwegian Gem’ Departing New York Harbor, March 2017
Images of Cruiseship MS ‘Norwegian Breakaway’ departing New York City, October 2015
Images of Cruiseship MS ‘Norwegian Breakaway’ departing New York City, August 2014.


Cruiseship MS ‘Norwegian Star’ departing the Port of Piraeus under the Aegean sun of a glorious summer afternoon. Image credit: Karatzas Images

Cruiseship MS ‘Norwegian Star’ departing the Port of Piraeus (moving in reverse) under the Aegean sun of a glorious summer afternoon. Image credit: Karatzas Images

Cruiseship MS ‘Norwegian Star’ departing the Port of Piraeus (moving in reverse) under the Aegean sun of a glorious summer afternoon. Image credit: Karatzas Images

Cruiseship MS ‘Norwegian Star’ departing the Port of Piraeus (moving in reverse) under the Aegean sun of a glorious summer afternoon. Image credit: Karatzas Images

Cruiseship MS ‘Norwegian Star’ departing the Port of Piraeus (moving in reverse) under the Aegean sun of a glorious summer afternoon. Image credit: Karatzas Images

Cruiseship MS ‘Norwegian Star’ departing the Port of Piraeus (moving in reverse) under the Aegean sun of a glorious summer afternoon. Image credit: Karatzas Images

Cruiseship MS ‘Norwegian Star’ departing the Port of Piraeus (moving in reverse) under the Aegean sun of a glorious summer afternoon. Image credit: Karatzas Images

Cruiseship MS ‘Norwegian Star’ departing the Port of Piraeus (moving in reverse) under the Aegean sun of a glorious summer afternoon. Image credit: Karatzas Images

Cruiseship MS ‘Norwegian Star’ departing the Port of Piraeus (moving in reverse) under the Aegean sun of a glorious summer afternoon. Image credit: Karatzas Images

Cruiseship MS ‘Norwegian Star’ departing the Port of Piraeus (moving in reverse) under the Aegean sun of a glorious summer afternoon. Image credit: Karatzas Images

Cruiseship MS ‘Norwegian Star’ departing the Port of Piraeus (moving in reverse) under the Aegean sun of a glorious summer afternoon. Image credit: Karatzas Images

Cruiseship MS ‘Norwegian Star’ departing the Port of Piraeus (moving in reverse) under the Aegean sun of a glorious summer afternoon. Image credit: Karatzas Images

Cruiseship MS ‘Norwegian Star’ departing the Port of Piraeus (moving in reverse) under the Aegean sun of a glorious summer afternoon. Image credit: Karatzas Images

Cruiseship MS ‘Norwegian Star’ departing the Port of Piraeus (moving in reverse) under the Aegean sun of a glorious summer afternoon. Image credit: Karatzas Images

Cruiseship MS ‘Norwegian Star’ departing the Port of Piraeus (moving in reverse) under the Aegean sun of a glorious summer afternoon. Image credit: Karatzas Images


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Images of MV ‘MSC Francesca’ departing the Port of Hamburg

Images of MV ‘MSC Francesca’ departing the Port of Hamburg
Neo-Panamax, Fully Cellular Containership of 11,660 TEU built in 2009

VESSEL IDENTIFICATION & DESCRIPTION: Launch Name was MSC Francesca. Neo-Panamax Containership 8,000-11,999 TEU, Call Sign 3FXI, IMO Number 9401116. Built at Hyundai Samho HI, Panama Flagged, GL Classed, Length Overall of 363.50 m., Length Between Perpendiculars of 348.00 m., Draught of 15.50 m., Beam of 45.60 m., Moulded Depth of 27.30 m., Tonnage of 60,240 International Net and 129,280 Dwt (long). Gross Tonnage of 131,770, MAN B. & W. Engine, Speed of 24.50 kts at 250.00 tonnes per day, Heavy Fuel Oil, Horsepower of 93,266.

VESSEL’S OWNERS / MANAGERS DETAILS: Mediterranean Shipping Co SA (MSC), Switzerland.

CARGO HANDLING DETAILS: Total TEU Capacities of 11,660 Total, 8,190 Homogeneous and 1,920 Reefer, 960 x Sockets. Ship is able to transit the newly expanded locks of the Panama Canal, but is not able to transit the old locks.

ENGINE DETAILS: Engine Description 2 S.A. 12-cyl., Engine Model 12K98ME6.2.
1 x Diesel – MAN B. & W. 12K98ME6.2 – 2-stroke 12-cyl. 980mm x2660mm bore/stroke 68,597mkW total at 94rpm.

PROPULSION: 1 x FP Propeller (Aft Centre) (mechanical), 94rpm.

Close up picture of neo-panamax containership MV ‘MSC Francesca’ (almost 12,000-teu, built in 2009 at Hyundai Samho) departing the Port of Hamburg on a majestic, sunny early summer evening. Here guided by the tugs in the main waterway of the Elbe River. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

Close up picture of neo-panamax containership MV ‘MSC Francesca’ (almost 12,000-teu, built in 2009 at Hyundai Samho) departing the Port of Hamburg on a majestic, sunny early summer evening. Here guided by the tugs in the main waterway of the Elbe River. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

Close up picture of neo-panamax containership MV ‘MSC Francesca’ (almost 12,000-teu, built in 2009 at Hyundai Samho) departing the Port of Hamburg on a majestic, sunny early summer evening. Here guided by the tugs in the main waterway of the Elbe River. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

Close up picture of neo-panamax containership MV ‘MSC Francesca’ (almost 12,000-teu, built in 2009 at Hyundai Samho) departing the Port of Hamburg on a majestic, sunny early summer evening. Here guided by the tugs in the main waterway of the Elbe River. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

Close up picture of neo-panamax containership MV ‘MSC Francesca’ (almost 12,000-teu, built in 2009 at Hyundai Samho) departing the Port of Hamburg on a majestic, sunny early summer evening. Here guided by the tugs in the main waterway of the Elbe River. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

Close up picture of neo-panamax containership MV ‘MSC Francesca’ (almost 12,000-teu, built in 2009 at Hyundai Samho) departing the Port of Hamburg on a majestic, sunny early summer evening. Here guided by the tugs in the main waterway of the Elbe River. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

Close up picture of neo-panamax containership MV ‘MSC Francesca’ (almost 12,000-teu, built in 2009 at Hyundai Samho) departing the Port of Hamburg on a majestic, sunny early summer evening. Here guided by the tugs in the main waterway of the Elbe River. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

Close up picture of neo-panamax containership MV ‘MSC Francesca’ (almost 12,000-teu, built in 2009 at Hyundai Samho) departing the Port of Hamburg on a majestic, sunny early summer evening. Tough to fit in one picture 363.5 m (1,193 ft) of length overall (LOA). Image credit: Karatzas Images.

Close up picture of neo-panamax containership MV ‘MSC Francesca’ (almost 12,000-teu, built in 2009 at Hyundai Samho) departing the Port of Hamburg on a majestic, sunny early summer evening. Tough to fit in one picture 363.5 m (1,193 ft) of length overall (LOA). Image credit: Karatzas Images.

Close up picture of neo-panamax containership MV ‘MSC Francesca’ (almost 12,000-teu, built in 2009 at Hyundai Samho) departing the Port of Hamburg on a majestic, sunny early summer evening. Tough to fit in one picture 363.5 m (1,193 ft) of length overall (LOA). Image credit: Karatzas Images.

Close up picture of neo-panamax containership MV ‘MSC Francesca’ (almost 12,000-teu, built in 2009 at Hyundai Samho) departing the Port of Hamburg on a majestic, sunny early summer evening. Tough to fit in one picture 363.5 m (1,193 ft) of length overall (LOA). Image credit: Karatzas Images.

Close up picture of neo-panamax containership MV ‘MSC Francesca’ (almost 12,000-teu, built in 2009 at Hyundai Samho) departing the Port of Hamburg on a majestic, sunny early summer evening. Tough to fit in one picture 363.5 m (1,193 ft) of length overall (LOA). Image credit: Karatzas Images.

Close up picture of neo-panamax containership MV ‘MSC Francesca’ (almost 12,000-teu, built in 2009 at Hyundai Samho) departing the Port of Hamburg on a majestic, sunny early summer evening. Clearly the ship is under-utilized as not filled to capacity. Hopefully trade will come back soon! Image credit: Karatzas Images.

Close up picture of neo-panamax containership MV ‘MSC Francesca’ (almost 12,000-teu, built in 2009 at Hyundai Samho) departing the Port of Hamburg on a majestic, sunny early summer evening. Do have a safe voyage, you Big Ship! Auf wiedersehen! Image credit: Karatzas Images.

© 2013 – present Basil M Karatzas & Karatzas Marine Advisors & Co.  All Rights Reserved.

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMERS:  Vessel description is provided in good faith and is believed to be correct and accurate but no assurances, warranties or representations are made herewith. Vessel description is provided for entertainment  purposes only. We have no responsibility whatsoever for any errors / omissions in vessel description.

Access to this blog signifies the reader’s irrevocable acceptance of this disclaimer. No part of this blog can be reproduced by any means and under any circumstances, whatsoever, in whole or in part, without proper attribution or the consent of the copyright and trademark holders of this website. Whilst every effort has been made to ensure that information herewithin has been received from sources believed to be reliable and such information is believed to be accurate at the time of publishing, no warranties or assurances whatsoever are made in reference to accuracy or completeness of said information, and no liability whatsoever will be accepted for taking or failing to take any action upon any information contained in any part of this website.  Thank you for the consideration.

Images of Cruiseship MS ‘AIDAvita’ departing the Port of Hamburg

Images of MS ‘AIDAvita’ departing the Port of Hamburg
Cruiseship of 1,265 Berths; delivered in 2002 at Aker MTW Werft                                             
VESSEL IDENTIFICATION / DESCRIPTION: Launch Name was AIDAvita. Call Sign IBNP, IMO Number 9221554. Moulded Depth of 11.55 m., Tonnage of 20,875 International Net and 4,165 Dwt (long). Built at Aker MTW Werft, Double Bottom Hull, Italy Flagged, DNV GL Classed, P&I insurance with UK P&I Club, Length Overall of 202.85 m., Length Between Perpendiculars of 182.00 m., Draught of 6.30 m., Beam of 28.10 m., Gross Tonnage of 42,290, Wartsila 4-stroke Engine, Speed of 21.00 kts, Heavy Fuel Oil, Bunker Capacity of 1,260 tonnes.

VESSEL’S OWNERS / MANAGERS DETAILS: Aida Cruises Ltd, Germany. Aida Cruises Ltd is a subsidIary of Carnival Corporation & plc. Registered Owner: Costa Crociere S.P.A.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS: Total number of Passengers 1,580, 635 Passenger Cabins, 1265 Passenger Berths, 9 Passenger Decks, 418 Crew. Vessel was reportedly had a newbuilding cost of US$ 190 mil in 1999. Sistership vessel is MS ‘AIDAaura’.

MAIN ENGINE: 2 x Diesel Gen – Wartsila 4-stroke 12V38B – 4-stroke 12-cyl. 380mm x 475mm bore/stroke 17,400mkW total at 600rpm driving 2 x AC generator(s) at 17,812ekW total, (22,266kVA total) 6600V.

AUXILIARY: 1 x Aux. Diesel Gen – Wartsila 4-stroke 8L38B – 4-stroke 8-cyl. 380mm x 475mm bore/stroke 5,800mkW total at 600rpm driving 1 x AC generator(s) at 5,941ekW total, (7,427kVA total) 6600V, 1 x Aux. Diesel Gen – Wartsila 4-stroke 6L38B – 4-stroke 6-cyl. 380mm x 475mm bore/stroke 4,350mkW total at 600rpm driving 1 x AC generator(s) at 4,179ekW total, (5,224kVA total) 6600V, 1 x Emergency Gen – 4-stroke 680mkW total driving 1 x AC generator(s) at 544ekW total, (680kVA total) 440V.

PROPULSION: 2 x FP Propeller (Aft) (electric), Rolls-Royce, 152rpm, Ø4.50m at 18,800ekW total, 6600V AC. 2 fixed pitch Propellors, 2 Bow Thruster(s) of 2400.00, 2 Stern Thruster(s) of 1400.00.

Images of more AIDA cruiseships posted on our blog:                                                 Images of MS ‘AIDAbella’ departing the Port of New York in September 2014, photographed against Statue of Liberty.

Images of MS ‘AIDAluna’ departing the Port of Hamburg in May 2014.

Images of MS ‘AIDAsol’ departing the Port of Hamburg in May 2017.

Delivered in 2002 by AKER MTW Werft, 1,265-berth cruiseship MS ‘AIDAvita’ departing the Port of Hamburg on a rainy May afternoon. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

Delivered in 2002 by AKER MTW Werft, 1,265-berth cruiseship MS ‘AIDAvita’ departing the Port of Hamburg on a rainy May afternoon. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

Delivered in 2002 by AKER MTW Werft, 1,265-berth cruiseship MS ‘AIDAvita’ departing the Port of Hamburg on a rainy May afternoon. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

Delivered in 2002 by AKER MTW Werft, 1,265-berth cruiseship MS ‘AIDAvita’ departing the Port of Hamburg on a rainy May afternoon. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

Delivered in 2002 by AKER MTW Werft, 1,265-berth cruiseship MS ‘AIDAvita’ departing the Port of Hamburg on a rainy May afternoon. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

Delivered in 2002 by AKER MTW Werft, 1,265-berth cruiseship MS ‘AIDAvita’ departing the Port of Hamburg on a rainy May afternoon. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

Delivered in 2002 by AKER MTW Werft, 1,265-berth cruiseship MS ‘AIDAvita’ departing the Port of Hamburg on a rainy May afternoon. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

Delivered in 2002 by AKER MTW Werft, 1,265-berth cruiseship MS ‘AIDAvita’ departing the Port of Hamburg on a rainy May afternoon. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

Delivered in 2002 by AKER MTW Werft, 1,265-berth cruiseship MS ‘AIDAvita’ departing the Port of Hamburg on a rainy May afternoon. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

Delivered in 2002 by AKER MTW Werft, 1,265-berth cruiseship MS ‘AIDAvita’ departing the Port of Hamburg on a rainy May afternoon. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

Delivered in 2002 by AKER MTW Werft, 1,265-berth cruiseship MS ‘AIDAvita’ departing the Port of Hamburg on a rainy May afternoon. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

Delivered in 2002 by AKER MTW Werft, 1,265-berth cruiseship MS ‘AIDAvita’ departing the Port of Hamburg on a rainy May afternoon. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

Delivered in 2002 by AKER MTW Werft, 1,265-berth cruiseship MS ‘AIDAvita’ departing the Port of Hamburg on a rainy May afternoon. Image credit: Karatzas Images.

Deckplans of cruiseship MS ‘AIDAvita’ as per company’s website.

Deckplans of cruiseship MS ‘AIDAvita’ as per company’s website.


© 2013 – present Basil M Karatzas & Karatzas Marine Advisors & Co.  All Rights Reserved.

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMERS:  Vessel description is provided in good faith and is believed to be correct and accurate but no assurances, warranties or representations are made herewith. Vessel description is provided for entertainment  purposes only. We have no responsibility whatsoever for any errors / omissions in vessel description.

Access to this blog signifies the reader’s irrevocable acceptance of this disclaimer. No part of this blog can be reproduced by any means and under any circumstances, whatsoever, in whole or in part, without proper attribution or the consent of the copyright and trademark holders of this website. Whilst every effort has been made to ensure that information herewithin has been received from sources believed to be reliable and such information is believed to be accurate at the time of publishing, no warranties or assurances whatsoever are made in reference to accuracy or completeness of said information, and no liability whatsoever will be accepted for taking or failing to take any action upon any information contained in any part of this website.  Thank you for the consideration.