Thursday, 17 May 2018

Freeport, Bahamas - January 25, 2018

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 Allure of the Seas was in port for a brief visit to the drydock.
This is one BIG ship.  Check the humanoids visible in the photo below.
 Lifeboats were removed so the davits could be serviced.
Even the lifeboats are big.  
It holds about 5400 passengers and about 2400 crew.
 IMO:  9383948
GRT:  220,000
DWT:  19750
Length:  360 m
Beam:  60.5 m
Draft:  9.32 m
Just a tad too big for the Seaway!
Year Built:  2010
 Above:  A fleet of tugs were required to move the thing around.
 Engine:  Wartsila Finland
Cylinders:  12
Power:  97,020 kW
Propellors:  3 x Azimodal
4 x 5500 kW Wartsila Bow Thrusters
Above:
Height above the waterline:  72 m; 236 ft.
More on the Allure of the Seas, Click Here.

And now for something completely different.
Above:  Aircraft enthusiasts, is this a DC-3?
Freeport harbour is on the main approach.
Lots of aircraft of all sizes go by all day.

Above:  On a trailer that delivered coils of wire
to the survey ship Polarcus Asima.
Old vehicles from the USA are brought to the Bahamas.
Some don't require new plates I guess.
Above:  At the "pier" we were at, dubbed "On the Rocks",
the fenders were not well secured and would sometimes go adrift.
This one had to be resecured for the arrival of the Polarcus Asima.
Below:  Polarcus Asima arrives along with the Majesty of the Seas.
Above:  Notice the oil boom in the water on the bottom right.
It was there to mark a sunken tug.
IMO:  9538127
GRT:  7894
DWT:  4450
Length:  92 m
Beam:  21 m
Draft:  9.32 m
Year Built:  2010
Ballast:  2067 tonnes

 Engine:  Wartsila Finland

Cylinders:  9
Power:  12,900 kW
Propellors:  2 x Controllable Pitch

Above:  Mooring station.
 The ship can tow a large array of seismic gear.
 More on Polarcus & their fleet, Click Here.
Lots of these bows are showing up on ships. 

 Majesty of the Seas inbound for one of the drydocks.
IMO:  8819512
GRT:  74,077

DWT:  6,953
Length:  268.32 m
Beam:  36 m
Draft:  9.32 m
Year Built:  1992

 More on Majesty of the Seas, Click Here.
  Engine:  SEMT Pielstik



Cylinders:  9
Power:  21,840 kW
Engine Stroke:  400 mm
Propellors:  2 x Fixed Pitch

Welland Canal - May 14, 2018

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 Tanker Algoma Hansa downbound below Lock 2.
Built in 1998 she was originally named Amalienborg.

 Above:  Algoma Spirit slides the wall toward Lock 1, waiting for the Azoresborg to pass.
Algoma Spirit was launched in 1986 as the deep-sea ship Petka.
Later she became the Sandviken, then the Algoma Spirit.
Below:  Azoresborg lowering in Lock 1.

 And clear of the Lock and bound for Lake Ontario.
IMO: 9466051
GRT:  11,864
DWT:  17,407
Length:  143 m
Beam: 22 m
Draft:  9.4 m
Year Built:  2010

Engine:  Wartsila Finland
Engine Stroke:  460 mm
Cylinders:  6
Power:  7,500 kW
Propellor:  1 x Controllable Pitch
 It's close quarters, as the video below will show you.
Wagenborg has about 170 ships in their fleet.
More about Wagenborg, Click Here.


 Later that same day...
Federal Ruhr clears Lock 2 downbound and has to pass the Leonard M.
IMO:  9766176
GRT:  22,497
DWT:  36,754
Length:  199,92 m
Beam:  23.75 m
Draft:  11.25 m
Year Built:  2017
Fednav has about 100 ships in their fleet.
That makes them the largest Canadian-owned fleet.
But most of their ships are registered off-shore.
More about Fednav, Click Here. Ou, en francais, Ici.
 Below:  The Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit had spent some time
in the drydock in Port Weller.
Once all the work and surveys were done the tug sailed.
As sometimes happens after a drydocking she didn't get far
before something required attention.
So, she tied up only two miles from the drydock
and spent a couple of days clearing up the issues.

Monday, 14 May 2018

Niagara Falls, April 22 & May 5, 2018

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Above:  The view from Elements on the Falls Restaurant
Food is good.  View is spectacular!
More Here.
Below:  Tourists, even on the cooler days.

 Journey Behind the Falls.  You really do go a long way behind the Falls, too.
There are two portals where you can stand and be awestruck.
The noise is tremendous, but the vibrations from all this water cascading are phenomenal.

The Observation Deck was not yet open because
all the ice that accumulated over the winter had not melted.
 Consequently there was a lot of crowding near the end of the tunnel and the windows.
However, a few weeks later, (see below), the windows and the balcony were open.
And wet!
 Below:  At the Butterfly Conservancy a few kilometres downriver from the Falls.
Lovely place to relax and enjoy the warmth and a myriad of butterflies.
It's open all year.
For more on the Butterfly Conservancey, Click Here.
Below:  A small video of the view & noise in one of the portals.

Two weeks later the Observation Deck is open.
Maid of the Mist VI.
There are now two companies running tour boats to the Falls.
Hornblower from the Canadian side and Maid of the Mist from the US side.
The Maid boats that we saw running from the US side are still flagged Canadian.
I have no idea how that works.
Maid of the Mist info, Click Here.
Hornblower Niagara info, Click Here.

Welland Canal - April 30, 2018

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Algoma Enterprise above Lock 2.
Built in Port Weller, Ontario, launched in 1979.
Christened by Maureen McTeer.
More about Ms McTeer, Click Here.
And here.

Algoma Enterprise Details:
IMO: 7726677
GRT:  23,395
DWT:  33,938
Length:  222.49m
Beam: 23.17m
Year Built:  1979

Engine: MAN Diesel & Turbo
Engine Stroke:  400 mm
Cylinders: 7
Power:  8750 kW
1 x Fixed Pitch
Polsteam's Isadora upbound toward Lock 3.
All about Polska Zegluga Morska, (Polsteam)
Click Here.
Isadora is one of their Handy Size ships.
IMO:  9180372
GRT:  21387
DWT:  34948
Length:  199.9m
Beam 23.64m
Year Built:  1999
Engine:  Mitsui, 5S50MC-C
Engine Bore:  500mm;   Engine Stroke:  2000mm
Cylinders:  5
Power:  6279kW
1 x CPP
Fuel Consumption:  25 tonnes/day @ 14 knots
Above:  CSL Niagara passes the Isadora below Lock 3.
Isadora is on the wall to allow the CSL Niagara to pass.
CSL Niagara has just left Lock 3 and is downbound.
CSL Niagara Details:
IMO: 7128423
GRT:  23,983
DWT:  34,938
Length:  222.51 m
Beam: 23.76 m
Year Built:  1972 as J. W. McGiffin

Engine: SEMT Pielstick
Engine Stroke:  400 mm
Cylinders: 10
Power:  9000 kW
1 x Fixed Pitch
Grain Capacity:  35,655 cubic metres
Ballast:  19,248 tonnes

J. W. McGiffin was drydocked in 1998 and her entire cargo section was removed & scrapped.  A new cargo section was built and attached to the McGiffin stern section over that winter.
She was christened CSL Niagara on June 15, 1999, at Port Weller shipyard.
Tanker Sloman Helios leaving Lock 7, upbound.
IMO:  9466740
GRT:  11246
DWT:  16421
Length:  145.15m
Breadth:  23m
Year Built:  2011
Engine:  STX Heavy Industries, 6S35MC-MK7
Engine Bore:  350mm;   Engine Stroke:  1400mm
Cylinders:  6
Power:  4440kW
1 x Fixed Pitch
On the way toward Lake Erie via Port Colborne and Lock 8

Vlieborg above Lock 1, upbound
IMO:  9554781
GRT:  7367
DWT:  11850
Length:  142.65m
Breadth:  15.87m
Year Built:  2012
Capacity Grain:  14,267 cubic metres
Engine:  Caterpillar
Engine Stroke:  320mm
Cylinders:  9
Power:  2970kW
1 x Fixed Pitch

Another Polsteam handy size ship, Isolda, below Lock 2, downbound.
IMO:  9180360
GRT:  21387
DWT:  34949
Length:  199.9m
Beam 23.64m
Year Built:  1999
Capacity Grain:  45,632 cubic metres
Engine:  Mitsui, 5S50MC-C
Engine Bore:  500mm;   Engine Stroke:  2000mm
Cylinders:  5
Power:  6279kW
1 x Fixed Pitch
Fuel Consumption:  25 tonnes/day @ 14 knots
Isolda on the way to Lock 1.
What is "Handy Size", anyway?
Handysize refers to a dry bulk carrier or an oil tanker
with a capacity between 15,000 & 35,000 DWT.
Most of the time.
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