Icebreaker – German Research Icebreaker POLARSTERN

One of the German Government Ships is the 1982 built German research icebreaker POLARSTERN (meaning Pole Star) of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) in Bremerhaven, Germany. She was built by Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft (HDW) in Kiel and Nobiskrug in Rendsburg as yard 707 with keel laid down on 22nd September 1981, launched on 6th January, […]

High Speed Craft – 2023 built catamaran KILIMANJARO VIII – April 2023

The 2023 newbuilt 53 metre catamaran based on Incat Crowther Design  IC20156 – KILIMANJARO VIII was handed over in Tanzania, East Africa during April, 2023 by her builders – Richardson Devine Marine (RDM) of Hobart, Australia. She is the eighth vessel built by RDM for the same customer – Azam Marine. Built as yard number […]

Offshore – Icebreaking Anchor Handling Tug Supply Vessel (AHTS) AIVIQ

One of the Edison Chouest Offshore vessels is the 2012 built icebreaking anchor handling tug supply vessel AIVIQ. During July 2009, Edison Chouest Offshore won a $150 million contract for the construction of an icebreaking anchor handling tug supply (AHTS) vessel for Royal Dutch Shell. The 110 metre vessel, largest ever built by the company, would be […]

Naval News – Final Days of HMAS SIRIUS O 266 – 22.11.2021

HMAS SIRIUS O 266 the former Greek tanker DELOS built in 2004 and purchased by the Royal Australian Navy and converted into a fleet replenishment vessel is in her final days prior to decommissioning in December 2021. DELOS was built at the Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in South Korea as one from 6 of her class being built for the Greek Shipping Company Tsakos. She […]

RoRo Vessels – JOLLY EXPRESS

An interesting roro vessels operating in the Mediterranean Sea is the 1999 built JOLLY EXPRESS. Seen for the first time in November, 2020 where she uplifted bunkers at Bunkering Area 3 East, Malta she’s operating between Tunis, Naples and Gioia Tauro of which she’s calling at Malta Freeport too. She was built at South Korea […]

Bunkering – Former Australian roro ship now named JOLLY EXPRESS – 13.11.2020

An interesting roro ship formerly Australian owned by TOLL Group now named as JOLLY EXPRESS was seen uplifting bunkers at Bunkering Area 3 East, Malta on Thursday 12th/Friday 13th November 2020. She was built at South Korea by Samsung Shipbuilding & Heavy Industries at Geoje as TASMANIAN ACHIEVER in 1999 for TOLL Transport based at […]

Icebreaker – AURORA AUSTRALIS final voyage – 17.03.2020

The final operational voyage of Australia’s Antarctic icebreaker AURORA AUSTRALIS left Hobart last week for the sub Antarctic Macquarie Island. The ship’s last trip south, after 31 years of service to the Australian Antarctic Program, will be a two week voyage to resupply Macquarie Island and transport expeditioners. She was built by Carrington Slipways in Tomago, New […]

Coronavirus – Diamond Princess confirms 99 new cases – 17.02.2020

Another 99 people have tested positive for coronavirus aboard the cruise ship DIAMOND PRINCESS berthed at Yokohama, south of Tokyo in Japan bringing the total number of confirmed infections to 454. Hundreds of American passengers from the liner, where travellers have been mostly confined to their cabins since 3rd February, have been flown back to the […]

High Speed Craft News – Incat 091 – VOLCAN DE TAGORO Sea Trials – 02.07.2019

According to Notice to Mariners M120-19 Incat at Tasmania mariners are advised that the INCAT vessel VOLCAN DE TAGORO will be performing sea trials in the River Derwent, Storm Bay and Frederick Henry Bay, between Wednesday 3rd July 2019 to Monday 8th July 2019. During sea trials, the vessel will at times operate at speeds […]

Tasmania Movements – April 2019

TASMANIA is an island state of Australia and it is located 240 km to the south of the mainland separated by Bass Strait. The state encompasses the main island of Tasmania, the 26th largest world island and the surrounding 334 islands. Below are some movements around Tasmania covered by a great friend for the month of April […]