• 2024 February 9 13:50

    Seaspan completes ‘Prototype Block’ for Canadian Coast Guard’s future Polar Icebreaker

    Seaspan Shipyards (Seaspan) has successfully completed construction of the ‘Prototype Block’ for the Canadian Coast Guard’s (CCG) Polar Icebreaker program. Construction of this Prototype Block ensures that Seaspan has the proper processes, procedures, equipment, and skills necessary to build the first heavy Polar Icebreaker in Canada in more than 60 years.

    Seaspan developed and built this Prototype Block to ensure that our production teams are fully prepared to cut steel on the Polar Icebreaker in late 2024. The process of building the Prototype Block resulted in learnings in three key areas: improvements in design for manufacturing; testing of new equipment, processes and procedures; and validation of first-time quality in manufacturing to form and weld this new, specialized and thicker steel.

    Steel needed to construct the Polar Icebreaker is twice as thick in some areas as the steel Seaspan has used for the other ships built under the National Shipbuilding Strategy and is more challenging to work with combined with the tight frame spaces to support icebreaking capabilities. It also takes additional time to weld, and the thicker steel is not as malleable, therefore constructing this extra Prototype Block prior to starting full rate construction was crucial for our preparedness.

    Seaspan has already gained significant experience designing and building Polar Class vessels including three Offshore Fisheries Science Vessels which are now in service with the Canadian Coast Guard; an Offshore Oceanographic Science Vessel that is currently under construction at its Vancouver Shipyards location; and a class of up to sixteen Multi-Purpose Vessels (also Polar Class) that is currently in design.

    The Polar Icebreaker will be an incredibly complex ship, designed to operate in the Arctic’s ice-covered waters, and will play a critical role in enabling the Canadian Coast Guard to transit and operate on more than 162,000 km of Arctic coastline. The capabilities of the Polar Icebreaker will help sustain a year-round presence in Canada’s North in support of Indigenous Peoples and other northern communities, Arctic sovereignty, high-Arctic science (including climate change research), and the ability to respond to major maritime emergencies including search and rescue.

    With Canada’s current largest Icebreaker, the CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent, set to retire at the end of the decade after 60 years of service, the new Polar Icebreaker will be one of the world’s largest and most powerful conventional icebreakers. The ship will be the flagship vessel of the Canadian Coast Guard’s icebreaking fleet, with a critical mission of protecting Canada’s Arctic sovereignty.

    With a displacement of 27,876 tonnes, the Polar Icebreaker will be 158 metres long and 28 metres wide, and able to accommodate up to 100 personnel. It will be able to operate farther north, in more difficult ice conditions and for longer periods than any icebreaker in Canada to date.

    The primary missions of the Polar Icebreaker include protecting Canada’s sovereignty, Arctic science, environmental response, Northern resupply, and search and rescue.

    Seaspan, a division of Seaspan ULC, is a leader in Canada’s ship design, engineering, building and ship repair industry. With modern facilities and a dedicated workforce of approximately 3,900 in North Vancouver and Victoria, the company has proven itself to be a trusted and strategic partner on a range of complex projects for both government and the private sector.




2024 February 23

12:06 BOEM approves construction and operations plan for empire wind’s offshore wind project
10:40 Clear early policy decisions needed to prevent the UK's energy transition stalling, says DNV

2024 February 22

18:04 United Maritime Corporation expands fleet with new bulk carrier
17:42 Euroseas reports Q4 and FY 2023 results
17:16 Scrubber savings up to 13 bln USD amid IMO2020 regulations implementation
16:14 HD Korea Shipbuilding secures 172.4 bln-won order for two LPG carriers
15:51 Baltic Sea Action Plan Fund allocates EUR 1 mln to 10 new environmental projects
15:24 The first Norsepower Rotor Sail funded by German Government to be fitted on Baltrader’s new cement carrier
14:45 HD Hyundai Marine Solution bags deal for LNG carrier re-liquefaction
14:13 Eastern Pacific Shipping partners with bound4blue for first wind-assisted propulsion system installation
13:42 Baker Hughes lands multi-year well construction services contract with Petrobras
13:32 MABUX: Bunker Weekly Outlook, Week 08, 2024
13:20 Unifeeder launches new direct service linking Aruba and Curaçao with Colombia
12:43 The use of Nextlogic at the Port of Rotterdam leads to a 20% reduction in port waiting times
12:21 Vitol Bunkers takes delivery of first biofuel barge in Asia
11:43 Galveston LNG Bunker Port joins SEA-LNG coalition
10:58 Liberian bulk carrier banned from Australian ports
07:39 Container shipper HMM receives an A- score from Carbon Disclosure Project

2024 February 21

18:00 SBM Offshore receives ExxonMobil Ruby Supplier Award for offshore operations
17:25 ZeroNorth and Alpha Ori Technologies close deal to form a new company
17:06 SeaLead and Blue Water Line launch Gulf India Express service
16:34 Auramarine signs agreement with Yiu Lian Dockyards and Guangzhou Jihai Shipping Material for the implementation and uptake of methanol dual fuel systems
16:12 VARO and Orim Energy to scale-up sustainable shipping fuel capabilities
15:34 Biden to sign executive order on US port cybersecurity
15:11 EDGE Group and Fincantieri form joint venture
14:57 Allseas completes infield pipelay scope for BP's GTA LNG project offshore Mauritania and Senegal
14:11 BYD to expand fleet with seven new car carriers by 2025
13:47 Hanwha Ocean sales jumped 52.4 percent on-year to 7.4 trillion won in 2023
13:24 Cavotec signs two-year service agreement with APM Terminals at Port of Tanger Med
12:19 Russian grain exports exceeded 66 million tonnes worth almost $16.5 billion in 2023
11:07 Gasunie and Storag sign agreement for large-scale hydrogen storage in Germany
10:58 Dual-fuel methanol design of offshore wind turbine installation vessel from Yantai receives ABS approval
10:29 NYK places first order with Japanese shipyard for offshore wind industry crew transfer vessel

2024 February 20

18:07 Armada Technologies announces contract with CoolCo for a hull air lubrication installation
17:40 AIDA Cruises launches the largest modernization program in its fleet
17:24 ROVOP partners with Boskalis to deliver integrated subsea solutions throughout the energy industry
16:35 Port of Rotterdam total cargo throughput down 6.1% to 438.8 million tonnes in 2023
15:36 EST-Floattech secures a €4 million investment from 5 investors
15:14 South Korea strengthens export restrictions on Russia and Belarus
14:41 Glander International Bunkering and Asyad Shipping partner for AI-driven sustainable shipping solutions
14:12 Danaos adds two methanol-ready container ships to fleet
13:58 Some stranded Russian Sokol oil cargoes begin to move to China, India
13:35 HD Korea Shipbuilding wins 322.8 bln-won order for 2 ammonia carriers
12:43 RINA approves performance prediction software for wind-assisted ships
10:55 Forth Ports orders two new pilot boats
10:29 HHLA's revenue fell by 8.3 percent to €1,447 million in 2023
09:45 Etihad Credit Insurance partners with DP World Trade Finance
07:51 CMA CGM announces PSS adjustments for shipments from Europe to India, Middle East Gulf, and Red Sea

2024 February 19

18:06 SafeΒulkers adds two more carriers
17:42 Piraeus Port shows resilience to the Red Sea crisis
17:23 Valenciaport container traffic up 11% to 388,366 TEU in Jan 2023
16:47 Sticky situation in UK port after grounded Ukrainian tanker leaked molasses
16:28 EU foreign ministers approve deployment of Red Sea naval mission
15:58 Eidesvik Offshore launches world’s first methanol-powered vessel for subsea and offshore wind
15:39 Equinor signs a 15-year LNG agreement with Deepak Fertilisers
14:23 Jumbo Offshore signs MoU with Sea Horizon Offshore
13:40 Texas LNG selects Gulf LNG Tugs to build, deliver and operate tugboats
13:38 Russian seaports’ January cargo volume fell 6.5% Y/Y to 71 million tonnes (expanded version)
13:22 Austal and Gotlandsbolaget sign MOU to construct a gas turbine powered high speed catamaran
12:56 Tellurian receives FERC extension for Driftwood LNG
12:01 Unifeeder completes agreement for two additional methanol-powered vessels
11:38 Chemship deploys wind assisted propulsion on Chemical Challenger
11:18 Topsoe signs an engineering agreement with Approtium to convert low-carbon ammonia into hydrogen using its H2RETAKETM technology
10:48 First cranes arrive as part of USD 300 million Port of Salalah expansion
10:13 Pavilion Energy concludes first ship-to-ship LNG bunkering operation to Rio Tinto in Singapore

2024 February 18

16:03 Australian Gov't improves safety for the offshore resources sector workforce, official says
14:51 TechnipFMC awarded substantial integrated EPCI contract for Sparta Project
13:17 Rongcheng Shipbuilding Industry kicks off A multi-functional piling ship for offshore photovoltaic
11:29 Sumitomo Heavy Industries to leave commercial shipbuilding industry
10:34 Containership rates up 300% due to attacks in the Red Sea