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~SHIPS~DORSET~ Images of the Month for January 2021 ~ 1of2 ~ ~ Norwegian Bliss ~ Portland Port

During summer 2020 Norwegian Bliss [GT168,028/Y2018] and Norwegian Encore [GT169,116/Y2019] came to stay on the Dorset coast. As summer turned to autumn they stuck around along with other visitors such as Royal Caribbean, Marella and Holland America. As autumn turned to winter two of the RCI quartet and two of the HAL quartet fled transatlantic to sunnier shores ... but the NCL pair stayed on. I was struck by two images of Norwegian Bliss taken back in early November by Geoff Moore of Traveltrunk  ( https://www.facebook.com/geoff.moore.travel ... https://www.thetraveltrunk.net ) and promised myself if Bliss made it through to Christmas - they would provide our "Images of the Month" for January 2021.

Enjoy the promise of travel yet to come! 

Images of the Month for January 2021 ~ 2of2 ~ ~ Norwegian Bliss ~ Weymouth Bay

Norwegian Bliss is a cruise ship for Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), which entered service on 21 April 2018. Built by Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany, NCL placed the order for a third Breakaway Plus cruise ship in July 2014 and construction started with steel cutting on 28 October 2016. Norwegian Bliss is sister ship to Norwegian Escape, Norwegian Joy, and Norwegian Encore.

Norwegian Bliss has an overall length of 333.5m, a moulded beam of 41.5m, and a max. draft 9m. With a gross tonnage of 168,028 and deadweight of 11,700, Norwegian Bliss has 20 decks, 2,220 cabins and can carry 4,000 passengers. Norwegian Bliss has five main engines with total output power of 102,900 horsepower (76,700 kW). The propulsion system is two ABB Azipod XO units with total power of 40 MW, which provides a service speed of 22.5 knots ... while the maximum speed during trials exceeded 25.0 knots.

The hull art for Norwegian Bliss was designed by marine wildlife artist Robert Wyland who is best known for his "Whaling Wall" murals, in which he painted life-sized whales on 100 buildings all over the world.

~SHIPS~DORSET~ Images of the Month for February 2021 ~ 1of2 ~ ~ Cotentin ~ Port of Poole

We are pleased that our ~Ships~Dorset~ FaceBook Group includes local shipping photographer - Kevin Mitchell … and even more pleased that he has provided some great images of Cotentin [GT19,909/Y2007] when she returned to Poole in January. A name with a local history … When Truckline started a freight route between Pool and Cherbourg in the seventies, one of the ships they used was a previous “Cotentin" … have a look at our "Cotentin’74-78" article by clicking the button above. Now - back to todays Cotentin … departing Poole most days early morning with a late afternoon sailing back from Cherbourg arriving late evening in Poole.


~SHIPS~DORSET~ Images of the Month for February 2021 ~ 2of2 ~ ~ Cotentin ~ Port of Poole

From the 1st January 2021 Cotentin [GT19,909/Y2007] has provided a significant increase in Brittany Ferries' freight capacity on the Western Channel, operating a daily service between Poole and Cherbourg which is planned to continue until early April. Cotentin has space for 120 articulated vehicles in 2200 lane metres with accommodation for freight drivers in 116 two-berth ensuite cabins. Built by Aker Yards in Finland, the ship has a passenger capacity of 203 and a crew of 50.

With a length of 165m, a beam of 27m and capable of 23 knots Cotentin has a bigger vehicle capacity than Barfleur. She has served on this route between 2007 and 2013 before being chartered to Stena Line on a Baltic route.   


~SHIPS~DORSET~ Images of the Month for March 2021 ~ 1of2 ~ ~ Trinity ~ Entering Poole Harbour 

Trinity has been a regular caller at Poole for a year. Alderney Shipping Group took the vessel on long-term charter at the end of March 2020 to replace Valiant, which had been moving freight between the UK and the Channel Islands for about eight years. 
The replacement vessel is 14 years old. While Trinity is not much longer than the Valiant, she has much better container capacity – up from 80 to 120.

Trinity usually calls at Poole on Monday and Thursday mornings as part of a weekly rotation serving Guernsey, Jersey and Alderney. 
She is capable of carrying up to 12 passenger - however, due to the virus restrictions, currently operates as a freight-only vessel.*

~SHIPS~DORSET~ Images of the Month for March 2021 ~ 2of2 ~ ~ Trinity ~ Alongside New Quay, Port of Poole

Trinity was built in 2007 … Gross Tonnage 2,102 … Deadweight Tonnage 3,020 … Length Overall 80.3m … Beam 12.5m

*Both images by local shipping photographer - Kevin Mitchell

~SHIPS~DORSET~ Images of the Month for April 2021 ~ 1of2 ~ ~ Vladimir Vize ~ At Anchor Portland - Cara Cara standing off

In March we celebrated the first anniversary of a new (to us) ship on the Poole / Channel Islands service. This month we recognise the day to day servicing of ships calling at Portland for bunkering / stores / spares / etc. Thanks to Steve Belasco’s excellent images from a misty day in early March we can view the Liquified Natural Gas tanker Vladimir Vize.  On completing its service call, she weighed anchor, departed Weymouth Bay and quickly accelerated to over 20 knots which she maintained though the Dover Straits and onward northbound into the North Sea bound for Sabetta. The port of Sabetta in Artic Russia is reached via the Barents & Kara Seas - the region is home to the Yamal LNG Project. The Yamal Peninsular is currently estimated to hold the largest gas reserves in the world. However, the region is also noted to feature some of the toughest working conditions. These harsh conditions apply equally to the LNG Tankers like Vladimir Vize that need to access the marine terminal at Sabetta. The ship is ice strengthened and has an ice-breaking designed bow which can be seen in Steve’s second image. 

~SHIPS~DORSET~ Images of the Month for April 2021 ~ 2of2 ~ ~ Vladimir Vize ~ At Anchor Portland - close-up of bow inset

Yamal LNG commissioned 15 LNG icebreaker/tanker ships to export its gas. They were designed in Finland by Aker Arctic Technology Inc. and built at the Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) shipyard in South Korea.

Vladimir Vize is owned and operated by a 50-50 joint venture with COSCO & MOL. Built to ice-class Arc7 standard, the vessels can operate year-round in the Arctic without the support of icebreakers - capable of breaking ice up to 2.5 meters thick.

Key specifications of the ARC7 tanker series such as Vladimir Vize are … Cargo capacity = 172,600 cubic meters of LNG … Output of propulsion unit = 45 MW … Speed = 20 knots in open waters or 6 knots in 1.5m ice … Primary fuel LNG with a dual fuel diesel-electric propulsion system delivered via three “Azipod” units. The vessels are designed with, what naval architects call the "double–action concept" ... the bow has been adjusted for navigation in open water and thin ice, while the stern has been optimized to enable navigation in severe ice conditions. Dimensions … L 299m … B 50m .. GRT 128,800t … DWT 96,850t … Built 2018