Around Hamburg and the Kiel Canal

All Particulars are believed to be right but no guarantee is given.

M/S AIDAblu - ex A'Rosa Blu and Crown Princess at the Hamburg Cruiseterminal. This vessel was built by Fincantieri in Italy and was delivered in 1990. She measures 245x32,2meters and her draught is 8,22meters. She and her sister, M/S Ocean Village II ex Regal Princess are Powered by 4 MAN/B&W Diesels and their cruising speed is around 19-20 Knots. They are able to carry about 1600 passengers which are served by a crew of around 650.

German Customs Vessels M/S Hamburg at speed on the Elbe on her way to her Namesake Homeport. She was built in 1982 by Schweers in Bardenfleth Germany and has the typical Green hull with a Grey Superstructure of the fleet belonging to the Customs in Germany. 

Wallenius Wilhelmsen's M/S Don Carlos receiving a new coat of Paint in B+W´s Dock number 10. She and her eight sisters were built at Daewoo Heavy Industries between 1995 and 2003.

The "Carlos", delivered in 1997 and her sisters capacities are quoted at 5700-5850 cars but some have already been lenghtened by 28 meters bringing the capacity to around 7000 ceu (Car Equalivent Units). Not the prettiest vessels plying the oceans but those numbers are quite impressive. Power comes from a single MAN B&W 8S60MC diesel of 14700KW plant for a service speed of 20 knots

Here the M/S Jenna Catherine heading for Hamburg. She is on charter to Trans-Baltica Line (Mannlines) and before that she ran for the Kursiu Linija on a similar route connecting Bremerhaven and Hamburg with Kaliningrad. Earlier in her carreer she ran for Unifeeder.

She is built by the Rendsburg in 1995. She measures 98,4x16,9 Meters and her draught is 5,9 meters. Her intake is quoted at 366 Teus and belongs to a series of sisters built at the Krögerwerft between 1995 and 2000 and now those vessels are being built in China. Appearantly MSC booked several boxes on this particular voyage, the leased boxes on deck are not to be identified and Hapag-Lloyd is only represented by a single 20 Footer - at least from this angle.


Here the tug Fairplay VI making a fine sight on the Elbe. She was built in Cuxhaven by the Mützelfeldtwerft in 1993 and has a bollard pull of 36 tons. At 225 GT and powered by engines of a total of 3800KW she is typical for Tugs involved in shiphandling in port. 

Bugsier 14. Built 1978 by Schiffswerft u. Maasch. Max Sieghold, Bremerhaven. 181 GT measuring 26,06x8,84 Meters on a 4,7 Meter Draught.

Fleetmate Bugsier 15. Built 1991 by Hitzler in Lauenburg ( Elbe ). A 3060 BHP Voith Schneider Tug of 239GT measuring 28,36x9,00 Meters on a 4,6 Meter Draught. 

And now to a favourite, the 25year old Tug Wilhelmine. She looks like she is getting Excellent maintenance and attention all the time which has to be credited and if her Owners keep her Machinery and other vital "organs" as pristine as her appearance, she´s got many years to go. This type of tug has been built in Licence by many Yards in Germany as well as Worldwide.

She was built in Cuxhaven by the Mützelfeldtwerft in 1981 and has a bollard pull of 30 tons. At 207 GT and powered by engines of a totalof 3600KW she is ideal for shiphandling in port. She measures26,39x8,80 Meters on a 4,6 Meter Draught. Her identical sister, the HANS is also to be seen in Hamburg and is of course as good looking as her running mate. Two thumbs up for her owners, Petersen & Alpers in Hamburg!


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