The vessel in the locks of the Panama Canal during the night is the MSC MICHELA, the name is visible on the stern of the vessel.

Built as a container vessel under yard no H3007 by the Shanghai Jiangnan Changxing Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Shanghai, China for the Hai Kuo Shipping 1307, Geneva, Switzerland.
28 October 2013 ordered.
26 November 2014 laid down.
28 April 2016 launched as the MSC MICHELA.
Tonnage 94,469 grt, 53,022 net, 110.531 dwt. Dim. 299.87 x 48.2 x 24.8m., length bpp. 283,24, draught 14.5m.
Powered by MAN7B&W 9S90ME-C10 diesel engine, 74,642 bhp (54,900 Kw), one shaft, speed 22.2 knots.
Can carry 9,400 TEUS’s included 1,000 reefer containers.
19 September 2016 completed IMO No 9720512, Registered under Portugal flag with homeport Madeira.
Managed by MSC Shipmanagement Ltd, Geneva.

Used in the PACTB service of MSC from the Pacific to the Mediterranean.
2018 In service, same name and owners.

(There is another vessel with about the same name in the MSC Fleet she is the MSC MICHAELA Imo no 9230488 but she is not depict but transit also regular the Panama Canal.)

Source: DNV Classification.
Panama 2018 B/1.00 sg?, scott?

SLOOP HOPE (1802 Russian ship)

Hope (or Nadeshda) was a three-masted sloop, the ex-British merchantman Leander, launched in 1799. Private Russian parties purchased her in 1802 for the first Russian circumnavigation of the world (1803-1806), and renamed her. Although it is common to see references to the "frigate Nadezhda", she was a sloop, not a frigate, and she was never a warship. Leander was launched in London in late 1799 as a c.430-ton (bm) merchant sloop. On 3 December 1799, her master, C. Anderson.In 1802 Yuri Fydorovich Lisyansky purchased Leander and another merchantman, Thames, for his planned voyage of exploration. The two vessels left England for the Baltic in May 1803, docking at Kronstadt on 5 June. There the Russians renamed Leander to Nadezhda and Thames to Neva. Czar Alexander 1 chose their names, but the two vessels were never part of the Russian navy.The two ships took part in the first Russian circumnavigation of the world, with Nadezhda serving as Admiral Krusenstern's flagship. The expedition failed, however, to achieve two of its main goals, to establish diplomatic relations with Japan, and to secure trading rights to Canton. As part of her circumnavigation she delivered RAC cargo to Kamchatka, and the first Russian embassy under Nikolai Rezanov to Japan. After visiting Japan, Nadezhda sailed to China and Macao. Nadezhda and Neva briefly reunited, then Nadezhda rounded Africa and came back across the Baltic Sea to Kronstadt, arriving 19 August 1806.In 1808 an American merchant, D. Martin, chartered Nadezhda to transport RACo cargoes from Kronstadt to New York City. During the trip, in December she became ice-locked near Denmark and was destroyed Lloyd's List reported that the " captured by the Danes, and is lost off Malmoe".
Tchad 2015;1500f. Source:


Panama issued in 2018 four stamps and a miniature sheet for the Panama Canal Expansion.
On the MS is depict the MSC ANZU, on both stamps in the MS, one is clear but the other stamp is not so good to identify, so it could be wrong.

Built as a container ship under yard no 208806 by New Times Shipbuilding Co, Jingjiang, China for the China International Marine Containers (Group) Co. Nanshan Qu, Shenzhen, China.
24 July 2013 ordered.
29 December 2014 laid down.
05 June 2015 launched as the MSC ANZU
Tonnage 95,403 grt, 56,898 net, 109,619 dwt. Dim. 299.95 x 48.2 x 24.60, length bpp. 286m, draught 14.5m.
Powered by one MAN 9-cyl. diesel engine, 47,430 kW, one shaft, speed 23.8 knots.
Capacity 8,819 TEU’s
31 August 2015 completed, under Panama flag and registry, IMO No 9710426.
Managed by MSC Mediterranean Shipping Co., Geneva, Switzerland.

She is a ship used in the SAWC-USA-NWC service of MSC between Europe, the United States and de South America West Coast.
19 March 2017 she after the inauguration of the expanded Panama Canal, was the 1,000 neo-panamax vessel which transited the canal.

2018 In service, same name, registry, owner and manager.

Source: Equasis and DNV Classification. Internet.
Panama 2018 B/0.75 sgMS?, scott?


Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is a Caribbean small island State that occupies an area of 340 km2 with a coastline of 84 km length. Fisheries are one of the main economic activities of the country in terms of employment generation, contribution to food supply and foreign exchange earnings especially through intraregional trade.

In 1993 the fishing industry in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines used to be predominantly small-scale and artisanal, employing traditional gear, methods, and vessels. Most fishing vessels are open boats and powered by an outboard motor.

5c Show a fisherman fishing from the rocks with a rod, in the background is a sailing yacht.
10c In-side a fishing complex.
50c Fishing vessel alongside a quay discharging the catch.
$5 Open decked fishing boat, fishing with nets.

Source: Internet.
St Vincent & Grenadines 1993 5c/$5 sg 2178/81. Scott ?

GALEA LNG tanker

Panama issued in 2018 four stamps and a miniature sheet for the Panama Canal Expansion Cocili Locks.
From Mr. Mario Rosner we got some images and ship names depict on the stamps and ms.
The LNG gas tanker is given as the GALEA by him, the name is visible on the bow.

She was built as a LNG tanker under yard No 2172 by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Nagasaki, Japan for the Royal Dutch Shell in London.
01 January 2000 ordered.
15 June 2001 laid down.
22 November 2001 launched as the GALEA. One of the G Class built for Shell.
Tonnage 111,459 grt, 33,437 net, 72,781 dwt, dim. 290.0 x 46.3 x 25.50m, length bpp.267.0m, draught 11.00m.
Powered by a Mitsubishi steam turbine, 26,090 hp, twin shafts, speed 19.5 knots.
She is a single hull tanker and has five insulated spherical tanks in which the gas is carried by minus 164 C.
30 September 2002 completed.

She is sailing for and managed by Shell International Trading and Shipping Co (STASCO) and owned by Shell Tankers Singapore Ltd., Singapore.
Sails under Singapore flag and registry, IMO No 9236614.
2018 In-service same name owners and managers.

Source: Internet.
Panama 2018 B/2.00 sg?, scott?


Bolivia issued one stamp in 1992 for the first regatta of rowing and paddling watercraft on the Bermejo River from Bermejo to Tarija. The regatta thereafter takes place yearly. Have not more info on the regatta.
The stamp shows a canoe.

Bolivia 1992 1.20b sg? scott 865A.


About Volvo Ocean Race 2017-2018 - Alicante port of departure.
Alicante has been the Port of Exit of the World Tour to Vela in the last four editions of what is considered the longest and toughest competition of professional sport. On October 22, 2017 the city fired the fleet that traveled more than 45,000 nautical miles around the planet with stops in eleven cities to finish in The Hague (Holland), where it ended on June 30, 2018.
Alicante has also hosted the regatta since 2010 and since 2012 the only World Museum dedicated to the Volvo Ocean Race, one of the three major events in the world of sailing together with the Olympic Games and the Copa America.
For more than 40 years, the race has exerted an almost mythical influence on some of the best navigators in history, many of whom have spent years, and even decades, trying to win it.
The regatta is located at the exact intersection between the human adventure and the pure and hard competition, which turns out to be extreme and does not forgive mistakes. In the current era, in which you compete on board of monotypes (equal boats), the only way to win is sailing with more tenacity and intelligence than your rivals. The race is won in the water, not in the design phase.
There is no economic prize for the winners, but seeing your name engraved on one of the silver rings that make up the Volvo Ocean Race trophy is a reward that is unmatched by sportsmen who grew up dreaming of emulating the feats of the legends of the regatta Heroic figures who dedicated their lives to pursue victory, such as Blake, Eric Tabarly, Conny van Rietschoten, Magnus Olsson, Grant Dalton or Ian Walker.
The concept of the regatta is simple: it is the definitive ocean marathon, a race around the world in the anti-clockwise direction in constant pursuit of your rivals in which the best sailors in the world measure their forces across the oceans wildest of the globe.
The stamp shows a photograph of a moment of the competition where several boats appear on the high seas.
Source Spain Post.

The stamp shows three yachts from astern, the yacht in the left foreground is the TURN THE TIDE ON PLASTIC.
The yacht on the right is the BRUNEL.
The other yacht depict I could not identify.

The yachts for the Volvo Ocean race were designed by Farr Yacht Design as Volvo Ocean 65 yachts, and built by a consortium of shipyards and built for the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race.
It are monohull racing yachts
Dim. 22.14 x 5.60 x 4.78m. (draught), hull length 20.37m, lengt on waterline 20.00. Weight of boat 12,500 kg.
Upwind sail area 468m² mainsail and 296m² mainsail and working jib. Downwind 578m²’
Auxiliary engine: Volvo Penta D2-75 diesel engine.
Crew 10.

TURN THE TIDE ON PLASTIC was launched in 2014 as VESTA WIND and is a Volvo Ocean 65 yacht.
As Team Vestas Wind, she finished seventh in the 2014–15 Volvo Ocean Race skippered by Chris Nicholson.

On November 30th 2014, during a night navigation, the yacht grounded on a coral atoll of St. Brandon. This happened 10 days after leaving Cape Town, on the way to Abu Dhabi. The yacht was damaged and repaired the race for the last 2 legs. The grounding was because the atoll was not visible on the low scale chart. The crew was rescued by the Mauritius coast guard the next morning. The cause of the grounding was a combination of human error and the features of the navigation software. The software did not show the atoll on the route planning display at low or medium zoom levels, while the atoll would have been shown in the navigation chart display at those zoom levels. The crew on watch did not notice there was a wrong chart display on.

Following the race, the boat was refitted for the 2017–18 Volvo Ocean Race and renamed in TURN THE TIDE ON PLASTIC. Sailing under the flag of the United Naties.
She finished under skipper Dee Caffari 6th in the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race.

The BRUNEL was built by the consortium in 2014 as a “Volvo Ocean 65” yacht. Sails under Dutch flag.
Same details as the VESTA WIND.
She took part in the 2014-2015 Volvo Ocean Race under skipper Bouwe Bekking and finished second.
Took also part in the 2017-18 race, under skipper Bouwe Bekking and finished as third in this race.
Spain 2018 1.35 Euro sg?, scott?

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