VA"A outrigger canoe

The Va’a is one of several spellings used throughout the Pacific Ocean for a canoe, sometimes called va. May refer to single-or double-outrigger or to double canoes. Usually a dugout hull.

Source: Aak to Zumbra a Dictionary of the World’s Watercraft.

The Va'a, so called Polynesian canoe is a canoe the stability of which is assured by a one side float
("ama" in Tahitian), connected by two wooden arms ("iato"). The links are generally assured by
rubber strips at the same time resistant and supple ("uaua". The rower is equipped with a paddle simple, the blade of which is tilted forwards. We distinguish V1 (with a rower, " Va'a ho' e"), V3 (with three rowers, " Va'a toru"), V6 (with six rowers, " Va'a ono") and V12 (with twelve rowers, " Va'a tau' ati" or double canoe).

The main differences between Va'a and Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe, hold in the absence of rudder on Va'a, whatever is the model, and in a tenser, finer esthetics.

In the XIXth century, the Polynesian va'a was a daily means of transportation. Originally, the Polynesian va'a were wooden dug. Later, they were modernized by using composite materials.

There are two types of tests events, those of speed in lagoon, and the marathons in open sea, with or without change of teams. The races are made on 500 meters, 1 000 meters or 1 500 meters for the speed. The marathons make of around thirty kilometers to more than 150 km. Several races of va'a organized in French Polynesia, the most mythical event is the race Hawaiki Nui Va'a which takes place every year in the Leeward Islands, in beginning of November.

Last year, the French Polynesia welcomed the world championships of Va'a in the category "marathon" in June, 2017. In July, 2018, the biggest world teams will be in competition in the
category "speed", besides the traditional va'a races organized within the framework of the festivities of Heiva.

The Polynesian Post office invites you to learn va'a, through this stamp dedicated to the practice
of this ancestral sport within the competitions of traditional sport of Heiva. ... 018&id=340
French Polynesia 2018 80F sg?, scott?


British Virgin Islands issued in 1993 three stamps and a miniature sheet, which shows us yachts under sail in the waters of the British Virgin Islands, only the trimaran on the MS is identified as one of the PROMENADE type trimarans built from 1979 – 2001.
Dim. 19.11 x 10 x 1.62m. (draught)
Accommodation for 10 guests in 5 cabins.
Crew 2-3.
Auxiliary engine, a 45hp Perkins engine.
Based at Tortola BVI.

2018 You still can charter “promenade trimarans” for cruising in the waters around the British Virgin Islands.

British Virgin Islands 1993 15c/$1 sg 836/39 scott 766/769., and a MS $1 sgMS 840, scott770a. (The depicted yachts on the stamps I have not any information or details.)


This stamp issue celebrates the construction of the Royal Research Ship SIR DAVID ATTENBOROUGH, the United Kingdom’s state-of-the-art polar research ship that will provide a new, modern platform for Antarctic and Arctic research.

Named after the famous broadcaster and naturalist, the commissioning of the RRS SIR DAVID ATTENBOROUGH is part of a major Government polar infrastructure investment programme designed to keep the UK at the forefront of world-leading research in Antarctica and the Arctic. Commissioned by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), built to a Rolls-Royce design by Cammell Laird, the ship will be operated by British Antarctic Survey (BAS). This £200m commitment represents the UK Government’s largest investment in polar science since the 1980s.

Launched by Sir David Attenborough himself and the BAS Director Prof Dame Jane Francis, the hull of the RRS SIR DAVID ATTENBOROUGH glided into the River Mersey on 14 July 2018. Days later, a 535 tonne superstructure was lifted into position on top of the hull. This block contains the final six decks of the ship and includes the bridge, helicopter hangar and accommodation for crew, scientists and support staff. Once operational, international scientists researching oceans, ice and atmosphere will have access to one of the most advanced polar research vessels in the world.

The UK has been a world leader in polar exploration and research for over a century. Studying these remote regions plays a crucial role in helping us understand the changes in our planet’s oceans, marine life and climate system. The RRS SIR DAVID ATTENBOROUGH‘s design optimises her ability to support science in extreme environments. A wide range of specialist scientific facilities, instruments and laboratories will enable scientists to conduct a wide range of multi-disciplinary sciences to study the ocean, seafloor and atmosphere. Data from the deep ocean and under-ice inaccessible locations will be captured using robotic and remotely operated devices.
While the vessel may have become famous after a naming competition, the public’s choice of ‘Boaty McBoatface’ will live on in the guise of an autonomous underwater vehicle, which will be on board the RRS SIR DAVID ATTENBOROUGH and will be deployed on scientific missions.

The new ship will operate year-round. She will spend the northern summer supporting Arctic research cruises and the austral summer in Antarctica carrying out research programmes and transporting people and supplies to BAS research stations. With her ability to spend up to 60 days at sea unsupported, and an ice-strengthened hull designed to break through ice up to 1m thick, the RRS SIR DAVID ATTENBOROUGH will undertake extensive voyages with significantly greater geographic coverage than her predecessors.

(Her exact details are not yet known, she is not in service.) ... rough.html
British Antarctic Territory 2018 66p, 76p, £1.01, £1.22 sg?, scott?


From the 19th Century regular Union Castle Line services between Southampton and South Africa also called at Ascension Island and St Helena However, as air travel became more common the British Government was forced to consider alternative ways of supplying the islands before the Union-Castle liners were withdrawn in 1977.

A part-passenger, part-cargo ship called the NORTHLAND PRINCE (used as a Vancouver-Alaska ferry) was refitted and renamed as the first RMS ST HELENA. This 3,150-ton ship, originally built in 1963, had room for 76 passengers and supplies and was launched in 1978 by Princess Margaret. Her details are given on: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=9940

During the Falklands conflict, after extensive modifications in Portsmouth which included the addition of a helicopter flight deck and guns, the RMS ST HELENA was used by the Royal Navy as a minesweeper support ship.

By the late 1980s it was becoming apparent that the ship was too small, old and unreliable. The need for a more efficient and reliable new ship was inevitable.
The second RMS ST HELENA was built by Hall, Russell & Company in Aberdeen in 1989 at a cost of £32.4 million and entered service in 1990. She was the last oceangoing passenger/cargo ship built in a British Shipyard. The first ship was sold to South African based interests. She was renamed the AVALON and traded for a while in the Mauritius and Mozambique areas before going to Singapore in 1996 for scrap. More is given on: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=6124
The “new” RMS ST HELENA was a British registered Class 1 passenger/cargo ship, and operated with 56 officers and crew. It was equipped to carry a wide range of cargo, including liquids, to meet the needs of the population of St Helena and Ascension Island. The ship's capacity was extended in 2012 by the addition of 24 extra cabin berths and a new gym. The 6,767 tonne RMS ST HELENA was one of only two ocean-going Royal Mail Ships and one of only two remaining passenger-cargo liners.
The RMS ST HELENA commenced her final voyage on 24 January 2018. She made her final call at Ascension on 3 February before returning to St Helena for one last visit before her final departure on 10 February to Cape Town. On completion of her service the RMS ST HELENA had been operating for 27 years and had sailed some 2,170,035 Nautical Miles.

The ship has now been re-named MNG TAHITI and acts as a vessel-based armoury ferrying guns and guards to ships navigating perilous stretches of water with heightened pirate activity in the Gulf of Oman.
For many Saints, wherever life took you, all paths converged on the RMS. The RMS was the bridge over which anyone wanting to get to or from St Helena must pass. For many Saints, it signified going home or the start of a holiday. But it was more than that. If you were leaving home in search of riches or love abroad; if you were getting married and going on honeymoon; if you were taking a new baby to see its grandmother or accompanying a loved one to get urgent medical attention, you would travel on the RMS.
Of course, for Ascension, the RMS has had a practical purpose. It’s been the lifeline for the civilian population. It’s how the employers got their workforce to their place of work. It’s how the shops got their fresh food. It’s how people sent their things, whether gifts for the family or their life’s possessions home.
For Saints, the RMS had great emotional significance and will never be forgotten. ... elena.html
Ascension 2018 £1.60 and £2.00 sg?, scott?

MSC FANTASIA cruise vessel

Built as a passenger cruise vessel under yard No A33 by STX Europe, St Nazaire France for CNF Compania Naviera Fantasia, Naples.
09 January 2007 laid down.
01 March 2008 launched as the MSC FANTASIA.
Tonnage 137,936 grt, 107, 916 nrt, 15,000 dwt., dim. 333.3 x 37.9 x 8.65m, (draught), length bpp. 296m.
Powered, diesel electric by 2 Wärtsilä 16V46c and 3 Wärtsilä 12V46C diesel engines, two electrical propulsion engines, manufactured by Converteam, each 20,200 kW, twin propellers, speed 22.7 knots.
Accommodation for 3900 passengers and 1313 crew.
10 December 2008 completed, under Panama flag and registry, IMO No 9359791.
18 December 2008 christened by the film star Sophia Loran in Naples.

After delivery managed by MSC Crociere SA., Basil

December 2008 sold to Fantasia Bad Snc, Basel, Switzerland, not renamed still managed by MSC Crociere.

MSC FANTASIA is an Italian FANTASIA-class cruise ship owned and operated by MSC Cruises. She entered service in December 2008. She was the largest ship operated by MSC Cruises, along with her sister ship MSC SPLENDIDA , until the entrance to service of MSC DIVINA (2012) and MSC PREZIOSA (2013).
MSC FANTASIA was delivered to MSC Cruises on 11 December 2008. She was officially named on 18 December 2008, in Naples by Sophia Loren, and started on her maiden voyage on the same date. Since her first cruise, this vessel has been the flagship of the company.

On March 5, 2009, high winds snapped the forward mooring lines of MSC FANTASIA while she was docked in Spain. The bow drifted away from the dock side and caused a passenger gangway to collapse into the water. One passenger and three crew members had to be rescued from the sea. One passenger was taken to hospital with head injuries, while the other three were treated for hypothermia. When she was sailing into Naples on April 5, 2012, she hit the wall of the dock, nobody was hurt, but she had a small dent on her stern area where she hit.
2018 In service, same name, owners and manager, Under Panama registry.

Source: Bureau Veritas. and Faktaomfartyg.
Madagasikara 2018 2500 Ariairy sg?, scott?


The red hulled tanker entering the Agua Clara locks on the Atlantic side of the Panama Canal, I could not identify, the only thing I could find out that she belong to Navigator Gas, a company based in New York, London and Poland.

All ships names of the fleet starts with NAVIGATOR ????, on the stamp on the stern there is a name visible, but not readable by me.

The company managed in 2018, 38 medium/small tankers for the transport of ethylene, ammonia etc.
Wikipedia has more on the company:

Panama 2018 B/3.00 sg?, scott?


The vessel in the lock is the OOCL FRANCE, the name is visible on the bow also the yellow stacks of containers on the front port side are visible on the photo.

Built as a container ship under yard No 2005 by Samsung Heavy Industries Co. Ltd., Korea for Newcontainer No 66 (MI) Sg. Inc. (OOCL), Hongkong.
05 November 2012 laid down.
12 January 2013 launched as the NYK HERCULES.
Tonnage 141,003 grt, 69,987 nrt, 144,044 dwt., dim. 366,46 x 48.2 x 29.80m., draught 15.58m.
Powered by a 12-cyl diesel engine type 12590ME-C9.2, manufactured by Hyundai Engine, 69,720 kW, one shaft speed 23 knots.
Capacity for 13,208 TEU’s, including 800 reefer containers.
30 April 2013 completed, under Hong Kong flag and registry, IMO no 9622617.

She was after delivery chartered by the NYK LINE, Japan for the LP4 service between Asia and Europe.
April 2016 transferred to FPG Shipholding Panama 30 SA, managed by the Orient Overseas Container Line Ltd. (OOCL), Hongkong.
Thereafter deployed on the Grand Alliance’s Asia-Europe services.
24 May 2017 she was the largest capacity Neopanamax container vessel to transit the Expanded Panama Canal.

2018 In service, same name and owner.

Source: Miramar shipindex. And internet.
Panama 2018 b/4.00 sg?, scott?

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