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?


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 ?

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