Mighty Ships

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Mighty Ships
Mighty Ships logo.jpg
Mighty Ships logo
Genre Documentary
Created by Exploration Production Inc.
Discovery Channel
Narrated by Barbara Budd
Anthony Green
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 9
No. of episodes 56[1] (list of episodes)
Running time 45 minutes
Original network Discovery Channel Canada
Original release 27 July 2008 – present
External links
Website www.discovery.ca/Shows/Mighty-Ships

Mighty Ships is a documentary television program produced by Exploration Production Inc. in Canada and aired on Discovery Channel Canada and also broadcast around the world.[2] Each episode of the series follows a particular sea-going vessel and provides an insight into the ship and its crew.

Mighty Cruise Ships is a spin-off series focusing on cruise ships which began to air in late 2014.

Series overview[edit]

A typical episode follows the crew of a particular vessel as it prepares to embark upon a voyage and concludes at the end of the journey or once a particular job has been completed. The operational capabilities and technical aspects of the ship feature heavily in the series, whilst members of the ship’s crew provide an insight into life at sea and provide a human perspective. The series also makes use of computer-generated animation to show scenes which would otherwise be unobtainable, such as underwater operations.[3]

The series was started after the success of a one-off special on the Discovery Channel entitled Inside Queen Mary 2.[2] The series has featured an extensive range of different types of marine vessels, with cruise ships, an aircraft carrier, fishing boats, dredgers and various types of cargo ships, naval and specialist ships being shown.

In a first for the series, season 7 includes a double-length episode about the maiden voyage of cruise ship Norwegian Breakaway and its construction and sea trials. Season 7 also includes a compilation episode showing vessels from the first six seasons.

The show's mixture of technical insight and human stories has proved popular with audiences.[4]

Mighty Planes is a spin-off series in the same format but featuring aircraft rather than ships.[4]


One-off special[edit]

in series
in season
Title Vessel type Vessel operator Narrated by Original air date
1 1 "Inside Queen Mary 2" Ocean Liner Cunard Line Barbara Budd 2008 (2008)
The world's largest ocean liner prepares to set sail on a five-night voyage across the Atlantic Ocean from New York City to Southampton, United Kingdom. Whilst providing entertainment and 16,000 meals a day to passengers, the crew must deal with bad weather and an infectious virus requiring passengers to be quarantined.

Season 1[edit]

in series
in season
Title Vessel type Vessel operator Narrated by Original air date
2 1 "Emma Mærsk" Container Ship Maersk Line Barbara Budd 27 July 2008 (2008-07-27)[5]
Container ship Emma Maersk battles the threat of piracy and monsoons as she transports her cargo from Tanjung Pelepas, Malaysia, through the Indian Ocean, Red Sea, Suez Canal and Mediterranean Sea to Algeciras, Spain.
3 2 "MV Becrux" Livestock carrier Siba Ships Barbara Budd 2 August 2008 (2008-08-02)[5]
Livestock carrier MV Becrux carries 16,000 cattle from Darwin, Australia to Jakarta, Indonesia. The crew ensure they are not at risk from piracy whilst also maintaining the welfare and condition of their animals.
4 3 "MV Faust" Car Carrier Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics Barbara Budd 10 August 2008 (2008-08-10)[5]
One of the largest car carriers in the world makes a winter Atlantic crossing between Southampton, UK and Newark, New Jersey, United States.
5 4 "CCGS Henry Larsen" Icebreaker Canadian Coast Guard Barbara Budd 2008 (2008)
Off the coast of Newfoundland, Canadian Coastguard icebreaker CCGS Henry Larsen patrols the frozen seas, assists the ferry Beaumont Hamel to navigate through the ice fields on its journey from Fogo Island and rescues cargo vessels which become trapped by ice.
6 5 "MV Paul R. Tregurtha" Lake Freighter TBA Barbara Budd 2008 (2008)
7 6 "Tyco Resolute" Cable Layer Tyco Telecommunications Barbara Budd 2008 (2008)
Off the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, Tyco Resolute lays fibre optic cable to connect the country into PAC-1, a major subsea telecommunications cable running between Panama and California.

Season 2[edit]

in series
in season
Title Vessel Type Vessel Operator Narrated by Original air date
8 1 "MV Resolution" Turbine Installation Vessel MPI Offshore Ltd Barbara Budd 28 August 2009 (2009-08-28)
The first ever purpose built vessel for constructing wind turbines, MV Resolution, docks at Belfast, Northern Ireland to collect turbine components before setting sail for the Robin Rigg Wind Farm in the Solway Firth to assist with its construction.
9 2 "MV Peace in Africa" Dredger De Beers Barbara Budd 2009 (2009)
In the Southern Atlantic Ocean off the west coast of South Africa, the world's largest offshore mining vessel, MV Peace in Africa, searches for diamonds using its sub-sea crawler.
10 3 "Akamalik" Fishing Trawler Royal Greenland Barbara Budd 2009 (2009)
Shrimp trawler of Royal Greenland fleet, Akamalik, sets sails from Sisimiut to the shrimping grounds of the North Atlantic Ocean as the lives of the crew are put at risk in the freezing winter weather.
11 4 "USS Nimitz" Supercarrier US Navy Barbara Budd 10 August 2009 (2009-08-10)
Nuclear powered supercarrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) and her 75 aircraft and 5000 crew, train from three months off the coast of Southern California, as she prepares for deployment to the Arabian Sea as part of the war in Afghanistan.
12 5 "HDMS Absalon" Flexible Support Ship Royal Danish Navy Barbara Budd 2009 (2009)
Danish warship HDMS Absalon [L16] leads Combined Task Force 150 in its fight against Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden.
13 6 "MV Fairplayer" Heavy-Lift Ship Jumbo Shipping Barbara Budd 2009 (2009)
On her maiden voyage, the MV Fairplayer transports 4000 tonnes of oil refinery components from Ortona, Italy to a refinery in Port Arthur, Texas.

Season 3[edit]

in series
in season
Title Vessel Type Vessel Operator Narrated by Original air date
14 1 "G.O. Sars" Research Vessel Norwegian Institute of Marine Research Anthony Green 2010 (2010)
G.O. Sars sets sail from Tromsø, Norway on a research voyage to the Arctic Ocean to examine a subsea volcano and hydrothermal vent field,with the aim of discovering new lifeforms.
15 2 "Africa Mercy" Hospital Ship Mercy Ships Anthony Green 2010 (2010)
Floating hospital Africa Mercy sails from Tenerife bound for Lomé, Togo on the west coast of Africa. On arrival the medical staff provide treatments to Togolese patients both on-board the ship and within clinics set-up onshore, whilst mechanics ensure the ship remains serviceable.[6]
16 3 "Cristóbal Colón" Dredger Jan De Nul Group Barbara Budd 2010 (2010)
The world's first super dredger provides 2.5 million cubic metres of sand for the construction of a new port at Cuxhaven on the mouth of the Elbe River in Germany.
17 4 "USS Kentucky" Ballistic Missile Submarine US Navy Barbara Budd 2010 (2010)
USS Kentucky (SSBN-737) departs Bangor, Washington state on a highly classified 70-day mission in the Pacific Ocean. One of the largest submarines ever built, she forms part of the United States' strategic nuclear deterrent.
18 5 "Oasis of the Seas[7]" Cruise Ship Royal Caribbean International Anthony Green 2010 (2010)
The largest cruise ship ever built prepares to set sail on her maiden voyage from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Her 5400 passengers are taken on a seven-day Caribbean cruise which includes stops in the US Virgin Islands, St. Maarten and the Bahamas.
19 6 "MV Solitaire" Pipe-Laying Ship Allseas Group Barbara Budd 2010 (2010)
In the Ormen Lange Gas Field, located 120 miles off the west coast of Norway, MV Solitaire lays pipeline to connect a new gas well into the existing subsea pipe network.

Season 4[edit]

in series
in season
Title Vessel Type Vessel Operator Narrated by Original air date
20 1 "MV Beluga Bremen" Cargo Ship Beluga Shipping Barbara Budd 2011 (2011)
On her maiden voyage, super heavy lifter Beluga Bremen transports Beluga Shipping's largest ever load - mining equipment bound for a gold mine in the Dominican Republic. After careful loading in Kuantan, Malaysia and picking up a further load in Shanghai, she sets sail across the Pacific Ocean.
21 2 "USNS Robert E. Peary" Cargo Ship US Navy Anthony Green 2011 (2011)
22 3 "DSV Skandi Arctic" Diving Support Vessel DOF Subsea Barbara Budd 2011 (2011)
23 4 "MS Stena Britannica" ROPAX Ferry Stena Line Anthony Green 2011 (2011)
24 5 "USCGC Bertholf" National Security Cutter US Coast Guard Barbara Budd 2011 (2011)
25 6 "CCGS Amundsen" Icebreaker and Arctic Research Vessel Canadian Coast Guard Anthony Green 2011 (2011)

Season 5[edit]

in series
in season
Title Vessel Type Vessel Operator Narrated by Original air date
26 1 "Norwegian Epic" Cruise Ship Norwegian Cruise Line Barbara Budd 20 July 2011 (2011-07-20)[8]
27 2 "North Star" Roll-on/Roll-off Cargo Ship TBA TBA 2011 (2011)
28 3 "Le Boréal" Cruise Ship Compagnie du Ponant Barbara Budd 2011 (2011)
29 4 "FPSO Maersk Peregrino" Floating Production Storage and Offloading Vessel Maersk FPSO Anthony Green 2011 (2011)
30 5 "Umiak I" Bulk Carrier Fednav Group Barbara Budd 2011 (2011)
31 6 "USS Gravely" Guided Missile Destroyer US Navy Anthony Green 2011 (2011)

Season 6[edit]

in series
in season
Title Vessel type Vessel operator Narrated by Original air date
32 1 "MV Stornes" Fallpipe vessel Van Oord Anthony Green 2012 (2012)
33 2 "USNS Grasp" Salvage ship US Navy Anthony Green 2012 (2012)
34 3 "Crystal Serenity" Cruise ship Crystal Cruises Anthony Green 2012 (2012)
35 4 "USS New York" Amphibious Transport Dock US Navy Anthony Green 2012 (2012)
36 5 "Northern Eagle" Fishing Trawler American Seafoods Anthony Green 2012 (2012)
37 6 "Neptune" Jackup Vessel GeoSea NV Anthony Green 2012 (2012)

Season 7[edit]

in series
in season
Title Vessel type Vessel operator Narrated by Original air date
38 1 "Norwegian Breakaway: The Voyage" Cruise Ship Norwegian Cruise Line TBA 10 November 2013 (2013-11-10)[9]
39 2 "Norwegian Breakaway: The Build" Cruise Ship Norwegian Cruise Line TBA 10 November 2013 (2013-11-10)[9]
40 3 "Wind Surf" Motor Sailing Yacht and Cruise Ship Windstar Cruises Anthony Green 15 November 2013 (2013-11-15)[9]
During an eight-day Mediterranean cruise Wind Surf's three hundred passengers depart from Venice and call at the Croatian ports of Rovinj, Split and Dubrovnik, Kotor in Montenegro and Messina in Sicily, before arriving at her final destination of Rome.
41 4 "MV Avataq" Cargo Ship NEAS Anthony Green 22 November 2013 (2013-11-22)[9]
Avataq is on a 3500km journey to provide essential supplies to the community of Kuujjuaq in Canada's near-Arctic.
42 5 "Ibn Battuta" Cutter Suction Dredger Jan De Nul Group TBA 29 November 2013 (2013-11-29)[9]
43 6 "Stemat Spirit" Cable Laying Vessel Stemat Marine Services TBA 6 December 2013 (2013-12-06)[9]
44 7 "Best of Mighty Ships" Various Various TBA 13 December 2013 (2013-12-13)[9]

Season 8[10][edit]

in series
in season
Title Vessel type Vessel operator Narrated by Original air date
45 1 "Quantum of the Seas" Cruise Ship Royal Caribbean International Barbara Budd 19 July 2015 (2015-07-19)[10]
46 2 "Hawk" Semi-submersible heavy-lift ship Offshore Heavy Transport TBA 19 July 2015 (2015-07-19)[10]
47 3 "Happy Star" Heavy-Lift Ship Big Lift Shipping TBA 26 July 2015 (2015-07-26)[10]
48 4 "Algoma Equinox" Lake Freighter Algoma Central Marine TBA 2 August 2015 (2015-08-02)[10]
49 5 "HDMS Peter Willemoes" Frigate Royal Danish Navy TBA 9 August 2015 (2015-08-09)[10]
50 6 "Maersk Interceptor" Jackup Rig Maersk Drilling TBA 16 August 2015 (2015-08-16)[10]

Season 9[edit]

in series
in season
Title Vessel type Vessel operator Narrated by Original air date
51 1 "North Sea Giant" Subsea Construction Vessel North Sea Shipping TBA 1 May 2016 (2016-05-01)
One of the world’s largest subsea construction vessels sets out to build a massive natural gas compression station – 300 metres underwater.
52 2 "Tonsberg" Roll-on/roll-off Transport Vessel Wilh. Wilhelmsen TBA 8 May 2016 (2016-05-08)
The world’s largest roll-on/roll-off vessel races against the clock to load and transport luxury cars, SUVs and construction equipment across the Atlantic Ocean.
53 3 "USNS Comfort" Hospital Ship United States Navy TBA 15 May 2016 (2016-05-15)
US Navy hospital ship travels from Colombia and through the Panama Canal on a mission of mercy to the tiny Caribbean island of Dominica.
54 4 "Northern Leader " Longline Fishing Vessel Alaskan Leader TBA 22 May 2016 (2016-05-22)
Alaska’s biggest longline fishing ship battles high waves and hurricane-force winds to bring home a massive catch of cod.
55 5 "Maersk Viking" Drill Ship Maersk TBA 29 May 2016 (2016-05-29)
One of the world’s most advanced drill ships builds an oil well more than 2000 metres below the waterline in the Gulf of Mexico.
56 6 "Fram" Expedition Cruise Ship Hurtigruten Group TBA 5 June 2016 (2016-06-05)
The world’s most adventurous cruise ship fights through the ice-choked fjords of Greenland to visit a spectacular collection of wildlife and icebergs.

Mighty Cruise Ships[11][edit]

Mighty Cruise Ships is a spin-off series which provides a behind the scenes insight into the voyages of six different cruise ships. It will be first broadcast in Canada during late 2014.

in series
in season
Title Vessel type Vessel operator Narrated by Original air date
1 1 "Paul Gauguin" Cruise Ship Paul Gauguin Cruises TBA 9 November 2014 (2014-11-09)
2 2 "Le Soléal" Cruise Ship Compagnie du Ponant TBA 16 November 2014 (2014-11-16)
3 3 "Azamara Journey" Cruise Ship Azamara Club Cruises TBA 23 November 2014 (2014-11-23)
4 4 "Celebrity Solstice" Cruise Ship Celebrity Cruises TBA 30 November 2014 (2014-11-30)
5 5 "Stella Australis" Cruise Ship Australis TBA 7 December 2014 (2014-12-07)
6 6 "Marco Polo" Cruise Ship Cruise & Maritime Voyages TBA 14 December 2014 (2014-12-14)

A second season of Mighty Cruise Ships will begin airing on the Discovery Channel in Canada from Feb 12, 2017. Ships featured will include Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Vista, Quark's Ocean Endeavour, MSC Cruises' MSC Divina, Viking Ocean Cruises' Viking Sea, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises' Europa 2, and Star Clipper's Royal Clipper.

in series
in season
Title Vessel type Vessel operator Narrated by Original air date
1 7 "Carnival Vista" Cruise Ship Carnival Cruise Line Shauna McDonald 12 February 2017
2 8 "Royal Clipper" Cruise Ship Star Clippers Shauna McDonald 19 February 2017
3 9 "MV Viking Sea" Cruise Ship Viking Ocean Cruises Shauna McDonald 26 February 2017
4 10 "MS Europa 2" Cruise Ship Hapag-Lloyd Shauna McDonald 5 March 2017
5 11 "MS Ocean Endeavour" Cruise Ship Kristina Cruises Shauna McDonald 12 March 2017
6 12 "MSC Divina" Cruise Ship MSC Cruises Shauna McDonald 19 March 2017


Country Network(s) Notes
Canada Canada Discovery Channel Canada
Asia Pacific Discovery HD World All season including spin off
Australia Seven Network
Only 5 episodes (Queen Mary 2, Faust, Becrux, Nimitz and Absalon) have aired as specials.
Began series from Emma Maersk
United Kingdom Quest
United States HD Theater
Smithsonian Channel
The Netherlands Discovery Channel The Netherlands
Belgium Discovery Channel Belgium
Spain La Sexta HD


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