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PORT NEWS: Ready for big boxboats PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 19 December 2014 08:44

The 9,770gt Dutch trailing suction hopper dredger Cornelis Zanen at work to deepen the approach channels to Southampton port. ANDREW MCALPINE

Southampton port is ready to handle the biggest ships in the world after the completion of a £40 million dredging project. Since 2013 dredgers from the Dutch company Boskalis have been dredging and widening the 25 nautical miles of the main approach channel to ensure that ships with a draught of up to 15.5m – currently the largest ships in the world – can access the Port’s container terminal.

The dredging programme is the last piece of the project to improve the container terminal and ensure that it can handle ever larger ships in the future. The terminal’s new SCT 5 berth, opened in March 2014, has a 500m deepwater quay and is purpose-built to cater for the largest ships in the world.

The dredging benefits a wide range of commercial shipping that use the port, including vessels serving Marchwood Military Port and using Fawley Refinery. AM

February's mystery ship PDF Print E-mail

mystery ship

This month’s mystery ship is a classic liner from the first half of the 20th century, or maybe earlier. Can anyone help with further details? Can any reader supply the name of the ship? Which company was she operated by? When and where was she built? On what routes did she operate, and what was her fate? And where might this photograph have been taken?

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the burning SS Normandie PDF Print E-mail


Watch never before seen footage of the burning SS Normandie in New York Harbor.  The SS Normandie, a French-built ocean liner, began service in 1935 as the largest and fastest passenger ship in operation.  The Normandie is still considered to be the most powerful steam turbo-electric-propelled passenger ship ever built. Shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor, US authorities seized the Normandie while it was at port in New York, renaming it the USS Lafayette. The plan was to convert the Normandie to a troopship; however it caught fire in 1942 and capsized.  The engineer of the ship appeared to recommend a process to the save the ship, but he was barred from scene by the police. Restoration of the Normandie was considered to be too costly. This video tells the story of the Normandie, including pictures of both its exterior and interior during the time that it was a passenger ship, as well as video of the fire.  The original footage was shot by Frank Hardart, an executive at the Horn and Hardart company, from a nearby rooftop.



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