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  • ROYAL NAVY: The sensitive type

    HMS Iron Duke has emerged from a 16-month refit with a new look and greatly enhanced surveillance capability as the first warship to be equipped with the Type 997 air/surface search radar. The digital beamforming system, which makes it highly resistant ...
  • CUNARD: QM2 makes a 200th crossing

    Queen Mary 2 made an historic 200th Atlantic crossing, sailing from New York on 6 July to Southampton, where she arrived on 13 July. To mark the historic voyage, the ship performed a sail-by of the iconic statue atop Liberty Island, and a celebratory Ga...
  • Carnival Corp: All change at the top

    After a pretty bad year or so, at least in terms of events giving rise to negative publicity, Carnival Corporation’s Chief Executive Officer, Micky Arison, relinquished that position on 3 July, in a move that was said to have been a planned exit. Aris...
  • SHIP DESIGN: Arctic concept

    Damen Shipyards Group, together with various partners, have developed a new Arctic vessel, the Damen AMTSV (Arctic Modular Towing Supply Vessel). The 100m double-acting supply ship is capable of operating in the Barents Sea year round and in the Baffin Ba...
  • PLATFORM SUPPLY: World Diamond delivered

    Damen Shipyards Galati has delivered World Diamond June, the first of six Platform Supply Vessels for Norwegian offshore owner World Wide Supply, built to an entirely new Damen design. World Diamond was christened by godmother HRH Crown Princess Margarita...
  • NEWBUILD: First Triple-E named

    On 14 June Mærsk Line’s first Triple-E vessel was named at a ceremony at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering yard in Okpo, South Korea. Although her name was widely known in industry circles before the unveiling, the ceremony marked the first ...
  • COASTAL CRUISING: Appeal to bring back Balmoral

    A £350,000 appeal has been launched to return the excursion ship Balmoral to service in 2014, the greater part of the money being needed for a major survey and refit during the coming winter. This year Balmoral is out of service in Bristol but voluntee...
  • Fred Olsen: I saw three ships . . .

    On 12 June three of Fred. Olsen Cruise Line’s four-vessel fleet were together in Copenhagen on what was thought to be the first occasion that so many of the company’s ships were in the same location at the same time. Black Watch was on a 17-night La...
  • US NAVY: New deal for destroyers

    The US Navy has awarded contracts for nine additional Arleigh Burke Flight IIA class destroyers. The orders are split between two shipyards, with Huntington Ingalls getting US$3.3 billion worth of work for five ships, starting with the future Paul Ignat...
  • HEAVY LIFTERS: More lift ships for Biglift

    BigLift Shipping has placed its latest heavylift ship, Happy Sky, in service following the 18,680dwt vessel’s completion by India’s Larsen & Toubro yard and the installation of twin 900mt heavylift cranes by Huisman of Zhangzhou, China. In res...
  • Viking Ocean Cruises Newbuild name revealed

    Viking Ocean Cruises was formally launched in Los Angeles on 16 May and at the same time announced that its first new ship would be named Viking Star. She is the first of four ships (with options on two more) ordered from Fincantieri’s Breda shipyard ...
  • ROYAL NAVY: Last hurrah for Type 42

    The last of the Royal Navy’s venerable Type 42 destroyers was decommissioned on 6 June, shortly after arriving at Portsmouth for the final time. HMS Edinburgh signed off from a farewell tour of UK ports to a 21-gun salute and a flypast by a Hawker Sea...
  • NEWBUILD: New chemical tanker

    The name of the first ship built by DSME (Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering) of South Korea has been revived after 30 years. The naming ceremony for the yard’s hull no.2018, which is the world’s biggest 75,000dwt chemical tanker and was o...
  • ISLE OF WIGHT: Wightlink count cost of legal battles

    Although successful in the latest round of its long-running court battles with Lymington River Association over plans for the development of the town’s ferry terminal and berth, Wightlink has been left with a massive legal bills. A Planning Inquiry i...
  • Port news: Hartlepool welcomes bulkers

    In the last few years the Tees port of Hartlepool has seen an increase in bulk cargo vessels using the port, as a contract was obtained for the import of sand used in certain paints and papers. Supplies are imported from Bunbury, Western Australia direc...
  • WELTON MINI-SHIP SHOW 2013

    The 2013 Welton Mini-Ship show will be held on Sunday July 28th at its usual location – Welton Village Hall, Ryland Road, Welton, Lincoln, LN2 3LU. This is the 22nd year that the event has been held – it caters for model ship collectors in the ‘smal...
  • IMR VESSEL: Ship of the year

    The recently completed Inspection, Maintenance and Repair (IMR) vessel Seven Viking (11,266gt), designed and built by Norway’s Ulstein for a joint venture owned by Subsea 7 and Eidesvik, was named Ship of the Year 2013 by the maritime magazine Skipsre...
  • Amet Cruises: Another one bites the dust

    A ship which has probably fallen off most people’s radar is Amet Majesty (1975/16,546gt), which has had many different uses during her fairly long career. Recently sold for scrap in India, she was built in France as Bore Star for Bore Line’s ferry s...
  • SPANISH NAVY: More pain in Spain

    Spain’s general economic woes, which have reduced the defence budget by 30 per cent since 2008, have taken a turn for the worse following the revelation that the first of the navy’s new S 80A class submarines exceeds it’s design displacement by at...
  • Feeder vessel: Titan Glory’s valuable cargo

    An announcement in May stated that as many as 13 VLCCs (very large crude carriers) had been ordered in the last six months, compared to seven during the same period last year. Low building prices are enticing owners, which is actually unhelpful to the t...

 

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