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  • NORWEGIAN NAVY: Fridtjof Nansen nonsense

    A row is brewing in Norway over the status of the navy’s expensive Fridtjof Nansen class frigates. Only one of the five Aegis-equipped warships, which entered service between 2006 and 2011, is fully operational. HNOMS Fridtjof Nansen is currently hea...
  • CARGO NEWS: Eco designed VLCCs

    On 2 October global petroleum owner-operator AET named two VLCC newbuildings at the DSME shipyard in Korea. One of the vessels, Eagle Verona (pictured), was delivered immediately with the other, Eagle Versailles, to follow in December. Both 320,000dwt ...
  • Tug/Barge: Aid cargo goes to Africa

    Not quite as fast as her name might imply, the barge Lightning was used to move food aid from the United States to West Africa earlier this year in a round voyage taking three and a half months to accomplish. Part of an articulated tug/barge (ATB) set, th...
  • NEWBUILD: Fast craft for oil work

    Incat Tasmania Pty Ltd has secured a contract for the construction of a fast 70m crew support vessel for operations in the Caspian Sea oil industry in Azerbaijan. The contract was signed on 1 August in Baku, Azerbaijan by Incat Chairman Robert Clifford an...
  • Japanese MSDF: Aircraft carrier in disguise?

    Japan’s latest warship unveiling at Yokohama on 6 August has raised eyebrows and tensions in the Asia Pacific region. The new ship, Izumo (DDH-183), is not only the largest to be built since World War II but its classification as a ‘helicopter destr...
  • New lifeboat: First of a kind named

    The first of the new 13m Shannon class all-weather lifeboats was named and dedicated on 11 July 2013 at a special ceremony at the RNLI’s Lifeboat College, Poole. Named Jock and Annie Slater after a former RNLI Chairman Sir Jock Slater and his wife, Lady...
  • BALTIC SEA: Stena boost capacity

    The Stena Line Baltic route between Karlskrona, Sweden and the Polish port of Gdynia received a 20 per cent capacity boost with the introduction of British-flagged 350-passenger/1,950-lane-metre Stena Alegra. Jacob Koch Nielsen, Stena’s freight comme...
  • Regent Seven Seas: Two ships fail inspections

    Seven Seas Navigator (1999/28,550gt) failed a Center for Disease Control inspection at Skagway on 16 June, although details have only recently been released. The failure centred on record keeping, particularly in relation to the quality of drinking wate...
  • Multi-Purpose: First Northeast passage

    The Cosco-owned 19,150dwt multi-purpose ship Yong Sheng was one of the first vessels to complete a commercial transit of the Northeast Passage this year when she sailed from Dalian, China to Rotterdam, a transit which took just 35 days compared with 48 da...
  • TANKERS: Iran takes delivery of new tankers

    Iran has been taking delivery of a large number of new oil tankers lately, seven since the start of this year, to help sustain its crude export shipments in the face of expanding western sanctions. Most of the newbuildings are part of a bloc of $1.2 billi...
  • US Navy: Watch this space . . .

    The USA has positioned five warships and a number of submarines in the Eastern Mediterranean as a precursor to potential intervention against the Syrian regime. Four destroyers, Barry, Gravely, Ramage and Stout, and the amphibious transport USS San Anto...
  • US NAVY: Plastics discarded for steel

    The US Navy is to switch materials used in the construction of the last Zumwalt class destroyer after concerns at the high cost of composites used to build the superstructure of the first two ships. The subsequent award of a US$212 million contract to B...
  • P&O: World voyages announced

    Details on two world voyages for 2015 have now been released by P&O Cruises. Arcadia will operate a 106-night full circumnavigation, while Aurora (2000/76,152gt) will spend 105 nights on a grand South America and Pacific Ocean itinerary, which will ...
  • Iberocruceros: Fleet size is reduced again

    Following the transfer in 2011 of Grand Voyager to parent company Costa Crociere comes the news that Grand Mistral (1999/46,052gt), Iberocruceros’ largest remaining ship, will be heading the same way at the end of her 2013 Mediterranean season. As a ...
  • EMISSIONS RULES: DFDS to retrofit eight more

    Eight more DFDS ferries will be fitted with exhaust scrubbers during 2014 ahead of new environmental regulations coming into force in northern Europe at the start of the following year, from when sulphur emissions have to be cut to no more than 0.1 per ...
  • Channel Islands: Heulin-Renouf go out of business

    After carrying freight to and from the Channel Islands for almost 80 years, latterly with a two-ship lift-on/lift-off operation from Southampton and Cherbourg to Jersey, Guernsey and Alderney by Huelin Dispatch and Huelin Endeavour, St Helier-based Huelin...
  • CRUISE SHIP: Concordia salvage in the spotlight

    The righting of the stricken cruise ship Costa Concordia was undertaken in the full glare of the world’s media throughout Monday 16 September. Crowley Maritime’s TITAN Salvage subsidiary and the Italian firm Micoperi were ready to get the process goin...
  • IceBreaker: In service after seven years

    The US Coast Guard icebreaker Polar Star (WAGB-10) is back in service after almost seven years out of commission, and at a reactivation cost of over $90 million. The 1976-built ship, which can break ice 21ft thick, has been on ice trials in the Arctic sin...
  • NEWBUILD: Sparkling new bulker

    Representative of a new series of box-hold cargo carriers being turned out by Japan’s Onomichi yard is the 37,000dwt handy-size bulk carrier Ansac Pride, which is owned by a subsidiary of Asia Holdings Limited (AHL) and which has just taken up a five-ye...
  • Port of Hamburg: Record season in Germany with 176 calls

    This year will see all records for cruise passengers in the Hanseatic port city of Hamburg broken, with 176 planned calls bringing more than 500,000 passengers to the three cruise terminals at Altona, Hafen City and Uberseebrucke. Around 95 per cent of ...

 




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