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  • US NAVY: Was it a chart error?

    A delicate and drastic salvage operation is underway to remove a grounded American warship from a protected coral reef near the Philippine coast. USS Guardian became firmly beached on 17 January after the minehunter sailed from a routine visit to the fo...
  • FRENCH NAVY: Operation Serval

    The ongoing military operation against Islamist fighters in Mali has seen the French Navy deploy one of its Mistral class LHDs in a power projection role for the first time. The recently-commissioned FS Dixmude sailed from Toulon with a full load of veh...
  • ROYAL NAVY: Queen Elizabeth taking shape

    The Aircraft Carrier Alliance project has passed two more significant milestones with the delivery of the first MT30 gas turbine followed soon after by the roll-out of Upper Block 07. Rolls-Royce completed installation of the first main engine in late J...
  • Container ships: Off with the bulbous bows!

    Denmark’s Maersk Line, the world’s largest container carrier, is removing the bulbous bows from a number of its container ships in a bid to cut fuel costs. Steffen Hartvig Nielsen, head of vessel optimisation at Maersk Maritime Technology, noted tha...
  • COASTAL CONTAINER: Service resumed from Irlam

    On 5 January the 260TEU container vessel Coastal Deniz (1991) made a first-ever voyage up the Mersey and then the Manchester Ship Canal to Irlam Container Terminal. The vessel is normally employed, along with her sister vessel Coastal Isle (1991), on th...
  • Tanker: Liverpool tanker damaged

    Liverpool-registered ships no longer make the news as much as they once did, but the 65,125dwt tanker Stena Primorsk managed to do just that in late December 2012 when she suffered a punctured outer hull on New York’s Hudson river and had to have near...
  • LNG BULKER: ‘Clean sky’ thinking

    Lloyd’s Register has given approval in principle (AIP) to a new ‘Clean Sky’ bulk carrier design featuring a gas-powered propulsion system drawn up by Chinese shipbuilder COSCO and Piraeus, Greece-headquartered shipowner Golden Union. The initial ...
  • Argentina: Strikes cause disruption

    There have been problems in recent weeks for a number of ships calling at Argentinian ports. On 20 November 2012 two ships operated by One Ocean Expeditions, Akademik Ioffe and Akademik Sergey Vavilov, were prevented from sailing due to a national strik...
  • NEW ZEALAND: Updates for ANZACs

    The Royal New Zealand Navy is to issue tenders for the mid-life upgrade of the MEKO 200 frigates HMNZS Te Kaha and HMNZS Te Mana. The Defence White Paper 2010 identified the ANZAC frigates would require a Self-Defence Upgrade (SDU) package to address ob...
  • Excursion ship bombshells

    After 27 years on the Medway, the paddle steamer Kingswear Castle, built in 1924 and powered by a compound diagonal engine dating from 1904, has been towed back to the river Dart to commence a 15-year charter for a summer role, including the ‘Round Ro...
  • BULKCARRIERS: The ‘Future’ of bulkers

    Tønsberg, Norway-headquartered Saga Forest Carriers, part of the Hesnes Group, has taken delivery of the 55,596dwt Saga Future, the first in a series of eight 200m by 32.2m open-hatch bulk carriers it is having built in Asia by South Korea’s Daewoo S...
  • WIND FARM: Installation record

    In December 2012 the platform support vessel MPI Discovery (2011/ 19,533gt) completed the installation of 101 of the 175 turbines at the London Array wind farm, in what was an offshore wind farm installation record. All 175 turbines have now been put in...
  • BC FERRIES: Ready for retirement

    Canada’s BC Ferries is planning to retire another two of its older ferries, the 1960s-built Queen of Nanaimo and Queen of Burnaby, which are considered to be too old for updating with new dual-fuel burning engines. Designed by Phillip Spaulding, the s...
  • TANKERS: Scorpio adds to its tanker fleet

    Scorpio Tankers Inc is one of the world’s newer tanker companies, having been launched in 2010 through an initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange. However, it is also part of the Scorpio Group which, through its various executive office...
  • CONTAINER SHIPS: First LNG-burning container ships ordered

    America’s TOTE Inc has finalised a contract with the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard at San Diego, California covering the construction of two liquefied natural gas (LNG)-fuelled 3,100TEU container ships plus options for three more. When completed in...
  • MEDITERRANEAN: Going strong in Malta

    Passenger ferry Keppel (pictured), still bearing the name carried through more than 20 years of Clyde sailings starting during the late 1960s, remains in service from Malta, offering regular trips out of Bugibba in the north of the island to Comino and ...
  • ENGLISH CHANNEL: Transeuropa charter Calais

    Withdrawn by P&O Ferries last October after almost 25 years of service out of Dover, Pride of Calais started a three-year charter-purchase to Transeuropa Ferries in January, running between Ramsgate and Ostend as Ostend Spirit and increasing route f...
  • Royal Caribbean: A third (and possibly fourth) Oasis

    After talks between STX, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and the Finnish Government over financing of a third ship in the Oasis of the Seas class broke down, within a short time the order for that ship had been placed with STX at St Nazaire, France. The 36...
  • LOUIS CRUISES: Back again for 45th year

    Orient Queen (1968/15,781gt) will open the 2013 season of three- and four-night cruises from Piraeus in March. She then moves to Lavrion for a series of five-night cruises, handing over in Piraeus to Louis Olympia (1982/37,773gt). Now the oldest ship in...
  • Cunard Line: QV’s fifth anniversary

    To celebrate the fifth anniversary of the entry into service of Queen Victoria (2007/90,049), the ship’s godmother, the Duchess of Cornwall, was invited back to see the ship and witness the unveiling of a specially commissioned portrait of her by roya...

 

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