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  • NORTH SEA: Sirena Seaways damaged

    The DFDS North Sea ro-pax link between Denmark and England was at a standstill for two weeks after route vessel Sirena Seaways (2002/22,382gt) was holed below the waterline and suffered bow damage after colliding with berthing facilities at Parkeston Qu...
  • AUSTRALIAN NAVY: Building blocks in place

    The last four hull blocks for the next HMAS Hobart have been delivered to the Air Warfare Destroyer Alliance in Adelaide following a week-long journey by sea from Newcastle. The two bow sections and two stern sections are part of the 31 prefabricated bl...
  • NEW FLEET: Dole to replace reefers

    The Dole Food Company plans to replace its reefer fleet serving the eastern Pacific between South and North America with a series of three larger vessels, which are to be delivered between 2015 and 2016  at a cost of about $165 million. Although a bu...
  • Costa Cruises: Wreck removal delayed again

    Fairly early on in the Costa Concordia saga, it was clear that the ship would never sail again, and once salvage tenders had been issued the operation would be a long one. Initial estimates, later proven to be optimistic, suggested that the wreck would ...
  • COASTER: Milestone for Scottish port

    On 8 June the coaster Nordica Hav (1982/1,514gt) discharged a shipment of 2,000 tonnes of high quality wheat at Kirkcaldy in Scotland to break the 100,000-tonne barrier of wheat being discharged at the port since its reopening to commercial shipping in ...
  • CONTAINER SHIP: MOL Comfort sinks

    On 17 June at around 1200, in high winds and heavy 6m seas, the container ship MOL Comfort suffered a crack amidships and began taking on water. The vessel was approximately 200 miles from the Yemini coast at while en route from Singapore to Jeddah. The v...
  • Ship repair: Servicing the world’s largest

    In late June Damen Shiprepair Brest (France) returned the Ultra Large Crude Carrier (ULCC) TI Europe, presently the largest vessel in the world, to her owners, EURONAV (Belgium), after successfully completing a full technical survey and service on the s...
  • NEW BUILD: Con-ro launched

    German shipbuilder Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft has launched the 210m long con-ro ship Oceanex Connaigra for St John’s, Newfoundland-based Oceanex and will deliver the vessel later this year. A service speed of 20 knots will be provided by two MAN...
  • UK BUILT WARSHIPS: UK shipbuilder delivers

    BAE Systems Maritime has formally delivered two warships to overseas customers at separate ceremonies in Portsmouth. NPaOc Araguari, the third of three Ocean Patrol Vessels, was handed over to the Brazilian Navy on 21 June, followed later by the interim...
  • LIVE FISH CARRIER: Success leads to new order

    An unusual arrival at the Cumbrian port of Workington was the 1,460dwt wellboat Viktoria Viking (2009), which collected a cargo of live fish from local fish farms. Built by Aas Mekaniske Verksted at Vestnes in Norway, the 57m vessel averages 9.7 knots, ...
  • 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...

 




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