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  • CRUISE SHIP: Discovery detained

    The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) detained the 1972-built cruise ship Discovery at Portland Port in late February after the crew were unable to launch lifeboats in a pre-cruise safety drill. The passengers, whose cruise was cancelled, were paid a...
  • NEW LIFEBOAT: New Anglesey life-saver

    The new £2.7 million 16m Tamar lifeboat Kiwi arrived at her Anglesey home of Moelfre on 4 March to a warm welcome from hundreds of local people and well-wishers who lined the coast path to watch as the new lifeboat was led into the bay by the boat she ...
  • NEW BUILDS: LNG-fuelled fish feeders

    Two more LNG-fuelled fish feed transporters are to be completed for operation in Norway following the earlier delivery of Høydal from Turkey’s Tersan Shipyard. The latest two, to be built by Fiskerstrand BLRT AS in Ålesund, have been ordered by Egil...
  • Irish Sea: Clyde repairs for Finnarrow

    Finnarrow’s relief stint on the Irish Sea Central Corridor ended abruptly on 19 February when the 1996-built Finnlines ro-ro suffered serious hull damage while berthing at Holyhead following a crossing from Dublin Port. Finnarrow’s 77 driver/passeng...
  • Western Channel: Brittany’s Le Havre surprise

    Despite making cuts on other Western Channel routes, Brittany Ferries are launching a high-speed passenger and vehicle service between Portsmouth and Le Havre to operate Thursday to Sunday each week from 17 May to 16 September using the 97m Incat Norman...
  • CMV: Seasonal role for Astor

    Possibly in an attempt to fill the gap left by the demise of Classic International Cruises, Cruise and Maritime Voyages announced its charter of Premicon’s Astor (1987/20,606gt) for three winter seasons, cruising from Australia. However, the announcem...
  • Carnival Cruises: Problems for Carnival

    On 10 February, while Carnival Triumph (1999/101,509gt) was on a four-night Caribbean cruise from Galveston, Texas, a fire broke out in her engine room in such a location that it disabled the electrical systems and effectively shut the ship down. At the...
  • Classic Internat’l: Reprieve for old-timers

    In February it was announced that the former fleet of Classic International Cruises had found new homes. The company filed for Bankruptcy in October 2012 after the four operational ships in its five-ship fleet were arrested in various Mediterranean port...
  • US NAVY: Budget battles ahead

    The US Navy has highlighted a ‘worst case scenario’ in the face of the country’s ongoing budget crisis. The failure of Congress to agree a new Pentagon spending bill will trigger $4 billion in automatic ‘sequestration’ spending cuts on 1 ...
  • BELGIAN NAVY: Belgium’s border order

    The Belgian Navy is to get two new inshore patrol vessels in early 2015. The so-called Duty Ready Ships (RDS) will be used for coastal surveillance, law enforcement and search and rescue operations inside Belgium’s exclusive economic zone in the North...
  • INDIAN NAVY: Ice cold in Arkhangelsk

    The Indian Navy took redelivery of INS Sindhurakshak following the completion of the boat’s mid-life refit at the Zvezdochka shipyard in Severodvinsk on 26 January. During a two-year overhaul, the 1997-built vessel was retrofitted with the Klub-S crui...
  • Bulk carrier: Bulk carrying round the world

    Delivered on 5 July 2012 by Jiangmen Nanyang Ship Engineering Co Ltd, Jiangmen for Danred VK/S of Hellerup, Denmark, the new bulk carrier Bianco Victoria Bulker is now beginning to pay her way round the world. Registered in Valletta, the 20,928gt, 32,17...
  • Multi-purpose: China Navigation newbuilds

    The China Navigation Company (CNCo), founded at Shanghai in 1872 and part of the Swire group, is taking delivery of a new series of eight S Class multi-purpose vessels from China’s Zhejiang Ouhua Shipyard. The 31,000dwt fuel-efficient vessels have bee...
  • BULK CARRIER: Forced to call on Wearside

    The 172m Croatian-flagged bulk carrier Molat, which was carrying a large cargo of timber, got into difficulties off the Wearside coast which may have been caused after she hit ice. The 2000-built vessel, with 20 crew on board, began to list at around 10...
  • TANKER: Tramping through winter

    Winter came early in Europe in 2012 and kept up its icy blast throughout the New Year. Seafarers had to cope with winter storms and sub-zero temperatures while trying to keep supplies moving. One tanker that tramps all over Europe is Sten Hidra (2007/11...
  • RUSSIAN NAVY: New Year resolution

    The Russian Navy held its biggest naval exercise for more than a decade in January. The war games in the Mediterranean and Black Seas involved the Northern, Baltic, Black Sea and Pacific Fleets conducting more than 60 joint training missions. The inter-...
  • Saga Cruises: Mechanical problems follow Ruby

    Following the breakdown of Saga Ruby (1973/24,492gt) in November 2012, the ship suffered further mechanical problems just before departing on her world cruise in January, when a problem with her crankshaft and bearing was discovered. Her departure from ...
  • ANCHOR HANDLER: Damen’s new design

    In February Damen Shipyards Group introduced its newly-designed Damen AHTS 200 (pictured), a deepwater Anchor Handling Tug Supplier able to operate in water depths in excess of 3,000m. The AHTS 200 is the latest addition to the Damen Offshore Series. T...
  • COMPANY NEWS: Hapag-Lloyd and Hamburg Süd to merge?

    Germany’s two premier shipping lines, Hapag Lloyd and Hamburg Süd, have announced that they are again in discussion over a possible merger.  The world’s sixth and 12th largest box lines said in a joint statement that their executive boards, ...
  • SUPPLY VESSEL: World Diamond launched

    On 18 January Damen Shipyard Galati (Romania) launched the 80.1m World Diamond, the first of six fully-equipped Platform Supply Vessels for Norwegian offshore company World Wide Supply. The PSV 3300 series is part of Damen’s newly designed range of pl...

 

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