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  • IRISH SEA: Channel veteran goes for scrap

    A 50-year career, starting with English Channel service as Townsend Ferries’ first purpose-built car ferry Free Enterprise in April 1962, is ending at Turkish breakers after the long-serving vessel, latterly Okeanis, owned by Ionian Lines of Greece, l...
  • NCL: First and only call

    NCL’s latest ship, Norwegian Breakaway (see SM, July), made her first and, for the foreseeable future, only call in Southampton in April, arriving at the City Cruise Terminal on the morning of 29 April and sailing the following afternoon for New York,...
  • RAN: Aussies look north

    The Australian Defence department is pursuing closer co-operation with Japan as it determines the way ahead for the submarine service. The navy’s six Collins class boats are due to be replaced from 2026, and the long process of developing replacements...
  • Port news: Serving the Emerald Isle

    In January it was announced that MSC had launched a new Atlantic Arc container feeder service based on Le Havre, serving Liverpool, Greenock and Dublin. The service started with three vessels, each with a capacity of over 1,600TEU, one of which served D...
  • BAHAMAS: Bahamas boosts security

    The Government of the Bahamas is to acquire nine Damen-built vessels for the Royal Bahamas Defence Force. The new fleet will see the introduction of three types of craft, with orders for four 42m Stan Patrol 4207 and four 30m type SPa 3007 ‘Sea Axe’...
  • BREAKBULK: Rickmers-Linie adds tenth vessel

    Rickmers-Linie has added a tenth vessel to its eastbound Round-the-World Pearl String Service as part of its continuing programme of investment. The global breakbulk, heavylift and project specialist has taken Rickmers Savannah on long-term charter to h...
  • Portuscale Cruises: A Classic happy ending

    Portuscale Cruises is the new trading name of the owner of four of the former Classic International ships, acquired recently from the mortgage holders. Their first move saw the long-running refit of Funchal resumed, and it now seems likely that the 1961...
  • P&O Australia: Sailing from all states

    P&O Cruises in Australia will feature cruises from every Australian mainland state during the recently published 2014-15 programme. Highlights of the programme include the positioning of Pacific Jewel (1990/70,310gt) in Fremantle during 2015 for a s...
  • PENTLAND FIRTH: Northlink Orkney route disrupted

    Passengers and cars may not be carried on Northlink Ferries’ Pentland Firth service between Scrabster and Stromness until late May after the route’s 2002-built vessel Hamnavoe suffered a main engine crankshaft failure at the end of April. The 600-pa...
  • ENGLISH Channel: TEF Ramsgate sailings halted

    Transeuropa Ferries (TEF), established in 1986, ceased sailings between Ramsgate and Ostend on 18 April, with the Slovenian parent’s Belgian operation filing for bankruptcy. With TEF vessels Gardenia (1978/ 8,097gt) and Larkspur (1976/14,558gt) stopp...
  • Carnival Cruises: At last some good news for Carnival

    About 40 miles of Key West, Florida on 12 April, Carnival Conquest (2002/ 110,239gt) rescued 13 Cubans from the raft on which they were floating and later handed them over to the US Coastguard. The ship was at the end of a seven-night cruise from New Or...
  • Lindblad: First visit to Bremerhaven

    Lindblad Expeditions’ National Geographic Explorer (1982/6,471gt) arrived at the Lloyd Werft repair yard in Bremerhaven on 27 April for a three-week overhaul that included attention to the ship’s thrusters, rudder and propeller shafts. The visit als...
  • US NAVY: Newport News

    Progress on what will become the most expensive ship ever built has reached 96 per cent structural completion with the addition of the last flight deck module. The upper bow section of the future USS Gerald R. Ford was added at the Newport News shipyard...
  • ROYAL NAVY: Exercise Joint Warrior

    The maritime element of this year’s first Joint Warrior exercise took place around the coast of Scotland between 15 and 29 April. The manoeuvres, the largest to be held in Europe this year, involved almost 13,000 military personnel from ten nations. ...
  • Brazilian Navy: Bids for capital ship

    DCNS has offered an adapted version of its PA2 aircraft carrier design to the Brazilian Navy in response to a request issued in 2012. Brazil has aspirations to build one or two new aircraft carriers, with foreign assistance, to replace its 1963-French b...
  • Container ships: APL scrapping four C10s

    APL Ltd, the container arm of Singapore’s Neptune Orient Lines, has taken four of its US-flag container ships out of service and will sell them for demolition. The C-10s President Adams, President Jackson, President Polk and President Truman were buil...
  • Container ships: Endeavor in South Wales

    DFDS Logistics now offer a door-to-door container service from Spain to the UK and Ireland, in partnership with Vapores Suardiaz Norte SL. The line is now served by three container vessels, each sailing from Bilbao to UK and Irish Ports on a weekly basi...
  • BULKER: Freighter grounds in Denmark

    A frequent visitor to UK ports, mainly with timber cargoes, the 3,186dwt Russian general cargo vessel Ivan Shchepetov ran aground in the morning of 13 April at Isefjord, Kattegat, Denmark. The vessel went hard aground and divers were asked to make a sur...
  • OFFHORE SUPPORT: Optimistic operator

    America’s Harvey Gulf International Marine is following the lead of a number of northern European firms in the offshore sector by ordering a series of LNG-burning offshore support vessels (OSVs) and two deepwater construction vessels (CVs). All of the n...
  • NEW CRUISE SHIP: Titanic II plans move forward

    Australian mining billionaire Clive Palmer has unveiled more details of the modern replica of the ill-fated ocean liner Titanic that he plans to have built in China by the CSC Jinling Shipyard. According to Palmer, who formed Blue Star Line in 2012 to o...

 




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