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  • Cunarders: Queen Elizabeth salutes Queen Mary

    For the first time since 1967, a Cunard Queen Elizabeth met with the long-retired Queen Mary in Long Beach, an event celebrated with an exchange of whistle salutes, fireworks and fanfare. In addition, a narrative of the ships’ histories was broadcast ...
  • PORT NEWS: ‘Tank’ goodness for Guinness

    Dun Laoghaire Harbour, whose sole commercial customer is Stena Line’s HSS fast craft from Holyhead, welcomed its first cargo ship in more than two decades when Myrte (2008/6,120gt) docked on 17 February. Two more cargo ships arrived later, the largest...
  • HISTORIC STEAMER: Sailing dates for the year

    In early April it was announced that The Solent Steam Packet Limited (TSSP) has received a £1.4 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to pay for work on the historic Southampton-based steamer Shieldhall. A three-year project Saving Shieldhall&nb...
  • MOD Tugs: Gone where?

    Two former Ministry of Defence tugs disappeared without trace after being smuggled out of a Cornish port during the early hours of 3 March. The 151-tonne Dog class pair, Juliette Pride I (ex-Sheepdog, pictured) and Juliette Pride II (ex-Husky), had been...
  • IRISH SEA: Cork-Swansea hopes gone

    Revival of a ferry link between Ireland and South Wales has been ruled out in the present economic and competitive climate. A report commissioned by Cork County Council and the Port of Cork stated that a service cannot be justified commercially on the b...
  • Hurtigruten: Another collision

    Hurtigruten’s cruise ship Kong Harald (1993/11,204gt, pictured) ran aground just before midnight on 4 March at the entrance to Trollfjord in Norway. The ship had to wait for high tide before she was able to free herself, and then proceeded to Svolvaer...
  • CARNIVAL CRUISES: More grief for Carnival

    Following the problems with Carnival Triumph (see SM, May), the company has suffered two further serious breakdowns. In mid-March Carnival Legend had engine problems that caused the call at Grand Cayman to be cancelled, and the ship headed back to Tampa...
  • ROYAL NAVY: Duncan and Dragon

    The Type 45 construction programme has concluded with the delivery of the last of six destroyers to the Royal Navy. Duncan arrived at her home port of Portsmouth and was formally handed over on 22 March. She will undergo a series of sea trials and crew ...
  • CHINESE NAVY: Chinese charm offensive

    A Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) flotilla on an anti-piracy mission called at Malta in March for a five-day stopover ahead of further visits to ports in Algeria, Morocco, Portugal and France. The ships, the Jiangkai II class Type 054A f...
  • Container ships: Latest box boats enter service

    During February and March some significant vessels were delivered to a number of container lines, with a number of companies receiving their first Ultra Large container vessels and new records being set. On 28 February the christening ceremony for Cosc...
  • Container ships: Boxboat efficiency from Korea

    South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) yard at Gunsan has delivered the 5,000TEU super-efficient container ships Alexandros and Aristotelis to Capital Shipmanagement as the first of five sisters, the remaining three to be handed over within the ...
  • NEW TANKER: Stena series completed

    South Korea’s Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) has delivered the 158,700dwt fuel-efficient Suezmax tanker Stena Sunrise to the Stena Bulk organisation in Sweden as the last in a series of seven similar ships which were ordered at the beginning of 2010. ...
  • Parcel Tankers : New tankers for Stena Weco

    Sweden’s Stena Bulk A/B and Indonesia’s Golden Agri-Resources Ltd have set up Golden Stena Bulk as a new joint venture company to take over four 50,000dwt product tankers ordered by Stena Bulk last year from China’s Guangzhou Shipyard Internationa...
  • US NAVY: Freedom prepares to dazzle

    The US Navy has sent one of its Littoral Combat Ships on an overseas deployment for the first time. USS Freedom (LCS-1) departed San Diego on 1 March and headed for Singapore from where she will conduct maritime security operations and participate in in...
  • Seabourn: Surprise sale to Windstar

    Seabourn Cruises has announced the sale, to Windstar Cruises, of the three smallest ships in its fleet. Seabourn Pride will be the first to leave, in April 2014, followed by Seabourn Legend and Seabourn Spirit about a year later. Seabourn Pride will com...
  • COMPANY NEWS: Mitsui OSK to trim fleet

    In a major cost-cutting move, Japan’s Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) has indicated it will sell, scrap or return ships and cancel charter contracts on at least 70 vessels in order to reduce its free tonnage from 250 to 180 ships. The company, which lost $2 bi...
  • SHIP AGROUND: Airbus ro-ro goes aground in river

    In late January, with high winds gusting to 55 knots, the ro-ro ferry Ciudad de Cadiz (2009/15,643gt) broke free of her moorings at Mostyn, North Wales and became grounded on Salisbury Bank just outside the port. She had been waiting to load a pair of A...
  • 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...

 

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