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  • US NAVY: Navy trials X-craft

    The US Navy has moved a step closer to its goal of operating unmanned combat aircraft from aircraft carriers with successful at-sea deck trials of an Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator. The X-47B, which is almost the same size as an F/A-18C Hornet,...
  • ROYAL NAVY: Sink or scrap veterans?

    The Disposal Services Authority (DSA) has invited tenders for the sale of the Type 22 frigates Campbeltown, Chatham, Cornwall and Cumberland. The ships were prematurely decommissioned between September and October 2011 as part of the government’s cont...
  • ROYAL NAVY: Astute future investment

    The UK MoD is to invest a further £2.7 billion in the Astute submarine programme, of which £1.2 billion is to be allocated for the completion of Audacious. The fourth submarine of the planned class of seven is halfway through construction, with all of...
  • CONTAINER SHIPS: Two newbuildings for Rickmers-Linie

    Rickmers-Linie is to take delivery of two 20,000dwt newbuildings in 2015, built at Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding in China. The multi-purpose vessels will be equipped with two 450-tonne cranes and one 120-tonne crane. The two main cranes will enable them ...
  • TANKER: Palm oil joint venture

    China’s Dongfang Shipbuilding has delivered the 9,000dwt tanker Golden Adventure to Golden Stena Weco, a new joint-venture company formed by Stena Weco and Indonesian palm oil producer Golden Agri Resources (GAR). The ship will be employed moving carg...
  • BULK CARRIER: The ‘buck’ stops here

    The career of the bulk carrier Tim Buck came to an end on 12 October 2012 when she made an unpublicised arrival at the ship-breaking facilities of Alang Auto and Engineering Co Pvt Ltd at Alang, in India. The bulk carrier was a product of the VEB Warnow...
  • Company news - COSCO and China Shipping to merge?

    China’s COSCO Shipping’s profits plunged 73 per cent during the third quarter of last year, strengthening rumours that it might merge with compatriot owner China Shipping Container Line (CSCL) to cut costs. The two carriers, which control 80 per cen...
  • Ola Cruises - Black Prince – the end?

    Fred. Olsen’s former Black Prince (1966/11,209gt) has come to the end of her useful life. She left the Olsen fleet in October 2009, having been sold to Ola Cruises, a division of Servicios Acuaticos de Venezuela, for a new cruise operation from Venezu...
  • FERRY - Destination Turkey?

    A near two year lay-up on the Thames for former P&O Ferries vessel Pride of Dover (1987/26,433gt) ended on 29 November 2012 with departure under tow by German tug Eide Fighter and a final destination believed to be Tuzla, Turkey.  However, the ...
  • US NAVY - Boldly gone

    USS Enterprise, the world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, was officially deactivated at Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia on 1 December 2012. The task of safely disposing of more than 62,000-tonnes of steel and aluminium and eight nuclear re...
  • PRESERVED SHIP - HMS Belfast celebrates 75 years

    St Patrick’s Day in mid-March will mark 75 years since HMS Belfast was first launched in 1938. Ordered by the Admiralty in 1936 and launched by Mrs Neville Chamberlain, HMS Belfast is one of the last surviving World War II Royal Navy ships in the UK a...
  • Bulker - Delayed exit for bulker

    The Chinese-flagged bulk carrier Hua Heng 166 (2011/32,965gt) arrived at the port of Portland (pictured below) in November 2012 for emergency repair work, assisted into harbour by the local tug Maiden Castle. Repairs were needed after the bulker, which ...
  • New ferry - Condor plan Weymouth return

    Regular sailings by Condor Ferries’ fast craft from Weymouth to the Channel Islands and France will resume on 17 July subject to repair works being completed to repair damage to the harbour wall, which forced all sailings to be switched to Poole from ...
  • RESCUE AWARD - Rescue recognition for crew

    Officers and crew of the Crowley Maritime Corp-managed vessel Ocean Titan were recently honoured with a 2012 Admiral of the Ocean Sea (AOTOS) Mariners’ Plaque for demonstrating heroism at sea during the United Seamen’s Service’s (USS) annual AOTOS...
  • RESEARCH SHIP - Nuclear caller in New Zealand

    New Zealand has been renowned since the 1980s for its status as a nuclear-free nation, and since then no nuclear-powered or nuclear-armed vessel has been welcomed in any of the country’s ports. However, at the end of November 2012 the Japanese oceanog...
  • Northern Isles - Interior upgrading for Serco’s Northlink pair

    Serco Northlink Ferries is making major upgrades to the public areas of Hrossey and Hjaltland, the vessels introduced in 2002 to cover Aberdeen-Kirkwall-Lerwick services and direct Aberdeen-Lerwick sailings. The biggest change is amidships, where the à...
  • NORTH Channel - Changes as Stena reaches 50

    Stena Line, celebrating the 50th anniversary of its ferry debut, has made changes in top management, with Gunnar Blomdahl standing down after ten years as chief executive. He is replaced from 1 January by 46 year-old Carl-Johan Hagman, who was previousl...
  • Carnival Cruises - Carnival resumes ordering

    Carnival Cruise Lines announced on 26 October 20112 that it had signed an agreement with Fincantieri for the construction of a 135,000gt ship with a capacity for 4,000 passengers to be delivered in winter 2016. Although similar in size to the recently-d...
  • Various operators - Hurricane Sandy aftermath

    Quite apart from the loss of life and tremendous destruction across the East Coast of the USA, Hurricane Sandy in October 2012 caused rather more disruption to cruise schedules than most hurricanes. Carnival Cruise Lines was the worst affected, with sev...
  • WestCord Hotels - Rotterdam’s future secure

    After years of uncertainty following the instruction to the majority shareholder in the ship, the Dutch social housing corporation Woonbron, to sell its stake, the future of the former transatlantic liner Rotterdam is more secure than at any time since ...

 

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