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  • CHINESE NAVY - One small step . . .

    Chinese state TV has shown a Chinese-made Shenyang J-15 fighter jet conducting a successful take-off and arrested landing on the Peoples Liberation Army Navy’s recently commissioned aircraft carrier, Liaoning. State media also reported that several J-...
  • NETHERLANDS NAVY - And the winner is . . .

    The Holland class OPV, the Royal Netherlands Navy’s new class of patrol vessel, has been voted ‘ship of the year’ at the Dutch annual Maritime Awards Gala. The prestigious prize is awarded to the most innovative ship, designed and mostly built in ...
  • ROYAL FLEET AUX - Electric seapower

    The Royal Fleet Auxiliary’s next fleet of tankers will be known as the Tide class. The four ships, the first to emerge from the long-running Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability (MARS) programme, will be named Tidespring, Tiderace, Tidesurge and T...
  • Cement carrier - New trade for veteran

    On 20 October 2012 an unusual vessel called at the port of Montrose. It is many years since cement was brought to the port, but this should become a common occurrence now that the Dudman Group have taken silo space at the South Quay. The vessel in quest...
  • BULKERS - Bulking up in Greece

    The world of dry bulk shipping has not been very profitable lately, with too many ships chasing too little cargo, but at least one operator remains optimistic. But Diana Shipping of Greece, which operates a fleet of 29 dry bulk carriers, including 17 Pa...
  • SHORT SEA SHIPPING - Ups and downs for Wilson

    The Norwegian based short-sea company Wilson ASA of Bergen has reported increased revenue and profits, despite uncertainty over economic development in Europe. The Wilson fleet consists of 111 vessels, which range from 1,500 to 10,000dwt, 87 of which ar...
  • NEW FISHING VESSEL: Largest longliner

    One of the world’s largest commercial longliner fishing vessels, Northern Leader, designed by Seattle-based Jensen Maritime Consultants, had her main deck completed ahead of schedule, only ten weeks into the construction phase. This environmentally fr...
  • INDIAN FERRY: Veteran fire-damaged

    One of the world’s oldest regularly operating large passenger vessels, the Shipping Corporation of India’s 38-year-old Harsha-Vardhana, suffered  fire damage in May while berthed at Khiddirpore dock, Kolkata. Ten cabins, including the Captain...
  • MUSEUM: Tallinn museum opens

    One of the most innovative maritime museums in Europe opened recently in Tallinn, Estonia. It is housed in giant seaplane hangars, which were constructed in 1917 as part of the Russian defences of St Petersburg. The interactive displays included a repli...
  • Costa Cruises: New ship and redeployments

    Costa Cruises are now considering repairing Costa Allegra (1969/28,597gt) and returning her to service. Additionally, Costa Magica (2004/102,587gt) is no longer scheduled to spend the forthcoming winter in South America, but will instead replace Costa C...
  • PEACE BOAT: New role for Ocean Dream

    The latest ship to serve as the Peace Boat was in Europe during June while on her first cruise for the organisation. In 29 years the Peace Boat Organisation has undertaken 76 voyages, using a variety of ships. The early voyages were fairly local to Japa...
  • BRAZILIAN NAVY: Brazil bags a bargain

    The Brazilian Navy has accepted the first of three Ocean Patrol Vessels from BAE Systems. The warship was handed over at Portsmouth on 29 June and renamed Amazonas (P120). Prior to delivery, 80 Brazilian sailors conducted two days of sea trials to famil...
  • ITALIAN NAVY: Italian Navy to downsize

    The Italian Navy is set for some drastic pruning as the troubled eurozone’s third-largest economy looks at reducing military numbers by around 30 per cent. Up to 28 older naval vessels have been earmarked for disposal in the next four years to save mo...
  • Chemical tanker: Concordia orders twins

    Gothenburg, Sweden-based Concordia Maritime has signed a contract with China’s Guangzhou Shipbuilding International for two 50,000dwt chemical parcel tankers to be delivered in 2014/15. The twin ships, to cost around $40 million each, will be employed...
  • PORT TRADE: Scrap metal shipments increase

    Several UK ports have seen a marked increase in scrap metal shipments as demand has increased around the world. A recent visitor to Hull to move scrap was the Marshall Islands-flagged Federal Polaris, built in Japan in 1985. Originally owned by Hoyo Kai...
  • TANKERS: New LR1 tanker pool

    One of the first vessels to be placed within the new Straits Tankers Pte Ltd joint venture pool formed by Japan’s Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) and Hafnia Management A⁄S is the 228m by 32m Panamanian-registered product tanker Kamome Victoria, which was com...
  • FLOATING PLATFORML: FLIP turns 50

    One of the world’s unique vessels, in fact the only vessel of her type in existence, the US Navy’s Floating Instrument Platform (FLIP) celebrated its 50th year of service in June and is likely to continue in service for many more years. Owned by the...
  • NORTH SEA: Bid to restore Norway link

    Could history be about to repeat itself? In 1984 Norwegian business and tourism interests joined forces to revive North Sea links from Bergen and Stavanger to Newcastle (North Shields) through the creation of Norway Line. Now a new consortium is bidding...
  • US NAVY: Taking to the skies

    The US Navy’s next big-deck amphibious assault ship, USS America (LHA 6), has been ‘launched’. The ship, already weighing more than 29,000 tonnes, became one of the largest objects moved across land when she was transferred to a floating dry dock ...
  • EUROPA 2 takes to the water in France

    Just four months after the keel was laid on Hapag Lloyd Cruise's new ship Europa 2 the hull touched water for the first time at a float out ceremony held at STX France in Saint-Nazaire on 6th July. Now begins the next construction phase - outfitting the s...

 

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