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  • 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...
  • CONTAINER SHIPS: Newbuilds for OOCL

    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...
  • TRANSPORT SHIPS: Fewer points for Sealift

    The MoD has reduced the number of Point class transport ships readily available to provide UK armed forces with a dedicated strategic lift service from six to four. The cut in numbers was confirmed in response to a Parliamentary question about the outco...
  • COMPANY NEWS: Renaming cycle completed

    DFDS’s renaming of its multi-vessel passenger and freight fleet will be complete when Harwich-Esbjerg ro-pax ferry Dana Sirena (2003/22,382gt) returns to the North Sea route on 14 March as Sirena Seaways following dry-docking in Bremerhaven. Earlier ...

 

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