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  • Amet Cruises: Another one bites the dust

    A ship which has probably fallen off most people’s radar is Amet Majesty (1975/16,546gt), which has had many different uses during her fairly long career. Recently sold for scrap in India, she was built in France as Bore Star for Bore Line’s ferry s...
  • SPANISH NAVY: More pain in Spain

    Spain’s general economic woes, which have reduced the defence budget by 30 per cent since 2008, have taken a turn for the worse following the revelation that the first of the navy’s new S 80A class submarines exceeds it’s design displacement by at...
  • Feeder vessel: Titan Glory’s valuable cargo

    An announcement in May stated that as many as 13 VLCCs (very large crude carriers) had been ordered in the last six months, compared to seven during the same period last year. Low building prices are enticing owners, which is actually unhelpful to the t...
  • CONTAINER SHIPS: Ready to join the 18,000teu club

    Two more shipping lines are to follow Denmark’s Maersk Line and join the 18,000TEU owners’ club. At the end of April China Shipping Container Line (CSCL) announced an order for five 18,400teu vessels, which it later confirmed would be built by Hyund...
  • ROYAL NAVY: Flyco ready to go

    Upper Block 14, one of the final pieces of the future HMS Queen Elizabeth has been rolled out at the Scotstoun shipyard in Glasgow. More recognisable as the aft island, the 753-tonne structure was later topped by a polemast cartridge section and made re...
  • Royal Caribbean: More bad publicity

    Royal Caribbean International is now in the unwelcome position of having a public relations problem, in the wake of Carnival’s difficulties. On 27 May, three days into a seven-day cruise from Baltimore, a fire broke out on the aft mooring deck on Gran...
  • CONTAINER SHIPS: Big boxboats debut at Southampton

    Five brand-new container ships made their debuts at Southampton during May as newbuilds continue to visit the port (see SM, July). The first was OOCL Berlin, which arrived on 1 May, followed a week later by OOCL Brussels, and then Hapag-Lloyd’s Shangh...
  • More new Great Lakers

    Canada’s Great Lakes fleet is being rejuvenated with the addition of a number of new bulk carriers ordered by Canada Steamship Lines (CSL), Algoma Central and Fednav. The orders were motivated by the removal of a 25 per cent import duty on new ships i...
  • OLD TUG: Historic tug sinks

    In April the vintage tug HMRT Golden Cross got into difficulty during high winds, which caused her moorings to break. The 58-year-old vessel drifted ashore in the bad weather and came to rest in a rocky inlet near Shepherds Point, Ardentinny, Argyll. S...
  • AKER ICEbreaker: Oblique icebreaker design

    Finland’s Aker Arctic is following up its ARC 100 oblique icebreaker design (see SM, Feb), which is currently under construction for employment in the Baltic Sea, with a larger and stronger version which will have 2.5 times the bollard pull of, and me...
  • 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...

 




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