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  • Chemical Tanker: Fire and collision off Busan

    The Hong Kong-registered chemical tanker Maritime Maisie suffered a catastrophic fire after a collision in waters off Busan, South Korea. On 29 December 2013, at around 0215 South Korean time, approximately 9.2 nautical miles from Busan, the 2003-built Ma...
  • Replica: Galleon across the Atlantic

    There is a growing number of historic replicas afloat, and several are making ocean crossings, but in a much safer manner than the originals. One such is an 85ft replica of Ferdinand Magellan’s galleon, NAO Victoria, which crossed the Atlantic last wi...
  • Aurora Expeditions: Trapped in the ice for Christmas

    The expedition cruise ship Akademik Shokalskiy (pictured), operated by the Australian-based Aurora Expeditions, became trapped during the Christmas period in ice while on a cruise 1,700 nautical miles south of New Zealand. The cruise was intended to rec...
  • Asia Star Maritime: First RCI ship scrapped

    Formosa Queen (1970/22,945gt), Asia Star Maritime’s only venture into shipowning, has been sold for scrap, possibly without ever operating for her final owner. She was built by Wärtsilä at Helsinki as Song of Norway, and, after just eight years’ s...
  • NEW FRIGATE: Designed to endure

    The first of a new type of frigate developed for the German Navy was officially named Baden-Württemberg (F222) during a ceremony at ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems’ Hamburg shipyard on 12 December. The Type 125 class is designed to be able to deploy to a...
  • UK BUILT COLLIER: Collier’s last voyage

    On 19 December 2013 the 2,535dwt Shoreham (pictured), which had been under arrest for almost a year in the Spanish port of Santander, made a short voyage to the scrapyard in the same port, and four Russian sailors that were still on board were flown home ...
  • Ramsey Steamship: Centenary marked

    To mark the centenary of the founding of the Ramsey Steamship Co, the company’s small coaster Ben Maye (1979/548grt) was dressed overall for a commemorative charter voyage marking another event that took place in 1913. The Bideford-built ship docked ...
  • MSC CRUISES: Lengthening back in fashion

    The four smallest and oldest units in the fleet of MSC Cruises will be lengthened by 24m between August 2014 and November 2015 by Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri, adding 59 crew cabins and 193 passenger cabins and increasing the maximum passenger capaci...
  • US NAVY: Splash and ripple

    There were starkly different launch methods as the US Navy’s latest Littoral Combat Ships took to the water. The Independence class, Jackson (LCS 6), was sedately transferred from land to sea through a multi-step procedure from a new assembly hall at Au...
  • Container ships: Newbuilds delivered to MSC

    Geneva-based Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), the world’s second largest shipping line, has taken delivery of two new post-Panaamax vessels. The 9,403TEU MSC Asov is the first of three wide-beam vessels ordered in September 2010 by Germany’s Schu...
  • Chemical Tanker: Wärtsilä drive for newbuild

    Stolt Tankers has chosen to buy the complete main propulsion systems for six new chemical tankers it is having built by China’s Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding Group from Finland’s Wärtsilä. The packages will consist of Wärtsilä RT-flex50 two-stroke ...
  • RAN: Aussie carriers at sea

    The Royal Australian Navy’s A$3 billion Landing Helicopter Dock project has passed significant milestones, with both ships at sea as the new year began. NUSHIP Canberra embarked on first-of-class sea trials in January as the hull of the second continued...
  • Sahara India: New role for Melody

    The smallest unit in the MSC Cruises fleet, Melody (1982/35,143gt), has been sold after spending almost a year laid up. Her new owner is Sahara India Pariwar, a multinational group involved in finance, leisure, hotels, construction, property and industr...
  • Casualty: Towed back to port

    The general cargo vessel Abuk Lion (2008/5,599gt), on a voyage from Aughinish alumina plant on the river Shannon to St Petersburg, suffered engine trouble off the south west coast of Ireland. She departed the Shannon on 26 December 2013 but, after engin...
  • NEW CAR CARRIERS: Next generation for K Line

    Japan’s third largest shipping line, Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line), has announced that it intends to order an additional four new next-generation pure car and truck carriers. The extra vessels come after another recent order for four vessels placed w...
  • Oceania Cruises: Major refurbishment

    During the spring the three original ships in the Oceania Cruises fleet, all former Renaissance Cruises vessels, will undergo major renovations in what might be thought of as a mid-life refit. With a budget of $50 million, all of the ships will have sig...
  • ROYAL NAVY: Spanish sabre rattling

    A smouldering dispute between Britain and Spain has been reignited with the unauthorised entry into Gibraltar’s territorial waters of a research vessel owned by the Spanish government. The incident led to the third diplomatic clash over Gibraltar since ...
  • Paddle steamer: The rebirth of Neuchâtel

    Following several years undergoing an extensive restoration programme, the historic paddler Neuchâtel proudly entered her namesake port on 27 November 2013 under her own power for the first time in 45 years, ready to start her inaugural season this spr...
  • Indian Navy: The Gorshkov saga

    The Sevmash shipyard has at last delivered INS Vikramadiyta (R33) to the Indian Navy. The troubled refurbishment project concluded with a commissioning ceremony at Severodvinsk on 16 November, five years late and three times over budget. The Kiev class ...
  • Gas Tanker: Pioneering LNG carrier

    Dutch gas carrier operator Antony Veder has placed the world’s first directly-driven dual-fuel LNG carrier, the 12,344dwt Coral Energy, in service following her delivery from Germany’s Meyer Werft yard at Papenburg last year. With a capacity of 15,60...

 




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