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  • Heavylift: A giant among giants

    Holland’s Royal Boskalis Westminster NV, which placed the world’s largest heavylift semi-submersible, Dockwise Vanguard, into service last year, is proposing to build an even bigger vessel that could carry Dockwise Vanguard on its back. Boskalis has n...
  • COMPANY NEWS: COSCO scraps and builds

    Last August China’s COSCO announced that it was going to scrap 13 ships, including four container carriers and nine bulkers, as part of a restructuring. In the past six months it has carried out that plan, although it has revised the number of ships. In...
  • ROYAL NAVY: Artful enters the water

    The future HMS Artful is afloat after a delicate two-day operation to roll her out from the Devonshire Dock Hall and into the basin at Barrow-in-Furness. With experience gained in building earlier boats being applied, the third of the highly complex Astut...
  • Classic Int’l: Another oldie for the scrapyard

    Despite their best efforts, and with a charter apparently lined up, the Potamianos Brothers were unable to raise the finance needed to bring the classic cruise ship Princess Daphne up to the required standards, so she has been sold for scrap. She sailed, ...
  • ROYAL NAVY: D-Day 70th anniversary

    The Fleet flagship HMS Bulwark led a Royal Navy contingent of five ships and an international flotilla to the beaches of the coast of Normandy, France as part of events to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings. These began on 5 June with ...
  • Noble Caledonia: Fleet boosted to three

    Cruise company Noble Caledonia have increased their fleet to three vessels with the acquisition of Sea Explorer (1991), which will join Island Sky and Caledonian Sky later this year. All three vessels were formerly part of the Renaissance Cruises fleet....
  • NEWBUILD: New coasters in demand

    Two Damen Combi Freighters 3850 (Noordvliet and Zuidvliet) and the Damen Combi Coaster 2500 MV Anita have recently been delivered by Damen Shipyards Bergum in the Dutch province of Friesland as the market for smaller vessels enjoys a revival. The specia...
  • MSC: Change of plan in USA

    Having previously announced that MSC Divina (2012/139,926gt) would operate year-round from Miami on alternate Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries, MSC have changed the plan and now have the ship returning to Europe in April 2015 in a move said by th...
  • Tankers: Merger deal completed

    Hamburg-based container line Hapag-Lloyd AG and Chilean Line Compañía Sud Americana de Vapores (CSAV) have agreed to merge their container operations subject to approval of regulatory bodies. The combined entity will become the world’s fourth larges...
  • CANADIAN NAVY: Submarine integrity tested

    HMCS Chicoutimi has successfully completed two camber dives to verify her watertight integrity and the functionality of communications and other key systems as she progresses towards operational service. The submarine is nearing the completion of an Exten...
  • TECHNOLOGY: Bulbous bow surgery

    Another owner has elected to perform bulbous bow surgery in an effort to optimise fuel efficiency. Clipper Project Shipping had the bulb of its 2011-built Clipper Galaxy, a 9,100dwt multi-purpose carrier,  modified while the vessel was drydocked at C...
  • Quantum to China

    Further redeployments of ships for 2015 include the surprise move of the 4,180-lower berth Quantum of the Seas from her New York base in May 2015 to Shanghai, where she will be employed on cruises of up to eight nights to Japan and Korea. She was original...
  • Offshore vessel: Polar Onyx delivered

    Norway’s GC Rieber Shipping has taken delivery of the new offshore construction vessel Polar Onyx from Norway’s Ulstein Verft shipyard and will position the 130m by 25m vessel to Brazil to undertake a five-year charter with Ceona following the fitti...
  • US NAVY: Experimental role

    The US Navy has announced plans to install a prototype electromagnetic railgun for further development aboard the Joint High Speed Vessel USNS Millinocket. The tests, slated for 2016, are intended to help mature the future tactical design of the weapon sy...
  • Container ships: NYK agrees charter for ULCCs

    Japan’s second largest container line Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) has confirmed that it has reached agreement to time-charter a series of eight new 14,000TEU ultra-large container vessels. The arrangement is a long-term charter with a Japanese ship owner,...
  • Aida Cruises: Aidaprima running late

    Following the announcement by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries that it would take a massive loss on the construction of two 122,000gt ships for Aida Cruises came the admission that the first ship, Aidaprima, would be delivered approximately six months later th...
  • Missing Aircraft: The search goes on

    The disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 remains a mystery many weeks after its departure from Kuala Lumpur on 3 March, despite considerable efforts to locate the Beijing-bound aircraft and its 239 passengers. Initially, aircraft and ships s...
  • US NAVY: Mega-power projection

    The previously postponed christening ceremony of the US Navy’s technology flagship took place at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works shipyard in Bath, Maine on 12 April. The future USS Zumwalt will pioneer a range of new state-of-the-art technologies, the ...
  • Industry news: A decade of IMO numbers

    International Maritime Organization (IMO) numbers, the unique identifiers for ships, ship owners and management companies, were introduced under the SOLAS Convention to improve maritime safety and to reduce fraud a decade ago. Adopted in August 1994, the ...
  • NEW DESIGN: The MCV: a new vessel type

    A new ship type has been created as a consequence of the Deepwater Horizon blowout in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. The Marine Well Containment Company (MWCC), an independent organisation put together by major oil companies to develop and maintain a well co...

 




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