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  • RO-RO Vessel: Dry-docked in Belfast

    Harland and Wolff’s reputation as a ship repair facility was reinforced in May with the unexpected arrival of hybrid ro-ro container vessel Oceanex Connaigra (2013/26,800gt) from St John’s, Canada. Built by Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft and launc...
  • Adventure Canada: Back in cruise service

    After a period in use as an accommodation ship off Shetland, FleetPro Ocean has secured a charter for its Ocean Endeavour for the summer of 2015. She will operate a series of cruises in the Canadian Arctic and on the Greenland coast, including two Northwe...
  • Peruvian NAVY: Peru’s new supplier

    An ambitious Peruvian Navy has acquired the fast combat support ship HNLMS Amsterdam for an undisclosed fee. Transfer of the 17,000-tonne  replenishment ship, complete with her 30mm Goalkeeper CIWS, is scheduled for December. An economic upturn in Pe...
  • Container ships: ACL’s new ten-year Mersey deal

    Atlantic Container Line (ACL) has chosen the Port of Liverpool as the UK port of call for its new five-strong fleet of ro-ro/container ships (CONROs), which are the world’s largest, after a review of schedules, market potential and opportunities for its...
  • RO-RO CARRIERS: Thamesport gains African service

    Netherlands-based RMR Shipping has chosen London Thamesport to handle the UK call of its North West Europe-West Africa ro-ro service. The first call of the service was made by the 176m ro-ro vessel Dresden (37,237gt) on 25 May. The vessel has the versatil...
  • RAN: Nuship’s bad vibrations

    The ‘shakedown’ cruise of the Royal Australian Navy’s new helicopter carrier Canberra was literally that, as the ship encountered excessive vibration at high speed, leaks and electrical problems during her sea trials while en route from Williamstown...
  • COSTA CRUISES: Removal of Concordia wreck at last

    The 30 air tanks fitted to the wreck of Costa Concordia started to be pumped full of air on 20 July in order to raise the remains of the ship, ready for her final trip to ship dismantlers in Genoa. At one stage it was suggested that Costa Concordia would ...
  • NEWBUILD: Viking Star float-out

    A major milestone for Viking Cruises’ move into ocean-going cruise ships, as opposed to the river cruise vessels it has operated hitherto, was marked on 23 June, when their inaugural cruise ship, the 930-passenger Viking Star (pictured), was floated out...
  • Container ships: Evergreen transfers to Felixstowe

    The UK’s largest container terminal at Felixstowe has received the first call of Evergreen’s China European Shuttle (CES service). Previously, the CES service did not have a UK call, but from May the UK port was added, while a number of other ports we...
  • NEWBUILD: Windfarm service operation vessel

    The growing number of offshore wind farms in Europe is generating a number of new designs for service operation vessels (SOVs). One of the latest is a 1,350dwt SOV of 72.2m in length put forward by the UK division of Holland’s Offshore Ship Designers....
  • Portuscale Cruises: Funchal out of Falmouth

    Portuscale’s Funchal returned to Falmouth on 22 April at the start of her first full summer season since completing her lengthy refit. She undertook two cruises from Falmouth before heading empty to Gothenburg for her now re-established seasonal program...
  • Container Services: G6 consolidate services

    Southampton and London Gateway have gained while Felixstowe has lost out after the G6 Alliance announced the UK port calls of its consolidated USA service shake up. The G6 Alliance, comprising APL, Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM), MOL, Hapag-Lloyd, NYK and ...
  • Containership: Latest OOCL boxboat

    Hong Kong-based container line Orient Oversea Container Line (OOCL) has recently christened its tenth ultra large containership. The vessel was christened OOCL Singapore at Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard on Geoje Island, South Korea. OOCL Singapore i...
  • OCEANIA CRUISES: Major refit completed

    Oceania Cruises welcomed Insignia back to the fleet after a two-year charter and an extensive dry-dock.  Insignia is the first of three sisterships from Oceania Cruises to undergo a US$50 million refurbishment. Nautica and Regatta are to be dry-...
  • US Navy: Ten for price of nine

    The US Naval Sea Systems Command has awarded its largest shipbuilding contract ever, worth a record US$17.8 billion. The fixed-price incentive multiyear contract for ten Block IV Virginia class attack submarines is for two vessels per year up to 2018...
  • Reefer: Aground off Galapagos

    The Ecuador-flagged reefer Galapaface 1 (1979/1,183gt) ran aground at Wreck Bay, near the entrance to the harbour at Baquerizo Moreno on San Cristobal island, the easternmost of the Galapagos inhabited islands at 0315 local time on 9 May. It is understo...
  • PATROL VESSEL: Irish Navy’s playwright

    The Irish Naval Service’s newest ship, the €50 million LÉ Samuel Beckett (P61), was christened by Caroline Murphy, niece of the Nobel Prize-winning playwright, after whom the ship is named, at Dublin’s Liffey Quays, near the East Link Bridge, on ...
  • New design: X-Bow accommodation

    CASCO Offshore, a specialised accommodation subsidiary of the TMA Group, has contracted Holland’s Ulstein Sea of Solutions, part of the Ulstein Group, to design a 144.6m by 33m accommodation vessel that will be capable of housing up to 800 people. T...
  • Iberocruceros: End of line for Ibero?

    As the fleet of this Spanish subsidiary of Carnival Corp is reduced to a single ship, the future of Iberocruceros seems uncertain. Carnival’s involvement dates back to 2007, when it acquired 75 per cent of the cruise business of Iberojet, part of the Sp...
  • Russian Navy: Russia fuels expansion

    The first of a new class of fleet tanker for the Russian Navy was laid down at the Nevsky Shipyard near St Petersburg on 26 April. Academician Pashin will become the first purpose-built ship to provide logistical and replenishment-at-sea support to the Ru...

 




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