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  • Car Carriers: First LNG auto carriers

    Norway’s United European Car Carriers (UECC), which is jointly owned by Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) and Wallenius Lines, has ordered the world’s first dual-fuel Pure Car and Truck Carriers (PCTCs) from Japan’s Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI). The sh...
  • Container ships: New berth attracts new vessels

    Opened at the end of March, Southampton’s new state-of-the-art SCT 5 container berth has already seen maiden calls from two of the world’s largest container vessels. The first new vessel to use the berth was APL Merlion, which arrived on 7 April. A...
  • Freight news: New service offers added benefits

    A new twice-weekly freight service from Northern Spain to Portsmouth International Port started on 13 May using the ro-ro vessels Stena Forecaster and Stena Forerunner (both 2003/24,688gt), with the route offering the added benefit of going on to Belgiu...
  • Princess Cruises: Expansion down under

    In what will be its biggest ever deployment in Australia, Princess Cruises will base five ships there during 2015-16, with the 108,865gt Golden Princess joining the growing fleet for the first time. She will use Melbourne as her home port. Dawn Princess a...
  • FERRY UPGRADES: Refit and rebuild for Silja

    Estonian shipping group Tallink is investing a total of €20 million in upgrading the two Helsinki-Stockholm ferries operated by its Finland-Sweden brand Silja Line. The first, Silja Serenade, came out of Turku Repair Yard on 15 February after six week...
  • Germany: Cruise market growing

    The German cruise market is the fastest growing in Europe and one of the fastest growing in the world, according to recently-released information. The Hamburg Cruise Centre expects the number of German ocean cruise passengers to exceed two million in 20...
  • Container Ships: Flettner rotor ship returns to service

    European wind turbine manufacturer Enercon has returned its turbine transporting vessel E-Ship 1 to operation after taking the vessel out of service for almost a year to have its seven Mitsubishi diesel generator sets replaced by Caterpillar units. Altho...
  • New hull form: Negative stem hull

    The 23,249dwt Ice Class IA multi-purpose vessel Reestborg, completed last year by Ferus Smit for Wagenborg, illustrates one of the many new hull forms being developed to reduce resistance, the design in this instance featuring a bulbless bow with negati...
  • Cruise & Maritime: Further expansion plans

    Hot on the heels of the CMV takeover of Transocean Kreuzfahrten came the news that it had acquired the sales and marketing of another German operator, Passat Kreuzfahrten. Passat operates Delphin, a 470-passenger ship built in 1975 by Wärtsilä in Turk...
  • POLISH NAVY: Poles revisit past project

    The Polish MoD has selected Thales to provide the main combat system for the future patrol vessel ORP Slazak, as the warship edges ever closer to being finished, having been under construction for more than a decade. She was originally laid down at the ...
  • New Bulkers: COSCO order bulkers

    On 20 March China Ocean Shipping  (COSCO) announced that it had ordered eight new bulk carriers via its investment company Prosperity Investment 2011 Ltd. The order comprises four 40,000dwt ships and four 180,000dwt Capesize vessels which work out at...
  • Passenger ship: Unscheduled diversion

    The small Norwegian passenger ship Gann made her first visit to Wearside after an unscheduled diversion. Used as a winter training school for sea cadets, she was carrying 184 crew and student mariners when plans to dock at another North-East port had to...
  • HIGH-SPEED: Movers and sheikhers

    Austal has won a US$125 million order from an undisclosed customer in the Middle East for the design, construction and integrated logistics support of two so-called High-Speed Defence Support Vessels (HSSVs). The 72m HSSVs will be deployed on similar mi...
  • Tankers: Into Canada

    Concordia Maritime and Neste Oil have sold their jointly-owned Ice Class 1A Manamax tankers Stena Poseidon and Palva to Canada’s Transport Maritime St-Laurent Inc, a joint venture formed by Groupe Desgagnés of Montreal and the Canadian division of Vale...
  • OCEAN TOWAGE: Boskalis takes Fairmount

    Holland’s Royal Boskalis Westminster NV has reached an agreement to acquire Fairmount Marine and its affiliate, Fairmount Ocean Towage Company, from Louis Dreyfus Armateurs of France. Boskalis said the addition of Fairmount’s fleet of five 205-tonne...
  • Svalbard: Northern archipelago closed from 2015

    Norway’s remote northern archipelago of Svalbard will largely be closed to cruise ship passengers after 1 January 2015 as the final stage of the heavy fuel oil ban takes effect. The regulation was originally introduced in 2007 for much of the area. Th...
  • US NAVY: Forward thinking

    The US Navy has modified its requirement for three Mobile Landing Platforms by opting to complete the third ship on order as an Afloat Forward Staging Base (AFSB). The switch in primary role from a pure semi-submersible heavy-lift ship into a more flexibl...
  • New Bulkers: Fuel-efficient bulkers

    China’s Shandong Bohi Industry Co, Ltd, a major trader in cereals and oils, has ordered two 82,000dwt CROWN MHI 82 bulk carriers from compatriot Sinopacific Shipbuilding Group, with options for two more. The next-generation ships, which have been develo...
  • Ukrainian Navy: Capitulation in Crimea

    The Ukrainian Navy has lost the bulk of its ships, aircraft and headquarters following Russian annexation of the Crimean peninsula, where the majority of its assets were based. Russian forces moved into the region in mid-March, seizing a dozen warships mo...
  • Royal Caribbean: Oil spill traps ships

    Following the collision between the bulk carrier Summer Wind and a fuel barge in the Houston Ship Channel on 22 March, about 170,000 gallons of heavy tar-like oil was spilled into the sea, largely blocking all of the ports in Galveston Bay and seriously...

 




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