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  • Drillships: Double naming ceremony for Maersk

    On 23 January Maersk Drilling’s second and third ultra-deepwater drillships were named in a joint ceremony held at the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) shipyard on Geoje island South Korea, where the ships have been built. The joint ceremony was the fir...
  • US Navy: Up against the clock

    An internal Pentagon assessment of the state of new advanced technologies on the first of the navy’s new class of aircraft carriers has flagged up concerns over their readiness and reliability. Although still two years away from completion, initial insp...
  • Heavylifters: Rolldock series completed

    Germany’s Flensburger-Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG) has handed over Rolldock Star, the third of four specialised ro-ro semi-submersible heavylift ships it is building for Dutch owner RollDock BV. The new 12,800gt vessels have been designed to carry very ...
  • Container ships: Maersk to revive Sealand name

    The historic Sea-Land name is to reappear on the container trades after Maersk Line confirmed that it intends to revive the brand for the carrier’s new intra-American trade. The original US Company SeaLand Services was acquired in 1999 by the Danish shi...
  • Tankers: Ethane carriers ordered

    Liquefied gas carrier operator Navigator Holdings Ltd has exercised its last remaining option to construct a 22,000m3 capacity gas carrier at China’s Jiangnan Shipyard at a previously agreed construction price of $44 million for delivery by March 2016. ...
  • Bangladesh Navy: Veterans bow out

    Bangladesh has replaced two elderly frigates, BNS Abu Bakr (F15) and BNS Ali Haider (F17), with newly-acquired Chinese warships following an agreement for their transfer in September 2012. The ex-Chinese Navy Jianghu III Type 053 H2 frigates were handed o...
  • ALGERIAN NAVY: Algeria gearing up

    The Algerian Navy’s new amphibious assault ship, Kalaat Beni-Abbes, was rolled out at Fincantieri’s Riva Trigoso shipyard on 8 January for transport by barge to the Muggiano shipyard in La Spezia for final fitting out. Displacing 8,800 tonnes, the LP...
  • Pullmantur: Divesting non-core activities

    When Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines bought Pullmantur in 2006 it acquired not only the cruise business but a far wider travel operation that included an airline. Eight years on, in a move that concentrates on its cruise activities, Royal Caribbean has sol...
  • CUNARD: Happy birthday QM2

    It does not seem ten years since Boxing Day 2003, when Queen Mary 2 arrived in Southampton for the first time. She was named a few days later, on 8 January 2004, by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, in Southampton prior to setting out on her maiden voyage...
  • Ferry latest: Brittany Ferries swoop

    Norman Voyager, currently maintaining the LD Lines’ service between Portsmouth and Le Havre, is being taken over on charter by Brittany Ferries from late March and, renamed Etretat, will continue sailing to the French port in midweek with a weekend re...
  • NEWBUILD Ready for all weathers

    Japanese shipbuilder Kawasaki Heavy Industries has been contracted to build a 169m by 28m all-weather subsea construction vessel for Norway’s Island Offshore to a Rolls-Royce UT 777 design. Due for delivery in 2017, the newbuilding will be outfitted f...
  • Port News: Gateway gets another

    The new London Gateway super port has gained its second customer as it battles with other ports to acquire business. The German line Hamburg Süd announced that, from May, it will transfer all its services from the port of Tilbury, now rebranded as Lond...
  • Cargo ship: Long narrow ‘tweendecker

    The Hartman Marine Group of The Netherlands, in conjunction with Conoship International and Vuyk Engineering Groningen, has developed a new type of ship specifically to cater for long and odd-sized cargoes, such as offshore equipment and windmills. Kn...
  • Saga Cruises: End of an era for Saga Ruby

    When Saga Ruby (1973/24,492gt) returned to Southampton from her final cruise on 9 January two days late due to bad weather, she was expected to be taken by her Saga crew to Gibraltar, either to be laid up or to be handed over to her new owners, if the d...
  • WORLD WAR I: From Flanders Fields

    Soil gathered from 70 World War I battlefields arrived in London in November 2013 ahead of events to mark the centenary of the start of the conflict. The process of bringing the ‘sacred soil’ to the UK began on Armistice Day last year with a ceremony ...
  • 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...

 




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