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  • 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...
  • Small ferry: Hotel guests left stranded

    Guests and staff of the luxury Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort were left stranded on the secluded private wooded island in September 2013 by a standoff between hotel owners and the ferry operator. Cenocent, which runs the 24-hour cable-ferry L...
  • Cuba Cruise: Under way at last

    It was supposed to happen last winter, but for some reason did not, but now Louis Cristal is being prepared for her Atlantic crossing, followed by a first season of cruises that circumnavigate Cuba. She was due to sail from Greece on 24 November 2013 in...
  • Royal Navy: OPVs to plug gap

    The Royal Navy is to get three new Offshore Patrol Vessels. The ships will be built by BAE Systems at their shipyards on the Clyde as a stop-gap measure to maintain shipbuilding skills between completion of the Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers and ...
  • ‘Tweendecker: Long and narrow

    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-size cargoes such as offshore equipment and windmills. Known ...
  • GAS FACILITY: Biggest ship launched

    The 488m (1,601ft) by 74m (242ft) hull of Shell’s Prelude floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility has been floated out of its construction dock at the Geoje yard of South Korea’s Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI). Once completed, it will be posi...
  • Costa Cruises: Two refits undertaken

    Both Costa Voyager (2000/24,427gt) and Costa Classica (1991/52,926gt) have had refits of varying complexity and have both been dry-docked. Along with Grand Mistral (now Costa neoRiviera), both ships received attention during November 2013 at the San Gio...
  • Bulk carrier: Duckling detained

    The Panama-registered cargo ship Donald Duckling (1997), condemned as ‘a Mickey Mouse operation’, was detained at the Port of Tyne in November. Crew members on the bulk carrier were so poorly fed they were forced to fish from the vessel and burn loose...
  • CONTAINER SHIPS: Maersk orders tankers

    Denmark’s Maersk Tankers, which sold its large gas carriers to the BW Group in May 2013, and its small gas tankers to Navigator Gas in 2012, has ordered four MR product tankers from South Korea’s Sungdong Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering as it focu...
  • Foreign aid: Typhoon aid mission

    HMS Illustrious has delivered 500 tonnes of UK aid to areas of the Philippines devastated by Typhoon Haiyan. The helicopter carrier, with seven helicopters on board, was diverted via Singapore from counter-piracy operations to assist with the humanitarian...
  • TUI Cruises: Newbuilding floated out

    The first newbuilding for the TUI/Royal Caribbean joint venture TUI Cruises was floated out at the STX shipyard in Turku, Finland on 8 November 2013. Together with her sister, due for delivery in 2015, Mein Schiff 3 (pictured) will be the largest ship i...
  • LOCH LOMOND: Good support for Maid

    The £3.3 million appeal to restore the paddle steamer Maid of the Loch to service on Loch Lomond attracted donations of more than £102,000 in its first nine months, with support coming from individuals in all parts of Britain as well as enthusiasts in...
  • OFFSHORE NEWBUILD: First US-built X-bow

    Edison Chouest Offshore of the United States and Island Offshore of Norway, through their joint partnership company Island Ventures II LLC, have ordered two 145.7m (478 ft)  by 28m (92 ft) offshore construction vessels, one to be built in the US at...
  • NEW FERRIES: BC Ferries order three

    The British Columbia Ferries commissioner has approved BC Ferries’ application to construct three new intermediate class vessels to replace the 48-year old Queen of Burnaby and the 49-year-old Queen of Nanaimo, both nearing the end of their service li...
  • New ferry: Green ship recycling

    Japan’s classification society, ClassNK, has issued the first Statement of Compliance (SoC) for a ship recycling facility in Japan to Miyaji Salvage Company. The SoC certifies that the Miyaji facility and its recycling procedures are fully in complian...
  • New ferry: Christened with a coconut

    Traditional champagne was eschewed for a coconut when the Dredging Corporation of India’s DCI Dredge XXI was launched by Holland’s IHC Merwede yard last year. The 114m by 21.3m vessel was delivered in October 2013 after having been fitted out with h...
  • Norwegian CL: Norwegian’s biggest two

    The names for the two ships being built for NCL by Meyer at Papenburg, Germany have been announced as Norwegian Escape and Norwegian Bliss. The ships will be delivered in late 2015 and early 2017 and with a gross tonnage of 163,000 will be Norwegian Cru...
  • SUPPLY VESSEL: LNG-powered success

    In November 2013 international energy company Statoil extended the time charter with Eidesvik Offshore of Norway of the LNG-powered supply vessel Viking Queen. This is the second optional extension to a contract first signed in 2006, and will cover the pe...
  • Cruise ship: Idle in Tilbury

    The Marshall Islands registered cruise ship Gemini continues to lay idle in Tilbury docks. She arrived on the Thames in October 2011 for lay-up following the failure of Spanish operator Quail Cruises who operated her under the Happy Cruises brand. Own...

 

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