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  • ISLE OF MAN: Steam Packet reduce debt

    The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company has ‘significantly reduced its burden of debt, and can now plan for the future with confidence’, according to chairman Robert Quayle. With claims to being the world’s longest-established ferry operator, the Dou...
  • NCL: Breakaway Plus number two

    Although the NCL publicity material implies the order that has been placed for a second enlarged version of Norwegian Breakaway was linked to the positive passenger response to that ship, the reality is that the decision to contract for the new vessel w...
  • RUSSIAN NAVY: Frigates of experience

    The Yantar shipyard has begun construction of a fourth Project 11356 frigate for the Russian Navy. Admiral Butakov is the latest in a series of six Admiral Grigorovich class frigates being built for the Black Sea Fleet. The Kaliningrad yard is well...
  • NEW BULKERS: Saga introduces Future class

    Tønsberg, Norway-headquartered Saga Forest Carriers, part of the Hesnes Group, has taken delivery of a series of eight 200m by 32.2m open-hatch bulk carriers from South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering and Japan’s Oshima Shipbuild...
  • Cargo ship runs aground off coast of Dublin

    The MV Cielo di San Francisco was en route from Cork to Dublin with 21 people on board when it hit a sandbank between the Kish Bank and Bray. There are no reports of any injuries....
  • NORTH SEA: Sirena Seaways damaged

    The DFDS North Sea ro-pax link between Denmark and England was at a standstill for two weeks after route vessel Sirena Seaways (2002/22,382gt) was holed below the waterline and suffered bow damage after colliding with berthing facilities at Parkeston Qu...
  • AUSTRALIAN NAVY: Building blocks in place

    The last four hull blocks for the next HMAS Hobart have been delivered to the Air Warfare Destroyer Alliance in Adelaide following a week-long journey by sea from Newcastle. The two bow sections and two stern sections are part of the 31 prefabricated bl...
  • NEW FLEET: Dole to replace reefers

    The Dole Food Company plans to replace its reefer fleet serving the eastern Pacific between South and North America with a series of three larger vessels, which are to be delivered between 2015 and 2016  at a cost of about $165 million. Although a bu...
  • Costa Cruises: Wreck removal delayed again

    Fairly early on in the Costa Concordia saga, it was clear that the ship would never sail again, and once salvage tenders had been issued the operation would be a long one. Initial estimates, later proven to be optimistic, suggested that the wreck would ...
  • COASTER: Milestone for Scottish port

    On 8 June the coaster Nordica Hav (1982/1,514gt) discharged a shipment of 2,000 tonnes of high quality wheat at Kirkcaldy in Scotland to break the 100,000-tonne barrier of wheat being discharged at the port since its reopening to commercial shipping in ...
  • CONTAINER SHIP: MOL Comfort sinks

    On 17 June at around 1200, in high winds and heavy 6m seas, the container ship MOL Comfort suffered a crack amidships and began taking on water. The vessel was approximately 200 miles from the Yemini coast at while en route from Singapore to Jeddah. The v...
  • Ship repair: Servicing the world’s largest

    In late June Damen Shiprepair Brest (France) returned the Ultra Large Crude Carrier (ULCC) TI Europe, presently the largest vessel in the world, to her owners, EURONAV (Belgium), after successfully completing a full technical survey and service on the s...
  • NEW BUILD: Con-ro launched

    German shipbuilder Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft has launched the 210m long con-ro ship Oceanex Connaigra for St John’s, Newfoundland-based Oceanex and will deliver the vessel later this year. A service speed of 20 knots will be provided by two MAN...
  • UK BUILT WARSHIPS: UK shipbuilder delivers

    BAE Systems Maritime has formally delivered two warships to overseas customers at separate ceremonies in Portsmouth. NPaOc Araguari, the third of three Ocean Patrol Vessels, was handed over to the Brazilian Navy on 21 June, followed later by the interim...
  • LIVE FISH CARRIER: Success leads to new order

    An unusual arrival at the Cumbrian port of Workington was the 1,460dwt wellboat Viktoria Viking (2009), which collected a cargo of live fish from local fish farms. Built by Aas Mekaniske Verksted at Vestnes in Norway, the 57m vessel averages 9.7 knots, ...
  • ROYAL NAVY: The sensitive type

    HMS Iron Duke has emerged from a 16-month refit with a new look and greatly enhanced surveillance capability as the first warship to be equipped with the Type 997 air/surface search radar. The digital beamforming system, which makes it highly resistant ...
  • CUNARD: QM2 makes a 200th crossing

    Queen Mary 2 made an historic 200th Atlantic crossing, sailing from New York on 6 July to Southampton, where she arrived on 13 July. To mark the historic voyage, the ship performed a sail-by of the iconic statue atop Liberty Island, and a celebratory Ga...
  • Carnival Corp: All change at the top

    After a pretty bad year or so, at least in terms of events giving rise to negative publicity, Carnival Corporation’s Chief Executive Officer, Micky Arison, relinquished that position on 3 July, in a move that was said to have been a planned exit. Aris...
  • SHIP DESIGN: Arctic concept

    Damen Shipyards Group, together with various partners, have developed a new Arctic vessel, the Damen AMTSV (Arctic Modular Towing Supply Vessel). The 100m double-acting supply ship is capable of operating in the Barents Sea year round and in the Baffin Ba...
  • PLATFORM SUPPLY: World Diamond delivered

    Damen Shipyards Galati has delivered World Diamond June, the first of six Platform Supply Vessels for Norwegian offshore owner World Wide Supply, built to an entirely new Damen design. World Diamond was christened by godmother HRH Crown Princess Margarita...

 

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