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  • ROYAL NAVY: More modules barge in

    More completed sections of the future HMS Queen Elizabeth have arrived in Rosyth from shipyards in Portsmouth and Birkenhead. BAE Systems delivered Lower Block 02, the second sizeable piece to be shipped to Scotland from the Hampshire yard in a month. T...
  • ROYAL NAVY: Gib ‘cat-and-mouse’ game

    The long-running handbagging between Spain and the UK over the sovereignty of Gibraltar has continued, with more tense stand-offs between fishing boats and authorities from both sides. In the most recent incidents, the  Royal Navy’s HMS Sabre and...
  • NEW ZEALAND: Kiwi patrol quandary

    The Royal New Zealand Navy has admitted that it may not be able to deploy up to half its fleet of inshore patrol vessels over the next 12 months due to crew shortages. The lack of manpower has been blamed on a government scheme that switched more than 3...
  • NEW DESIGN: Groot Ship’s Cross-Bow

    Hull design is becoming very important in the race towards better fuel efficiency, and a number of new bow designs have been appearing on ships recently, including the ‘Cross-Bow’ developed by Holland’s Groot Ship Design and recently applied to a ...
  • LNG TANKER: Off to the breakers

    On 28 April one of the oldest gas tankers in the world arrived at the shipbreaking yard of Van Heyghen Recycling in Ghent, Belgium. The 21,301dwt French-flagged Tellier, built in 1974 by Chantiers Navale de la Ciotat for Messigaz Gazocean SA of Marseill...
  • NEW DESIGN: Reefer line tumbles

    Norway’s Green Reefers, one of the world’s largest operators of dedicated refrigerator ships, has elected to discontinue operations after its bankers refused to provide fresh working capital following a $30.7 million loss in 2011. The majority of th...
  • US NAVY: Milestone for super carrier

    The future USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) has reached 75 per cent structural completion with the erection of the first piece of the flight deck in early April. The 717-tonne unit containing combat systems and electronics spaces became the 372nd of 495...
  • Container ships: Evergreen set to trump rivals

    Taiwanese line Evergreen has sealed a deal to charter a series of ten 13,800TEU ships that could give the line a huge competitive advantage over rivals that ordered new tonnage earlier when prices were higher. Evergreen has signed a memorandum of agreem...
  • ALGERIAN NAVY: Running like clockwork

    The American Chief of Naval operations has praised the Groton-based Electric Boat shipyard for delivering the latest Virginia class attack submarine a year ahead of schedule and under budget. USS Mississippi (SSN 782) was handed over to the US Navy 363 ...
  • Port News: Busy time for Workington

    Although Workington port lost its rail traffic a few years ago, it has gradually come back into favour and in early March had a very busy couple of weeks. The first arrival was CFL Perfect (2009/6,500dwt), with gypsum, followed by Cemsky (1990/4,566dwt)...
  • SEISMIC VESSEL: X-Bow moves to Russia

    Russia’s SOVCOMFLOT (SCF) has placed one of the world’s latest X-Bow seismic vessels in service under the name Vyacheslav Tikhonov following the signing of a long-term bareboat charter agreement with Dubai-based Polarcus. The 2011-built vessel, whic...
  • HAPPY CRUISES: Happy to be employed

    When Happy Cruises ceased trading in September 2011, the chartered fleet was dispersed, with Happy Dolphin (1990/23,287gt) returning to her owner in Greece for lay-up, while the Clipper Group-owned Gemini (1992/19,093gt) and Ocean Pearl (1970/22,945gt) ...
  • VLCC TANKERS: North Sea crude to Asia

    A supertanker loaded with North Sea Crude arrived at Ulsan, South Korea in mid-April to become the sixth such vessel to make the journey to Asia since mid-December. The vessel concerned was the very large crude carrier DHT Eagle (2002/309,064dwt), which...
  • Container ships: Samskip buys charters

    Samskip has acquired the container vessels Arnarfell (pictured) and Helgafell (both 11,143dwt), both of which have been employed by the company on the route between Iceland and Europe since early 2005. Samskip has been chartering the vessels since they ...
  • ALGERIAN NAVY: Algeria modernises

    Algeria is to spend more than €2.5 billion on new naval equipment to help combat an increasing menace from smuggling, illegal immigration and terrorism along the country’s 1,000km coastline. The money will be spent on two MEKO A200 frigates, six Sup...
  • ROYAL NAVY: QEC blocks on the move

    The first Portsmouth-built section of the future HMS Queen Elizabeth arrived at Rosyth on 4 May for integration with other delivered modules. The 1,820-tonne stern section, which has been built in two halves over 15 months, made the four-day journey wel...
  • FERRY NEWS: Prins Albert goes for scrap

    The 34-year career of a vessel regularly seen at Dover, and later at Ramsgate, while sailing to and from Ostend for former Belgian state operator RMT, has ended with her sale to Turkish breakers. Eurovoyager (1978/12,110gt), the last of a RMT trio built...
  • LOUISE CRUISES: Another old-timer for breaking

    The Sapphire (1967/12,263gt) has finally been sold for breaking after being laid up for more than a year in Greece. This attractive little ship was built as Italia by Cantieri Navale Felszegi at Trieste for Crociere d’Oltremare, a Sicilian-based compa...
  • ANCHOR HANDLER: Ice class vessel delivered

    Edison Chouest Offshore’s North American Shipbuilding subsidiary has delivered the ice class anchor handler Aiviq to Shell Exploration and Production. She is one of the most technically advanced polar class vessels in the world, and the first of her k...
  • NEW FERRY: Japanese ferry on time

    With bright pink as her signature theme colour, the new Japanese ferry Silver Princess made a punctual debut serving the northern island of Hokkaido on 8 April. Constructed by Mitsubishi at Shimonoseki for owners Kawasaki Kinkai Kisen, Silver Princess i...

 




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