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  • ALL LEISURE: All Leisure expands

    All Leisure Holidays, parent group of Swan Hellenic Cruises, Voyages of Discovery and Hebridean Island Cruises, is investing more than £35 million in building up its fleet and refurbishing existing vessels. The 550-passenger Alexander von Humboldt (199...
  • OCEAN STAR CRUISES: Mexico Cruises to resume

    Mexican operator Ocean Star Cruises is hoping to bring Ocean Star Pacific (1971/23,149gt) back into service on 11 December after a prolonged period of repairs following a fire in one of her generators on 15 April, shortly after she entered service for h...
  • AUSTRALIA: Curtains for Kanimbla

    Defence, the Australian government department, has decided to call time on the amphibious ship HMAS Kanimbla due to concerns over her seaworthiness. The decision to decommission was made following an assessment of her materiel state after the ship was w...
  • ROYAL NAVY: A piece of the puzzle

    A&P Tyne has delivered on the first part of its £55 million contract for the QEC project. The construction of Centre Block 03, part of the hangar and flight deck structure, was completed five weeks ahead of schedule. The module, which is 63m long, ...
  • MILITARY SEALIFT: First for Dickie Byrd

    The Military Sealift Command’s dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Richard E. Byrd has become the first US Navy ship to visit Cam Ranh Bay for 38 years. During a week-long stay the 42,674-tonne Lewis and Clark class vessel underwent restorative maintenance...
  • US NAVY: Tandem dry docking

    In an effort to save both time and money, the US Navy awarded a $17 million contract to the NASSCO shipyard at San Diego, California this year to upgrade two of its frigates simultaneously on the yard’s 825ft by 135ft drydock (below). USS Vandegrift a...
  • Aground at Littlehampton

    On 17 August Alderney Shipping’s small coaster Mungo (1980/664gt) was stranded on the east training wall at the entrance to Littlehampton harbour when arriving with a cargo of aggregates. The Coastguard rescue team, lifeboats from Littlehampton and Sh...
  • TANKERS: Trading imbalance

    The new container feeder vessel Samskip Innovator (2011/7,852gt) has begun operating on the container service from Hull to Rotterdam, working opposite the 217TEU Geest Trader (1995/2,899gt) on a service operated by Samskip. However, while both had almos...
  • PORT NEWS: New era for Scottish harbour

    On 10 August a new era dawned for the Scottish harbour of Kirkcaldy when the cargo vessel Danica Hav arrived with a trial shipment of grain and thus become the first commercial vessel to enter the harbour for over two decades. The harbour has recently ...
  • TANKER: Cowes Week collision

    As widely reported in the national press, the 123,581dwt crude oil tanker Hanne Knutsen was involved in a collision off Egypt Point, Isle of Wight with the racing vessel Atlanta on the first day of racing during Cowes Week in early August. The yacht bec...
  • PORT NEWS: Under new management

    In July Berwick Harbour Commissioners announced losses of £63,312 for 2010 on the back of a similar deficit in 2009. In an effort to turn things round, a deal was struck for the Berwick Harbour Commissioners to take over the management of Tweed Dock fr...
  • COMPANY PURCHASE: MJM Marine to Buy Company In Administration

    It is believed that joinery and fit-out firm MJM Marine is in discussions to buy Essex-based Pedley Furniture International, which went into administration earlier this year. MJM has already been operating Pedley's factory under licence and would give the...
  • ROYAL NAVY: HMS Albion arrives in Liverpool

    HMS Albion, one of the Royal Navy's largest warships, arrived in Liverpool for a six-day visit. The 18,000 tonne amphibious assault ship was moored at Liverpool's cruise liner terminal, and the visit included a parade through Chester by the ship's crew t...
  • SHIPWRECK: Footage of 1859 Royal Charter to be Shown

    When the steam clipper Royal Charter was smashed on the rocks off Anglesey in October 1859 on her return from Melbourne, 459 passengers and crew went down with her. The ship, laden with gold, was shipwrecked by a force 12 hurricane. On 25 October underwa...
  • ROYAL NAVY: HMS Scott Departs on New Mission

    After returning to Plymouth in April for maintenance and helping to celebrate the centenary of the Terra Nova expedition to Antarctica led by Captain Scott, HMS Scott has now left Devonport Naval Base. A hydrographic survey veseel, the ship will resume it...
  • CARNIVAL CRUISES: Major refit for Destiny

    Carnival Cruise Lines is sending Carnival Destiny (1996/101,353gt) to Grand Bahama Shipyard, Freeport for a month-long extensive refit in early 2013, by which time she will be 17 years old. The Lido deck is to be completely restyled and the magrodome at...
  • TANKERS: Korea Line Corp tankers sold

    The financial failure of South Korea’s Korea Line Corporation (KLC) earlier this year has seen a number of the carrier’s ships sold off in recent months. In April Scorpio Tankers acquired KLC’s medium-range tankers Blue Coral and Blue Diamond...
  • OFFICER CADETS: ‘Wishing Bell’ at Greenock

    A 19th bell once used in foggy conditions to aid Clyde steamers using the Glasgow and South Western Railway’s Princes Pier has been unveiled as the latest feature of the £250,000 development of Greenock Ocean Terminal’s cruise facility, close to th...
  • IRISH SEA: Stena names for quartet

    The four vessels in Stena Line’s acquisition of Irish Sea routes have received new names. Heysham-Belfast freight ro-ro Scotia Seaways became Stena Scotia, route partner Hibernia Seaways became Stena Hibernia and Belfast-Birkenhead ro-pax twins Lagan ...
  • SHIP LOSS: Austal’s largest cat

    Austal’s shipyard in Henderson, Western Australia has delivered the 112.6m by 26.2m high-speed ferry Leonora Christina to Denmark’s Færgen (formerly Nordic Ferry Services) for operation by its subsidiary Bornholmer Færgen between Sweden and Denmar...

 

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