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  • BRAZILIAN NAVY: Brazil bags a bargain

    The Brazilian Navy has accepted the first of three Ocean Patrol Vessels from BAE Systems. The warship was handed over at Portsmouth on 29 June and renamed Amazonas (P120). Prior to delivery, 80 Brazilian sailors conducted two days of sea trials to famil...
  • ITALIAN NAVY: Italian Navy to downsize

    The Italian Navy is set for some drastic pruning as the troubled eurozone’s third-largest economy looks at reducing military numbers by around 30 per cent. Up to 28 older naval vessels have been earmarked for disposal in the next four years to save mo...
  • Chemical tanker: Concordia orders twins

    Gothenburg, Sweden-based Concordia Maritime has signed a contract with China’s Guangzhou Shipbuilding International for two 50,000dwt chemical parcel tankers to be delivered in 2014/15. The twin ships, to cost around $40 million each, will be employed...
  • PORT TRADE: Scrap metal shipments increase

    Several UK ports have seen a marked increase in scrap metal shipments as demand has increased around the world. A recent visitor to Hull to move scrap was the Marshall Islands-flagged Federal Polaris, built in Japan in 1985. Originally owned by Hoyo Kai...
  • TANKERS: New LR1 tanker pool

    One of the first vessels to be placed within the new Straits Tankers Pte Ltd joint venture pool formed by Japan’s Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) and Hafnia Management A⁄S is the 228m by 32m Panamanian-registered product tanker Kamome Victoria, which was com...
  • FLOATING PLATFORML: FLIP turns 50

    One of the world’s unique vessels, in fact the only vessel of her type in existence, the US Navy’s Floating Instrument Platform (FLIP) celebrated its 50th year of service in June and is likely to continue in service for many more years. Owned by the...
  • NORTH SEA: Bid to restore Norway link

    Could history be about to repeat itself? In 1984 Norwegian business and tourism interests joined forces to revive North Sea links from Bergen and Stavanger to Newcastle (North Shields) through the creation of Norway Line. Now a new consortium is bidding...
  • US NAVY: Taking to the skies

    The US Navy’s next big-deck amphibious assault ship, USS America (LHA 6), has been ‘launched’. The ship, already weighing more than 29,000 tonnes, became one of the largest objects moved across land when she was transferred to a floating dry dock ...
  • EUROPA 2 takes to the water in France

    Just four months after the keel was laid on Hapag Lloyd Cruise's new ship Europa 2 the hull touched water for the first time at a float out ceremony held at STX France in Saint-Nazaire on 6th July. Now begins the next construction phase - outfitting the s...
  • CONTAINER SHIP: Costamare gets MISC twins

    Costamare of Greece, a container shipowner that charters most of its tonnage out to other operators, has picked up two second-hand vessels from the Malaysia International Shipping Corporation (MISC), which has left the liner trades. The 1998-built twin...
  • Where to watch the P&O Cruises 175 celebrations

    To celebrate the occasion, for the first time in the company’s history, all seven of its current cruise ships will be leaving their home berths in Southampton together for a sail past, a review of the fleet by HRH the Princess Royal and a fly-past by th...
  • CONTAINER SHIP: UASC vessel makes debut

    On 21 May there was a double celebration for the port of Southampton and the DP World Container facility when United Arab Shipping Company’s (UASC) newest vessel, the 2012-built container vessel Malik Al Ashtar (141,077gt, pictured), made her maiden c...
  • SAGA CRUISES: Saga Sapphire resumes service

    Following the breakdown and subsequent repairs to the cooling system on her port engine, Saga Sapphire (1981/37,301gt) returned to Southampton on 6 May ready to resume her schedule. Unfortunately, the three-ship event in Lisbon on 3 May did not quite ru...
  • PORT NEWS: Drogheda cruise call

    Noble Caledonia’s Clipper Adventurer (1976/4,367gt) became the first ever cruise caller to Drogheda Port, where US and Canadian passengers disembarked after completing a ten-day fly-cruise circumnavigation cruise of Ireland on 14 May. The cruise, org...
  • SHIP WRECK: Aground off Cape Town

    On 12 May, in thick fog and darkness, the Chinese-owned former Japanese tuna longline fishing vessel Eihatsu Maru ran aground on Cape Town’s popular Clifton beach about 8km from the Port of Cape Town on the scenic Atlantic side of the Cape Peninsula. ...
  • COSTA SALVAGE: Concordia salvage plans finalised

    Somewhat surprisingly, Titan Salvage of the United States has been chosen to raise and remove the wreck of Costa Concordia from the rocks off the tiny Tuscan island of Giglio off the coast of Italy. It had been thought that Rotterdam’s Smit, which won...
  • PORT NEWS: Hamburg’s birthday party

    An 823rd birthday might not really be that much of a special occasion, but in the case of Hamburg it was. Over the weekend of 11-13 May the celebrations in the port attracted more than 1.4 million people and many ships from around the world. Hamburg’s...
  • COMPANY NEWS: Slim’n’trim

    Looking at energy efficiency and crew protection against pirates, Japan’s Imabari Shipbuilding has developed a new slim superstructure, called the ‘Aero-Citadel’, that combines a vessel’s accommodation and bridge with engine room and exhaust sta...
  • PORT NEWS: Government backing for Dover Port

    Ferry companies have lost a long-running battle over charges at Dover Eastern Docks after a Government report came out in favour of Dover Harbour Board. P&O Ferries, DFDS and former operator SeaFrance argued they were being forced to pay higher char...
  • NORTH CHANNEL: Farewell to Stena Caledonia

    After being laid up in Belfast from six months, Stena Caledonia (1981/ 12,619gt) began a delivery voyage to her new Indonesian owners ASDP Ferry in early June. Moved to a berth in the Musgrave Channel at the site of the former Harland & Wolff yard w...

 




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