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  • SHIP REPAIRER: First order for shiprepairer

    On 11 April Director André Hollander and Sales Manager Theo Kloosterman announced the first ship repair order for Damen Shiprepair Brest (France). Bourbon’s Anchor Handling Tug Supply vessel Alcyon became the first vessel to use the yard since i...
  • SAGA CRUISES: A new gem for Saga

    When Saga Sapphire (1981/37,301gt) made her first appearance in Southampton on 26 March she was already several days late. The delay in re-delivering the ship from her major refit in the Fincantieri shipyard at Palermo was caused by strikes, thought to ...
  • COSTA CRUISES: Change at the top

    The contract for the removal of the wreck of Costa Concordia has been awarded to US-based Titan Salvage, in association with Italian firm Micoperi. Work was scheduled to begin in May and was expected to take around a year to complete. It seems that the ...
  • IRISH SEA: Belfast move for Seatruck

    Seatruck launched a direct service from Belfast to Heysham on 7 May using 1998-built sister vessels Arrow and Ranger, which previously ran into Larne. Later in the year, when the larger P class vessels are introduced, there will be a further switch of p...
  • ORKNEY/SHETLAND: Serco to the Northern Isles

    The Scottish Government has awarded the contact to provide Northern Isles ferry services for the next six years, worth £350 million in total, to international services company Serco with both present operator Northlink and its predecessor P&O Ferries...
  • RECORD: Largest ever cargo on the Tyne

    The Alam Pesona has broken the record for the largest ever cargo on the Tyne when it brought in 76,195 tonnes of coal. The ship had travelled almost 5,000 nautical miles from New Orleans in the US. Back in its heyday Tyneside had been one of the globa...
  • WRECK: MV Carrier removed

    The operation to remove the wreck of the cargo ship MV Carrier, which ran aground near Llanddulas, North Wales, was completed this week. It has taken contractors, PGC, less than six weeks to remove the wreck and all scrap materials from the vessel...
  • SEISMIC VESSEL: World’s most advanced researcher

    The marine geophysical company Polarcus has taken delivery of its seventh advanced seismic vessel, the Ulstein-built Polarcus Amani. Designed and built for operations in Arctic waters, the 17-knot X-Bow newbuilding carries the ICE-1A* and Winterized Bas...
  • CABLE LAYER: Oriental passage on offer

    Japan’s NYK Line does not normally accommodate passengers on its container ships, but when the ship is being chartered from another company this policy is changed. The 53,700dwt NYK Galaxy, currently operating between Japan, Australia and New Zealand ...
  • NORWEGIAN NAVY: Norway’s coastal guardians

    The Royal Norwegian Navy has taken delivery of a fourth Skjold class Fast Patrol Boat. Glimt (P964) is the latest in the six-vessel series of advanced, high-speed, surface-effect-ship catamarans designed to patrol Norway’s mazy littoral waters.Althoug...
  • AIDA CRUISES: Newbuilds for Germany

    The two ships under construction by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries at Nagasaki in Japan for Aida Cruises will be designed for year-round operation from German ports, it has been revealed. They will run on diesel fuel rather than the more widely used heavy ...
  • CASUALTY: Ghost ship

    The US Coast Guard used cannon to sink a crewless Japanese ship that was drifting off Alaska. The Canadian and US Coast Guards tracked the 200ft Japanese fishing trawler Ryou-un Maru (pictured), which is said to be the first large piece of drifting debr...
  • NEWBUILD: Axe bow for comfort

    EDT Offshore (Cyprus), an operations and management company for offshore support and dredging services, has taken delivery of a Damen Fast Crew Supplier 3507 and an FCS 5009, named EDT Leda and EDT Nefeli respectively. Both are built to the Damen Sea Ax...
  • CRUISE NEWS EXTRA: Another cruise ship cracks

    The cruise ship Azamara Quest, operated by Azamara Club Cruises, a subsidiary of Royal Caribbean Cruises, and carrying 590 passengers and 411 crew, suffered an engine-room fire on 30 March that disabled her engines and left the ship stranded off the sou...
  • SHIP AGROUND: Aground off Hebrides

    On 19 March the 112m Dutch-registered motor vessel Flinterspirit ran aground off North Uist and had to be escorted to Stornoway. The vessel became stuck on Flodday Mor Island late at night while on her way from Sweden to Belfast. All ten crew on board w...
  • CARGO SHIP VOYAGE: Transatlantic passage

    Passage on cargo ships between Europe and Canada has been difficult to obtain in recent years, but at least one vessel is now accepting passengers between Genoa and Montreal. The 45,625dwt container ship Hanjin Palermo, managed by Germany’s NSB Nieder...
  • ENGLISH CHANNEL: DFDS and LDA new Channel company

    DFDS and Louis Dreyfus Armateurs (LDA) have agreed to form a new company which, from 1 July, is to combine the Channel operations of DFDS and three LD Lines services. The new company, 82 per cent owned by DFDS with a modest 18 per cent share for LDA, w...
  • COMPANY NEWS: 50-year milestone for TT Line celebrated

    TT-Line marked the 50th anniversary of services starting between Travemünde and Trelleborg, on 28 March 1962, by vessels flying flags throughout the last week of March and with later celebrations planned for passengers, freight customers and  TT-L...
  • ROYAL NAVY: Farewell to destroyer

    HMS Liverpool was formally decommissioned at Portsmouth on 30 March. The Type 42 destroyer has travelled more than 921,700 nautical miles during 30 years of service that culminated last year with a high-profile role policing a UN blockade off Libya. Bu...
  • US NAVY: USN fleet numbers decline

    The US Navy’s latest 30-year shipbuilding programme presented to Congress reveals a decrease in the average fleet size to 298 ships through to 2042. The drop from the previous 306-ship average is largely due to the early retirement of existing warship...

 




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