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  • ACCIDENT: Stena ferry holed in collision

    Stena Feronia (1997/21,865gt), sailing between Birkenhead and Belfast while regular route vessels Stena Mersey and Stena Lagan went in turn for extended refits by Harland and Wolff, Belfast, needed shipyard attention herself after colliding with the car...
  • SILVERSEA CRUISES: World’s most expensive cruise

    A UK travel agent is promoting what is being billed as the most expensive cruise ever. Six Star Cruises are promoting the holiday of a lifetime for £1 million, or £8,000 a day. In return, a couple will be helicopter-transferred from their home to Lond...
  • TUG REGATTA: Tug racing with Kiwis

    Each year at the end of January in Auckland, New Zealand parties in celebration of the city’s founding form in what is called the world’s ‘largest one-day regatta’. The harbour then comes alive with all kinds of craft of every shape, type and si...
  • PASSENGER FERRY: Ferry route reinstated

    Due to a landslip which closed the A890 Stromeferry bypass road between Lochcarron and Plockton/Kyle near Strathcarron in January, the Highland Council revived the Strome Ferry crossing, providing passenger and vehicle sailings in January and February. ...
  • HMS VICTORY: Victory gifted to trust

    The Royal Navy has handed over custodianship of the historic HMS Victory to a newly-established charitable trust. The HMS Victory Preservation Trust, part of the National Museum of the Royal Navy, assumed responsibility for the iconic warship, which ser...
  • CARGO SHIP RENA: Salvage operation for Rena

    The losses of two large ships over the past few months due to apparent human error have made marine salvage work front-page reading. The break-up and loss of the stern section of the stricken container ship Rena on New Zealand’s Astrolabe Reef (see SM...
  • COSTA CONCORDIA: What next for Costa?

    In the Mediterranean plans are still being formulated for the salvage of the grounded cruise ship Costa Concordia, with SMIT Salvage appointed to first remove all oils and sewage. The cruise ship lies on her side, with the grounding damage above water ...
  • DOVER STRAIT: Eurotunnel interest in SeaFrance trio

    After reporting a 2011 trading profit up 40 per-cent to €247m, the Eurotunnel Group has repeated interest in buying three former SeaFrance vessels for operation between Calais and Dover. In its annual report the group states: ‘Eurotunnel maintains ...
  • ENGLISH CHANNEL: Quiet start for DFDS-LD Calais service

    Although a small group of former SeaFrance staff in Dover protested at the entrance to the port’s Eastern Docks, all was quiet in Calais as DFDS-LD Lines opened their new joint service using the well-travelled LD-owned Norman Spirit on 17 February. R...
  • MSC CRUISES: Lirica charts Caribbean

    MSC Cruises is sending the 1,600-passenger MSC Lirica (2003/59,058gt) to the Caribbean this winter for a new programme of weekly cruises from Martinique from 15 December until 16 February 2013. Aimed primarily at Europeans, the cruises involve Saturday ...
  • PRINCESS CRUISES: Sapphire Princess sparkles

    Princess Cruises’ Sapphire Princess (2004/115,875) has undergone an extensive three-week makeover at the Canadian west coast Victoria Shipyards in British Columbia. This is the latest in the ongoing refurbishment by the company of all its vessels to e...
  • US COAST GUARD: First responder ready

    The US Coast Guard took delivery of Bernard C. Webber, its first fast-response cutter, at Miami on 10 February. Built by Bollinger Shipyards at Lockport, Louisiana, the vessel is the first of 58 planned Sentinel class patrol boats that will supersede th...
  • CARNIVAL CRUISES: Carnival Legend coming to Europe

    Carnival Cruise Lines is deploying the 2,680-passenger Carnival Legend (2002/85,942gt) from Tampa, Florida, to Europe next year for the first time. Between 22 April and 31 October 2013 she will operate 17 cruises, including a number from Dover to the Ba...
  • RAN: Submarine programme tenders

    After a history of poor performance and unreliability from its Kockums-designed submarine fleet, the Royal Australian Navy has snubbed the Swedish defence contractor by not inviting it to participate in proposals for its future submarine programme. The ...
  • RFA: Life in MARS gets go ahead

    The UK MoD is to spend £452 million on a new class of naval tankers for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary. The decision to proceed comes nearly four years after rival bidders were first shortlisted to design and build the ships as part of the Military Afloat R...
  • BULK CARGO: Problems persist for Panamax carriers

    During 2011 earnings by the tanker sector took a turn for the worse, and now it is feared that the bulk carrier market could be heading in the same direction. It has been reported that at least one panamax, kamsarmax or post-panamax bulk carrier has bee...
  • NEW BUILD: First LNG-fuelled tanker

    Rotterdam’s Shipyard Trico BV has delivered the world’s first LNG-fuelled tanker newbuilding to Deen Shipping for operation by its subsidiary, Argonon Shipping BV. The 6,100dwt chemical tanker, designed to burn an 80/20 mixture of natural gas and di...
  • ACCIDENTS: Phantom returns

    The 82m 3,200dwt cargo ship Phantom, loaded with timber for Casablanca, became disabled off Oland, Sweden in mid-February. She had suffered a cargo shift in severe weather which caused her to take on a heavy list, and part of the deck cargo broke free a...
  • CLIPPER: City of Adelaide Rescue

    There have been calls to rethink plans to move the world's oldest surviving clipper, City of Adelaide, to Australia. The Sunderland-built ship is due to be transported from Irvine, North Ayrshire, after an Australian group was named preferred bidder. Ho...
  • TANKERS: First double-hulls go to breakers

    The generation of double-hulled tankers built after the Exxon Valdez oil spill of 1989 and the resulting US Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90) is beginning to reach maturity. At the end of last year Mitsui OSK’s 1995-built 311,625dwt Atlantic Liberty ...

 




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