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  • 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 ...
  • OCEANIA CRUISES: Falklands takes on Princess

    While diplomatic and military tensions continue between the Falkland Islands and Argentina, the islands have stirred up a controversy after denying entry to Princess Cruises’ Star Princess (2002/108,977gt) on 14 January while she was on a 14-day cruis...
  • CRUISE SHIP: 'The Love Boat' To Be Scrapped

    For those of you who can remember this far back, the iconic cruise ship that served as the model for the popular TV series "The Love Boat" may be scrapped according to reports. The LA Times says the ship, The Pacific Princess, has been left in an Itali...
  • CONDOR FERRIES: Weymouth sailings relocated to Poole until end of March

    Condor Ferries sailings to and from Weymouth ferry port will continue to be relocated to Poole until the end of March while work is carried out to repair the ferry berth at the port in Weymouth. Services were relocated to Poole ferry port after mutual ...
  • US NAVY: Pentagon reveals cuts

    The navy has fared well in the first tranche of US defence cuts. They will get to keep 11 aircraft carriers and ten air wings, although seven Ticonderoga class cruisers are to be retired early. A number of shipbuilding projects are to be trimmed or dela...
  • NAVAL CATAMARAN: USN takes Hawaii Superferries

    Under the US Defense Authorization Act of 2012, the US Navy has been authorised to acquire the former Hawaii Superferry vessels Alakai and Huakai from the US Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MarAd) for an amount not to exceed $3...
  • LINER SHIPPING: Heading for another slump?

    European shipping consultancy Alphaliner has warned that continuing economic uncertainty in OECD countries and the US might mean that container shipping is heading toward a prolonged slump that could last longer than the 2009 downturn. ‘In the absenc...
  • PLATFORM SUPPLY: Blue Fighter delivered

    Norway’s Ulstein Verft has delivered the 83.4m by 18m  X-Bow platform supply vessel (PSV) Blue Fighter to associated Blue Ship Invest. Built to a PX121 design, she is being managed by Remøy Shipping in the North Sea spot market and will be follo...
  • PORT NEWS: Helsinki passes ten million

    Just two years after seeing nine million passengers use it in a year, Helsinki port announced it had broken the ten-million barrier on 20 December when the Tallink Shuttle fast ferry Star docked at West Harbour terminal at 1330 after her two-hour crossi...
  • POLAR SHIPS: SA polar supply ship retired

    The South African polar supply ship S. A. Agulhas, scheduled to be retired from active service next month, departed on her final sailing to Antarctica in early December. The ice-strengthened research vessel was built by Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Indust...
  • FRENCH NAVY: French welcome early arrival

    BPC Dixmude, the third Mistral class force projection and command vessel for the French Navy, has been delivered to the Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA). The ship was handed over to the French defence procurement agency three months ahead of t...
  • TRANSPORTER: Dockwise docks down under

    The city of Brisbane, capital of Queensland and Australia’s third most populous city, welcomed Dockwise Yacht Transport’s (DYT) Super Servant 4 in January when the 169.49m (556ft) electric orange semi-submersible ship berthed at Fisherman’s Island...
  • ROYAL NAVY: Type 45 destroyers deploy

    The UK government has reacted to increasing tensions with Iran by sending one of the navy’s most powerful warships to the Gulf. HMS Daring sailed for her first operational deployment on 11 January, just as the Iranian Navy completed ten days of naval ...
  • ENGLISH CHANNEL: Spirit of France in service at Dover

    P&O Ferries’ second Dover-Calais route newbuilding Spirit of France set off on a maiden cross-Channel sailing a few minutes after noon on 9 February. The 47,600gt vessel, and sistership Spirit of Britain, which was introduced early in 2011, are th...
  • NORTH SEA: England-Sweden link opened

    DFDS Seaways’ long-established Immingham-Gothenburg route, originally launched under the Tor Line banner, has direct competition since newly-founded Swedish company North Sea RoRo launched a three return sailings a week service to and from the Humber,...
  • BRAZILIAN NAVY: OPVs get new buyer

    The Brazilian Navy has snapped up three newly-built Ocean Patrol Vessels that have remained largely idle since completion. The £133 million deal with BAE Systems also includes support services and a manufacturing licence to enable further vessels of th...
  • COSTA CRUISES: Costa Concordia the aftermath

    At least 17 people died and a number remained unaccounted for after Costa Concordia (2006) capsized after striking rocks off the small Tuscan island of Giglio on Friday 13 January. She had departed from Civitavecchia two hours earlier with 3,216 passenger...
  • P&O CRUISES: Caribbean beckons Azura

    P&O Cruises has cancelled the 2013 World Cruise scheduled for Azura (2010/116,000gt) and instead will return her to the Caribbean for a winter programme of fly cruises based out of Barbados. She will be reunited with sistership Ventura (2008/116,000...

 




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