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  • Training ship: Rudder at the ready

    Cadet training ships have changed considerably over the years, and the training vessel currently being operated by the Texas Maritime Academy in the United States, the 1,472gt General Rudder, reflects this. Built in 1984 as USNS Contender, a Navy antisu...
  • Holland America: Second in a year

    For the second time in 12 months, Holland America Line’s ships have come to the rescue of the sightseeing vessel Baranof Wind, operated by Glacier Bay Lodge and Tours on eight-hour cruises in Glacier Bay, Alaska. On the most recent occasion, on 2 Aug...
  • Russian Navy: Fire and misfire

    Russia’s re-emerging submarine force has suffered more setbacks, with another unsuccessful Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile test and yet another serious fire caused by negligence. The first test firing of a Bulava SLBM from the newly-completed Aleks...
  • PLATFORM SUPPLY: Fully-equipped for work

    Singapore-based offshore energy services provider Jaya Holdings Ltd delivered its second new Multi-Purpose Platform Supply Vessel Jaya Vigilant in October. She left Jaya’s shipyard in Batam to immediately go on hire in East Africa. The vessel loaded a...
  • Portuscale Cruises: Back in service

    Following the problems encountered by Funchal (1961/9,563gt) in Gothenburg (see SM, Nov, p.13), she eventually completed her autumn schedule without any more serious problems, although her call at Tilbury was cancelled due to bad weather in the North Se...
  • REEFERS: SA fruit exporters charter

    South Africa’s fruit exporters have looked at alternatives to container shipping services, which were badly affected by wind problems at the Cape Town Container Terminal last season. On 26 September a group of 14 major exporters, including Capespan, Do...
  • Cruise ship: Saga Ruby says farewell to Dover

    On 26 September the port of Dover said goodbye to the classic cruise ship Saga Ruby for the last time, with all of the port’s craft afloat for the event. Saga announced in 2012 that this year’s World Cruise would be Saga Ruby’s last. They also gav...
  • SOUTH UIST: Lochboisdale winter service

    News of a three-year winter ferry service trial between Mallaig and Lochboisdale, starting in November, has been welcomed by local councillors. CalMac’s Lord of the Isles (1989/3,540gt) will offer one midweek and one weekend sailing to South Uist, wit...
  • TANKERS: More ‘Shale’ tankers ordered

    Less than a month after Crowley Maritime Company ordered four 50,000dwt petroleum tankers from the Aker yard in Pennsylvania, two more similar-sized ships have been ordered by Seabulk Tankers, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SEACOR Holdings, from San Diego...
  • ROYAL NAVY: RN in the red

    The UK Ministry of Defence has purchased the 2001-built HMS Protector from GC Rieber Shipping, from whom the icebreaker has been on bareboat charter to the Royal Navy since April 2011. As part of the sale, the Norwegians will continue to provide logistic ...
  • Anchor-Handler: State-of-the-art tug

    The first of two new state-of-the-art anchor-handling tugs is now in service with Heerema Marine Contractors (HMC) Nederland BV, based in Rotterdam. Named Bylgia, the new tug was built by Astilleros Armon Vigo SA and delivered in July. Her sistership Ko...
  • Bulkers: Cuba takes the final ten

    Cuba’s Empresa Importadora General del Transporte (EIGT) has taken delivery of the last of ten 35,000gt bulk carriers ordered from China’s Shanghai Shipyard Co Ltd on behalf of Grupo Acemex. The ship purchases, estimated at $250 million ‘en bloc’,...
  • P&O Cruises: Name announced

    P&O Cruises have announced the name to be given to their new ship, due to be delivered in spring 2015, as Britannia. Although this may have better suited a Cunard ship, this will not be the first Britannia to fly the P&O house flag, as a ship of...
  • CUNARD: Good deed for the day

    Cunard Line’s Queen Mary 2 (2003/ 148,528gt) made a 100-mile diversion on her eastbound Atlantic crossing on 26 September to assist Canadian lone rower Mylene Paquette, who was a little over half way from Halifax to Lorient in her quest to become the ...
  • UPPER CLYDE: Celebrations for Western Ferries

    Western Ferries’ celebrations to mark the 40th anniversary of the start of their independent Upper Clyde passenger and vehicle ferry link between McInroy’s Point, Gourock and Hunter’s Quay, Dunoon during November follows the introduction of new fe...
  • IRISH NAVY: LE Emer decommissioned

    The Irish Naval ship LE Emer arrived at North Custom Quay, Cork on 20 September for the final time prior to being decommissioned. Former crew members and their families were invited for a trip from the naval base to Cork followed by a reception on board...
  • FLEET REVIEW: Centenary gathering

    The Royal Australian Navy has hosted an International Fleet Review to mark the nation’s first fleet entry into Sydney Harbour on 4 October 1913. The highlight of the event, which took place between 3 and 11 October, was a procession of 19 Royal Australi...
  • NORWEGIAN NAVY: Fridtjof Nansen nonsense

    A row is brewing in Norway over the status of the navy’s expensive Fridtjof Nansen class frigates. Only one of the five Aegis-equipped warships, which entered service between 2006 and 2011, is fully operational. HNOMS Fridtjof Nansen is currently hea...
  • CARGO NEWS: Eco designed VLCCs

    On 2 October global petroleum owner-operator AET named two VLCC newbuildings at the DSME shipyard in Korea. One of the vessels, Eagle Verona (pictured), was delivered immediately with the other, Eagle Versailles, to follow in December. Both 320,000dwt ...
  • Tug/Barge: Aid cargo goes to Africa

    Not quite as fast as her name might imply, the barge Lightning was used to move food aid from the United States to West Africa earlier this year in a round voyage taking three and a half months to accomplish. Part of an articulated tug/barge (ATB) set, th...

 

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