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  • FERRY FIGURES: Passenger boost for British routes

    The British ferry industry enjoyed a good year during 2013, with passenger numbers increasing by 2.6 per cent overall to 38 million; car traffic grew by 1.1 per cent to 8.37 million vehicles and coach numbers went up by 4.1 per cent overall to 158,...
  • Ferry latest: Brittany Ferries swoop

    Norman Voyager, currently maintaining the LD Lines’ service between Portsmouth and Le Havre, is being taken over on charter by Brittany Ferries from late March and, renamed Etretat, will continue sailing to the French port in midweek with a weekend re...
  • NEWBUILD Ready for all weathers

    Japanese shipbuilder Kawasaki Heavy Industries has been contracted to build a 169m by 28m all-weather subsea construction vessel for Norway’s Island Offshore to a Rolls-Royce UT 777 design. Due for delivery in 2017, the newbuilding will be outfitted f...
  • Port News: Gateway gets another

    The new London Gateway super port has gained its second customer as it battles with other ports to acquire business. The German line Hamburg Süd announced that, from May, it will transfer all its services from the port of Tilbury, now rebranded as Lond...
  • Cargo ship: Long narrow ‘tweendecker

    The Hartman Marine Group of The Netherlands, in conjunction with Conoship International and Vuyk Engineering Groningen, has developed a new type of ship specifically to cater for long and odd-sized cargoes, such as offshore equipment and windmills. Kn...
  • Saga Cruises: End of an era for Saga Ruby

    When Saga Ruby (1973/24,492gt) returned to Southampton from her final cruise on 9 January two days late due to bad weather, she was expected to be taken by her Saga crew to Gibraltar, either to be laid up or to be handed over to her new owners, if the d...
  • WORLD WAR I: From Flanders Fields

    Soil gathered from 70 World War I battlefields arrived in London in November 2013 ahead of events to mark the centenary of the start of the conflict. The process of bringing the ‘sacred soil’ to the UK began on Armistice Day last year with a ceremony ...
  • Chemical Tanker: Fire and collision off Busan

    The Hong Kong-registered chemical tanker Maritime Maisie suffered a catastrophic fire after a collision in waters off Busan, South Korea. On 29 December 2013, at around 0215 South Korean time, approximately 9.2 nautical miles from Busan, the 2003-built Ma...
  • Replica: Galleon across the Atlantic

    There is a growing number of historic replicas afloat, and several are making ocean crossings, but in a much safer manner than the originals. One such is an 85ft replica of Ferdinand Magellan’s galleon, NAO Victoria, which crossed the Atlantic last wi...
  • Aurora Expeditions: Trapped in the ice for Christmas

    The expedition cruise ship Akademik Shokalskiy (pictured), operated by the Australian-based Aurora Expeditions, became trapped during the Christmas period in ice while on a cruise 1,700 nautical miles south of New Zealand. The cruise was intended to rec...
  • BRITTANY FERRIES: LNG power for new ferry

    French operator Brittany Ferries has ordered a 52,500gt liquid natural gas powered ferry to take over its main UK-Northern Spain and France-Ireland services. What is known as the ‘Pegasis project’, with construction placed in the hands of the STX Fr...
  • Asia Star Maritime: First RCI ship scrapped

    Formosa Queen (1970/22,945gt), Asia Star Maritime’s only venture into shipowning, has been sold for scrap, possibly without ever operating for her final owner. She was built by Wärtsilä at Helsinki as Song of Norway, and, after just eight years’ s...
  • NEW FRIGATE: Designed to endure

    The first of a new type of frigate developed for the German Navy was officially named Baden-Württemberg (F222) during a ceremony at ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems’ Hamburg shipyard on 12 December. The Type 125 class is designed to be able to deploy to a...
  • UK BUILT COLLIER: Collier’s last voyage

    On 19 December 2013 the 2,535dwt Shoreham (pictured), which had been under arrest for almost a year in the Spanish port of Santander, made a short voyage to the scrapyard in the same port, and four Russian sailors that were still on board were flown home ...
  • Ramsey Steamship: Centenary marked

    To mark the centenary of the founding of the Ramsey Steamship Co, the company’s small coaster Ben Maye (1979/548grt) was dressed overall for a commemorative charter voyage marking another event that took place in 1913. The Bideford-built ship docked ...
  • MSC CRUISES: Lengthening back in fashion

    The four smallest and oldest units in the fleet of MSC Cruises will be lengthened by 24m between August 2014 and November 2015 by Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri, adding 59 crew cabins and 193 passenger cabins and increasing the maximum passenger capaci...
  • US NAVY: Splash and ripple

    There were starkly different launch methods as the US Navy’s latest Littoral Combat Ships took to the water. The Independence class, Jackson (LCS 6), was sedately transferred from land to sea through a multi-step procedure from a new assembly hall at Au...
  • Container ships: Newbuilds delivered to MSC

    Geneva-based Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), the world’s second largest shipping line, has taken delivery of two new post-Panaamax vessels. The 9,403TEU MSC Asov is the first of three wide-beam vessels ordered in September 2010 by Germany’s Schu...
  • Chemical Tanker: Wärtsilä drive for newbuild

    Stolt Tankers has chosen to buy the complete main propulsion systems for six new chemical tankers it is having built by China’s Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding Group from Finland’s Wärtsilä. The packages will consist of Wärtsilä RT-flex50 two-stroke ...
  • RAN: Aussie carriers at sea

    The Royal Australian Navy’s A$3 billion Landing Helicopter Dock project has passed significant milestones, with both ships at sea as the new year began. NUSHIP Canberra embarked on first-of-class sea trials in January as the hull of the second continued...

 




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