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  • RFA: Knight back from patrol

    The Royal Fleet Auxiliary tanker Wave Knight has returned to Portland after 15 months supporting the Navy’s Atlantic Patrol Task (North) in the Caribbean. The security role is part of the UK’s permanent commitment to the UK’s overseas territories in...
  • ENGLISH CHANNEL: Newhaven-Dieppe doubts

    There is some doubt over the future of the Dieppe-Newhaven ferry service with French regional authority Consiel Generale Seine-Maritime threatening to wash its hands of an operation that has swallowed up €231 million of public funds over the past deca...
  • Car Carriers: First LNG auto carriers

    Norway’s United European Car Carriers (UECC), which is jointly owned by Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) and Wallenius Lines, has ordered the world’s first dual-fuel Pure Car and Truck Carriers (PCTCs) from Japan’s Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI). The sh...
  • Container ships: New berth attracts new vessels

    Opened at the end of March, Southampton’s new state-of-the-art SCT 5 container berth has already seen maiden calls from two of the world’s largest container vessels. The first new vessel to use the berth was APL Merlion, which arrived on 7 April. A...
  • Freight news: New service offers added benefits

    A new twice-weekly freight service from Northern Spain to Portsmouth International Port started on 13 May using the ro-ro vessels Stena Forecaster and Stena Forerunner (both 2003/24,688gt), with the route offering the added benefit of going on to Belgiu...
  • Princess Cruises: Expansion down under

    In what will be its biggest ever deployment in Australia, Princess Cruises will base five ships there during 2015-16, with the 108,865gt Golden Princess joining the growing fleet for the first time. She will use Melbourne as her home port. Dawn Princess a...
  • FERRY UPGRADES: Refit and rebuild for Silja

    Estonian shipping group Tallink is investing a total of €20 million in upgrading the two Helsinki-Stockholm ferries operated by its Finland-Sweden brand Silja Line. The first, Silja Serenade, came out of Turku Repair Yard on 15 February after six week...
  • Germany: Cruise market growing

    The German cruise market is the fastest growing in Europe and one of the fastest growing in the world, according to recently-released information. The Hamburg Cruise Centre expects the number of German ocean cruise passengers to exceed two million in 20...
  • Container Ships: Flettner rotor ship returns to service

    European wind turbine manufacturer Enercon has returned its turbine transporting vessel E-Ship 1 to operation after taking the vessel out of service for almost a year to have its seven Mitsubishi diesel generator sets replaced by Caterpillar units. Altho...
  • New hull form: Negative stem hull

    The 23,249dwt Ice Class IA multi-purpose vessel Reestborg, completed last year by Ferus Smit for Wagenborg, illustrates one of the many new hull forms being developed to reduce resistance, the design in this instance featuring a bulbless bow with negati...
  • Cruise & Maritime: Further expansion plans

    Hot on the heels of the CMV takeover of Transocean Kreuzfahrten came the news that it had acquired the sales and marketing of another German operator, Passat Kreuzfahrten. Passat operates Delphin, a 470-passenger ship built in 1975 by Wärtsilä in Turk...
  • POLISH NAVY: Poles revisit past project

    The Polish MoD has selected Thales to provide the main combat system for the future patrol vessel ORP Slazak, as the warship edges ever closer to being finished, having been under construction for more than a decade. She was originally laid down at the ...
  • New Bulkers: COSCO order bulkers

    On 20 March China Ocean Shipping  (COSCO) announced that it had ordered eight new bulk carriers via its investment company Prosperity Investment 2011 Ltd. The order comprises four 40,000dwt ships and four 180,000dwt Capesize vessels which work out at...
  • Passenger ship: Unscheduled diversion

    The small Norwegian passenger ship Gann made her first visit to Wearside after an unscheduled diversion. Used as a winter training school for sea cadets, she was carrying 184 crew and student mariners when plans to dock at another North-East port had to...
  • IRISH SEA: Freight timings changed

    Stena Line has adjusted the timetables of two vessels on its Irish Sea services following feedback from freight operators. Ro-pax ferry Stena Adventurer (2003/43,532gt), running on the Central Corridor between Dublin Port and Holyhead, now departs from ...
  • HIGH-SPEED: Movers and sheikhers

    Austal has won a US$125 million order from an undisclosed customer in the Middle East for the design, construction and integrated logistics support of two so-called High-Speed Defence Support Vessels (HSSVs). The 72m HSSVs will be deployed on similar mi...
  • Tankers: Into Canada

    Concordia Maritime and Neste Oil have sold their jointly-owned Ice Class 1A Manamax tankers Stena Poseidon and Palva to Canada’s Transport Maritime St-Laurent Inc, a joint venture formed by Groupe Desgagnés of Montreal and the Canadian division of Vale...
  • OCEAN TOWAGE: Boskalis takes Fairmount

    Holland’s Royal Boskalis Westminster NV has reached an agreement to acquire Fairmount Marine and its affiliate, Fairmount Ocean Towage Company, from Louis Dreyfus Armateurs of France. Boskalis said the addition of Fairmount’s fleet of five 205-tonne...
  • Svalbard: Northern archipelago closed from 2015

    Norway’s remote northern archipelago of Svalbard will largely be closed to cruise ship passengers after 1 January 2015 as the final stage of the heavy fuel oil ban takes effect. The regulation was originally introduced in 2007 for much of the area. Th...
  • US NAVY: Forward thinking

    The US Navy has modified its requirement for three Mobile Landing Platforms by opting to complete the third ship on order as an Afloat Forward Staging Base (AFSB). The switch in primary role from a pure semi-submersible heavy-lift ship into a more flexibl...

 




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