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  • SHIPYARD: Cammell Laird refit for RFA

    The shipyard and engineering service provider Cammell Laird has begun a £47 million refit of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) Fort Victoria. The massive refit will be the biggest ever undertaken by the yard since it began its 25-year Through Life Suppor...
  • NEW TUGS: Italians order from Damen

    Italian tug operator Rimorchiatori Riuniti has ordered a powerful Damen ASD Tug 2411. Reflecting the industry’s move to larger vessels, the new Damen tug, which has a 70-tonne bollard pull, will replace a smaller 1990-built, 40-tonne unit. The new ves...
  • Tankers: Twin product tankers delivered 

    The Netherlands’ Damen Shipyards at Bergum has delivered twin product tankers to De Opfeart Beheer and James Fisher Everard, with both ships to be commercially managed by James Fisher Everard Ltd. The 7,076dwt Kestrel Fisher and King Fisher have been ...
  • Saga Ruby: a final report

    Saga Ruby arrived in Southampton for the final time on the evening of 9 January, two days late after sheltering in Lisbon from the violent storms that lashed coastal areas of Western Europe. Her passengers disembarked on the following morning and that a...
  • US NAVY: Destroying chemical weapons

    The US Navy Military Sealift Command vessel MV Cape Ray deployed from Portsmouth, Virginia on 27 January for her unique mission to neutralise Syrian chemical weapons. The Ready Reserve Force container ship headed directly to the Italian port of Gioia...
  • INDUSTRY NEWS: Arctic transits increase 

    Russia’s Northern Sea Route saw 71 ships transport just under 1.4 million tons of cargo in 2013. This was up 50 per cent over the previous season, but Arctic sea ice also recovered by approximately 30 per cent compared to its record low of 2012. Cargo...
  • Sochi Olympics: Winter Olympic line up

    Among the seven passenger ships chartered for use as accommodation ships at the Winter Olympic Games in the Russian Black Sea city of Sochi are five cruise ships. The first of the pair to arrive at in Imeretinskaya Bay, Port Sochi, was Thomson Spirit on...
  • COASTER: Man overboard on Trent

    A Russian crewman from the coaster Sea Melody (1994/3,713dwt) was lost overboard on the night of 18 December 2013 as the vessel was mooring at Gunness on the river Trent in North Lincolnshire in gale-force winds. It was thought that, as the vessel was mov...
  • Drillships: Double naming ceremony for Maersk

    On 23 January Maersk Drilling’s second and third ultra-deepwater drillships were named in a joint ceremony held at the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) shipyard on Geoje island South Korea, where the ships have been built. The joint ceremony was the fir...
  • ENGLISH CHANNEL: Seizure window missed

    Thanet Council missed a 30-minute window to seize the bankrupt TransEuropa Ferries’ chartered vessel Ostend Spirit in the Port of Ramsgate last year. One day later, TransEuropa suspended operations and on 25 April went into administration, owing the c...
  • US Navy: Up against the clock

    An internal Pentagon assessment of the state of new advanced technologies on the first of the navy’s new class of aircraft carriers has flagged up concerns over their readiness and reliability. Although still two years away from completion, initial insp...
  • Heavylifters: Rolldock series completed

    Germany’s Flensburger-Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG) has handed over Rolldock Star, the third of four specialised ro-ro semi-submersible heavylift ships it is building for Dutch owner RollDock BV. The new 12,800gt vessels have been designed to carry very ...
  • Container ships: Maersk to revive Sealand name

    The historic Sea-Land name is to reappear on the container trades after Maersk Line confirmed that it intends to revive the brand for the carrier’s new intra-American trade. The original US Company SeaLand Services was acquired in 1999 by the Danish shi...
  • Tankers: Ethane carriers ordered

    Liquefied gas carrier operator Navigator Holdings Ltd has exercised its last remaining option to construct a 22,000m3 capacity gas carrier at China’s Jiangnan Shipyard at a previously agreed construction price of $44 million for delivery by March 2016. ...
  • Bangladesh Navy: Veterans bow out

    Bangladesh has replaced two elderly frigates, BNS Abu Bakr (F15) and BNS Ali Haider (F17), with newly-acquired Chinese warships following an agreement for their transfer in September 2012. The ex-Chinese Navy Jianghu III Type 053 H2 frigates were handed o...
  • ALGERIAN NAVY: Algeria gearing up

    The Algerian Navy’s new amphibious assault ship, Kalaat Beni-Abbes, was rolled out at Fincantieri’s Riva Trigoso shipyard on 8 January for transport by barge to the Muggiano shipyard in La Spezia for final fitting out. Displacing 8,800 tonnes, the LP...
  • Pullmantur: Divesting non-core activities

    When Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines bought Pullmantur in 2006 it acquired not only the cruise business but a far wider travel operation that included an airline. Eight years on, in a move that concentrates on its cruise activities, Royal Caribbean has sol...
  • CUNARD: Happy birthday QM2

    It does not seem ten years since Boxing Day 2003, when Queen Mary 2 arrived in Southampton for the first time. She was named a few days later, on 8 January 2004, by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, in Southampton prior to setting out on her maiden voyage...
  • 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...

 




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