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  • NORTH SEA: New contract for DFDS

    DFDS Seaways has signed a new two-year contract with Scania for the transport of truck chassis on the Rotterdam Vlaardingen-Felixstowe freight route, which will represent revenue of more than €800,000 in 2014. The Swedish manufacturer produces the cha...
  • Shipbuilding: Stocking up on the basics

    Like many of the world’s shipbuilders, the Damen Group of the Netherlands often has the basic hulls of its vessels built overseas and then fits them out for final delivery at its European facilities. Such was the case on 4 April when the 51,500dwt Chi...
  • Ice breaker: End of an era for icebreaker

    Quark Expeditions, leader in polar adventures, has announced that its ice-beaker 50 Years of Victory will retire as an expedition vessel after the 2015 Arctic season. This will be marked by Quark with three final voyages to the North Pole departing in J...
  • Holland America: HAL goes back to Bermuda

    After an absence of two years, Holland America Line’s Veendam will return to Bermuda in 2015, but with a number of seven-night sailings from Boston, rather than New York. Unlike many of the larger ships calling at the British Overseas Territory, Veend...
  • INDIAN NAVY: Sindhurakshak salvage

    The Indian Defence Ministry has contracted Resolve India, a subsidiary of the US-based Resolve Marine Group, to salvage the submarine Sindhurakshak. The US$45 million operation to recover the Kilo class vessel, which exploded and sank at Mumbai Naval Dock...
  • Port news: Tyneside cargo record

    The Port of Tyne handled a total of 8.1 million tonnes of cargo in 2013, its highest volume of cargo in 50 years, according to figures issued in February. This represented a 22 per cent increase on the previous year, with coal and wood pellet imports brin...
  • Newbuild: Methanol as ship fuel

    The world’s largest methanol supplier, Canada’s Methanex Corporation, through its Waterfront Shipping subsidiary, has reached an agreement with Japan’s Mitsui OSK Lines, Norway’s Westfal-Larsen & Co (WL) and Sweden’s Marinvest/Skagerack fo...
  • Classic Motor Vessel: Ready to cast off again

    The Balmoral Strategy Group (BSG), set up to ensure that the famous old motor vessel Balmoral returns to coastal cruising around the UK, is now able to announce considerable progress. Preparations are now well under way for Balmoral to leave her berth i...
  • FERRY REGULATION: Call for competition changes

    With the UK Competition Commission still considering MyFerryLink’s appeal against last year’s decision to ban its vessels from using the Port of Dover, there are calls from Europe for the whole question of regulatory authorities to be investigated. ...
  • Costa Cruises: A greyhound moves on

    As widely expected, Costa Voyager is to leave the fleet of Costa Cruises, taking up a new role with a Hong Kong subsidiary of the Bokhai Ferry Company – a new entrant to the cruise market. The Chinese holding company operates a fleet of nine passenger...
  • ROYAL NAVY: Feats of Daring-do

    HMS Daring has returned to Portsmouth after an unusually long and eventful deployment. During nine months away the Type 45 destroyer visited 21 ports and clocked up 44,000 miles. Having set off across the Atlantic in May last year to support anti-piracy o...
  • Container Ships: Not all ships make money

    As newer and more efficient container ships enter service, older and less efficient vessels are being displaced, one such being the 1996-built Spinel (ex-APL Spinel), which has been sold for scrap by Diana Containerships of Greece. Although the 18-year-...
  • NEW LIFEBOAT: State-of-the-art lifesaver

    The first of the RNLI’s new 13m Shannon class all-weather lifeboats arrived at the Dungeness lifeboat station on 21 February and was welcomed by hundreds of supporters, RNLI crew and members of the public. The new 25-knot waterjet-powered lifeboat, na...
  • NCL: More shares unloaded

    Following the Initial Public Offering in January 2013 and secondary offerings in August and December last year, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has now announced a third such share sale. Prior to the IPO NCL was held 50 per cent by Genting (owners of Sta...
  • USCG: Cutter competition

    The US Coast Guard has further narrowed the field in its quest to find a contractor to design and build its next generation of Offshore Patrol Cutters. Three companies, Bollinger Shipyards, Eastern Shipbuilding and General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, will r...
  • Heavylifter: Dockwise to move jack-up rigs

    Heavylift operator Dockwise, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Royal Boskalis Westminster NV, has been awarded contracts to move two very large jack‑up drilling rigs from Asia to the North Sea following their completion in 2016 and 2017. Dockwise will empl...
  • LNG VESSELS: Hyundai to sell LNG business

    South Korea’s Hyundai Merchant Marine has indicated it plans to sell its liquefied natural gas (LNG) transport business to a compatriot investment firm, IMM Investment Corp, for approximately $1.03 billion as it continues to search for funds to pay...
  • INDIAN NAVY: Accidents and incidents

    The head of the Indian Navy has resigned after another mishap in which two officers died from suffocation after a battery malfunction on INS Sindhuratna. Seven other sailors were treated for smoke inhalation. The Kilo class submarine was conducting sea tr...
  • CMV: Marco Polo approaches milestone

    The last surviving member of the quintet of Russian passenger ships, the Author class, reaches a significant age next year. Marco Polo was built in 1965 at Wismar in Germany as the second ship in a series destined for the Baltic Shipping Co and the Blac...
  • TURKISH BREAKERS: Fleetwood trio go out together

    Three German-built ro-ro sisters which spent more than 30 years on Irish Sea freight services for P&O and later Stena Line before final spells with Russian operator Antship fittingly ended their days together after arriving at Aliaga, Turkey for scr...

 




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