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  • Sahara India: New role for Melody

    The smallest unit in the MSC Cruises fleet, Melody (1982/35,143gt), has been sold after spending almost a year laid up. Her new owner is Sahara India Pariwar, a multinational group involved in finance, leisure, hotels, construction, property and industr...
  • New Zealand: Stena Alegra heads south to the Cook Strait

    Ro-pax ferry Stena Alegra was not idle for long after being displaced on Stena Line’s cross-Baltic service between Karlskrona, Sweden and Gdynia, Poland by the introduction of the chartered Brittany Ferries vessel Cotentin as Stena Baltica. The 1998-b...
  • Casualty: Towed back to port

    The general cargo vessel Abuk Lion (2008/5,599gt), on a voyage from Aughinish alumina plant on the river Shannon to St Petersburg, suffered engine trouble off the south west coast of Ireland. She departed the Shannon on 26 December 2013 but, after engin...
  • NEW CAR CARRIERS: Next generation for K Line

    Japan’s third largest shipping line, Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line), has announced that it intends to order an additional four new next-generation pure car and truck carriers. The extra vessels come after another recent order for four vessels placed w...
  • Oceania Cruises: Major refurbishment

    During the spring the three original ships in the Oceania Cruises fleet, all former Renaissance Cruises vessels, will undergo major renovations in what might be thought of as a mid-life refit. With a budget of $50 million, all of the ships will have sig...
  • ROYAL NAVY: Spanish sabre rattling

    A smouldering dispute between Britain and Spain has been reignited with the unauthorised entry into Gibraltar’s territorial waters of a research vessel owned by the Spanish government. The incident led to the third diplomatic clash over Gibraltar since ...
  • Paddle steamer: The rebirth of Neuchâtel

    Following several years undergoing an extensive restoration programme, the historic paddler Neuchâtel proudly entered her namesake port on 27 November 2013 under her own power for the first time in 45 years, ready to start her inaugural season this spr...
  • NORTH CHANNEL: 3i Group control Scandlines

    London-based international investor 3i Group plc has bought the 49 per cent stake of co-shareholder Allianz Capital Partners (ACP) to become 100 per cent owners of Scandlines, valuing the Baltic ferry operator at more than €1.3 billion. As part of 3i...
  • Indian Navy: The Gorshkov saga

    The Sevmash shipyard has at last delivered INS Vikramadiyta (R33) to the Indian Navy. The troubled refurbishment project concluded with a commissioning ceremony at Severodvinsk on 16 November, five years late and three times over budget. The Kiev class ...
  • Gas Tanker: Pioneering LNG carrier

    Dutch gas carrier operator Antony Veder has placed the world’s first directly-driven dual-fuel LNG carrier, the 12,344dwt Coral Energy, in service following her delivery from Germany’s Meyer Werft yard at Papenburg last year. With a capacity of 15,60...
  • Small ferry: Hotel guests left stranded

    Guests and staff of the luxury Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort were left stranded on the secluded private wooded island in September 2013 by a standoff between hotel owners and the ferry operator. Cenocent, which runs the 24-hour cable-ferry L...
  • Cuba Cruise: Under way at last

    It was supposed to happen last winter, but for some reason did not, but now Louis Cristal is being prepared for her Atlantic crossing, followed by a first season of cruises that circumnavigate Cuba. She was due to sail from Greece on 24 November 2013 in...
  • Royal Navy: OPVs to plug gap

    The Royal Navy is to get three new Offshore Patrol Vessels. The ships will be built by BAE Systems at their shipyards on the Clyde as a stop-gap measure to maintain shipbuilding skills between completion of the Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers and ...
  • ‘Tweendecker: Long and narrow

    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-size cargoes such as offshore equipment and windmills. Known ...
  • GAS FACILITY: Biggest ship launched

    The 488m (1,601ft) by 74m (242ft) hull of Shell’s Prelude floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility has been floated out of its construction dock at the Geoje yard of South Korea’s Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI). Once completed, it will be posi...
  • Costa Cruises: Two refits undertaken

    Both Costa Voyager (2000/24,427gt) and Costa Classica (1991/52,926gt) have had refits of varying complexity and have both been dry-docked. Along with Grand Mistral (now Costa neoRiviera), both ships received attention during November 2013 at the San Gio...
  • Bulk carrier: Duckling detained

    The Panama-registered cargo ship Donald Duckling (1997), condemned as ‘a Mickey Mouse operation’, was detained at the Port of Tyne in November. Crew members on the bulk carrier were so poorly fed they were forced to fish from the vessel and burn loose...
  • CONTAINER SHIPS: Maersk orders tankers

    Denmark’s Maersk Tankers, which sold its large gas carriers to the BW Group in May 2013, and its small gas tankers to Navigator Gas in 2012, has ordered four MR product tankers from South Korea’s Sungdong Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering as it focu...
  • Foreign aid: Typhoon aid mission

    HMS Illustrious has delivered 500 tonnes of UK aid to areas of the Philippines devastated by Typhoon Haiyan. The helicopter carrier, with seven helicopters on board, was diverted via Singapore from counter-piracy operations to assist with the humanitarian...
  • TUI Cruises: Newbuilding floated out

    The first newbuilding for the TUI/Royal Caribbean joint venture TUI Cruises was floated out at the STX shipyard in Turku, Finland on 8 November 2013. Together with her sister, due for delivery in 2015, Mein Schiff 3 (pictured) will be the largest ship i...

 




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