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  • REEFERS: SA fruit exporters charter

    South Africa’s fruit exporters have looked at alternatives to container shipping services, which were badly affected by wind problems at the Cape Town Container Terminal last season. On 26 September a group of 14 major exporters, including Capespan, Do...
  • Cruise ship: Saga Ruby says farewell to Dover

    On 26 September the port of Dover said goodbye to the classic cruise ship Saga Ruby for the last time, with all of the port’s craft afloat for the event. Saga announced in 2012 that this year’s World Cruise would be Saga Ruby’s last. They also gav...
  • SOUTH UIST: Lochboisdale winter service

    News of a three-year winter ferry service trial between Mallaig and Lochboisdale, starting in November, has been welcomed by local councillors. CalMac’s Lord of the Isles (1989/3,540gt) will offer one midweek and one weekend sailing to South Uist, wit...
  • TANKERS: More ‘Shale’ tankers ordered

    Less than a month after Crowley Maritime Company ordered four 50,000dwt petroleum tankers from the Aker yard in Pennsylvania, two more similar-sized ships have been ordered by Seabulk Tankers, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SEACOR Holdings, from San Diego...
  • ROYAL NAVY: RN in the red

    The UK Ministry of Defence has purchased the 2001-built HMS Protector from GC Rieber Shipping, from whom the icebreaker has been on bareboat charter to the Royal Navy since April 2011. As part of the sale, the Norwegians will continue to provide logistic ...
  • Anchor-Handler: State-of-the-art tug

    The first of two new state-of-the-art anchor-handling tugs is now in service with Heerema Marine Contractors (HMC) Nederland BV, based in Rotterdam. Named Bylgia, the new tug was built by Astilleros Armon Vigo SA and delivered in July. Her sistership Ko...
  • Bulkers: Cuba takes the final ten

    Cuba’s Empresa Importadora General del Transporte (EIGT) has taken delivery of the last of ten 35,000gt bulk carriers ordered from China’s Shanghai Shipyard Co Ltd on behalf of Grupo Acemex. The ship purchases, estimated at $250 million ‘en bloc’,...
  • P&O Cruises: Name announced

    P&O Cruises have announced the name to be given to their new ship, due to be delivered in spring 2015, as Britannia. Although this may have better suited a Cunard ship, this will not be the first Britannia to fly the P&O house flag, as a ship of...
  • CUNARD: Good deed for the day

    Cunard Line’s Queen Mary 2 (2003/ 148,528gt) made a 100-mile diversion on her eastbound Atlantic crossing on 26 September to assist Canadian lone rower Mylene Paquette, who was a little over half way from Halifax to Lorient in her quest to become the ...
  • UPPER CLYDE: Celebrations for Western Ferries

    Western Ferries’ celebrations to mark the 40th anniversary of the start of their independent Upper Clyde passenger and vehicle ferry link between McInroy’s Point, Gourock and Hunter’s Quay, Dunoon during November follows the introduction of new fe...
  • IRISH NAVY: LE Emer decommissioned

    The Irish Naval ship LE Emer arrived at North Custom Quay, Cork on 20 September for the final time prior to being decommissioned. Former crew members and their families were invited for a trip from the naval base to Cork followed by a reception on board...
  • FLEET REVIEW: Centenary gathering

    The Royal Australian Navy has hosted an International Fleet Review to mark the nation’s first fleet entry into Sydney Harbour on 4 October 1913. The highlight of the event, which took place between 3 and 11 October, was a procession of 19 Royal Australi...
  • NORWEGIAN NAVY: Fridtjof Nansen nonsense

    A row is brewing in Norway over the status of the navy’s expensive Fridtjof Nansen class frigates. Only one of the five Aegis-equipped warships, which entered service between 2006 and 2011, is fully operational. HNOMS Fridtjof Nansen is currently hea...
  • CARGO NEWS: Eco designed VLCCs

    On 2 October global petroleum owner-operator AET named two VLCC newbuildings at the DSME shipyard in Korea. One of the vessels, Eagle Verona (pictured), was delivered immediately with the other, Eagle Versailles, to follow in December. Both 320,000dwt ...
  • Tug/Barge: Aid cargo goes to Africa

    Not quite as fast as her name might imply, the barge Lightning was used to move food aid from the United States to West Africa earlier this year in a round voyage taking three and a half months to accomplish. Part of an articulated tug/barge (ATB) set, th...
  • NEWBUILD: Fast craft for oil work

    Incat Tasmania Pty Ltd has secured a contract for the construction of a fast 70m crew support vessel for operations in the Caspian Sea oil industry in Azerbaijan. The contract was signed on 1 August in Baku, Azerbaijan by Incat Chairman Robert Clifford an...
  • Japanese MSDF: Aircraft carrier in disguise?

    Japan’s latest warship unveiling at Yokohama on 6 August has raised eyebrows and tensions in the Asia Pacific region. The new ship, Izumo (DDH-183), is not only the largest to be built since World War II but its classification as a ‘helicopter destr...
  • New lifeboat: First of a kind named

    The first of the new 13m Shannon class all-weather lifeboats was named and dedicated on 11 July 2013 at a special ceremony at the RNLI’s Lifeboat College, Poole. Named Jock and Annie Slater after a former RNLI Chairman Sir Jock Slater and his wife, Lady...
  • BALTIC SEA: Stena boost capacity

    The Stena Line Baltic route between Karlskrona, Sweden and the Polish port of Gdynia received a 20 per cent capacity boost with the introduction of British-flagged 350-passenger/1,950-lane-metre Stena Alegra. Jacob Koch Nielsen, Stena’s freight comme...
  • Regent Seven Seas: Two ships fail inspections

    Seven Seas Navigator (1999/28,550gt) failed a Center for Disease Control inspection at Skagway on 16 June, although details have only recently been released. The failure centred on record keeping, particularly in relation to the quality of drinking wate...

 

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