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  • Multi-Purpose: First Northeast passage

    The Cosco-owned 19,150dwt multi-purpose ship Yong Sheng was one of the first vessels to complete a commercial transit of the Northeast Passage this year when she sailed from Dalian, China to Rotterdam, a transit which took just 35 days compared with 48 da...
  • TANKERS: Iran takes delivery of new tankers

    Iran has been taking delivery of a large number of new oil tankers lately, seven since the start of this year, to help sustain its crude export shipments in the face of expanding western sanctions. Most of the newbuildings are part of a bloc of $1.2 billi...
  • US Navy: Watch this space . . .

    The USA has positioned five warships and a number of submarines in the Eastern Mediterranean as a precursor to potential intervention against the Syrian regime. Four destroyers, Barry, Gravely, Ramage and Stout, and the amphibious transport USS San Anto...
  • US NAVY: Plastics discarded for steel

    The US Navy is to switch materials used in the construction of the last Zumwalt class destroyer after concerns at the high cost of composites used to build the superstructure of the first two ships. The subsequent award of a US$212 million contract to B...
  • P&O: World voyages announced

    Details on two world voyages for 2015 have now been released by P&O Cruises. Arcadia will operate a 106-night full circumnavigation, while Aurora (2000/76,152gt) will spend 105 nights on a grand South America and Pacific Ocean itinerary, which will ...
  • Iberocruceros: Fleet size is reduced again

    Following the transfer in 2011 of Grand Voyager to parent company Costa Crociere comes the news that Grand Mistral (1999/46,052gt), Iberocruceros’ largest remaining ship, will be heading the same way at the end of her 2013 Mediterranean season. As a ...
  • EMISSIONS RULES: DFDS to retrofit eight more

    Eight more DFDS ferries will be fitted with exhaust scrubbers during 2014 ahead of new environmental regulations coming into force in northern Europe at the start of the following year, from when sulphur emissions have to be cut to no more than 0.1 per ...
  • Channel Islands: Heulin-Renouf go out of business

    After carrying freight to and from the Channel Islands for almost 80 years, latterly with a two-ship lift-on/lift-off operation from Southampton and Cherbourg to Jersey, Guernsey and Alderney by Huelin Dispatch and Huelin Endeavour, St Helier-based Huelin...
  • CRUISE SHIP: Concordia salvage in the spotlight

    The righting of the stricken cruise ship Costa Concordia was undertaken in the full glare of the world’s media throughout Monday 16 September. Crowley Maritime’s TITAN Salvage subsidiary and the Italian firm Micoperi were ready to get the process goin...
  • IceBreaker: In service after seven years

    The US Coast Guard icebreaker Polar Star (WAGB-10) is back in service after almost seven years out of commission, and at a reactivation cost of over $90 million. The 1976-built ship, which can break ice 21ft thick, has been on ice trials in the Arctic sin...
  • NEWBUILD: Sparkling new bulker

    Representative of a new series of box-hold cargo carriers being turned out by Japan’s Onomichi yard is the 37,000dwt handy-size bulk carrier Ansac Pride, which is owned by a subsidiary of Asia Holdings Limited (AHL) and which has just taken up a five-ye...
  • Port of Hamburg: Record season in Germany with 176 calls

    This year will see all records for cruise passengers in the Hanseatic port city of Hamburg broken, with 176 planned calls bringing more than 500,000 passengers to the three cruise terminals at Altona, Hafen City and Uberseebrucke. Around 95 per cent of ...
  • Supplying the platforms

    Mexican offshore operator Naviera Integral have signed a contract for two Damen Fast Crew Suppliers 5009 with Damen Shipyards. Naviera Integral will use the new craft to serve its client PEMEX, delivering personnel and cargo from and to platforms in the G...
  • VETERAN SCRAPPED: Eventful career ends

    A long and eventful career starting as Townsend Thoresen’s 3,335gt ro-ro freighter European Gateway in 1975 has ended on the shipbreaking beaches of Aliaga, Turkey, with the much-rebuilt vessel towed away from Piraeus on 17 July after final service as...
  • MSC: Unrest affects cruising

    Following the renewed unrest in Egypt, MSC has decided to withdraw from the Red Sea market for the forthcoming winter and instead base MSC Armonia in the Canary Islands. That decision will be disappointing for Egyptian tourism, as the Red Sea region is ...
  • NEW REEFERS: Hamburg Süd christens two

    Germany’s Hamburg Süd has phased the first of its six new Cap San container ships into service on the Asia-South American route, with the 9,600TEU Cap San Nicholas recently completed by South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries. A sister, Cap San Marco,...
  • ROYAL NAVY: Getting good value for money?

    The fate of four Type 22 frigates, controversially decommissioned in 2011 as part of cost-cutting measures in the last defence review, has been decided. Not unsurprisingly, all have been sold for scrap. With the government keen to encourage the UK’s s...
  • Paddle Steamer: Moved to Dorset

    The small paddle steamer Monarch (pictured) has started a new lease of life in Dorset. Launched at Chatham Historic Dockyard in 1994, the 42ft vessel is powered by a compound diagonal steam engine rescued from a factory and converted to marine use. Initia...
  • NETHERLANDS NAVY: One-stop versatility

    Damen’s Galati shipyard in Romania has completed the construction of the future HNLMS Karel Doorman (A833). The highly versatile Joint Logistics Support Ship was subsequently towed to Vlissingen in the Netherlands for final fitting out. With a fully l...
  • SHIPBUILDING: Daewoo shipyard for sale?

    The Dole Food Company plans to replace its reefer fleet serving the eastern Pacific between South and North America with a series of three larger vessels, which are to be delivered between 2015 and 2016  at a cost of about $165 million. Although a bu...

 

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