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  • Port news: All change on the Humber

    Associated British Ports (ABP) announced a reorganisation of its Humber ports to bring its operational and commercial teams under one umbrella. It was separated into two groups covering Hull and Goole on the north bank of the river and Grimsby and Immingh...
  • Windfarm vessel: Cable layer ordered

    Van Oord has ordered a new cable-laying vessel. The ship will be built at Damen Shipyards Galati in Romania and will be completed at the end of 2014. The vessel is intended for the installation of electricity cables for offshore wind farms. Van Oord is ma...
  • US Navy: Flooding at shipyard

    The US government shutdown did not affect the timetable at Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) as preparations were being made for the formal christening of the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). It did however, cause the postponement of the official n...
  • OMANI NAVY: Project Khareef milestones

    It is several years behind schedule, but the Royal Navy of Oman’s Khareef project for the design and build of three corvettes is nearing its conclusion. The navy’s new flagship, RNOV Al Shamikh, arrived at her new home at the Said bin Sultan Naval Bas...
  • QE2 Holdings: Renovation to start soon

    On 15 October 2013 the operator of Queen Elizabeth 2, QE2 Holdings, signed a contract with the COSCO shipyard at Zhoushan in Zheijiang Province, China for the rebuilding of the interiors of the ship. At that stage the exact natuAre of the work was still...
  • AIDA CRUISES: Newbuild name announced

    The name for the first of the Japanese-built cruise ships for Aida Cruises has been announced. Aidaprima will enter service in March 2015 and undertake an 86-day maiden voyage from Yokohama to Hamburg, Germany, arriving at her homeport on 16 June. Afte...
  • COMPANY NEWS: Tough going for P&O Ferries

    Fierce competition and increasing operating costs are making life tough for P&O Ferries on the English Channel, North Sea and Irish Sea, annual reports for the company’s four ferry divisions reveal. Turnover on short sea services increased to £32...
  • PHILLIPPINES: Typhoon hits shipping

    Typhoon Haiyan, which swept through the Philippines in mid-November 2013, left a number of ships stranded or damaged, including many coasters and fishing vessels. The passenger ferry Super Shuttle Ferry 17, a converted landing craft operated by Jo Malia...
  • New ro-ro reefer design

    Denmark’s Knud E. Hansen, in close cooperation with Switzerland’s Reefer Intel and Sweden’s Stena RoRo, has developed a new ro-ro reefer vessel design that has 45 per cent more capacity than traditional lo-lo reefers, and can load and unload in on...
  • Preserved paddler: Medway Queen returns to the water

    On 24 October 2013 the partially-restored paddler Medway Queen was towed out of the dry dock in Bristol, where restoration work has been ongoing, and moored in the Floating Harbour opposite the Albion Dock ready to go to the Medway, where she is to be f...
  • Training ship: Rudder at the ready

    Cadet training ships have changed considerably over the years, and the training vessel currently being operated by the Texas Maritime Academy in the United States, the 1,472gt General Rudder, reflects this. Built in 1984 as USNS Contender, a Navy antisu...
  • Holland America: Second in a year

    For the second time in 12 months, Holland America Line’s ships have come to the rescue of the sightseeing vessel Baranof Wind, operated by Glacier Bay Lodge and Tours on eight-hour cruises in Glacier Bay, Alaska. On the most recent occasion, on 2 Aug...
  • Russian Navy: Fire and misfire

    Russia’s re-emerging submarine force has suffered more setbacks, with another unsuccessful Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile test and yet another serious fire caused by negligence. The first test firing of a Bulava SLBM from the newly-completed Aleks...
  • PLATFORM SUPPLY: Fully-equipped for work

    Singapore-based offshore energy services provider Jaya Holdings Ltd delivered its second new Multi-Purpose Platform Supply Vessel Jaya Vigilant in October. She left Jaya’s shipyard in Batam to immediately go on hire in East Africa. The vessel loaded a...
  • Portuscale Cruises: Back in service

    Following the problems encountered by Funchal (1961/9,563gt) in Gothenburg (see SM, Nov, p.13), she eventually completed her autumn schedule without any more serious problems, although her call at Tilbury was cancelled due to bad weather in the North Se...
  • 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 ...

 




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