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  • OFFHORE SUPPORT: Optimistic operator

    America’s Harvey Gulf International Marine is following the lead of a number of northern European firms in the offshore sector by ordering a series of LNG-burning offshore support vessels (OSVs) and two deepwater construction vessels (CVs). All of the n...
  • NEW CRUISE SHIP: Titanic II plans move forward

    Australian mining billionaire Clive Palmer has unveiled more details of the modern replica of the ill-fated ocean liner Titanic that he plans to have built in China by the CSC Jinling Shipyard. According to Palmer, who formed Blue Star Line in 2012 to o...
  • SUPPLY VESSEL: Alexey Chirikov heads for the Far East

    Alexey Chirikov (7,487gt), the second multifunctional ice-breaking supply vessel (MIBSV) built for Sovcomflot, was christened and handed over at Arctech Helsinki Shipyard on 19 April. She sailed four days later to join sistership Vitus Bering operating ...
  • HEAVY LIFT: Ferries from Bangladesh

    Rickmers-Linie completed the delivery of the small ferry Isefjord to Denmark’s Hundested-Rørvig Færgefart AS in late April after loading the vessel aboard its chartered heavylift vessel Baltic Winter at Chittagong, Bangladesh in early March. Built by ...
  • Steam ferry: Badger gets a reprieve

    America’s last large coal-burning steam ferry, the Great Lakes-based SS Badger (pictured), will be able to keep operating and dumping coal ash into Lake Michigan until the end of her 2014 sailing season if a court approves a settlement agreed by Lake ...
  • ANCHOR HANDLER: Impressive Raptors debut

    The first Raptor class 200T BP Anchor Handling Tug, Terasea Falcon, has recently been delivered to Terasea Pte Ltd. The powerful vessel was launched from the Universal Shipbuilding’s Keihin yard on 18 October 2012 and delivered at the end of February ...
  • ROYAL NAVY: The end of an era

    Another chapter in Royal Navy history has come to a close as the last of 14 Type 42 destroyers completed her final operational deployment. As HMS Edinburgh returned to Portsmouth after six months conducting routine maritime security patrols so ended 38 ...
  • ROYAL CARIBBEAN: Oasis coming to Europe

    One of the world’s largest cruise ships, RCI’s Oasis of the Seas, will undertake a small number of European cruises in September 2014 in conjunction with a visit to the Keppel Verolme shipyard in Rotterdam for dry-docking. The ship will leave Fort ...
  • US NAVY: Guardian salvage completed

    The wreck of the stricken mine warfare vessel Guardian has finally been removed from the coral reef on which she became grounded in mid-January. The final section of hull was removed from the UNESCO World Heritage-listed site on 30 March. Salvors began ...
  • TANKER: Euronav sell newbuilding

    On 15 March Euronav, one of the world’s leading independent tanker companies engaged in the ocean transportation and storage of crude oil and petroleum products, based in Antwerp, sold the Suezmax tanker Cap Isabella (2013/157,648dwt). This was someth...
  • Harwich Ahoy!

    Just published is the second bumper annual edition of Harwich Ahoy! the magazine of Harwich Lifeboat, with articles on 150 years of Harwich Haven Authority, Trinity House cadets, 50 Years of the RIB, Dredging and Tug activity, Cruise and Sailing calendars...
  • CARNIVAL CRUISES: Tough times for Triumph

    Carnival Cruises saw its beleaguered Carnival Triumph hit the news again in early April when the 101,509gt ship snapped her lines during a heavy wind storm and was blown across the harbour at Mobile, Alabama to come up against the stationary US Army Cor...
  • Lindblad: Orion Expeditions sold

    Lindblad Expeditions has acquired Australian-based Orion Expeditions and its single cruise ship, Orion (2003/3,984gt). Sarina Bratton, who will step down as managing director and leave the company once the sale is completed, founded Orion Expeditions in...
  • Container ships: First Triple-E floated

    South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering has floated out the first of Maersk Line’s new 18,000TEU Triple-E class container ships at its Okpo shipyard and expects to deliver the 400m by 59m vessel in July, probably naming her Maersk...
  • ISLE OF WIGHT: Solent subsidies ruled out

    The possibility of government subsidies for ferry services to the Isle of Wight has been ruled out by Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin, but there are plans for further talks with Solent operators after a meeting organised by the Isle of Wight Coun...
  • Cunarders: Queen Elizabeth salutes Queen Mary

    For the first time since 1967, a Cunard Queen Elizabeth met with the long-retired Queen Mary in Long Beach, an event celebrated with an exchange of whistle salutes, fireworks and fanfare. In addition, a narrative of the ships’ histories was broadcast ...
  • PORT NEWS: ‘Tank’ goodness for Guinness

    Dun Laoghaire Harbour, whose sole commercial customer is Stena Line’s HSS fast craft from Holyhead, welcomed its first cargo ship in more than two decades when Myrte (2008/6,120gt) docked on 17 February. Two more cargo ships arrived later, the largest...
  • HISTORIC STEAMER: Sailing dates for the year

    In early April it was announced that The Solent Steam Packet Limited (TSSP) has received a £1.4 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to pay for work on the historic Southampton-based steamer Shieldhall. A three-year project Saving Shieldhall&nb...
  • MOD Tugs: Gone where?

    Two former Ministry of Defence tugs disappeared without trace after being smuggled out of a Cornish port during the early hours of 3 March. The 151-tonne Dog class pair, Juliette Pride I (ex-Sheepdog, pictured) and Juliette Pride II (ex-Husky), had been...
  • IRISH SEA: Cork-Swansea hopes gone

    Revival of a ferry link between Ireland and South Wales has been ruled out in the present economic and competitive climate. A report commissioned by Cork County Council and the Port of Cork stated that a service cannot be justified commercially on the b...

 

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