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Historic ship: Windsor Castle taken to Leith as hotel
Friday, 19 September 2014 07:34

Windsor Castle moored alongside Tamamima in the river Fal in 2004.Windsor Castle moored alongside Tamamima in the river Fal in 2004.The former Northern Lighthouse Board’s tender Windsor Castle, which has been lying in the river Fal since 2000, has been purchased by The Royal Yacht Britannia Trust, who plan to operate her as a floating luxury hotel. The vessel will be converted to a 25-bedroom ‘boutique’ hotel, and will be moored adjacent to the former Royal yacht Britannia in Leith.

Built in 1963 by Blythswood Shipbuilding Co, Glasgow as Fingal, the vessel operated by the Northern Lighthouse Board out of Oban, and later Stromness, maintaining aids to navigation around the Scottish coast, before being purchased by Tamahine Shipping in 2000. She then joined their cargo ship Tamamima moored in the river Fal, where she was renamed Windsor Castle and became something of a fixture on the river.

Following a dry-dock inspection in Falmouth, she was towed to Scotland, where she  will undergo an 18-month conversion in Leith, and is scheduled to open in spring 2016. She will be berthed permanently next to Britannia.

 
LNG-fuelled tankers: LNG options taken up
Tuesday, 09 September 2014 00:00

Demand for energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly tanker tonnage has persuaded Terntank Rederi to order two more LNG-fuelled ships. Terntank RederiDemand for energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly tanker tonnage has persuaded Terntank Rederi to order two more LNG-fuelled ships. Terntank RederiTerntank Rederi A/S of Skagen, Denmark has exercised its options to add two more LNG-fuelled 15,000dwt tankers to the two it ordered from China’s AVIC Dingheng Shipbuilding Co, Ltd towards the end of last year (see SM, March). The four ships will now be delivered from the shipyard at three-month intervals, with the first due out in the spring of 2016 and the fourth by the beginning of 2017.  Two of the newbuilds will be long-term chartered by North European Oil Trade Oy of Finland, but the charterer for the second two has yet to be announced. Terntank said it elected to declare the two options because of the ‘growing demand for energy-efficient and environmentally friendly tanker tonnage’. JS

 
NEW LIFEBOAT: Latest Shannon named
Tuesday, 02 September 2014 00:00

Storm Rider demonstrates her manoeuvrability after the naming ceremony. Storm Rider demonstrates her manoeuvrability after the naming ceremony. The fourth of the new 13m Shannon class lifeboat formally began her service with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) when she was named and dedicated at a ceremony at the RNLI College in Poole, Dorset on 17 July 2014 in glorious sunshine, in front of an audience of the lifesaving charity’s staff, volunteers and supporters.

The new lifeboat was named Storm Rider and will serve in the Relief Fleet, going round the country to serve at stations while their own lifeboat is away undergoing maintenance and refit work. Teenager Rachel Fairhurst, 14, had the honour of naming the new craft, having won a competition to choose the name of the latest Shannon. This is the first time that a competition winner has named an RNLI lifeboat.

 
NAVAL SUPPORT: Ready for all weathers
Tuesday, 26 August 2014 00:00

 From April 2011 HMS Protector was chartered to the Royal Navy as a temporary replacement for the ice patrol ship HMS Endurance, and was renamed HMS Protector, being commissioned into the Navy on 23 June 2011. From April 2011 HMS Protector was chartered to the Royal Navy as a temporary replacement for the ice patrol ship HMS Endurance, and was renamed HMS Protector, being commissioned into the Navy on 23 June 2011. Andrew Weir Shipping has been awarded the contract for the support and maintenance of HMS Protector (A173) following a competitive tendering process. HMS Protector is the Royal Navy’s Ice Patrol Ship, and is deployed on operations for 334 days per year. The vessel was chartered from commercial service by the Royal Navy in April 2011, and was purchased outright in September 2013.

HMS Protector’s home port is Devonport. In addition to the support of scientific bases in Antarctica, HMS Protector is also equipped for patrol, survey and humanitarian tasking. In 2012 the vessel came to the aid of a Brazilian research station on King George Island in the South Shetland Islands following a fire.

Andrew Weir Shipping has operated in the British maritime industry for almost 130 years, and is involved in diverse projects, ranging from the support of the MoD’s Strategic Sealift Service and the operation of RMS St Helena.

 
Shipyard news: Turkish delight
Tuesday, 26 August 2014 00:00

 The 6,336dwt Fidelio is the first of three sophisticated chemical tankers being completed by Turkey’s Tersan Shipyard for GEFO of Germany. GEFO The 6,336dwt Fidelio is the first of three sophisticated chemical tankers being completed by Turkey’s Tersan Shipyard for GEFO of Germany. GEFOTurkey has become Europe’s biggest shipbuilder, and the ships it has been building have become increasingly sophisticated. Recently completed by the Tersan Shipyard in Istanbul for Germany’s Gesellschaft für Öltransporte mbH (GEFO) is the 6,336dwt chemical tanker Fidelio, which recently completed her maiden voyage from Israel to the Netherlands via France. Considered a ‘duplex’ stainless steel chemical tanker, the vessel can transport 260 types of cargo, from vegetable oil to sulphuric acid.

She is powered by a MAN Diesel & Turbo propulsion system comprising a 7L32/44CR engine, Renk gears and an Alpha Mark 5 adjustable CP propeller. This combination boosts the drive system’s efficiency by up to nine per cent, thus saving fuel and operating costs while reducing emissions. Two sisterships, Othello and Traviata, are set to be delivered by Tersan before the end of this year. JS

 
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