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NEWBUILD: Viking Star float-out
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 13:58

A major milestone for Viking Cruises’ move into ocean-going cruise ships, as opposed to the river cruise vessels it has operated hitherto, was marked on 23 June, when their inaugural cruise ship, the 930-passenger Viking Star (pictured), was floated out. The ceremony took place at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard outside Venice. With three sisterships being built, the 47,800gt Viking Star debuts in early 2015 with maiden voyages in Scandinavia, the Baltic, and the Western and Eastern Mediterranean, and has two new British itineraries for 2016 .

Viking Ocean Cruises will be the first major ocean line to debut in nearly a decade, having been a leader in river cruising for many years. The company’s fast-growing Viking River Cruises line operates more than 50 vessels, including 18 new ships christened earlier this year. The company has 12 river ships on order for 2015.

Container ships: Evergreen transfers to Felixstowe
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 13:52

The container ship Ever Legend (98,882gt) at Felixstowe. Andrew McAlpineThe container ship Ever Legend (98,882gt) at Felixstowe. Andrew McAlpineThe UK’s largest container terminal at Felixstowe has received the first call of Evergreen’s China European Shuttle (CES service). Previously, the CES service did not have a UK call, but from May the UK port was added, while a number of other ports were dropped. With the new service now calling at Felixstowe, the Taiwanese shipping company has fulfilled its promise made last year to transfer its services from Thamesport to Felixstowe, both of which are owned by Hutchinson Group.

The promise to switch UK ports was made before Evergreen became a full member of the CKYHE Alliance, which is made up of Cosco, K Line, Yang Ming and Hanjin. The CKYHE alliance became effective from 1 March and operates six Asia-North Europe strings, of which five now call at Felixstowe.

NEWBUILD: Windfarm service operation vessel
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 00:00

A new windfarm service vessel has options for different propulsion systems and room for 60 persons. IMTA new windfarm service vessel has options for different propulsion systems and room for 60 persons. IMT

The growing number of offshore wind farms in Europe is generating a number of new designs for service operation vessels (SOVs). One of the latest is a 1,350dwt SOV of 72.2m in length put forward by the UK division of Holland’s Offshore Ship Designers.

The IMT972 design is capable of being powered by two Steerprop SP25 or equal 1900 kWe fixed-pitch azimuth propulsion units or two 2.5 MW Voith Turbo main thrusters. For station-keeping and high-dynamic performance under manoeuvring or DP conditions, electric motor-driven CPP thruster units are fitted forward. JS

Containership: Latest OOCL boxboat
Tuesday, 08 July 2014 00:00

OOCL Singapore at Samsung HI for her naming ceremony.OOCL Singapore at Samsung HI for her naming ceremony.

Hong Kong-based container line Orient Oversea Container Line (OOCL) has recently christened its tenth ultra large containership. The vessel was christened OOCL Singapore at Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard on Geoje Island, South Korea. OOCL Singapore is a Samsung 13000 type vessel with a 13,208TEU capacity, which includes 800 temperature controlled boxes. One of nine sisterships, she measures 366.4m by 48.2m, equating to 19 boxes wide and 142,400dwt. AM


PATROL VESSEL: Irish Navy’s playwright
Tuesday, 01 July 2014 00:00

The new Irish Patrol vessel LÉ Samuel Beckett (P61) in Dublin. Jehan AshmoreThe new Irish Patrol vessel LÉ Samuel Beckett (P61) in Dublin. Jehan Ashmore

The Irish Naval Service’s newest ship, the €50 million LÉ Samuel Beckett (P61), was christened by Caroline Murphy, niece of the Nobel Prize-winning playwright, after whom the ship is named, at Dublin’s Liffey Quays, near the East Link Bridge, on 17 May.

The new offshore patrol vessel was also commissioned into the Naval Service, with Irish Prime Minister and Minister for Defence, Enda Kenny, present together with representatives from Babcock Marine Appledore shipyard, which built the vessel. Babcock is currently building LÉ James Joyce, as the second ship in a contract totalling €108 million, due to enter service in 2015. The 90m vessel has been designed by STX Marine to handle harsh Atlantic seas, and replaces the oldest unit of Ireland’s eight-strong naval fleet, the 1978-built LÉ Emer. JA


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