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PORT NEWS: Ready for big boxboats
Friday, 19 December 2014 08:44

The 9,770gt Dutch trailing suction hopper dredger Cornelis Zanen at work to deepen the approach channels to Southampton port. ANDREW MCALPINEThe 9,770gt Dutch trailing suction hopper dredger Cornelis Zanen at work to deepen the approach channels to Southampton port. ANDREW MCALPINE

Southampton port is ready to handle the biggest ships in the world after the completion of a £40 million dredging project. Since 2013 dredgers from the Dutch company Boskalis have been dredging and widening the 25 nautical miles of the main approach channel to ensure that ships with a draught of up to 15.5m – currently the largest ships in the world – can access the Port’s container terminal.

The dredging programme is the last piece of the project to improve the container terminal and ensure that it can handle ever larger ships in the future. The terminal’s new SCT 5 berth, opened in March 2014, has a 500m deepwater quay and is purpose-built to cater for the largest ships in the world.

The dredging benefits a wide range of commercial shipping that use the port, including vessels serving Marchwood Military Port and using Fawley Refinery. AM

 
JEANIE IN DRY DOCK
Tuesday, 09 December 2014 00:00

19th barque Jeanie Johnston, a static museum ship on Dublin’s Liffey quays which tells the story of Irish famine and emigration to the New World, underwent her most extensive overhaul at Dublin Graving Docks Ltd since purchase by Dublin Docklands Development Authority in 2005. Jeanie Johnston was towed the short distance downriver to drydock during October. Among the work carried out on the barque was removal of debris along the waterline, replacement of timbers, hull-cleaning and repainting. JA

 

 
CRUISE & MARITIME: New flagship for 2015
Tuesday, 02 December 2014 00:00

An artists rendering of Magellan in CMV livery.An artists rendering of Magellan in CMV livery.

Cruise & Maritime Voyages has chartered the 46,052grt Grand Holiday from the Carnival Corporation for the 2015 and 2016 cruise season. Renamed Magellan, she will carry about 1,250 passengers and be the new flagship of the CMV fleet, which includes the classic cruise ships Marco Polo, Astor and Azores.

A new 2015 brochure has been released detailing Magellan’s inaugural CMV summer 2015 and winter 2015-16 programme. Special introductory fares will be on offer to launch the programme. The maiden CMV voyage will be a 12-night cruise to Iceland and the Faroes sailing from Tilbury on 15 March 2015. She will also be sailing from Newcastle Tyne.

Completed in 1985 by Aalborg Værft as Carnival’s Holiday, the ship was an enlarged version of Tropicale and the first in a new generation of Carnival ships. She was transferred to Carnival subsidiary Iberocruceros in 2009 and renamed Grand Holiday. PN

 
US WARSHIP: Houston wreck identified
Tuesday, 02 December 2014 00:00

Commissioned in 1930, the Northampton class cruiser USS Houston is seen transiting the Panama Canal prior to America’s involvement in World War II. PCACommissioned in 1930, the Northampton class cruiser USS Houston is seen transiting the Panama Canal prior to America’s involvement in World War II. PCA

The US Navy has confirmed that a wreck found on the bottom of the Java Sea is USS Houston, a cruiser sunk by the Japanese in World War II. Nicknamed ‘the Galloping Ghost of the Java Coast’, the American ship was sunk by Japanese forces during the Battle of Sunda Strait on 28 February 1942.

US and Indonesian divers have confirmed that there has been some looting of the wreckage, which has become an underwater dive attraction, and officials of both countries are now co-ordinating protection and conservation efforts.

All 1,068 sailors and marines on board the cruiser were presumed dead after the sinking, but when the war ended in 1945, 291 sailors and marines who survived the action were found in Japanese prisoner of war camps and were repatriated to the US.

 

 
PORT NEWS: French port expansion
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 00:00

The general cargo vessel Amanda (1981/1,441gt) alongside the French port of Cherbourg on 28 September 2014. KEVIN MITCHELLThe general cargo vessel Amanda (1981/1,441gt) alongside the French port of Cherbourg on 28 September 2014. KEVIN MITCHELL

The Ports of Normandy Authority is partway through a €40 million expansion program at the port of Cherbourg in connection with offshore wind farm and other marine renewable energy developments in the English Channel. Underwater rock blasting and dredging has already been completed, and a 320m extension to the Quai des Flamards terminal is due for completion at the end of 2014 to provide a working quay 680m in length. Road and rail access to the quayside is also being redirected. Thanks to a load capacity of 15 tonnes per square metre, this expansion will permit the shipment of heavy cargoes associated with renewable energies. KM

 

 
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