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The CRUISE Show
Thursday, 14 August 2014 12:59

The CRUISE Show is Europe’s leading event dedicated to discovering a world of voyages – perfect for both those new to cruising and needing help to plan their first voyage, and experienced cruisers looking for inspiration for their next holiday at sea.

After an extremely popular show in London’s Olympia earlier this year in March, The CRUISE Show now moves on to visit Manchester Central, Birmingham’s NEC and Glasgow’s SECC once again this autumn.

Every type of cruising will be there to be uncovered from small ship adventures and all inclusive ultra-luxury sailings to cultural river cruises and modern resort style ships perfect for the whole family - this is your chance to meet with major cruise lines and specialist operators under one roof - and have a great day out!

 
LAID-UP FERRY: Three bidders for laid-up Atlântida
Tuesday, 12 August 2014 00:00

The laid-up ferry Atlântida might have new buyers. Matt DaviesThe laid-up ferry Atlântida might have new buyers. Matt DaviesAfter sitting idle since completion, the unwanted Portuguese ferry Atlântida has found a buyer. Built in 2009 by Estaleiros Navais de Viana do Castelo (ENVC) for Atlânticoline and rejected after sea trials due to an inability to meet her service speed, the vessel has lain at Lisbon’s Arsenal do Alfeite shipyard since 2011. Her side quarter ramp design, lack of cabin berths and fixed mezzanine vehicle decks make her unsuited for many ferry routes.

Atlântida was originally valued at €49.5 million but has steadily lost value; by 2011 she was valued at €29.5 million, but recent market estimates suggest she is worth just €11 million. Now-defunct Classic International Cruises proposed fitting additional cabins for cruising, with guests undertaking self-drive excursions with their car; a conversion into an Angolan Royal Yacht was proposed; an Azorean Canadian company wanted to operate her as an Azores-Madeira ferry; and a new company proposed an €18 million purchase, lengthening her to 152m and operating her as Atlantic Jewel from Portimão to Casablanca, Madeira, Tenerife and Cape Verde. But none of these proposals came to fruition.

 
CLYDE MILESTONE: Waverley’s anniversary celebration
Tuesday, 05 August 2014 00:00

Waverley departing Camppbeltown in July 2013 during her annual Western Isles and Clyde season. Edward FordWaverley departing Camppbeltown in July 2013 during her annual Western Isles and Clyde season. Edward FordThe 40th anniversary of Waverley being gifted by Caledonian MacBrayne to the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society will be marked on 8 August, when the vessel makes a special sailing from Greenock, Largs and Ardrossan to Lochranza, Arran, with a cruise around Inchmarnock Island. It is thought this will be the first day cruise from Ardrossan since 1985. For bookings and information call 0845 1304647.

Although it was first expected that nothing more ambitious than a static role would be possible for the 1947-built vessel, Waverley returned to service in May 1975 and continues to provide summer sailings on the Clyde following an annual visit to the Western Isles, together with late summer and autumn spells on the Bristol Channel, South Coast and Thames. Much money has been spent on keeping Waverley’s paddle wheels turning. The vessel received a new boiler in 1981, as well as improvements to passenger accommodation. There seem good prospects for the motor vessel Balmoral returning to service in 2015. RP

 
SHIPYARD NEWS: Cammell Laird targets ferries
Tuesday, 05 August 2014 00:00

A notable Cammell Laird project from the last year was the lengthening of Orkney Ferries’ vessel Hoy Head from 39.5m to 53.3m. Cammell LairdA notable Cammell Laird project from the last year was the lengthening of Orkney Ferries’ vessel Hoy Head from 39.5m to 53.3m. Cammell LairdBirkenhead shipyard Cammell Laird has undertaken considerable work on ‘bespoke environmental’ packages for ferries. The yard docked 24 ferries between 2013 and the beginning of 2014 and also carried out a further 24 afloat repairs for ferry operators. During 2013 Cammell Laird repaired, built and converted almost 250,000gt of ferry and ro-ro ships. Already in 2014 it has docked and repaired ferries of 150,000 gross tons. Ferries worked on include both conventional and high-speed vessels and customers include CalMac, IOM Steam Packet, Irish Ferries, Mersey Ferries, NorthLink Ferries, Orkney Ferries, P&O and Seatruck.

 
RO-RO Vessel: Dry-docked in Belfast
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 00:00

Oceanex Connaigra at H&W Belfast, pictured before she was dry-docked for a recurring faulty propeller in May. Scott MackeyOceanex Connaigra at H&W Belfast, pictured before she was dry-docked for a recurring faulty propeller in May. Scott MackeyHarland and Wolff’s reputation as a ship repair facility was reinforced in May with the unexpected arrival of hybrid ro-ro container vessel Oceanex Connaigra (2013/26,800gt) from St John’s, Canada. Built by Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft and launched in May 2013, this vessel entered service in October 2013 between Montreal and St John’s with a three-day passage time. She has capacity for 1,300TEU or 6,200 lane metres across five decks.

The vessel suffered a propeller malfunction in November 2013, resulting in her withdrawal from service for more than two months and a dry-docking in Boston. The problem, however, recurred and she sailed for Belfast to be dry-docked, arriving on 1 May and departing on 12 June, as there were reportedly no available dry docks on the American Eastern Seaboard. H&W also completed work refurbishing the 1974-built Blackford Dolphin on 17 June as part of a contact which was worth in excess of £100 million. SM

 
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