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Record breaker: World’s largest vessel nears completion
Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00

Ships berthed near Pieter Schelte in South Korea help to illustrate the unfinished vessel’s tremendous size. AllseasShips berthed near Pieter Schelte in South Korea help to illustrate the unfinished vessel’s tremendous size. AllseasA vessel specifically built for installing and removing topsides and jackets of large offshore oil and gas platforms in one lift – and now considered the largest ship in the world because of its extreme measurements of 382m by 124m – is to be outfitted at the Port of Rotterdam following completion of the hull and superstructure assembly in South Korea (see SM, Sept 2012).

Owner and designer Allseas said Pieter Schelte will arrive in Rotterdam before the end of this year, when it will receive the 65m long beams of its topsides lift system following their arrival by ship from Italy. The ship has been under construction for several years, with long-lead items such as the power generation equipment, thrusters and DP system having been ordered as long ago as 2007. When built, Pieter Schelte will have a topsides lift capacity of 48,000 tonnes and a pipelay capacity of 2,000 tonnes, making her the world’s largest pipelay vessel.

Cruise Ship: Costa Concordia’s final voyage
Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00

Costa Concordia is on her final voyage to Genoa, where she wil lbe broken up. Crowley Maritime CorpCosta Concordia is on her final voyage to Genoa, where she wil lbe broken up. Crowley Maritime CorpThe cruise ship Costa Concordia, which was wrecked off Giglio Island, Italy in January 2012 with 3,206 passengers and 1,023 crew on board, was safely moored at the Port of Genoa Voltri, Italy on 27 July at the end of her final journey from the island where she was wrecked, marking the completion of the largest maritime salvage job ever undertaken. Crowley Maritime Corp subsidiary TITAN Salvage and Micoperi led the efforts to right and then move the ship from Giglio. Preparations for the tow began on 13 July and the tow itself commenced nine days later.

Towing the disabled ship from the Tuscan Archipelago to Genoa involved a convoy of more than a dozen support vessels, led by the tug Blizzard and including two tugs with a combined 24,000hp and 275 tons of bollard pull at the bow for the hull, and two additional auxiliary tugs positioned aft. TITAN Salvage’s Nick Sloane, senior salvage master, and Rich Habib, salvage director, were on board the wrecked ship to monitor the vessel’s list, ballasting and speed.

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

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