Ships Monthly Magazine
Banner
Strapeline

ships_news

 

For more shipping news pick up the latest issue of Ships Monthly



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

 
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.

 
« StartPrev123456789NextEnd »

Page 4 of 9

 




Privacy Notice     Cookies

© Kelsey Publishing Ltd 2013.

Facebook Twitter Google Bookmarks RSS Feed 
mail the editor of ships monthly