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Ex-Warship: Plymouth goes for scrap
Tuesday, 07 October 2014 00:00

HMS Plymouth leaving Birkenhead on 20 August for scrapping. John EyresHMS Plymouth leaving Birkenhead on 20 August for scrapping. John EyresIn August the former HMS Plymouth departed Birkenhead after seven years of efforts to rescue the Falkland veteran frigate failed, and she was finally towed away for scrap in Turkey. In 1989 she was open to the public in Plymouth, and then in Birkenhead as a museum ship operated by the Historic Warship Preservation Trust.

The Trust rented a berth for her in 1990 within the East Float, Birkenhead from the Mersey Docks and Harbour Company, but when the Trust went into liquidation in 2006, HMS Plymouth became the legal responsibility of Peel Ports, who said: ‘We have no expertise in the preservation and restoration of historic ships and .given the fact that she is deteriorating further at berth, the group feels, reluctantly, we have no practical choice but to dispose of her responsibly.’

Built by Devonport Dockyard, HMS Plymouth, commissioned in 1959, was one of the first Royal Navy ships to arrive in the South Atlantic during the Falklands War in 1982, and was decommissioned in 1988.

 
Omni-Carriers: Nordana replaces DFDS omni-carriers
Tuesday, 30 September 2014 00:00

Fast Challenger (on left) was built as Dana America and returned to Nordana on charter after her sale to Demline of Egypt. In the background is Beachy Head, which by coincidence is joining the fleet of Nordana. Bruce PeterFast Challenger (on left) was built as Dana America and returned to Nordana on charter after her sale to Demline of Egypt. In the background is Beachy Head, which by coincidence is joining the fleet of Nordana. Bruce PeterFollowing the introduction of the chartered Visentini newbuild Wedellsborg, the Danish shipping company Nordana has announced replacement of its former DFDS ro-ro ships Skodsborg, Skanderborg, and Schackenborg. The 14,805gt crane-fitted ro-lo vessels, which were built in Japan for DFDS with an 1,884 lane metre or 654TEU capacity, have operated between the Mediterranean, Latin America and the United States since they were new in 1979, when Nordana was owned by DFDS.

Built as Dana Africa, Dana Arabia and Dana Caribia, they were renamed when DFDS sold Nordana to Dannebrog in 1984. Designated as ‘omni-carriers’, the sisters have considerable flexibility through heavylift, container, lo-lo, ro-ro and car-carrying capabilities, and stern ramp, side door or cargo hatch access. They were innovative in being able to make a ‘Mediterranean moor’ to offload ro-ro cargo in ports, while other liners waited for quayside berths.  

 
US Coast Guard: More cutters
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 00:00

Louisiana’s Bollinger Shipyards in the US has been contracted to build six more Sentinel class FRCs. USCGLouisiana’s Bollinger Shipyards in the US has been contracted to build six more Sentinel class FRCs. USCGThe US Coast Guard has exercised a contract option worth $255.1 million with Bollinger Shipyards of Lockport, Louisiana for production of six more Sentinel class Fast Response Cutters (FRCs), which brings the total number of FRCs under contract with Bollinger to 30, and the total value of the contract to nearly $1.38 billion. A total of 58 boats are planned for the class. To date, the Coast Guard has taken delivery of ten FRCs. JS

 
Ice-Breaking: Three new ice-breakers
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 00:00

An impression of the new ice-breakers ordered for Russia´s largest shipping company, Sovcomflot.  Alexander HafemannAn impression of the new ice-breakers ordered for Russia´s largest shipping company, Sovcomflot. Alexander HafemannFinland’s Arctech Helsinki Shipyard has signed a contract to build three icebreaking stand-by vessels for Sovcomflot. The ships will be built for the North East Sakhalin Offshore region’s oil and gas field, where they will serve the operator of Sakhalin-2, Sakhalin Energy Investment Company Ltd (SEIC). The total value of the order is about US$380 million.

The vessels are to be delivered between September 2016 and March 2017. The series includes one larger platform supply vessel, which was contracted between Arctech and Sovcomflot in April. They are designed for stand-by and rescue duties, and for oil spill recovery, measure 95m by 22m and are based on Aker Arctic concept Aker ARC 121. The four engines have a total power output of about 20,000kW.

 
Preserved ship: Ice-breaker’s centenary
Friday, 19 September 2014 07:38

The historic ice-breaker Suur Tõll in Tallinn harbour. John PagniThe historic ice-breaker Suur Tõll in Tallinn harbour. John PagniOn 19 June at Tallinn’s Seaplane Harbour, part of the Estonian Maritime Museum, the 100th anniversary of the preserved ice-breaker Suur Tõll (named after the Estonian folklore figure Toell the Great) was celebrated. Built as Mikhail Fedorovich, she was the only one of three ships ordered by Russia in 1914 to be completed by shipbuilder A. G. Vulcan in the then German Baltic port city of Stettin (now Szczecin in Poland) at a cost of nearly a million gold roubles (€12 million today).

When the 1917 revolution swept the monarchy away, the Bolsheviks renamed her Volynets. But in 1918 Finns captured the ship, and renamed her Wäinämöinen, which she kept until she went to the newly-independent state of Estonia in 1922, at which point she acquired her Estonian name. With the 1940 Soviet invasion, she became Volynets again and remained in service until 1985.

 
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