P&O Ferries to revamp Hull-Zeebrugge ships

P&O Ferries to revamp Hull-Zeebrugge ships

In a major boost for travel on the North Sea, P&O Ferries announced on 28 November 2016 that it will spend £8.5 million on upgrading the two ships on its Hull-Zeebrugge route.

MSC Cruises marks float out of MSC Seaside

MSC Cruises marks float out of MSC Seaside

On 26 November 2016 MSC Cruises and Fincantieri celebrated the float out of MSC Seaside, one of two new mega-ships that MSC Cruises is bringing into service.

Stena Line celebrates five years Belfast to Cairnryan

Stena Line celebrates five years Belfast to Cairnryan

On 21 November 2016 ferry company Stena Line celebrated the fifth anniversary of its Belfast-Cairnryan service.

Queen Mary berths in Glasgow for the first time since 1977

Queen Mary berths in Glasgow for the first time since 1977

The famous Clyde-steamer TS Queen Mary was safely towed to Glasgow on 9 November 2016, going up the Clyde for the first time since 1977.

Poole Sandbanks ferry overhauled

Poole Sandbanks ferry overhauled

During November 2016 the floating bridge chain ferry Bramble Bush Bay, which connects Sandbanks and Shell Bay across the mouth of Poole Harbour, was removed for its biennial overhaul.

Ships Monthly January 2017 issue now out

Ships Monthly January 2017 issue now out

The latest issue of Ships Monthly is out now. Features include the story of the rapid design and construction of battleship HMS Dreadnought and a review of the last cargo liners built for Cunard’s North Atlantic services.

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    German general cargo ship Fiskela off to the breakers

    6th December 2016

    The 11,243dwt German general cargo ship Fiskela was recently taken to Gadani Beach for breaking. She was one of five vessels laid down as bulk carriers at the Dong Hae Shipbuilding Co in Ulsan in 1982. All five were later…

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    5th December 2016

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    Fast Ferry 4010 launched in Republic of Korea

    4th December 2016

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    Former US Navy catamaran destroyed in Red Sea

    3rd December 2016

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    Major refit in 2017 for Sea Adventurer

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  • UECC takes delivery of car carrier Auto Energy

    UECC takes delivery of car carrier Auto Energy

    1st December 2016

    On 29 November 2016 the formal delivery ceremony for TBN Auto Energy took place at the NACKS shipyard in Nantong, China and the vessel was formally delivered to United European Car Carriers (UECC). Glenn Edvardsen, CEO of UECC, said: ‘To construct the…

  • New Chair for Maid of the Loch

    New Chair for Maid of the Loch

    30th November 2016

    On 29 November 2016 the charity that exists to preserve and restore the iconic Maid of the Loch as a working paddle steamer on Loch Lomond announced the appointment of a new chairman to help raise £1.7million by August 2017. Robin Naysmith, formerly Scotland’s diplomatic representative in Washington DC and a…

  • P&O Ferries to revamp Hull-Zeebrugge ships

    P&O Ferries to revamp Hull-Zeebrugge ships

    29th November 2016

    In a major boost for travel on the North Sea, P&O Ferries announced on 28 November 2016 that it will spend £8.5 million on upgrading the two ships on its Hull-Zeebrugge route in a move which guarantees the future of…

  • MSC Cruises and Fincantieri mark float out of MSC Seaside

    MSC Cruises and Fincantieri mark float out of MSC Seaside

    28th November 2016

    On 26 November 2016 MSC Cruises, the Swiss-based privately-owned cruise line, and Fincantieri, one of the largest shipbuilding groups in the world, celebrated the float out of MSC Seaside, one of two new mega-ships that MSC Cruises is bringing into service…

  • Damen tug completes 14,572 nm round trip

    Damen tug completes 14,572 nm round trip

    24th November 2016

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