• Scotline Welcomes Young Seafarer

    Scotline Welcomes Young Seafarer

    9th June 2015

    In the May issue of Ships Monthly we featured Finan Liddle, and asked the question, was he the magazine’s youngest reader? Finan is an extremely enthusiastic reader of the magazine and, according to his mother, is mad about ships. I…

  • Liberation for Channel Islands?

    Liberation for Channel Islands?

    17th April 2015

    JUNE 2015 ISSUE The new Channel Islands ferry Condor Liberation entered service on 27 March and I was fortunate enough to be on the first passenger sailing from Poole to Guernsey. The new vessel had been running trials during the…

  • Can boxboats get any bigger?

    Can boxboats get any bigger?

    19th March 2015

    MAY 2015 ISSUE Two articles in this issue focus on the container shipping industry. We have an account of how container ships have developed since the 1960s, as well as a behind-the-scenes look on board Cap San Augustin, one of…

  • Cunard celebrates 175 years

    Cunard celebrates 175 years

    18th February 2015

    APRIL 2015 ISSUE What is probably the best-known shipping company in the world is celebrating the 175th anniversary of its founding, and to mark Cunard’s anniversary we have two special features in this issue. The first is a look at…

  • Half a century of Ships Monthly

    Half a century of Ships Monthly

    14th January 2015

    MARCH 2015 ISSUE For the eagle-eyed among our readers, and/or those with long memories, you will notice that the 2015 editions of Ships Monthly form Volume 50 of the magazine. So, as I write these word with the New Year…

  • Big . . . bigger . . . biggest . . .

    Big . . . bigger . . . biggest . . .

    19th December 2014

    FEBRUARY 2015 ISSUE In this issue of Ships Monthly we have reports on various new ships that are making waves because of their size. Shipowners and corporations are looking to build bigger and bigger vessels, the main benefit of which…

  • What next for cruise ships?

    What next for cruise ships?

    20th November 2014

    JANUARY 2015 ISSUE In late October 2014 the new RCI cruise ship Quantum of the Seas made her debut at Southampton, watched by hundreds of people who turned out despite the gloomy weather. She has plenty of new features to…

  • The future of ship development

    The future of ship development

    16th October 2014

    DECEMBER 2014 ISSUE In September one of the various ‘Ship of the year’ awards was won by ZeroCat 120, the first battery-driven car ferry in the world. The award was presented in Hamburg to the owners of the vessel, Norled…

  • Forgetting our maritime heritage?

    Forgetting our maritime heritage?

    17th September 2014

    NOVEMBER 2014 ISSUE This month we are featuring several new ships, but perhaps we should be remembering the old ones. We have details of the latest new cruise ships coming out of the shipyards as cruise companies continue to order…

  • The salvaging of Costa Concordia

    The salvaging of Costa Concordia

    20th August 2014

    OCTOBER 2014 ISSUE Last month we reflected on two different tragedies, which seemed to have common themes – large loss of life but relatively little media coverage – in the shape of the Empress of Ireland disaster and the capsizing…