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  • 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…

  • Tragedies a long way away

    Tragedies a long way away

    22nd July 2014

    SEPTEMBER 2014 ISSUE This year is the 100th anniversary of one of the worst maritime disasters ever, which occurred when the Canadian Pacific liner Empress of Ireland sank in the St Lawrence River following a collision with the Norwegian collier…

  • Remembering past conflicts

    Remembering past conflicts

    25th June 2014

    AUGUST 2014 ISSUE This year Is one in which several significant anniversaries are being marked. The two particularly notable ones are the 70th anniversary of D-Day in June and the centenary of the outbreak of World War I in September.…

  • Cruising icon marks a decade

    Cruising icon marks a decade

    26th May 2014

    JULY 2014 ISSUE Cunard celebrated the tenth anniversary of the entry into service of their liner Queen Mary 2 with a spectacular event at Southampton on 9 May. Bringing all three Cunard ships together for the day was something of…

  • From LNG power to paddlers

    From LNG power to paddlers

    24th April 2014

    JUNE 2014 ISSUE The articles we have this month represent something of a contrast. The feature on liquid natural gas (LNG)-powered ships looks to the future, and examines how this new fuel is being used in the modern shipping industry.…

  • Preserving historic vessels

    Preserving historic vessels

    27th March 2014

    MAY 2014 ISSUE This month we have news of several historic ships being saved or scrapped. On the plus side is news that plans to reactivate the classic motor vessel Balmoral, which has been laid up in Bristol for many…

  • Uncertain future for industry

    Uncertain future for industry

    27th February 2014

    APRIL 2014 ISSUE Analysing the state of the global shipping industry is a difficult business. While generally positive figures for the UK’s economy were issued during January, suggesting that for some things are looking up, is the global shipping industry…

  • Contrasting cruise ships

    Contrasting cruise ships

    30th January 2014

    MARCH 2014 ISSUE What a contrast there was in Southampton in January as the last British-built cruise ship took her curtain call and the latest mega cruise ship steamed into port a few days later. It was a fond farewell…

  • Piracy film raises questions

    Piracy film raises questions

    26th December 2013

    FEBRUARY 2014 ISSUE The film Captain Phillips should be compulsory viewing for all ship captains and, in fact, anyone interested in the maritime world. The film is an adaptation of the book A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and…