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  • Latest issue of Ships Monthly out now

    Latest issue of Ships Monthly out now

    20th July 2017

    The September 2017 issue of Ships Monthly is out now. Don’t forget to get your copy from your local newsagent. What to know about classic cruise ships still going strong? Black Watch, Columbus and Ocean Diamond all featured. Russell Plummer…

  • Stena makes substantial investment in Scottish Route

    Stena makes substantial investment in Scottish Route

    19th July 2017

    Stena Line’s parent company has confirmed a multi-million pound investment package to acquire the Superfast VII and Superfast VIII ferries which operate on its Cairnryan-Belfast route. The ships currently operate under a charter contract agreement with AS Tallink Grupp and…

  • Dutch ferry first in Europe to run on CNG

    Dutch ferry first in Europe to run on CNG

    17th July 2017

    On 13 July 2017 the ferry operated by Dutch shipping firm TESO, Texelstroom, began running on CNG (compressed natural gas), which is a first in Europe. Every year, TESO carries two million passengers and approximately 600,000 vehicles from Den Helder to…

  • Bibby announces charter of first Damen SOV

    Bibby announces charter of first Damen SOV

    16th July 2017

    Bibby Marine Services is delighted to announce that it has signed a contract with Total E&P Nederland to charter the Damen-designed and -built Bibby WaveMaster 1 – a Service Operations Vessel (SOV) with walk to work capabilities. Total E&P Nederland…

  • Civilian hospital ship to hold a second annual ‘cargo day’

    Civilian hospital ship to hold a second annual ‘cargo day’

    15th July 2017

    Mercy Ships, which operates the largest charity-run hospital ship in the world, has announced the launch of its second annual Cargo Day on 4 October 2017. Last year, this UK initiative raised more than £200,000 from ship brokers and dozens…

  • Damen and Metal Shark partnership for patrol boats

    Damen and Metal Shark partnership for patrol boats

    14th July 2017

    Damen Shipyards Group has entered a partnership with US shipbuilder Metal Shark for the construction of up to 13 Damen SPa 2606 patrol boats. The US Navy recently selected Louisiana-based Metal Shark to build Near Coastal Patrol Vessels (NCPVs) for…

  • Plans to Replace Ireland’s Oldest Ferry

    Plans to Replace Ireland’s Oldest Ferry

    13th July 2017

    God Mets Ons III, Ireland’s oldest domestic ferry serving Valentia Island in Co Kerry on the scenic west coast, is in doubt as the ageing vessel dating from 1963 no longer meets marine safety requirements. The seasonal service linking Reenard…

  • New owner for Red Funnel

    New owner for Red Funnel

    11th July 2017

    Red Funnel has a new owner, with a consortium of British and Canadian pension schemes, led by the West Midland Pensions Fund and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board of the Province of Ontario, buying the historic operator of car…

  • Bangladesh builds patrol boat for Kenya

    Bangladesh builds patrol boat for Kenya

    10th July 2017

    Shipbuilding in Bangladesh is still in its infancy, and the country’s few yards have only built about 40 small ships for export over the past five years, but the Western Marine facility near Chittagong has been expanding its capabilities in…