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  • New aircraft carrier Queen Elizabeth arrives in Portsmouth

    New aircraft carrier Queen Elizabeth arrives in Portsmouth

    16th August 2017

    The Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier Queen Elizabeth made her maiden arrival at Portsmouth on 16 August 2017 and was greeted by tens of thousands of people who lined the walls of the Harbour to welcome the new £3 billion…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Wärtsilä waterjets to power new Danish high-speed ferry

    Wärtsilä waterjets to power new Danish high-speed ferry

    8th July 2017

    The technology group Wärtsilä has been contracted to supply four of its waterjets plus the hydraulics and control system for a new 109m high-speed ro-pax ferry. The ship is being built at the Austal Ships Pty yard in Australia for…

  • Saga new ship Spirit of Discovery: on board

    Saga new ship Spirit of Discovery: on board

    7th July 2017

    On 5 July 2017 Saga Cruises published more details of their new ship, Spirit of Discovery, with the release of additional artist’s impressions this time featuring the library, spa and theatre. Spirit of Discovery will be Saga Cruises’ first bespoke-built ship launching in…

  • 500th voyage for SS Shieldhall as Charity celebrates

    500th voyage for SS Shieldhall as Charity celebrates

    6th July 2017

    The Solent Steam Packet Limited, the charity operating Southampton’s heritage steamship SS Shieldhall, are celebrating as the vessel recently embarked upon her 500th voyage since charitable status began in 1988. Originally constructed in 1955 as a vessel to carry treated sludge…

  • P&O Ferries carries more freight across the Channel

    P&O Ferries carries more freight across the Channel

    5th July 2017

    P&O Ferries carried more freight across the English Channel in the first six months of 2017 than in any first half of the year in its modern history. The ferry and logistics company’s six ships on the Dover-Calais route transported…

  • Visit Medway Queen during the summer

    Visit Medway Queen during the summer

    3rd July 2017

    The historic paddle steamer Medway Queen is currently undergoing restoration by teams of volunteers at Gillingham Pier (Pier Approach Road, Gillingham, Kent. ME7 1RX), and during the rest of 2017 a number of special events are being held. The Visitor…