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  • SHIELDHALL: Historic steamship needs £80,000

    SHIELDHALL: Historic steamship needs £80,000

    10th March 2011

    One of the country’s most important historic steamships has launched an appeal for survival. Registered charity The Solent Steam Packet has launched an emergency appeal for £80,000 to secure the future of SS Shieldhall, the historic steam-driven ship based at…

  • CELEBRITY CRUISES: Infinity gets Solstice upgrade

    CELEBRITY CRUISES: Infinity gets Solstice upgrade

    10th March 2011

    Celebrity Infinity (1995/ 90,228gt) is to be upgraded with many of the features of the popular Solstice class ships and follows sistership Celebrity Constellation (2002/90,280gt), which underwent the same work last year. This includes the installation of a new accommodation…

  • HAPAG-LLOYD: Hapag-Lloyd expansion

    HAPAG-LLOYD: Hapag-Lloyd expansion

    10th March 2011

    Germany’s giant travel and shipping group TUI AG has announced expansion plans for one of its companies, the long-established Hapag Lloyd. A 39,500gt newbuild, to be named Europa 2, will be constructed by STX Europe at its St Nazaire yard…

  • VEHICLE CARRIERS: Car carrier drives forward

    VEHICLE CARRIERS: Car carrier drives forward

    10th March 2011

    Last year will go down as a bad one for the car carrier shipping sector. Vessels were either laid up or sold to reduce operations. However, the year ended with signs of improvement, although car carriers were still finding their…

  • PORTSMOUTH-LE HAVRE: Early marketing for LD ferry

    PORTSMOUTH-LE HAVRE: Early marketing for LD ferry

    10th January 2011

    LD Lines began promoting the new Portsmouth-Le Havre ferry Norman Leader more than six months ahead of a planned 28 April route debut. Costing £78 million and nearing completion at the ST Marine yard in Singapore, Norman Leader will carry…

  • ROYAL NAVY: Review cuts Navy to bone

    ROYAL NAVY: Review cuts Navy to bone

    10th January 2011

    Despite the anticipation of tough Treasury sanctions on defence spending, the outcome of the UK’s Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) has been met with widespread consternation. Many consider the prospect of building a large aircraft carrier that will never…

  • BRITTANY FERRIES: More berths for new route

    BRITTANY FERRIES: More berths for new route

    10th January 2011

    The Capacity of Cap Finistere will be increased to 1,000 passengers before the one-time Superfast vessel opens Brittany Ferries’ new twice-weekly Portsmouth-Bilbao service in March. The present 842 beds will be boosted by the creation of 26 new two-berth inside…

  • BULKER: Maiden voyage to Leith

    BULKER: Maiden voyage to Leith

    10th January 2011

    The new bulk carrier Crystalgate (16,950gt) made her maiden call at Leith on 15 November 2010. She is managed by Zodiac Maritime Agencies and owned by Apersal Shipping Ltd, part of the Ofer Brothers Group. The Group, through IsraelCorp, owns…

  • ROYAL CARIBBEAN: Allure arrives for RCI anniversary

    ROYAL CARIBBEAN: Allure arrives for RCI anniversary

    10th January 2011

    Royal Caribbean took delivery of the 5,400-passenger Allure of the Seas at the STX Europe shipyard in Turku, Finland on 28 October 2010, two years after construction began on the second of the two largest cruise ships in the world.…

  • COASTER DETENTION: Detained at Birkenhead

    COASTER DETENTION: Detained at Birkenhead

    10th January 2011

    The Panamanian-registered coaster Most Sky was detained by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency at Birkenhead in November 2010 because of a number of health and safety issues, and the vessel was arrested for non-payment of dues in previous ports. Most…