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  • BULKER: Biomass cargoes for Drax

    BULKER: Biomass cargoes for Drax

    27th May 2011

    In late 2009 Drax Power Station and the port of Tyne signed a £16 million biomass deal. This involved building a handling and storage facility at the Port of Tyne to hold between 0.5 million and 1.4 million tonnes of…

  • NORTH SEA ACCIDENT: Drill platform collision

    NORTH SEA ACCIDENT: Drill platform collision

    27th May 2011

    Production on the Magnus Platform was shut down for approximately 24 hours on 22 April following contact between the Emergency Response and Rescue Vessel (ERRV) Grampian Defender and the installation. Although an investigation into the incident is ongoing, it is…

  • BALTIC SEA: Icy start for former Pride

    BALTIC SEA: Icy start for former Pride

    27th May 2011

    There was an icy return to Baltic service for the former Pride of Bilbao (1986/37,583gt), which launched St Peter Line’s Stockholm-St Petersburg route as Princess Anastasia (pictured) at the end of March. Now sporting an all-white livery, the vessel originally…

  • CARGO SHIP: Seized by pirates

    CARGO SHIP: Seized by pirates

    27th May 2011

    In early April a Somali man became the first pirate to be sentenced to jail in the US for an act of piracy against a ship that was not US-flagged. This was for the 71-day hijacking of Clipper Group’s CEC…

  • PRESERVED FERRY: Historic ferry sinking

    PRESERVED FERRY: Historic ferry sinking

    27th May 2011

    At the of April the former ferry Caledonian Princess, now Tuxedo Royale, took in more water which caused her to sink further and she is now resting on the river bed at her Middlesbrough berth, just downstream from the Transporter…

  • ISLE OF MAN: Steam Packet changes hands

    ISLE OF MAN: Steam Packet changes hands

    27th May 2011

    The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company insist it is business as usual after completion of a refinancing operation that saw Australian banker Macquarie and its pension funds selling to a group headed by Banco Espirito Santo from Portugal. This…

  • BULKERS: More Münchmeyers

    BULKERS: More Münchmeyers

    27th May 2011

    MPC Münchmeyers Steamship of Germany has ordered two 82,000dwt Kamsarmax bulk carriers from China’s Jiangsu Hantong Ship Heavy Industries for delivery in 2012 and 2013. The deal comes as Münchmeyers waits to see what will happen at the Seko Heavy…

  • PRESERVED SHIP: Tall Ship on the move

    PRESERVED SHIP: Tall Ship on the move

    27th May 2011

    After 12 years and visits by over half a million people at Yorkhill Quay, The Tall Ship, Glenlee, moved to a new berth alongside the Riverside Museum on 5 May. Both The Tall Ship and the museum will open to…

  • NEW FRIGATES: First dancing steps

    NEW FRIGATES: First dancing steps

    27th May 2011

    Aquitaine, lead ship of the FREMM multi-mission frigate project, put to sea for the first time on 18 April, a month ahead of schedule. The 6,000-tonne frigate conducted initial sea trials off the Brittany peninsula lasting several weeks. Key among…

  • STEAM TUG: Cervia restoration and back in steam

    STEAM TUG: Cervia restoration and back in steam

    19th May 2011

    Hopes have been voiced that the steam tug Cervia, which has been a static exhibit in Ramsgate since 1985, will be back in steam by 2013. The Steam Museum Trust (SMT) has applied for a £1 million grant from the…