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  • RAN: More care and attention

    RAN: More care and attention

    23rd March 2011

    The hull of the first of the Royal Australian Navy’s two new amphibious ships was launched with a bottle of Canberra regional sparkling wine at Navantia’s Ferrol shipyard in northern Spain on 17 February. The future HMAS Canberra will be…

  • ENVIRONMENT: Wärtsilä scrubber

    ENVIRONMENT: Wärtsilä scrubber

    23rd March 2011

    Wärtsilä has signed a contract with Containerships Ltd Oy covering the retrofitting of a Wärtsilä fresh water scrubber system on the 2002-built Containerships VII, which is equipped with a Wärtsilä W7L64 main engine. This is Wärtsilä’s first commercial marine scrubber…

  • SMALL FERRY: Unusual Dover service

    SMALL FERRY: Unusual Dover service

    23rd March 2011

    An unusual ferry has started work between Dover and Calais. Joline is a former Lithuanian river ferry, now owned by Barco de Vapor BV of Amsterdam and registered under the Latvian flag. She was built in 1988 by Baltijia Shipbuilding…

  • MONACO GRAND PRIX: Something for the weekend

    MONACO GRAND PRIX: Something for the weekend

    23rd March 2011

    A larger than usual number of cruise ships is heading for Monaco during the weekend of 28/29 May for the Formula One Grand Prix. They will be docked or anchored in Monte Carlo or nearby in Nice, Cannes and Villefranche.…

  • ROYAL NAVY: The creditable hulks

    ROYAL NAVY: The creditable hulks

    23rd March 2011

    The UK MoD has invited tenders for the decommissioned Type 42 destroyers Exeter, Nottingham and Southampton via its Disposal Services Agency auction website. This follows the successful sale of the former HMS Invincible by the same method in January. The…

  • Maersk order massive container ships

    Maersk order massive container ships

    22nd March 2011

    Mærsk hit the national headlines in February when they announced the signing of a £1.17 billion contract with Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co Ltd to build ten of the largest and most efficient container ships ever. Scheduled for…

  • CONTAINER SHIP: Largest container ship to visit Brixham

    CONTAINER SHIP: Largest container ship to visit Brixham

    10th March 2011

    A rare caller at Brixham on 20 October 2010 was the container ship CMA CGM Laperouse. Built in 2010, the 157,092dwt Explorer class vessel was on on the joint FAL 5/Maersk AE8 Service, which runs between Ningbo to Northern Europe,…

  • PORT NEWS: Linkspan collapses

    PORT NEWS: Linkspan collapses

    10th March 2011

    The collapse of a linkspan at Cherbourg on 30 November 2010 claimed the life of a port worker. Following the sailing of a ferry from berth 3, the linkspan was in the process of being operated to its parked position…

  • WESTERN ISLES: Sunday sailing consultations

    WESTERN ISLES: Sunday sailing consultations

    10th March 2011

    Public consultations have been instigated over the controversial question of Sunday sailings from Harris, the only major centre in Scotland’s Western Isles that now lacks a service. Caledonian MacBrayne carried almost 20,000 Sunday passengers and more than 6,000 cars between…

  • BLUE OCEAN CRUISES: Ocean Life falters off India

    BLUE OCEAN CRUISES: Ocean Life falters off India

    10th March 2011

    Blue Ocean Cruises’ new Indian venture came to an abrupt end on 16 November 2010, when its newly-refurbished Ocean Life (1981/12,811gt) developed a crack on the port side of her hull, which resulted in water penetrating a number of lower…