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  • ROYAL FLEET AUXILIARY: Reprieve for auxiliary service?

    ROYAL FLEET AUXILIARY: Reprieve for auxiliary service?

    10th March 2011

    With little mention of the future of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary in the latest Defence White Paper, the service seems to have once again evaded the wholesale privatisation that many had feared. The optimistic outlook stems from a lack of…

  • NORWEGIAN CL: European quartet

    NORWEGIAN CL: European quartet

    10th March 2011

    Norwegian Cruise Line is basing four ships in Europe during 2012-13, including a second vessel on a year-round basis. The 4,200-passenger Norwegian Epic (2010/155,873gt) returns for a second summer in the Mediterranean operating weekly from Barcelona to Naples, Civitavecchia, Livorno,…

  • CARNIVAL: Splendor returns to service

    10th March 2011

    Carnival’s 2006-built Carnival Splendor, which was damaged by an engine room fire off Mexico in November (see SM, Jan/Feb 2011), departed San Diego for San Francisco under her own power on 21 January. She received over US$56 million in additional…

  • DFDS NORFOLKLINE: DFDS sell two routes to Belfast

    DFDS NORFOLKLINE: DFDS sell two routes to Belfast

    10th March 2011

    DFDS wasted little time disposing of the Irish Sea routes it acquired in July 2010 as part of the purchase of Norfolkline. Services from Birkenhead and Heysham to Belfast went to Stena Line at the beginning of December 2010, along…

  • FERRY REDEPLOYMENT: Dublin pair quickly moved

    FERRY REDEPLOYMENT: Dublin pair quickly moved

    10th March 2011

    Final DFDS sailings from Birkenhead and Heysham to Dublin were completed during the last weekend of January with the 320-passenger/100-car/135-truck ro-pax twins Dublin Seaways and Liverpool Seaways quickly redeployed. Dublin Seaways left the Mersey to begin a spell on the…

  • ROYAL NAVY: Something we made earlier

    ROYAL NAVY: Something we made earlier

    10th March 2011

    Ambush, the second of the Royal Navy’s new Astute class submarines, was officially named in Barrow-in-Furness on 16 December 2010, although a technical fault with the lifting equipment prevented her being rolled out from the Devonshire Dock Hall for the…

  • CONTAINER SHIP: MSC increase market share

    CONTAINER SHIP: MSC increase market share

    10th March 2011

    The container shipping market continues to show signs of growth after a couple of difficult years. The 20 largest container lines expanded their fleet capacity by 14 per cent in 2010, with the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) leading the way.…

  • ROYAL NAVY: Farewell to HMS Chatham

    ROYAL NAVY: Farewell to HMS Chatham

    10th March 2011

    The frigate HMS Chatham paid her final visit to Tyneside on 20 January when she sailed into North Shields for the start of a routine four-day visit to Tyneside. She berthed at Northumbrian Quay in the afternoon. After her visit,…

  • P&O FERRIES: Spirit of Britain makes Channel debut

    P&O FERRIES: Spirit of Britain makes Channel debut

    10th March 2011

    Although Dover welcomed P&O Ferries’ newest vessel Spirit of Britain in January, the 49,000gt super-ferry will not be officially named by Olympic gold medal winning athlete Dame Kelly Holmes until a yet-to-be announced date in late March. Spirit of Britain…

  • SUBMARINES: Sting in the tail

    SUBMARINES: Sting in the tail

    10th March 2011

    DCNS and Navantia have ended their 15-year-long collaboration on the Scorpène submarine project after an acrimonious fallout over intellectual property. The split comes after an 18-month court battle during which Navantia was accused of siphoning off technology to develop its…