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  • HAPPY CRUISES: Olé Happy Dolphin

    HAPPY CRUISES: Olé Happy Dolphin

    28th April 2011

    Spanish operator Happy Cruises has chartered the former Delphin Voyager (1990/21,884gt) for weekly Mediterranean and Adriatic cruises until October, using Venice, Piraeus and Istanbul as base ports. She takes over the published itineraries of one of Happy’s other two chartered…

  • PORT NEWS: Rosyth Dockyard’s Goliath crane arrives

    PORT NEWS: Rosyth Dockyard’s Goliath crane arrives

    28th April 2011

    On 3 March the UK’s largest crane passed under the Forth bridges in Scotland after a 14,000-nautical-mile sea voyage, bound for Babcock’s Rosyth Dockyard in Fife. The Goliath crane will play a vital role in the assembly of the Royal…

  • SHIP DESIGN: Model tested

    SHIP DESIGN: Model tested

    28th April 2011

    Germany’s Hamburg Ship Model Basin (HSVA) has been utilised to test an optimised model of a 9,000TEU container ship being developed by FutureShip, a subsidiary of Germanischer Lloyd and the Marine Design & Research Institute of China. Shipowners Schulte of…

  • COSTA CRUISES: Costa returns to Red Sea

    COSTA CRUISES: Costa returns to Red Sea

    28th April 2011

    Despite recent political unrest in Egypt, Costa Cruises will maintain a year-round presence in the Red Sea in 2012. Costa Allegra (1969/28,430gt) will be deployed in the region between December 2011 and March 2012, as will Grand Voyager (2000/24,391gt), operated…

  • HEAVYLIFT: Restructuring for Beluga

    HEAVYLIFT: Restructuring for Beluga

    28th April 2011

    The blue-hulled ships of Germany’s heavylift specialist Beluga Shipping are continuing in employment, but the company is undergoing a substantial financial restructuring after its founder, Niels Stolberg, took a leave of absence in March and a new management team took…

  • MARINE ACCIDENT: Condor in Collision

    MARINE ACCIDENT: Condor in Collision

    28th April 2011

    On the morning of 28 March Condor Ferries’ 86m Incat catamaran Condor Vitesse collided with the French fishing vessel Les Marquises, in foggy conditions north-west of Chausey, in French waters. The ferry was on a crossing between St Malo and…

  • SAGA CRUISES: Bleu becomes Sapphire

    SAGA CRUISES: Bleu becomes Sapphire

    28th April 2011

    Saga Cruises’ new acquisition is to be named Saga Sapphire when she enters service on 23 March 2012 after a major refit. The 37,301gt ship is currently sailing as Bleu de France for CDF Croisieres de France, a subsidiary of…

  • PRESERVED TUG: Calshot moves house

    PRESERVED TUG: Calshot moves house

    28th April 2011

    The tug tender Calshot (pictured at 42 Berth) has moved to a permanent new home in Southampton. After 12 years alongside a busy ro-ro jetty, the 1929-built vessel has been moved to a new position near Town Quay. It is…

  • CASINO SHIP: New life for RCI veteran

    CASINO SHIP: New life for RCI veteran

    28th April 2011

    The 18,455gt casino ship Long Jie (1972/18,455), which first entered service 39 years ago as Royal Caribbean’s Sun Viking, has been sold to Chinese interests, renamed Oriental Dragon and will operate cruises from Shanghai to Korea and Hong Kong. She…

  • HMS CUMBERLAND: Welcomed home for final time

    21st April 2011

    HMS Cumberland, the 16th ship of the Royal Navy to bear the name Cumberland, and her crew were welcomed back to Plymouth this month by over 1,000 delighted families and friends following a successful patrol including evacuating refugees from Libya…