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  • ROYAL AUSTRALIAN NAVY: Back to square one

    ROYAL AUSTRALIAN NAVY: Back to square one

    10th January 2011

    Australia’s A$8 billion project to build new air warfare destroyers has encountered a major setback. According to press reports, the Melbourne shipyard building modules for the new ships has ‘botched’ the construction of the first central keel block, making it…

  • POOLE HARBOUR: Chain link stopped for a month

    POOLE HARBOUR: Chain link stopped for a month

    10th January 2011

    The Sandbanks-to-Studland link across the entrance to Poole Harbour, operated by the quaintly-named Bournemouth-Swanage Motor Road and Ferry Company, was suspended during November while the chain ferry Bramble Bush Bay is at Southampton for bi-annual dry docking. Built at Hessle,…

  • RUSSIAN NAVY: Russia reveals new frigate

    RUSSIAN NAVY: Russia reveals new frigate

    10th January 2011

    The first major surface combatant to be designed and built in Russia since the demise of the Soviet Union was floated out at the Severnaya Verf shipyard in St Petersburg on 29 October. The future RFS Admiral Flota Sovetskogo Soyuza…

  • 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.…

  • Out with the old

    Out with the old

    7th January 2011

    At the beginning of the year Poole’s first ro-ro ferry linkspan was removed for scrap to enable future development at the Dorset port. Opened in 1973 for use by Truckline sailingsto Cherbourg, the 7m wide linkspan was originally provided with…

  • Ships Monthly Now Owned by Kelsey Publishing Ltd

    5th January 2011

    Ships Monthly, the leading international shipping magazine, is now owned by Kelsey Publishing Group, based in Kent. The magazine will continue to be published with its high quality content and photography maintained. But the on sale date will change, and…