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  • BULKER: Road salt brought in

    BULKER: Road salt brought in

    10th January 2011

    With the severe weather affecting the whole of the UK in December 2010, local authorities were under pressure to obtain sufficient quantities of road salt. With Scottish roads snow covered, help came from Peru in the shape of the bulk…

  • RN SUBMARINE: From bad to worse

    RN SUBMARINE: From bad to worse

    10th January 2011

    The unwelcome scenario of a nuclear-powered submarine aground in full public view was compounded after it was revealed that the Emergency Towing Vessel sent to assist the stricken HMS Astute caused further damage. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency-operated Anglian Prince…

  • CARNIVAL CRUISES: Carnival Splendor adrift

    CARNIVAL CRUISES: Carnival Splendor adrift

    10th January 2011

    Carnival Cruise Lines’ 113,000gt Carnival Splendor was left drifting in calm Pacific seas after a fire broke out in her aft engine room at 0600 local time on 8 November, about 150 miles south of San Diego. There were no…

  • PRESERVED TENDER: Old tender pulls in the crowds

    PRESERVED TENDER: Old tender pulls in the crowds

    10th January 2011

    More than 300 visitors toured the historic tender Daniel Adamson in Liverpool on 28 October 2010, when she was opened to the public on Heritage Open Days, which are organised by English Heritage. She was the only ship in England…

  • ROYAL NAVY: Jam tomorrow, spread thinly

    ROYAL NAVY: Jam tomorrow, spread thinly

    10th January 2011

    The SDSR announcement has set out the future shape of the Royal Navy in 2020. The latest cutbacks will leave a highly capable force, albeit with fewer ships, with a fleet headed by a single Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carrier…

  • ISLE OF MAN: Steam Packet will get no favours

    ISLE OF MAN: Steam Packet will get no favours

    10th January 2011

    Under pressure from a new containerised freight service, the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company can expect no favours from the Manx Government. Speaking of Mezeron Line’s new Liverpool-Douglas lift-on/lift-off operation, island infrastructure minister Phil Gawne stressed there is nothing…

  • BANGLADESH NAVY: Old ships sold to provide new capability

    BANGLADESH NAVY: Old ships sold to provide new capability

    10th January 2011

    The two Castle class OPVs sold to Bangladesh have completed their multi-million pound refits at A&P’s Hebburn shipyard. The ships, renamed BNS Dhaleshwari (F36) and BNS Bijoy (F35), were formally handed over on 24 September. The Bangladeshi Navy classify them…

  • GOSPORT-PORTSMOUTH: Pontoon for Gosport funded

    GOSPORT-PORTSMOUTH: Pontoon for Gosport funded

    10th January 2011

    The way is finally clear for the ferry pontoon at Gosport to be replaced by a new construction in 2011. Gosport Borough Council have made a loan to Gosport Ferry Ltd to cover construction and installation costs, with repayment over…

  • 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,…