News

  • Investment for Fastnet Line

    15th April 2011

    Fastnet Line, which runs the Cork to Swansea route, have welcomed Cork City Council and Kerry County Council’s funding, which totals €250,000 for the ferry company. Fastnet Line chairman Mr. Buckley says, “We are delighted with this support from the…

  • DOVER-CALAIS: Spirit of France floated out

    DOVER-CALAIS: Spirit of France floated out

    23rd March 2011

    P&O’s second new vessel for the Dover-Calais service, Spirit of France, was floated out of the construction dock at the STX Europe shipyard in Rauma, Finland on 18 February, with P&O officials, including chief executive Helen Deeble and the ship’s…

  • TRIP BOATS: Changes to Dorset scene

    TRIP BOATS: Changes to Dorset scene

    23rd March 2011

    After 110 years’ association with Bournemouth, the Belles pleasure boats will no longer be such a familiar sight at the south coast resort. The boats’ operators, Dorset Cruises, failed to win the licence to operate from the town’s pier after…

  • PRINCESS CRUISES: Grand Princess loses Skywalker

    PRINCESS CRUISES: Grand Princess loses Skywalker

    23rd March 2011

    Princess Cruises’ 13-year old Grand Princess (1998/108,806gt) has lost her distinctive ‘shopping trolley’ profile during a major refit at Grand Bahama Shipyard between 11 April and 4 May. Skywalkers Nightclub, above the ship’s stern on Deck 18 and weighing 211…

  • ROYAL NAVY: Cost effective or bust?

    ROYAL NAVY: Cost effective or bust?

    23rd March 2011

    For the first time since World War II, the Royal Navy will not be deploying a warship to the Caribbean. Critics argue that the abandonment of a long-standing overseas mission is a sure sign that defence cuts have gone too…

  • FREIGHT RO-ROs: Cobelfret’s extra deck

    FREIGHT RO-ROs: Cobelfret’s extra deck

    23rd March 2011

    The final pair of a six vessel Cobelfret freight ro-ro series built in Germany by Flensburger Schiffbau for North Sea operations, have been fitted with hoistable mezzanine decks for cars. Located on the main trailer decks the additional decks have…

  • PULLMANTUR: Future of Atlantic Star

    PULLMANTUR: Future of Atlantic Star

    23rd March 2011

    Spain’s Pullmantur Cruises is believed to have been sold the 1,550-passenger Atlantic Star (1984/46,087) to Greek-based Kyma Ship Management. She has been laid up in Marseille since August 2009, but returned to service briefly during September and October last October,…

  • GLOBAL COMBAT SHIP: Future global appeal

    GLOBAL COMBAT SHIP: Future global appeal

    23rd March 2011

    Canada has been revealed as another potential market for BAE Systems’ Global Combat Ship (GCS). Dubbed the Type 26 in the UK, the frigate-sized ship is also being pitched to Australia, Brazil, Malaysia, New Zealand and Turkey. In common with…

  • CRUISE NEWS: Auckland’s cruise callers

    CRUISE NEWS: Auckland’s cruise callers

    23rd March 2011

    The New Zealand cruising season was at its peak in February and the Port of Auckland enjoyed a busy time, with a number of days seeing multiple cruiseships alongside at the city wharves as well as several cruise ships calling…

  • COSTA CRUISES: Cruise ships avoid Egypt

    COSTA CRUISES: Cruise ships avoid Egypt

    23rd March 2011

    A number of cruise ship itineraries were adjusted to avoid Egypt during the country’s political turmoil in January. Costa Cruises’ Costa Allegra (1969/28,430gt), which was operating cruises from the Egyptian port Sharm el Sheikh, moved base to Aqaba, while the…