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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…

  • 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…

  • General Dynamics Electric Boat gets US Navy Contract

    General Dynamics Electric Boat gets US Navy Contract

    4th January 2011

    Navy awards General Dynamics US$401 million for Nuclear Submarine support work The US Navy has awarded a US$400.6 million contract to General Dynamics Electric Boat to provide planning yard work, engineering and technical support for nuclear submarines. Electric Boat is…