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  • GOUROCK-DUNOON: Clyde tender delay

    GOUROCK-DUNOON: Clyde tender delay

    10th March 2011

    After the issue of tender specifications by the Scottish Government was delayed for six months, fears have been expressed that decisions on the future of the Clyde ferry service between Gourock and Dunoon are being sidelined until after Scottish elections…

  • RUSSIAN NAVY: The winds of change

    RUSSIAN NAVY: The winds of change

    10th March 2011

    The Russian government has announced plans to build new shipyards near St Petersburg specifically for the construction of helicopter carriers. The facilities on Kotlin Island will become part of Admiralty Shipyards and later be used for other military and civil…

  • SHIPPING CASUALTIES: Casualties of the hard winter

    SHIPPING CASUALTIES: Casualties of the hard winter

    10th March 2011

    Mid-November 2010 saw the winter start to take its toll on coastal shipping. Arklow Raider was leaving the Irish port of Drogheda on 16 November with a cargo of cement for Swansea when she ran aground at the mouth of…

  • OPEN-HATCH BULKERS: Multiple orders for open-hatch carriers

    OPEN-HATCH BULKERS: Multiple orders for open-hatch carriers

    10th March 2011

    Three owners have ordered open-hatch ships recently, a vessel type developed in the 1960s for handling forest products as well as containers, but now seeing wider employment. Saga Shipholding of Norway, a subsidiary of Japan’s NYK, has ordered a series…

  • NEW LIFEBOAT: The latest in life-saving

    NEW LIFEBOAT: The latest in life-saving

    10th March 2011

    The latest of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s 16m Tamar lifeboats to enter service arrived at Shoreham Harbour on 10 December 2010 and was housed in her brand-new boathouse. She was welcomed home by the relief 16m Tamar Victor Freeman,…

  • CRUISE CALLERS: Packed piers but fewer passengers

    CRUISE CALLERS: Packed piers but fewer passengers

    10th March 2011

    Four cruise ships were docked simultaneously at the Port of Los Angeles’ World Cruise Center on 5 January, while 13,000 passengers were conveyed to and from the vessels Golden Princess, Sapphire Princess, Crystal Symphony and Deutschland. Although cruise traffic remains…

  • LOUIS CRUISES: Louis sells Aquamarine

    LOUIS CRUISES: Louis sells Aquamarine

    10th March 2011

    Louis Cruise Lines has sold Aquamarine (1971/23,149gt) for US$23,375,000 to Mexican company Corporation de Cruceros Nacionales, which has renamed the vessel Ocean Star Pacific. She was scheduled to sail from Piraeus for an unknown destination on 22 December 2010. Aquamarine…

  • OMANI NAVY: Oh man, it’s so cold!

    OMANI NAVY: Oh man, it’s so cold!

    10th March 2011

    The first of three Project Khareef ships being built for the Royal Navy of Oman by BAE Systems has completed her initial sea trials. The corvette, RNOV Al Shamikh, put to sea in freezing conditions, with a combined shipyard and…

  • SHIP COLLISION: Collision in the North Sea

    SHIP COLLISION: Collision in the North Sea

    10th March 2011

    The Chinese 20,763gt cargo ship Cleantec (2009) and the German container ship Frisia Rotterdam (2004/25,406gt) collided in the North Sea at the north-western tip of Denmark. The Hong Kong-flagged vessel Cleantec was carrying 10,000 tons of fertiliser and 30,000 tons…

  • NEW BUILD: Nuclear waste transporter

    NEW BUILD: Nuclear waste transporter

    10th March 2011

    Fincantieri’s yard at Muggiano-La Spezia has launched the specialised ship Rossita, which will be used by the Russian government to transport material from dismantled nuclear submarines from naval bases to storage facilities. The 1,620gt vessel, which measures 84m by 14m,…