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  • TMR: Grand Mistral chartered

    TMR: Grand Mistral chartered

    10th March 2011

    Marseille-based TMR is chartering Grand Mistral (1999/48,200gt) from Spain’s Iberocruceros this year for a number of cruises under the Paquet Cruises banner, which was revived in conjunction with Costa Cruises in 2010. Their first ship was Costa Allegra (1969/28,430gt), which…

  • CONTAINER SHIP: Largest container ship to visit Brixham

    CONTAINER SHIP: Largest container ship to visit Brixham

    10th March 2011

    A rare caller at Brixham on 20 October 2010 was the container ship CMA CGM Laperouse. Built in 2010, the 157,092dwt Explorer class vessel was on on the joint FAL 5/Maersk AE8 Service, which runs between Ningbo to Northern Europe,…

  • PORT NEWS: Linkspan collapses

    PORT NEWS: Linkspan collapses

    10th March 2011

    The collapse of a linkspan at Cherbourg on 30 November 2010 claimed the life of a port worker. Following the sailing of a ferry from berth 3, the linkspan was in the process of being operated to its parked position…

  • WESTERN ISLES: Sunday sailing consultations

    WESTERN ISLES: Sunday sailing consultations

    10th March 2011

    Public consultations have been instigated over the controversial question of Sunday sailings from Harris, the only major centre in Scotland’s Western Isles that now lacks a service. Caledonian MacBrayne carried almost 20,000 Sunday passengers and more than 6,000 cars between…

  • BLUE OCEAN CRUISES: Ocean Life falters off India

    BLUE OCEAN CRUISES: Ocean Life falters off India

    10th March 2011

    Blue Ocean Cruises’ new Indian venture came to an abrupt end on 16 November 2010, when its newly-refurbished Ocean Life (1981/12,811gt) developed a crack on the port side of her hull, which resulted in water penetrating a number of lower…

  • ZEGRAHM EXPEDITIONS: Odyssey is Europe-bound

    ZEGRAHM EXPEDITIONS: Odyssey is Europe-bound

    10th March 2011

    The Bahamas-registered expedition ship Clipper Odyssey (1989/5,218gt) will be sailing in European waters this year for the first time since she entered service in 1989. Chartered by Seattle-based Zegrahm Expeditions, but managed by Miami-based International Shipping Partners, the 110-passenger vessel…

  • REEFER: World’s biggest reefer ship

    REEFER: World’s biggest reefer ship

    10th March 2011

    The ship with the biggest reefer capacity currently, 1,600 reefer plugs, docked in South Africa for the first time in early December 2010. The 93,430dwt Santa Clara, which has a nominal slot capacity of 7,100TEU and a length of 299.95m,…

  • ICE BOUND SHIPS: Ships stuck in Great Lakes

    ICE BOUND SHIPS: Ships stuck in Great Lakes

    10th March 2011

    Heavy winter weather on the North American Great Lakes placed two cargo ships in difficulty just before Christmas. On 22 December 2010 the US Coast Guard cutters Biscayne Bay and Mackinaw were dispatched to break ice in the lower end…

  • HISTORIC FERRY: Bid to bring Dover home

    HISTORIC FERRY: Bid to bring Dover home

    10th March 2011

    A public meeting in February officially launched the Dover Steamship Company, which aims to bring former cross-Channel turbine-powered car ferry Dover (1965/3,641gt) back to Kent for restoration. She is currently lying at Middlesbrough as Tuxedo Royale, having been used as…

  • COSTA CRUISES: Upgrading undertaken by RCI

    COSTA CRUISES: Upgrading undertaken by RCI

    10th March 2011

    Royal Caribbean’s Radiance of the Seas (2001/90,090gt) is being given a multi-million pound overhaul in May prior to making her debut in Australasia in October as part of a fleetwide ‘Royal Advantage’ renewal programme. This includes the creation of four…