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  • 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…

  • FINNISH NAVY: First for the Finns

    FINNISH NAVY: First for the Finns

    23rd March 2011

    The deployment of FNS Pohjanmaa, to take part in EUNAVFOR’s Operation Atalanta, sets a new precedent for the Finnish Navy. Although Finland has provided staff in Force Headquarters and Operational Headquarters in Northwood for the Somalia operation, it is the…

  • SHIPYARD NEWS: Tyneside yard completes ferry refit

    SHIPYARD NEWS: Tyneside yard completes ferry refit

    23rd March 2011

    The A&P Type shipyard has just completed the month-long refit of the P&O ferry Pride of York (1987/31,785gt, ex-Norsea), which left the Tyneside yard after four weeks to resume her role on the Hull-Zeebrugge route. The ship arrived at Hebburn…

  • ROYAL OLYMPIC: Last Epirotiki ship for scrap

    ROYAL OLYMPIC: Last Epirotiki ship for scrap

    23rd March 2011

    The sole remaining ship of the once large Epirotiki/Royal Olympic cruise fleet has been sold to Turkish scrappers. Hermes (1978/2,174gt) was laid up in Piraeus in 2006 after nearly 30 years operating day cruises to the islands of Hydra, Poros…

  • Maersk order massive container ships

    Maersk order massive container ships

    22nd March 2011

    Mærsk hit the national headlines in February when they announced the signing of a £1.17 billion contract with Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co Ltd to build ten of the largest and most efficient container ships ever. Scheduled for…

  • CELEBRITY CRUISES: Infinity gets Solstice upgrade

    CELEBRITY CRUISES: Infinity gets Solstice upgrade

    10th March 2011

    Celebrity Infinity (1995/ 90,228gt) is to be upgraded with many of the features of the popular Solstice class ships and follows sistership Celebrity Constellation (2002/90,280gt), which underwent the same work last year. This includes the installation of a new accommodation…

  • HAPAG-LLOYD: Hapag-Lloyd expansion

    HAPAG-LLOYD: Hapag-Lloyd expansion

    10th March 2011

    Germany’s giant travel and shipping group TUI AG has announced expansion plans for one of its companies, the long-established Hapag Lloyd. A 39,500gt newbuild, to be named Europa 2, will be constructed by STX Europe at its St Nazaire yard…