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  • SOUTHSEA-RYDE: No cuts for Hovertravel

    SOUTHSEA-RYDE: No cuts for Hovertravel

    10th March 2011

    There is no sign of Hovertravel following rivals Wightlink and Red Funnel in making cuts to Isle of Wight fast passenger services. Now the world’s longest running commercial hovercraft operator, Hovertravel carries 70,000 passengers a month between Southsea and Ryde,…

  • ROYAL NAVY: The solidarity show

    ROYAL NAVY: The solidarity show

    10th March 2011

    Brazil is the latest Latin American country to publicly refuse a Royal Navy warship permission to visit one of its ports. A planned call to Rio de Janeiro by the permanent Falkland Islands Protection Vessel, HMS Clyde, was denied in…

  • SURVEY SHIP: Back to the ice for Scott

    SURVEY SHIP: Back to the ice for Scott

    10th March 2011

    HMS Scott has deployed to the Antarctic a century after her eponym Captain Scott’s final expedition to the area. The deep-water survey ship will once again conduct a survey of uncharted ocean for the UK Hydrographic Office and also provide…

  • REFRIGERATION SHIP: A future for the Reefer?

    REFRIGERATION SHIP: A future for the Reefer?

    10th March 2011

    Refrigerator ships have long been some of the most graceful ships at sea, but their future is in doubt as container carriers continue to nibble away at their base cargo of fresh fruit and produce. Container lines, such as Denmark’s…

  • NEW CRUISE SHIP: Carnival Magic floated

    NEW CRUISE SHIP: Carnival Magic floated

    10th March 2011

    The new US$740 million Carnival Dream was floated out by Fincantieri at its Monfalcone yard in Italy in August 2010 (above) and is due to enter service in May. The 130,000gt ship, the second in Carnival’s Dream class, was ordered…

  • PORT NEWS: Merchant breaks record at Leith

    PORT NEWS: Merchant breaks record at Leith

    10th March 2011

    The harsh winter has broken many records, one of which was the arrival in Leith of the largest vessel handled by the port to date. Following the arrival of Great River (2994/19,829gt) in November (see SM, Jan-Feb), two further consignments…

  • 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…