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  • SHIPWRECK: Footage of 1859 Royal Charter to be Shown

    14th September 2011

    When the steam clipper Royal Charter was smashed on the rocks off Anglesey in October 1859 on her return from Melbourne, 459 passengers and crew went down with her. The ship, laden with gold, was shipwrecked by a force 12…

  • OFFICER CADETS: ‘Wishing Bell’ at Greenock

    OFFICER CADETS: ‘Wishing Bell’ at Greenock

    31st August 2011

    A 19th bell once used in foggy conditions to aid Clyde steamers using the Glasgow and South Western Railway’s Princes Pier has been unveiled as the latest feature of the £250,000 development of Greenock Ocean Terminal’s cruise facility, close to…

  • SHIP LOSS: Austal’s largest cat

    SHIP LOSS: Austal’s largest cat

    24th August 2011

    Austal’s shipyard in Henderson, Western Australia has delivered the 112.6m by 26.2m high-speed ferry Leonora Christina to Denmark’s Færgen (formerly Nordic Ferry Services) for operation by its subsidiary Bornholmer Færgen between Sweden and Denmark. As the largest Austal catamaran built…

  • CRUISE SAILINGS: Record-breaking Solent sailaway

    CRUISE SAILINGS: Record-breaking Solent sailaway

    20th August 2011

    For the second time in 2011 the port of Southampton played host to no fewer than six cruise ships on the same day. The facilities were stretched to the limit on 16 July, with severe congestion reported on the roads.…

  • COMPANY NEWS: Algoma renames

    COMPANY NEWS: Algoma renames

    20th August 2011

    Canada’s Algoma Central Corporation has announced new names for the fleet of ships it recently acquired from Upper Lakes Group Inc, with the changes to be as follows: ‘Algoma’ replaces ‘Canadian’ as the first word of each name, so Canadian…

  • PASSENGER FERRY: Gibraltar ferry success

    PASSENGER FERRY: Gibraltar ferry success

    20th August 2011

    Although it has operated for just 18 months, the passenger ferry service between Algeciras and Gibraltar has been so successful that a larger vessel which can carry vehicles is currently on order for the service. The ferry service between the…

  • COSTA CRUISES: 16th ship launched

    COSTA CRUISES: 16th ship launched

    20th August 2011

    The 16th ship of Costa Cruises’ fleet entered the water for the first time on 29 July. Costa Fascinosa, the latest ship to join the fleet of Costa Cruises, touched the water for the first time during her technical launch…

  • GAS PLATFORM: Gas platform to be biggest ‘ship’

    GAS PLATFORM: Gas platform to be biggest ‘ship’

    20th August 2011

    Shell has unveiled plans to build the world’s first floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) platform. The 600,000-tonne craft, which will be the world’s biggest ship, will be sited off the coast of Australia. She will be built at Samsung Heavy…

  • SAIL TRAINING: Von Humboldt says farewell

    SAIL TRAINING: Von Humboldt says farewell

    20th August 2011

    The historic German sail training ship Alexander von Humboldt called at ports in the United Kingdom for the last time during July, with her visit to Lerwick from 21 to 24 July also marking the ship’s final participation in the…

  • PORT NEWS: Bad weather causes problems

    PORT NEWS: Bad weather causes problems

    20th August 2011

    The Lerwick Port Authority, together with the Tall Ship Race committee, decided to postpone the start of Race 2 from Lerwick to Stavanger for 24 hours due to bad weather on 24 July. This was due to a complex low…