Waterfront

  • CARGO CRUISING: Cruising with containers

    CARGO CRUISING: Cruising with containers

    28th April 2011

    French container carrier CMA CGM of Marseilles are offering a 76-day voyage around the world on six of their medium-sized container ships for those who do not like cruise ships. The vessels involved, CMA CGM Blue Whale, Dolphin, Florida, Kingfish,…

  • SHIP DESIGN: Model tested

    SHIP DESIGN: Model tested

    28th April 2011

    Germany’s Hamburg Ship Model Basin (HSVA) has been utilised to test an optimised model of a 9,000TEU container ship being developed by FutureShip, a subsidiary of Germanischer Lloyd and the Marine Design & Research Institute of China. Shipowners Schulte of…

  • MARINE ACCIDENT: Condor in Collision

    MARINE ACCIDENT: Condor in Collision

    28th April 2011

    On the morning of 28 March Condor Ferries’ 86m Incat catamaran Condor Vitesse collided with the French fishing vessel Les Marquises, in foggy conditions north-west of Chausey, in French waters. The ferry was on a crossing between St Malo and…

  • PRESERVED TUG: Calshot moves house

    PRESERVED TUG: Calshot moves house

    28th April 2011

    The tug tender Calshot (pictured at 42 Berth) has moved to a permanent new home in Southampton. After 12 years alongside a busy ro-ro jetty, the 1929-built vessel has been moved to a new position near Town Quay. It is…

  • ROLL-ON ROLL-OFF: Scrapping of Russian ro-ros accelerates

    ROLL-ON ROLL-OFF: Scrapping of Russian ro-ros accelerates

    28th April 2011

    Since publication of the article Soviet Workhorses (see SM, Nov 2009), the scrapping of the one-time class of 22 Leningrad-built ro-ro vessels has accelerated sharply, with only two of 11 vessels then remaining not having been scrapped in the last…

  • DISASTER RESCUE: US Navy assists Japan after quake and tsunami

    DISASTER RESCUE: US Navy assists Japan after quake and tsunami

    28th April 2011

    US Navy ships helped search for survivors in the Pacific Ocean after Japan’s massive earthquake in March while several commercial vessels were swept aground and others told to steam far out to sea to escape floating debris, including complete houses.…

  • OFFSHORE SUPPLY: Offshore marriage

    OFFSHORE SUPPLY: Offshore marriage

    28th April 2011

    Japan’s Sanko Steamship and the Hellespont Group of Greece have formed Sanko-Hellespont Offshore Management Pte Ltd in Singapore to provide manning and shipmanagement services to their offshore fleets. This includes four 12,250bhp Anchor Handling Tug Supply vessels (AHTS) and four…

  • CABLE LAYING: Cable company collapses

    CABLE LAYING: Cable company collapses

    23rd March 2011

    Polar Prince (1999/6,951gt), the Norwegian-owned and managed OSV chartered by Subocean, was impounded at Harwich in late January when the Aberdeen-based company collapsed. The 94m DP2 vessel had been specially adapted to lay power cables at windfarm sites and was…

  • VEHICLE CARRIERS: Design changes in the wind

    VEHICLE CARRIERS: Design changes in the wind

    23rd March 2011

    Car carriers have traditionally been known as the ‘ugly ships’ of the maritime trades because of their boxy profiles. However, change is coming, as evidenced by the new car carrier City of St Petersburg, which was recently introduced by Nissan…

  • TRIP BOATS: Changes to Dorset scene

    TRIP BOATS: Changes to Dorset scene

    23rd March 2011

    After 110 years’ association with Bournemouth, the Belles pleasure boats will no longer be such a familiar sight at the south coast resort. The boats’ operators, Dorset Cruises, failed to win the licence to operate from the town’s pier after…