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  • CRUISE CALLERS: Packed piers but fewer passengers

    CRUISE CALLERS: Packed piers but fewer passengers

    10th March 2011

    Four cruise ships were docked simultaneously at the Port of Los Angeles’ World Cruise Center on 5 January, while 13,000 passengers were conveyed to and from the vessels Golden Princess, Sapphire Princess, Crystal Symphony and Deutschland. Although cruise traffic remains…

  • MARITIME HERITAGE: Coast Guard cutter for sale

    MARITIME HERITAGE: Coast Guard cutter for sale

    10th March 2011

    The Port Huron Museum on the Great Lakes has been forced to put the decommissioned US Coast Guard cutter Bramble up for sale because of mounting losses regarding the vessel’s upkeep. The 1944-built vessel. one of 39 180ft (55m) seagoing…

  • SHIELDHALL: Historic steamship needs £80,000

    SHIELDHALL: Historic steamship needs £80,000

    10th March 2011

    One of the country’s most important historic steamships has launched an appeal for survival. Registered charity The Solent Steam Packet has launched an emergency appeal for £80,000 to secure the future of SS Shieldhall, the historic steam-driven ship based at…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • CRUISE INDUSTRY: Cruise incidents cause concern

    CRUISE INDUSTRY: Cruise incidents cause concern

    10th March 2011

    Equipment failures on two well known cruise ships, Carnival Cruise’s Carnival Splendor and Cunard’s Queen Mary 2, have been serious enough to generate international safety alerts. In the case of Carnival Splendor, which suffered an engine room fire off Mexico,…

  • FISHING VESSEL: Profile of a mystery ship

    FISHING VESSEL: Profile of a mystery ship

    10th March 2011

    The profile of some ships presents a question mark as to their exact employment. One such is Thorshovdi, recently seen at Punta Arenas, Chile. The hull would appear to be that of a small container ship but what about all…

  • RN SUBMARINE: From bad to worse

    RN SUBMARINE: From bad to worse

    10th January 2011

    The unwelcome scenario of a nuclear-powered submarine aground in full public view was compounded after it was revealed that the Emergency Towing Vessel sent to assist the stricken HMS Astute caused further damage. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency-operated Anglian Prince…

  • PRESERVED TENDER: Old tender pulls in the crowds

    PRESERVED TENDER: Old tender pulls in the crowds

    10th January 2011

    More than 300 visitors toured the historic tender Daniel Adamson in Liverpool on 28 October 2010, when she was opened to the public on Heritage Open Days, which are organised by English Heritage. She was the only ship in England…

  • PORT NEWS: New deepwater quay opens

    PORT NEWS: New deepwater quay opens

    10th January 2011

    Peterhead Port Authority’s new all-weather deepwater Smith Embankment quay opened for business in October 2010, on time and within budget. The £33.5 million project, which includes a new 200m berth and 16,000m2 of work area, will create up to 60…