• What’s the best ship of the year?

    What’s the best ship of the year?

    28th December 2012

    FEBRUARY 2013 ISSUE As I write this editorial, trying to keep warm in the middle of December, with Christmas approaching and plans being made for 2013, my mind turns to the year just gone and I am wondering – what…

  • Shipping around the world

    Shipping around the world

    30th November 2012

    JANUARY 2013 ISSUE This issue of Ships Monthly, the first of 2013, has an international flavour, with articles covering ships and shipping around the world. While we usually focus on maritime matters closer to home, this time our well-informed authors…

  • New lifeboat greatly impresses

    New lifeboat greatly impresses

    24th October 2012

    DECEMBER 2012 ISSUE The unveiling at Poole of the new Shannon class lifeboat on the National Trust’s Studland Beach in September allowed me, and representatives from the national print and broadcast media, a chance to see the new craft in…

  • What next for the ferry industry?

    What next for the ferry industry?

    27th September 2012

    NOVEMBER 2012 ISSUE The new cross-Channel operator My Ferry Link started running in mid-August, operating three former SeaFrance ships on the route for which they were built. We wish the new company well as they battle with increasingly competitive and…

  • Is it all rosy for the cruise industry?

    Is it all rosy for the cruise industry?

    30th August 2012

    OCTOBER 2012 ISSUE This month we have a number of reports on happenings in the cruise ship industry, starting with a look back at the origins of Carnival Cruise Lines 40 years ago. As the cliché goes, from humble beginnings…

  • Highs and lows for P&O at 175

    Highs and lows for P&O at 175

    26th July 2012

    SEPTEMBER 2012 ISSUE The 175th anniversary celebrations for P&O were marked with an extraordinary spectacle in the Solent on Tuesday 3 July. Despite the terrible weather, which continues to spoil the summer for ship photographers out and about, the gathering…

  • Jubilee Pageant to remember?

    Jubilee Pageant to remember?

    26th June 2012

    AUGUST 2012 ISSUE The Diamond Jubilee Pageant on Sunday 3 June on the Thames as part of the celebrations to mark the 60th anniversary of HM The Queen’s reign was an incredible spectacle, with a large number of significant vessels…

  • More anniversaries are marked

    More anniversaries are marked

    23rd May 2012

    JULY 2012 ISSUE As the Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the Thames approaches, it is an appropriate time to take stock of other anniversaries which are being celebrated this year, apart from the Titanic centenary. P&O are marking 175 years of…

  • Looking forward to the summer

    Looking forward to the summer

    26th April 2012

    JUNE 2012 ISSUE Following the widely reported Costa Concordia incident, and the Rena grounding, shipping accidents and incidents seem to be making the news with increasing regularity. And in the news pages of this issue we report on several incidents…

  • Costa in the headlines again

    Costa in the headlines again

    29th March 2012

    MAY 2012 ISSUE In the last issue of Ships Monthly, Iwrote about the grounding of Costa Concordia and the effect the incident might have on the cruise industry as a whole. But however the industry reacts to the highly-publicised incident,…


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