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  • Ship losses not that uncommon

    Ship losses not that uncommon

    24th February 2012

    APRIL 2012 ISSUE Issues surrounding the wrecking of Costa Concordia continue to rumble on, with outcomes that remain far from clear. Passengers who were on the ship when she hit the rocks are taking legal action against Costa Cruises and…

  • A Titanic of the 21st century?

    A Titanic of the 21st century?

    27th January 2012

    MARCH 2012 ISSUE As this issue of Ships Monthly was being prepared, and articles about the 100th anniversary of the sinking of Titanic were being edited, news of Costa Concordia’s tragic accident hit the national news headlines. The modern media…

  • New chapter on North Channel

    New chapter on North Channel

    30th December 2011

    FEBRUARY 2012 ISSUE The major investment by Stena Line at Loch Ryan opens a new chapter in North Channel ferry services, and our news pages contain a full report on the considerable changes that have taken place there. Stena are…

  • Piracy hits the headlines again

    Piracy hits the headlines again

    25th November 2011

    JANUARY 2012 ISSUE Attacks by Somali pirates on international shipping have reached a new high and the subject hit the national headlines during November when Prime Minister David Cameron said that merchant vessels sailing under the British flag along the…

  • ETV withdrawal a backward step

    ETV withdrawal a backward step

    27th October 2011

    DECEMBER 2011 ISSUE The withdrawal of the Emergency Towing Vessels (ETVs) that protect the coasts of the United Kingdom has been on the cards for some time, but their actual removal came in September. The establishment of these tugs almost…

  • Finlaggan makes an impression

    Finlaggan makes an impression

    29th September 2011

    NOVEMBER 2011 ISSUE This month’s Ship of the Month feature looks at the new Caledonian Macbrayne ferry Finlaggan, which is now operating to the beautiful island of Islay on the west coast of Scotland. I was fortunate enough to travel…

  • Cargo ships to naval cutbacks

    Cargo ships to naval cutbacks

    24th August 2011

    OCTOBER 2011 ISSUE This month we have a series of excellent articles looking at cargo ships, cargo handling and classic cargo liners. In previous months we have focussed on modern cargo vessels in the shape of the giant container ships…

  • Does shipping register in UK?

    Does shipping register in UK?

    27th July 2011

    SEPTEMBER 2011 ISSUE This month we have an excellent article looking at the history of flags of convenience and how they have been used by companies and countries since World War I. Ships flying flags of convenience were widely regarded…

  • From Evelyn Maersk to Titanic

    From Evelyn Maersk to Titanic

    30th June 2011

    AUGUST 2011 ISSUE This month’s Ship of the Month feature looks at the giant 170,000gt Maersk container ships, with a focus on Evelyn Maersk, the fourth of the class. I was fortunate to spend an afternoon on board her when…

  • Accidents happen at sea

    Accidents happen at sea

    27th May 2011

    JULY 2011 ISSUE In this month’s cargo news section we report on two incidents involving cargo vessels which ended up with the ships in question being brought to port for repairs, coincidentally both to the Tyne, after one suffered engine…