The February 2021 issue of Ships Monthly is out now, and contains the usual mix of news, reviews and features, with a special focus on Southampton and how you can get up close and personal with ships from a variety of locations.

Our expert ship photographers look at the port and describe the best places from which to see ships and shipping in the busy Southampton Water and Solent areas.

In another packed issue you will also find:

IN THE NEWS . . .

Waterfront – Stena Embla arrives in Belfast, Dover ferry traffic problems, Oman growing its fleet, Knutsen orders LNG carriers, and news of St Columba still running on the Red Sea.

Cruise – Odyssey of the Seas floated out at Meyer Werft, Fred. Olsen getting ready for 2021, and Canary Island sailings resume.

Ferry – Pride of York says farewell to Hull, the Zeebrugge service doubles up, Manxman name announced by IOMSPC, and help needed for Orkney Ferries.

Naval – The new submarine Anson is officially named at Barrow, US Navy frigate costs rise, and details of the new nuclear carrier for France.

Cargo – New methanol-fuelled tankers, new service on Manchester Ship Canal.

News Feature – Profile of the ground-breaking new LNG-powered containership CMA CGM Jacques Saadé, the first of nine.

FEATURES

Orient equals – The contrasting design and operation of Orient Line’s Oriana and P&O Line’s Canberra, running mates in the 1960s. Stephen Payne

The Big Picture – Photo spread of the 1965-built cruise ship Marco Polo, a casualty of the collapse of Cruise & Maritime Voyages, and her last departure from the UK.

Stena to Belfast – In November 2020 Stena marked 25 years of operations from England and Scotland to Belfast; we look at the ships that have served the company during that time.

Greek tragedy – The fleet of the Greek Pontikos family shipowning dynasty, with outstanding photos of some classic cargo ships.

USS Kitty Hawk – Profile of the former US Navy supercarrier USS Kitty Hawk was launched 60 years ago, and enjoyed a long career of half a century.

Maritime Mosaic – Tugs at the Port of Poole in the spotlight; they play a vital role, from helping ferries and cargo vessels to general towing duties.

Clyde Steamers – Remembering some of the famous Regal Clyde Steamers dating from the Victorian era and pre-war years.

Schoolship Gann – Recalling all the training ships named Gann, which are operated by the Young Seafarers’ Christian Association since the 1950s.

Bridge Visit – Captain Steve Cheeseman, master of Seatruck Precision on the Heysham to Warrenpoint run, talks about his career and ship.

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