Ships Monthly Sept 2018

Ship of the Month: Stephen Payne profiles Reina del Mar, Union-Castle Line’s solitary cruise ship, with an in-depth feature and high quality photos.

In the news . . . The latest ULCV makes her debut at Southampton, new Jacobite vessel for Loch Ness, and Mariotti Damen Cruise to build luxury ships.

Pride of Kent returns to service, Pentland catamaran delivery delayed, and hydrogen ferry for Orkney.

P&O are set to retire Oriana, Norwegian Joy leaves China, Seabourn Quest heads to Antarctica, and TUI orders two more cruise ships.

Estonian minehunters upgraded, USS Gerald R. Ford undergoes maintenance, and patrol launches planned for the Gibraltar Squadron.

Turkey’s power-generating ships, new boxboat services operated out of Liverpool, old coaster goes off to the breakers, and James Fisher Everard expands its oerations.

Jim Shaw looks at the trend, notably in Scandinavia, of building electrically-powered and environmentally friendly ferries.

The features cover:

MALDIVES SHIPPING Shipping companies in the Maldives, and the cargo ships operated. Malcolm Cranfield

PETER PAN The fifth Peter Pan returned to service on 30 May after lengthening. Russell Plummer

HMS ALBION The long and varied career of HMS Albion (R07), built as an aircraft carrier and converted into a Commando Carrier. James Hendrie

MARITIME MOSAIC Ships on the Kiel Canal, as seen from on board Fred.Olsen’s Braemar.

THE R SERIES What happened to Renaissance Cruises’ fleet of eight R class ships, which still serve worldwide premium cruising?

CARNIVAL HORIZON A look on board Carnival’s 26th cruise ship, and what she has to offer.

BRITISH RENOWN Four tankers, all named British Renown, served as workhorses of the BP fleet.

BRIDGE VISIT Captain Kim Karlsson aboard Norwegian Jade during a Southampton-Hamburg-Norwegian Fjords itinerary.