Ships Monthly March 2021

The latest issue of Ships Monthly is out now. The major features look at the cruise ships which have been casualties of the Covid pandemic, and the latest new warships to enter service round the world.

Regulars

Waterfront – Pacific Princess goes to Azamara, new Incat ferry Buccoo Reef completed, ASD tug for the Thames, and South Korea is top shipbuilder.

Ferry – The new ferry Salamanca floated out in China, new services direct from Ireland to France, and larger vessels on Irish Sea routes.

Cruise – An overview of new ships set for 2021 service, it is the end of the road for veteran Marco Polo, and Royal Caribbean sells Azamara.

Naval – Russian Navy commissions the first of six Project 20385 corvettes, and the new fleet oiler John Lewis for the US Navy is launched.

Cargo – Semi-automated bulker tested, shortsea fleet changes, Pioneering Spirit comes to Morecambe, and Eagle Bulk buys two.

Preservation – Government funding for maritime projects during difficult times, Ullswater trip boat Raven gets a makeover, and an uncertain future for the tug Elbe.

Features

Covid Casualties – An overview of the significant ships scrapped as a result of the adverse impact of Covid-19 on the cruise industry.

Autonomous Ships – The outbreak of Covid-19 may be pushing speedier development of systems for autonomous shipping operations.

Maritime Mosaic – The River Seine flows through Paris and into the English Channel at Le Havre, and is navigable by ocean-going vessels between Le Havre and Rouen.

World Naval Review – Naval expert Conrad Waters summarises recent naval trends, with a look at some notable new warships from navies around the world.

Ferry Heritage – Ferry correspondent Russell Plummer looks at what happened to the well-known ferries operated by Olau Line when their days in home waters ended.

Canberra in Focus – Naval architect Stephen Payne looks at the design, career and operation of P&O Line’s Canberra in Part 2 of our Orient Line double feature.

Southampton tugs – Local photographer Phil Kempsey taes a look at the tug fleets working in and around Southampton and the Solent.