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  • CONTAINER SHIP: New service at Felixstowe

    CONTAINER SHIP: New service at Felixstowe

    30th June 2011

    MSC’s Lion service connecting Felixstowe with the important Asian market commenced in May to provide one of the fastest available eastbound connections for UK exporters. The service commenced with a call from MSC Bruxelles (2005/107,849gt) in May, but from July…

  • NEW CRUISE SHIP: Fincantieri gains P&O Cruises order

    NEW CRUISE SHIP: Fincantieri gains P&O Cruises order

    30th June 2011

    Only a few days after announcing that it would have to shut down two of its shipyards and lay off over 2,500 workers because of a lack of orders, Italy’s Fincantieri announced in early June that it will build a…

  • FALSE ALARM: Car alarm dupes coastguard

    16th June 2011

    Believing a distress call was being sent out, the coastguard eventually found it was a false alarm when the they discovered it was coming from a GPS unit in a car on a ferry. The coastguard had spent three hours…

  • ROYAL NAVY: Antarctic patrol vessel named

    16th June 2011

    In a ceremony in Portsmouth the Royal Navy’s new Antarctic patrol vessel was officially named HMS ‘Protector’ before being formally commissioned into the Navy’s fleet on Thursday, June 23rd. The ‘Protector’ has been leased from Norway’s GC Rieber Shipping for…

  • WINDSTAR CRUISES: Windstar gets new owners

    WINDSTAR CRUISES: Windstar gets new owners

    8th June 2011

    On 1 April Ambassadors International entered into an agreement with its largest shareholder, Whippoorwill Associates, a New York-based privateinvestment fund, to sell most of its assets, including Windstar Cruises, which operates three sailingcruise ships. Windstar will continue normal business operations…

  • GROUNDING: Aground on the Tyne

    GROUNDING: Aground on the Tyne

    8th June 2011

    The small container ship Clonlee ran aground at the entrance to the river Tyne on 16 March after she lost power as she was entering the river. The Sietas-built Clonlee (1996/3,999gt, ex-Vera) was heading into the river at around 0100…

  • CLASSIFICATION: WTIV newbuilds

    CLASSIFICATION: WTIV newbuilds

    8th June 2011

    Germany’s Germanischer Lloyd (GL) has become the leading classification society for Wind Turbine Installation Vessels (WTIVs) after having secured mandates for newbuilding classification on 16 WTIVs being built. These include projects by Swire Blue Ocean and Beluga Hochtief Offshore. Ithas…

  • STENA LINE: Early return for HSS

    STENA LINE: Early return for HSS

    8th June 2011

    Stena Explorer returned to the Irish Sea route between Holyhead and Dun Laoghaire on 1 April, nearly two months earlier than expected. Stena say the move was in response to higher passenger and vehicle demand on the Central Corridor crossing,…

  • WINDFARM WORKERS: A&P service Seajacks

    WINDFARM WORKERS: A&P service Seajacks

    1st June 2011

    A&P Falmouth undertook a contract to make two 100-tonne blade racks to hold turbine blades on two ships used for windfarm working. The ships, Seajacks Leviathan and Seajacks Kraken, are to be used to install and maintain the Walney 2…

  • IRISH SEA: Irish Ferries challenges

    IRISH SEA: Irish Ferries challenges

    1st June 2011

    Irish Ferries produced a strong performance last year, but with austerity programmes in place in Ireland and Britain, John McGuckian, chairman of the parent Irish Continental Group, predicts challenging times ahead. In the Group‘s annual report he comments: ‘The recent…