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  • NORWEGIAN CL: More cabins for Dawn

    NORWEGIAN CL: More cabins for Dawn

    4th May 2011

    NCL’s Norwegian Dawn (2002/92,250gt) has undergone a major refit, which included the installation of 58 new accommodation units, including four deluxe owner’s suites, ten family suites with balconies and 30 inside staterooms. Her double occupancy capacity is now 2,332 passengers.…

  • CONTAINER SHIPS: Samskip gets two feeders

    CONTAINER SHIPS: Samskip gets two feeders

    4th May 2011

    Samskip, which operates services from Grangemouth, Teesport, Hull and Tilbury, has taken ownership control of two newly-built Damen 800 container vessels. The 804TEU ships, Samskip Innovator and Samskip Endeavour (both 7,987gt), were completed in January and have entered service on…

  • NEW FERRY DESIGN: World-first LNG ferry

    NEW FERRY DESIGN: World-first LNG ferry

    4th May 2011

    Australian shipbuilder Incat Tasmania Pty Ltd has announced that the customer for their world-first high-speed passenger ro-ro ship powered by LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) is the South American company Buquebus. The 99m LNG ship was contracted in November 2010 and…

  • NEW LIFEBOAT: Walton’s first for 58 years

    NEW LIFEBOAT: Walton’s first for 58 years

    4th May 2011

    The new 16m Tamar class lifeboat Irene Muriel Rees arrived at her home of Walton and Frinton on 10 April, escorted by her predecessor Kenneth Thelwall II, the Harwich lifeboat Albert Brown and Clacton’s Atlantic 75, as well as the…

  • FERRY: Irish Sea ferry changes

    FERRY: Irish Sea ferry changes

    4th May 2011

    ISLE OF MANIsle of Man Steam Packet, the world’s oldest continuously operating passenger shipping company, has a new owner. An announcement on 8 April confirmed completion of a refinancing operation by a group of banks headed by Portugal’s Banco Espirito…

  • PORTSMOUTH-BILBAO: Change of terminal

    PORTSMOUTH-BILBAO: Change of terminal

    4th May 2011

    Cap Finistere launched Brittany Ferries’ new service between Portsmouth and Bilbao on 27 March, but almost at the 11th hour there was a change of terminal at the Spanish end. The 32,728gt vessel, built as Superfast V in 2000, sails…

  • OFFSHORE SUPPLY: Offshore marriage

    OFFSHORE SUPPLY: Offshore marriage

    28th April 2011

    Japan’s Sanko Steamship and the Hellespont Group of Greece have formed Sanko-Hellespont Offshore Management Pte Ltd in Singapore to provide manning and shipmanagement services to their offshore fleets. This includes four 12,250bhp Anchor Handling Tug Supply vessels (AHTS) and four…

  • MEDITERRANEAN: Ferries in Libyan evacuations

    MEDITERRANEAN: Ferries in Libyan evacuations

    28th April 2011

    With strife in Libya continuing, two ferries were used as hospital ships early in April. Ankara, the Turkish vessel which with sister Samsun evacuated foreign nationals from Bizerta when crisis started in February, returned to evacuate wounded civilians from the…

  • ICE PATROL: Navy leases icebreaker as a stop-gap

    ICE PATROL: Navy leases icebreaker as a stop-gap

    28th April 2011

    The immediate future of the Royal Navy’s ice patrol capability has been determined with the leasing of a commercial icebreaker from Norwegian offshore specialists, GC Rieber Shipping. MV Polarbjørn (2001/4,985gt) has been acquired for an interim three-year period, during which…

  • INJURED CREWMAN: Crewman lifted off

    INJURED CREWMAN: Crewman lifted off

    28th April 2011

    On 19 March a crew member from RMS St Helena was airlifted to hospital by the Portland Coastguard helicopter Rescue 106 after he fell nine feet between two metal containers. The 23-year-old man suffered a broken arm after the accident,…