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  • HEBRIDEAN PRINCESS: 20 new itineraries for 2012

    21st April 2011

    As well as 20 new itineraries, Hebridean Islands Cruises’ 2012 Cruise Directory has amended many itineraries and added destinations such as the Western Isles and Ireland’s southern coast. There are also new Footloose walking itineraries, accompanied by three experience guides,…

  • HMS CUMBERLAND: Welcomed home for final time

    21st April 2011

    HMS Cumberland, the 16th ship of the Royal Navy to bear the name Cumberland, and her crew were welcomed back to Plymouth this month by over 1,000 delighted families and friends following a successful patrol including evacuating refugees from Libya…

  • Investment for Fastnet Line

    15th April 2011

    Fastnet Line, which runs the Cork to Swansea route, have welcomed Cork City Council and Kerry County Council’s funding, which totals €250,000 for the ferry company. Fastnet Line chairman Mr. Buckley says, “We are delighted with this support from the…

  • Stena Line welcomes Irish clearance

    15th April 2011

    The Irish Competition Authority’s decision to clear Stena Line’s proposed acquisition of DFDS passenger and freight services and routes between Belfast/ Heysham and Belfast/Liverpool has been welcomed by Stena Line. The company says it, “is pleased that the Irish Competition…

  • OFFSHORE SUPPORT: Solstad gains new contracts

    OFFSHORE SUPPORT: Solstad gains new contracts

    23rd March 2011

    Norwegian-based offshore operator, Solstad Offshore, has signed several new contracts and contract extensions for their fleet of oil rig service vessels. Global Industries has exercised a one-year option on an existing contract for the 2006-built Normand Commander, 4,700dwt, for operations…

  • BRITTANY FERRIES: Portsmouth sailings boost

    BRITTANY FERRIES: Portsmouth sailings boost

    23rd March 2011

    Following the start of its new Bilbao service on 27 March, Brittany Ferries will build to a total of more than 40 departures a week from Portsmouth to three destinations in France and two in Spain using five conventional vessels…

  • OFFSHORE PLATFORM: Singapore’s FPSO contract

    OFFSHORE PLATFORM: Singapore’s FPSO contract

    23rd March 2011

    Singapore’s Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd has won a contract to make significant modifications to the FPSO Espadarte for long-time customer Single Buoy Moorings Inc (SBM). The work will be accomplished starting later this year by the company’s Keppel Shipyard…

  • COASTERS: Worrying time for upriver UK ports

    COASTERS: Worrying time for upriver UK ports

    23rd March 2011

    Over recent years the size of vessels operating between the UK and the near continent has increased. This, together with the fact that many smaller vessels have been sold or scrapped after reaching the end of their lives, has posed…

  • ISLE OF WIGHT: Wightlink lose damage claim

    ISLE OF WIGHT: Wightlink lose damage claim

    23rd March 2011

    A claim by Wightlink for almost £1.4 million in damages over ’catastrophic’ engine failures affecting its former Fastcat high-speed vessels was thrown out by the High Court at the end of February. The operator sued Michell Power Systems (MPS),the company…

  • CABLE LAYING: Cable company collapses

    CABLE LAYING: Cable company collapses

    23rd March 2011

    Polar Prince (1999/6,951gt), the Norwegian-owned and managed OSV chartered by Subocean, was impounded at Harwich in late January when the Aberdeen-based company collapsed. The 94m DP2 vessel had been specially adapted to lay power cables at windfarm sites and was…