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  • SERVICE SHIP: Wind farm ‘mother ship’

    SERVICE SHIP: Wind farm ‘mother ship’

    23rd March 2011

    The booming offshore wind energy sector is continuing to generate new construction as well as new servicing vessel designs. One of the latest is the Sea-Wind, an offshore wind farm maintenance‘mother ship’ drawn up by Offshore Ship Designers. In its…

  • DOVER-CALAIS: Spirit of France floated out

    DOVER-CALAIS: Spirit of France floated out

    23rd March 2011

    P&O’s second new vessel for the Dover-Calais service, Spirit of France, was floated out of the construction dock at the STX Europe shipyard in Rauma, Finland on 18 February, with P&O officials, including chief executive Helen Deeble and the ship’s…

  • TRIP BOATS: Changes to Dorset scene

    TRIP BOATS: Changes to Dorset scene

    23rd March 2011

    After 110 years’ association with Bournemouth, the Belles pleasure boats will no longer be such a familiar sight at the south coast resort. The boats’ operators, Dorset Cruises, failed to win the licence to operate from the town’s pier after…

  • Maersk order massive container ships

    Maersk order massive container ships

    22nd March 2011

    Mærsk hit the national headlines in February when they announced the signing of a £1.17 billion contract with Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co Ltd to build ten of the largest and most efficient container ships ever. Scheduled for…

  • US NAVY: Another transport ship

    US NAVY: Another transport ship

    10th March 2011

    The Northrop Grumman-built amphibious transport dock ship Arlington (LPD 24), the eighth ship of the San Antonio class, was launched at the company’s Pascagoula facility on 23 November 2010. The shipyard, which is to become known as Huntington Ingalls Industries,…

  • EX CRUISE SHIP: Bore gets permanent home

    EX CRUISE SHIP: Bore gets permanent home

    10th March 2011

    After retiring from active international duty last October due to new SOLAS requirements , the former Kristina Regina has taken up permanent residence on Turku’s river Aura opposite the old Wärtsilä shipyard and next to the square-rigger Suomen Joutsen. New…

  • SOUTHSEA-RYDE: No cuts for Hovertravel

    SOUTHSEA-RYDE: No cuts for Hovertravel

    10th March 2011

    There is no sign of Hovertravel following rivals Wightlink and Red Funnel in making cuts to Isle of Wight fast passenger services. Now the world’s longest running commercial hovercraft operator, Hovertravel carries 70,000 passengers a month between Southsea and Ryde,…

  • ROYAL NAVY: The solidarity show

    ROYAL NAVY: The solidarity show

    10th March 2011

    Brazil is the latest Latin American country to publicly refuse a Royal Navy warship permission to visit one of its ports. A planned call to Rio de Janeiro by the permanent Falkland Islands Protection Vessel, HMS Clyde, was denied in…

  • SURVEY SHIP: Back to the ice for Scott

    SURVEY SHIP: Back to the ice for Scott

    10th March 2011

    HMS Scott has deployed to the Antarctic a century after her eponym Captain Scott’s final expedition to the area. The deep-water survey ship will once again conduct a survey of uncharted ocean for the UK Hydrographic Office and also provide…

  • REFRIGERATION SHIP: A future for the Reefer?

    REFRIGERATION SHIP: A future for the Reefer?

    10th March 2011

    Refrigerator ships have long been some of the most graceful ships at sea, but their future is in doubt as container carriers continue to nibble away at their base cargo of fresh fruit and produce. Container lines, such as Denmark’s…