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  • NEW BUILD: Nuclear waste transporter

    NEW BUILD: Nuclear waste transporter

    10th March 2011

    Fincantieri’s yard at Muggiano-La Spezia has launched the specialised ship Rossita, which will be used by the Russian government to transport material from dismantled nuclear submarines from naval bases to storage facilities. The 1,620gt vessel, which measures 84m by 14m,…

  • SHIELDHALL: Historic steamship needs £80,000

    SHIELDHALL: Historic steamship needs £80,000

    10th March 2011

    One of the country’s most important historic steamships has launched an appeal for survival. Registered charity The Solent Steam Packet has launched an emergency appeal for £80,000 to secure the future of SS Shieldhall, the historic steam-driven ship based at…

  • CELEBRITY CRUISES: Infinity gets Solstice upgrade

    CELEBRITY CRUISES: Infinity gets Solstice upgrade

    10th March 2011

    Celebrity Infinity (1995/ 90,228gt) is to be upgraded with many of the features of the popular Solstice class ships and follows sistership Celebrity Constellation (2002/90,280gt), which underwent the same work last year. This includes the installation of a new accommodation…

  • HAPAG-LLOYD: Hapag-Lloyd expansion

    HAPAG-LLOYD: Hapag-Lloyd expansion

    10th March 2011

    Germany’s giant travel and shipping group TUI AG has announced expansion plans for one of its companies, the long-established Hapag Lloyd. A 39,500gt newbuild, to be named Europa 2, will be constructed by STX Europe at its St Nazaire yard…

  • VEHICLE CARRIERS: Car carrier drives forward

    VEHICLE CARRIERS: Car carrier drives forward

    10th March 2011

    Last year will go down as a bad one for the car carrier shipping sector. Vessels were either laid up or sold to reduce operations. However, the year ended with signs of improvement, although car carriers were still finding their…

  • MARITIME HERITAGE: Coast Guard cutter for sale

    MARITIME HERITAGE: Coast Guard cutter for sale

    10th March 2011

    The Port Huron Museum on the Great Lakes has been forced to put the decommissioned US Coast Guard cutter Bramble up for sale because of mounting losses regarding the vessel’s upkeep. The 1944-built vessel. one of 39 180ft (55m) seagoing…

  • ENGLISH CHANNEL: Norman Arrow will be back

    ENGLISH CHANNEL: Norman Arrow will be back

    10th March 2011

    Although LD Lines are on course to introduce new ferry Norman Leader late in April, the 112m catamaran Norman Arrow (pictured) is also returning for high speed Portsmouth-Le Havre summer services from 9 June to 5 September. Used between Dover…

  • DISNEY CRUISE LINE: Disney’s new Fantasy

    DISNEY CRUISE LINE: Disney’s new Fantasy

    10th March 2011

    Disney Cruise Line has announced that the 122,000gt Disney Fantasy, the second of its two new ships being built by Germany’s Meyer Werft shipyard, will enter service on 7 April 2012. She will sail on alternating weekly itineraries from Port…

  • TMR: Grand Mistral chartered

    TMR: Grand Mistral chartered

    10th March 2011

    Marseille-based TMR is chartering Grand Mistral (1999/48,200gt) from Spain’s Iberocruceros this year for a number of cruises under the Paquet Cruises banner, which was revived in conjunction with Costa Cruises in 2010. Their first ship was Costa Allegra (1969/28,430gt), which…

  • CONTAINER SHIP: Largest container ship to visit Brixham

    CONTAINER SHIP: Largest container ship to visit Brixham

    10th March 2011

    A rare caller at Brixham on 20 October 2010 was the container ship CMA CGM Laperouse. Built in 2010, the 157,092dwt Explorer class vessel was on on the joint FAL 5/Maersk AE8 Service, which runs between Ningbo to Northern Europe,…