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  • FISHING VESSEL: Profile of a mystery ship

    FISHING VESSEL: Profile of a mystery ship

    10th March 2011

    The profile of some ships presents a question mark as to their exact employment. One such is Thorshovdi, recently seen at Punta Arenas, Chile. The hull would appear to be that of a small container ship but what about all…

  • CRUISE INDUSTRY: Cruise incidents cause concern

    CRUISE INDUSTRY: Cruise incidents cause concern

    10th March 2011

    Equipment failures on two well known cruise ships, Carnival Cruise’s Carnival Splendor and Cunard’s Queen Mary 2, have been serious enough to generate international safety alerts. In the case of Carnival Splendor, which suffered an engine room fire off Mexico,…

  • IRISH SEA: Stena Line spells it out

    IRISH SEA: Stena Line spells it out

    10th March 2011

    Passengers travelling on the Birkenhead-Belfast ro-pax service have been handed copies of a letter explaining Stena Line’s position while formal approval of the purchase of this route, and the Heysham-Belfast freight service, is awaited. Updating events since Stena Line UK…

  • COSTA CRUISES: Classica collides in Yangtze

    COSTA CRUISES: Classica collides in Yangtze

    10th January 2011

    Costa Classica (1991/52,926) was involved in a collision with the Belgian bulk carrier Lowlands Longevity (2001/86,848) at the mouth of the Yangtze River at 0446 local time on 18 October 2010, which resulted in a 30m gash along the starboard…

  • PORT NEWS: ‘Big Easy’ on the rebound

    PORT NEWS: ‘Big Easy’ on the rebound

    10th January 2011

    Louisiana’s Port of New Orleans, severely damaged by hurricane Katrina in 2005, has rebounded positively since the hurricane and handled a record number of container ships towards the end of 2010, when 43 vessels called in a single month. Most…

  • NEW LIFEBOAT: First Tamar in Ireland

    NEW LIFEBOAT: First Tamar in Ireland

    10th January 2011

    Tamar lifeboat Killarney was placed on station on 27 October 2010 to become the first Tamar to go into service in Ireland. The new 25-knot boat arrived at her station at 1700 on 13 October and was escorted home by…

  • FRED. OLSEN CRUISES: Weather upsets Boudicca

    FRED. OLSEN CRUISES: Weather upsets Boudicca

    10th January 2011

    Fred. Olsen’s Boudicca (1973/28,388, pictured at Gibraltar on 7 November 2010) was forced to divert to Dublin instead of her scheduled termination port of Holyhead, which was closed because of bad weather which hit the British Isles on 11 November.…

  • CONTAINER SHIP: Another Explorer arrives

    CONTAINER SHIP: Another Explorer arrives

    10th January 2011

    On 28 October 2010 the DP World Container Terminal in Southampton played host to CMA CGM’s latest 13,830TEU explorer class container vessel CMA CGM Magellan, which called as part of her maiden repositioning voyage from the Far East. Named after…

  • HISTORIC FERRY: Hope for Severn veteran

    HISTORIC FERRY: Hope for Severn veteran

    10th January 2011

    The river ferry Severn Princess, which served the Beachley to Aust route at the junction of the rivers Severn and Wye, seems to have a brighter future ahead of her despite looking to have been abandoned on the banks of…

  • NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE: Two more ordered by NCL

    NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE: Two more ordered by NCL

    10th January 2011

    Norwegian Cruise Line has reached an agreement with German shipyard Meyer Werft to build two new 143,500gt ships for delivery in April 2013 and April 2014. They will be the largest passenger vessels ever built in Germany and together will…