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  • ROYAL NAVY: Something we made earlier

    ROYAL NAVY: Something we made earlier

    10th March 2011

    Ambush, the second of the Royal Navy’s new Astute class submarines, was officially named in Barrow-in-Furness on 16 December 2010, although a technical fault with the lifting equipment prevented her being rolled out from the Devonshire Dock Hall for the…

  • CONTAINER SHIP: MSC increase market share

    CONTAINER SHIP: MSC increase market share

    10th March 2011

    The container shipping market continues to show signs of growth after a couple of difficult years. The 20 largest container lines expanded their fleet capacity by 14 per cent in 2010, with the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) leading the way.…

  • ROYAL NAVY: Farewell to HMS Chatham

    ROYAL NAVY: Farewell to HMS Chatham

    10th March 2011

    The frigate HMS Chatham paid her final visit to Tyneside on 20 January when she sailed into North Shields for the start of a routine four-day visit to Tyneside. She berthed at Northumbrian Quay in the afternoon. After her visit,…

  • P&O FERRIES: Spirit of Britain makes Channel debut

    P&O FERRIES: Spirit of Britain makes Channel debut

    10th March 2011

    Although Dover welcomed P&O Ferries’ newest vessel Spirit of Britain in January, the 49,000gt super-ferry will not be officially named by Olympic gold medal winning athlete Dame Kelly Holmes until a yet-to-be announced date in late March. Spirit of Britain…

  • SUBMARINES: Sting in the tail

    SUBMARINES: Sting in the tail

    10th March 2011

    DCNS and Navantia have ended their 15-year-long collaboration on the Scorpène submarine project after an acrimonious fallout over intellectual property. The split comes after an 18-month court battle during which Navantia was accused of siphoning off technology to develop its…

  • 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…

  • BULKER: Road salt brought in

    BULKER: Road salt brought in

    10th January 2011

    With the severe weather affecting the whole of the UK in December 2010, local authorities were under pressure to obtain sufficient quantities of road salt. With Scottish roads snow covered, help came from Peru in the shape of the bulk…

  • RN SUBMARINE: From bad to worse

    RN SUBMARINE: From bad to worse

    10th January 2011

    The unwelcome scenario of a nuclear-powered submarine aground in full public view was compounded after it was revealed that the Emergency Towing Vessel sent to assist the stricken HMS Astute caused further damage. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency-operated Anglian Prince…

  • CARNIVAL CRUISES: Carnival Splendor adrift

    CARNIVAL CRUISES: Carnival Splendor adrift

    10th January 2011

    Carnival Cruise Lines’ 113,000gt Carnival Splendor was left drifting in calm Pacific seas after a fire broke out in her aft engine room at 0600 local time on 8 November, about 150 miles south of San Diego. There were no…

  • PRESERVED TENDER: Old tender pulls in the crowds

    PRESERVED TENDER: Old tender pulls in the crowds

    10th January 2011

    More than 300 visitors toured the historic tender Daniel Adamson in Liverpool on 28 October 2010, when she was opened to the public on Heritage Open Days, which are organised by English Heritage. She was the only ship in England…