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  • 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…

  • DEFENCE REVIEW: Website auction for flagship

    DEFENCE REVIEW: Website auction for flagship

    10th March 2011

    The UK MoD’s Disposal Services Authority has offered ex-HMS Invincible for sale by tender on its website. The aircraft carrier is listed as sound for towing but not in running condition, and will almost certainly be scrapped, with the MoD…

  • CATTLE CARRIER: From cars to cattle

    CATTLE CARRIER: From cars to cattle

    10th March 2011

    Singapore’s Keppel Shipyard has completed conversion of the former car/container ship Merlion Ace into the livestock carrier Ghena for Merlion Ace Compania Naviera SA, an affiliate of Jordan’s Hijazi & Ghosheh Company. The 190m by 32.2m vessel, powered by a…

  • PORTS OF CALL: Solar power for LA cruise terminal

    PORTS OF CALL: Solar power for LA cruise terminal

    10th March 2011

    The latest cruise ships have been doing their part to save energy through the adoption of energy alternatives, and cruise terminals are now following their example. In the past year the Port of Los Angeles completed a US$10.8 million project…

  • BRITTANY FERRIES: Barfleur returning to Poole

    BRITTANY FERRIES: Barfleur returning to Poole

    10th March 2011

    Brittany Ferries are bringing Barfleur (1992/20,133gt) back into service between Poole and Cherbourg from 27 February with reduced passenger capacity and a strong emphasis on freight traffic. The vessel was laid up for most of 2010, with only limited connections…

  • BRUNEI NAVY: German stock for sultanate

    BRUNEI NAVY: German stock for sultanate

    10th March 2011

    The Royal Brunei Navy took delivery of two 80m OPVs at a ceremony in Germany on 7 January. The patrol vessels, KDB Darussalam and KDB Darulehsan, were handed over at the Lürssen Werft shipyard ahead of their expected arrival in…

  • US NAVY: Headlines and deadlines

    US NAVY: Headlines and deadlines

    10th March 2011

    The US Navy has capitalised on lower than expected tenders for a major contract to design and build up to 55 warships. Instead of an original intention to order a batch of ten Littoral Combat Ships of the winning design…

  • SHORT SEA FEEDERS: Samskip switch vessels

    SHORT SEA FEEDERS: Samskip switch vessels

    10th March 2011

    Some time ago the Geest North Sea Service was incorporated into services run by Samskip. One vessel that traded on the route was Geest Trader (1995/2,899gt). Owned by Limburg of Schuelp, Germany, she is operated by G. Kopping Reederei Gmbh,…

  • 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,…