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  • ISLE OF WIGHT: Wightlink lose damage claim

    ISLE OF WIGHT: Wightlink lose damage claim

    23rd March 2011

    A claim by Wightlink for almost £1.4 million in damages over ’catastrophic’ engine failures affecting its former Fastcat high-speed vessels was thrown out by the High Court at the end of February. The operator sued Michell Power Systems (MPS),the company…

  • CABLE LAYING: Cable company collapses

    CABLE LAYING: Cable company collapses

    23rd March 2011

    Polar Prince (1999/6,951gt), the Norwegian-owned and managed OSV chartered by Subocean, was impounded at Harwich in late January when the Aberdeen-based company collapsed. The 94m DP2 vessel had been specially adapted to lay power cables at windfarm sites and was…

  • CARGO HANDLING: Offloading the old way

    CARGO HANDLING: Offloading the old way

    23rd March 2011

    Before containerisation, vessels were equipped with cargo-handling cranes to load and discharge their cargoes. As dock cranes or mobile cranes became more widespread, so the traditional gear became obsolete. Many vessels with the old equipment that had traded in the…

  • DFDS SEAWAYS: New colours for DFDS

    DFDS SEAWAYS: New colours for DFDS

    23rd March 2011

    Full DFDS liveries are now on view at Dover after Delft Seaways (ex-Maersk Delft), from the former Norfolkline service to Dunkerque, was fully repainted at ARNO, Dunkirk, to be followed into dry dock by Dover Seaways (ex-Maersk Dover). A slight…

  • VEHICLE CARRIERS: Design changes in the wind

    VEHICLE CARRIERS: Design changes in the wind

    23rd March 2011

    Car carriers have traditionally been known as the ‘ugly ships’ of the maritime trades because of their boxy profiles. However, change is coming, as evidenced by the new car carrier City of St Petersburg, which was recently introduced by Nissan…

  • 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…

  • PRINCESS CRUISES: Grand Princess loses Skywalker

    PRINCESS CRUISES: Grand Princess loses Skywalker

    23rd March 2011

    Princess Cruises’ 13-year old Grand Princess (1998/108,806gt) has lost her distinctive ‘shopping trolley’ profile during a major refit at Grand Bahama Shipyard between 11 April and 4 May. Skywalkers Nightclub, above the ship’s stern on Deck 18 and weighing 211…

  • ROYAL NAVY: Cost effective or bust?

    ROYAL NAVY: Cost effective or bust?

    23rd March 2011

    For the first time since World War II, the Royal Navy will not be deploying a warship to the Caribbean. Critics argue that the abandonment of a long-standing overseas mission is a sure sign that defence cuts have gone too…