• SHIP DESIGN: Model tested

    SHIP DESIGN: Model tested

    28th April 2011

    Germany’s Hamburg Ship Model Basin (HSVA) has been utilised to test an optimised model of a 9,000TEU container ship being developed by FutureShip, a subsidiary of Germanischer Lloyd and the Marine Design & Research Institute of China. Shipowners Schulte of…

  • COSTA CRUISES: Costa returns to Red Sea

    COSTA CRUISES: Costa returns to Red Sea

    28th April 2011

    Despite recent political unrest in Egypt, Costa Cruises will maintain a year-round presence in the Red Sea in 2012. Costa Allegra (1969/28,430gt) will be deployed in the region between December 2011 and March 2012, as will Grand Voyager (2000/24,391gt), operated…

  • HEAVYLIFT: Restructuring for Beluga

    HEAVYLIFT: Restructuring for Beluga

    28th April 2011

    The blue-hulled ships of Germany’s heavylift specialist Beluga Shipping are continuing in employment, but the company is undergoing a substantial financial restructuring after its founder, Niels Stolberg, took a leave of absence in March and a new management team took…

  • MARINE ACCIDENT: Condor in Collision

    MARINE ACCIDENT: Condor in Collision

    28th April 2011

    On the morning of 28 March Condor Ferries’ 86m Incat catamaran Condor Vitesse collided with the French fishing vessel Les Marquises, in foggy conditions north-west of Chausey, in French waters. The ferry was on a crossing between St Malo and…

  • SAGA CRUISES: Bleu becomes Sapphire

    SAGA CRUISES: Bleu becomes Sapphire

    28th April 2011

    Saga Cruises’ new acquisition is to be named Saga Sapphire when she enters service on 23 March 2012 after a major refit. The 37,301gt ship is currently sailing as Bleu de France for CDF Croisieres de France, a subsidiary of…

  • HEBRIDEAN PRINCESS: 20 new itineraries for 2012

    21st April 2011

    As well as 20 new itineraries, Hebridean Islands Cruises’ 2012 Cruise Directory has amended many itineraries and added destinations such as the Western Isles and Ireland’s southern coast. There are also new Footloose walking itineraries, accompanied by three experience guides,…

  • HMS CUMBERLAND: Welcomed home for final time

    21st April 2011

    HMS Cumberland, the 16th ship of the Royal Navy to bear the name Cumberland, and her crew were welcomed back to Plymouth this month by over 1,000 delighted families and friends following a successful patrol including evacuating refugees from Libya…

  • Investment for Fastnet Line

    15th April 2011

    Fastnet Line, which runs the Cork to Swansea route, have welcomed Cork City Council and Kerry County Council’s funding, which totals €250,000 for the ferry company. Fastnet Line chairman Mr. Buckley says, “We are delighted with this support from the…

  • Stena Line welcomes Irish clearance

    15th April 2011

    The Irish Competition Authority’s decision to clear Stena Line’s proposed acquisition of DFDS passenger and freight services and routes between Belfast/ Heysham and Belfast/Liverpool has been welcomed by Stena Line. The company says it, “is pleased that the Irish Competition…

  • OFFSHORE SUPPORT: Solstad gains new contracts

    OFFSHORE SUPPORT: Solstad gains new contracts

    23rd March 2011

    Norwegian-based offshore operator, Solstad Offshore, has signed several new contracts and contract extensions for their fleet of oil rig service vessels. Global Industries has exercised a one-year option on an existing contract for the 2006-built Normand Commander, 4,700dwt, for operations…