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  • 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…

  • ROYAL NAVY: Jam tomorrow, spread thinly

    ROYAL NAVY: Jam tomorrow, spread thinly

    10th January 2011

    The SDSR announcement has set out the future shape of the Royal Navy in 2020. The latest cutbacks will leave a highly capable force, albeit with fewer ships, with a fleet headed by a single Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carrier…

  • ISLE OF MAN: Steam Packet will get no favours

    ISLE OF MAN: Steam Packet will get no favours

    10th January 2011

    Under pressure from a new containerised freight service, the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company can expect no favours from the Manx Government. Speaking of Mezeron Line’s new Liverpool-Douglas lift-on/lift-off operation, island infrastructure minister Phil Gawne stressed there is nothing…

  • BANGLADESH NAVY: Old ships sold to provide new capability

    BANGLADESH NAVY: Old ships sold to provide new capability

    10th January 2011

    The two Castle class OPVs sold to Bangladesh have completed their multi-million pound refits at A&P’s Hebburn shipyard. The ships, renamed BNS Dhaleshwari (F36) and BNS Bijoy (F35), were formally handed over on 24 September. The Bangladeshi Navy classify them…

  • GOSPORT-PORTSMOUTH: Pontoon for Gosport funded

    GOSPORT-PORTSMOUTH: Pontoon for Gosport funded

    10th January 2011

    The way is finally clear for the ferry pontoon at Gosport to be replaced by a new construction in 2011. Gosport Borough Council have made a loan to Gosport Ferry Ltd to cover construction and installation costs, with repayment over…

  • ROYAL AUSTRALIAN NAVY: Back to square one

    ROYAL AUSTRALIAN NAVY: Back to square one

    10th January 2011

    Australia’s A$8 billion project to build new air warfare destroyers has encountered a major setback. According to press reports, the Melbourne shipyard building modules for the new ships has ‘botched’ the construction of the first central keel block, making it…

  • POOLE HARBOUR: Chain link stopped for a month

    POOLE HARBOUR: Chain link stopped for a month

    10th January 2011

    The Sandbanks-to-Studland link across the entrance to Poole Harbour, operated by the quaintly-named Bournemouth-Swanage Motor Road and Ferry Company, was suspended during November while the chain ferry Bramble Bush Bay is at Southampton for bi-annual dry docking. Built at Hessle,…

  • RUSSIAN NAVY: Russia reveals new frigate

    RUSSIAN NAVY: Russia reveals new frigate

    10th January 2011

    The first major surface combatant to be designed and built in Russia since the demise of the Soviet Union was floated out at the Severnaya Verf shipyard in St Petersburg on 29 October. The future RFS Admiral Flota Sovetskogo Soyuza…

  • PORTSMOUTH-LE HAVRE: Early marketing for LD ferry

    PORTSMOUTH-LE HAVRE: Early marketing for LD ferry

    10th January 2011

    LD Lines began promoting the new Portsmouth-Le Havre ferry Norman Leader more than six months ahead of a planned 28 April route debut. Costing £78 million and nearing completion at the ST Marine yard in Singapore, Norman Leader will carry…