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  • TANKERS: Parcel tankers on the up

    TANKERS: Parcel tankers on the up

    23rd March 2011

    It is widely thought within the industry that chemical carriers and specialised tanker operators are now obtaining better freight rates. Norwegian chemical carrier and terminal operator Odfjell reported that rates started to turn for the better during the final quarter…

  • RICKMERS GROUP: Container giants named

    RICKMERS GROUP: Container giants named

    23rd March 2011

    On 17 February two more 13,100TEU container vessels for Rickmers Group were named in Ulsan, Korea. Leo Rickmers and Scorpio Rickmers will come into service for their charterer Maersk Line as Maersk Edmonton and Maersk Elba. Built by Hyundai Heavy…

  • OCEANIA CRUISES: Marina is first newbuild

    OCEANIA CRUISES: Marina is first newbuild

    23rd March 2011

    Oceania Cruises took delivery of its first newbuild, Marina, on 19 January at Fincantieri’s Sestri Ponente shipyard near Genoa. The 66,000gt 1,250-passenger ship is the first of a pair of sisters, with Riviera due to enter service in April 2012…

  • SALVAGE: Large catch off France

    SALVAGE: Large catch off France

    23rd March 2011

    Holland’s towage and salvage specialist Multraship successfully salvaged the fishing trawler Nieuwpoort 28 (N28) in early March after the vessel capsized off Dunkirk with the loss of three of her crew. Multraship mobilised its tug Multratug 18 and its recently…

  • PORT NEWS: Southampton can expand

    PORT NEWS: Southampton can expand

    23rd March 2011

    Associated British Ports (ABP) has received consent from the Marine Management Organisation for the construction of a new quay wall at Berths 201 and 202 in the Port of Southampton. On completion, the redeveloped quay will be 500m in length…

  • CLYDE SERVICES: Gourock-Dunoon decision in June

    CLYDE SERVICES: Gourock-Dunoon decision in June

    23rd March 2011

    Applications to operate the ferry service between Gourock and Dunoon were sought in March after a Scottish Government request for further delay to allow exploration of alternatives, including creation of a community-based operation, was turned down by the European Commission.…

  • SCOTTISH TRIPPING: Rover via the Crinan Canal

    SCOTTISH TRIPPING: Rover via the Crinan Canal

    23rd March 2011

    Clyde Marine Services’ passenger tender Rover will sail north from Greenock, via the scenic Crinan Canal, to the Lochaber area at the end of April 2011 on a four-day Highland Tour.The 1964-built vessel will transit the Crinan Canal and sail…

  • 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…

  • BRITTANY FERRIES: Portsmouth sailings boost

    BRITTANY FERRIES: Portsmouth sailings boost

    23rd March 2011

    Following the start of its new Bilbao service on 27 March, Brittany Ferries will build to a total of more than 40 departures a week from Portsmouth to three destinations in France and two in Spain using five conventional vessels…

  • OFFSHORE PLATFORM: Singapore’s FPSO contract

    OFFSHORE PLATFORM: Singapore’s FPSO contract

    23rd March 2011

    Singapore’s Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd has won a contract to make significant modifications to the FPSO Espadarte for long-time customer Single Buoy Moorings Inc (SBM). The work will be accomplished starting later this year by the company’s Keppel Shipyard…