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  • SHIP SINKING: Cargo ship sinks off Welsh coast

    SHIP SINKING: Cargo ship sinks off Welsh coast

    30th December 2011

    Coastguards and lifeboats braved gale-force conditions in the early hours of 27 November 2011 in an effort to save five seamen after their ship, the 3,150dwt dry cargo vessel Swanland, sank off the North Wales coast. The vessel, loaded with…

  • FRED OLSEN: Holidaymakers Take Action

    FRED OLSEN: Holidaymakers Take Action

    23rd December 2011

    Fred Olsen Cruise Lines are facing legal action from over 100 passengers after an outbreak of the norovirus after a cruise to the Canary Islands on the ship Boudicca. It’s alleged that they picked up the sickness bug during nine…

  • QUARK EXPEDITIONS: Launches Larger Vessel for Antarctic

    QUARK EXPEDITIONS: Launches Larger Vessel for Antarctic

    13th December 2011

    Quark Expeditions, the polar expedition pioneer, has announced a new addition to its fleet. The 189-passenger polar expedition vessel will set sail in November 2012 for the Antarctic 2012-2013 season. Before commencing service with Quark, the ship, currently known as…

  • AGROUND: Vessel runs aground off Greenock

    AGROUND: Vessel runs aground off Greenock

    13th December 2011

    The Dutch-registered ship Encounter has been re-floated and towed back to Ocean Terminal in Greenock after running aground off Greenock on the Firth of Clyde. There was no leakage or cargo breach from the 135m-long container vessel, which has been…

  • HISTORIC LINER: NGL’s Columbus and ‘Billy The Kid’

    HISTORIC LINER: NGL’s Columbus and ‘Billy The Kid’

    6th December 2011

    An odd collection of mementos can be found in the little town of Lincoln, New Mexico in the United States that brings together a famous German ocean liner and a famous American outlaw. The Lincoln museum houses a collection of…

  • Silversea renaming

    Silversea renaming

    29th November 2011

    Silversea Cruise Line have recently renamed their small cruise ship Prince Albert II, which was built as Delphin Clipper in 1989, Silver Explorer, bringing her into line with Silversea’s wishes for their fleet ships all to start with the prefix…

  • New kids on the block

    New kids on the block

    29th November 2011

    All the new ships being delivered this year are sisters of single or multiple units already in service. Disney Fantasy follows Disney Dream (2011) and brings the Disney fleet up to four ships. Riviera is the second of two vessels…

  • Royal Navy comings and goings

    Royal Navy comings and goings

    25th November 2011

    Fresh from tours of duty in the Gulf and off Libya, HMS Iron Duke visited her affiliated city of Hull in November 2011. Arriving on 4 November, the Type 23 frigate was greeted by the Lord Mayor of Kingston upon…

  • NZ’s worst environmental maritime disaster

    NZ’s worst environmental maritime disaster

    25th November 2011

    Investigators were still trying to find out why the laden container ship Rena, owned by Costamare of Greece and being operated for the Mediterranean Shipping Co, ploughed up on a well-marked reef off the New Zealand coast in early October.…

  • Aground in Portland

    Aground in Portland

    25th November 2011

    Coastguards worked to recover the cargo vessel Westwind II from Portland Harbour after she ran aground on 17 October 2011. Portland Coastguard was alerted by Portland Port Control at 2310 after the cargo vessel dragged her anchor and ran aground…