• PORT NEWS: New berths now open

    PORT NEWS: New berths now open

    29th September 2011

    During late July the new Berths 8 and 9 at the Port of Felixstowe were commissioned, and the new container ship MSC Kalina made her maiden call at the new terminal. Both of Mediterranean Shipping Company’s flagship Asia-Europe services, the…

  • ENGLISH CHANNEL: New blades for Dunkirk trio

    ENGLISH CHANNEL: New blades for Dunkirk trio

    29th September 2011

    DFDS is investing in new propeller blades for the three ferries in service between Dover and Dunkirk with the aim of reducing bunker consumption and environmental impact. Built in South Korea by Samsung, Dunkerque Seaways (2005), Delft Seaways (2006) and…

  • US NAVY: Tandem dry docking

    US NAVY: Tandem dry docking

    29th September 2011

    In an effort to save both time and money, the US Navy awarded a $17 million contract to the NASSCO shipyard at San Diego, California this year to upgrade two of its frigates simultaneously on the yard’s 825ft by 135ft…

  • BALMORAL: Itinerary blighted again

    BALMORAL: Itinerary blighted again

    29th September 2011

    Waverley Excursion’s Balmoral has again had her south coast itineraries disrupted by bad weather around the south-west tip of England, which delayed the vessel’s passage from the Bristol Channel and resulted in the cancellation of the Bridport (West Bay)-Yarmouth and…

  • ISLE OF WIGHT: Wight Ryder service disrupted

    ISLE OF WIGHT: Wight Ryder service disrupted

    29th September 2011

    Engine troubles with Wight Ryder II (pictured) meant cancellations and changes to Wightlink’s Portsmouth-Ryde passenger service in late August. Solent and Wight Line’s Solent Cat (2000/74gt) was chartered to cover some sailings, with her crossings taking a few minutes longer…

  • Aground at Littlehampton

    Aground at Littlehampton

    29th September 2011

    On 17 August Alderney Shipping’s small coaster Mungo (1980/664gt) was stranded on the east training wall at the entrance to Littlehampton harbour when arriving with a cargo of aggregates. The Coastguard rescue team, lifeboats from Littlehampton and Shoreham Harbour, and…

  • CARGO VESSEL: Tyne record-breaker

    CARGO VESSEL: Tyne record-breaker

    29th September 2011

    The 87,052dwt bulker Alam Penting broke records when she arrived on the Tyne from New Orleans on 4 August. At 229m long, the ship is the largest cargo vessel ever to berth at the Port of Tyne, and carried 75,000…

  • CARNIVAL CORPORATION: Carnival orders for Europe

    CARNIVAL CORPORATION: Carnival orders for Europe

    29th September 2011

    Carnival Corporation is ordering three new ships for two of its European-based brands. Costa Cruises is getting a 132,000gt 3,700-passenger ship from Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard near Venice, while a Memorandum of Agreement has been signed with Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries…

  • TANKERS: Trading imbalance

    TANKERS: Trading imbalance

    29th September 2011

    The new container feeder vessel Samskip Innovator (2011/7,852gt) has begun operating on the container service from Hull to Rotterdam, working opposite the 217TEU Geest Trader (1995/2,899gt) on a service operated by Samskip. However, while both had almost a full complement…

  • SHIP WRECKED: Cargo ship wrecked off South Africa

    SHIP WRECKED: Cargo ship wrecked off South Africa

    29th September 2011

    In late July the 18,000-tonne oil products tanker Phoenix ran aground about 30 miles from Durban, on South Africa’s east coast. The 34-year-old ship, formerly Consel Pride, was heading from Lagos to scrapping yards in India with a skeleton crew…