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  • EX CRUISE SHIP: Bore gets permanent home

    EX CRUISE SHIP: Bore gets permanent home

    10th March 2011

    After retiring from active international duty last October due to new SOLAS requirements , the former Kristina Regina has taken up permanent residence on Turku’s river Aura opposite the old Wärtsilä shipyard and next to the square-rigger Suomen Joutsen. New…

  • SOUTHSEA-RYDE: No cuts for Hovertravel

    SOUTHSEA-RYDE: No cuts for Hovertravel

    10th March 2011

    There is no sign of Hovertravel following rivals Wightlink and Red Funnel in making cuts to Isle of Wight fast passenger services. Now the world’s longest running commercial hovercraft operator, Hovertravel carries 70,000 passengers a month between Southsea and Ryde,…

  • ROYAL NAVY: The solidarity show

    ROYAL NAVY: The solidarity show

    10th March 2011

    Brazil is the latest Latin American country to publicly refuse a Royal Navy warship permission to visit one of its ports. A planned call to Rio de Janeiro by the permanent Falkland Islands Protection Vessel, HMS Clyde, was denied in…

  • 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…