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  • NAVAL TRAINING: Brasil comes to London

    NAVAL TRAINING: Brasil comes to London

    29th September 2011

    The Brazilian training ship NE Brasil visited London in September, arriving at HMS Belfast on 16 September and departing five days later. The visit was part of an annual training passage for cadets to enable them to put into practice…

  • AUSTRALIA: Curtains for Kanimbla

    AUSTRALIA: Curtains for Kanimbla

    29th September 2011

    Defence, the Australian government department, has decided to call time on the amphibious ship HMAS Kanimbla due to concerns over her seaworthiness. The decision to decommission was made following an assessment of her materiel state after the ship was withdrawn…

  • DOVER STRAIT: Rival bids for SeaFrance

    DOVER STRAIT: Rival bids for SeaFrance

    29th September 2011

    The joint DFDS/Louis Dreyfus Armateurs’ take-over initiative for SeaFrance is one of three bids to be considered in Paris towards the end of October, the others coming from the troubled Calais-Dover operator’s main staff union CFDT and a little-known French…

  • ROYAL NAVY: A piece of the puzzle

    ROYAL NAVY: A piece of the puzzle

    29th September 2011

    A&P Tyne has delivered on the first part of its £55 million contract for the QEC project. The construction of Centre Block 03, part of the hangar and flight deck structure, was completed five weeks ahead of schedule. The module,…

  • IRISH FERRY NEWS: Holyhead link’s winter shut down

    IRISH FERRY NEWS: Holyhead link’s winter shut down

    29th September 2011

    Stena Line’s Irish Sea Central Corridor high-speed link between Holyhead and Dun Laoghaire is switching to seasonal operation, with no sailings after the HSS 1500 catamaran Stena Explorer finished advertised 2011 sailings on 15 September, until a still-to-be confirmed 2012…

  • DOVER-CALAIS: Channel ro-ro laid up

    DOVER-CALAIS: Channel ro-ro laid up

    29th September 2011

    P&O Ferries took Dover-Calais freight vessel European Seaway (1999/22,986gt) out of service on 30 September. The company explained: ‘This commercial decision will help us better match capacity to current levels of freight demand in the Short Sea sector, pending the…

  • MILITARY SEALIFT: First for Dickie Byrd

    MILITARY SEALIFT: First for Dickie Byrd

    29th September 2011

    The Military Sealift Command’s dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Richard E. Byrd has become the first US Navy ship to visit Cam Ranh Bay for 38 years. During a week-long stay the 42,674-tonne Lewis and Clark class vessel underwent restorative maintenance…

  • 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…