News

  • 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…

  • 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…