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  • 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…

  • Out with the old

    Out with the old

    7th January 2011

    At the beginning of the year Poole’s first ro-ro ferry linkspan was removed for scrap to enable future development at the Dorset port. Opened in 1973 for use by Truckline sailingsto Cherbourg, the 7m wide linkspan was originally provided with…

  • Ships Monthly Now Owned by Kelsey Publishing Ltd

    5th January 2011

    Ships Monthly, the leading international shipping magazine, is now owned by Kelsey Publishing Group, based in Kent. The magazine will continue to be published with its high quality content and photography maintained. But the on sale date will change, and…

  • General Dynamics Electric Boat gets US Navy Contract

    General Dynamics Electric Boat gets US Navy Contract

    4th January 2011

    Navy awards General Dynamics US$401 million for Nuclear Submarine support work The US Navy has awarded a US$400.6 million contract to General Dynamics Electric Boat to provide planning yard work, engineering and technical support for nuclear submarines. Electric Boat is…