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  • End of 2019 Cruise Season for Portland Port

    End of 2019 Cruise Season for Portland Port

    28th November 2019

    Portland Port’s 2019 cruise season saw the largest number of cruise calls and passengers to date. The season began in April with three consecutive inaugural calls from Costa Mediterranea, Pullmantur Zenith and Crown Princess. In fact the Port had 11…

  • Changes to Poole’s ferry fleet

    Changes to Poole’s ferry fleet

    26th November 2019

    During November and December Incat 87m Condor Rapide (1997/5,007gt) took over high-speed UK-Channel Island sailings while Austal 102m Condor Liberation (2010/6,307gt) was overhauled at Falmouth. Between 24 November and the end of the year the Poole-Cherbourg route was maintained by…

  • Damen repeat order from BC Ferry Services

    Damen repeat order from BC Ferry Services

    24th November 2019

    BC Ferries has awarded Damen Shipyards Group with a repeat order of four additional Damen Road Ferries 8117 E3, also known as Island class vessels. The diesel-electric hybrid ferries follow two such vessels that the client ordered from Damen back…

  • MSC Grandiosa arrives in Southampton for an extended stay

    MSC Grandiosa arrives in Southampton for an extended stay

    21st November 2019

    On Tuesday 11 November 2019 the port of Southampton welcomed MSC Cruises’ newest flagship the brand new MSC Grandiosa on her inaugural visit to the UK’s premier cruise port. Just two days after she was christened in Hamburg, she visited…

  • Stena Line takes delivery oF Irish Sea-bound ferry

    Stena Line takes delivery oF Irish Sea-bound ferry

    19th November 2019

    Ferry company Stena Line has officially taken ownership of its newest ferry Stena Estrid following a handover ceremony at the AVIC Weihai Shipyard in north-western China. The first of five next generation Stena Line RoPax vessels that are currently being…

  • Handover celebration for thirteen Damen tugs

    Handover celebration for thirteen Damen tugs

    18th November 2019

    On 20 October 2019 a handover ceremony was held at Albwardy Damen, in Sharjah, UAE, marking Damen’s delivery of 13 tugs to Jawar Al Khaleej Shipping. The tugs will be operated at various offshore terminals in Iraq, in a joint cooperation…

  • Concordia Damen wins Ship of the Year

    Concordia Damen wins Ship of the Year

    16th November 2019

    Inland shipping vessel Sendo Liner, built by Concordia Damen, has won the prestigious KNVTS Ship of the Year 2019 Maritime Award. The award jury highlighted the vessel’s ‘future-proof’ propulsion configuration (diesel-electric supplemented with a battery pack) as a crucial factor…

  • Positive feedback from first X-BOW expedition cruise vessel

    Positive feedback from first X-BOW expedition cruise vessel

    14th November 2019

    The first ULSTEIN X-BOW® polar cruise vessel, Greg Mortimer, is about to set off for her first Antarctica expedition, and will cross the notorious Drake Passage on 1 November. The X-BOW® feature reduces the slamming in head seas. This was…

  • Damen Marine rudder a hit with Coastal Transportation

    Damen Marine rudder a hit with Coastal Transportation

    10th November 2019

    A recent project by Damen Marine Components has been a big hit with the customer. The project involved the retrofit of a new rudder that delivered performance improvements exceeding the expectations of the ship’s owner and captain. The vessel involved…

  • December 2019 issue of Ships Monthly out now

    December 2019 issue of Ships Monthly out now

    8th November 2019

    The latest Ships Monthly is now out. Buy it from Kelsey Media. Features cover the following: QE2 in Dubai – More than a decade after Queen Elizabeth 2 finished her Cunard service, she is now a static hotel in Dubai,…