The latest packed issue of Ships Monthly is now available, containing news and features

In the news this month:

WATERFRONT News of largest ship to call at Sharpness, the historic vessel Spica to be broken up, photos of the worst tanker disaster in decades, and a new French icebreaker is ready.

FERRY New Brittany Ferries ‘economie’ service, the new ferry W.B. Yeats takes to the water, and an end of DFDS’ Esbjerg terminal era. Russell Plummer

CRUISE Carnival moving ships round the USA, a surprise new order for P&O Cruises, and the 1990-built Voyager finds new work. William Mayes

NAVAL German frigate fails to impress, and a frigate gets wrecked in Caspian Sea. Gary Davies

CARGO Geest Line fleet expansion, Wilson retain old favourites, and first LNG handysizers.

PRESERVATION Balmoral waiting on Lottery bid, refit for cargo ship Likedeeler, and will World War II veteran to be cut in half? Nick Hall

The features:

MAJESTIC PRINCESS Profile of Majestic Princess, Princess Cruises’ new Royal Class flagship designated for the Chinese Market, by Alan Moorhouse.

HURTIGRUTEN Gordon Turner tells the history of the famous Hurtigruten, the Norwegian Coastal Express, which operates a lifeline service along the coast of Norway, and has done so for 125 years.

SHELL AT 125 Jim Shaw marks 125 years of operations by the shipping arm of Royal Dutch Shell, with a look at some of the company’s tankers.

CANTON Profile of P&O Line’s Canton, the last pre-World War II P&O liner, which was in service between 1938 and 1962. Stephen Payne

PORT PANORAMA Is there anywhere better than the busy port of Rotterdam to see ships? Peter Hollands’ photos of some of the many vessels calling there.

HMS BIRMINGHAM Conrad Waters looks at the long career of the Royal Navy Town class cruiser, which played a major role in World War II and outlasted most of her contemporaries.

FINNLINES AT 70 The Finnish shipping company Finnlines has operated in many waters and undergone several ownership changes since it was founded in 1947, as John Pagni explains.