Ships Monthly April 2024 issue out now


The April 2024 issue of Ships Monthly is out now, and is packed with all the usual news and outstanding articles and features.


Waterfront – Furetank orders more Vinga tankers, Chemship and EPS look to sails, hunting for unexploded ordnance on the seabed, and former Mersey ferry is set for new role.

Ferry – Glen Sannox finally starts trials, Stena begins Liverpool-Dublin freight link, and Harland & Wolff plans Scillies route.

Cruise – Royal Caribbean’s epic world cruise of 274 days, more mega ships on the way, one named and one ordered by Carnival, and Norwegian Dawn denied entry. William Mayes

Naval – Substitute aircraft carrier saves the day, France’s refurbished frigates return, and Russia’s Black Sea losses grow.

Cargo – World’s box fleet reaches 30 million TEU in capacity, bulker converted to juice carrier, and James Fisher orders more product tankers.

Newbuild – NYK orders twin-engined LNG carriers, eight energy efficiency bulkers in build, and world’s first ammonia-powered boxboat.

Ships Pictorial – Photos of ships around the world, including at Southampton, Rostock, Belfast and Oban.


Pont-Aven at 20 – George Holland looks back over the first two decades of service given by Brittany Ferries’ flagship cruise ferry Pont-Aven.

Blue Funnel P Class liners – The careers of Blue Funnel’s ‘P’ class ships, which were a groundbreaking design in the 1960s, but which soon became redundant as a result of the container revolution.

North Channel – Russell Plummer describes half a century of ferry travel on the Irish Sea’s North Channel, between Stranraer and Cairnryan in Scotland, and Belfast and Larne in Northern Ireland.

RNLI at 200 – A look back at two centuries of voluntary life-saving by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, which marked this notable anniversary in March.

Maritime Mosaic – John Pagni turns back the clock with photographs of some of the fast craft which once operated from Helsinki to Tallinn.

Italian Navy – Conrad Waters reviews the growing capabilities of Italy’s Marina Militare and an assessment of the strength of its current fleet.

Chilean Lines – The careers of the liners Aconcagua and Teno, which were built a century ago for the Chilean Line and later served as troopships during World War II. Tomás Atria Mellado

Shipspotting – Photo feature showing the yellow-hulled car carriers owned by the Grimaldi Group. 

Ships Monthly April 2024
Ships Monthly April 2024
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