The August 2023 issue of Ships Monthly is out now, and is packed with all the usual news and outstanding articles and features.


Waterfront – The Isle of Man Steam Packet’s new Manxman reaches home, Sheerness freight service moves to Tilbury, Ipswich handles a million tonnes, and special spotlight on the latest environmental technology.

Ferry – New vessel on the Channel triggers P&O fleet changes, Brittany Ferries’ passenger carryings improve, and a busy time for Stena Nordica which is heading for Rosslare.

Cruise – Viking Line expansion continues with the new Viking Saturn, Blue Sapphire cruises suspends operations, and new ship for the French market.

Naval – Stirling begins work for RFA, remote control tests at sea prove successful, and new drive for the Spanish Navy’s flagship.

Cargo – Maersk to convert boxboats to methanol, Hapag-Lloyd sends three ships for recycling, and the first VLCCs of the year for Hound Point.

Newbuild – ONE’s first Megamax boxship completed, methanol-ready icebreaker built for Sweden, and Canada’s Polar explorer set for 2030.

News Features – The National Historic Ships UK announce the flagships for 2023, and international rescuers gather in Rotterdam for their international quadrennial conference.



Oscar Wilde – Profile of the latest addition to the expanding fleet operated by Irish Ferries, the former Baltic ferry Star has been renamed and recently entered service on the Irish Sea.

Balmoral profile – Bringing the story of Fred. Olsen’s much-loved British‑based cruise vessel Balmoral up to date.

HMS Albion – Two eventful years in the career of the Royal Navy’s light fleet carrier HMS Albion, after she had been converted from an aircraft carrier to a commando carrier.

Big Picture – The former Elder Dempster liner Apapa, operating as Taipooshan, anchored off Singapore in the 1970s.

Maritime Mosaic – Ships pictured on the Clyde from the Erskine Bridge in the 1980s and 1990s.

Samskip – The history and current operations of Samskip, which was founded in Iceland in 1990, and is a leading operator in the European shortsea trades.

German ships trading to the Levante – A history of German shipping companies trading to the Eastern Mediterranean, mainly Atlas-Levante Linie and Deutsche Nah Ost Linie, and outstanding photos of some of the ships they operated.

Shipspotting – Photo feature looking at cable layers at work.

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