Ships Monthly February 2022 issue

The latest issue of Ships Monthly is out now, and is packed with all the usual news and features, including an outstanding article looking at Cunard’s Canadian quartet of liners Saxonia, Ivernia, Carinthia and Sylvania, a focus on Fred. Olsen’s new pair of cruise ships and a profile of the US Navys Landing Helicopter Assault ship USS Tarawa.


Waterfront – China Navigation becomes Swire Shipping, end of road for old ferries, first bulk carrier at Tilbury2, and World’s largest ethane carrier.

Ferry – European Seaway heads off to the Black Sea, Isle of Innisfree enters service at Dover for Irish Ferries, and CalMac welcomes the small ferry Loch Frisa.

Cruise – Big clean-up programme for NCL, latest impact of Covid-19 on cruising, and Carnival Radiance resumes service.

Naval – Arafura takes to the water, keel laid of first FDI frigate, EU warship gets the go-ahead, and Italian Navy repeats order for tanker.

Cargo – Scot Carrier in collision in the Baltic, Maersk’s new design for boxboats, Costamare expands fleet, and Thailand’s RCL goes for bigger ships.


Bolette & Borealis – Feed. Olsen’s new pair make good first impression. Russell Plummer introduces the former Holland America Cruise Line sisters, now part of the Fred. Olsen Cruise operation and covering varied itineraries from Southampton and Liverpool as Bolette and Borealis.

Canadian Quartet – The history of Cunard’s four Saxonia class liners built for the Canadian service that went on to have successful cruising careers.

Holland I Submarine – Marking the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Holland Gallery at Gosport in which the pioneering submarine can be seen.

The ‘Book’ ships – Overview of the various passenger vessels that have been operated by the German-based charity Gute Bücher für Alle.

Ferries to Texel – The highly efficient ferry operation linking the island of Texel with Den Helder in the Netherlands.

The last Doxford engined ship – A look at the history of the famous Doxford engine as the last Doxford-powered ship goes to the breakers.

Maritime Mosaic – The shortsea operator Wilson operates a fleet of 126 coasters, all regular callers to UK ports, and this photo feature showcases some of Wilson’s ships.

USS Tarawa – Profile of the US Navy’s impressive Landing Helicopter Assault ship USS Tarawa.

Aberdeen shipspotting – The port of Aberdeen is an excellent place to see ships, with anchor handlers and supply ships packing the harbour, and many good vantage points for the ship photographer.

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