Ships Monthly February 2024 issue out now

SHIPS MONTHLY February 2024

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


Waterfront – Ferry to flotel for Baltic veteran ferry Isabelle, Aranui 5 set to cruise with cargo, new names announced for Cal Mac’s latest ferries, and giant cruise ship Icon of the Seas launched by Meyer Werft at Turku.

Ferry – Services out of Rosslare and Dublin expanded, new ferry Finncanopus completed, and new Mersey ferry to be built on the Mersey.

Cruise – Ambition out of service for a second time, three new ships named and enter service, and what next for operator Life at Sea?

Naval – New offshore ‘Patrouilleurs’ built for French Navy, Portugal’s Multi-functional Naval Platform to be built by Damen, and submarine milestone for Spain.

Cargo – Hapag-Lloyd takes first SFL vessel, first caller at the new London Scrap Terminal, and container carrier CMA CGM builds up its fleet.

Big Picture – The former Cunard transatlantic passenger liner Queen Mary at Long Beach.

Ships Pictorial – Photos of ships around the world, including on the Thames, the Clyde and the Scheldt, in the Solent and at Oban and Auckland.


Isle of Innisfree – A look back over the varied career of the cross-Channel veteran Isle of Innisfree, which began her career in the 1990s and has had no fewer than ten names.

Channel Ferries – Part Two of the 1973 survey looking back at the Channel historic ferries running to Europe out of the ports of Harwich, Felixstowe, Newhaven, Southampton and Folkestone, featuring unique line drawings.

Line Astern in Lagos – A visit to Nigeria to photograph ships anchored off Lagos, where three familiar ships were seen ‘line astern’.

Maritime Mosaic – Photographs of some of the warships which have visited the Thames and London over the past couple of years.

Ocean Nova – The story of Ocean Nova, the ‘small but mighty’ expedition vessel now used for polar travel, but which started life as a coastal ferry.

Panama Canal –  Colour postcards of some of the ships transiting the Panama Canal during the last century, from warships to liners.

Shipspotting – Photographs of shipping passing the busy Dutch port of Terneuzen.

HMS Courageous – The aircraft carrier Courageous was the first major British warship to be sunk during the early weeks of World War II, and, tragically, many lives were lost.

Bridge Visit – Interview with the captain of the historic paddle steamer Waverley.

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