The January 2021 issue of Ships Monthly is out now, and contains the usual mix of news, reviews and features, with a focus this month of famous liners and cruise ships, with a 12-page cruise focus. Subscribe to the magazine and don’t ever miss an issue.

NEWS

Waterfront – OOCL orders new mega container ships, Evergreen forced to divert its ships from Felixstowe, and a new career for Hurtigruten’s classic ship Lofoten.
Ferry – The first steel has been cut for P&O’s new Channel double-enders, hydrogen fuel tested in Orkney Ferries, and Covid is a threat to Baltic operators.
Cruise – Another cruise line in trouble, Marco Polo heading for pastures new, and an update of the impact of Covid on the industry.
Naval – Missiles megamix for RCN’s Type 26 frigates, HMS Bristol decommissioned, and stealthy new frigates for Japan’s MSDF.
Cargo – World’s first LPG-fuelled Very Large Gas Carrier completed, Easymax multipurpose ship launched, tanker operator TORM buys and sells, and Scorpio sell more bulkers.

LINER SPECIAL

SS UNITED STATES – How one man’s dream to design an American superliner, the SS United States, was turned into reality.
SILVERSEAS – Photographic feature on the cruise ships of Silversea Cruises, a luxury cruise line wholly owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises, whose ships were regular visitors to the Thames before the Covid-19 pandemic.
GRACE LINE SISTERS – Remembering four pioneering American liners, including Santa Rosa and Santa Lucia, which became popular early cruise ships in Greece.

FEATURES

The Big Picture – Details of the new E-Flexer ferry Galicia, which entered service for Brittany Ferries in December, linking Portsmouth and Santander.
Pitcairn Memories – Recollections of Victor H. Young growing up on the remote Pitcairn Island and how a love of ships and photography developed.
Firth of Forth – Profile of the Firth of Forth, which is home to three major ports, six harbours, two oil/gas terminals and several marinas, with a variety of ships coming and going.
Turkish Breaking – A photographic look at some old passenger and cargo vessels ending their days at breaking yards in Turkey.
Greek shipowner – The fleet of classic cargo vessels operated by the Greek Pontikos family’s shipowning dynasty.
HMS Newfoundland – Review of the lengthy career of the Fiji class cruiser HMS Newfoundland, which served with two navies.