SHIPS MONTHLY January 2024
The January 2024 issue of Ships Monthly is out now, just in time for Christmas, and is packed with all the usual news and outstanding articles and features to keep you entertained over the festive season.
Waterfront – The mega cruise ship Icon of the Seas nears completion, historic motor vessel Teal takes time out on Lake Windermere, Boskalis orders new dredger, and Fincantieri invests in its Ancona yard.
Ferry – Spotlight on various new ferries, Wightlink on and off service in the Solent, and Belfast debut for Stena Forwarder.
Cruise – Carnival Panorama goes for repairs, and is Celestyal Olympia to be scrapped?
Newbuild – Hybrid wind energy ships, Future fuels for Finland car carriers, and latest self-discharging bulkers ordered.
Naval – Ice-strengthened corvettes built for Finland, UAE Navy expansion continues, and new USCG cutter makes a splash.
Cargo – New LNG carrier for Knutsen Group, Stolt Group starts fleet renewal programme, and Vale ore carrier gets rotor sails.
Tug news – Tug of the year HaiSea Wamis, Herbert Ballam back to work in Poole, and old Mersey tug finds new home in Greece.
Ships Pictorial – Photos of ships around the world, including at Portsmouth, on the Clyde and at Lerwick.
Stefan Batory and the Polish Ocean Lines – Recounting a transatlantic passage on board Polish Ocean Lines’ liner Stefan Batory in 1984 and the history of the Polish shipping company.
Segwun Profile – The story of Segwun, built in 1887 in Glasgow and currently North America’s oldest coal‑fired vessel in operation.
Channel Ferries – In 1973 more than 40 ferries were operating a wide range of cross-Channel routes, with the focus on Dover, but ports such as Folkestone and Felixstowe were also ferry terminals.
SS Rotterdam and the night the lights went out – A final cruise on Holland America Line’s 1959-built Rotterdam in spring 1997, when the lights actually went out.
Star in Bristol – Remembering Norwegian shipowner J.B.Stang, whose classic cargo ships brought lumber products to UK ports, notably to Bristol, until the 1970s.
Shipspotting – Classic cruise ships remembered by many for their traditional lines and long service careers.
HMS Prince of Wales – The short but eventful career of the battleship HMS Prince of Wales, which hunted Bismarck and patrolled the Med, but was sunk by Japanese air power.
Chartroom – Readers’ pages, including letters, the mystery ship, and reviews of the latest maritime publications and books.