The latest issue of Ships Monthly is out now, and as usual it is packed with news and in-depth features, including a focus on the ever changing ferry scene in the Irish Sea, The sinking of the warship General Belgrano, the classic liner Doulos and her long and varied career, and Maston Line’s famous ships.

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NEWS

Waterfront – Pride of Burgundy returns to the Channel, Evergreen Line expands its fleet, and cars and passengers down and freight up for Northlink.

Ferry – North Sea pair Pride of York and Pride of Bruges sold to Italy, and Normandie Express back in service as Condor Voyager.

Cruise – Latest on cruising restarts in UK and worldwide, P&O’s Iona finally enters service, and the last Hong Kong gambling ship.

Naval – HMS Trenchant returns home to Devonport, France’s Naval Group delivers two warships, and Indonesia sub sinks.

Cargo – Oldendorff completes fleet modernisation, Grindrod Shipping sells tankers, and merger creates giant tanker operator.

News Feature – The  latest efforts by the shipping industry to use cleaner energy, ranging from alternative fuels to wind and solar power.

FEATURES

Irish Sea ferries – How the ferry companies responded to the changing freight market that Brexit brought to the Irish Sea in 2021. David Fairclough

RN Task Force – The UK’s Carrier Strike Group, led by HMS Queen Elizabeth, departed Portsmouth on 1 May, with thousands of people watching.

Doulos profile – The classic liner Doulos was in service for an impressive 95 years. Built in 1914, she was withdrawn in 2009, and is now operating as a hotel ship in Bintan.

Maritime Mosaic – The port of Portland in Dorset welcomed back cruise ships in May. Paul Dallaway

Matson’s famous liners – A look profile of America’s longest serving liners, Mariposa, Monterey and Lurline, which enjoyed careers lasting up to 60 years.