The March 2023 issue of Ships Monthly is out now, and is packed with all the usual news and outstanding articles and features.



Waterfront – World’s largest zero emissions ferry being built, busy times at the Tranmere oil terminal on the Mersey, Tasmanian twins delivered, and famous RMS St Helena drydocked.

Ferry – P&O Ferries cuts carbon footprint on ferries, latest E-Flexer Santona handed over to Brittany Ferries, and CalMac order new ships from Turkish yard.

Cruise – Ambassador fleet grows with the acquisition of Ambition, another Aida ship set for disposal, and boost for French cruising.

Naval – New ships for Royal Fleet Auxiliary, offshore support vessel acquired for surveillance work, and details of US Navy’s future plans.

Cargo – First boxboat scrapped in two years, Seapeak acquires and rebrands Evergas, and Suez Canal sets record transit figures.

Preservation – Regeneration programme for Wingfield Castle, funds needed for Waverley, and Queen Mary reopened.

News Feature – The motor tug Kent is 75 years old this year, and is a fine example of a successful preservation project, with the historic vessel widely seen around the south coast.


Pandoro history – A look at the ro-ro revolution on the Irish Sea started in the 1970s by Pandoro, and some of the vessels they operated.

Type 21 frigates – Assessment of the Royal Navy’s Type 21 Amazon class frigates, designed in the late 1960s and built in the 1970s.

Nieuw Amsterdam – Having twice sailed aboard Holland America Line’s Nieuw Amsterdam since 2010, Andy Hernandez recently boarded the ship at Vancouver on a seven-night cruise to Alaska.

Big Picture – A liner of many lives, Norddeutscher Lloyd’s 1939-built liner Bremen, pictured in 1971.

Singapore in ’74 – Recalling a trip to Singapore in 1974 to photograph ships in the pre-boxboat era, including many historic conventional cargo vessels.

Chandris Tankers – Although the Chandris family is best known for its passenger liners, in the 1960s the company was one of the first Greek companies to order very large crude carriers.

Maritime Mosaic – Photos of US Navy ships from the annual Fleet Week in San Francisco in early October 2022.

Bou El Mogdad – A trip into the past with a journey aboard the 1950-built passenger vessel Bou el Mogdad, which undertakes leisurely trips down the Senegal River.

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