Ships Monthly November 2020 issue out now

Ships Monthly November 2020 issue is out now, with a main feature on the Royal Navy’s well known aircraft carriers HMS Illustrious.

To get your copy, visit the Kelsey website.

WATERFRONT – In the news, details of Celebrity Apex arriving at Southampton, the numerous ships damaged in the Beirut blast, and Wallenius developing a Wind Ship for carrying cargo.

FERRY – P&O Ferries announce the closure of the Hull-Zeebrugge service, 200 Condor Ferries staff to go, details of Glen Sannox’s three-week dry docking, and a new vessel celebration for DFDS Seaways.

CRUISE – Fred. Olsen veterans leave the fleet, keel-laying for a new Minerva, and details of which companies have started cruising again.

NAVAL – HMS Hermes/INS Viraat goes to the breakers, HMS Queen Elizabeth sails with task force, and Canadian frigate care package.

CARGO – HMM’s dozen mega-ships, four new ethane carriers ordered, APL name disappears into CMA CGM, and life extension for trailing suction hopper dredger Heortnesse.

PRESERVATION – The impact of Coronavirus on ship preservation, paddlers in Germany and Switzerland, and the old puffer Spartan opened to the public in Irvine.

NEWS FEATURE – As A.P. Moller-Maersk Group is set to merge Safmarine into the Maersk fleet, we look back at Safmarine’s history and recall some of their well‑known ships.



PASSAGE TO PELNI A voyage on two ships operated by Pelni, the Indonesian state ferry system, whose routes span the Indonesian archipelago.

BIG PICTURE Pioneering Spirit, the largest vessel in the world, at the port of Vlissingen. Flying Focus


A look back at Royal Caribbean’s heritage, its growth and pioneering mega-ships over half a century of operations.

MARITIME MOSAIC Photo feature of the busy Irish Sea freight and passenger ferry scene.

HMS ILLUSTRIOUS Remembering two famous 20th century Royal Navy aircraft carriers which both carried the name HMS Illustrious and gave outstanding service.

SHIPS PICTORIAL Photos of ships around the world, including at Southampton, Poole, Hobart, Malta, Netherlands Antilles and on the Thames.

STEAM TUGS IN SOUTH AFRICA Steam-powered tugs operated in the ports and harbours of South Africa, as photographed by Durban-based Trevor Jones.

LAID UP IN THE FAL Photos of historic ships laid up in Carrick Roads, in the estuary of the River Fal, at the end of their careers.


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