SHIPS MONTHLY November 2023

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



Waterfront – Northern Sea Route gets busier, preserved ships Waverley and Shieldhall put on a show off Bournemouth, delays to plans for Ardrossan port, and End of the Darwin era on the Channel.

Ferry – Revenue boost for Irish Ferries, Millbay ferry terminal expansion plan in Plymouth, two new ships ordered for the Isles of Scilly, and Stena vessels ring the changes.

Cruise – The new cruise ships Explora II and II under construction, shore power for Holland America’s ships, and Ocean Explorer grounded.

News feature – New container ships set to enter service may upset world container rankings in temrs of fleet sizes.

Naval – Testing times ahead for the Royal Navy’s aircraft carriers, Netherlands boosts its strike capabilities, and the Indian Navy’s new frigates.

Cargo – Maersk’s first methanol-powered container ship, biofuels and synthetic fuels entering use in the shipping industry, and Uni-Tankers expands its fleet.

Preservation – Steam tug Forceful to be demolished, funds acquired for restoration of HMS Unicorn in Dundee, and the historic tug William C. Daldy is facing uncertain future.

Ships Pictorial – Photos of ships around the world, including at Invergordon, Southampton, Rafina and on the Thames.



Celebrity Beyond – Andy Hernandez recently sailed on Celebrity Cruises’ current flagship, Celebrity Beyond, and offers an insight into what she has to offer.

Atlantic ferry – On board Smyril Line’s ferry Norröna, which has been in service on the North Atlantic for two decades.

Maritime Mosaic – A range of impressive cruise ferries, at the forefront of new technologies, operates in the Baltic and Scandinavia.

Seatrain – Seatrain was a pioneering Tyne-built cargo ship and an ancestor of all the container ships sailing today.

Aberdeen new port – The new Aberdeen South Harbour was officially opened by the Princess Royal on 22 September.

Battle class destroyers – A photographic review of the Battle class, which can be seen as the Royal Navy’s ultimate World War II destroyer design.

Great Lakers – The ships which operate round the Great Lakes of America and Canada.

A post-war trampship – The eventful career of the Copenhagen-built cargo ship Marlin II. Malcolm Cranfield

Shipspotting – The state-owned Jadrolinija company operates a fleet of more than 50 vessels and maintains regular services using a wide variety of ferries.

Chartroom – Readers’ pages, including topical letters, the mystery ship and the latest maritime publications.


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