• First China ro-pax ferry

    First China ro-pax ferry

    18th February 2015

    China’s Bohai Shipyard has completed the ro-pax ferry San Sha 1 Hao for service between China’s Port of Qinglan, located in Hainan Province, and Yongxing Island, where she will reduce the sailing time between the two ports from 15 to…

  • Sea Wind switches route

    Sea Wind switches route

    3rd February 2015

    Estonian shipper Tallink moved its ro-ro vessel Sea Wind from her current Turku-Långnäs-Stockholm route to the growing Finland-Estonia service on 8January. Tallink said its cruise ferries, Galaxy and Baltic Princess, have capacity to meet demand from Finland’s west coast city…

  • Wellington tugs depart

    Wellington tugs depart

    27th January 2015

    The end of New Zealand service has come for Wellington’s two long-serving tugs Toia and Ngahue. Renamed Delta 200 and Delta 300 respectively, the two veterans departed their former home on 14 November 2014, bound for a new life in…

  • Salvage of bulker starts

    Salvage of bulker starts

    20th January 2015

    Houston-based TITAN salvage expects to have the mid-section of the 151,279dwt bulk carrier Smart removed from Richards Bay, South Africa this month after successfully salvaging and scuttling the ship’s bow section in December 2014. The Panamanian-flagged vessel was carrying a…

  • Eco warriors on the march

    Eco warriors on the march

    14th January 2015

    Flying the Netherlands flag and operated by ‘eco warriors’ Sea Shepherd, Sam Simon departed Wellington, New Zealand on 9 December 2014 to seek out commercial fishing operators poaching stocks of the Patagonian Toothfish from Antarctic waters. Sam Simon, with a…

  • Fire sweeps through Norman Atlantic

    Fire sweeps through Norman Atlantic

    14th January 2015

    More than 400 passengers and crew members were hoisted off blazing Italian ferry Norman Atlantic in a 36-hour rescue operation involving Greek, Albanian and mainly Italian helicopters after a fire started on the vehicle deck of the 26,904gt vessel on…

  • Tragic start to the new year

    Tragic start to the new year

    14th January 2015

    The turn of the year proved to be tragic period for the shipping industry with three serious incidents within a week causing at least 19 fatalities. The major fire on board Norman Atlantic (see page 7) was followed by the…

  • UPGRADE WORK: Major upgrade for Seawell

    UPGRADE WORK: Major upgrade for Seawell

    6th January 2015

    After having successfully docked and repaired MSV Well Enhancer earlier in the year, Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen, part of Damen Shiprepair & Conversion, undertook another major upgrade during November 2014, this time of the Aberdeen-registered light well intervention/dive support vessel MSV…

  • REMEMBRANCE: German frigate comes to Leith

    REMEMBRANCE: German frigate comes to Leith

    30th December 2014

    Commanding Officer Ivo Schneider of the German frigate Brandenburg (pictured), fellow officers and men made history when they attended the service of Remembrance at Edinburgh’s St Giles Cathedral on Remembrance Sunday, 8 November 2014. This was the first time representatives…

  • NEWBUILD: First to be ready for LNG

    NEWBUILD: First to be ready for LNG

    30th December 2014

    On 27 November 2014 United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) named the first ever LNG-ready ultra-large container vessel. Sajir is the first vessel in UASC’s current newbuilding programme, which comprises 17 of the world’s most eco-efficient vessels. With a capacity of…

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