• BALMORAL: Itinerary blighted again

    BALMORAL: Itinerary blighted again

    29th September 2011

    Waverley Excursion’s Balmoral has again had her south coast itineraries disrupted by bad weather around the south-west tip of England, which delayed the vessel’s passage from the Bristol Channel and resulted in the cancellation of the Bridport (West Bay)-Yarmouth and…

  • CARGO VESSEL: Tyne record-breaker

    CARGO VESSEL: Tyne record-breaker

    29th September 2011

    The 87,052dwt bulker Alam Penting broke records when she arrived on the Tyne from New Orleans on 4 August. At 229m long, the ship is the largest cargo vessel ever to berth at the Port of Tyne, and carried 75,000…

  • SHIP WRECKED: Cargo ship wrecked off South Africa

    SHIP WRECKED: Cargo ship wrecked off South Africa

    29th September 2011

    In late July the 18,000-tonne oil products tanker Phoenix ran aground about 30 miles from Durban, on South Africa’s east coast. The 34-year-old ship, formerly Consel Pride, was heading from Lagos to scrapping yards in India with a skeleton crew…

  • NEW CRUISE SHIP: MSC Divina floated out at St Nazaire

    NEW CRUISE SHIP: MSC Divina floated out at St Nazaire

    29th September 2011

    It has been confirmed that MSC Cruises’ new flagship, MSC Divina, floated out at the STX France yard in St Nazaire on 3 September, will sail in the Western Mediterranean next summer, offering seven-night cruises from Venice to Bari, Katakolon,…

  • CRUISE SHIPS: Bad weather hits Dover cruise callers

    CRUISE SHIPS: Bad weather hits Dover cruise callers

    29th September 2011

    Southampton hosted a couple of unexpected cruise visitors that had been diverted due to a severe storm that lashed Northwest Europe in September. Both vessels were due to call at Dover on 6 September but were diverted from the port,…

  • ACCIDENT: On the rocks

    ACCIDENT: On the rocks

    29th September 2011

    US-based salvage specialist Donjon Marine managed to lift the 100ft passenger catamaran Royal Miss Belmar off rocks near Great St James Cay in the US Virgin Islands in late August without damaging coral colonies at the site. The catamaran grounded…

  • NEW CRUISE SHIP: Celebrity’s fifth Solstice

    NEW CRUISE SHIP: Celebrity’s fifth Solstice

    29th September 2011

    German shipbuilder Meyer Werft has begun cutting steel for the fifth of Celebrity Cruises’ Solstice class cruise ships, the 3,030-passenger Celebrity Reflection. The 126,000gt vessel will debut in November 2012, following the recently-delivered Celebrity Silhouette. However, Celebrity Reflection will be…

  • ROYAL NAVY: HMS Scott Departs on New Mission

    14th September 2011

    After returning to Plymouth in April for maintenance and helping to celebrate the centenary of the Terra Nova expedition to Antarctica led by Captain Scott, HMS Scott has now left Devonport Naval Base. A hydrographic survey veseel, the ship will…

  • SHIPWRECK: Footage of 1859 Royal Charter to be Shown

    14th September 2011

    When the steam clipper Royal Charter was smashed on the rocks off Anglesey in October 1859 on her return from Melbourne, 459 passengers and crew went down with her. The ship, laden with gold, was shipwrecked by a force 12…

  • OFFICER CADETS: ‘Wishing Bell’ at Greenock

    OFFICER CADETS: ‘Wishing Bell’ at Greenock

    31st August 2011

    A 19th bell once used in foggy conditions to aid Clyde steamers using the Glasgow and South Western Railway’s Princes Pier has been unveiled as the latest feature of the £250,000 development of Greenock Ocean Terminal’s cruise facility, close to…


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