• 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…

  • NAVAL TRAINING: Brasil comes to London

    NAVAL TRAINING: Brasil comes to London

    29th September 2011

    The Brazilian training ship NE Brasil visited London in September, arriving at HMS Belfast on 16 September and departing five days later. The visit was part of an annual training passage for cadets to enable them to put into practice…

  • IRISH FERRY NEWS: Holyhead link’s winter shut down

    IRISH FERRY NEWS: Holyhead link’s winter shut down

    29th September 2011

    Stena Line’s Irish Sea Central Corridor high-speed link between Holyhead and Dun Laoghaire is switching to seasonal operation, with no sailings after the HSS 1500 catamaran Stena Explorer finished advertised 2011 sailings on 15 September, until a still-to-be confirmed 2012…

  • PORT NEWS: New berths now open

    PORT NEWS: New berths now open

    29th September 2011

    During late July the new Berths 8 and 9 at the Port of Felixstowe were commissioned, and the new container ship MSC Kalina made her maiden call at the new terminal. Both of Mediterranean Shipping Company’s flagship Asia-Europe services, the…

  • 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…

  • 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…