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  • OFFSHORE VESSEL: Modified for standby

    OFFSHORE VESSEL: Modified for standby

    8th August 2011

    An unusual visitor to the port of Sunderland during April was the offshore tug/supply vessel Seacor Achiever (2003/1,951gt, pictured above). Previously operated by Seacor Offshore MI Ltd of Fort Lauderdale, USA, the 1,800dwt Marshall Islands-flagged vessel arrived at Sunderland to…

  • TUG NEWS: Veteran still going strong

    TUG NEWS: Veteran still going strong

    3rd August 2011

    The former Shetland ferry Kjella, now based in Spain, is still going strong 54 years after being built and having spent her entire career under the same name, which is a Norwegian dialect word meaning ‘the girl’. The 27m vessel…

  • US MERCHANT NAVY: Cadets train in Pacific

    US MERCHANT NAVY: Cadets train in Pacific

    3rd August 2011

    In June the training ship Golden Bear, carrying 250 cadets and operated by the California Maritime Academy, visited ports in Australia and New Zealand during an extended South Pacific training cruise. It is some time since a ship from the…

  • NEW LIFEBOAT: First Ireland Tamar named by President

    NEW LIFEBOAT: First Ireland Tamar named by President

    27th July 2011

    The first of the new 16m Tamar class lifeboats to serve in Ireland was named and dedicated at the busy fishing port of Kilmore Quay in Wexford by the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, at a ceremony on 15 June…

  • RO-RO FERRY: Heaviest cargo ever

    RO-RO FERRY: Heaviest cargo ever

    27th July 2011

    What is believed to be the heaviest cargo ever carried by Brittany Ferries, and certainly the heaviest handled by the ro-ro freighter Cotentin (2007/22,542gt) and the Port of Poole, arrived at the Dorset port from Cherbourg on the morning of…

  • FERRY LINK: New terminal for Gosport

    FERRY LINK: New terminal for Gosport

    27th July 2011

    After a number of unseasonal weather-related delays, Gosport Borough Council took delivery of its brand-new covered linkspan and pontoon on 22 June. The £5 million glass and metal structure, fabricated by Ravestein in Deest, Netherlands, was delivered on a crane…

  • FISHING VESSEL: Trawlers in London

    FISHING VESSEL: Trawlers in London

    27th July 2011

    From 6 to 12 June the state-of-the-art pelagic Peterhead trawler Lunar Bow (PD265) was moored alongside HMS Belfast. The visit was timed to coincide with Seafarers’ Awareness Week, whichwas organised by the Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen and…

  • NEW CRUISE SHIP: Costa’s latest launched in Venice

    NEW CRUISE SHIP: Costa’s latest launched in Venice

    27th July 2011

    Costa Cruises’ new flagship was delivered by Fincantieri’s Marghera Shipyard in June. Costa Favolosa, the 15th vessel in Costa Cruises’ fleet, is 114,500gt and has a capacity of 3,800 guests making her the largest cruise ship flying the Italian flag.…

  • IRELAND FERRIES: Last minute reprieve for Donegal ferry

    IRELAND FERRIES: Last minute reprieve for Donegal ferry

    27th July 2011

    There was uncertainty as to whether the summer-only Lough Swilly ferry service between Rathmullen and Buncrana would operate this season. At the last minute funding was made available through Donegal County Council, and Jim McClenaghan, managing director of the Lough…

  • SHIP ACCIDENT: Container ship capsizes

    SHIP ACCIDENT: Container ship capsizes

    27th July 2011

    On 11 June the German-owned Antigua and Barbuda-flagged container feeder ship Deneb (1994/3,992gt, 508TEU) capsized in the port of Algeciras while loading containers alongside the Juan Carlos I Quay at the port’s AP Maersk Terminal. Despite the extensive damage to…