Waterfront

  • WIND POWER: Cargill go fly a kite

    WIND POWER: Cargill go fly a kite

    27th May 2011

    Grain transporter Cargill has signed an agreement with Germany’s SkySails to use wind power technology to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on its ships. Cargill plans to install a 320m2 SkySails kite on one of its handysize vessels, which the company…

  • PORT NEWS: Eventful times in Galway port

    PORT NEWS: Eventful times in Galway port

    27th May 2011

    An investigation is under way into the cause of an accident at Galway Harbour on 7 April in which three men were injured after a cable snapped on a crane which was lifting former Aran Islands ferry Clann na nOilean…

  • NORTH SEA ACCIDENT: Drill platform collision

    NORTH SEA ACCIDENT: Drill platform collision

    27th May 2011

    Production on the Magnus Platform was shut down for approximately 24 hours on 22 April following contact between the Emergency Response and Rescue Vessel (ERRV) Grampian Defender and the installation. Although an investigation into the incident is ongoing, it is…

  • STEAM TUG: Cervia restoration and back in steam

    STEAM TUG: Cervia restoration and back in steam

    19th May 2011

    Hopes have been voiced that the steam tug Cervia, which has been a static exhibit in Ramsgate since 1985, will be back in steam by 2013. The Steam Museum Trust (SMT) has applied for a £1 million grant from the…

  • PADDLE STEAMER: Sicamous in Canada

    PADDLE STEAMER: Sicamous in Canada

    19th May 2011

    Plans have been put forward for a lakeside development which will help to fund the upkeep of the preserved Canadian sternwheel paddle steamer Sicamous. Developer John Vassilaki, together with the SS Sicamous Society, proposes building a marine park, marina and…

  • NEW CRUISE SHIP: It’s a Breeze for Carnival

    NEW CRUISE SHIP: It’s a Breeze for Carnival

    12th May 2011

    Carnival Cruise Lines’ next big ship, the 130,000gt Carnival Breeze, will enter service in June next year, starting with a series of 12-day Mediterranean voyages before repositioning to Miami, Florida in November for year-round six- and eight-day Caribbean departures. Like…

  • NEW FERRY DESIGN: World-first LNG ferry

    NEW FERRY DESIGN: World-first LNG ferry

    4th May 2011

    Australian shipbuilder Incat Tasmania Pty Ltd has announced that the customer for their world-first high-speed passenger ro-ro ship powered by LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) is the South American company Buquebus. The 99m LNG ship was contracted in November 2010 and…

  • NEW LIFEBOAT: Walton’s first for 58 years

    NEW LIFEBOAT: Walton’s first for 58 years

    4th May 2011

    The new 16m Tamar class lifeboat Irene Muriel Rees arrived at her home of Walton and Frinton on 10 April, escorted by her predecessor Kenneth Thelwall II, the Harwich lifeboat Albert Brown and Clacton’s Atlantic 75, as well as the…

  • FERRY: Irish Sea ferry changes

    FERRY: Irish Sea ferry changes

    4th May 2011

    ISLE OF MANIsle of Man Steam Packet, the world’s oldest continuously operating passenger shipping company, has a new owner. An announcement on 8 April confirmed completion of a refinancing operation by a group of banks headed by Portugal’s Banco Espirito…

  • MARINE ACCIDENT: Condor in Collision

    MARINE ACCIDENT: Condor in Collision

    28th April 2011

    On the morning of 28 March Condor Ferries’ 86m Incat catamaran Condor Vitesse collided with the French fishing vessel Les Marquises, in foggy conditions north-west of Chausey, in French waters. The ferry was on a crossing between St Malo and…