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  • 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…

  • PRESERVED TUG: Calshot moves house

    PRESERVED TUG: Calshot moves house

    28th April 2011

    The tug tender Calshot (pictured at 42 Berth) has moved to a permanent new home in Southampton. After 12 years alongside a busy ro-ro jetty, the 1929-built vessel has been moved to a new position near Town Quay. It is…

  • ROLL-ON ROLL-OFF: Scrapping of Russian ro-ros accelerates

    ROLL-ON ROLL-OFF: Scrapping of Russian ro-ros accelerates

    28th April 2011

    Since publication of the article Soviet Workhorses (see SM, Nov 2009), the scrapping of the one-time class of 22 Leningrad-built ro-ro vessels has accelerated sharply, with only two of 11 vessels then remaining not having been scrapped in the last…

  • DISASTER RESCUE: US Navy assists Japan after quake and tsunami

    DISASTER RESCUE: US Navy assists Japan after quake and tsunami

    28th April 2011

    US Navy ships helped search for survivors in the Pacific Ocean after Japan’s massive earthquake in March while several commercial vessels were swept aground and others told to steam far out to sea to escape floating debris, including complete houses.…

  • OFFSHORE SUPPLY: Offshore marriage

    OFFSHORE SUPPLY: Offshore marriage

    28th April 2011

    Japan’s Sanko Steamship and the Hellespont Group of Greece have formed Sanko-Hellespont Offshore Management Pte Ltd in Singapore to provide manning and shipmanagement services to their offshore fleets. This includes four 12,250bhp Anchor Handling Tug Supply vessels (AHTS) and four…

  • INJURED CREWMAN: Crewman lifted off

    INJURED CREWMAN: Crewman lifted off

    28th April 2011

    On 19 March a crew member from RMS St Helena was airlifted to hospital by the Portland Coastguard helicopter Rescue 106 after he fell nine feet between two metal containers. The 23-year-old man suffered a broken arm after the accident,…

  • ROYAL NAVY: Astute submarine shooting

    ROYAL NAVY: Astute submarine shooting

    28th April 2011

    Another unwelcome chapter has been added to the short and checkered history of HMS Astute after a serious firearms incident. The nuclear-powered submarine was alongside Southampton during a port visit when two naval officers were shot without warning by an…

  • CONTAINER SHIPS: Hamburg Süd orders boxboats

    CONTAINER SHIPS: Hamburg Süd orders boxboats

    28th April 2011

    German liner operator Hamburg Süd has gone to China’s Shanghai Shipyard for a series of eight new container ships, the first time the company has ordered ships in China. The medium-sized newbuildings have been contracted for at a price of…