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  • MERCY CRUISE: Cruise of kindness

    MERCY CRUISE: Cruise of kindness

    30th June 2011

    A cruise not so well publicised, and not available to the general public this year, was that of Mitsui OSK Lines’ 1989-built cruise ship Fuji Maru, which journeyed from port to port in northern Japan providing free day-use services, such…

  • HISTORIC SUBMARINE: New home for historic Russian submarine

    HISTORIC SUBMARINE: New home for historic Russian submarine

    30th June 2011

    The Russian Foxtrot class submarine U475, which has been a semi-permanent fixture on the river Medway at Rochester, could soon be moving to a new home at Faversham if ambitious plans come to fruition. The Cold War submarine, built in…

  • CLASSIFICATION: WTIV newbuilds

    CLASSIFICATION: WTIV newbuilds

    8th June 2011

    Germany’s Germanischer Lloyd (GL) has become the leading classification society for Wind Turbine Installation Vessels (WTIVs) after having secured mandates for newbuilding classification on 16 WTIVs being built. These include projects by Swire Blue Ocean and Beluga Hochtief Offshore. Ithas…

  • WINDFARM WORKERS: A&P service Seajacks

    WINDFARM WORKERS: A&P service Seajacks

    1st June 2011

    A&P Falmouth undertook a contract to make two 100-tonne blade racks to hold turbine blades on two ships used for windfarm working. The ships, Seajacks Leviathan and Seajacks Kraken, are to be used to install and maintain the Walney 2…

  • HOVERCRAFT: Hovering around

    HOVERCRAFT: Hovering around

    27th May 2011

    The annual Hovershow is to be held during the last weekend in May, at the Hovercraft Museum’s Daedalus site at Lee-on-Solent in Hampshire, which houses the world’s largest collection of historic and current hovercraft. The 50 commercial, military and private…

  • SMALL CRUISE SHIP: Five-star experience

    SMALL CRUISE SHIP: Five-star experience

    27th May 2011

    Shiplovers and coastal cruising enthusiasts have a one-off opportunity to experience the five-star vessel Hebridean Princess during a five-night private cruise from 24 to 29 February 2012. Originally the MacBrayne car ferry Columba, built in 1964, the vessel has been…

  • NAVAL NEWS: Burial at sea by US Navy

    NAVAL NEWS: Burial at sea by US Navy

    27th May 2011

    The American aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) was the scene of a short and quick burial at sea after a special detachment of US Navy SEALS found and shot Osama bin Laden in Pakistan in early May. According…

  • SINKING: Floatel Jupiter sinks

    SINKING: Floatel Jupiter sinks

    27th May 2011

    The semi-submersible accommodation vessel Floatel Jupiter, housing 713 workers and containing over 2,100 barrels of diesel and kerosene, sank in the Gulf of Mexico in mid-April after a control valve in its port pontoon failed and the pontoon became flooded.…

  • 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…