Waterfront

  • OFFSHORE PLATFORM: Singapore’s FPSO contract

    OFFSHORE PLATFORM: Singapore’s FPSO contract

    23rd March 2011

    Singapore’s Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd has won a contract to make significant modifications to the FPSO Espadarte for long-time customer Single Buoy Moorings Inc (SBM). The work will be accomplished starting later this year by the company’s Keppel Shipyard…

  • CABLE LAYING: Cable company collapses

    CABLE LAYING: Cable company collapses

    23rd March 2011

    Polar Prince (1999/6,951gt), the Norwegian-owned and managed OSV chartered by Subocean, was impounded at Harwich in late January when the Aberdeen-based company collapsed. The 94m DP2 vessel had been specially adapted to lay power cables at windfarm sites and was…

  • VEHICLE CARRIERS: Design changes in the wind

    VEHICLE CARRIERS: Design changes in the wind

    23rd March 2011

    Car carriers have traditionally been known as the ‘ugly ships’ of the maritime trades because of their boxy profiles. However, change is coming, as evidenced by the new car carrier City of St Petersburg, which was recently introduced by Nissan…

  • TRIP BOATS: Changes to Dorset scene

    TRIP BOATS: Changes to Dorset scene

    23rd March 2011

    After 110 years’ association with Bournemouth, the Belles pleasure boats will no longer be such a familiar sight at the south coast resort. The boats’ operators, Dorset Cruises, failed to win the licence to operate from the town’s pier after…

  • FREIGHT RO-ROs: Cobelfret’s extra deck

    FREIGHT RO-ROs: Cobelfret’s extra deck

    23rd March 2011

    The final pair of a six vessel Cobelfret freight ro-ro series built in Germany by Flensburger Schiffbau for North Sea operations, have been fitted with hoistable mezzanine decks for cars. Located on the main trailer decks the additional decks have…

  • CRUISE NEWS: Auckland’s cruise callers

    CRUISE NEWS: Auckland’s cruise callers

    23rd March 2011

    The New Zealand cruising season was at its peak in February and the Port of Auckland enjoyed a busy time, with a number of days seeing multiple cruiseships alongside at the city wharves as well as several cruise ships calling…

  • PORT NEWS: Merchant breaks record at Leith

    PORT NEWS: Merchant breaks record at Leith

    10th March 2011

    The harsh winter has broken many records, one of which was the arrival in Leith of the largest vessel handled by the port to date. Following the arrival of Great River (2994/19,829gt) in November (see SM, Jan-Feb), two further consignments…

  • NEW BUILD: Nuclear waste transporter

    NEW BUILD: Nuclear waste transporter

    10th March 2011

    Fincantieri’s yard at Muggiano-La Spezia has launched the specialised ship Rossita, which will be used by the Russian government to transport material from dismantled nuclear submarines from naval bases to storage facilities. The 1,620gt vessel, which measures 84m by 14m,…

  • CRUISE CALLERS: Packed piers but fewer passengers

    CRUISE CALLERS: Packed piers but fewer passengers

    10th March 2011

    Four cruise ships were docked simultaneously at the Port of Los Angeles’ World Cruise Center on 5 January, while 13,000 passengers were conveyed to and from the vessels Golden Princess, Sapphire Princess, Crystal Symphony and Deutschland. Although cruise traffic remains…

  • MARITIME HERITAGE: Coast Guard cutter for sale

    MARITIME HERITAGE: Coast Guard cutter for sale

    10th March 2011

    The Port Huron Museum on the Great Lakes has been forced to put the decommissioned US Coast Guard cutter Bramble up for sale because of mounting losses regarding the vessel’s upkeep. The 1944-built vessel. one of 39 180ft (55m) seagoing…