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  • PASSENGER FERRY: End of Clyde ferry era

    PASSENGER FERRY: End of Clyde ferry era

    27th July 2011

    There was an end and a beginning in Clyde ferry history on 30 June with the final vehicle-carrying services between Gourock and Dunoon coinciding with the start of Argyll Ferries’ passenger-only link under a six-year £10.6 million contract which was…

  • BALTIC FERRY: Viking reaches five-million milestone

    BALTIC FERRY: Viking reaches five-million milestone

    27th July 2011

    Viking Line’s fast ferry Viking XPRS has been a success since she entered the Helsinki-Tallinn route on 28 April 2008, and on 14 June she carried her five-millionth passenger, having reached the landmark in just over three years. She makes…

  • HISTORIC TUG: Preserved tug on tour

    HISTORIC TUG: Preserved tug on tour

    27th July 2011

    On 29 April the 1952-built tug Holland left Harlingen in Holland, and during May she toured a number of Scottish ports, visiting Leith, Stromness and Troon amongst other places. Built as a salvage tug by Ferus Smit yard, Holland, she…

  • 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…

  • BULK CARRIER: Indian Navy foils pirates

    BULK CARRIER: Indian Navy foils pirates

    30th June 2011

    A bulk carrier that featured in a well-publicised grounding off the Norwegian coast in 2009 (see SM, Oct 2009), the 26,758dwt Full City, has survived a pirate attack thanks to the efforts of the Indian and Turkish navies. Owned by…

  • SHIP LOSS: Tragic loss of Yarmouth Navigator

    SHIP LOSS: Tragic loss of Yarmouth Navigator

    30th June 2011

    After having safely made the journey from the river Dart, where she had been laid up for a number of years, to Plymouth Yacht Marina, at the mouth of Cattlewater, Clovelly Bay, the historic motor vessel Navigator got into difficulty…

  • 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…