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  • NEW LIFEBOAT: The latest in life-saving

    NEW LIFEBOAT: The latest in life-saving

    10th March 2011

    The latest of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s 16m Tamar lifeboats to enter service arrived at Shoreham Harbour on 10 December 2010 and was housed in her brand-new boathouse. She was welcomed home by the relief 16m Tamar Victor Freeman,…

  • 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…

  • SHIELDHALL: Historic steamship needs £80,000

    SHIELDHALL: Historic steamship needs £80,000

    10th March 2011

    One of the country’s most important historic steamships has launched an appeal for survival. Registered charity The Solent Steam Packet has launched an emergency appeal for £80,000 to secure the future of SS Shieldhall, the historic steam-driven ship based at…

  • PORT NEWS: Linkspan collapses

    PORT NEWS: Linkspan collapses

    10th March 2011

    The collapse of a linkspan at Cherbourg on 30 November 2010 claimed the life of a port worker. Following the sailing of a ferry from berth 3, the linkspan was in the process of being operated to its parked position…

  • ICE BOUND SHIPS: Ships stuck in Great Lakes

    ICE BOUND SHIPS: Ships stuck in Great Lakes

    10th March 2011

    Heavy winter weather on the North American Great Lakes placed two cargo ships in difficulty just before Christmas. On 22 December 2010 the US Coast Guard cutters Biscayne Bay and Mackinaw were dispatched to break ice in the lower end…

  • CRUISE INDUSTRY: Cruise incidents cause concern

    CRUISE INDUSTRY: Cruise incidents cause concern

    10th March 2011

    Equipment failures on two well known cruise ships, Carnival Cruise’s Carnival Splendor and Cunard’s Queen Mary 2, have been serious enough to generate international safety alerts. In the case of Carnival Splendor, which suffered an engine room fire off Mexico,…

  • HISTORIC FERRY: Hope for Severn veteran

    HISTORIC FERRY: Hope for Severn veteran

    10th January 2011

    The river ferry Severn Princess, which served the Beachley to Aust route at the junction of the rivers Severn and Wye, seems to have a brighter future ahead of her despite looking to have been abandoned on the banks of…