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  • 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…

  • SHIPYARD NEWS: Tyneside yard completes ferry refit

    SHIPYARD NEWS: Tyneside yard completes ferry refit

    23rd March 2011

    The A&P Type shipyard has just completed the month-long refit of the P&O ferry Pride of York (1987/31,785gt, ex-Norsea), which left the Tyneside yard after four weeks to resume her role on the Hull-Zeebrugge route. The ship arrived at Hebburn…

  • SMALL FERRY: Unusual Dover service

    SMALL FERRY: Unusual Dover service

    23rd March 2011

    An unusual ferry has started work between Dover and Calais. Joline is a former Lithuanian river ferry, now owned by Barco de Vapor BV of Amsterdam and registered under the Latvian flag. She was built in 1988 by Baltijia Shipbuilding…

  • RICKMERS GROUP: Container giants named

    RICKMERS GROUP: Container giants named

    23rd March 2011

    On 17 February two more 13,100TEU container vessels for Rickmers Group were named in Ulsan, Korea. Leo Rickmers and Scorpio Rickmers will come into service for their charterer Maersk Line as Maersk Edmonton and Maersk Elba. Built by Hyundai Heavy…

  • 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,…