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  • PASSENGER FERRY: Gibraltar ferry success

    PASSENGER FERRY: Gibraltar ferry success

    20th August 2011

    Although it has operated for just 18 months, the passenger ferry service between Algeciras and Gibraltar has been so successful that a larger vessel which can carry vehicles is currently on order for the service. The ferry service between the…

  • COSTA CRUISES: 16th ship launched

    COSTA CRUISES: 16th ship launched

    20th August 2011

    The 16th ship of Costa Cruises’ fleet entered the water for the first time on 29 July. Costa Fascinosa, the latest ship to join the fleet of Costa Cruises, touched the water for the first time during her technical launch…

  • GAS PLATFORM: Gas platform to be biggest ‘ship’

    GAS PLATFORM: Gas platform to be biggest ‘ship’

    20th August 2011

    Shell has unveiled plans to build the world’s first floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) platform. The 600,000-tonne craft, which will be the world’s biggest ship, will be sited off the coast of Australia. She will be built at Samsung Heavy…

  • SAIL TRAINING: Von Humboldt says farewell

    SAIL TRAINING: Von Humboldt says farewell

    20th August 2011

    The historic German sail training ship Alexander von Humboldt called at ports in the United Kingdom for the last time during July, with her visit to Lerwick from 21 to 24 July also marking the ship’s final participation in the…

  • PORT NEWS: Bad weather causes problems

    PORT NEWS: Bad weather causes problems

    20th August 2011

    The Lerwick Port Authority, together with the Tall Ship Race committee, decided to postpone the start of Race 2 from Lerwick to Stavanger for 24 hours due to bad weather on 24 July. This was due to a complex low…

  • LONDON OLYMPICS: A tight squeeze for Deutschland

    LONDON OLYMPICS: A tight squeeze for Deutschland

    20th August 2011

    Peter Deilmann’s small cruise ship Deutschland (1998/22,496gt) began her own preparations for the London Olympics next year by visiting the capital on 14 July and undertaking a tight manoeuvre to reach her intended berth in South Quay in the heart…

  • OFFSHORE VESSEL: Modified for standby

    OFFSHORE VESSEL: Modified for standby

    8th August 2011

    An unusual visitor to the port of Sunderland during April was the offshore tug/supply vessel Seacor Achiever (2003/1,951gt, pictured above). Previously operated by Seacor Offshore MI Ltd of Fort Lauderdale, USA, the 1,800dwt Marshall Islands-flagged vessel arrived at Sunderland to…

  • US MERCHANT NAVY: Cadets train in Pacific

    US MERCHANT NAVY: Cadets train in Pacific

    3rd August 2011

    In June the training ship Golden Bear, carrying 250 cadets and operated by the California Maritime Academy, visited ports in Australia and New Zealand during an extended South Pacific training cruise. It is some time since a ship from the…

  • TUG NEWS: Veteran still going strong

    TUG NEWS: Veteran still going strong

    3rd August 2011

    The former Shetland ferry Kjella, now based in Spain, is still going strong 54 years after being built and having spent her entire career under the same name, which is a Norwegian dialect word meaning ‘the girl’. The 27m vessel…

  • IRELAND FERRIES: Last minute reprieve for Donegal ferry

    IRELAND FERRIES: Last minute reprieve for Donegal ferry

    27th July 2011

    There was uncertainty as to whether the summer-only Lough Swilly ferry service between Rathmullen and Buncrana would operate this season. At the last minute funding was made available through Donegal County Council, and Jim McClenaghan, managing director of the Lough…