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  • 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…

  • HEAVYLIFT: First contract for ‘O’ ship

    HEAVYLIFT: First contract for ‘O’ ship

    20th August 2011

    Holland’s Dockwise has signed its first contract for use of what will be the world’s largest heavylift vessel when the company’s first $240 million O class ship is completed by South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries towards the end of next…

  • HISTORIC COASTER: Preserved Robin returns

    HISTORIC COASTER: Preserved Robin returns

    20th August 2011

    One of the world’s most significant preserved ships, the 1890-built Robin, was welcomed back to London on 13 July by a large and distinguished gathering, which included the UK’s Shipping Minister. Robin is the only complete example of a 19th…

  • CRUISE SAILINGS: Record-breaking Solent sailaway

    CRUISE SAILINGS: Record-breaking Solent sailaway

    20th August 2011

    For the second time in 2011 the port of Southampton played host to no fewer than six cruise ships on the same day. The facilities were stretched to the limit on 16 July, with severe congestion reported on the roads.…

  • COMPANY NEWS: Algoma renames

    COMPANY NEWS: Algoma renames

    20th August 2011

    Canada’s Algoma Central Corporation has announced new names for the fleet of ships it recently acquired from Upper Lakes Group Inc, with the changes to be as follows: ‘Algoma’ replaces ‘Canadian’ as the first word of each name, so Canadian…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…