SHIPS MONTHLY September 2023

The September 2023 issue of Ships Monthly is out now, and is packed with all the usual news and outstanding articles and features.


Waterfront – Container ship ONE Innovation European debut, ro-ro grounding off the Cornish coast, 58-year-old ferry scrapped, and Sir Walter Scott back in steam on Loch Katrine.

Ferry – Fond farewell to stalwart Stena Europe, P&O Cairnryan route marks 50 years, new hovercraft for Japan, and Western Ferries’ half a century on the Clyde.

Cruise – First Explora ship sets out on maiden voyage, Costa have longer itineraries under new plans, and Carnival’s last Excel class.

Naval – HMS Prince of Wales refloated at Babcock, new frigates building progresses in Govan, and India gets more subs.

Cargo – Evergreen are the latest to invest in methanol, CMA CGM drops Containerships brand, Ernst Russ acquires largest ship to date, and new Ammonia-ready open-hatch bulkers.

Ships Pictorial – Photos of ships around the world, including departing Antwerp, on Southampton Water, at Grand Turk, on the Thames, off Portsmouth, and in the Bay of Biscay.


P&O Pioneer – An overview of P&O Ferries’ new cross-Channel ship P&O Pioneer, the largest double-ended ferry in service.

Thirty years of cruising – Photos from the cruising industry over the last 30 years, as smaller ships have been replaced by mega ships.

Oslo Port profile – Profile of the Norwegian capital’s port, which hosts cruise ships, ferries, container ships and a variety of cargo vessels.

Freedom ships – The Freedom, Fortune and Friendship designs of cargo ship, developed in the post-war era as Liberty ship replacements.

Belknap cruisers – The nine Belknap class cruisers built for the US Navy in the 1960s all had varied careers, and are profiled.

HMS Swiftsure – A review of the career of HMS Swiftsure, the final Royal Navy cruiser to be delivered during World War II.

Shipspotting – Offshore support vessels, which come in all shapes and sizes, fulfilling a variety of roles.

Chasing Benledi – Photographing the steamer Benledi at two Oslofjord ports in April 1975.

Hovercraft – The history of the sidewall hovercraft, a smaller, quieter and often forgotten cousin of the larger standard hovercraft.


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