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The Trains Now Arriving at Newport
Carnival's Off to Cuba
Naval Update
Close Call for Anthem

The last Class 66 locomotives to be imported by GB Railfreight were discharged at Newport in February. This latest delivery took the number of locomotives handled by the port in the past 10 years up to 113.

The seven Class 66 locomotives arrived at Newport on the Dutch heavy lift vessel Happy Dragon, 14,784gt, of Big Lift Shipping BV, from the Electro-Motive Diesel factory in Indiana, US.

Cuba has granted Carnival’s new Fathom brand permission to operate from the US to Cuba, the first time in over 50 years when a cruise ship sails from the United States to Cuba.

The new service is to begin 1 May using the 704-passenger MV Adonia sailing from Miami initially calling at Havana, Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba on seven-day voyages departing Port Miami on Sunday afternoons.

United States News

USS Zumwalt, the US Navy’s extraordinary and revolutionary DDG1000 guided missile destroyer completed, according to Raytheon, her week long Alpha sea trials successfully.

The trials held in mid February demonstrated the ships key capabilities including Raytheon’s total ship computing environment (TSCE) and engineering control systems.

As the US Coast Guard investigated the loss of El Faro and her 33 crew in an October hurricane, Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas, reportedly with over 4,000 souls onboard, was forced to return to port after being damaged in hurricane force winds off Cape Hatteras.

The ship was underway from New York to Port Canaveral, Florida on the start of a seven day cruise to the Bahamas.

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