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Brittany Ferries, New Exhausts
HMS Ocean on Tour
Cruise Ship Wreck Moved for Final Demolition

The German yacht-builder Lürssen has earned an international reputation as a specialist in exclusive, custom-built superyachts.

Returning from their £multi-million exhaust reconfiguration to comply with emissions regulations, externally they may have changed only a little, but to my eye two of Brittany Ferries’ vessels have a new style about them.

Cap Finistere is perhaps the better looking of the two. She has taken up her Portsmouth-Bilbao/Santander service and seeing her here at Portsmouth I note for all the £millions spent it does not mean the exhaust plume seems any less visible.

Royal Navy News

HMS Ocean, fresh from her most recent refit and refurbishment, has been visiting a large number of ports since her return to service.

The helicopter carrier in late April paid a five day visit to the port of Sunderland where her crew exercised the right to parade through the streets as part of their Freedom of the City.

The wreck of the cruise ship Costa Concordia was safely towed to the port of Genoa on May 12 to be dismantled.

The stripped wreck was towed from the port of Prà Voltri following the first stage of the wreck’s dismantling project that saw over 5,700 tons of materials removed from the ship so the wreck would have the necessary draft for the 10 mile journey, which took around 24 hours.

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Those parties and passengers wishing to see a renewed link between the UK and Norway have needed much patience ...

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A&P Australia, sister company of A&P Group who are one of the United Kingdom’s leading providers of ship repair, ...

Busy Birkenhead

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Peel Ports 20 Year Sheerness Masterplan

From the Lookout | Thu, 25 Jun

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In the South East of England, the Port of Sheerness (part of the Medway Estate) is Peel Ports flagship ...

Hamal Arrested

Tugs & Tows | Thu, 25 Jun

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Hamal, ex Mignon, ex Eurosund, built as Formidable for Alexandra Towing, is seen intercepted off Aberdeen in April by ...

New UK Government Urged to Act

Maritime Log | Thu, 18 Jun

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In 2013, the contribution of the UK maritime services sector, including the shipping, ports and business services industries, to ...

"The Mount" Gets Her Green Light

North American Scene | Thu, 18 Jun

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The New Hampshire Departments of Safety, Marine and Fire Safety Divisions cleared MS Mount Washington, for another year of ...

Sailing Ships of Norway

Sail Review | Thu, 18 Jun

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Norway has three square rigged sail training ships operating from three major ports, Olso, Kristiansand and ...

Heavy Lift Ship Launches Superyacht

Superyacht News | Thu, 18 Jun

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Because there is no other way to launch large yachts in Antalya, Turkey, the specialist heavy lift ship HHL ...

Scotmarine Take Delivery of Mighty Multi Cat

From the Lookout | Thu, 18 Jun

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At the end of April 2015 Damen Shipyards Group delivered a Multi Cat 2613 to Orkney, Scotland based chartering ...

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There have been numerous ships over the past 175 years that have proudly flown the Cunard flag and carried the iconic red and black livery on their funnels. Most of the names of these ships are unknown to the average person, with the exception of a few of Cunard’s most iconic liners. But one name is forever etched into the history...

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