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Norwegian Spirit that Travels the World
French Ferry Jobs Saved
New Suez Canal Cuts Transit Time to Just 11 Hours
USCG Commissions Latest Legend Class Cutter

Norway is deservedly known as a stunning country with outstanding scenery, attractions, attributes and many individuals who have proved to be exceptional achievers.

The Fjords, Norwegian salmon, the Nobel Prize Awards, the composers Edvard Greig and Henrik Ibsen, explorers Thor Heyerdahl and Amundsen ....the diverse list goes on. Then of course don’t forget the Vikings, the latter represent one of the best ‘brands’ on the planet.

I do hope that all’s well that ends well, or “Tout est bien qui fi nit bien” as they might put it in France (I’m advised…!).

On the very last day of August, after months of grief for innocent passengers, goods drivers, port officials and other businesses, a deal was reached to save hundreds of former MyFerryLink jobs at Calais.

The New Suez Canal was officially inaugurated by Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi in the port city of Ismailia on the early afternoon of Aug 6.

The $8bn project involved the widening and deepening of 35km of the existing Canal and the digging and creating of a 37km second lane running parallel to the existing Canal. The new 72km section is expected to cut transit times from 18-20 hours to around 11 hours.

At a ceremony in Boston, the Coast Guard commissioned its newest Legend-class national security cutter, USCGC James (WMSL 754) under the command of Captain Andrew J Tiongson of Somerville, Massachusetts.

James was commissioned in Boston to honour Captain Joshua James of Hull, Massachusetts, who is credited with saving more than 600 lives while serving with the US Life Saving Service.

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Drop in Container Trades

Maritime Log | Wed, 30 Sep

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The economic situations in China and in Russia have been reflected in the amount of container trade handled at ...

Panama Canal Update

North American Scene | Wed, 30 Sep

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As it prepares for opening in early 2016, the Panama Canal July Update included a video showing the state ...


Ferry World | Wed, 30 Sep

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I recently came across this image of the wonderful looking ferry Dragon built with her sister Leopard at Nantes ...

Carisbroke Shipping

Coastal Commentary | Wed, 30 Sep

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Given the precarious nature of the world economy there is one UK based company of very modest origins in ...

Permission Received?

Cruise News | Wed, 30 Sep

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Dublin Port Company have welcomed the decision by An Bord Pleanála to grant permission for the Alexandra Basin Redevelopment ...

First Oil from Brazilian FPSO

Maritime Log | Thu, 24 Sep

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The BG Group, of Reading, has obtained the first oil from the floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel ...

Keel Laid for Second USS John F Kennedy

North American Scene | Thu, 24 Sep

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The US Navy laid the keel for new USS John F Kennedy, the second aircraft carrier to honour US ...

Chinese Shipbuilders Pass Korean Yards

Asia-Pacific | Thu, 24 Sep

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Chinese yards signed more new orders than their South Korean rivals in July— the first time since the beginning ...

New British Sub Heads Out to Sea

Naval Focus | Thu, 24 Sep

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Royal Navy NewsAugust 13 saw a rare sight in British waters, a new submarine leaving her construction site and ...

The ‘Maid of the Loch’ to Sail Again

From the Lookout | Thu, 24 Sep

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Many years ago now, when I was still based in Scotland, I used to occasionally visit Balloch to see ...

John Maxtone-Graham - The Passing of a Legend

Cruise News | Thu, 24 Sep

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Those persons with an interest in ships, and more specifically ocean liners will no doubt be aware of the ...

Lifeboat Building Centre Opens

Maritime Log | Thu, 17 Sep

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The RNLI’s new All-Weather Lifeboat Centre at its headquarters in Poole was officially opened on Aug 21 with the ...

$1 Million in Spanish Treasure Discovered by Florida Family

North American Scene | Thu, 17 Sep

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A Florida family has discoverd more than $1 million worth of gold artefacts off the Florida port of Fort ...

ITF Unearths Shocking Case of Seafarer Abuse in Australia

Asia-Pacific | Thu, 17 Sep

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An absolutely appalling situation was uncovered in the Australian port of Mackay where five crew members of a Korean ...

A Bizzare Collision

Coastal Commentary | Thu, 17 Sep

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Some things you just can’t make up. Two of the vessels I was researching just before going to press, ...

Depleted Gatun Lake Leads to Draft Restrictions on Panama Canal

From the Lookout | Thu, 17 Sep

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Inchape Shipping Services (ISS), one of the world’s leading maritime and cargo services providers, issue ‘port alerts’ when any ...

New Orders Slump at Chinese Yards

Asia-Pacific | Wed, 2 Sep

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New orders received by China’s shipbuilders contracted by more than 70% during the first half of this year, according ...

Civilian Helicopters Take Over SAR Operations

Maritime Log | Wed, 2 Sep

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The search and rescue helicopter operation in North Wales was moved from RAF Valley, on Anglesey to Caernarfon Airport ...

New Waterway for Columbia

North American Scene | Wed, 2 Sep

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Dredging has begun on Columbia’s Magdalena River near Barrancabermeja as part of a $600 million, six-year project to reopen ...

The Looe Lugger Regatta

Sail Review | Wed, 2 Sep

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For quarter of a century, the Looe Lugger Regatta has been held every two years and in June, 23 ...

Feature Extracts from the Latest Print Issue of Sea Breezes Magazine

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Goodbye to Interislander’s Arahura

When for the first time she arrived in Wellington Harbour on 10 December 1983, the Arahura presented a new look as surpassingly different from GMV Aramoana and GMV Aranui, the two rail ferries she was replacing, as had the Aramoana when compared to the vessel she replaced 21 years earlier. That vessel was...

The Polish Navy Museum of Gdynia

Continuing on from the article in last month’s edition of Sea Breezes, this Polish museum is dedicated to the history of the Polish Navy.

Making Waves - Commissioning Artwork for Maritime Industries

In 2008, Mall Galleries art consultancy in London were asked by Hellespont chairman, Basil Ph Papachristidis, to find an artist to paint 21 of the marine transport provider’s ships. The gallery being home to the Royal Society of Marine Artists meant that they had a wealth of specialist artists to choose from, but it was John Lines RSMA who seemed to be the perfect fit for Hellespont. At that...


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