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Record Number of Containers
The El Faro Mystery
Biggest Vitruvius to be Built by Oceanco
World’s Largest Wooden Sailing Ship Attends Festival

The Maersk Line’s Triple E container ship Madison Maersk, 194,849gt, set a record number of 17,152 teu on board when she left Rotterdam on Oct 8.

The ship also had a record number of 298 containers loaded as the 10th tier on deck, which was a first for the port.

What is being called the worst cargo shipping disaster involving a US-flagged vessel in more than 30 years seems to come down to one question, “Why would a seasoned Master take his ship into the path of a hurricane?”

At about 0815 pm US EDT on 29 September, 790-foot El Faro and her 33 crew sailed from Jacksonville, Florida bound for San Juan, Puerto Rico. The ship was a 40 year-old, US Flagged, combination roll-on/roll-off and lift-on/liftoff which did this run regularly.

Dutch superyacht builder Oceanco is known for building at the top end of the length-overall scope, and in linking up with designer Philippe Briand’s Vitruvius Yachts could become the yard to build the biggest Vitruvius thus far.

Briand took to the floor at an early-morning press conference on the opening day of the Monaco Yacht Show to announce his longest and largest-volume explorer yacht yet.

On September 17th, the Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival attracted the British sail-training barque Lord Nelson and the Swedish East Indiaman replica Goteborg.

The Goteborg is the world’s largest active wooden sailing ship and has a crew of 80. The original Goteborg was built in 1738 and sank in 1745 off Gothenburg after she hit a rock at the end of her third trading voyage to China.

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Bigger Ships, Fewer Companies

Maritime Log | Tue, 24 Nov

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The world’s commercial fleet grew less and got older in 2014 than in any other 12-month period in over ...

China VLCC Sells Two Vessels For $133m

Asia-Pacific | Tue, 24 Nov

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China VLCC, a joint venture between China Merchants Energy Shipping and Sinotrans & CSC Holdings, is to dispose of ...

"Something Wrong With Our Ships"

Coastal Commentary | Tue, 24 Nov

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No sooner had we gone to press on the last hardly believable collision, between the little bunkering tanker Erin ...

Incat Builds Arrive in London in Style

From the Lookout | Tue, 24 Nov

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MBNA Thames Clippers, a one boat operation in 1999, now carry circa 3.8 million passengers annually....

A Downtown Berth

Cruise News | Tue, 24 Nov

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Destination planners from cruise line companies, when deciding on the itineraries that they will market to their potential passengers, ...

Diver Jailed Over Historic Cannons

Maritime Log | Sat, 14 Nov

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A diver who recovered historic cannons from a shipwreck site and tried to hide their true identity was jailed ...

UAV Cargo Inspections Take Off

North American Scene | Sat, 14 Nov

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Jan Andersen, US-based port captain for Danish ship-owner DS Norden’s three, is using a drone with a small video ...

The Campbeltown Ferry

Ferry World | Sat, 14 Nov

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I was determined to sample the Campbeltown ferry run before the three year trial period was up and I ...

Deben Oysters on Screen

Sail Review | Sat, 14 Nov

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The Deben oysters were used for the successful Channel 4 programme Time Crashers....

Biglift’s Happy Star Takes 22 Vessels to Rotterdam

From the Lookout | Sat, 14 Nov

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I was intrigued and impressed by the news from Daman Shipyards Group that they were shipping 22 Damen b...

Africa Mercy Resumes Her Health Mission

From the Lookout | Sat, 14 Nov

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I am always moved and impressed by the way in which Mercy Ships use hospital ships to deliver free, ...

Baltic Ace, Bountiful & Wolraad Sisters

Tugs & Tows | Sat, 14 Nov

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Rotterdam: Aug ’15 Viking brings a barge with sections of the sunken car carrier – note the remains of ...

False Alarm Over ‘Weapons and Drugs’ on Ship

Maritime Log | Mon, 9 Nov

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An anti-drugs team was alleged to have found drugs and weapons in United Nations (UN) vehicles during a search ...

Last US Frigate Decommissioned

North American Scene | Mon, 9 Nov

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The last Oliver Hazard Perry class frigate in the United States Navy, USS Simpson (FFG-56), was decommissioned at Naval ...

COSCO Confirms $1.5bn 11-Ship Order

Asia-Pacific | Mon, 9 Nov

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CHINA Cosco Holdings Company has signed long-expected contracts for a fleet of 11 containerships across four Chinese yards with ...

A Show of Force at London EXCEL

Naval Focus | Mon, 9 Nov

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Royal Navy NewsLondon’s Excel Centre in the heart of the Docklands, once again, played host for three days to ...

The Islands of Orkney: A Brief, but Fascinating Visit

From the Lookout | Mon, 9 Nov

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I have never, to my embarrassment, previously visited the Orkney Islands, but I remedied this in late August with ...

From Russia With Love

Superyacht News | Mon, 9 Nov

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One of 12 special ships built for the Soviet fleet and used for secret spying in the North Atlantic ...

Annual Scottish Maritime History Conference

From the Lookout | Thu, 5 Nov

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The Annual Scottish Maritime History Conference will take place at the Mitchell Library, Glasgow on 26 November ...

Major Study Looks at the Course for UK Shipping Industry

Maritime Log | Thu, 5 Nov

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How the UK’s place as a worldleading maritime nation can be built upon for the benefit of the UK ...

Feature Extracts from the Latest Print Issue of Sea Breezes Magazine

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Last Voyage of the Francis Spaight

The captain, calling his crew together, gave them a stark choice. Either agree that one of the crew be killed and be cannibalised so that the others would have a chance of surviving, or face certain starvation. He assured them that the traditions of the sea allowed such a drastic course of action, and that there would be no recriminations. There would be a fair casting of lots. How different it had all started out eight months earlier, when the smart three masted 368 ton 108 feet in length ship was...

An Immigration Officer at Cardiff

I started work as an immigration officer in Cardiff docks in the last week of 1972. After a six week training course in Croydon, in the New Year I returned to port.

Jet Propelled Into the Future

“More people die from drowning at sea in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland than from cycling accidents”, – one of the worrying facts I learned during a recent visit to RNLI headquarters. Another is that the World Health Organisation considers deaths by drowning to have reached “epidemic proportions”.


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