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John McLoughlin 1931-2016
Fifty Years of Sail Review
Maritime Groups Unite in ‘Fair Trial’ Attack
Tender Triumph for CalMac

I travelled to Northern Ireland on Tuesday 17th May for the funeral service in St Nicholas’ Parish Church, Carrickfergus of an old friend of mine, John McLoughlin.

In my Sealink days back in the 1970s/1980s, John was our agent in Northern Ireland and he also had the linesmen and the robust little harbour tugs in Larne harbour which, often in heavy weather conditions, helped our ship’s berth safely.

Robert Simper was born near the Suffolk coast in 1937 and has spent his working life there.

He has travelled widely and visits Cornwall and the West Country regularly. He is a Founder Member of the Old Gaffers Association and former President.

The judgement of the Spanish Supreme Court in January this year in the Prestige oil spill case has raised fundamental questions as to whether it was reached in a fair trial, said the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS).

The Supreme Court’s judgement was reached after just one day, without hearing any new evidence and in the absence of the tanker’s captain Apostolos Ioannis Mangouras, the ICS said.

There were two bids for the eight year £1bn contract to run the Scottish Government’s required services in the Firth of Clyde and Hebrides.

The bids were from Caledonian MacBrayne and Serco Caledonian Ferries Ltd. It was announced, as we were going to press, that Calmac had won the contract, indeed two contracts, as there is a ferry operating and a harbour management element.

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ABP to Fight Bridge Plan

Maritime Log | Tue, 5 Jul

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Associated British Ports (ABP) said it had been left with no option but to formally object to the proposed ...

Happy National Maritime Day

North American Scene | Tue, 5 Jul

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In 1933, the US Congress declared 22 May to be “National Maritime Day” in honour of the 22 May ...

New Australian Antarctic Icebreaker for 2020

Asia-Pacific | Tue, 5 Jul

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The Australian Government has ordered a new A$529mn icebreaker to replace the Aurora Australis as part of a new ...

New Ferry for Red Funnel

Ferry World | Tue, 5 Jul

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Red Funnel Ferries has a new high speed ferry Red Jet 6 on the ...

Fast Pilot Cutters

Sail Review | Tue, 5 Jul

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At Gweek, Cornwall, Luke Powell built nine Scillonian pilot cutters and now operates one of these, the Agnes, for ...

The Shipyard Painters Exhibition

From the Lookout | Tue, 5 Jul

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An exciting new exhibition “The Shipyard Painters” presented by the Old Low Light Heritage Centre in North Shields and ...

Hoboken Docks Fire

Tugs & Tows | Tue, 5 Jul

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In 1900, a horrific fire swept through the New Jersey piers of Norddeutscher Lloyd starting in cotton bales then ...

World’s Largest Container Line Sees Massive Drop in Profit

Maritime Log | Sun, 26 Jun

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The Danish shipping and offshore energy conglomerate Maersk Group reported a profit of $224mn for the first quarter of ...

Radical US Navy Destroyer Delivered

North American Scene | Sun, 26 Jun

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With a hull and superstructure design that only a mother could love, USS Zumwalt (DDG-100) was officially delivered to ...

Six Container Lines Unite to Form a New Alliance

Asia-Pacific | Sun, 26 Jun

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The global container carriers Nippon Yusen Kaisha, Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha and Mitsui OSK Lines of Japan, South Korea’s Hanjin ...

Naval Update

Naval Focus | Sun, 26 Jun

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Royal Navy NewsThe ongoing pestering of British and foreign warships utilising the facilities at Gibraltar by Spanish vessels continued ...

Two New Yachts From Hessen Yachts

Superyacht News | Sun, 26 Jun

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In Holland, Heesen Yachts has delivered its largest yacht to date, 70m Galactica Super Nova, after intensive sea trials ...

Celestial Navigation and “Wonderful Sights”

From the Lookout | Sun, 26 Jun

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In my ‘Message From The Bridge’ in June’s edition of Sea Breezes I spoke about the sale of Sir ...

Violence Grows as Pirates Kidnap Crews for Ransom

Maritime Log | Sun, 19 Jun

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Pirates in the Gulf of Guinea yielded ransom payments of up to $400,000 for kidnapped seafarers last year, according ...

Space Shuttle to the Rescue

North American Scene | Sun, 19 Jun

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Four fishermen were rescued from their sinking boat Maximius off Baja, Mexico by the US flagged tug Shannon D...

US Refits and Preservations

Sail Review | Sun, 19 Jun

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The 452 gross ton wooden three-masted schooner CA Thayer, built in California in 1895, was towed across to the ...

Quietest Yacht Ever Built to Rina Comfort Class

Superyacht News | Sun, 19 Jun

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The 47 metre Genesi built by Wider Yachts in Italy is the first yacht ever to obtain a perfect ...

AIDAprima takes a very special bow!

From the Lookout | Sun, 19 Jun

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David Walter, whose excellent photographs often feature in Sea Breezes, sent in a few of Aida’s new cruise ship ...

Need for Extra Capacity at Irish Ports

Maritime Log | Tue, 7 Jun

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There was a 7 per cent increase in the total volume of traffic at Irish ports last year, with ...

MOL Unveils Next Generation of Vehicle Carriers

Asia-Pacific | Tue, 7 Jun

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The Japanese line Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL), of Tokyo, has unveiled the hull design for its next-generation of car ...

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