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USS Constitution
Major Salvage Operation After Ship is Deliberately Run Aground
USNS Trenton Christened
Innovative Oil Service Vessels

The oldest preserved ship in the United States is the 204ft frigate USS Constitution built in 1797 and berthed at The Navy Yard, Boston, Massachusetts.

The frigate is kept afloat and every year she is towed around the harbour and berthed the opposite way round to prevent weather damage to the hull.

The operation to salvage a large vehicle carrier that had been deliberately run aground on to a sandbank amid fears of her capsizing was successfully completed on the afternoon of Jan 22.

The Singapore-registered Hoegh Osaka, 51,770gt, of Hoegh Autoliners, Norway, had arrived at Southampton on Jan 2 from Malta to load a part-cargo of 1,300 vehicles, including Jaguars, Land Rovers and Minis, and 105 JCB construction machine for the Middle East via Hamburg.

12 January saw the christening in Mobile, Alabama of the 338-foot catamaran USNS Trenton (JHSV-5).

It's the fifth of ten Joint High Speed Vessels (JHSV) being built by Austal as prime contractor with General Dynamics Mission Systems responsible for the navigation, communication and aviation systems.

A number of oil service vessels have been delivered recently, ordered well before the current world oil price slump which seems to be causing nearly as much concern as a rapid rise in oil price does.

Two are Aberdeen registered, Ocean Falcon and Ocean Osprey, built as a series of three sophisticated safety-standby ships, 3,000,’14, at the Zamakona yard, Bilbao for the Norwegian company Atlantic Offshore.

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Quay Extension Underway

Maritime Log | Mon, 2 Mar

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Work has started on the £25mn extension to Riverside Quay at South ...

Warning Over Growth of ‘Petro Pirates’

Maritime Log | Mon, 2 Mar

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Governments have been warned that their need to act to stop the violent hijackings of small coastal tankers in ...

Naval Update

Naval Focus | Mon, 2 Mar

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American NewsThe dream of preserving the former United States Navy aircraft carrier USS Ranger as a museum ship at ...

Channel/Biscay Movements

Ferry World | Mon, 2 Mar

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Channel and Biscay news: a welcome early return to UK shores of ex Harwich-Esbjerg’s Sirena Seaways, now on charter ...

Multi-million Contract Won by Harland & Wolff

From the Lookout | Mon, 2 Mar

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At the end of 2013 and into early 2014 the famous Belfast yard of Harland & Wolff carried out ...

Thunderbirds Are Go!

Superyacht News | Mon, 2 Mar

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The owners of Hachet Caye, a resort island off Belize, have taken delivery of their very own Thunderbird 2 ...

Course Reversed Over Emergency Lockers

Maritime Log | Sun, 22 Feb

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The London-based maritime union, Nautilus International, has welcomed the UK Government’s decision not to go ahead with its plans ...

Panama’s First Pacific Lock Gate in Place

North American Scene | Sun, 22 Feb

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With the first gate installed on the Pacific side on 19 January, the Panama Canal Authority marked the project ...

MOL Express Refloated in Japan

Asia-Pacific | Sun, 22 Feb

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A container ship operated by Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) ran aground in Tateyama Harbour in Japan’s Chiba Prefecture on ...

Tokelau Trade

Ferry World | Fri, 20 Feb

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Tokelau is said to be essentially three low atolls mid way between New Zealand and Hawaii and seeing the ...

New Ferry for Lake Malawi

From the Lookout | Fri, 20 Feb

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I was delighted to hear from Janie Hampton of Oxford about a new ferry which has been launched for ...

Coast Guard Claims Abandoned Ship had a False Name

Maritime Log | Thu, 5 Feb

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During a regular patrol on the island of Zakynthos on Dec 2, the Hellenic Coast Guard found an abandoned ...

Apprentices Honoured for Restoring Ship’s Bell

Maritime Log | Thu, 5 Feb

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A group of apprentices from Cammell Laird, Birkenhead, have received a national award for a community project marking the ...

Naval Update

Naval Focus | Thu, 5 Feb

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British NewsOn 8 December, the Royal Navy’s flagship, the assault ship HMS Bulwark, made a visit to the island ...

Dual Use Freighters

Ferry World | Thu, 5 Feb

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I was admiring the fine new pair of DFDS freighters currently on the Immingham-Esbjerg run, but was intrigued by ...

Indian Business Leader Hails Visionary Liverpool Development

From the Lookout | Thu, 5 Feb

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In Sea Breezes in recent months we have carried a few pieces on the exciting Liverpool2 ...

Feature Extracts from the Latest Print Issue of Sea Breezes Magazine

Highlighted Feature
The Many Lives of an Old Lady

The four-mast bark Pommern saw the light of the day as Mneme on 24 February 1903 at the Glasgow shipyard J Reid & Co upon orders of the Hamburg shipping company B Wencke Söhne, which used to name its vessels after mythological dieties of ancient Greece. The Mneme featured a so-called jubilee rig with short topmasts and had no auxiliary engine. She was a cargo sailing ship of the “good old” kind and, in spite of her considerable tonnage of 2,376gt, of quite elegant appearance.

ss Hororata (II)

One of the many unsung heroines of WWII was the New Zealand Shipping Company’s Hororata, one of the very important ships which were bringing much needed foodstuffs to the UK when the supply line was threatened with disruption, or even worse, closure by the menace of U-boats and armed raiders.


with ALFRED HOLT & Co’s
AUGUST 1958 to JULY 1959
As a Junior EngineerThe understanding when joining Holt’s is you will be offered a “Long Jag”. After a year with the company I was offered a trip on the Orestes who traded from Malaya and Indonesia to the North & East Coast of Australia, after previously doing two trips to Malaya, Siam, China, Korea and Japan...


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