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Ships Collide in Port Botany

By all accounts, many of the famous transatlantic ocean liners that operated in the early 1900’s and beyond had their interiors modelled on some of the grand hotels in the UK and Europe, hence the ‘Floating Palaces’ phrase related to certain ocean liners from that period.

That compliment was returned when certain hotels of a later period incorporated certain features within their properties, of original fittings acquired directly from the breaker’s yards when former famous liners were dismantled at the end of their illustrious life afloat.

I was very impressed by this image of the Dutch flag Oceanic 2,989,’12 seen departing Peterhead to sail around the top of Scotland for Ellesmere Port before heading for Spain.

She appears very stylish with a beautifully proportioned hull but is also obviously an immensely practical vessel with her offset accommodation tower giving good lookout visibility with an uncluttered through deck enabling her to transport all manner of long and awkward structures and project cargo.

Making money by investing in ships on speculation is limited, despite the fact that prices of ships are pretty low, according to Nils Smedegaard Andersen, chief executive of the Danish shipping company AP Møller- Mærsk.

The actions of tug crews and pilots averted major damage in Sydney’s Port Botany during October when a super storm struck the city causing a trail of destruction.

Mooring lines of a 67,000-tonne container vessel, causing it to collide with another ship and shear the mooring lines of a third vessel.

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Massive Night Search for Lone Yachtsman

Maritime Log | Wed, 3 Dec

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Three lifeboats, two search and rescue helicopters and a Royal Navy destroyer were involved in an operation at night ...

Haiti Wreck ‘is not the Santa Maria’

Maritime Log | Wed, 3 Dec

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A UNESCO mission has concluded that a shipwreck near Haiti, cannot have been the flagship of Christopher Columbus on ...

New Shipping Measures for the Great Barrier Reef

Asia-Pacific | Wed, 3 Dec

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The Australian government claims a new plan to manage shipping through the Great Barrier Reef, Torres Strait and the ...

The Jubilee Sailing Trust): A Great Year

From the Lookout | Wed, 3 Dec

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On the front cover of the May 2014 edition of Sea Breezes we were delighted to feature the Jubilee ...

Isle of Man Ship Registry Celebrates 30 Years of Success

From the Lookout | Wed, 3 Dec

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The Isle of Man Ship Registry has just celebrated its 30th anniversary by highlighting its status as a leading ...

Alert Over Nuclear Waste Ship

Maritime Log | Thu, 27 Nov

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A cargo ship carrying nuclear waste encased in concrete caught fire near an oil platform in the North Sea ...

Naval Update

Naval Focus | Thu, 27 Nov

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British NewsIn September, the amphibious helicopter carrier HMS Ocean took part in the joint Anglo/French Exercise Gabian off the ...

Record Levels of Antarctic Sea Ice

Asia-Pacific | Thu, 27 Nov

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For the first time since satellite records began in 1979 Antarctic sea ice has passed the 20 million square ...

Farewell Scandanavia

Ferry World | Thu, 27 Nov

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I finish this edition after just going through images of my last scheduled ferry journeys between the UK and ...

The Vikings are Coming...again!

Cruise News | Thu, 27 Nov

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Many persons close to the cruise industry hold the view that the modern cruise sector of today that emerged ...

World’s Largest Cruise Ship in Solent

Maritime Log | Wed, 19 Nov

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The largest cruise ship in the world, the Oasis of the Seas, 225,282gt, (pictured) called at Southampton on Oct ...

End of Syria Chemical Operation

Maritime Log | Wed, 19 Nov

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THE US Military Sealift Command cargo ship Cape Ray (pictured) was due to be returned to layup following her ...

Fuel Regulations Take Effect

Ferry World | Wed, 19 Nov

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When the clever people in Brussels, Strasbourg, or wherever, set the rules for low sulphur emissions on ferries in ...

Extraordinary Acts of Bravery at Sea

From the Lookout | Wed, 19 Nov

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It was a moving and humbling experience to attend the Shipwrecked Mariners Society national awards ceremony at the magnificent ...

Discovery of Franklin Ship on Seabed

Maritime Log | Fri, 31 Oct

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The wreck of one of the two expedition ships used by Sir John Franklin in a bid to find ...

Incat Diversification Continues

Asia-Pacific | Thu, 30 Oct

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The latest vessel to appear from the Incat yard in Hobart is a 70 metre Fast Crew Boat (FCB)....

Feature Extracts from the Latest Print Issue of Sea Breezes Magazine

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Morro Castle - Accident or Arson?

In the spring of 1928, the United States Congress created a $250 million fund that allowed American shipping companies to construct new vessels to replace their aging fleets, with the government subsidising up to three-quarters of the cost of each one.

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Christmas With the Fleet

Over the past twelve months the media has been awash with events and commemorations marking the centenary of the beginning of the First World War. Many have concentrated, with good reason, on the conditions experienced by soldiers in the trenches of Flanders. But at this festive season, one hundred years on, it is worth recalling what...

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First Command

In September 1950, I was Third Offi cer of the mv Clan MacLeod on a voyage from the UK to India. When south of Crete, we came across a ships lifeboat and Captain Gough decided to stop and have a closer look at it.

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