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Shell Orders LNG Bunker Vessel for Use at Rotterdam
Shaky Start for New Marine Science Ship
The Arctic Region: Opportunity or Threat
Lewis Blues

Shell has placed an order with STX Offshore & Shipbuilding for a special bunker vessel to serve ships powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG).

The bunker vessel will be based at Rotterdam where she will make use of the LNG breakbulk terminal and jetty to be built by the Gas Access to Europe (Gate).

The vessel will be LNG-powered, and will have the capacity to carry 6,500 cu m.of LNG.

After a series of delays and extended trials, Australia’s new $126 million marine science flagship, Investigator, has been offi cially put to work, but a funding shortfall means it will be in service for only part of the year.

The CSIRO ship is said to offer Australian scientists a global-level research platform but has been funded by the federal government for only 180 of its 300-days-ayear capacity.

I sometimes follow with interest and some trepidation the consideration by the various House of Lords committees on various matters particularly those of a maritime nature.

In late November the House of Lords Select Committee on the Arctic took evidence from the Ambassador of Japan, the High Commissioner for Singapore as well as diplomats from Canada, Sweden and Finland as part of its enquiry into the Arctic region.

Loch Seaforth is a welcome sight arriving in the Firth of Clyde for the first time, CalMac’s newest and largest ship seen doing a pass of head office before mooring up at Greenock.

But her arrival was a precursor to more complaints regarding the delays being experienced in inaugurating the new service between Ullapool and Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis for which she was built.

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Sea trials started in December of an auxiliary wind propulsion system fitted on the cargo ship Estraden, 18,205gt, of ...

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North American Scene | Wed, 21 Jan

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On 28 November, 14 ships were riding at anchor awaiting berths in Los Angeles or Long ...

A Summer of Shipwreck Discoveries

North American Scene | Wed, 21 Jan

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The US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, “NOAA”, released the first 3D sonar maps and images of ss City ...

The International Salvage Union

From the Lookout | Wed, 21 Jan

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I was pleased to attend the ISU annual marine journalists lunch in early December in ...

Rising to the occasion?

Cruise News | Wed, 21 Jan

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Earlier this year, when the ms Queen Victoria docked in Liverpool, the Cunard vessel received a welcome arguably different ...

Last New Panama Lock Gates are Delivered

Maritime Log | Fri, 2 Jan

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The last shipment of new gates for the Panama Canal expansion project arrived on Nov ...

U-Boat and Victim are Discovered Yards Apart

Maritime Log | Fri, 2 Jan

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On June 16, 1942, the German submarine U-576 had sailed from her base at St Nazaire, on the French ...

SE Asia Tanker Hijackings Reach Worrying Levels

Asia-Pacific | Fri, 2 Jan

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Attacks on small tankers have reached worrying levels in Southeast Asia, the scene of five of six vessel hijackings ...

The Ultimate Reefer Ro/Ro Ship Design

From the Lookout | Fri, 2 Jan

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After the release of the reefer Ro/Ro ship design in September last year, naval architects Knud E Hansen has ...

Home Away from Home

Superyacht News | Fri, 2 Jan

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Built by Royal Huisman in Holland, the 48 metre Wisp (pictured), is classically designed sloop whose performance under sail ...

New Navigation Stations Aim to Beat GPS Problems

Maritime Log | Mon, 29 Dec

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Seven land-based eLoran radio navigation stations have been launched by the UK and Ireland General Lighthouse Authorities to deliver ...

Southampton Expansion

Maritime Log | Mon, 29 Dec

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A £40mn dredging project to enable the world’s largest container ships to use Southampton was completed in ...

Naval Update

Naval Focus | Mon, 29 Dec

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American NewsThe US Navy was forced to admit that it had deployed its first at sea and operational laser ...

Tripartite Agreement Secures Rosyth-Zeebrugge Future

From the Lookout | Mon, 29 Dec

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There is little doubt that the EU Sulphur Directive, aimed at reducing sulphur emissions from ships, is causing UK ...

Sing Out Loud

Superyacht News | Mon, 29 Dec

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Andrea Bocelli, the Italian tenor and song writer whose work spans both popular music and classical opera, has taken ...

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