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Smallest Number of Ships Flying Red Ensign Since 2006

Red EnsignThe number of UK registered ships is at its lowest level since 2006, according to the 2014 Shipping Fleet Statistics released by the Department for Transport (DoT) in London.

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Cylindrical FPSA Designed to Withstand Worst Weather

Goliat FPSOThe world’s biggest cylindrical floating production, storage and offloading vessel Goliat FPSO was due to arrive at Hammerfest, Norway, early this month at the end of a voyage from South Korea on the world’s largest semi-submersible heavy lift ship.

Weighing 64,000 tons, the FPSO was built by Hyundai Heavy Industries at its Ulsan shipyard for Eni Norge, of Norway, and was then loaded onto the Dockwise Vanguard, 91,784gt, of Dockwise Ltd, Breda, for the 60-day voyage around the Cape of Good Hope.

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The World’s Biggest Container Ship

What was the world’s largest container ship, the CSCL Globe, of 19,100 teu, made her maiden call at Felixstowe on Jan 7. The ship is operated by China Shipping Container Line on its AEX1 (Asia Europe Express) service and Felixstowe is its first port of call in Europe.

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Newer and Bigger Ships With Fewer Scrapped

Alphaliner LogoAsian companies continue to account for over half of the top 20 of the top 100 container lines.

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Quay Extension Underway

Port of TyneWork has started on the £25mn extension to Riverside Quay at South Shields.

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Warning Over Growth of ‘Petro Pirates’

Petro PiratesGovernments have been warned that their need to act to stop the violent hijackings of small coastal tankers in South East Asia in what have been described as “petro-piracy”.

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