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Near-record Ice Coverage

St Lawrence SeawayThe St Lawrence Seaway officially opened to shipping on Mar 31 while the Welland Canal, which connects Lakes Ontario and Erie, opened on Apr 4.

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Wreck of the Costa Concordia May be Refloated This Month

Concordia SponsonIn a progress report in mid-April on the salvage of the wreck of the former cruise ship Costa Concordia, the salvors say that if everything goes to plan, the wreck could be refloated by the end of this month.

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New Solent Berth Can Handle the Largest Container Ships

Southampton TerminalThe final stage of a £100mn investment by Associated British Ports (APB) in the container terminal at Southampton was officially opened on Apr 1.

This is part of more than £650mn of capital investment planned by ABP across its 21 ports. The official ceremony was performed by the four-times Olympic gold medallist yachtsman Sir Ben Ainsley who ordered the loading of a 40ft container on to the CMA CGM container ship Marco Polo, 175,343gt.

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Ship Ran Aground After OOW Fell Asleep on the Bridge

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DanioA cargo ship went aground in an environmentally sensitive area off the Northumberland coast after the Chief Officer, who was the only person on the bridge, fell asleep while on watch.

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Series of Unmanned Ships Under Development

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CGI Unmanned Cargo VesselsRolls-Royce is developing a series of unmanned cargo ships that it says “will deliver safe, affordable and lower pollution vessels to the shipping industry.”

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Birkenhead Starts Massive Refit of RFA

Fort VictoriaA £47mn refit of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) oiler/replenishment ship Fort Victoria got underway at the Birkenhead shipyard of Cammell Laird at the end of February.

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