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Maritime Log

  • Lifeboats in Jutland Tribute +

    Longhope Lifeboat Four RNLI lifeboats attended the solemn Commemoration of the Centenary of the Battle of Jutland off Scapa Flow on May Read More
  • Concern Over UK Tonnage Drop +

    Red Ensign The number of trading ships registered in the UK has increased for the first time in four years, rising by Read More
  • Warning Over Drone Use After Ship Stopped +

    Drooone! A ship was detained by the authorities following the launch of a drone to photograph the ship as she proceeded Read More
  • Margate Marks a Special RNLI Anniversary +

    Margate Lifeboat Fifty years ago Margate’s new RNLI inshore lifeboat carried out her first service call and since then, the station’s inshore Read More
  • World’s Biggest Lock Opens for Business +

    Red Ensign What is said to be the largest lock in the world, the Kieldrecht Lock at Antwerp, was officially opened on Read More
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North America

  • Oceangate Drops in on Andrea Doria +

    Andrea Doria On the 60th anniversary of her sinking, ocean exploration company OceanGate, captured detailed close-up images of the wreck of Andrea Read More
  • Colonna's New Drydock +

    Colonna Dry Dock In the spring of 2017, Norfolk, Virginia’s Colonna Shipyard Inc will add a $23 million, 590 foot fl oating dry Read More
  • US Navy Seal’s Mother Christens Second Zumwalt +

    USS Monsoor The mother of a fallen US Navy Seal christened the US Navy’s second Zumwalt-class guided missile destroyer named for her Read More
  • Happy National Maritime Day +

    National Maritime Day Poster In 1933, the US Congress declared 22 May to be “National Maritime Day” in honour of the 22 May 1819 Read More
  • After a Century USS Conestoga is Found +

    USS Conestoga In March the US Navy announced the discovery of the wreck of USS Conestoga (AT-54) in the Greater Farallones National Read More
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  • Giant Shipping Lines Formed by Chinese +

    Cosco Shipyard The giant Chinese shipping group China Cosco Shipping Corporation has split its tanker and bulk carrier divisions into two sections, Read More
  • Government Aid for Shipbuilding Industries +

    Hyundai Shipyard The South Korean Government unveiled a $9.5bn fund for two state-run banks to aid the country’s struggling shipbuilding and shipping Read More
  • Huge Boost in Exports as LNG Production Rises +

    GNLG Queensland Australian LNG production increased by 53.2 per cent in the first quarter of this year to 10.1mn tons with increased Read More
  • Teekay Aus Adds 12 Bulk Carriers to Fleet +

    Lowlands Brilliance Teekay Australia is progressively taking over management of 12 bulk carriers owned by CarVal Investors, an independent branch of the Read More
  • Largest Roro and Vehicle Terminal Officially Opened +

    New Melbourne Terminal The first phase of Australia’s largest roll-on, roll-off and vehicle terminal at Webb Dock West in Melbourne was officially inaugurated Read More
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Naval Focus

  • Naval Update +

    HMS Illustrious Royal Navy News On 1 June in suitably grey rain sodden skies, the former ice patrol ship HMS Endurance was Read More
  • Naval Update +

    HMS Sabre Royal Navy News The ongoing pestering of British and foreign warships utilising the facilities at Gibraltar by Spanish vessels continued Read More
  • Naval Update +

    HMS Defender IMCMEX Royal Navy News The Type 45 destroyer HMS Defender has been participating in one of the world’s largest minewarfare exercises Read More
  • Naval Update +

    Royal Navy NewsIn mid March, the latest member of the Astute class of nuclear powered hunter killer submarines HMS Artful Read More
  • Naval Update +

    United States NewsUSS Zumwalt, the US Navy’s extraordinary and revolutionary DDG1000 guided missile destroyer completed, according to Raytheon, her week Read More
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Ferry World

  • Manor Marine Vessels +

    Ali Cat To slightly less profound issues and CalMac having won their bid to run services for another 8 years were soon Read More
  • A UK Out-with the European Union? +

    Scottish Viking I write Ferry World just days after the momentous decision by the British electorate who, by a relatively small margin, Read More
  • Stena Bonanza for China +

    New Stena Builds As I write, Stena is due to order four large new passenger-freight ro-ros for North European service from AVIC Shipyard Read More
  • Hurtigruten Go Large +

    Hurtigruten Expedition Norwegian shipbuilder Kleven Maritime at Ulsteinvik, Western Norway, has signed an agreement with Hurtigruten to build up to four what Read More
  • Tender Triumph for CalMac +

    CalMac Future There were two bids for the eight year £1bn contract to run the Scottish Government’s required services in the Firth Read More
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Sail Review/Coastal Comment

  • Workboats +

    Helen Mary The oil and gas rig supply vessel was the new design of the late ‘60s and ‘70s that soon became Read More
  • Steel Ships +

    Skala I grew up with the steel industry and worked in it on occasion and I recall on a visit two Read More
  • Cemfjord MAIB Report +

    Cemfjord Trust the locals to give the awesomely scary seas at the eastern end of the Pentland Firth the innocent sounding Read More
  • US Refits and Preservations +

    Star of India The 452 gross ton wooden three-masted schooner CA Thayer, built in California in 1895, was towed across to the Bay Read More
  • Fifty Years of Sail Review +

    Maria Robert Simper was born near the Suffolk coast in 1937 and has spent his working life there. He has travelled Read More
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From the Lookout

  • Come Forth and Multiply +

    Caribbean Princess Cruise ship numbers into the Firth of Forth surge ahead in 2016 In 2016, Forth Ports Ltd is enjoying substantial Read More
  • Holland America's New Ship Named +

    MS Koningsdam In a ceremony rich with history and meaning, Holland America Line held a Dedication Ceremony for MS Koningsdam May 20 Read More
  • The "Noon Ritual" at Sea +

    Noon Ritual Recent discussions in Sea Breezes, on sextants and celestial navigations, brought back to me the noon time ritual on Blue Read More
  • A Fond Farewell to RMS St Helena +

    RMS St Helena Built at Hall, Russell & Company’s shipyard in Aberdeen in 1989, RMS St Helena has since 1990, given sterling service Read More
  • The Shipyard Painters Exhibition +

    Peter Mayne An exciting new exhibition “The Shipyard Painters” presented by the Old Low Light Heritage Centre in North Shields and Tynemouth Read More
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Cruise News/Superyacht News

  • The Alaska Marine Highway +

    Columbia It may have been a Russian colony from 1744 until the USA bought it in 1867 for $7,200,000....but at that Read More
  • The Lloyd Triestino Liners +

    Africa The early 1960’s was an exciting time for me. When I finished school and prior to heading off in the Read More
  • Seatrade 2016, Fort Lauderdale +

    FL Exhibition Centre The Cruise Industry confraternity’s annual migration in March has just witnessed the 30th occasion of the gathering, however with a Read More
  • The Golden Age of Liners Lives On! +

    POSH Exhibition Posters The ‘Age’ referred to, possibly began in 1890, when steamship companies began advertising their first “superliners” with another new marvel, Read More
  • Quietest Yacht Ever Built to Rina Comfort Class +

    Genesi The 47 metre Genesi built by Wider Yachts in Italy is the first yacht ever to obtain a perfect score Read More
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Ships, Ports and Places

Preparing to board the ship at Fais

Roughing it in Yap

Imagine sailing the western Pacific for three weeks aboard a copra boat, visiting isolated islands most people have never heard Read More

A Year on the Newfoundland (Part Two)

We returned to Halifax by way of St John, New Brunswick, a short trip up the Bay of Fundy from Read More
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Companies, Events and Other Features


The Mysteries of Ship Tonnage

There’s a lot of misunderstanding over ship tonnage. Too often we read that such-and-such a ship, ‘weighed in at 80,000 Read More
HMS Liverpool

From Boy Scout to Battleships

Looking south from the garden of Rear Admiral Tom Bradbury’s house, set high on the Weald at Dallington near Heathfield Read More
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