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Costa Concordia Sponson Collapses

Collapsed SponsonWithin days of being installed on the wreck of the cruise ship Costa Concordia, 114,137gt, the first sponson needed for the refloating operation collapsed and had to be removed and taken away for repairs.

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Seventeen Cranes Ordered From China for Liverpool2

ZPMC Cantilever CraneThe Peel Ports Group has signed a £100mn contract with the Shanghai-based Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co (ZPMC) for 17 cranes for the new £300mn Liverpool2 container port on the River Mersey at Seaforth which is due to open next year.

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Huge Welcome for First Shannon Lifeboat

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R and J WelburnThe first of the RNLI’s new Shannon class lifeboats in the southwest, the R and J Welburn, arrived at Exeter at 1303 on May 9 and she was escorted by the station’s two lifeboats, the Mersey class Margaret Jean, which she will replace, and the D-class inshore lifeboat George Bearman.

Exmouth RNLI Mechanic, Mark Sansom, who was on board the R and J Welburn, said: “As we approached the beach, I couldn’t believe the number of people who had turned out to welcome us home. We had been away for five days’ training and it was all well worth the effort to see the support’.

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First National Maritime Strategy Launched

UK National Maritime StrategyThe UK’S first national strategy for maritime security was launched by the Government on May 13. The Government said: “The strategy confirms our commitment to preserving the flow of maritime trade and upholding international maritime law.”

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Boost for Special Royal Navy Unit

PiracyThe Abu Dhabi Ports Co (ADPC) has extended its collaboration with the UK Maritime Trade Operations (MTO) in the fight against maritime piracy in the area.

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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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