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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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Transfer Vessels Boost Medical Response Times

Tidal TransitMedical first responders are now being carried as part of the regular crews on the three personnel transfer vessels of Tidal Transit which transport workers to and from the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Windfarm between 17 and 23 miles off the coast of Norfolk.

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Memorial Marks the Birkenhead Tragedy

HMS Birkenhead MemorialA memorial has been unveiled in Birkenhead to the victims of one of the worst and most famous maritime disasters of the 19th Century.

The paddle troopship HMS Birkenhead, 1,400 tons, built by John Laird at Birkenhead in 1846 for the Admiralty, sank off the coast of Gansbaai, South Africa, on Feb 26, 1852. The ship had been designed as a frigate and was completed as a troopship.

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