Sunday, April 30, 2017

  • Happy Seagoing Days - MacAndrew Line

    MS Pacheco After gaining my Masters Certificate in July 1962, I started to look for another job on General cargo ships, but definitely not anymore tankers. I wanted to have a better quality of life, ie a better social one, to hopefully meet the right lady etc. Read More
  • Meeting the Master – Captain Sean Rathbone

    Pole Star This month we get a chance to hear from Captain Sean Rathbone, one of the Masters of the Northern Lighthouse Board’s two ships. Currently Captain of NLV Pole Star, Sean Rathbone has been with the Board for 24 years and has seen three ships brought into its service. We get Read More
  • Two and a Half Centuries of Mersey Pilotage

    In the late 17th century, Liverpool was in the transition from being a relatively minor fishing port to a thriving commercial port. As a consequence, more and more ships were visiting the River Mersey with its navigational complexities and the beginnings of the new docks. Read More
  • Stena Line: 20 Years in Belfast

    The ferry industry has come through a huge period of change over the past two decades, nowhere more so than the North Channel and, especially at Stena Line. Read More
  • 60th Anniversary of Ellerman's Wilson Lines

    July 2015 saw the 60th anniversary of the launch of the last conventional steam powered cargo ship for Ellerman’s Wilson Line which was, in its prime, the largest private ship owning company in the world. Read More
  • Jet Propelled Into the Future

    “More people die from drowning at sea in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland than from cycling accidents”, – one of the worrying facts I learned during a recent visit to RNLI headquarters. Another is that the World Health Organisation considers deaths by drowning to have reached “epidemic proportions”. Read More
  • Spotlight on the Northern Lighthouse Board

    Established in 1786 the Northern Lighthouse Board (NLB) will celebrate 230 years of continuous operation and service to the mariner in 2016. With some of its lighthouses now over 200 years old they continue to serve the same purpose as when they were built – to serve the mariner for the Read More
  • Transforming the Irish Sea

    Following the successful introduction of award-winning Stena Superfast VII and Stena Superfast VIII on the North Channel route between Northern Ireland and Scotland in November 2011, Stena Line has further developed the important central corridor service between Holyhead and Dublin with the purchase and introduction of sister ship, Stena Superfast Read More
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  • Former White Star Line HQ Opens as Hotel +

  • Strangford Lough Ferry Service +

  • Captain Brian Agnew OBE - Master of the Gothic +

  • Goodbye to “Big E” (For Now) +

  • Stena Line Enters Partnership With Mercy Ships +

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Maritime Log

  • This Month's World’s Biggest Container Ship +

    MOL Triumph On Mar 27, the Japanese shipping company Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL), of Tokyo, took delivery of the world’s largest container Read More
  • Rescue Helicopter Crew Killed In Accident +

    ICG Helicopter The four crew of an Irish Coast Guard search and rescue helicopter died when the aircraft crashed into the sea Read More
  • Insurers Warn of Ultra Large Ship Risks +

    Rena Wreck Numerous risks of a technical nature are not being considered by owners when they opt to construct the ever bigger Read More
  • ‘Motion Illusion’ From Bridge Blamed for Collision +

    City of Rotterdam The “distortion of the pilot’s spatial awareness due to relative motion illusion” was the cause of a collision between the Read More
  • Pearl String Line is Taken Over +

    Rickmers Singapore The Zeaborn Group, of Bremen, Germany, has taken over the business operations of the Rickmers Line. Read More
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North America

  • Goodbye to “Big E” (For Now) +

    USS Enterprise The world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and only ship of her class, USS Enterprise (CVN-65) was decommissioned on 3 February Read More
  • Business is Good on the Panama Canal +

    Panama Canal Seven months after the beginning of operations, 2017 is off to a strong start as January 2017 saw the Panama Read More
  • Submarine Warfare’s Grand Anniversary +

    CSS HL Hunley One hundred and fifty three years ago during the US Civil War, on 17 February 1864 off Charleston, South Carolina, Read More
  • USCG Polar Star Breaks Record Channel to McMurdo Station +

    USCGC Polar Star USCGC Polar Star (WAGB-10) completed cutting a resupply channel through more than 60 miles of ice in the Ross Sea Read More
  • USCG "John McCormick" Delivered +

    USCGC John McCormick Bollinger Shipyards delivered the 21st Fast Response Cutter (“FRC”) USCGC John McCormick to the US Coast Guard. Read More
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Asia-Pacific

  • First for Export of Live Cattle +

    Galloway Express The first sea-bound shipment of live slaughter cattle has been exported to China by Elders’ North Australian Cattle Co (NACC). Read More
  • Chief Minister Halts Gadani Breaking Until Safety Improves +

    Gadani Beach The breaking up of tankers and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carriers at Pakistan’s Gadani shipbreaking yards was banned in February Read More
  • First US LNG Cargo Arrives at Japanese Terminal +

    Oak Spirit The first cargo of LNG produced in the United States arrived at the Joetsu LNG Terminal of the Chubu Electric Read More
  • New Control Centre for Asia Region +

    CMA CGM control room The French container shipping line CMA CGM opened a Navigation and Port Operations Centre in the Singapore corporate headquarters of Read More
  • Full-Size Titanic Replica at Chinese Theme Park +

    Titanic Construction is underway in China of a full-size replica of the ill-fated White Star Line passenger ship Titanic, 46,329grt, which Read More
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Naval Focus

  • New Voyages for USS Enterprise +

    USS Enterprise American News Huntington Ingalls Industries was awarded a $25.5 million contract to essentially start the advanced fabrication of the third Read More
  • Naval Update - April 2017 +

    USS Antietam American News On Tuesday 31 January, the Ticonderoga class cruiser USS Antietam ran aground off the coast of Yokosuka in Read More
  • New Astute Class Submarine +

    HMS Audacious Royal Navy News On 16 December, in a rather chilly Devonshire Dock Hall at BAE Systems shipyard at Barrow in Read More
  • Trump Starts Biggest Build-up in Decades +

    USS Wichita American News Incoming President, Donald Trump has stated publicly that he wants to expand the current fleet of the US Read More
  • First Steel Cut on New Dreadnaught Class +

    USS Gerald R Ford American News There are more problems for the US Navy’s flagship aircraft carrier programme. Read More
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Ferry World

  • Maritime Wonder of the World +

    Stad tunnel entrance Ever since I visited Norway I have heard the locals speak in awe and fear of the rounding of Stad, Read More
  • Cruiser News +

    Maid of the Loch There seems to be positive news about the long laid up as a static attraction, restaurant and events venue, Maid Read More
  • Shopping for Clean Ferries in China +

    Stena Design It seems ferry companies are falling over themselves to claim they are introducing the world’s most fuel efficient and cleanest Read More
  • Ferries to Lyness +

    Hamnavoe Northlink’s Hamnavoe entered Scrabster Harbour from Stromness, Orkney, just as day was breaking, the sky over the Pentland Firth being Read More
  • Electric Conversion +

    Aurora af Helsingborg A big step forward on one route this year is to be the adaptation of two large double-ender ships on Read More
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Sail Review/Coastal Comment

  • Grand Bank Schooners +

    Creoula In the 1930s when the last of the square-riggers were making voyages from Australia to Britain with grain, Portugal was Read More
  • Tilbury Port +

    Pompey Power Forth Ports PLC own ‘The Port of Tilbury’ which they term in a recent press release to be ‘London’s major Read More
  • Scrabster Snapshot +

    Lómur If Scrabster is considered as just the gateway to Orkney, that does this fine little port in Caithness in the Read More
  • George Smeed +

    George Smeed After leaving school, I was determined to sail on barges trading under sail before that world was lost forever. Read More
  • Springtime Prep for Charters +

    Phoenix In spring time, all the charter vessels start to prepare for their busy cruising season. Read More
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From the Lookout

  • 2017 Spring Quilliam Lecture +

    Qilliam Lecture Poster "Wives and Sweethearts in Quilliam's Navy" is another eye-catching title for the Spring Quilliam Lecture on Thursday 27th April in Read More
  • "Herald of Free Enterprise" 30th Anniversary +

    MV Herald of Free Enterprise In 1987, I was General Manager of Sealink Scotland's Stranraer-Larne service. Read More
  • Troopship SS "Ballarat": Torpedoed and Sunk by German Submarine April 25th 1917 +

    Ballarat In March's (2017) edition of Sea Breezes, we carried the astonishing story of the SS Otaki and her battle with Read More
  • Stena Line Enters Partnership With Mercy Ships +

    Africa Mercy Uplifting news from NGO Mercy Ships and Stena Line, the world's largest privately owned ferry company – they have decided to Read More
  • Red Jet 3 Survey and Refit +

    Red Jet 3 Good news for Wight Shipyard Ltd and the local island economy as it was announced in early February by Red Read More
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Cruise News/Superyacht News

  • Superyacht Mothership Breeds Modular Apartments +

    X R-Evolution Designer Stefano Pastrovich, the head of Monaco-based Pastrovich Studios, has been telling Haute Living magazine of his conceptual superyacht whose Read More
  • New Builds: Seven Seas Explorer and Seabourn Encore +

    Seabourn Encore and Seven Seas Explorer. In recent months, two brand new cruise vessels have been constructed and delivered which the respective owners have claimed have Read More
  • Former White Star Line HQ Opens as Hotel +

    30 James Street Albion House in Liverpool, the former base of White Star Line - arguably the most famous shipping operators in the world Read More
  • Captain Adam Williams, the New Man at the Helm +

    Adam Williams Following on from the sad loss of Rodney Young, the Master of their vessel St Helena, the company have subsequently Read More
  • Damen Shipyards Sell Fast & Furious +

    Fast & Furious The 55 metre yacht support ship Fast & Furious from the Damen Shipyards was one of the stars at both Read More
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Ships, Ports and Places

The Titular Mutt

Mutts to Melbourne

Over the years, Sea Breezes has done a pretty good job of putting an ‘Ancient Mariner’ like me in touch Read More
Strangford Ferry

Strangford Lough Ferry Service

Scott Mackey looks at one of the less-known lifeline ferry services in the British Isles, the short but vital link Read More
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Companies, Events and Other Features

MS Pacheco

Happy Seagoing Days - MacAndrew Line

After gaining my Masters Certificate in July 1962, I started to look for another job on General cargo ships, but Read More
Pearl Harbour Attack

Pearl Harbour Attack

December 2016 will be a poignant time on the stunningly beautiful islands that make up the US State of Hawaii. Read More
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