Wednesday, December 19, 2018

  • Sailing up the Mighty Congo

    The Congo Even if for only the first eighty-five miles, to reach Matadi I was fortunate to be able to travel the whole length of Liverpool’s famous Overhead Railway on my way to and from school during its last few years. Read More
  • A Visit to Ye Olde Naval Bakery

    Maltese Maritime Museum Malta’s “Maritime Museum” is housed in the former Naval Bakery on the quay of Valletta’s urban ward Birgu. Construction of the bakery started in 1842 with the objective to supply the huge British fl eet in the Mediterranean with bread and biscuits. The steam-driven machinery was set in motion for Read More
  • Taikoo Dockyard & Engineering Co

    National Maritime Museum of Ireland Interior On 1 January 1867, John Swire & Sons, having been established as merchants in Liverpool since 1816, opened the first branch in China at Shanghai under the name Butterfield & Swire. They had in fact, been in business from early the previous year, and Swire publications give the founding date Read More
  • National Maritime Museum of Ireland

    National Maritime Museum of Ireland Interior The National Maritime Museum of Ireland is located in Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin. It is housed in the 180-year-old Mariners Church which served as a Church of Ireland place of worship until Easter 1972. It is directly opposite the DLR Lexicon library, easily accessible by DART suburban train and several Read More
  • The Role of the Yard Pilot

    John Readhead & Sons Anyone who has attended a ship launch will forever remember the thrill of the occasion as the vessel begins its descent down the slipway towards the river, gathering pace as it hits the water for the first time, dragging piles of chains behind it to act as a brake. Read More
  • The Bank Line, 1885-1985

    Olivebank Crew This is the story of a remarkable achievement. How one man built an amazing shipping empire throughout his long life, weathering the ups and downs along the way, and going from strength to strength. Read More
  • Mutts to Melbourne

    The Titular Mutt Over the years, Sea Breezes has done a pretty good job of putting an ‘Ancient Mariner’ like me in touch with other like-minded, former seafarers. My most recently acquired friend being Frank Pickering, a New Zealander living near Sydney in Australia. Read More
  • Strangford Lough Ferry Service

    Strangford Ferry Scott Mackey looks at one of the less-known lifeline ferry services in the British Isles, the short but vital link between Portaferry and Strangford across the narrows of Strangford Lough in County Down, Northern Ireland. Read More
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Maritime Log

  • On Course for Training +

    Eternity The latest vessel to join the fleet of model ships used for training at Southampton University’s Warsash School of Maritime, Read More
  • Wrecks From The First World War Brought Into Focus +

    U-87 and Damao A project examining shipwrecks from the First World War around the coast of Wales has pictured for the first time Read More
  • Shell’s First Ship-to-Ship Bunkering of LNG Fuel +

    Gagarin Prospect and Cardissa The first ship-to-ship bunkering of LNG fuel from the Royal Dutch Shell’s specialised LNG bunker vessel Cardissa took place at Read More
  • No Shortage of Seafaring Jobs with Autonomous Ships +

    Rolls-Royce Autonomous Ship There will be no shortage of jobs for seafarers, particularly officers, as a result of the introduction of autonomous ships, Read More
  • Clean Air Hero +

    Titus The first in a new class of four large roll-on,rolloff car and truck carriers for Wallenius Wilhelmsen, of Norway, has Read More
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North America

  • Crude Oil Exports Help Boost Tonnage +

    Corpus Christi The major US oil exporting port of Corpus Christi, in Texas, set a new tonnage record during the first nine Read More
  • Four LNG Tankers in One Day +

    Ribera del Duero Knutsen In a major first on Oct 1, four liquefied gas carriers transited the Panama Canal in one day through the Read More
  • No Injuries in Engine Fire on Asphalt Tanker +

    Feng Huang AO The asphalt tanker Feng Huang AO, with a crew of 21, suffered an engine room fire early on the morning Read More
  • Disabled Bulk Carrier Towed Into Harbour +

    GDF Suez North Sea A 55,848dwt bulk carrier had to be towed into New York harbour after she became disabled while more than 100 Read More
  • Annual Surveys of Titanic Wreck to Start +

    Island Pride A major expedition takes place next summer to explore the wreck of the White Star Line passenger liner Titanic, 46,328grt, Read More
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Asia-Pacific

  • New Welsh Memorial to Japanese U-Boat Victims +

    Hirano Maru A special memorial has been unveiled in a churchyard in Wales to the almost 300 crew and passengers of a Read More
  • Waste Water Spilled Into Great Barrier Reef +

    Pacific Explorer The P&O Cruises Australia cruise ship Pacific Explorer, 77,499gt, was detailed by the Australian authorities after spilling waste water in Read More
  • Cruise Ship in Banned Zone +

     L’Austral A French cruise company and one of its Masters were fined a total of NZ$100,000 for endangering human life and Read More
  • End of Line for Jewel of a Cruise Ship +

    Pacific Jewel The carnival Cruises subsidiary, P&O Cruises Australia, are to replace the cruise ship Pacific Jewel, 70,310gt, with the Star Princess, Read More
  • Cranes Lift Ferry Superstructure onto Hull +

    Express 4 The Australian shipbuilders Austal has rolled-out a new catamaran ferry for the Danish company Molslinjen at its Henderson shipyard in Read More
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Naval Focus

  • F-35s Touch Down on HMS Queen Elizabeth +

    HMS Queen Elizabeth British News Many people never thought they’d see it happen, but F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters have finally flown Read More
  • Sea Trials Recall for Zumwalt-Class Destroyer +

    USS Michael Monsoor American News The Zumult class destroyer USS Michael Monsoor was in dockyard hands at Bath in Maine for the removal Read More
  • HMS Albion Proves Big in Japan +

    HMS Albion British News The assault ship HMS Albion, at time of writing, had just completed a five day visit to Tokyo Read More
  • Royal Navy Commissions New Survey Ship +

    HMS Magpie British News The latest survey vessel to join the Royal Navy was commissioned into service at her homeport of Devonport Read More
  • F-35 Stealth Fighters Land in UK +

    F-35 British News The first four of Britain’s next generation F-35 Lightning supersonic fighter jets touched down in the United Kingdom Read More
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Ferry World

  • Tragedy in Tanzania +

    Nyerere A country well used to tragedy, saw another, on Lake Victoria in September. Read More
  • Seatruck Irish Sea Expansion +

    Seatruck Power Seatruck Pace At this time, when all cross-border ferry operators ex UK must be extremely apprehensive as leaving the EU approaches, Seatruck Read More
  • Worse Things Happen at Sea +

    Ulysse and CSL Virginia I would have liked to have seen the face or hear the language of the OOW when he realised he Read More
  • The Inevitable Brexit Debacle Item +

    Stena Hollandica To the inevitable ‘Brexit’ debacle and huge concern for ferry companies. Read More
  • Trouble for "Loch Seaforth" +

    Loch Seaforth Ferry services between Ullapool and Stornoway were disrupted when Caledonian MacBrayne’s Loch Seaforth lost power just over an hour into Read More
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Sail Review/Coastal Comment

  • Brexit Impact on Ports and Cars +

    CIty of Amsterdam I am amazed the port industry has not made more thorough and timely comments about the potentially negative impact of Read More
  • Barge Race Review +

    Edme Apart from the Whitstable Harbour Barge Race, all the other barge races have a yearly points system that counts up Read More
  • The Temps Fête Maritime Festival +

    La Recouvrance During World War II, most of France’s traditional sailing vessels were destroyed and after the war, the emphasis was on Read More
  • Sunderland to Esbjerg Race +

    Oosterschelde On the north east coast of England, it was Sunderland’s proud claim that more ships had been built here than Read More
  • Tall Ships at Liverpool +

    Belem At the end of May, a Tall Ships fleet met at Liverpool. Read More
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From the Lookout

  • Jobs Boost for the Clyde? +

    Old Kilpatrick John MacSween An ambitious plan to bring marine manufacturing and support industries back to the Upper Clyde, if fully realised, will result Read More
  • The Great Cunarders +

    Queen Elizabeth II 2018 has seen some significant landmarks in the history of two of Cunard Line’s most famous vessels – the RMS Queen Read More
  • A Port Rich in History +

    v One of my Sons recently visited Montreal in Canada on a business trip and reported back favourably on “The history Read More
  • The Plymouth Merchant Navy Memorial +

    Plymouth Merchant Navy Monument I was delighted to receive a very positive update on the development on the Plymouth Merchant Navy monument. Read More
  • Forty Years of Sailing for Mercy Ships +

    Africa Mercy Over the years, I have been a great admirer of the vital work which Mercy Ships carries out in the Read More
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Cruise News/Superyacht News

  • Le Ponant on the Move +

    Ponant Icebreaker Following the example of the Lindblad Cruise Line and National Graphic in the USA, Ponant, the French cruise line which Read More
  • The Bridge Story Updated +

    Queen Mary 2 Recent readers of these Cruise News pages will possibly be familiar with the coverage given to “Bridge 2017”, a transatlantic Read More
  • Dropping an Anchor in Glasgow +

    Anchor Line The history of former shipping lines are frequently well chronicled in various museums. Read More
  • Three Year Restoration for Alicia +

    Alicia The Southampton headquartered ship repairer and marine engineering services provider, SMS, has launched the classic 1930’s superyacht Alicia from its Read More
  • Latona - A Family Affair +

    Latona With her wide open-air spaces, CRN’s new superyacht Latona offers an original interpretation of timeless elegance, coupled with Italian style Read More
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Ships, Ports and Places

The Congo

Sailing up the Mighty Congo

Even if for only the first eighty-five miles, to reach Matadi I was fortunate to be able to travel the Read More
Matadi Palm (2)

Ships we forgot to remember...Matadian/Matadi Palm

The need for raw materials has spawned a wide range of shipping companies in modern times. Read More
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Companies, Events and Other Features

Scharnhorst

The Battle of North Cape

When the battle cruiser’s crew of two-thousand men sat down to their traditional Christmas Day festivities no one imagined amid Read More
Spijook Museum

The World’s Funniest Sea Museum

Tourists visiting Germany’s North Sea coast will be amazed to come across a submarine with cyrillic inscriptions in the yacht Read More
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