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Maritime Log

  • Costa Concordia Wreck Moved Into Drydock +

    Costa Concordia The wreck of the cruise ship Costa Concordia, 114,137gt, sailed to a dry dock in Genoa on Sept 1 for Read More
  • Giant Vessel Lifts 13,500 Ton Offshore Platform +

    Pioneering Spirit The giant single-lift installation/decommissioning and pipelaying vessel Pioneering Spirit, 403,342gt, successfully completed her first job in August. Read More
  • Unexploded Ordnance Cleared from Windfarm +

    James Fisher ROV This summer, James Fisher Subsea completed a project to locate and dispose of unexploded ordnance (UXO) found in the Nordergründe Read More
  • Maersk Axes 20 Ships +

    Maersk Axes 20 Ships Up to 20 vessels are to be withdrawn from service with the loss of 400 offshore jobs by Maersk Supply Read More
  • Russia Setting up Arctic Transport System +

    Happy Dover Russia has started to form a transport system that would guarantee that the Arctic sea routes would be economically viable. Read More
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North America

  • Out With the Old In With the Older +

    Peking Built in 1911, the steel-hulled, four-masted barque and F Laeisz Flying P-Liner, Peking has been moved out out of her Read More
  • Happy Birthday, Boston Light +

    Boston Light On 14 September, Boston Light was three hundred years old. Read More
  • El Faro's Black Box Recovered +

    El Faro Black Box At the end of a 10-month search, El Faro’s voyage data recorder (VDR) was finally recovered at a 15,000-foot depth Read More
  • Fourth Jones Act Tanker for Crowley +

    West Virginia Crowley christened LNG-ready tanker West Virginia at her builders, Philly Shipyard, Inc. Read More
  • Fantasy Fire +

    Caribbean Fantasy All 511 persons aboard the 561-foot Panamanian-flagged passenger/cargo vessel Carribean Fantasy were evacuated and taken to San Juan’s Pier 6 Read More
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  • Energy Confidence Delivery +

    Energy Confidence The liquefied natural gas tanker Energy Confidence, 75,891dwt, has transported the first shipment of LNG produced by the Western Australia’s Read More
  • Deadline Extended in Hanjin Crisis +

    Hanjin In mid-September, the financially troubled South Korean container line Hanjin Shipping Co, the seventh largest container line in the world, Read More
  • Wreck Removed in Sections +

    TS Taipei The wreck of the container ship TS Taipei has been removed after five months on the reef off Shimen, Taiwan, Read More
  • Plans for Port Win Backing +

    Swettenham Pier Cruise Terminal, Penang Port. The Malaysian utilities and infrastructure group MMC, has signed a conditional agreement to buy a 49 per cent stake in Read More
  • First Cattle Drive from AUS to Cambodia +

    Greman Express The cattle trade between Australia and Cambodia began in June when the livestock carrier Greyman Express, 10,421gt, of the Dutch Read More
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Naval Focus

  • Naval Update - Nov 2016 +

    HMS Explorer HMS Trumpeter Royal Navy News Their work is seldom heralded, but the work of the smallest warships in the Royal Navy continues. Read More
  • Naval Update - Oct 2016 +

    HMS Forth Rayal Navy News The first in the second batch of River class offshore patrol vessels for the Royal Navy, HMS Read More
  • Naval Update - Sept 2016 +

    Pacific 950 Farnborough Airshow Every two years, the world’s leading aviation and military equipment manufacturers come together at an airfi eld in Read More
  • 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
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Ferry World

  • Grimaldi Group Acquires Finnlines plc +

    Eurocargo Livorno The large privately owned Naples based Grimaldi group has developed sophisticated cargo and passenger services in the Med and cargo Read More
  • Gdansk Visit +

    Töll and Piret Brian Climie has been on one of his trips of discovery, this time to Poland and came across the veteran Read More
  • Too Much Success +

    Loch Shirra How often do we hear criticism of government because their policy is too successful? That is the fate of the Read More
  • Tern Celebration +

    Tern In 1949, the Windermere ‘steamer’ Tern of canoe bow fame was not yet half way through her career so far. Read More
  • Calais Congention +

    Spirit of France As I write, the summer peak ferry traffic at Dover has seen thousands of unhappy travellers caught up in hold-ups Read More
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Sail Review/Coastal Comment

  • Star Attraction at Greath Yarmouth +

    Earl of Pembroke The wooden barque, Earl of Pembroke of Bristol, was one of the star attractions at the Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival Read More
  • The Thames Sailing Barge Parade +

    Barges locking out of the West India Docks, London. The Thames Sailing Barge Parade, on September 17, was intended to publicise the need to get more passengers to help Read More
  • Freighters Assist Arran Construction +

    Burhou 1 The sight of Sea Hunter leaving the Tyne for a coast hugging voyage to Barrow in Furness on the opposite Read More
  • Whitby Esk +

    Havilah A port that has lost its coastal shipping business to go over to marina operation and property development is Whitby. Read More
  • Provident Wins Brixham Heritage Regatta +

    Pilgrim The two schooners owned by South Street Seaport Museum, New York, were active in the summer. Read More
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From the Lookout

  • Mccallum Awarded Merchant Navy Meritorious Service Medal +

    Captain Stuart McCallum, Marine Manager, Serco Northlink Ferries. I was delighted to hear in early September, that an old colleague from my Sea Containers days, Captain Stuart McCallum, Read More
  • IoM Ship Registry in "Game Changing" Consultation +

    IOM Ship Registry At the end of September 2016, the Isle of Man Ship Registry announced a new consultation and timescale for delivery Read More
  • New ‘Ireland Max’ Container Vessels for BG Freight +

    Ireland Max BG Freight Line, a wholly owned subsdiary of Peel Ports Group since 2005, is to receive new ‘tailor made’ short Read More
  • Meteogroup Awarded Contract From BBC +

    Meteogroup Meteogroup, Europe’s leading supplier of weather solutions for the shipping industry, has been awarded the BBC Weather Contract. Read More
  • RSMA Annual Exhibition 2016 at the Mall Galleries +

    Dawn Haul To celebrate the Society’s 50th anniversary of gaining their Royal Charter, this year’s exhibition is the largest ever, with some Read More
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Cruise News/Superyacht News

  • New Amels Elixir on Show in Monaco +

    Elixir Launched earlier this summer, the enchanting 55-metre Elixir (180 ft) made her debut at this years Monaco Yacht Show. Read More
  • Hapag-Lloyd Cruises Orders Two Expedition Cruise Ships +

    Hapag-Lloyd Cruises German cruise company Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, owned by TUI AG, has been confirmed as the owner of the two expedition cruise Read More
  • MV Aranui 5 +

    Aranui 5 Ask the average Westerner to name an area famed for it’s beautiful and exotic islands and many would name the Read More
  • Hanse Explorer – “A True Adventure Yacht” +

    Hanse Explorer Hanse Explorer has been added to the brokerage list of Fraser Yachts with an asking price of €13,500,000. Read More
  • "Giant" Reborn as "Legend" +

    Legend The rebuilt expedition yacht, now known as Legend, has left Holland for her maiden trip. Read More
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Ships, Ports and Places

SS Geomitra

Whatever Happened to the Mosquito Fleet?

The emotive and perhaps romantic nom de plume “Mosquito Fleet” has often been used for a collection of ships, based Read More

The Steam Driven Submarine

The Gareloch, today, is home to Britain’s nuclear deterrent; the Trident submarine fleet. This deep water loch, just off the Read More
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Companies, Events and Other Features

Pole Star

Meeting the Master – Captain Sean Rathbone

This month we get a chance to hear from Captain Sean Rathbone, one of the Masters of the Northern Lighthouse Read More

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
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