Friday, December 15, 2017

  • Rathlin Island Ferry Service

    Rathlin Express In the second of his articles on Northern Ireland’s vital links, Scott Mackey looks at the lifeline ferry service linking Rathlin Island with Ballycastle. The service is operated by Rathlin Island Ferry Ltd as a subsidised lifeline, on behalf of the Northern Ireland Department for Infrastructure, using two vessels, and Read More
  • A Quartet for the North Sea

    Painting of Venus The chain of events that led to the Bergen Line building the Venus started in the head office of Swedish Lloyd. From 1879 they had operated a service between their home port of Gothenburg that linked Sweden with Britain. Read More
  • 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
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Maritime Log

  • Wreck Of The Athenia Found? +

    Athenia In response to the invasion of Poland on Sept 1, Great Britain declared war on Germany at 11am on Sept Read More
  • Falklands War Successor is Broken Up +

    Atlantic Conveyor A ship that was built on the Tyne for the Cunard Steam-Ship Co, of Liverpool, to replace one that was Read More
  • Historic Lifeboat Returns Home +

    Bedford A historic lifeboat has returned home to Tyneside after a number of local businesses joined local government to save her. Read More
  • Anchor Catches Torpedo +

    Skaw Provider When the crew of the Maltese-flag oil/chemical tanker Skaw Provider, 4,300dwt, raised the anchor from 15m off Portland, Dorset, they Read More
  • Side-By-Side Supply Ships Sink +

    The Maersk Searcher and Maersk Shipper. (DMAIB) A unique conjunction of events and circumstances led to the sinking of two Maersk offshore supply vessels in December, 2016, Read More
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North America

  • Bid To Curb Act And Boost Aid To Island +

    Horizon Spirit As Puerto Rico recovers from the series of devastating hurricanes this season, it has been claimed that the Jones Act Read More
  • Change in Terminal Operators +

    Tacoma The international terminal operator APM Terminals, part of the Maersk Group, closed its operations at Tacoma on Sept 30 and Read More
  • ‘Best Trading Months’ in History of Long Beach +

    Port Of Long Beach Records were broken in September when the Port of Long Beach, California, moved more containers than in any other September Read More
  • Hudson's Biggest +

    Steam generator The two-day, 170-mile delivery from the Port of Coeymans near Albany, New York of a new 130-foot high steam generator Read More
  • "Friendship of Salem" to Return This Winter +

    Friendship of Salem The Salem Maritime National Historic Site announced agreement on contract changes for the ongoing overhaul of the three-masted, 171-foot Friendship Read More
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Asia-Pacific

  • Stranded Cargo Ship to be Refloated and Broken Up +

    Kea Trader The container ship Kea Trader, 24,720gt, which went aground on a reef off New Caledonia on July 12, will have Read More
  • Italian Builders to Construct in Australia +

    Fincantieri The Italian shipbuilder and ship designer Fincantieri is to construct sections for cruise ships and frigates in Australia from next Read More
  • Fifteen LNG Carriers For Siberia Project +

    LNG Ice Breaker (DSME) A South Korean company has received a contract to build 15 ice-breaking LNG carriers for Russia, the president of South Read More
  • Asia/Australasia Container Traffic Slumps +

    Drewry Report Container traffic from Asia to Australasia suffered its first quarterly slump in at least five years, falling by 11 per Read More
  • First Order from Taiwan +

    Austal The fast ferry builder Austal Ships, of Henderson, Western Australia, has won its first commercial vessel contract in Taiwan. Read More
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Naval Focus

  • New Oiler for Canada +

    Asterix Canadian News The Royal Canadian Navy’s long wait for a new replenishment oiler for the fleet is nearly at an Read More
  • HMS Queen Elizabeth Arrives at Home Port +

    HMS Queen Elizabeth British News An event following the 2010 Defence Review many thought would never happen occurred on Wednesday 16 August when Read More
  • Work Starts on Three Warships +

    Type 25 British News After an almost unseemly wait, the Royal Navy can breathe again having held its breath waiting for the Read More
  • Los Angeles Class Decommissioning +

    USS Dallas American News The end of May saw a lot of submarine news within the US Navy with the decommissioning of Read More
  • HMS Westminster Returns to Service +

    HMS Westminster British News After two years out of service undergoing a major reconstruction and refit, the Type 23 frigate HMS Westminster Read More
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Ferry World

  • Nostalgic Scout Trip Remembered +

    South Shields Scouts A morale boosting and nostalgic story from not long after WW2 came to my notice. Read More
  • Morale Boost for CalMac +

    Glen Sannox The major new units of CalMac’s West of Scotland fleet taking shape at Port Glasgow are to bear the much Read More
  • Summer Scenes - Naples +

    GNV Cristal So when arriving at Naples, we now meet the ex Olau Hollandia ex Pride of Le Havre ex SNAV Sardegna, Read More
  • Summer Scenes - Barcelona +

    Abel Matutes As we head through Autumn – or ‘the Fall’ as our North American readers would put it – and some of the Read More
  • Excursion Woes +

    Waverley The excursion business, especially with the preserved classic vessels, has continued to have major disappointments. Read More
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Sail Review/Coastal Comment

  • From Rix To Stevie Clarkes +

    “Ronrix” leaving for Hull The name Rix is long associated with Humber ports with origins traced to Hull businessman Captain Robert Rix in the Read More
  • Energy Needs +

    Northern Ocean Charlie McCurdy’s fine image of the Faeroese products tanker Northern Ocean 8,594,’98 passing Greenock, on her way from the fuel Read More
  • Staple Trades - Clay +

    Moelfre Rose Before leaving the economically confused days of 2017, I thought I would remind ourselves of some of the staple trades Read More
  • Colne Racing +

    Edme The 46th Colne Smack and Barge Match was sailed from Brightlingsea on September 2 in a very light southerly breeze Read More
  • West Coast Restorations +

    CA Thayer From the day they are launched, every ship has a life expectancy. Read More
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From the Lookout

  • TMG Delivers Influential Panama Canal Study +

    MSC Antalya A global maritime consultancy has carried out a pivotal assessment review of tugboat operations in the new third set of Read More
  • The Majestic River Rhine +

    MS Charles Dickens In September of this year, my wife and I enjoyed a wonderful Riviera Travel river cruise on the majestic River Read More
  • Video Campaign for New Seafarers +

    To Sea or Not to Sea In an aim to plug the shortfall in numbers of British seafarers, the UK Chamber of Shipping and the Merchant Read More
  • Solent Marine Safety Academy +

    Firefighters Any initiative that helps improve safety at sea and the betterment of the skills set of seafarers in reacting to Read More
  • Forth Bridges - The New Queensferry Crossing +

    Forth Bridges At the end of August 2017, the new Queensferry Crossing opened to traffic. Read More
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Cruise News/Superyacht News

  • National Geographic's Quest +

    Quest The launching of ships is a prestigious event by itself. Read More
  • Curaçao’s Colours and Bridges +

    Queen Emma Bridge Many ports of the world that attract cruise traffic are well known for certain iconic aspects that they possess. Read More
  • Shaw Savill and Albion’s New Build ‘Game Changer’ +

    Southern Cross Shaw Savill and Albion’s new build in 1955, the Southern Cross, was a remarkable vessel for a number of reasons. Read More
  • Britain's Boat Builders are Buoyant +

    British Sunseeker 95 Yacht Brand new industry reports, prepared by British Marine, show that Britain’s boat builders are buoyant and riding the crest of Read More
  • Project Echo +

    Project Echo Having recently delivered the 46m composite catamaran yacht support vessel, Charley, to the owners of the superyacht White Rabbit Golf, Read More
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Ships, Ports and Places

John Readhead & Sons

The Role of the Yard Pilot

Anyone who has attended a ship launch will forever remember the thrill of the occasion as the vessel begins its Read More
Duke of Lancaster

TSS Duke of Lancaster

A Typical Summer Sailing From Heysham Harbour – 50 Years Ago Read More
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Companies, Events and Other Features

Low Walker

The Mysterious Ways

When I started work at Low Walker, a Newcastle on Tyne engineering company which was located right next to the Read More
Imo

The Halifax Explosion

On 29th December, 1950, Cairnesk put into Halifax, Nova Scotia, on the first call of the ‘winter schedule’. Read More
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