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Japan and Brazil.indd 1 04/04/2016 10:55 COVER Brittany Ferries’ workhorse Channel ferry Mont St Michel has the spotlight turned Revised deployments for RCI ships. engineering. and large bulker conundrum. Subscribe today See page 20 for more info . new livery for hovercraft.shipsmonthly. launched. Jim Shaw 10 Ferry FERRY LATEST CRUISE NEWS Condor Liberation Aidaprima still in the news delivered at last New livery for DFDS ships. Capesize June 2016 www.25 Tragedy HMS Vanguard Recollections Esso Scotia Port profile Teignmouth 12 Cruise June 2016 OFC_mh.SHIP OF THE MONTH shipment brought to the Tyne. and record breaker at Aberdeen. Seatrade’s new boxboats BRITTANY FERRIES MONT ST MICHEL . Gary Davies £4. The first contract to be signed in the £5.25 6 Waterfront 16 Cargo Paddler Montreux out for 2016. Russell Plummer £4.The last major paddle streamer to be built in Britain. Aidaprima on her on pages 33 to 37. NICHOLAS LEACH contents AEGEAN CROSSROADS PASSENGER SHIPS IN PIRAEUS THE STRONGEST SHIPS IN THE WORLD Regulars for new tanker. including in WWW. Maid of the Loch.POCKETMAGS. and outfitting to ensure the rebuild meets regulatory requirements. and St Claire back on Fishbourne for Russia. Malta. and new CMV flagship Columbus for 2017. Australia tenders Scotland. FOTOFLITE delivered at last. Condor Liberation JUNE 2016 • Vol 51 detained in Poole. and Russian Navy takes delivery of new frigate. William Mayes ALSO AVAILABLE 47 Ships pictorial DIGITALLY 14 Naval Ships pictured around the world. new dredgers Mitsui OSK restructures its fleet.COM NATO tackles migrant flow. sailed from 1953 until 1981 and has been in the news recently. structure.5 million project to rebuild the Loch Lomond paddler has been awarded to Dundee-based OSD-IMT Ltd for marine consultancy services providing naval architecture. CHANNEL WORKHORSE PORTS OF CALL 18 News feature CRUISE SHIPS AROUND A look at some of the world’s strongest and THE UK largest ships for undersea construction and dismantlement projects.

Roy Fenton 50 A modern coastal port The port of Teignmouth is an important part of the South Devon economy. looking at passenger shipping. WWW. James Hendire 33 Ship of the Month 22 Australian Bays 42 Home from home MONT ST MICHEL Five passenger-cargo ships that were once the Recollections of a Radio Officer working on the despair of their operator but went on to be tanker Esso Scotia in the 1970s. Russell Plummer 56 Aegean crossroads Chartroom A day in Piraeus. Richard Jolliffe useful and. including Can you identify this month’s mystery ship? cargo and cruise ships. in one case. David Walker a look at the biggest carrier in the Brittany Ferries’ fleet. with range of small coasters. Kevin Mitchell 62 Ships library Reviews and details of new maritime books. being visited by a Spotlight on the ferry Mont St Michel. Recalling the tragedy that overtook HMS Andrew and Donna Cooke Indian Navy’s frigate Trikand. Smith 26 Maritime Mosaic 60 Ships mail Pictorial showing some of the small cruise ships A selection of letters from readers. seen from on board Queen Victoria. 28 All change at Victoria The archipelago of the Seychelles and its main 63 Mystery ship port of Victoria hosts a variety of ships. Patrick Boniface JUNE 2016 • Volume 51 • No. and three survivors.6 .COM Features Vanguard in July 1917 with the loss of hundreds of sailors. which have called at the Dorset port of Poole in recent years.SHIPSMONTHLY. immortal. Colin J. at the crossroads of the Aegean. Stephen Spark 58 View from the Bridge 64 Ports of call 38 HMS Vanguard Commanding officer Captain Vinay Kalia of the Cruise ship calls around the UK in June.

with a further 60 seats brought in on each ship.011gt. the 1999-built a milestone in terms of our ability to through the day. using more locally PORT NEWS Agnes (39. until bought by Goundar Shipping and propeller shafts for inspection. over 50 years later. arrived on 9 March at the 1978-built Lomaiviti Princess III (5. fleet: Solent Flyer and Island Flyer. BC Ferries fleet between the Queen as well as a general survey and the Charlotte Islands and British Columbia. Above The ferry Lomaiviti Princess arrives in Auckland. accommodate some of the world’s and is owned and operated by Shelton Drax Power. ‘We wanted to celebrate the The first of the craft. TC 6 • June 2016 • www. visitor to another former BC Ferries vessel. ‘The sister craft Island Flyer. with work in passenger areas taking place while the pair. continue on the Scotland-Northern Ireland North Channel route between Cairnryan and Larne. together with her director of Hovertravel.shipsmonthly. managing during March and. including the removal of her rudders and. the Auckland. is intended to flag for Britain. RP The Port of Tyne recently recorded the also the largest wood pellet vessel ever The Marshall Islands-flagged Agnes largest ever cargo of wood pellets ever handled at the Port of Tyne. said: ‘The purpose-built facility and supplied on a record 57. sailed as part of the water blasting and painting of the hull. in North Yorkshire.996gt). joins Lomaiviti Princess II (1980) and a new.000 to upgrade European Causeway (pictured) and European Highlander. Agnes was built in Japan of the UK’s largest energy producers. As both a local community its two new craft. www. Babcock New Zealand dry dock at ex-Basto 1.’ Hovertravel has also create ‘a traditional look with a announced the names for the new contemporary feel’.” sourced produce and Now providing a vehicle. Britishness of our . passenger CLASSIC FERRY and freight service from Suva to Savu The Fijian-owned and -operated Savu and Taveuni. repair of underwater equipment. while in the Food Courts new menus will change from Virginia in the USA. service this summer.seapixonline. Arriving largest cargo ships.‘ undertook sea trials in the Solent explained Neil Chapman. with the handled in a single shipment at the Steven Harrison. The 101m 5. Hovertravel’s new livery Auckland’s Fijian visitor here in the Solent. service and an international tourist using a representation of the union attraction. The new design. is handle large cargoes on the Tyne. Lomaiviti Princess will spend Prince Rupert by Victoria Machinery a couple of weeks in dry dock with work Depot Ltd in British Columbia. which Devonport. and Agnes represents Navigation of Athens. at 225m in length. albeit 50-year-old. when the bulker Agnes delivered Officer of Port of Tyne. was unloaded in six days.WATERFRONT Upgrade for P&O North Largest ever wood shipment Channel pair FERRY NEWS P&O Ferries are investing £500. is due to be in hovercraft is a British invention and. Dedicated children’s play areas will be redecorated and also have additional seating added. Canada. HOVERCRAFT Hovertravel is the only scheduled Hovertravel has revealed the new passenger hovercraft service in the look and announced the names for world.864gt vessel was commissioned by Goundar Shipping was completed in 1966 as Queen of in January. we are proud to fly the flag on the craft. Solent Flyer.845 tonnes of wood significant investments in the Port’s demand to Drax via the Port’s direct pellets. along with the replacement of game zone tables and chairs. Queen of Chilliwak). The pellets are destined for one infrastructure have enabled us to rail terminal. delivered from Japan by Mitsubishi in 2000 and 2002. of Fiji in 2011. The decor in lounge areas will be changed. Lomaiviti Princess passenger ferry Lomaiviti Princess. Chief Operating wood pellets being stored at the Port’s Port.

She is one of the most altered vessels on the Great Lakes and also boasts two battle stars for World War II service. James R. Polarstern. news First LNG-powered icebreaker New systems for old ships WATERFRONT www. Tregurtha. suffered hydraulic problems and with a new icebreaker for Australia Australia’s 27-year-old Aurora Australis being designed by Denmark’s Knud E.ed@kelsey.shipsmonthly.942gt). docked and refitted before joining WEGENER INSTITUTE The larger of the two. Two of the world’s largest research operating under Australian Antarctic icebreakers got themselves into Division. JS www. January 2017. design a replacement for Polarstern. but remained in the Galapagos Islands since 2004. Xpedition (1998/1. The other Ecuadorian authorities. has been fitted with a BELCO scrubber system. powered by both diesel and the Interlake Steamship Company liquefied natural gas (LNG). as well as A. was built in Spain (2001/2. Eclipse Celebrity’s existing ship. fashioned out of a war- 3.610gt). uncompleted until being taken on The Galapagos Islands remain a by Ocean Adventures. the new ship is also being ABOVE The Great Lakes bulk carrier Lee Icebreaking Oy later this year. ALFRED together with its two small ships. driving three ice. is 40 years old.400kW total output. Barker. Tregurtha is older and has the more interesting history. while Aurora Australis. with the LNG to be Baltic • Cudham Tithe • June 2016 • 7 . Finland and is due to be ABB Azipod units. Tregurtha. the 360ft (110m) by 79ft Wärtsilä generating sets of over a speed of 9. Kent TN16 3AG • t > 01959 541444 • e > sm. broke free from her moorings and Hansen.000dwt ship. suffered a hull breach and will trouble in February in Antarctica: also have to be Polaris is the new Finnish icebreaker built at the Arctech GREAT LAKERS Helsinki Shipyard and will be On the North American Great Lakes. WM was forced to return to Germany ICEBREAKER for repairs.564dwt James R. being completed by have a total volume of 800m3. who finished popular destination despite the her as a cruise ship in 1998.000-footer’ to be built entirely on the Great Lakes. Barker and 30. The latter were earned while the vessel served as the US Navy oiler Chiwawa (AO-68) following her delivery by Bethlehem Steel Company in 1942. has been floated out 22. operated by Reederei F. Berry’s Hill. but the smaller Lee A. OCEAN ADVENTURES Germany’s Alfred Wegener Institute. the first ‘1.shipsmonthly. emergency towing. DAVID RUFF Problems in old age Another independent goes A malfunction in CELEBRITY CRUISES ship is the 16-passenger catamaran one of Polarstern’s Athala II (2007/320gt). the 61. which has operated in 1992 as a ferry. Although specifically designed at Helsinki. The stored in two vertical tanks which fitted for oil recovery work. variable-pitch In order to extend its reach in the Both ships will continue to propellers has forced Galapagos Islands. while Germany’s Lübeck-based ran aground.067dwt Lee A. when they will be dry- to Germany.2 knots in 3ft unbroken (24m) Polaris. JS built T-3 tanker. has elected to have two of its older ARCTECH HELSINKI SHIPYARD bulk carriers. Cudham. Laeisz has been retained to ABOVE Eclipse will join the Celebrity fleet in 2017. fitted with new exhaust gas scrubber systems. one fitted forward for icebreaking operations in the delivered to state operator Arctia and two aft. JS the Arctech Helsinki Shipyard. Celebrity Cruises operate for Ocean Adventures until the ship’s return has acquired Ocean Adventures. She limits on the number of tourists and has a passenger capacity of 48 cruise passengers imposed by the and carries a crew of 31. Germany’s 34-year-old Polarstern Both ships are due for replacement. will The new vessel will be capable of NEWBUILD utilise a diesel/electric propulsion continuously breaking level ice with a The world’s first LNG-burning system consisting of five dual-fuel thickness of 6ft at four knots and at icebreaker.

Damen a brand new Sulzer diagonal steam moved from Montoir to Hamburg by third paddler for delivery in 2018.000m3 and a deadweight Lake Geneva steamer Montreux. Bad Schandau and Litomerice. in other paddler 95m by 10. RollDock Storm. JS 8 • June 2016 • www. Kronshlot and Kadosh. with direct control from the heavylift vessel in late February and PADDLERS The Dutch company also operates following delivery. She has been owned since 2010 prominent role in the 1913 welcome to by the Kestrel Preservation Trust. before for the previous eight years. vessel to offer river Loire itineraries. When completed. BigRoll Bering. The CGN fleet will have was due to enter service in mid-April With superheater damage sustained a five operational paddle vessel line-up on nine-day cruises from Berlin to last summer more serious than at this year. of 1. has acquired BigRoll division is taking delivery of the 12. for electric machinery. the first cabin trailing suction hopper dredgers being 1957. The 205ft vessels have a hopper capacity of 1. for Russia DREDGERS The Krasnoye Sormovo Shipyard. able to operate at low water levels. The next two units in the series. are expected three built to the same design and to enter into a multi-year contracts joins the earlier delivered RollDock Sun transporting modules for Russia’s and RollDock Sea in the RollDock fleet. efforts to restore her have made little Kestrel worked the City-Birkenhead progress since her return to Auckland route from 1921 to 1959. and its associated part of the Roll Group. diesel-electric. These ships. which stood-in for Montreux Lutherstadt Wittenberg. • Meanwhile. Larsen & Toubro two similarly configured German-built HEAVYLIFTER ships. seapixonline. undergoing an Built in 1905 by Charles Bailey Jnr extensive refit. one of Russia’s oldest builders. Yamal LNG project in the Arctic The ferry Kestrel in her heyday in Auckland harbour. Cudham. being laid up in 1982. Her place on the popular Lake Geneva 2015 season. the 15. She also played a March. Kent TN16 3AG • t > 01959 541444 • e > sm. but the battle cruiser HMS New Zealand. Montreux (1905) will not sail in . Savoie (1914). built for Russia’s Rosmorport. with calls at Magdeburg. consisting of La Suisse. ABOVE The recently launched Sommers fleet’s largest steamer. first thought.ed@kelsey. including carrying the The 121-year-old former Auckland all-conquering 1906 All Blacks team City-Devonport passenger ferry Kestrel from the liner Sonoma to a shoreside sank at her berth overnight on 7/8 civic reception. RUSSELL PLUMMER will be positioned to the ports of Ust- Luga. Berry’s Hill. BigRoll Baffin 141m by 24m ship is the final one of and BigRoll for the Parade of Sail. a new quarter stern paddler Loire Princess. France for CroisiEurope. La Suisse (1910). to Yvoire in the closing weeks of the Dresden. has launched the trailing suction hopper dredger Sommers as the first of a series of three Damen-designed dredgers being built for Rosmorport. in 2001.382gt RollDock Star and Holland’s RollDock Shipping BV. seen at Lausanne.5ft and was involved in many an Historic Ferry historic events.685 tonnes. WATERFRONT news Three new dredgers Montreux out for 2016 Pelican of London passes through the Thames barrier WATERFRONT www. The Barentsz. but was fitted with Nazaire. returning in 1962 with • Cudham Tithe Barn. TC completion by Larsen & Toubro. Rhone Prague. In 2002 she became in Auckland. She measured 123ft Preservation Trust. she was the second a floating restaurant in Tauranga.802gt semi-submersible four 173m by 42m Module Carriers multipurpose heavylift vessel RollDock from China. are to be launched over the next few months. India’s largest engineering and construction company. RP Historic ferry Kestrel sinks RollDock’s third from India by 28. Simplon The 80-passenger vessel measures evening dinner cruises from Lausanne (1920). CroisiEurope introduced sidewheel is the first of three Dutch-designed Montreux served as a steamer until Elbe Princesse. was in 2015 and has placed an order for a delivery this year. wheel paddle vessel built in Saint. BigRoll Sky from India’s Larsen & Toubro. then in 2010 after she had been in Tauranga returned to the Devonport run. Meissen. St Petersburg and Tuapse. but Albatross class ferry constructed for the restaurant business closed in 2010 the cross-harbour Auckland City to and she was bought by the Kestrel ABOVE The semi-submersible heavylift vessel RollDock Sky is seen shortly after Devonport run. they will not be sailing this year.shipsmonthly. Swiss paddle steamer (1926).5m and is designed to be to Yvoire and back will be taken by the powered since 1955.shipsmonthly. and Vevey (1907). JS engine.

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Flandres. 2015. Seaways.6 per cent higher at €203. running opposite Calais switched to sail Heysham-Dublin. was built in 1993. which the route. joins in 2016. trailers and with accommodation for 12 of freight. Poole and Plymouth Ireland. North Sea routes from Gothenburg to short sea operations out of Dover.5 per cent to 2. when she became the regions starting this winter. each taking up to 100 handled 31 million lane metres 2009.88 million.shipsmonthly.400gt the former SeaFrance and MyFerryLink direction are offered.385 During February the company year.8 billion. handled crossings each way per day.800 staff serving each drivers. crossings from Roscoff. remains as second ship. Britain.759gt). largest vessels taking as many Primula Seaways to be stretched as 370 trailers per sailing. to be lengthened by 30m. its 150th anniversary this its March annual meeting that there volumes rose 21 per cent to 186. . in Brittany.6 million. Germany for service on DFDS continue to develop their building and check-in areas. depending on the season. . year. running to Mahon. the year of the very first with up to 2. is starting sailings with the craft Kirkenes Coastal Express service. remained flat. and there is DFDS GO WELL • Celebrating Brittany Ferries also announced during grew by 5. FERRIES IN THE NE EXPRESS • The former Irish Sea MIDNATSOL • The Hurtigruten Group PRINS JOACHIM • The one-time North Channel fast craft Express. are operate a total of 354 departures while Kronprins Frederik (1981) the other two vessels. but ships and crew are French. Maritime Nantaise. first ferry registered in Uppsala. . up to 4 September. . has been SNAV ADRIATICO • Ex-Harwich.2 per cent in 2015 to 789. much rebuilt over the past Trasmediterranea from Barcelona April. now SNAV Adriatico. the coming summer. Growth in group revenue was up 10. completed in 2004 sisters Rodin (2001/33. Strategy units in the same period.7 million. . the 2003-built sold to Piraeus-based European Hook ferry Koningin Beatrix New owner Gotlandsbaten is vessel remains on the Bergen. It is estimated that the Traffic surge for Brittany Ferries overall car market to and from the Republic of Ireland grew by 1. DFDS generated annual is to be a change at the top. for the Nyborg-Korsor service and for P&O until September last year. . Seatruck Ferries DFDS are to stretch another of the six for insertion of a new 30m mid-body port authority put in €14. the next day. In the year to 30 September currently serve five destinations in passenger and freight traffic last year. CEES DE BIJL FERRIES IN THE NEWS .9 million.600 employees spread across from the beginning of April. vessel emerged from an 18-day stay Great Belt train ferry. and commercial director Christophe up 12 per cent to €467. with turnover started an additional freight service revenues of €1. FERRIES IN THE NEWS . Clipper Ranger has heads for Bremerhaven in July. currently serves the established back on the Calais route Seatruck Power and Seatruck Immingham-Gothenburg route and as Côte des Dunes and Côte des Progress. Sailings including routes into Northern WESTERN CHANNEL carrying French agricultural produce to from Portsmouth.833gt). while the ferry division’s contribution was 10. 10 • June 2016 • www. freight also a France-Ireland connection.722gt Flensburg-built sisters freight drivers. while the all-island market. Germany. Tenacia and Zurbaran. between Poole and Bilbao. is scheduled to expected to follow later in the year.5 per cent to €320. . which were Seatruck Pace (2009/14. with up to 15 ABOVE DFDS ro-ro Primula Seaways is Seaways and Freesia Seaways. with Primula Seaways.298.000 cars. converted to serve used since 2001 by Scandlines as a hoisted the Swedish flag on 10 as an expedition ship for Polar passenger/vehicle ferry between February. After reporting major growth in Plymouth. with officially opened on 17 March. FERRIES IN THE NEWS . Three daily sailings in each Immingham and Ghent. The 91m Incat. where the freight route. The carrying more than six million Mathieu is to succeed long-serving Some 85 per cent of Brittany 1999-built ro-ro vessel Pelican. with sister Copenhagen Menorca. European Union for a new terminal larger and faster P-Series ferry Flensburg. For Gedser and Rostock.FERRY Russell Plummer The 1999-built ro-ro vessel Pelican. Brittany Ferries’ passenger numbers France and two in Spain. Like sisters Ficaria Seaways. Maritime Photographic BRIEF NEWS ICG BOOST • An increase in Irish Continental Group profits last year has been driven by increased freight and passenger revenue and lower fuel prices compared with 2014. SEATRUCK CHANGE • Barely four months after bringing in a third by MWB Motorwerke during 2009-10. but has worked with the company country’s largest employer of sailors.567. makes two return 20 countries. and from Visby to Vastervik year at Denmark’s Fayard. There has also been considerable vessel on the Liverpool-Dublin NORTH SEA Primula Seaways will be cut in two investment in Dunkirk. built in 1980 which linked Larne with Troon at the Bredo Shipyard in Bremen. originally Northern Merchant. Begonia Seaways (1992/28. . passengers in 2015 and having Martine Jourdren as chief executive Ferries’ passenger total comes from chartered from French company 6. The charter is for 12 months. with the fleet’s since 1973. The 32. FERRIES IN THE NEWS . expected after the new vessel one of three vessels serving from Nynashamn to Visby on 28 Berlin.796gt) Clipper Pace sailing opposite the and with accommodation for 12 and Berlioz (2005/ . Last year DFDS also Mme Jourdren has been CEO since and the company claims to be the sailings a week.940gt) now 19. replaced the 1988-built ro-ro Flower Series ro-ro vessels delivered section which will add 800 lane metres with contributions from DFDS and the Clipper Ranger on 7 March with between 2004 and 2009 by FSG from of freight capacity. A late May delivery is (1986).

. brought in he 1988-built freight Dorset port until late evening. FERRIES IN THE NEWS . introduced on services return to service on 19 March with a in peak summer 2015 will not be due to the financial input linked to the from Poole to the Channel Islands Poole-Guernsey-Jersey-St Malo trip. .’ were identified in allowing ro-pax vessel Commodore The latest decision follows CHANNEL ISLANDS the Austal-built craft’s propulsion Clipper to handle passengers. with the the 873-passenger/238 car vessel to rotations tried with Condor Liberation it represented unfair competition. which switches to former Danish ferry Maren Mols. at the Cochrane Yard in Yorkshire. Poole was very early in the morning. Zeus Palace. will make their debuts Naples’ Palumbo shipyard. Liberation’s first departure from not commented on the decision or so Maritime and Coastguard Agency absence of 86m Incat Condor Rapide. . Moby 2000 Kiel-built vessel will be used as Basto IV. FERRIES IN THE NEWS . Condor with a second return not reaching the they will bid for a new contract. Eurotunnel who wanted to stop the the troubled career of Condor Ferries’ completed and approved in time for Condor confirmed that double daily ferry operation completely. which is controlled by the Seine Maritime Departmental Board. and the New areas have been added to Croatia-built Wight Sun (2008). delivered by SOLENT Remontowa in 2001.359gt vessel for the double-deck £ • June 2016 • 11 . Berry’s Hill. TONY RIVE arrangement seamlessly introduced before the end of the summer. with high street St Clare shares sailings with St Cecilia chain Greggs putting to sea for the (1987) and St Faith (1999). During work at owned by the Genting Group. FERRIES IN THE NEWS . A VIII. Cudham. to be ‘serious. Back on Fishbourne run crossings. sisterships built first time and joining Costa on board. ship operation. www.ed@kelsey.007gt ferry delivered in sailing as Bimini Superfast from Fjord on the long-established 2001 by Samsung as Minoan Lines’ Miami to Caribbean resorts and Basto Fosen service linking Horten Ariadne Palace. route after a January dry-docking at Work was also undertaken to prepare A&P in Falmouth was followed by a the 5. .shipsmonthly. route owner SMPAT. BC. ANDREW COOKE ES IN THE NEWS .000 units is set which can carry 145 cars. news Condor Liberation detained in Poole Dieppe route future WATERFRONT www. . . have been renamed Basto VII and operate out of Civitavecchia. repeated this year. The new double-ended trio. Repairs were including a Jersey-St Malo return trip. the Portsmouth Gunwharf-Fishbourne and having a service speed of 14 knots. Kent TN16 3AG • t > 01959 541444 • e > sm. . Cruise Olbia’s sistership. very little slack in the timetable. one held in reserve. 2011 summer debut. Guernsey. detained in Poole after the The situation was not helped by the days. Superfast freight target of 15. FRS has also their part in a six-vessel line-up. Sardinia. has been told by the French Administrative Court in Douai that the deal must Condor Liberation. a complaint back in 2013 from Mid-March brought another twist to and steering systems. for service across Oslo the 28. missed four days of be cancelled by July. four of them deemed ro-ro Arrow to sail from Portsmouth. with Seven Sisters rejoining sistership Côte d’Albâ with St Clare. seen arriving at St Peter Port. Sardinia MAROC EXPRESS • FRS have opened The current ships that are named extra decks before summer service as Cruise Olbia from April. . which later traded as Kattegat. . 102m craft. will play V (2001). BASTO NAMES • A trio of new MOBY TOMMY • Moby Lines is CRUISE OLBIA • Grimaldi has paid vessels being built in Turkey by carrying out a major upgrade of US$65 million for the ferry latterly Sefine. DFDS have last year. switched keep young children and teenagers last year from the Lymington-Yarmouth St Clare passing Wight Sun near Fishbourne on 28 February after occupied during the 45-minute route to replace St Helen (1983). loading after the completion of new when passenger areas received a new facilities in Fishbourne. Bilbao as Brittany Ferries’ Cap acquired Clipper. returning from refit. leaving summer the route returned to two- Eleven faults. Last a routine inspection on 17 March. Italy to Olbia. claiming trimaran Condor Liberation. Tommy receives 209 cabins on two from Livorno. carrying 750 Wightlink flagship St Clare returned to passengers and more than 180 cars.shipsmonthly. with a new Channel Islands sailings in mid-March after failing an MCA inspection. has sailed Portsmouth- for the first 12 months. FERRIES IN THE NEWS . far given any indication as to whether found ‘substantial deficiencies’ during away for annual overhaul. who have services with five normally in service and Finistere since acquisition for a between Seattle and Victoria.000 interior upgrade in • Cudham Tithe Barn. . The with Moss. replacing a Motril to Tangier-Med route using Basto IV (1986) and Basto V (1990) from Genoa to Olbia. On double rotation Delegation of Public quandary ENGLISH CHANNEL Although DFDS Seaways started a new two-year Delegation of Public Service contract to operate the two-ship Transmanche Ferries service between Dieppe and Newhaven. Basto V and Basto VI. and brighter look.

Voyages. Oasis and Southampton before heading to China. begin sailing for CMV in June 2017. The ship will be about the same. and finally Ocean Dream. with was a cancelled order from Kloster’s 2. Riva Trigoso. Passenger capacity e Riunite. Independence of be served by Serenade of the Seas and the third in the series was completed. The last of that trio has just delivered by the shipyard. will carry 604 Pearl (1989/63. 12 • June 2016 • www. together with her presence in the region. The end seems to have come for the 1954-built Arcadia. Seabourn Encore. Those ships carry 264 passengers and have a crew of 139. for repair. and. providing a good amount of latest company to cut back its Columbus from 2017.786gt) finishes her Pacific Pearl will then return to the Columbus. a Norwegian Royal Caribbean International has from Barcelona. CMV space per passenger. published its European Programme Seas will offer alternate Eastern and A fifth ship in the Quantum of the Following her engine room fire for 2017.000gt Le Boréal class Ponant Cruises The desire for more expedition cruise ships has seen Ponant Cruises sign a letter of intent with VARD in Norway for a quartet of small ships. off larger than the previous duo at the stocks at Cantieri Navale del Tirreno 135. Kent TN16 3AG • t > 01959 541444 • e > sm. will have none. Orion off the Australian coast. The world’s three Ovation of the Seas will debut in service on 24 May. with the closure of its Brazil apart from two summer cruises. W. Delivery is Norwegian Caribbean Cruise Line. Columbus will South American operations.shipsmonthly. 2017. adding about 400 to the owners of Cruise and Maritime slightly larger than the previous When P&O Cruises Australia’s Pacific lower berths to the Australian market. With the acquisition later operated as Southern Cross. Brilliance of the Seas and Freedom Harmony of the Seas. largest cruise ships. could help to keep that momentum going. William Mayes Another pioneer bites the dust With little New Flamenco. having BRIEF NEWS apparently been abandoned by her Disney • Disney Cruise Line has owner more than a year earlier. The placed an order with Meyer historic ship dates from the 1972. Thailand. where she was once familiar With the introduction of about 150 service at the end of 2016. Cudham.ed@kelsey. becoming Starship Majestic. New flagship Columbus for 2017 Seabourn • The next new ship for Seabourn was floated out at Fincantieri’s Marghera yard Princess Cruises’ Dawn Princess the Carnival fleet. Theodore W Scull CMV fleetmates.441gt).shipsmonthly. somewhat later operating to the Med and the Canaries. Another Princess ship moves to Australia. . while Royal Caribbean (but still behind the German market). just as return on a heavylift ship to Europe will have two ships. for whom she will operate as series of ships. passengers when she enters longest New Zealand season in spring UK market. which were delivered by Fincantieri between 2010 and • Cudham Tithe Barn. slightly bought its first pure cruise ship.600 to around subsidiary Pullmantur is the Pacific Pearl will operate as 1.8 per cent in 2015 during the next southern to a total of 1. she emerged In 1989 she was sold to Premier Cruise P&O as Spirit of London and ran alongside the Line. based largely in Tilbury. Vision of the Seas. currently Village. Columbus. Berry’s Hill. The company plans to an adults-only ship. her lower way for Pacific Explorer. Werft at Papenburg for a when the P&O Steam Navigation Co further pair of ships. than originally estimated. Seas class has been ordered from in November 2015 and subsequent Europe for the summer. CMV (1997/77. She impression of Ponant’s new ships.79 million passengers summer. will be office.500 lower berths. subsidiary of Fincantieri. Flamenco I which capsized on 27 February 2016 moved into that fleet as Sun Princess. Allure. will be based in The first of the new ships will be Royal Caribbean of the Seas will cover the Western Med Florida. CRUISE William Mayes Another quartet WATERFRONT www. with a range of ships based in Western itineraries from Civitavecchia. of Princess Cruises in 1974 the ship was Flamenco. However. They are thought to be slightly smaller than the four 11. Le Boréal will re-enter the Seas and Navigator of the Seas. New Flamenco was one of many names borne by Spirit of London. she will leave the fleet to make as P&O Cruises’ Arcadia and later Ocean dedicated single cabins. while Jewel of the completed her sea trials. she will not be part of berth passenger capacity will be Pullmantur • Royal Caribbean reduced from almost 1. pioneering cruise ship Spirit of London. Mayes scheduled for 2021 and 2023. in 2018.400. off Laem Chabang. whereas the latest quartet will have a passenger Revised deployments Independence of the Seas will be back in Southampton in 2017. Both Costa and reversing the decline experienced in MSC have also reduced their 2014.000gt. Southampton Scandinavia and Northern Europe will Meyer Werft at Papenburg. William Mayes capacity of 184 and a crew of 110. as she has been sold on 5 March. The British cruise have just one ship in the region market grew by 8.

Minerva II. Her sister. The deployment of the oldest ship in The group also owns Thomson the fleet. surpassing christened by Emma Schweiger on 7 almost unheard-of in today’s cruise be named Aidaperla when delivered Scenic Eclipse both in terms of size May as part of the Port of Hamburg’s shipbuilding business. In the meantime.773gt) and the 960-lower. whose unknown at the time of writing. where she will be a year late being delivered. but following the recent takeover of Nordic Yards it is not yet clear precisely where Crystal Endeavor will be built. undertaking seven-night Crystal Endeavor. Aidaprima is on her way to Europe at last.shipsmonthly. is Adonia’s Miami departures will call Spirit and Thomson Majesty. will initially be based in Palma. WILLIAM MAYES latter provides cruises around Cuba. news Aidaprima delivered at last More for AIDA CRUISES undertake a short shakedown cruise With a gross tonnage of 125. has recently was scheduled to operate a people. Adonia advertised trips to Cuba. something in Hamburg year-round. as Adonia (ex-R Eight. WILLIAM MAYES www. these will be what is now From 2018 the Cuba cruise business regarded as mid-size ships. but later this circuit of several companies in recent was changed so as to alternate that years.450-lower-berth Celestyal Olympia Gemini. Originally. signal yet that the company is close Celestyal Olympia will move to a to ordering its first new ships.572 Crystal and her official maiden voyage to and a lower berth capacity of 3. of 25. The ship being built for the company by MHI. long time before the infrastructure is It remains to be seen if the sufficiently developed for any of the Dominican Republic will feature in Cuban ports to take anything larger her programme for long.611gt). starting this winter. Aidaprima will become the company has announced the soon afterwards sailed from Nagasaki that the second ship will also be about the first Aida Cruises ship to be based construction of what will be the bound for Hamburg. AIDA CRUISES CRYSTAL CRUISES Fleet expansion near? Cruising to Cuba starts charters to Thomson are expected to CELESTYAL CRUISES end when that company takes delivery Celestyal Cruises CEO Kyriakos of Mein Schiff 1 and Mein Schiff 2 Anastassiadis has given the clearest in 2018 and 2019. could become a the jewel that is Cuba is available. With year-round operation in the Eastern a maximum passenger capacity Mediterranean.800. and Majorca. year-round visitor. now that than what is currently regarded as a Celestyal Crystal.300 A year late. and in passenger space. passengers. which had also to berth in Cuba. Cuba. small cruise ship. Royal Princess) completes Pearl Seas Cruises are also hoping her final cruises for P&O before to get permission to sail the little transfer to fathom (note small f). Celestyal will become year-round. to world’s largest mega yacht. 2. will the naming ceremony. too. where ships are in 2017. FATHOM at Havana. the 1968-built Louis Aura. to-people programme to the Cuba has been on the regular Dominican Republic. but it is clear that it will be a destination with Cuba. with the summer charter on Clipper Group’s 1. was handed over on 14 March and and on current predictions it seems preceded her. seen at Maria la Gorda.174-passenger series that of the 62-passenger Crystal Esprit. circuits in the Western Mediterranean. Prior to often delivered a few days early.000gt. 71. Cienfuegos and Santiago Just in time. which will operate in 2016 (1982/37. as Celestyal Nefeli on itineraries berth Celestyal Crystal (1980/25. while company has been given permission Haimark Cruises. the new ship represents CRYSTAL CRUISES been delivered by Mitsubishi Heavy Aidaprima is the first of two ships a significant increase in size from the Following the successful introduction Industries to Aida Cruises. She will comply with Ice Class requirements and have a crew of 200. The Cruises currently operates seasonally company has also taken a two-year in the Greek Islands. largely for Turkish passengers. filed for bankruptcy. de Cuba within a seven-night cruise. with The former is laid up in winter and the turnaround ports of Izmir and Cesme. The 183m 827th birthday celebrations. carry 200 passengers. giving her the largest passenger-to-space ratio of any ship by some considerable margin. Aidaprima will certainly on time. Crystal will build the ship at the group- owned Lloyd Werft shipyards in Germany. Adonia will start sailing to Cuba in • June 2016 • 13 . Aidaprima has finally English Channel ports. the Pearl Mist on similar itineraries. of 1.

However. Navy corvette Cheonan was sunk. The Democratic People’s Republic NORTH KOREAN NAVY of Korea operates a fleet in excess of Russia’s Project 11356 frigates US Intelligence has revealed the loss 80 submarines from the country’s are two years late due to of a North Korean People’s Navy two submarine bases. The capability gap in the South’s Republic speculation is that it sank. citing China’s Australian Border Force. second batch of ships could be sold Based on the design of the Talwar to an export customer – namely India class built for India. These include engine supply issues. handed over at the Yantar Shipyard after which Ukraine stopped supplying in Kaliningrad on 11 March. Admiral Russia with marine gas turbines. YANTAR submarine after a number of vessels 20 Chinese-built Project 033 (pictured) were seen carrying out a search patrol submarines dating from the over several days. the new ships are designed class. the second of class.NAVAL Gary Davies Australia’s new outlook of its submarine fleet.shipsmonthly. an A$30 billion increase in defence spending over the next ten years. It also confirmed that Australia will proceed with doubling the size The RAN is to get larger frigates to replace the Anzac class. and is also due to alternative powerplants until 2019. Six ships have been ordered but effective of Admiral Grigorovich. the first of for the Black Sea Fleet. from the Soviet era Burevestnik class Although interested in more of the (Krivak). although of Korea Navy. submarines. North Korean midget submarine. is currently As Russia is unable to make its own conducting sea trials. a series of at least three Project production has been severely 11356 frigates. A third policies in the region as a factor replenishment ship or additional in adopting a stronger defensive logistics support ship will also be posture. The unidentified 1960s. a major joint naval exercise Anti-submarine warfare is a major with the South Korean Navy. Anzac class frigates. 38 domestically built Sang-O submarine was being monitored by class for coastal operations. and derived – without Russian-sourced engines. The ship was formally disrupted since the seizure of Crimea. for which they are a large fleet of RUSSIAN NAVY equipped with Shtil and Kalibr missile unsophisticated The Russian Navy has taken delivery systems. In 2010 the ROK there was no request for assistance. or even an admission from Pyongyang presumably by a torpedo fired from a that something was wrong. There will multi-purpose patrol vessels to that places significant emphasis on also be new investment in nine supplement border protection improving the country’s long-range anti-submarine warfare frigates and security-related tasks with the maritime capabilities. The document outlined considered in the late 2020s. and the Americans during Ssang Yong dozens of midget submarines. acquiring 12 2030s. the Indian government’s policy is for anti-ship and anti-submarine to build new warships at home. 14 • June 2016 • www. and a new class The Australian government has high degree of interoperability with with the preferred one to be of 12 large-hulled ‘Ocean Protector’ published a Defence White Paper the United States’ by the announced later this year. the be commissioned in 2016. MARITIME PHOTOGRAPHIC Russia’s local difficulty Sub loss The isolationist DPRK operates suspected warfare operations. Essen. . Three diesel-electric submarine to replace the existing fleet of eight RAN ‘regionally superior submarines with a designs are currently being assessed.

000 people having facing Europe today. external hull work. to be replaced by the early 2020s. allowing the The UK government has responded trafficking and illegal migration. control. with described as the greatest challenge the replacement of Goalkeeper helicopter. With greater range and endurance. at its Appledore for a NATO mission. and will also equip Russia’s highly unusual for such incidents to fifth-generation Husky class escalate to the sinking of offenders. They SNMG2 comprises the German amphibious command ship to to the outcome of an EU summit on will assist Standing NATO Maritime Navy flagship FGS • Cudham Tithe Barn.256-tonne state-of-the- art warships have already enabled Ireland to participate in wider area missions. The 2. Kent TN16 3AG • t > 01959 541444 • e > sm. before she returns to sea for assets to the Aegean Sea. to A$2 billion. allied to French Smart-S Mk. along more than 116. given radar. to arrived there from across the Aegean completion of extensive RFA join a NATO mission to combat people already this year. The The ramjet weapon is claimed remainder of the crew were picked by domestic sources to be up by another Chinese fishing passing intelligence to Turkish Navy frigate TCG Barbaros and is still much work to be done Royal Fleet Auxiliary and Border Force the Turkish Coast Guard so they can the Greek Navy frigate HS Salamis.shipsmonthly. and in an attempt to escape into international waters RUSSIAN NAVY • Russia has carried out several manoeuvres begun test firings of a cruise designed to cause a collision. nuclear submarine. The 90m MARITIME PHOTOGRAPHIC Offshore Patrol Vessel is due for delivery in July 2016. the 2.2 waters. command. challenged. was despatched. ROYAL NAVY • The reactivation of HMS Albion has reached a turning point with the with two Border Force cutters. DSME was proposing a solution based upon the Aegir series. often involving (3. on 10 • June 2016 • 15 . which are constructed to The improving relations between new ships for the Royal Australian Navy. but it is IRISH NAVAL SERVICE • Babcock Marine floated out LÉ William Butler Yeats.800 a day. It is slated for fitting to Law enforcement agencies have the Kirov class cruisers Admiral been known to pursue violators Nakimov and Pyotr Veliky from at sea for weeks on end. against. which would Chinese or Russian vessels. Berry’s Hill. which are common to A-200 class frigates and two Yan Yuan Yu ignored all standard Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine both the Spanish and Australian navies. capable of reaching Mach 5-6 Illegal fishing. The auxiliary landing ship RFA The number of migrants arriving in the migrant crisis. There to Europe with the deployment of assigned areas. worth up class. It is NATO’s first intervention in the first time in six years in 2017. with the first-of-class taking part in humanitarian patrols in the Mediterranean Sea in 2015. with Phalanx CIWS and the latest Type 997 radar. Buenos Aires and Beijing have been The latest naval programme. He missile dubbed the 3M22 Zircon. is rife make it difficult to defend in the waters of the South Atlantic. the Canadian be refloated and ready to leave the flow of migrants from Turkey Group 2 (SNMG2) warships monitoring Navy frigate HMCS Fredericton.shipsmonthly. is for two Auxiliary Oiler deployment in 2013 on a ‘try before Chinese missiles and guns.800-tonne ARGENTINA CG as the preferred tenderer to provide The RAN has opted for a design based ships. ARMADA ESPAÑOLA www. on the Spanish Navy’s Cantabria Lloyd’s Register specifications. ALGERIAN NAVY • China’s Argentina Tanker tender to Spain Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilders delivered El Fatih. one of which was trialled on a are equipped with a range of tested after a Chinese squid jigger. news NATO tackles migrant flow BRIEF NEWS WATERFRONT www.800–4. of three C28A corvettes to the high-spending Algerian Navy Australia has again selected Navantia already chosen by the UK and Norway. the second fights back RAN Engineering. alongside the Navantia-designed Algeria is also due to receive The Argentine Naval Prefecture The Spanish shipbuilder was Helicopter Carriers and Air Warfare the first of two German MEKO reported that the captain of Lu in direct competition with South Destroyers. which has been when her new look will include Mounts Bay.600mph). facility on 10 March. vessel Prefecto Derbes.ed@kelsey. was sunk by machine gun supersede HMAS Success and the fleet The choice is not surprising. the third and final The versatile RFA Mounts Bay has been patrol vessel it is building for sent to the Aegean the Irish Navy. the dry dock at Devonport. operating illegally in Argentine and Replenishment (AOR) vessels to you buy’ basis. ABOVE The RAN is to replace its AORs with Spanish-built vessels. HMAS Sirius. fire from the Coast Guard patrol tanker. and three others were arrested. intercept offenders. both of which need that the ships are intended to operate and communication systems. more Russian Project 636 international warnings when Varshavyanka submarines soon. with an embarked Wildcat Greece is averaging 1. Cudham.

INDUSTRY NEWS coming from China’s Jiangsu Yangzi Following downturns in the bulk and Xinfu Shipbuilding Company and container sectors Japan’s Mitsui OSK taken under an eight-year.CARGO Burnt-out Seatrade’s Seatrade’s new container ship. fearing their jobs were Primorsk. to . RC of the 185m by 30m Seatrade Orange. The crew then continuous employment in 2016. MOL vessel. The vessel. off the be replaced with foreign labour on Australian coast in March.803dwt Union of Australia expected them to British Fidelity (2004). operates a fleet about 85 vessels.shipsmonthly. Roy Cressey than buying them.200TEU fast service speed of 20 knots. One Antwerp-based Seatrade Chartering Seatrade White and Seatrade Blue to of the world’s largest operators of expects to take delivery of the first follow shortly. the 46. Seatrade to breakers Vehicle Carrier new Color The pure car-truck carrier Courage. registered in Douglas. but was renamed Seatrade at Southampton after catching fire in China’s Zhejian Yangfan shipyard within while their total pallet capacity within Groningen in the 1970s and currently June 2015. built in 1991. with the latest connected to long-term charters. Despite assurances that with calls at Flotta in Scapa Flow. and further losses are ABOVE The oil tanker British Falcon has been kept busy in 2016 linking Russia vessels. flag-of-convenience ships. which caught fire off the Essex coast in June 2015. It is also adding new container expected this year. Simon Smith the next few weeks following float-out the containers will be 14. also The crew’s contracts will be registered in Douglas.798dwt bulk carrier Brilliant Advance is one of a number of ships caught up in MOL’s latest reorganisation. Isle of Man. will feature a relatively refrigerated tonnage. LNG carriers and offshore profits.2). Klaipeda and Rotterdam. Fortunes have been brighter in was used to move fuel from Kwinana Europe and the Baltic. with Seatrade Red. the 113. and more recently from of the BP Fleet. Groningen. Seatrade Orange. but her next voyage will be to the scrapyard at Aliaga. The vessel was a regular visitor to Southampton. oil tanker British Falcon (2005). RC ABOVE The 2014-built 81. including the Dry The changeover is expected to Bulk Business Unit for bulk carriers and come into play over the next several the Energy Transport Business Unit month following a plunge in company for tankers. The Maritime crewed fuel tanker. the 10. oil giant BP realised when the vessel arrived in decided to take the last Australian. and was later taken to Bremerhaven. JS Tanker leaves Australia Mitsui OSK restructures the ship would return to trade on TANKERS the Australian coast. fixed-rate Lines is restructuring the management time charter from Hong Kong-based of its fleet into a number of new Seaspan Corporation. business divisions.553dwt crude Kwinana to Devonport/Hobart. MOL also plans to and Latvia with Rotterdam. in jeopardy. where she was laid up while her fate was determined. where another to Adelaide. raised objections. while the BP Australian-crewed tanker British Fidelity ships to its fleet by chartering rather sell off a number of its older ships not has been taken off the Australian coast. is the lead vessel of a new series of refrigerated car carrier vessels designed to serve shallower ports. She was escorted into Southampton with several cars badly damaged. their fears were In a surprise move. has been in terminated on 9 May.000 units. The ARC-owned vessel. and found in 1951 as Scheepvaartkantoor ABOVE The car carrier Courage (1991) refrigerated container vessels from shallow operating draught of 30ft (9. was en route from Bremerhaven to Southampton when fire broke out. Seatrade was of four new Color class 2. when asked to sail trading between St Petersburg. JS 16 • June 2016 • www. are expected to be ordered. Singapore on 12 March. has been sold to Turkish class ship breakers. Several more ships of this size Newbuild The new ships.000TEU MOL Benefactor.

Germany. from project is expected in late summer. ROY CRESSEY took her to Le Trait in France. Average time-charter record 88 capesize bulkers broken up of the world’s biggest shipbroker.when stabilised. trade them at a loss in the hope that fleet of capesize bulk carriers just Now owners are having to scrap the market will strengthen. from the Philly Shipyard. RC www. cargo at a larger port. as coastal tankers are unable COASTAL TANKERS to bring full cargoes. which shows the need measures 168. The twin tankers are the first ever to receive the American Bureau of Shipping’s LNG-Ready Level 1 approval. She brought two cargoes where the Kerfoot Group have installed of vegetable oil from Rotterdam.170dwt the latest in a number of large vessels Liberian-flagged HHL Rio de Janeiro using the port. despite as China’s economy is slipping into their least profitable • June 2016 • 17 . has doubled the world’s over a seven-year period. Two additional tankers of the of a number of capesize units suffering same size and configuration are being because of a slacking-off in demand. more than part cargoes at the port in March 50 years later. coasters are increasing was the 4. CROWLEY GROUP Small ports. RC ABOVE HHL Rio de Janeiro became the longest vessel ever to enter the port of Aberdeen when she arrived on 11 March to load buoyancy modules. owners do A building boom over the recession a large number of orders were placed not relish breaking up relatively new years. such as Goole. they either have Small ports in the United Kingdom had to carry a part cargo or offload part their heyday in the 1950s and 1960s. The • Cudham Tithe Barn. CSBC built by the Philly yard for delivery to Crowley later this year. the tanks for the blending of vegetable oils first time coming via Rouen and the which they import via coastal tankers. Berry’s Hill. Nevertheless. On 11 March the Scottish port of Aberdeen Harbour reported that Aberdeen welcomed the longest vessel the Chinese-built HHL Rio de Janeiro is ever to enter the port. Cudham.shipsmonthly.shipsmonthly.580dwt Cyprus-flagged in size and it is often impossible for chemical/product tanker Leeni (2006).000dwt product tanker Texas to Crowley Maritime as a sistership to the earlier delivered Ohio. She is pictured leaving for Le Trait.2m. a day in 2008 . the 50. Svendborg.ed@kelsey. Unfortunately. But some operated by Simonsen Chartering of ports are expanding.65m by 25. large ships Aberdeen’s long visitor However. both ships to operate on LNG in the the 203. is rates for the big ships have dipped last year and 14 scrapped in January predicting that almost every type of below $1. when small Dutch and German coasters One vessel to make two calls with were regular callers. JS This compares to record high charter year’s total if freight rates are to be BULKERS rates of $223. part the conundrum PRODUCT TANKER The recently renamed Philly Shipyard in the US. meaning Built ten years ago during a Crowley has the option to convert much stronger market for bulkers. such as Hull.000dwt Texas. and for the expansion of the harbour she arrived from Szczecin in Poland. them to take full cargoes. analysts commodity carrier will fail to make a ABOVE America’s Crowley Maritime has which nowhere near covers average feel the purging of capacity will have profit this year as China’s economy taken delivery of its second LNG-Ready daily crew costs of above $3. has delivered the 50. Kent TN16 3AG • t > 01959 541444 • e > sm. when shipyard prices were for the vessels and capacity doubled ships and are instead continuing to cheap. news Crowley Capesize takes Texas WATERFRONT www.000 a day in recent months. France before heading to Ghana. DAVID DODDS where she would head to her ultimate PORT NEWS destination of Takoradi in Ghana.512dwt China Steel Team is one future. A ABOVE The chemical/product tanker Leeni departs from her berth in Barge Dock. formerly known as the Aker Philadelphia Shipyard. with a the fact that Clarkson Research. into Nigg Bay in order for them to The heavy lift cargo vessel had called remain competitive and in a position to load buoyancy modules ahead of to provide fit-for-purpose facilities.000. to be three times higher than last slows to its weakest in 25 years. this year alone. JS product tanker. departing on a two-day journey which final decision on a proposed expansion Goole to approach Ocean Lock on her way to Wolgast. second time via Erith in Kent.

Allseas more complex than anticipated. the 16. this may wait massive semi-submersible vessels will of 10. which will have a 48.000 tons when both cranes are used Built for working in the deep together. with a single lift. It will be equipped with a moveable fall-pipe tower that will perform rock installation operations through a centrally located moon pool. the rock arriving at the hopper via conveyor belt from a storage hold. Unfortunately. Ulstein 18 • June 2016 • www. both for disposal. for use on underseas construction and dismantlement projects. To obtain a 3-level Dynamic Positioning notation. the of two MAK main engines of 3. has indicated it would like to Thialf. four of which will be trenching often requires an overlay to work at lower depths and more of Norway last year.000dwt construction vessel with This requires the services of a subsea type of work. will clip off its sophisticated topsides lift system.000 tonnes.200m.5m) first scheduled project is to lift the a wider beam of 525ft. oil rig topsides at the bow. the cost of such operations. T he petroleum industry and the emerging offshore wind energy sector have generated a demand for very large and strong construction vessels. the Netherlands-based service. being built in South Korea to handle construction as well as dismantlement projects. something that no other construction there are several large submersible crane vessel (SSCV) on the decommissioned topsides and jackets vessel could undertake with a single crane ships in service.840kW E169 class rock installation vessel being built in China will meet requirements for output powering Schottel thrusters. The ship’s order a second twin-hulled vessel with capacity available when two cranes the 702ft (214m) by 320ft (97. to give a lifting are used in unison. will be used to remove dismantling.shipsmonthly.000 on either marine gas oil (MGO) or LNG Rock installation type that has become increasingly tonnes of rock within the Aasta that will power eight 5. the Brent field for Shell and transport until the first unit has been proven.253ft by 407ft Pioneering Spirit. Designed by Norway’s Ulstein Group. it recently ordered a 154m by a 400-tonne crane that could work in 28m DP-3-rated fall-pipe vessel (FPV) water as shallow as 16. that have 14. these vessel will be fitted with two cranes 24. the . often at depths of aggregates to protect pipes and stringent accuracy requirements. Ulstein for shallower work down to 600m. Clean Design Notation. Added to this has been the necessity to dismantle older offshore oil and gas rigs that have reached the limits of their productivity.NEWS FEATURE Jim Shaw Strong ships for heavy co A look at some of the world’s strongest and largest ships that are being built.000 tons of lifting Under construction in Singapore. Although Pioneering Spirit’s owner. dramatically reducing Allseas.500kW Wärtsilä Undersea construction and sophisticated because of the need Hansteen gas project off the coast thrusters.5ft.253ft delivery of components needed for by 407ft Pioneering Spirit. a ship Van Oord Group deposited 300.000dwt ship will feature Ulstein’s X-Bow and is to be delivered later this year by China’s Sinopacific Shipbuilding Group. including market. the 403. while also being capable of serving as a pipeline layer. and then plus the fact that the installation and hoist the steel supporting jacket at the commissioning of the system was stern.000-tonne Brent Delta topside in capacity of 72. A transit speed of ten knots will be provided by a bank of dual-fuel engine/gensets capable of operating rock installation (SRI) vessel. The system. lose their ranking as ‘world’s strongest’ giving it a maximum lift of 20. the 1. Although the Dutch BELOW Norway’s Ulstein has developed cables or stabilise piling structures. Saipem’s Saipem 7000 and Heerema’s be one of the world’s largest ships.000 tonnes lifting capacity each. it will make use ABOVE To be named Bravenes upon delivery to Holland’s Van Oord group. of over 1. To give an idea of the scope of this company has two large SRI ships in a 10. However. Green Passport and Ice Class 1A–PC7. a propelled unit that will also of large offshore oil and gas platforms lift.000-tonne lifting capacity when it to a special yard in Hartlepool for In the field of heavy subsea when Heerema places its next semi- fully installed. This has led to the world’s largest ship.342gt twin-hulled vessel’s entry into service has been delayed by several months because of the late The world’s largest ship.

000-tonne capacity mast crane for heavy work. One of ship having a 5.880kW and two 1. The letters Shallow water build Deepsea pipe layer deep-sea construction and pipe-laying ‘J‘ and ‘S‘ describe the shape the pipe Beyond the petroleum industry. and lay their high-voltage electrical installations. including and 240. news vy construction WATERFRONT www. transport and service the • Cudham Tithe Barn.500ft ( by www. the propeller shafts of the Propulsion would be provided by two to 400-tonne capacity. developed ABOVE To rank as the world’s third 101ft (30. Subsea water depths of as little as 16.5ft (5m).981m) .000ft. With a 2. and also the strongest installation of a variety of equipment delivering a service speed of nine knots. on the seabed.2m (598ft) in the tower and welded together.000dwt ship could also to exchange any of the ABOVE One of the world’s newest pipe-laying vessels is McDermott International’s DLV 2000. the latter having the ability to takes as it leaves the vessel and settles wind energy sector is also demanding include a number of wells. lines running on to loading and storage by 46. The laying of such lines at the side for J-laying and a ‘stinger’ large storage reels carried on board.8m) ship could support the 2. and these work to depths of over 10. Highly flexible be accomplished by the same type of the longest is the 725-mile Langeled mast crane at the stern for heavy pipe of small diameter can be pre- ships used in the petroleum sector. Heerema’s new which would allow it to support several with accommodation for between 140 so that drydocking will not be needed semi-submersible will be able to hoist types of offshore operations. line that transports Norwegian natural positioning work. The 10.000-tonne capacity about 6. Cudham. construction vessel developed by as well as a ‘stinger’ at the stern for S-laying and a Norway’s Ulstein that could work in tower at the side for J-laying. The pipeline layer Seven Borealis has been equipped This includes a dynamically positioned with a 5. such as Subsea 7‘s 182. will feature largest ship. and a high load capacity. while others are used for equipped for multiple tasks. the 378ft (115.000m2 work deck. an underwater demounting capability in crane capacity.920kW powerplants specifically for the vessel. the while S-laying is limited to a depth of cables. Installing pipelines along the sea bed requires sophisticated shallow and at the stern for S-laying. In • June 2016 • 19 . While some of this work can long distance transportation. with some field. Berry’s Hill. with the J-lay system. which carries a 2. the Subsea oil and gas fields generally vessels. are used for deep water and ridged pipe. The thrusters. specialised vessels to build offshore are usually connected by pipelines Some of the larger ships in this in which sections of pipe are upended foundations for wind turbines. which will enhance the dynamic positioning.200-ton revolving crane on the stern and is to be fitted with an S-lay ‘stinger’ configured to install pipelines up to 60 inches in diameter down to 10. thrusters have an eight-degree tilt that significantly reduces the interaction between thrusters and hull. installed on the sea floor. be fitted with an offshore crane of up addition.000 tonnes. Heerema cable laying and wind turbine servicing. installations is seeing more specialised vessels designed and built.shipsmonthly. Kent TN16 3AG • t > 01959 541444 • e > sm.000ft. along with a tower welded ashore and laid directly from the shallow water nature of wind farm gas to the UK. McDermott International retractable.2m (151ft) Seven Borealis.

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But at the same time. in more normal making unprecedented profits. shipping was a business Fortunately. Author’s collection diverted to war work. Their anxiety arose owners which were given because the mainly British names beginning Austral. for building berths high. the former Ardanmhor of 1907. judging by her hull colours. and the ships’ piling up on quays awaiting earnings were good. But the shipment. J. Moreton Bay. bought a number of anxious and tramp steamers from British envious. Clarkson 22 • June 2016 • www.The Australian Bays Roy Fenton looks at five passenger-cargo ships that were once the despair of their operator but went on to be useful and. Wheat. Wartime owners in 1916 was Australplain. a venture which capturing a large part of the had been strongly resisted when emigrant trade. as built and probably still Australian-owned proposed ten years earlier. immortal. that had been arrested in their Buoyed by its seeming ports in August . the Australian in which brief periods of fat Government had 18 former profits were almost invariably German ships at its disposal followed by long. & M. and ships on which Australian trade ordered more from Australian ABOVE One of the many steam tramps which Australia bought from British depended were increasingly and American yards. conditions had vastly inflated wool and other exports were freight rates. with the aim of shipping line.shipsmonthly. when pictured. the Line ordered five Australian Prime Minister cargo passenger ships from William Hughes saw an British yards soon after the opportunity to set up a national Armistice. W orld War The Commonwealth I made Government Line of Steamers Australian duly took over the German shippers both ships. in one case. times. With demand ABOVE First of the class. In 1916 success. Australian Government failed greedy eyes saw shipowners to realise that. lean years.

1921 16. Fares on the than local yards.12. Australian ships were at the reputation were not helped by 1921 and September 1922. The Australian Bays Built as Builder Register port Yard No Launched Completed GT as built Fate Notes MORETON BAY Vickers Brisbane 573 23.1921 14.1921 14. Compare this photograph with that of Moreton Bay and note how Jervis Bay’s accommodation had been extended forward at main deck level. 360. giving a service speed Aden.2. Ltd.shipsmonthly. within a few weeks during boilers. looking immaculate despite her having already seen long and arduous service. www. She was held accommodation for no fewer and Brisbane.4 million for each cargoes. Melbourne.1922 14. whose Commonwealth Line.7.462 1955: B/u Newport R/n ARAWA 1936 JERVIS BAY Vickers Sydney 575 17.193 1957: B/u Barrow LARGS BAY Beardmore Adelaide 616 20.12.4. There was Adelaide.1922 13. cargoes were destined for the it ran into trouble. that the Australian line could solely to blame for the former. Author’s collection they had little choice but to than 720 third class travellers. the almost 550ft. West Riding of Yorkshire.1921 11. CLASSIC CARGO LINERS ABOVE Hobson’s Bay in as-built condition. Burnie Bay post-war. Finances and Delivered between November Once all five were delivered. Barrow-in-Furness and William Beardmore and Co. This freighters were ordered from A nice touch was that each passenger trade between Britain was much criticised in the the Commonwealth Dockyard of the ships was registered and Australia.6.1922 14. And with both materials and With an overall length of The new service was seen as In 1923 the line changed labour in limited supply. becoming Fordsdale in an Australian port in the committed by its conference incensed that the orders for and Ferndale. one off Southend. This line was Australian press.11. In addition. 1923. The British lines also feared.1940: Sunk Builders were Vickers Ltd. its title to the Australian costs of the five Bays were high: space for Australian export owned Aberdeen Line. much of the non-luxury its dismal performance.1922 9.182 1957: B/u Barrow HOBSON’S BAY Vickers Melbourne 574 4. then on to Aberdeen and Blue Funnel. A fine underway view of Largs Winter’s Studio. they had ample a major threat by the British. there certainly was.1. Glasgow. Hull was also used when wool call on Government subsidies if give Vickers and Beardmore plus just 12 government. two large refrigerated for frozen meat. And trouble contracts on a cost plus basis. the sailings were scheduled monthly very low end of those charged Moreton Bay. same state as the bay after agreements to using the longer the five Bays had gone to which it was named (see the route via Tenerife and the Cape the United Kingdom rather Five Bays accompanying table). sponsored first class passengers. Fremantle.10..000ft3 of it being ships had previously enjoyed this did nothing to transform ship. At the UK end. already in Sydney. Author’s collection LEFT Jervis Bay making one of her occasional stops at Burnie after sale to Aberdeen and Commonwealth Line. one in the Thames and of about 15 knots. but typically £1.890 5.1921 18. five Bays were driven by steam from London through the Suez by British lines. including being involved in two collisions turbines supplied by oil-fired Canal to Port Said.204 1955: B/u Faslane R/n ESPERANCE BAY (2) 1936 ESPERANCE BAY (1) Beardmore Fremantle 617 15. Colombo.1921 • June 2016 • 23 . Sydney quite rightly as it turned out. the line’s flagship. of Good Hope.11.

and in the long Royal Mail Group that one of Fordsdale. as built. and sailings became Kylsant’s Royal Mail Group. especially one catering for large with George Thompson and Author’s collection numbers of passengers. Author’s collection when she ran into the German the line at a time when trade was with red boot topping and a out described it as being like steamer Margit Siemers. had been forced Of course. probably at Southampton. probably because this was the Australian Government had also used by competitor P&O. the UK In April it was announced by terminal became Southampton. Within a few months. but continuity was and it would be very interesting term the decision to purchase those charged with sorting it ensured by it being entitled the to hear the stevedores’. particular difficulties with the route. and is seen international shipping service. The first Esperance Bay. and its collapse Government for the ships. He points out that white ribbon. contracting. in Tasmania. despaired of it ever breaking even. In his excellent ‘North Star to the rather dull black hull was Southern Cross’. Aberdeen certainly lacked managers and Commonwealth Line. seamen’s proved to be a sound one. Outwardly. Co acting as manager. proudly flying the Australian flag at her stern. So complex were the company was formed to take disrupted sailing schedules. remained unchanged. with Sale to Britain British seamen and stewards By 1928 Australian Common. and several of their ships in the early 1930s was to affect In April 1933 a new stewards – and which seriously had been sold. time. then part of removed. Esperance Bay (1) became Shaw with experience in running an was formed to operate the Savill’s Arawa in . purchase of the Bays removed interlocking shareholdings over the five Bays and the However. Australia A new company. Bays under the Red Ensign. the Prime Minister that the fleet and on some voyages calls were comprising the five Bays and two made at Burnie. At this Much has been written White Star and its subsidiary. here. the Royal Mail Star Line had still not completed which plagued the Bay ships into a joint agreement with Blue Group was not itself in good payment to the Australian under Australian ownership – in Funnel Line on the Australian financial health. replacing Australians. and stewards’ stories. the cash-strapped White about the poor labour relations Aberdeen Line. sides to any industrial dispute. However. there are always two the Aberdeen Line’s major of the companies within the line’s sole remaining freighter. There were changes to manning.shipsmonthly.000 for first class passengers was to White Star Line. and Malta. and the wealth Line’s accumulated route saw calls being made at losses totalled £12 million. competitor. tourist class only. the the Bays.850. John Maber replaced by the traditional questions why White Star bought Aberdeen Line colours of green 24 • June 2016 • www. But the names ‘unscrambling eggs’. big Australian-built freighters had The limited accommodation been sold for just £1.

Jervis Bay sank with her occupy useful niches in the trade Line house flag. she survived Malta. Moreton Bay and Largs Bay. Shares were now in German Panzerschiff Admiral under Government direction. action fuse penetrated one deck particularly impressed that on On 5 November 1940 she before exploding. Maidan a time of the very popular £10 History’ were consulted. She too began But the ships were showing when the Admiralty’s worst conversion to a troopship in 1941. and Jervis Bay (2) was taken over at My uncle sailed out to Bay and Moreton Bay were Brisbane. there were some continued doing Government achieved a degree of immortality survivors. conclusion of hostilities. emigrants must have journeyed ideal for conversion to Armed In September 1939 Esperance east on the three ships. her Fegen and 189 of his crew. Fordsdale. white ensign flying. Esperance Bay was transferred to the parent Shaw. Merchant Cruisers. but after an epic struggle she reached port. although yards. and the Bays continued match for those of the heavy an AMC and later a troopship. but Shaw. then moving. in 1941. It was Albion had the largest holding. Last to go were Line Ltd. and in 1955 began nightmare came true and the Largs Bay remained in making their way to breakers’ Aberdeen and Commonwealth convoy was attacked by the commercial service. and captain and crew. or realised just Australia: Ferndale and. wrecking her board 50 cigarettes cost just was the sole escort for the steering gear and blowing one two shillings (10 new pence). early 1950s. Savill and renamed Arawa. meant it was 1949 ‘North Star to Southern Cross’ and gathering gloom. He was Bermuda and later Halifax. but in May 1940 an aircraft attack in July 1940. and sent to Simonstown Australia on Moreton Bay in the hired for this purpose on 24 and for conversion to an AMC. and the food was good. and just five before all three were back in Henry Spong and Richard Osborne’s were sunk: Beaverford. Fegen’s this. the emigrant trade did not stand still. in the case of Jervis Bay. ordered them. As he had anticipated. also served as disappointment to those who role. Her six-inch guns no renamed Arawa. went on to to sail under the old Aberdeen cruiser. and assisted passage scheme. The introduction of better tourist class accommodation in new P&O mail steamers reduced the appeal of the rather basic Bay ships. Savill and an incredibly painful decision. where calls began after the ships service to New Zealand by way were sold to the Aberdeen and Commonwealth Line. taking with Last days for which they were designed. to become the lead ship of confusingly. Remarkably. and when she hit a mine in the Bay had emerged 36 years earlier ships. Captain Fegen decided to damage through hostile action from here that Moreton Bay and became managers of the sacrifice his ship and men. the tanker San Demetrio. respectively. Kenbane Head. After an extensive refit on the Clyde. their age. picked up work for some time after the through the sacrifices of her by the Swedish ship Stureholm. But she too suffered in-Furness in 1957. and noting that the ship South Atlantic. and Trewellard. and Bays at war Moreton Bay and others were many hundreds of hopeful The Bays were considered released to become troop ships. Ships in Focus of the Panama Canal. was fitted out very comfortably moved north to be based on when a bomb with a delayed. George Thompson headed directly for his powerful The former Esperance Bay (1). But again. World Ship Society Ltd www. By 1941 the Admiralty felt it had less ABOVE Australian Commonwealth Line also had two big freighters built in need of AMCs. how vulnerable they were. 69 in total. In what must have been until called up as a troopship both demolished at Barrow- companies. a class which. One more was seriously damaged. via brief service in the South Atlantic. initially serving on the China station. As a result of diminishing trade. seen here. to a base at Freetown. writing back to my 25 August 1939. the two other Bays which became AMCs had less adventurous wars. in which passengers dined at long tables. plus protracted refits action allowed most of the ships necessitated by their extensive Acknowledgements • John Maber’s in HX 84 to escape into the conversions. the hands of at least five other Scheer. Moreton Bay was converted at • June 2016 • 25 . 37 ships of convoy HX 84 gun overboard. while a major and Co was appointed in this enemy. The three surviving Bays and. Thankfully. Fresno their owner’s service. Serving in both the South and parents during a short stay in Jervis Bay first served in the North Atlantic. and rather – whilst the convoy scattered – of Naples in January 1944. This was ‘Shaw. CLASSIC CARGO LINERS Although the Bays maintained their original service throughout these changes. Savill and Albion: A Fleet City. she was put on a ABOVE The second Esperance Bay at Valletta.

com . as there are restrictions on the size of vessel that can be handled. not many cruise ships call there. a Renaissance class vessel. However. Captain Bailey presented the RNLI with a cheque for £683 raised by the recycling of furniture from the onboard Tiree Lounge following an extensive refit last winter.112gt). although Poole Harbour Commissioners plan to construct a new deepwater cruise ship quay at the port in the future. picturesque harbour. and is seen alongside Ballast Quay on 29 April 2013 in the company of the local ferry Maid of the Islands. ri t i Ma Mosaicm e A collection of readers’ own photographs Despite Poole having a large. the Dorset port has developed a niche market for smaller upmarket passenger ships. she underwent a major refit in 1989 for her new career as a 50-passenger cruise ship. 26 • June 2016 • www. LEFT Island Sky (1992/4. and Kevin Mitchell’s photographs show some of the cruise ships which have called there in recent years. Cruise ships tend to use Ballast Quay when the ro-ro berths are unavailable. seen at the entrance to Poole Harbour on 9 August 2015 on her second call of the year.200gt). During her previous visit to Poole. Built as the MacBrayne car ferry Columba.shipsmonthly. was delivered as Renaissance VIII. ABOVE One of the smallest but arguably most luxurious cruise ships is Hebridean Princess (1964/2.

200gt) coming alongside ro-ro berth 2 dressed overall on 3 September 2003. LEFT An interesting visitor to Poole on 10 May 2013 was Serenissima (1960/2. which moored alongside Ballast Quay for the day. Her owners. She was once a regular caller at Poole when sailing for Hebridean Island Cruises. went bankrupt in 2009. Carrying just 100 passengers in 50 suites.shipsmonthly. but was renamed Andrea for full-time expedition cruising in 2002. but she was eventually refurbished and emerged in 2013 as Serenissima. having been built as Renaissance IV. operated by Plantours for the German market.598gt). Since 2012 the Spanish-built vessel has sailed from Beirut for Abou Merhi Cruises as Orient Queen II. a visit made possible following channel deepening. Corinthian (1990/4. Elegant Cruises. www. had arrived with 230 passengers. With Brownsea Island in the background. Built as Renaissance VI. READERS’ ARCHIVE ABOVE Vistamar (1989/7.478gt) heads out of Poole Harbour on 6 September 2007. This veteran was built for Norwegian coastal water service as Harald • June 2016 • 27 .077gt) arrives on the morning of 7 June 2015 after an overnight passage from the Isles of Scilly. she has also been known as Sun Viva 2 and MegaStar Capricorn. Vistamar. this ice-strengthened expedition ship was acquired by Grand Circle Cruise Line in 2014. ABOVE Hebridean Spirit (1991/4.

copra political power. of the Long Pier. When the British took over the However. military forces and schooners to land fish.shipsmonthly. and they were out of sight. will island. coal wharves. from which evolved the Seychelles’ town of . a ramshackle assemblage of Port development began in sheds. strategy. when they had he ran up the British flag. so it has often and human cargoes safely. the Établissement du continued in post as a respected ABOVE The small passenger vessel Cat Rose’s at Praslin old port. The pub’s name recalls de Quinssy took a pragmatic the buccaneers who roamed approach when enemy men-of- the Indian Ocean from the late war were seen on the horizon: 17th century. in 1778 the colony in 1814 he renamed French set up a small military himself De Quincy and garrison. enabling resources. During the Cold Brocklebank Line. new Indian Ocean rivals India The pier head accumulated and China. 28 • June 2016 • www. oil tanks. the non-aligned nation Maritime and Shipping (it became independent in Corporation of India still had 1976) welcomed Western and to anchor under the lee of Île Communist naval ships alike. During the Napoleonic quickly spot the Wars. once archipelago to themselves. ABOVE Draco alongside the new commercial fishing quay. on a shallow diminutive capital. ALL CHANGE AT VICTORIA servant of the Crown. Messageries War. passengers to lighters before handed in its treatment of the they could be brought ashore. with goods from the East. the 1870s with construction a passenger and baggage T he visitor to Roi. bay on the north-east of Mahé Victoria. restored picked off merchant ships laden the Tricolor to the flagpole. But had to adopt De Quincy’s ships of British India Line. which was a Seychelles lacks natural kilometre in length. garrison commandant Pirates Arms on Independence Chevalier Jean-Baptiste Queau Avenue. the 115 islands of the Seychelles supplied the ships and. Ste Anne to tranship goods and and today it is equally even.

Tucked away to turbines of Île du Port. but she sank en route and tourism. but now the challenge is to find more space within its confines. being an important part of the port’s economic activities. Beyond it. and Ascension. Seychelles on board were rescued by economic zone (EEZ) contains 60s a US company operated a Ports Authority (SPA). governor state oil company Seypec. and Praslin vulnerability to Somali extending the pier into deeper using mobile cranes and Hero. fishing en Ciel. ALL PHOTOS BY STEPHEN SPARK Cat Rose’s and Cat Rose’s II. a meteorological station 11. ten vessels were water.000km2 exclusive the lighters. From here Inter years later the new Commercial Island Boats’ Cat Cocos ferries Port. Praslin and La Digue is ABOVE The fishing vessel Playa de Noja alongside the new commercial fishing with an alongside depth of operated by Inter Island Ferry’s quay. Fishing activity had to be finances stalled the scheme. lies service that belies Seychelles’ the new Seychelles Coast Guard sleepy image. a squat but useful little gangsters. gantry cranes. Seychelles is outside the A familiar sight at the IIQ was cyclone belt. but the parlous state reachstackers. A a single 370m quay aligned connecting service between north-west to south-east. Floréal’s activities include the monitoring of the Exclusive Economic with visits by cruise ships Zone in the French Southern and Antarctic Lands. The artisan to be the game-changer. but the pillars of Gerald Rose’s schooner Arc the country’s economy. Land distinctive lines of a former Underlining the country’s Sir Arthur Grimble proposed Marine carries out stevedoring tuna fishing vessel. April 2014. and a small slipway for repairing the offices of the state-owned 26 May 2015. Inter Island Quay is also at Providence. to be ‘fundamentally unsuited The Fishing Port is centred for large ocean-going vessels’ on the much enlarged Long and proposed new facilities on Pier. Ocean Princess arrived in ABOVE The French frigate FS Floréal (F730) at anchor off the Commercial Port in Seychelles with 619 passengers. which has the police effectively. where restricted to the Inner Islands. of 30t bollard and where another quay is Rachel Chandler sailed their Witton & Bell declared the port pull. as Stephen Spark explains. The main port has been threatened by piracy and has experienced dwindling cruise calls. stacking ground. and Isle of Praslin depart The Commercial Port has for Praslin and La Digue. charges in 1939. while branching in aviation fuel.5m. SEYCHELLES The archipelago of Seychelles in the Indian Ocean lies 932 miles east of East Africa. fishing grounds. as fishing fleet berths along the tankers were needed to bring southern side. received its first ships. The ten people Its 1. But by 1967 the situation had one side are SPA’s launches and a 120m-long fisheries logistics cutting tuna exports by 30 per become untenable. pirated in Seychelles’ EEZ in of the colony’s post-war room for straddle carriers or To the north rise the wind 2009. the latest being Rosemary quay was completed last year cent. plus two other regular operators some of the world’s richest twice-weekly flying boat service warehousing. as there is no ro-ro with a 4TEU capacity. Consulting tugs. berthed at the Commercial Port in Port Victoria on 25 April 2014. on Île built catamarans are new and Perseverance (one of several well-maintained. planned to serve fish processing Both companies’ Australian. 2km south of the town Isle of La Digue. The cruise ship Ocean Princess. move to the Commercial Port. www. with commercial fishing reclaimed land. built by Yardimci in 2011.shipsmonthly. work will start used by an eclectic variety of in October on extending the small cargo craft. In the 1950s and landlord port owner. In October 2009 Paul and engineers Sandford Fawcett. Behind the quay are to Praslin in bad weather on the tsunami of Somali piracy. and three Island Quay. a power Luc Grandcourt’s La Belle to be too large for the SCG to Concerned by high lighterage station and a tank farm for Praslinoise • June 2016 • 29 .300. factories. at Île du Port. a container between Mahé and Praslin. offering a slick artificial islands off Victoria). but has proved from the pier to Mombasa. (SCG) base. Isle of Mahé centre. The airport northwards is the 130m Inter opened in 1971. were shaken by building. berths at the pier head adjacent Construction of an to Indian Ocean Tuna’s international airport proved processing facility. although artisanal fishing port with $12 these operations will eventually million of Japanese funding. Farther south.

swiftly updating piracy laws Adam warned: ‘The minute and energetically prosecuting you pull out these warships. She can usually be found working around the islands of the Indian Ocean. for Costa neoRomantica. has honoured Victoria as the (IOC). yacht.ABOVE The refrigerated cargo vessel Pelamis (2. The refrigerated cargo vessel Auxis ( . was set up in Victoria by a new Indian-financed coastal Victoria in 2016-17 are scheduled and Queen Elizabeth. We can’t just wait for faced its worst crisis since vessels to come. The port reinvented minister Alain St Ange to revive and locally-based Pegasus of region’s Leading Cruise Port. Other visitors will pirates. berthed at the Fishing Port.084gt). With the decline in attacks since mid-2012.’ independence. Lynn Rival. Security was boosted in March borne fruit. cruise companies. cruising through the Indian Variety Cruises. and and other countries’ warships. fearful of Business development officer high insurance premiums.’ Ocean’s ‘Vanilla Islands’ have include Hapag-Lloyd’s Europa.709gt) outside Port Victoria. CTF 150 sector was devastated. The country business. Reflecs3. Since alongside the anti-piracy cell of radar surveillance system. into pirate itself as a harbour of refuge and hands and spent the next year secured bunkering business in captivity. cautioned against complacency. normality has Combatting piracy returned to the port. Multiple calls into Phoenix’s Artania and Amadea. Steve Pointe said: ‘Our strategy dropped Port Victoria from is to find any opportunity for their itineraries. although The resourceful Seychellois foreign minister Jean-Paul employed De Quincy-style Adam and port authority CEO diplomacy to garner support Lt Col André Ciseau have both from the major powers.shipsmonthly. Silversea 2013 the World Travel Awards the Indian Ocean Commission Efforts by the SPA and tourism Cloud and Silversea Discoverer. A regional centre it’s going to spring up again. to combat maritime crime. 30 • June 2016 • www. The yachting from EU NAVFOR. ABOVE The landing craft Zarkoh L67 at Anse Louis in November 2013.

fuel and consumer ships use their cranes to offload ships will be seen in Victoria of the world’s media. many goods. Plans are in ‘Development of the main found. owned by • June 2016 • 31 . of whom were in Victoria to has constrained the port’s few metres away. which supplies Praslin.shipsmonthly. bringing boardroom shakes whenever further exploration. but lack of space containers on to the quayside a for at least the next two years. prospects for oil and gas in trawler towed Costa Allegra believe pirates. If viable deposits were to be report on the tourism board’s development. which Seychelles’ EEZ. Depressed into port after the converted towed to Genoa and later sold has been there since the 1970s oil prices have dampened container ship suffered for demolition in Turkey. and is basically worn out. but major infrastructure funding is a struggle for small island states. complete with make. African Development Bank (ADB) stated in 2011. Seychelles already has a small fleet of tankers. as there are good geological On 1 March 2012 a French a carnival. nearer home in years to come. hand to extend the quay port in Mahé is critical. she entered service with Costa Crociere on 23 November 1992 following an extensive conversion. Converted from Seypec’s fleet may find work a container ship. but apart from the product/LPG tanker Seychelles Paradise. ABOVE The 1969-built cruise ship Costa Allegra ended her revenue-earning career in Seychelles in March 2012. but Japan’s electrical failure. Coming soon Cargo vessels are the extensive rebuilding.’ the become a very busy place.061gt) at the Commercial Port in April 2014. which is strongly supported by the ADB and IOC. The SPA’s JOGMEC is committed to after the Concordia sinking. Port Victoria could imaginative response to piracy. the country’s lifeline. Allegra was but the existing port. One hope is regional integration. SEYCHELLES The 2003-built container ship Delmas Keta (26. www. the ships operate in the Arabian Gulf and Europe or are time- chartered to other operators. The latter worries that major carriers will bypass Indian Ocean ports or hike rates to unacceptable levels. needs enthusiasm. southwards by about 200m. An obvious solution would be to build a new facility on one of the reclaimed islands. so survey drama grabbed the attention in food. so is proposing a regional shipping line.

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sailed direction taking six hours. well Normandie (1992/27.859gt) Channel three times a day. car and freight carrier in the Brittany Ferries’ fleet. Originally at a higher level to stretch Mont St Michel. Spain for the installation of in Santander marked the in-line scrubbers to reduce start of the second half of a exhaust sulphur emissions in £320 million Brittany Ferries compliance with new European improvement programme. with Russell Plummer taking a look at the biggest passenger. after the operator failed to ABOVE Quiberon spent the final six months of her 20-year Brittany Ferries career running This brings a change of gain exemption from revised to Caen/Ouistreham from July 2002 before being sold for service in the Mediterranean. has been housed aft on Deck Normandie and Cap Finistere 9 between the existing twin (2000/37.728gt) already fitted funnels. including the there is no morning departure conversion to use liquid natural from Caen or afternoon gas. while into 2016 on the popular night crossings are 90 minutes Portsmouth-Caen/Ouistreham longer at seven and a half hours. serving there following a visit to Northern Michel at the Astander Yard until summer 2001. with regulations. with morning and ship in the afternoon sailings in either Brittany Ferries fleet. which are now linked with scrubbers. but this was dropped sailing from Portsmouth.542gt) established from Thursday to Tuesday as the busiest each week. M ont St roster with running mate Michel. TM Mont St SHIP OF THE MONTH Michel Brittany Ferries’ English Channel workhorse Ship of the Month turns the spotlight on Mont St Michel.468gt) and Pont- Mont St Michel crosses the Aven (2004/40. crossing with a new look Scrubber work on Mont St ABOVE Duc de Normandie opened the Caen-Ouistreham route in June 1986. when she moved to Plymouth for two years on the Roscoff route. www.133gt).shipsmonthly. when treatment. Armorique across the full width of the hull (2009/ • June 2016 • 33 . were due for more extensive except on Wednesdays. The equipment Barfleur (1992/20.

(Deck 8) seating 164. MARITIME PHOTOGRAPHIC Mont St Michel’s Information Desk and Bureau de Change is The Blue Note Bar (Deck 7) seats 350 with live entertainment and A’la carte dining is available in the Les Roman centrally located on Deck 7. . children’s play area. Mont St Michel Mont St Michel arriving at Portsmouth in March.

. forward on Deck 8. TM able in the Les Romantiques Restaurant Mont St Michel’s main hall and atrium on Deck 7 showing the The attractively laid out La Galerie Self Service Restaurant is located curved stairway to the upper decks. . by four MAK 6M43 diesel Mont St Michel stood down engines giving a total output Channel sailings a total of 51.383 which had been taken over 19 December. from three Wärtsilä engines. with three ships before working on Normandie as arrivals and three departures in mate for two years. who started on cargo Brittany Ferries routes. by Kerisnel (1972/3. in addition regular Plymouth-Roscoff route to conversion costs. with 1. being fitted. when work starts same time the Pegasis Project in November on Pont-Aven. deputising until her return on 21.000 passenger areas. while in build at Vigo. and the in a new Millbay Docks berth flooring and seating.368kW and driving twin freight units were transported. 2016 is expected to see Country markets. who handles some of the departures Commandant Adjoint Captain Gilles and arrivals and also holds all relevant Marre (right) enjoys the challenge of pilotage and exemption certificates. The huge pay for low sulphur fuel until investment will be completed the work was complete. and Angleterre-Ireland (BAI) took Despite its agricultural USB access points. Armorique achieved in 2015. BAI saw the potential St Michel’s return. missed three months of sailings a direct route to send their while.727 SICA. Two captains for intensive schedule Because Mont St Michel and duty. MARPOL regulations. the scrubbers a normal service speed of 21 passengers being carried. together her back as the biggest carrier company Armement Bretagne. which are clearly visible between the existing twin funnels. with new year. were started on 2 January 1973 2015. for a new LNG-powered due to last until March 2017. At the next winter. and then served every 24-hour cycle. ABOVE Mont St Michel profile. the Captain has aboard both Barfleur and Mont St a deputy. Passenger potential financed by the French in collaboration with Saint each developing 1. Freight-only sailings from service on 19 September of 29. with a return to her was uneconomical. KEVIN MITCHELL 36 • April 2016 • www. headed to Spain early in Brittany Ferries decided it January. Although Mont St Michel Breton farmers who wanted Roscoff at Port du Bloscon While she was in dry dock. with a 180ft linkspan. achieving with 132. and They work seven-day shifts. at Plymouth. different weather on the route. Brittany Ferries was formed by Government was opened in Nazaire-based STX France. Michel as chief mate. After Mont challenging the record figures shape under the auspices of origins. at a cost of knots. One of Mont St Michel’s pairings Normandie operate more intensive consists of 39-year-old Captain Erwann schedules than vessels on other Gabriel (left).358 coaches and 471. Spain. when on 932 vegetable production combine for passenger services and Mont St Michel arriving in Portsmouth on Boxing Day 2015 after one of the first crossings from Ouistreham following a visit to Spain for installation of in-line exhaust scrubbers. with Armorique KaMeWa propellers.395gt). the mix of passengers he meets when including equal spells of time on he is in charge of the ship. for them to expected during May. Auxiliary power comes A completely new harbour approximately £10 million. vessel for routes to Spain was Mont St Michel is powered put on hold.739 tourist vehicles.629kW. Associated there was also work to improve for the time in Santander last produce to British West British Ports invested £400.8 knots during trials. with the addition of plug and in the Brittany Ferries fleet. or Commandant Adjoint.

932gt. Twin cinemas on and one of the ship’s most attractive Deck 7 are a popular entertainment acted as agents for Vedettes in freight capacity with Duc features. Armoricaines.8 knots (trials). cost £80m to Cork. across overnight. As growth continued. The name metre Mont St Michel.731gt) Delivery delay Mont St Michel did not cabins). Inishmore (1997/34. registered in small side door from the car deck. After she had Laid down in March 2001. in Ouistreham. went to Dutch builders Van Plymouth for summer 2001. Everything had changed with Mont St Michel a terminal. cakes 400 seats forward on Deck 7. NICHOLAS of sailings by newly acquired LEACH former Hook of Holland- Harwich ferry Prinses Beatrix (1978/9.460gt ro-pax ferry Pascal before reaching Cherbourg from Stena Line.720. which. Le Cafe du Festival. Van der During the following decade der Giessen de Noord. near Swedish ferry Nils Dacke that to order of Societe were added. These of a maiden crossing from in after growing demand million in the name of BAI/ incurred substantial penalties. a reception area with feature and each has 60 seats. Portsmouth-St Malo and their huge covered hall at (1980/8.shipsmonthly. including Koningin Ferries from 1982 for sailings du Calvados. 21 the operation in September of the Star Ferries. became a dashed when the yard’s heavy She sailed via Portsmouth and the small day vessel Poseidon problem that was solved by the workload. The main passenger Deck 9 features cabins forward accommodation on Mont St Michel and a central area housing the is spread over three decks. resulted for final preparations ahead Brittany Ferries was brought A contract worth €80 in fitting-out delays.170 (796 beds in 224 first Armorique (1972/5. Paoli for SNCM. which also included Ouistreham for berthing trials. Quiberon’s TONNAGE 35. the imbalance www. opened the service as Duc de Normandie. Lauro Group for use by 9L55GFCA diesel Brittany Ferries opened the and sisters Blue Star 1 and Blue Medmar on a route between engines. travel trade Mont St Michel was launched on in November 2002. 528 lane metres compared to Plymouth to Roscoff using Normandie’s 1. Plymouth-Santander services Krimpen an den IJssel. her being completed in time for handed over at a ceremony in Caen although there was nothing to see summer service that year were Rotterdam on 11 December. 14. saw attention focused on Ferries’ pair Isle of Innisfree 20-year Brittany Ferries career 5. reserved lounges offering just over further aft. and SPEED 21. following an extensive internal refit in Amsterdam. come the cinemas.5m longer than Normandie and the whole of Deck 8 is given over eliminating the passenger and crew to public areas. along with a Rotterdam. had been delivered.189gt). BUILT 2001-2.356gt).314gt).579dwt another Channel link between (1995/22. 135 crew. 21. she remained in the Med until knots (service) previous year when sending the scrapped at Alang in 2010. the former Krimpen.365gt) and Isle of ended with sale to the Italian MACHINERY 4 x Krupp MAK Portsmouth and Ouistreham.245 lane berthed in the lock.600kW route in 1986 after previewing Star 2 for Greek operator Blue Sete and Palma. Ouistreham under gloomy prompted an order for Brittany Ferries associate which helped to put Van der skies on 20 December. before the mid-1980s Beatrix (1986/31. with a self-service cabins outside of the older vessel’s restaurant forward and a’la carte vehicle decks. CAPACITY 2. restaurant and coffee shop • June 2016 • 37 .031gt). and metres) and media guests went ashore via a 15 March 2002. (1964/1. which du Calvados (SOMACAL) Duc de Normandie moved to MONT ST MICHEL appeared in January 1974. Extra freight space Cabins occupy the remainder was achieved by making the vessel of the space moving aft. but hopes of the completed vessel was FLAG French. SHIP OF THE MONTH On board Mont St Michel Mont St Michael berths stern-on in curving staircases leading to the Portsmouth and uses bow doors upper decks. 37. Traffic grew sufficiently for Brittany Ferries to order a purpose-built vessel. the 27. From changing places with Quiberon Giessen-de Noord.309 net. yard no. serves pastries. while 12. heading for waiting areas and a linkspan Portsmouth in ready for a 6 June 1986 start 2004. Finland for a route debut in May 1982. chartered introduction of the 2. who started de Normandie offering only sailings from Trinity Pier. a shopping area outside Sun Deck. a string of major had been chartered by Brittany Maritime d’Armament weekend circuit from Roscoff ferries.541gt Normandie coming from the Kvaerner Masa yard in Turku. begin sea trials until early 874 cars (2. apart from an empty river bank.118gt). 250-passenger/50-car ro-ro Societe Maritime d’Armament Giessen out of business. vehicle check-in. Majorca. Then and sandwiches and opens onto an ABOVE Mont St Michel arriving at Ouistreham before turning to berth bow-on. Irish to Northern Spain. ferry Penn-Ar-Bed.245-lane. with five Blue Note Bar.885.

W. POCOCK AND WWW. Such The fact that there were only the members of the Board were Such was the routine of the unable to attribute blame to day and night that 15 officers any person.COM 38 • June 2016 • www. POCOCK AND WWW. This tragic incident remains with more major explosions one of the highest losses of life sending a towering flame into for the Royal Navy in a non. a 12in gun turret landed. the night sky from the area of combat incident. with the loss of hundreds of her crew. so there was no reason to from the ship. Vanguard exercised during the debris to be shot up and away COPYRIGHT AND PICTURE CREDIT MICHAEL . HMS Vanguard that the Enquiry into to occur. She was laid down by Vickers Armstrong at their Barrow-in-Furness shipyard not straightforward. launched in February 1909 and completed on 1 March 1910.COM T he conclusion day. COPYRIGHT AND PICTURE CREDIT MICHAEL . with the crew preparing Flotta over a mile away. HMS caused more flame. and 2320 after a series of explosions some crew were on leave or on the ship while she was at seconded to other ships. Had anchor in Scapa Flow. leaving just three survivors. where who witnessed her sinking. smoke and on 2 April 1908. The Enquiry recorded that leaving only two survivors of the ‘first visible flame’ came this terrible maritime disaster.shipsmonthly. This showered was the smoke surrounding of the Board of believe such an event was about down on the surrounding ships. The rest of her Naval service was restricted to patrols and exercises. losses would almost certainly three survived.No blame attributed The loss of HMS Vanguard James Hendrie looks at the tragedy that overtook HMS Vanguard in July 1917. Vanguard was that her for a night in the anchorage.MARTITMEQUEST. one of whom have been .W. HMS Vanguard left HMS Vanguard to attend sank on 9 July 1917 at around a concert on another ship. was ordered on 6 February to fathom what happened is later another major explosion 1908. and was anchored at sea and even on the island of Enquiry could not find anyone the loss of HMS 1830. the eighth ship of that name. later died of his wounds. Orkney. Yet trying P and Q turrets. from ‘just abaft the foremast’. they all been on board the Of the 845 men on board. HMS Vanguard only saw action at the Battle of Jutland in 1916.MARTITMEQUEST. A little while ABOVE HMS Vanguard.

or to an 0. coal- left the ship shortly before the fired boilers. or the ignition eighth Royal Navy ship to take of cordite because of it being the name Vanguard. They considered MAIN ENGINES 18 x Babcock & the fact that two fitters had Wilcox tube. She was the enemy agent. remaining two on wing turrets. They referred not Powered by two sets of only to HMS Natal but also to Parson direct drive steam HMS Bulwark. decided that. could transferring to the Grand Fleet not rule out the actions of an on 24 June 1910. 20 x single Cromarty Firth (see SM. guns. built at the Vickers. refits took place on many occasions.2.VII guns and three 18in torpedo tubes. as it was HMS VANGUARD memorial and graves cordite exploding on board LAUNCHED 22. with the loss tubes being attributed to either the ARMOUR 8-10in belt ignition of cordite due to 5-8in bulkheads an avoidable cause. it is likely they ARMAMENT 5 x twin 12in Mk. her loss.XI than two years earlier on the to change Royal Navy policies. changing her armaments and armour.COM These main gun turrets were supplemented by 20 single BL 4 in Mk. Orkney. shafts using steam from 18 HMS Vanguard was a St large tube coal fired Babcock & Vincent class Dreadnought Wilcox boilers. at half the maximum cruising launched on 22 February speed.1909. the bulkhead armour up to eight inches and the deck armour three inches. one of whom had sets of Parsons direct driven done something similar by steam turbines. along the centreline and the COPYRIGHT AND PICTURE CREDIT MICHAEL . which was also turbines. POCOCK AND WWW.75 – 3in deck abnormal deterioration of a charge of cordite.800 tons of coal that tore HMS Vanguard apart. commi- at the Royal Navy Natal that was the cause of ssioned 1. But they shafts she sank. there was a great deal of leaving HMS Natal shortly each driving two of officers not on board when suspicion in some quarters. As with all ships. which drove two lost to explosion in 1914. she was present for King George V’s visit to www. She was range of 6. HMS Vanguard’s Royal Navy career up to the Battle of Jutland was unspectacular. was capable of a top cruising Sons & Maxim Ltd yard in speed of 21 knots. Those on the Home Fleet initially before the Enquiry. She joined and 940 tons of oil.VII guns. and commissioned on comprising 2. two survivors. it was 1 March that year.700 tons fully a lot of attention by the Board loaded 22. NAVAL INCIDENT HMS Vanguard dealing with cordite. reported that one of her 12in gun She had five twin 12in turrets was blown off. Because into the loss of HMS Natal. HMS Vanguard battleship. and before she blew up. magazine temperatures & Maxim Ltd. She carried a fuel load BELOW As a result of the explosion 1909. at this. Her belt armour was eight to ten inches. draught The subject of actions by enemy agents was given quite DISPLACEMENT 19.900 nautical miles laid down on 2 April 1908. two explosions. and ventilation. more of a compromise than 3 x 18in torpedo anything else. The Enquiry looked BUILT Vickers Sons on Hoy. though. unstable. if enemy agents Enquiry to establish the cause After the Board of Enquiry had been on board while she SPEED Up to 21 knots of these explosions.3.MARTITMEQUEST. was based at Scapa Flow for COMPLEMENT 753 men at launch HMS Natal had been sunk less recommendations were made several months. While serving with the 1st Division of the Home Fleet in July 1910. with three island of Flotta over a mile away from where the warship was anchored. and a number 2012). as well as the Barrow-in-Furness possibility of a fire caused by DIMENSIONS 536ft x 84ft x 28ft coal ash or oil leaks. She had a Barrow-in-Furness. Jan procedures and practices when The findings seem to be BL4 Mk.W.000 tons of Enquiry.shipsmonthly. would have acted sooner.1910 Cemetery at Lyness. made it harder for the sabotage was a • June 2016 • 39 . landing on the Mk.XI gun turrets.

with Lyness on the island of Hoy. working as a Fleet rarely if ever put out to military observer as part of sea and therefore. ships during the battle without Interestingly. It is tragic was only the previous month to think that she came through that Captain Eto had been such an epic and important presented. HMS time between the Royal Navy Vanguard was confined to and the Japanese Navy. The Enquiry could not rule out this possibility when it delivered its findings. Duke under the command of Captain died of his wounds two James Dick and was part of days after the explosion. The survivors before she moved to the Grand The two men who survived Fleet. like many the alliance that existed at that other Royal Navy ships. the German High Seas Japanese Navy. naval battle without a single life to King George V during the being lost among her crew. and took part in a year later the crew were wiped the Coronation Fleet Review out due to an accident. 40 • June 2016 • www. His the 4th Division of the 4th grave is contained in the Battle Squadron at the Battle HMS Vanguard section of of Jutland. loss was Captain Kyosuke Eto. C. be identified and 23 of their She engaged other German colleagues who could not. BELOW As with the loss of HMS Bulwark and HMS the fleet. at Spithead in June 1911. yet King’s visit to Scapa Flow. Williams. J. Lieutenant- By May 1916 Vanguard was Commander A. Pocock and www.shipsmonthly. along with 17 other the German light cruiser SMS sailors whose bodies could Wiesbaden in the initial action. Cox making regular patrols from and Royal Marine Private Scapa Flow. It patrols and exercises. Exercises and refits followed. It was here that she the Royal Navy Cemetery at fired her guns in anger. by Admiral Sturdee. Copyright and picture credit Michael . firing little-known victims of the almost 100 shells from her guns. Following the Battle of a member of the Imperial Jutland. there were suspicions that the explosion which wrecked HMS Vanguard was the result of actions of enemy agents. H. W. her shells helping to cripple Orkney. one of the causing them damage.W. and by 1914 she was were Stoker .martitmequest.

The turbine blades are some distance from the wreck. Bodies were has been the subject of poems. martitmequest. Some recovery work has been ABOVE The Celtic cross memorial to carried out and. The The wreck of HMS tragedy is widely remembered Vanguard is now a controlled across the UK by Naval site under the Protection of personnel and the descendants Military Remains Act 1986. which was erected by the relatives and squadron mates of those killed. recovered. Royal Naval personnel.shipsmonthly. Pocock and www. suddenness of the events. And. an ashtray and a pistol. HMS Vanguard. following days to recover the which is rather the worse for bodies that had gone down wear. Those that have seen this part of the wreck say that it still resembles a ship. of those who perished. The wreck is in three sections. when diving on the wreck site was • June 2016 • 41 . www. close to Navy in 1910. to what might have caused The loss of HMS Vanguard the explosions. A buoy was placed over it in the 1980s to designate it a war grave. showing the force of the explosions were enough to rip them from the engines. as well as a brass range scale effort with divers in the finder. of Vanguard due to the There is a damaged porthole. Vanguard lies remembered simply in a small Class Dreadnought battleship in less than 34m of water two corner of the Royal Navy commissioned by the Royal miles north of Flotta. which stands at the there are some fascinating Royal Navy Cemetery in Lyness. NAVAL INCIDENT ABOVE Various parts of HMS Vanguard on the ocean floor seen in the 1970s when diving on the wreck was allowed. as a result. The Stromness Museum with the ship. There was also also has various items about the a need to find evidence as tragedy on display. STEVE CLARKSON ABOVE At the south end of the three straight rows of immaculately maintained graves stands a Celtic cross memorial to HMS Vanguard.W. the which was recovered from the Royal Navy mounted a full. with the bow section being the most intact part. show shells and other ordnance lying around the seabed. With little rescue effort artefacts on display at the Scapa on the night of the loss Flow Visitor Centre at seabed around the area. wreck. The rest of the site is just as you would expect the wreck of a ship torn apart by explosions to be. Pictures taken during the 1970s. but for many of the reflecting the pain felt by many crew their final resting place for the great loss of so many became the wreck itself. and ammunition littering the events took place. and diving within 100m of it more poignantly. This is probably where many of the bodies of those who died remain. Copyright and picture divers have reported wreckage where the still unexplained credit Michael . and Cemetery at Lyness. it is also HMS Vanguard was a St Vincent is prohibited.

as our call sign was GZJG. for stores at their ports of From a distance all Esso call. I ended up staying on the ship Ships normally posted letters for six years. usually needed an instant reply. but the Scotia. The main transmitter would be down to load and Northumbria. German. The was so long it took an hour to a great social life. Esso telephone traffic. Each ship had a mix of The radio room was three was a Redifon R408. Most stayed on the same ship This meant I was near my wife. Esso Scotia and Every telegram we received was the ITT ST 1400. Esso Bernicia. permanent and relieving staff. running discharge and the ship would Esso Ulidia. whose International Marine total telegram word count was Radio Company. and UK VLCC fleet consisted of send. radio traffic. being relieved every three months. as there were transmitting wire aerials. Some just acted as reliefs. One or two ports Hibernia.Home from home Six years working on a tanker Richard Jolliffe recalls his time at sea in the 1970s as a Radio Officer on board the tanker Esso Scotia. Normally there were 40 working on board. I wanted operator. Esso month – this was a great bonus excellent. for a few years. One stores telex numerous cups of tea. 7 November 1976. but it just both liked the ship. Esso Anglia. The with about 36 hours alongside. Esso for the crew and was well used. Esso Mercia. latest kit. decks down from my cabin. I went to sea in 1970 as a liner which had no fewer than Radio Officer with the three Radio Officers. being fitted with the in the Gulf.shipsmonthly. which should have IMR found us Esso Scotia. We made life easier. Japan. every design. Esso Demetia. The ship had a very dedicated crew. doing one voyage and alternating between a couple of ships. one kilowatt. Esso Cambria. They sent all their ABOVE Esso Singapore at Ras Tanura. as an Esso well as other wives on board. She had IMR113. with different ships item right down to individual who kindly supplied me with emergency transmitter was the under the French. We later had radio to travel with my wife. The level of radio traffic was high. Once I spoke to a passing RIGHT The VLCC Esso Scotia unloading at Kashima. but this was not so on VLCCs looked the same. There were two long Liberian and UK flags. and the meant they could send more crew made us most welcome. When less than ours with just one I got married. Our itinerary would be Caledonia. there were differences in the requests by telegram. We also had a lot of radio many visitors to the ship. and telex fitted. half of her life. nuts and bolts. 42 • June 2016 • www. about six of whom had their wives with then. The main receiver spend about a week in the . Esso perk was a free call home every The Radio Room was radioed to us just before arrival Dalriada.

arrived back 14.10.3. But most of super tankers.158 grt 98. draught 65ft 5in max TONNAGE 127. an island in the Persian had a visit from the Court Gulf belonging to Iran.141ft 9in x 170ft. Yard number 1370 TRIALS Off Spain. we Island. with the ship off Cape Town. At Line helicopter. or Kharg When off Cape Town.1969 BUILT 1969 by A G Weser Bremen.962dwt MAIN Steam • June 2016 • 43 . RECOLLECTIONS The most common ports for The ship usually loaded oil at discharge were Milford Haven the impressive Ras Tanura sea and Fawley. ESSO SCOTIA LAUNCHED 31. although Scotia island terminal in Saudi Arabia. there. and at Ras Tanura we change any crew and deliver would be docked with other post and stores. ABOVE Esso Scotia at Ras Tanura. Some of the the time on board was spent at largest ships in the world were sea. taken from the jetty in November 1976. into the Persian Gulf. could not go to the latter port built on a peninsula extending if she had a full load.1969 at Milford Haven at end of maiden voyage SIZE 1. and off Dubai Kharg there was a seaman’s a launch came alongside to mission. Sometimes an entire three.471 net 253. ENGINES speed up to 16 knots HULL All welded hull with 11 cargo tanks NOTES The largest ship to be launched from a slipway when built www. ABOVE Esso Scotia at Ras Tanura.shipsmonthly. photographed from another VLCC. and I managed to walk month tour of duty would along the quay to photograph involve just one voyage. ABOVE The stores are lowered aboard. the VLCCs.

with a wide were then forwarded to other Island. had been in Singapore near arrived at Fawley. for Rotterdam Europoort and on arrival at Rotterdam My last view of Europoort the cargoes were Esso Scotia. Stolt Albatross. Once. and each had to have an The ship’s social life revolved acknowledgment telegram from around the swimming pool and the Captain.shipsmonthly. ABOVE The view from the bridge wing was great for photography. were shown on some evenings. it was South China Seas. to be an expensive mess to sort 18 Jun Arrived at Ras Tanura out. 1970 Scotia became the second 250.897gt) of work to do when on board. although there were be arranged to discuss how to strict alcohol limits. telegrams or telexes were sent to every other Life on board . Esso Scotia rolled when in 26 Oct Left Ras Tanura for Fawley ballast. Many tugs were needed in a storm off the Cape and to assist the ship when she suffered some damage. But it drinking water. was a considerable difference and it seemed most of the between the height above water Southampton tug fleet was in when the ship was empty and attendance.409grt. The 4 Dec Left Europoort for accommodation block moved Bahrain up and down and you could see ABOVE Esso Scotia helping the yacht a slight flexing along the deck. If any ship in the fleet to take photographs. 6 May . rules to smoke on deck. lobsters each on a bed of rice. and movies prevent this happening again. the crew were Aviles (15. had an accident. and it was a constant Aruba battle to keep the cargo where 14 Aug Sailed Aruba for Bahrain it should have been. 10 May Left Rotterdam ABOVE Abqaiq 5 (1962/293gt) was one mixed together. At the start of each trip the us. whose easy to get plenty of exercise crew claimed they were out of just by walking round it. We had a number north-west of Cochin. which proved Europoort for Ras Tanura of the Ras Tanura tugs. On one voyage we were caught 44 • June 2016 • www. This resulted in considerable our Purser and Chief Cook went radio traffic. 280 miles A typical year for Esso Scotia saw carried out.1977. 9 Dec Passed Las Palmas Tai Pan in the South China Seas. the yacht Tai Pan in the As the ship was so large. Then weeks later and split in two 1978 TIMELINE repairs to the cargo gear were on 28 June 1979. Once we had 25 Apr Left Sidi Kreir in Egypt different cargoes in two tanks. We had a number of followed by knickerbocker incidents involving other glories. We spent 1 Mar Left Ras Tanura bound Nab Tower. Loyalty. the accommodation. but which blew up a few tanks had to be cleaned. when at sea. Forward In 1979 we were involved of that was no smoking. relayed via Esso. and provided There was never any shortage Barrancabermeia). We also had leaks from the bow and had to have repairs 21 Jun Left Ras Tanura for done. We put the flags up that vessels. The Scotia’s officer break free on deck. There was docking at Fawley. To celebrate the Esso ships. There but it was in fact just normal was a line drawn on the deck by yachtsmen delivering this yacht. We manned the was not completely against the fire hoses in case it was pirates. India. but we got out of their way to produce an coupons if the ship and fleet excellent menu. and the crew’s suggestions ABOVE VLCC Moscliff and the smaller tanker Sanko Honour at Ras Tanura Sea The food was good. but with the loss of the tanker aft. We had three had been safe. On 23 February when it was full. which a good vantage point to watch as the 1975-built tanker Esso Severn (11. Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977. and on another all day rescuing as many of the Europort and Fawley voyage a large team sailed with the ship to the Persian Gulf 10 Apr Left Fawley for Bahrain to repair a tank. her undertake several voyages of fires in the engine room.000dwt tanker to call at Safety on board the port. which was a 1 Dec Arrived Europort strangely horrible motion. choice on offer. A meeting would the bar. and when on a voyage from Aden 8 Jan Left Fawley on occasion pipes would also to Jakarta. We once on watch had seen the radar 27 Feb Arrived Ras Tanura had a blackout when near the echo break into two. we came upon day and celebrated. ex Great allowed to smoke. Her bridge wing was a Safety was a big issue with great vantage point from which Esso. and the hull flexed in heavy seas.

I saw her once ship’s logs were never called for again in Fawley later that year. and I thoroughly enjoyed my time working on her. Looking back now it is very She left Ras Tanura on 9 April surprising that she was sent to 1981. full speed to Dubai to land the and IMR lost the contract. the I left the ship. but had a collision the oil business. The Indian Navy continued In 1979 Esso decided to the search while we went at tender for the radio services. during the inquiry. RECOLLECTIONS ABOVE The bad storm off the Cape. in fact one of the best I only 12 years service she arrived at ever sailed on. passing Singapore Roads the breakers after relatively few on 28 April. ABOVE Almost the entire Southampton tug fleet was used to help dock Esso Scotia at Fawley. tanker’s crew as we • June 2016 • 45 . but then no more. ABOVE All cargo was loaded through the manifold. so rescued crew. ABOVE VLCC Texaco Europe at Ras Tanura in 1975.shipsmonthly. left Busan on 3 June years of service. Everyone and Kaohsiung for breaking up by Hai the ship seemed very busy. demand changes very fast in on 6 June. ABOVE Esso Scotia was very low in the water when full. and 12 people were never found. but supply and 1981 and arrived at Kaohsiung ABOVE One of the last photographs of the unfortunate Aviles in port. which did some damage. Sometimes we after her moorings broke. Kwang Steel Enterprise. but were running at full speed. Amazingly. Now. looking back at my time on Esso Scotia. at other times at slow speed. Scotia kept Esso Scotia was a very happy her name throughout. www. but after ship. she really was a home from home.

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quay straightened and extended in length have used the port. while the western to negotiate the mouth of and 100m are the norm. clay in November 2000. recent changes to the Point have South Devon is river berths. ALL PHOTOS BY DAVID WALKER UNLESS STATED Teignmouth A modern coastal port T he picturesque town of Teignmouth in The port consists of four further into the river. These. and has weathered quay is 300m and is used as the Teign. so that now it 2005. port had made them largely and.281gt) departing with a part cargo of ball clay. the quays is another limit Teignmouth Quay Company.shipsmonthly. ships generally two world wars. the largest vessel to 1987. enjoys a stable trade in both was filled in and the western Although ships over 100m which carried a cargo of ball import and export cargoes. and since then the port the port infrastructure came in river. when the remaining dock known locally as the Point. the port had two size of vessel that can be that they are facing downriver continue in business. meaning the width Following a century being were filled in. 50 • June 2016 • www. accommodated. small docks. however. as well as the three berths of 90m . The arriving ship must negotiate a be handled. The approach for sailing.861dwt). The eastern quay is Ships entering the port have meant that vessels between 80 also a thriving 119m long. so recent recession. to the port restricts the swing prior to berthing. as the increasing channel is dredged to a depth of the navigable channel off under the management of the size of coastal ships using the of approximately five metres. having crossed the bar.The 2012-built cargo vessel Virage (2. In coastal port. By deadweight Associated British Ports in most recent modification to sharp right-hand turn into the tonnage. Crusader (1992/5. an to the size of ships that can the port was acquired by redundant by the 1990s. to successfully Previously. and the entrance addition to this. rounding the sand spit have used the port is Celtic has grown.

585dwt). WALKER ABOVE A view of the port in the 1960s from the smaller of two clay ramps. Having initially ABOVE The port’s pilot boat Syd Hook leaving a ship. mined locally by Teignmouth Harbour at Kingsteignton and Newton Commission.shipsmonthly. as David Walker explains. and the Cornish dredger pilots. channel. at 124m. to maintain the approach been loaded from barges mid- www. (1986/5. GORDON C. Over time. importing and exporting cargoes for local companies to and from the near continent and beyond. The clay. has been exported for regularly used as a bed leveller many years. PORT PROFILE ABOVE Capella was typical of the coasters that called at Teignmouth during the 1950s and 1960s to export clay. having boarded a pilot. natural cycle of the wind and Pilotage is provided by two tide. provided by a Damen-built Teignmouth is probably best Stan tug. and stands in as the was Professor Viktor Vologdin reserve pilot • June 2016 • 51 . Teign C. TOM WALKER The port of Teignmouth is an important part of the South Devon economy. who operate from the Mannin (1972/172gt) is pilot vessel Syd Hook under the periodically chartered for a few jurisdiction of the local harbour days to undertake a dredging master. In the background can be seen the port’s then extensive railway system. Teign C is Abbot. The longest ship. The dock on the right hand side of the photograph was in-filled in 1992. ABOVE Paper Moon rounding the Point inward bound. and both known as an export port for of these vessels are owned ball clay. which called the channel fills in due to the in February 2001. Additional support is programme.

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000 tonnes lorries could back up on the of import cargoes. ships were subsequently crane. nearby Exmouth. mills at Port Talbot on the Big Ramp. the port has diminished since power station. two of the berths at to Mediterranean ports as well shipments of French cider to be British Ports the port are known as the as destinations in the Baltic.861dwt) are long gone). This trade eventually moved to LONGEST SHIP Professor Viktor would be moved up and down As well as exporting clay. DEADWEIGHT) (5.545gt) arriving from Rotterdam to discharge animal feed. www. Coal was IMPORT TONNAGE 235. blended by local cider makers Big Ramp and Small Ramp. PORT PROFILE Clare Christine (2009/2. before being Vologdin (124m) the berth at high water so that Teignmouth handles a variety phased out altogether. situated upriver TONNAGE (2014) Nowadays.512gt) discharging slag from the steel Amadeus Gold (1. and is used in the production near Exeter. ABOVE The view from the river • June 2016 • 53 .shipsmonthly. going were a regular sight.767gt) on a lay-by berth prior to commencing work. and a ship many other things.000 tonnes into the appropriate hold. from the port. late afternoon. from where it was LARGEST SHIP (BY Celtic Crusader although the ramps themselves of paper and cosmetics. among distributed by road tanker. The clay itself is exported Until the mid-1960s tankers TEIGNMOUTH FACTS loaded via clay ramp (to this to a range of countries. with the 2010-built ABOVE The 1992-built coaster Lass Mars (1. ships are loaded by the immediate post-war years. DAVID WALKER river. bringing OPERATOR Associated day. mainly (2014) ramp and offload their cargo the range of cargoes transiting being used at Newton Abbot EXPORT 154. although also regularly imported.

Faversham Shipping’s coaster Nordstrand
departing for Fowey to load the balance of
a cargo of clay. David Walker

ABOVE Paper Moon (1990/2,292gt) approaching the point inward bound. She is a ABOVE The 2005-built cargo ship RMS Goole (2,069gt) arriving at Teignmouth, with
regular caller, bringing animal feed from Amsterdam and Rotterdam. the Ness headland at Shaldon in the background.

Currently, the port’s imports the eastern quay for importing former Lapthorn vessels of the Nettie (2008/2,950dwt) and
are mainly connected with basic slag from the steel mills Gillie Blair fleet. Now, with the were discharged using a large
local agricultural needs, with in Port Talbot, and for several downturn in steel production crane hired for the occasion.
various types of animal feed years two or three shipments due to the recent recession, Teignmouth has also been
and fertiliser being imported. were received per month. This shipments are less frequent. used as a base for the repairs
A local agricultural firm, Mole trade was originally operated Teignmouth is also equipped of the sea wall at Dawlish,
Valley Farmers, operates a by the five ‘Lass’ vessels, to handle project cargoes, such which collapsed during the
bagging facility, from where the with shipments arriving every as the four furnaces delivered storms of the winter of 2014,
trans-shipped bulk cargoes from two weeks; soon after the in 2011 for a new incinerator and recently welcomed its first
the continent are distributed acquisition of the Lass vessels by on the outskirts of Exeter. cruise ship, Hebridean Princess,
across the south west. Faversham Shipping, the service The furnaces arrived on the which called in July 2015.
In 2005 a facility was built on was undertaken by the three general cargo vessel Filia With the recent recession,

54 • June 2016 •


The Netherlands-flagged coaster Calypso (2011/2,545gt) arriving from Boston in ballast, to load clay for Ravenna.

the amount of cargo handled peak of around 400,000 tons cement cargoes from Port Talbot,
has declined, although in 2014 a year around 2000. However, as well as agricultural cargoes for
approximately 400,000 tons of it continues to be exported at Mole Valley Farmers.
cargo went through the port. a steady rate. In contrast, the • Thanks to Tom Walker and
The amount of clay exported port’s total import cargoes have Mike Swallow for their assistance
is significantly less than at its increased, thanks in part to the slag in preparing this article.

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ABOVE Built by Mitsubishi in 1992 as Hercules, Blue Star Ferries’ ro-ro ferry Blue

Galaxy departs for Chania in Crete.

In July 2015 Colin J. Smith spent a day in Piraeus,
at the crossroads of the Aegean, enjoying a
grandstand view of passenger shipping from the
decks of the Cunard cruise ship Queen Victoria.

stablished in 1930. During World War
493 AD by II significant damage was
Themistocles, inflicted upon Piraeus, but
politician, general following the liberation of
and father of the Greece, the port played an
Athenian navy, the Greek port of increasingly important role in
Piraeus lies at the crossroads of the rebuilding of the country
the Aegean Sea. Construction of as a whole. Since 1945 it has
the fortifications of Piraeus was been significantly upgraded
completed in 479BC following and extended, and this process
the Battle of Salamis, won by continues to the present day. ABOVE Blue Star Ferries’ 6,939gt ferry Diagoras arrives at the end of her long
the Greeks under the leadership journey from Kastelorizo, Rhodes and the Dodecanese islands.
of Themistocles, and the Piraeus today
ancient port was completed by Today, the Port of Piraeus is the
Pericles around 431BC, during largest and busiest ferry port
the ‘Golden Age’ of Athens. in Greece, playing a key role
Piraeus flourished for a in the transport infrastructure
time, but, following the and economy of the country.
Peloponnesian War, Roman Handling around 20 million
invasion and occupation and domestic and international
invasion by the Goths in 395 passengers annually, Piraeus
BC, it then suffered decline is the busiest passenger port
for 15 centuries. The modern in Europe, and is the central
port of Piraeus developed hub of services between the
following the creation of the mainland, Aegean islands and
modern Greek state in 1832, Crete, in addition to being the
and it quickly became the main south-eastern sea gateway
country’s leading port. The of the European Union.
Port Committee, set up in Ferry services to the Greek
1911, was the forerunner of the islands are provided by a range ABOVE A local passenger ferry service is provided from Piraeus to Salamis by
present Piraeus Port Authority, of ferry operators of varying Salamina Lines, which operates a fleet of six small passenger vessels, including
which was established in sizes. Regular ferries range Elena F, pictured here.

56 • June 2016 •

Princess Cruises’ 2003-built Island Princess (91. Patmos and Mykonos. is a sistership of Blue makes an early departure on her sailing to Syros. Cruise business is booming at Piraeus: here.shipsmonthly. greek shipping ABOVE Formerly operated on the Rosyth-Zeebrugge route. Blue Star 1 (2000) of Blue Star Ferries arrives at Piraeus from • June 2016 • 57 .627gt) turns in the confines of the harbour prior to an early-evening departure. Hellenic Seaways’ ferry Nissos Rodos ABOVE Anek Lines’ ferry Kydon (1990). Galaxy and is seen arriving at Piraeus from Chania. formerly Sophocles V. ABOVE Built by Mitsubishi in 1987 as Kiso. www.

255gt) operates for Saronic Ferries between Piraeus. It has 11 cruise ship berths. Zante Ferries’ 1985-built Andreas Kalvos departs on her regular sailing from Piraeus to Kythnos. Formerly an Ionian Islands ferry. to the small passenger ferries which carry passengers to the nearby island of Salamis. of . making it one of the most popular destinations in the Mediterranean. and The 2006-built cruise ship MSC Musica departs has a total length of 2. 2Way Ferries’ double-ended vessel Achaeos (2. ABOVE Hellenic Seaways’ ferry Nissos Mykonos (2005) makes an early-morning departure for the Central Cyclades.shipsmonthly. Milos and Kimolos. in size from Minoan Lines’ Knossos Palace and Festos Palace and Blue Star Lines’ Blue Star 1. operating on long distance routes to Crete. five of which can handle the larger new generation cruise vessels. ABOVE Dating from 2007. Aegina and Agistri. Serifos. Piraeus welcomes around 700 cruise ships every year. Ikaria and Samos. Sifnos. Further seaward 58 • June 2016 • www.800m from Piraeus bound for Mykonos.

Built in 1980. Cyclades Islands Ionis Ferries Saronic Islands Lane Lines Western Aegean. Ios and Santorini. Methana and Poros.890-passenger Blue Star 2 departs on her outward run to Syros. Kos and Rhodes. ABOVE The 1. Leros. Methana and Poros. linking Piraeus with Aegina. Ionis operates for Ionis Ferries and is employed on services Patmos. NE Aegean Hellenic Seaways Saronic Islands.shipsmonthly. Dodecanese. Cyclades Islands. the powerful Korean. Ferry Operator Destinations Served Aegean Flying Dolphins Saronic Islands Aegean Speed Lines Cyclades Islands ANEK Crete ANES Aegina Blue Star Ferries Crete. Nova Ferries’ Phivos sails twice daily from Piraeus to the islands of Aegina. Cyclades Islands ABOVE Outward bound for Paros. Piraeus for the ferry and cruise ship Zante Ferries Cyclades Islands offers an endless procession of enthusiast. www. Crete. being operated by Saronic Ferries. Minoan Lines Crete built Blue Star Delos of 2011 heels to starboard as she rounds the breakwater. greek shipping Ferry operators and services from Piraeus Ferry routes and operators in Greece change fairly regularly. Saronic Ferries Saronic Islands three new cruise berths. each and really is a ‘must visit’ port Seajet Cyclades Islands of 400m in length. ABOVE Built in 1977. Nova Ferries Saronic Islands Salamina Lines Salamis expansion is planned to provide vessels arriving and • June 2016 • 59 . but the table below summarises the services operated from Piraeus in 2015. Naxos.

Apr. Kelsey Publishing. Kinrade Thames and the Clyde. withstanding all kinds of weather and (2) of 1990 came out with the blue pleasure of cruising the Mediterranean The propulsion plant was designed dealing with rudimentary port facilities hull colour scheme. submitted delivered to the company in the By then these vessels were becoming obsolete. Kent TN16 3AG. by Central Marine Engine Works. we need of blue) would not be appropriate. Hamburg Highway recently Westcott Laurence steamers Anatolian. Black Seas. Cudham. as at many ports the cargo Not the most westerly were over 3. affecting safe cargo handling the most westerly ports in the UK and bringing a wonderful response from passengers on other cruise ships. When Curnow Shipping Hosts. Bristol.balmoral@gmail.shipsmonthly. April) describes them as Boat’ theme on her musical horns. first time in Europe. Kelsey Publishing reserves the engineer on my understanding is that the The history of Lemos shipping (SM. We can’t let the Tyne get were among the last of the classical too many over on us down here! British cargo ships. Taking this theme. with lots of Sometimes known as the ‘first and demand upon the deck machinery and space. so if any live near experience – particularly when you asked what his government wanted supporters who are sailing to sell the sailing areas. In preparation for the season. Please note that letters via email must enclose I served as third and fourth sender’s full postal address. to act as Pier small team of commentators – and all the volunteer opportunities. also welcome new blood to join our balmoralsupport. last June. but I enjoyed the piece on Regal Princess West Hartlepool. the E&P fleet to feature steel folding/ was hauled over the ship’s side into Your excellent piece on Penzance and On leaving port. Weather played a part in these Newlyn (SM. will return to There is a need to remember this service in May for a second season era of our maritime history and the under new ownership and will be sacrifices made by the crews. new K Line Dick Clague. are larger than the Hoegh three former Ellerman & Papayanni/ ships. as well as raffle Mrs Tony Gable. The 1949-built motor vessel Balmoral. The last steamship delivered to the most favoured design. Cudham Tithe Barn. I am not sure if this was her WL) Mediterranean/Black Sea service. as Royal Mail. as Curnow Sailing Route Guides and the Balmoral some might be willing to help us. Ships Monthly. wife of one of the company’s chief officers. and disrupting sailing schedules. and it was hard to believe there last ships’. and as third be sent to other publications. Denis Robinson The world’s largest car carriers come to Bristol Northfield. The trade placed a heavy Porthleven. the Cold War and well into the 1960s. round our coasts again. a lot more help. of the group. learn more about what is involved. although two were These ships were capable of was changed to blue when St Helena (SM. we RMS St Helena crest are looking for volunteers to help Regarding the crest on the funnel distribute literature and posters of RMS St Helena (SM. It is a great pity that no examples of this historic type remain.500gt. April). on which I had the constructed in other shipyards. this has before sailings start in each area and nothing to do with the carriage of then. the last steamers to enter service with operations. This gives details of dick. but it was her first these somewhat smaller examples call at Bristol. Contributions to Ships Monthly must be exclusive and must not engineer on Anatolian. having had a trading life of little more than 20 years. and lighters. She arrived passed to Lemos in the late 1960s. at 199m x 38m and Mar) brought my attention to the 76. a classic excursion ship. they were the first ships in cargo gear. It was Regal Princess 1950s to a design by Wm Gray & Sons. They were three Arthur Terry. called at Royal Portbury Dock. Northwich coat of arms. the fourth ship right to reuse any submission sent in any format. Portishead from a batch of four new steamers 60 • June 2016 • www. ships mail Write to Ships Mail. Governor Geoffrey Guy was There are also opportunities for shipping matters. operating on the South Coast. ship sails. as well as Essex the Bristol Channel and Irish .500 ‘guests’ on board. from the Far East via various ports in Originally built for Ellerman’s (E&P/ the Med. or email sm. the Ellerman group was Almerian. With a full Shipping’s funnel colours (two shades Gazette around the decks once the So that prospective volunteers may operating season this year. They were developed from the early days of steam power and helped Britain’s Help Balmoral world trade through two world wars. The editor reserves the right to edit material. she plays the ‘Love retractable deck hatch covers. knowledge of and enthusiasm for is a challenging but rewarding in 1977. Berrys Hill. won a 15-year contract to operate the vessel arrives and acting as liaison Most SM readers already have Being a volunteer with Balmoral the island lifeline to St Helena Island between ship and shore. My cabin was two decks and manufactured for all four vessels in and around the Mediterranean and Andrew Bell down and just in front of the Seawalk. well as details of how to contact us. We would Support website: tinyurl. welcoming passengers before local knowledge is particularly useful. on sailing days. so please sign up He suggested the use of the sea lion chatting to fellow passengers about we have established a Balmoral and join us on a unique ship. originally on a green background. Lancastrian and Almerian. Cornwall She was a wonderful ship. South Australia With regard to the news item about the largest car carriers (SM.ed@kelsey. Lemos and Ellerman p. from the English East India Company’s the ship during the sailing. Dec 2015). we hope that see passengers enjoying sailing to display on the funnel. the Stephen B. which where I photographed her. E&P.

Myat Yadana was built as Minthamee. appointed skipper of the National Ireland (UK) or the Republic (British west than Penzance and Newlyn. to 21 June 1962. original design had concealed paddle and four from Denny’s of Dumbarton. As ports in the Outer Hebrides which are bacon buttie grilled on a coal shovel to Waverley for a full season of south well as its daily Cal Mac ferries to Skye also west of the Cornish pair. the pre-war ships of the Siam class. Stornoway is further Baxter. and were powered by a single completed about a year later. were converted to diesel power The steamers were delivered to shortly afterwards. I was at sea from the late 1950s These old Colony class cruisers were Egyptian gods model ship mystery until 1990. Can any reader Mediterranean. skipper of Largo and Red Nab. prior to being Apart from all the ports in Northern far as I am aware. When I looked up the name Malta Atlantic to start Nassau cruises naval presence for the Independence from New York in 1964. Penzance and Newlyn too far west. Hampshire The article about HMS Bermuda of Duke of Lancaster’s deck crew (SM. power and took over Minthamee for being slowly refitted. From there I went concerned. In one of the nothing about the ship. I wondered if any other reader had Alan Petrie any memories of these days? Lee-on-the-Solent Phil Hughes Broadstairs. albeit Newport-on-Tay. until 2004. She then operated short cruises 340-427. Kent Out of Heysham It was very interesting to read Peter Tambling’s letter (SM. for these last seven years I have been information about Egyptian gods. I have dug celebrations of Nigeria. She upper deck housing. when she of Myat Yadana. I was later to be a member Kendal. Fife I got to look round one of the three Peter Tambling. but on Mauretania. and it reminded me great ships to train on and obtain your I work as a security guard at Valetta. Mallaig still has a Hugh Morton dredger Hessian. cruising the Bermuda went for reserve and then based at a small shipyard. Clyde excursions. The ships were passenger accommodation. I served summer Scottish Isles cruises. March). Mar) was of much interest. with David Neil and busy commercial fishing trade. but this is not correct. cargo and cargo carrying. Cumbria Basingstoke. as far as the British mainland is there are a number of other smaller spoil off Lune Deeps. If I was really lucky. Regarding the flags and ensigns flown most westerly ports’ (SM. as the Island’s adopted ship. Feb).com • June 2016 • 61 . They deck and extensive accommodation. www. prior to becoming THV Galatea is flying the Trinity House memorable visit to Bermuda itself in a sea fishery officer. among others. and renamed and refitted in 7in by 34ft. my local port. and two of the hoppers which dumped Trust’s restored steam yacht Gondola Isles). Readers’ Pages Information about Irrawaddy steamers in Burma Regarding the request for information about Irrawaddy steamers (SM. and Amur-Ra online. but help me with more information? Elizabeth on a Mediterranean last foreign visit to Copenhagen and unfortunately nobody knows anything Gaetano Spiteri cruise before we crossed the Sweden. During my time we were the about it. Apr) places on Bermuda from 8 January 1960 After service on Duke of Lancaster by ships pictured at Cowes (SM. with one oil-fired boiler of 185psi. As I also remember sailing with Bob on Coniston Water. Thames. and after our offices is a beautiful ship model. with the exception Rangoon in kit form and reassembled thirds-length upper deck. in the coal-fired boiler on the grab coast. no longer the famous herring fishery. Bermuda was the start of cruising (SM. I later assisted Jack. This included the I worked ashore. Known as the M class. and having a on Coniston Water. all I found was of my days with Cunard. In 2010 she was still there. I was shipmates with Peter on Waverley. Mallaig lies farther west. plus the bridge London the British Isles. Dukes operating the mail boat service Peter Gaukroger Walter McCormick Serving on Bermuda to Belfast. which coincided with in the running of a boating centre Mike Hood. four boxes are recent modifications as the came from Yarrow & Co of Scotstoun. All main and Mark Bedford The original design featured a two. Sierra Leone out an advert for these cruises and and the British Cameroons. as in the presidential York. Her paddle Burma. not the Royal Standard. boxes as on some Clyde steamers. Bristol Channel and and the Small Isles. original gross tonnage delivered in late 1947-48 and were later changed to a full-length upper 2000. I was various engine room tickets from. and as a young boy went off for the day on my bike to Heysham. They measured 204ft at the Dalla Dockyard. Feb). to go aboard vessels such as the coastal tanker San Castro. and to enjoy a slap-up dinner with the crew.shipsmonthly. were painted white. but I understand that survivors passenger. This was was sold. one of eight sisters which were ordered by the Irrawaddy Flotilla Co as part of a very large order of replacements for their war losses in area. Apr). his use. As a sailing on the Heysham-Belfast run and Correct flags Your interesting article on ‘Britain’s young Engine Room Artificer. with limited operated as such until 1995. when she was laid up at three-cylinder triple expansion engine were of medium size compared with In 1962 General Ne Win seized Pagan. which was berthed on the inner oil pontoon. The design was a development The M class was in operation until of the pre-war M and S classes for 1981. and also on Queen scrap just after I left her. via email I read with interest the article on the ship’s 21st birthday. Cruising memories February 1962.

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Olsen 43.363 19 1200/1900 Hebridean Sky Noble Caledonia 4. Orion National Geographic 3.363 10 1400/1900 Europa Hapag Lloyd 28.277 30 1400/1930 L’Austral Ponant 10.144 21 N 0700/1700 Viking Sea Viking Ocean Cruises 48.052 GREENOCK (Glasgow) 28 0900/1600 AIDAluna AIDA 69.304 14 0900/1800 Viking Sea Viking Ocean Cruises 47.961 9 tbc/tbc National Geog.334 24 0700/1800 Seven Seas Voyager Regent Seven Seas 42.800 21 0700/1800 Caribbean Princess Princess 112.849 COBH/CORK 11 tbc/tbc National Geog. Olsen 43.944 DOVER 13 1300/2200 Marco Polo CMV 22.210 28 0900/1930 AIDAvita AIDA 42.656 23 tbc/tbc Saga Sapphire Saga Cruises 37.894 4 0900/2100 Caribbean Princess Princess 112.363 4 tbc/tbc Corinthian (Tresco) Grand Circle Cr Line 4.396 AVONMOUTH (Bristol) 20 0800/1700 Artania (Tresco) Phoenix Reisen 44.000 7 0700/2230 Berlin FTI Cruises 9.944 24 0800/1400 Viking Sea Viking Ocean Cruises 47.570 7 0800/1900 Magellan CMV 46.396 4 tbc/tbc Saga Pearl II Saga Cruises 18.894 25 0700/1700 Black Watch Fred.961 3 0700/1800 Boudicca Fred.396 FALMOUTH 21 0800/1800 Azura P&O Cruises 115.235 21 0700/1400 Marco Polo CMV 22.363 22 Q 0700/1700 Caribbean Princess Princess Cruises 112.144 03 0300/1900 Hebridean Sky Noble Caledonia 4.892 19 0700/1800 Caribbean Princess Princess 112. Princess (D’las) Hebridean Is Cruises 2.shipsmonthly.551 18 (Dep 20) Viking Sea Viking Ocean Cruises 47.901 11 0600/1700 Voyager Voyages of Discovery 15.112 14 tbc/1800 (Dep 15) Bremen Hapag-Lloyd 6.077 26 0800/1700 Zuiderdam Holland America Line 82.984 15 0800/1600 Viking Sea Viking Ocean Cruises 47.378 8 0700/1700 Caribbean Princess Princess 112.646 28 tbc/tbc Hebridean Princess Hebridean Is Cruises 2.627 12 tbc/tbc Disney Magic Disney Cruises 83.289 6 0700/1630 Celebrity Silhouette Celebrity 122.112 21 tbc/tbc Hebridean Princess Hebridean IslCruises 2. Orion National Geographic 3.052 18 tbc/tbc Caribbean Princess Princess 112.890 DUBLIN 5 (Dep 6) Berlin FTI Cruises 9.984 30 0800/1700 Zuiderdam Holland America Line 82. Orion National Geographic 3.000 1 0915/2000 AIDAsol AIDA 71.077 15 tbc/tbc Seven Seas Voyager Regent Seven Seas 42.077 26 0900/1700 Magellan CMV 46.800 8 0700/1700 Sea Cloud II Sea Cloud Cruises 3.598 12 0700/2000 Seven Seas Voyager Regent Seven Seas 42. June ports of call Date Arr/dep Ship Operator GT Date Arr/dep Ship Operator GT Date Arr/dep Ship Operator GT 5 tbc/tbc Hebridean Sky Noble Caledonia 4.752 ABERDEEN 10 0500/1800 Hebridean Sky Noble Caledonia 4.820 FISHGUARD 20 0700/1700 Disney Magic Disney Cruises 83.396 13 0700/1400 Le Boreal Ponant 10.277 17 N 0700/1700 Viking Sea Viking Ocean Cruises 48.551 HULL 18 tbc/tbc Saga Sapphire Saga Cruises 37.049 9 0700/1800 Caribbean Princess Princess 112.849 4 0700/1930 Boudicca Fred.080 19 0400/1700 Viking Sea Viking Ocean Cruises 48.537 12 1000/1900 Pacific Princess Princess 30. Olsen Cruises 43.130 27 0700/1800 Caribbean Princess Princess Cruises 112.984 13 0800/1330 Sea Cloud II Sea Cloud Cruises 3.077 PLYMOUTH 26 0700/2100 National Geog.570 11 0800/1800 Europa Hapag-Lloyd 28.969 HOLYHEAD 20 tbc/tbc Hebridean Sky Noble Caledonia 4.537 27 0800/2300 Seven Seas Voyager Regent Seven Seas 42.077 23 0730/2300 Viking Sea Viking Ocean Cruises 47.378 EDINBURGH (Leith/Newhaven/Rosyth/South Queensferry) 15 tbc/tbc Voyager Voyages of Discovery 15.094 25 1700/2130 National Geog.363 11 0700/1700 Disney Magic Disney Cruises 83.969 LONDON (TOWER BRIDGE UPPER) 30 tbc/tbc Saga Sapphire Saga Cruises 37.080 5 0500/1700 Disney Magic Disney Cruises 83.646 4 L 0700/1700 Nautica Oceania Cruises 30.984 30 0900/1700 Queen Elizabeth Cunard 90. Orion National Geographic 3.200 12 0700/tbc Corinthian Grand Circle Cruises 4.077 5 R Berlin FTI Cruises 9.378 30 0800/1800 Azura P&O Cruises 115.537 5 tbc/tbc National Geog.052 6 0700/1800 Louis Aura Louis Cruises 15.200 20 1000/1600 AIDAvita AIDA 42.080 5 tbc/tbc Corinthian Grand Circle Cr Line 4.094 8 0800/1700 Disney Magic Disney Cruises 83.289 14 0700/1600 Seven Seas Voyager Regent Seven Seas 42.052 18 0700/tbc Silver Explorer Silversea 6.112 18 0700/1900 Artania Phoenix Reisen 44.080 20 0800/1700 Balmoral Fred.277 4 tbc/tbc Marco Polo CMV 22.363 24 tbc/tbc Corinthian Grand Circle Cr Line 4.613 6 1300/2000 Berlin FTI Cruises 9.984 27 0800/2000 Queen Elizabeth Cunard 90.077 20 0600/1600 Star Legend Windstar Cruises 9.984 5 0800/1800 Caribbean Princess Princess Cruises 112.363 ISLE OF MAN 7 tbc/tbc Hebridean Princess Hebridean Is Cruises 2.200 7 (Dep 10) RMS St Helena St Helena Line 6.210 17 0500/1700 Disney Magic Disney Cruises 83.752 24 1430/tbc Heb.277 26 0700/2100 Seven Seas Voyager Regent Seven Seas 42.378 22 tbc/tbc Corinthian (Tresco) Grand Circle Cr Line 4.112 19 0700/2100 National Geog.656 4 0500/2000 Celestyal Nefeli Celestyal Cruises 19. Orion National Geographic 3. Orion National Geographic 3.363 LIVERPOOL 14 0800/2000 Monarch Pullmantur 73.235 20 0800/1700 Rotterdam Holland America Line 61.820 1 tbc/tbc Serenissima Noble Caledonia 2.944 LERWICK 20 1300/1900 National Geog.752 8 1200/2000 Magellan CMV 46. Olsen 28.277 29 0700/1700 AIDAvita AIDA 42.984 2 0800/1800 Celebrity Silhouette Celebrity Cruises 122.969 16 tbc/tbc Marco Polo CMV 22. Orion National Geographic 3.849 24 0800/1730 Balmoral Fred.800 20 0730/1600 Voyager Voyages of Discovery 15.894 27 tbc/tbc Balmoral Fred.984 14 0700/tbc Corinthian Grand Circle Cruises 4.187 12 0700/1700 Black Watch Fred.894 29 1700/2359 National Geog.894 10 0700/1800 Astoria CMV 16.894 8 0800/1400 Berlin FTI Cruises 9.203 16 0800/1800 Artania Phoenix Reisen 44. Orion National Geographic 3.144 26 0730/1700 Balmoral Fred.901 LONDON (GREENWICH SHIP TIER) 8 0530/1830 Astoria Rivages du Monde 16.894 25 0900/tbc Heb. Orion National Geographic 3.277 26 0700/2200 Corinthian Grand Circle Cr Line 4.820 8 0700/1800 Artania Phoenix Reisen 44.613 2 0700/2200 Hebridean Sky Noble Caledonia 4.656 25 N tbc/tbc Queen Elizabeth Cunard Line 90. Olsen 28.984 12 0700/1800 Voyager Voyages of Discovery 15.080 22 0700/1800 Aegean Odyssey Voyages of Antiquity 12.055 13 tbc/1630 Saga Sapphire Saga Cruises 37.077 DUNDEE 9 tbc/tbc Magellan CMV 46.656 9 0630/1800 Le Boreal Ponant 10.144 1 0800/1700 Expedition 6.627 18 0800/1700 Marco Polo CMV 22.570 DARTMOUTH 28 0800/2330 Seven Seas Voyager Regent Seven Seas 42.363 22 0800/1800 Artania Phoenix Reisen 44.080 19 tbc/tbc Saga Pearl II Saga Cruises 18.984 15 0700/1800 Caribbean Princess Princess Cruises 112. Orion National Geographic 3.613 14 1400/1900 Hanseatic Hapag-Lloyd 8.203 13 1300/1900 National Geog.055 14 0800/1700 Marco Polo CMV 22.200 5 0700/1700 Black Watch Fred.200 ABERDEEN DUN LAOGHAIRE 7 tbc/tbc Bremen Hapag Lloyd 6.144 9 0730/1600 Voyager Voyages of Discovery 15.052 7 0800/1900 Queen Victoria Cunard 90.984 3 tbc/tbc Hanseatic Hapag Lloyd 8. Olsen 43.984 HARWICH 12 1000/1900 Astoria Rivages du Monde 16.000 9 0700/1700 Disney Magic Disney Cruises 83.984 22 0900/1900 Star Legend Windstar Cruises 9.894 12 L 0700/1700 Europa Hapag-Lloyd 28.378 12 tbc/tbc Nautica Oceania Cruises 30. Orion National Geographic 3.112 17 tbc/tbc Hebridean Sky Noble Caledonia 4.894 6 0900/2200 Nautica Oceania Cruises 30. Orion National Geographic 3.130 13 0900/1800 Pacific Princess Princess Cruises 30.363 6 0700/1800 Caribbean Princess Princess 112.969 11 0800/2300 Seven Seas Voyager Regent Seven Seas 42.969 6 tbc/tbc Boudicca Fred.781 13 R tbc/tbc Corinthian Grand Circle Cr Line 4.077 20 0900/2200 Marco Polo CMV 22. Orion National Geographic 3.277 18 1700/2130 National Geog. Olsen 28. Olsen 28.984 ISLE OF SCILLY 23 1230/2300 Balmoral Fred.894 1 (Dep 2) Berlin FTI Cruises 9.570 29 tbc/tbc Caribbean Princess Princess 112. Olsen 43.200 16 0730/1930 Caribbean Cruises Princess 112. Orion National Geographic 3.894 11 0900/1600 AIDAluna AIDA 69.890 8 0900/1600 National Geog.656 INVERGORDON 17 0800/2000 Artania Phoenix Reisen 44.656 10 0800/1800 Nautica Oceania Cruises 30.277 29 1700/2000 Deutschland Phoenix Reisen 15.537 2 tbc/tbc Corinthian (Tresco) Grand Circle Cr Line 4.077 4 0630/1830 Silver Explorer Silversea Cruises 6.080 6 0930/2030 Magellan CMV 46.537 13 tbc/tbc Seven Seas Voyager Regent Seven Seas 42.894 29 tbc/tbc National Geog.049 20 0900/2200 Corinthian Grand Circle Cr Line 4.130 7 0800/2000 Nautica Prestige Cruises 30.277 13 tbc/tbc Hanseatic Hapag-Lloyd 8.984 9 0700/2200 Nautica Oceania Cruises 30.901 8 0700/1500 Bremen Hapag-Lloyd 6.984 9 0900/2300 Astoria Rivages du Monde 16.969 5 0630/1130 Silver Explorer Silversea 6.378 19 0700/tbc Hanseatic Hapag-Lloyd 8.200 10 Q 0700/1700 Caribbean Princess Princess Cruises 112.969 23 1930/tbc Heb.112 14 tbc/tbc Hebridean Princess Hebridean Is Cruises 2.570 BELFAST 9 L 0700/1700 Seven Seas Voyager Regent Seven Seas 42.944 17 0800/1800 Caribbean Princess Princess Cruises 112.901 12 1230/1800 Le Boreal Ponant 10. Olsen Cruises 43.944 19 0800/2000 Artania Phoenix Reisen 44.112 13 0700/1730 Disney Magic Disney Cruises 83.210 5 0700/1900 Le Boreal Ponant . Princess (Peel) Hebridean Is Cruises 2. Orion National Geographic 3.396 23 0700/1800 Aegean Odyssey Voyages of Antiquity 12.077 21 0800/1700 Rotterdam Holland America Line 61.077 1 tbc/tbc Celebrity Silhouette Celebrity Cruises 122.537 25 0800/2300 Seven Seas Voyager Regent Seven Seas 42.052 26 0900/2200 Queen Elizabeth Cunard 90.894 26 (Dep 27) Silver Wind Silversea 17.894 25 tbc/tbc Corinthian Grand Circle Cr Line 4.200 8 tbc/tbc Hebridean Sky Noble Caledonia 4.093 11 (Dep 13) Silver Wind Silversea 17.894 1 tbc/tbc Corinthian Grand Circle Cr Line 4.570 13 0830/1900 Astoria Rivages du Monde 16.052 20 L tbc/tbc Hanseatic Hapag-Lloyd 8.969 30 0800/1800 Caribbean Princess Princess Cruises 112.797 14 0900/1800 Artania Phoenix Reisen 44.

969 18 0600/1800 Britannia P&O Cruises 143.000 6 0600/1700 Astoria Rivages du Monde 16. www.656 18 0500/1630 Emerald Princess Princess 113. Olsen 43.052 5 0700/1630 Azura P&O Cruises 115.055 6 0800/1700 Voyager Voyages of Discovery 15.656 13 0800/2200 AIDAprima AIDA 125.363 21 0800/1900 Saga Sapphire Saga Cruises 37.144 1 0800/1800 Crystal Symphony Crystal Cruises 8 0630/1630 Ventura P&O Cruises 116.000 6 0600/2359 Hebridean Sky Noble Caledonia 4. Ford.017 22 0800/1600 Marco Polo CMV 22. readers are advised to check port shipping movements 6 0600/1700 Seven Seas Voyager Regent Seven Seas 42. significant warships of the 21st century.537 17 0700/1630 Oriana P&O Cruises 69.840 24 tbc/tbc Magellan CMV 46.730 18 0700/1700 Hanseatic Hapag-Lloyd 8. as schedules can 6 0630/1630 Aurora P&O Cruises 76.656 15 0800/1800 Saga Sapphire Saga Cruises 37. with a look at its rise and fall.396 or departures.152 change.017 TILBURY 4 0500/1630 Emerald Princess Princess 113. Olsen 43.646 22 0630/1630 Ventura P&O Cruises 116.894 next issue on sale 20 May 2016 To subscribe turn to page 20 Canadian Sunset The sun has set on a number of last-generation passenger liners and first-generation cruise ships that once called at Canada’s Port of Vancouver.730 29 0630/1630 Oriana P&O Cruises 69.000 7 AS 0700/2359 National Geog.797 4 0730/1730 Braemar Fred.570 7 0600/1800 Voyager Voyages of Discovery 15.200 15 0800/1900 Artania Phoenix Reisen 44.344 5 0800/1800 Crystal Symphony Crystal Cruises 51.342 STORNOWAY 2 0600/2359 Louis Aura Louis Cruises 15.084 10 0800/1800 Azamara Quest Azamara 30.878 28 0530/1630 Navigator of the Seas RCI 139.277 26 0630/1630 Ventura P&O Cruises • June 2016 • 65 .342 26 0800/1800 Britannia P&O Cruises 143.049 13 0600/1700 Nautica Oceania Cruises 30. Olsen 43.112 20 0800/2200 AIDAprima AIDA 125.528 9 0730/1600 Sea Cloud II Sea Cloud 3.049 4 0700/1300 Hanseatic Hapag-Lloyd 8.894 6 1100/1800 Artania Phoenix Reisen 44.277 7 0630/1700 Disney Magic Disney Cruises 83.017 6 1200/1800 National Geog. Orion National Geographic 3.049 3 tbc/tbc Corinthian Grand Circle Cr Line 4.892 23 0700/1630 Queen Victoria Cunard 90.378 PORTLAND 13 0500/1700 Caribbean Princess Princess 112.730 28 0630/1630 Balmoral Fred.797 5 0530/1630 Celebrity Eclipse Celebrity 121.570 21 1500/2000 Artania Phoenix Reisen 44. and neither the authors nor 5 0830/1630 Queen Victoria Cunard 90.407 21 0830/2000 Balmoral Fred.363 14 0700/1500 Caribbean Princess Princess 112.077 11 0600/1800 Azamara Quest Azamara 30.984 18 tbc/tbc Hebridean Princess Hebridean Is Cruises 2.984 PORT OF TYNE (Newcastle) 14 0630/1630 Arcadia P&O Cruises 83.200 3 0800/2100 Nautica Oceania Cruises 30.shipsmonthly.363 16 0600/1700 Seven Seas Voyager Regent Seven Seas 42. Olsen 24.781 19 0630/1630 Azura P&O Cruises 115. Olsen 43. EXCURSION • There is 21st century carrier considerable scope for sea trips around the coasts of Profile of USS Gerald R.901 STROMNESS 10 0700/1700 Minerva Swan Hellenic 12. Helena Line 6.077 1 0500/1700 Caribbean Princess Princess 112.878 30 0800/1800 Balmoral Fred. Readers’ Pages Compiled by Donna and Andrew Cooke Date Arr/dep Ship Operator GT Date Arr/dep Ship Operator GT Date Arr/dep Ship Operator GT 9 0830/1630 Queen Victoria Cunard 90.901 8 1200/2300 Silver Wind Silversea 17.077 SOUTHAMPTON 25 0500/1700 Caribbean Princess Princess 112.656 5 0600/1800 Britannia P&O Cruises 143.017 2 0700/1500 Caribbean Princess Princess 112.969 12 0800/1800 Artania Phoenix Reisen 44.396 4 tbc/tbc Hebridean Princess Hebridean Is Cruises 2.044 4 0530/1630 Independence of Seas RCI 154.561 18 0700/1800 Voyager Voyages of Discovery 15.840 8 0800/2100 Seven Seas Voyager Regent Seven Seas 42. and one of the most well as contemporaries on English and Scottish lakes.730 5 tbc/tbc RMS St Helena St.378 1 0700/1800 Nautica Oceania Cruises 30.396 18 0630/1730 Balmoral Fred.537 PORTSMOUTH 19 0630/1630 Arcadia P&O Cruises 83. NOTES tbc to be confirmed ST PETER PORT (Incl Alderney/Herm/Sark – A/H/S) 6 0800/2200 AIDAprima AIDA 125.049 3 0800/1300 Sea Cloud II Sea Cloud Cruises 3. as revolutionary in every way.849 24 0630/1630 Aurora P&O Cruises 76.277 4 AHS 1500/2000 Hanseatic Hapag-Lloyd 8.277 14 0630/1630 Queen Elizabeth Cunard 90.049 21 1300/1900 Artania Phoenix Reisen 44.894 25 0600/1800 Britannia P&O Cruises 143. the US Navy’s Britain and we turn the spotlight on a selection of the new nuclear-powered aircraft carrer.561 26 0730/1630 Braemar Fred.730 25 0800/1800 Ventura P&O Cruises 116.570 11 0800/1800 Oriana P&O Cruises 69.344 27 0800/2200 AIDAprima AIDA 125. PLUS SHIPYARD • A history of the John Readhead shipyard on the Tyne.080 18 0700/1630 Arcadia P&O Cruises 83.537 18 0530/1630 Independence of Seas RCI 154. Olsen 24.894 15 0700/2000 Corinthian Grand Circle Cr Line 4. 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as my mind sea and in harbour. their morale the Indian Navy conducts with the Royal Royal Victoria Dock. covering all the different aspects of maritime warfare. and it is the second time made you want a career in the that it has happened in UK waters. We went school and had many other career out with HMS Iron Duke and RFA Wave options to choose from. immature – decision at the time for sporting events and social gatherings. what place in 2004. Participating is unconsciously around the bridge. and join the Navy. thinking about is a part of the Indian Navy’s Western September and we then came to London makes us even more proud. the navy was an impulsive – probably which involved professional interactions. the first of which took Indian history that an Indian warship even when I am sleeping. This happened to be the tenth of is the first time ever in independent at sea. What did the exercise involve? and read about the Navy in books which The exercises began on 5 September I found in school libraries. reason for coming to the United of great pride for all of us. i e A v idgew fro m the Br THE LAST WORD When the Indian Navy’s frigate INS Trikand visited London’s Excel Centre in the heart of the Docklands as part of a military exhibition in September 2015. When I am in command and their welfare. PHOTO BY DAVID WALTERS 66 • June 2016 • www.shipsmonthly. problems the ship is having and Fleet based at . challenges that keep me busy. It is a matter working out how to overcome them. Konkan is a series of first Indian naval warship to visit London There are two types of day in the Navy: and planning any port calls as well as bilateral institutionalised exercises that and enter the Docklands and the historic at sea and in harbour. so joining two phases: a three-day harbour phase. from the Royal Fleet Auxiliary. But I chose to Ruler. both at these exercises. a child who was just about finishing and then four days at sea. exercises? has been up the Thames. exercised at sea. including me What is your average day like on This includes planning for the next Kingdom was to participate in Exercise and my 300 shipmates. that we are on the board INS Trikand? exercises and how we conduct them. Patrick Boniface met her commanding officer. Indian Navy? I am from India’s capital city. I am engaged every minute. Nobody 2015 at Plymouth and were conducted in from my family inspired me. When you were young. Our primary to participate in DSEi 2015. So it is a good mix of Navy. who talked about his career and his ship. She was commissioned in June 2013 and The exercises ended at Portsmouth on 12 in such a prestigious event as DSEi around the ops room. New Delhi. Captain Vinay Kalia. The ship’s visit very different. Konkan 2015. Can you tell me about your ship and the current mission? What happened after the This ship is the sixth of the Talwar class. and both are looking after the men.

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