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shipsmonthly.com for Russia. structure. FOTOFLITE delivered at last.The last major paddle streamer to be built in Britain.SHIP OF THE MONTH shipment brought to the Tyne. The first contract to be signed in the £5. William Mayes ALSO AVAILABLE 47 Ships pictorial DIGITALLY 14 Naval Ships pictured around the world. Capesize June 2016 www. and Russian Navy takes delivery of new frigate. Maid of the Loch. NICHOLAS LEACH contents AEGEAN CROSSROADS PASSENGER SHIPS IN PIRAEUS THE STRONGEST SHIPS IN THE WORLD Regulars for new tanker. new dredgers Mitsui OSK restructures its fleet. Gary Davies £4.POCKETMAGS. launched. Australia tenders Scotland. Malta. Condor Liberation JUNE 2016 • Vol 51 detained in Poole. including in WWW.25 Tragedy HMS Vanguard Recollections Esso Scotia Port profile Teignmouth 12 Cruise June 2016 OFC_mh. and record breaker at Aberdeen. engineering. Aidaprima on her on pages 33 to 37. and St Claire back on Fishbourne run.25 6 Waterfront 16 Cargo Paddler Montreux out for 2016. 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. Japan and Brazil.COM NATO tackles migrant flow.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.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. and large bulker conundrum. and new CMV flagship Columbus for 2017. Seatrade’s new boxboats BRITTANY FERRIES MONT ST MICHEL . sailed from 1953 until 1981 and has been in the news recently. Russell Plummer £4. Subscribe today See page 20 for more info . new livery for hovercraft. Jim Shaw 10 Ferry FERRY LATEST CRUISE NEWS Condor Liberation Aidaprima still in the news delivered at last New livery for DFDS ships. and outfitting to ensure the rebuild meets regulatory requirements.

immortal. Richard Jolliffe useful and. which have called at the Dorset port of Poole in recent years. David Walker a look at the biggest carrier in the Brittany Ferries’ fleet. looking at passenger shipping. 28 All change at Victoria The archipelago of the Seychelles and its main 63 Mystery ship port of Victoria hosts a variety of ships. 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. Kevin Mitchell 62 Ships library Reviews and details of new maritime books. including Can you identify this month’s mystery ship? cargo and cruise ships. Recalling the tragedy that overtook HMS Andrew and Donna Cooke Indian Navy’s frigate Trikand. being visited by a Spotlight on the ferry Mont St Michel. in one case. with range of small coasters. seen from on board Queen Victoria. WWW. Colin J. 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.6 . at the crossroads of the Aegean. Russell Plummer 56 Aegean crossroads Chartroom A day in Piraeus.COM Features Vanguard in July 1917 with the loss of hundreds of sailors. Patrick Boniface JUNE 2016 • Volume 51 • No. Roy Fenton 50 A modern coastal port The port of Teignmouth is an important part of the South Devon economy.SHIPSMONTHLY. Smith 26 Maritime Mosaic 60 Ships mail Pictorial showing some of the small cruise ships A selection of letters from readers. and three survivors.

joins Lomaiviti Princess II (1980) and a new. Lomaiviti Princess will spend Prince Rupert by Victoria Machinery a couple of weeks in dry dock with work Depot Ltd in British Columbia. is handle large cargoes on the Tyne. Canada. is due to be in hovercraft is a British invention and. was unloaded in six days. TC 6 • June 2016 • www.WATERFRONT Upgrade for P&O North Largest ever wood shipment Channel pair FERRY NEWS P&O Ferries are investing £500.shipsmonthly. over 50 years later. visitor to another former BC Ferries vessel. repair of underwater equipment. fleet: Solent Flyer and Island Flyer. and Agnes represents Navigation of Athens. managing during March and. until bought by Goundar Shipping and propeller shafts for inspection. The pellets are destined for one infrastructure have enabled us to rail terminal. the Auckland. arrived on 9 March at the 1978-built Lomaiviti Princess III (5. with work in passenger areas taking place while the pair. at 225m in length. Arriving largest cargo ships. passenger CLASSIC FERRY and freight service from Suva to Savu The Fijian-owned and -operated Savu and Taveuni. albeit 50-year-old. Hovertravel’s new livery Auckland’s Fijian visitor here in the Solent. is intended to flag for Britain. delivered from Japan by Mitsubishi in 2000 and 2002.seapixonline. Babcock New Zealand dry dock at ex-Basto 1. along with the replacement of game zone tables and chairs.com Now providing a vehicle.000 to upgrade European Causeway (pictured) and European Highlander. accommodate some of the world’s and is owned and operated by Shelton Drax Power. 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. HOVERCRAFT Hovertravel is the only scheduled Hovertravel has revealed the new passenger hovercraft service in the look and announced the names for world. in North Yorkshire.” sourced produce and recipes. with the handled in a single shipment at the Steven Harrison. Queen of Chilliwak). with a further 60 seats brought in on each ship. ‘We wanted to celebrate the The first of the craft. of Fiji in 2011.864gt vessel was commissioned by Goundar Shipping was completed in 1966 as Queen of in January. As both a local community its two new craft. Agnes was built in Japan of the UK’s largest energy producers. using more locally PORT NEWS Agnes (39. Chief Operating wood pellets being stored at the Port’s Port. including the removal of her rudders and. Above The ferry Lomaiviti Princess arrives in Auckland. service this summer. when the bulker Agnes delivered Officer of Port of Tyne.com . Lomaiviti Princess passenger ferry Lomaiviti Princess.‘ undertook sea trials in the Solent explained Neil Chapman.’ Hovertravel has also create ‘a traditional look with a announced the names for the new contemporary feel’. ‘The sister craft Island Flyer. Solent Flyer. BC Ferries fleet between the Queen as well as a general survey and the Charlotte Islands and British Columbia. while in the Food Courts new menus will change from Virginia in the USA. Britishness of our operation. The decor in lounge areas will be changed. together with her director of Hovertravel. which Devonport.996gt). said: ‘The purpose-built facility and supplied on a record 57.845 tonnes of wood significant investments in the Port’s demand to Drax via the Port’s direct pellets. sailed as part of the water blasting and painting of the hull. The 101m 5. service and an international tourist using a representation of the union attraction. continue on the Scotland-Northern Ireland North Channel route between Cairnryan and Larne. the 1999-built a milestone in terms of our ability to through the day.011gt. The new design. we are proud to fly the flag on the craft. www. Dedicated children’s play areas will be redecorated and also have additional seating added.

Tregurtha. powered by both diesel and the Interlake Steamship Company liquefied natural gas (LNG). but the smaller Lee A. Xpedition (1998/1.000dwt ship. broke free from her moorings and Hansen. uncompleted until being taken on The Galapagos Islands remain a by Ocean Adventures. Germany’s 34-year-old Polarstern Both ships are due for replacement. Barker. the 61. suffered hydraulic problems and with a new icebreaker for Australia Australia’s 27-year-old Aurora Australis being designed by Denmark’s Knud E. has been floated out 22. who finished popular destination despite the her as a cruise ship in 1998. docked and refitted before joining WEGENER INSTITUTE The larger of the two. has elected to have two of its older ARCTECH HELSINKI SHIPYARD bulk carriers.ed@kelsey. Eclipse Celebrity’s existing ship. is 40 years old. She is one of the most altered vessels on the Great Lakes and also boasts two battle stars for World War II service. the first ‘1.942gt). but remained in the Galapagos Islands since 2004. Berry’s Hill. WM was forced to return to Germany ICEBREAKER for repairs. fitted with new exhaust gas scrubber systems. news First LNG-powered icebreaker New systems for old ships WATERFRONT www.shipsmonthly. The other Ecuadorian authorities. while Germany’s Lübeck-based ran aground. with the LNG to be Baltic Sea. The stored in two vertical tanks which fitted for oil recovery work. being completed by have a total volume of 800m3. 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. JS www. driving three ice. 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. Laeisz has been retained to ABOVE Eclipse will join the Celebrity fleet in 2017. variable-pitch In order to extend its reach in the Both ships will continue to propellers has forced Galapagos Islands. January 2017.000-footer’ to be built entirely on the Great Lakes. design a replacement for Polarstern. Barker and 30. emergency towing. which has operated in 1992 as a ferry. Polarstern.610gt). JS built T-3 tanker.com • Cudham Tithe Barn. the 360ft (110m) by 79ft Wärtsilä generating sets of over a speed of 9. Tregurtha is older and has the more interesting history.067dwt Lee A.co. OCEAN ADVENTURES Germany’s Alfred Wegener Institute.shipsmonthly. 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). as well as A. Finland and is due to be ABB Azipod units. when they will be dry- to Germany. James R. ALFRED together with its two small ships. JS the Arctech Helsinki Shipyard. one fitted forward for icebreaking operations in the delivered to state operator Arctia and two aft. Cudham.564dwt James R. 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.uk Polaris is the new Finnish icebreaker built at the Arctech GREAT LAKERS Helsinki Shipyard and will be On the North American Great Lakes. Tregurtha. while Aurora Australis.com • June 2016 • 7 .400kW total output. Two of the world’s largest research operating under Australian Antarctic icebreakers got themselves into Division. the new ship is also being ABOVE The Great Lakes bulk carrier Lee Icebreaking Oy later this year. Kent TN16 3AG • t > 01959 541444 • e > sm. was built in Spain (2001/2. suffered a hull breach and will trouble in February in Antarctica: also have to be repaired. Although specifically designed at Helsinki. Celebrity Cruises operate for Ocean Adventures until the ship’s return has acquired Ocean Adventures. fashioned out of a war- 3. has been fitted with a BELCO scrubber system.2 knots in 3ft unbroken (24m) Polaris. operated by Reederei F.

with direct control from the heavylift vessel in late February and PADDLERS bridge. being laid up in 1982. Savoie (1914). a new quarter stern paddler Loire Princess. they will not be sailing this year. The next two units in the series. • Meanwhile. Montreux (1905) will not sail in 2016.shipsmonthly. in 2001. RUSSELL PLUMMER will be positioned to the ports of Ust- Luga. France for CroisiEurope. then in 2010 after she had been in Tauranga returned to the Devonport run. are to be launched over the next few months. which stood-in for Montreux Lutherstadt Wittenberg. but was fitted with Nazaire.uk for the Parade of Sail. was in 2015 and has placed an order for a delivery this year.382gt RollDock Star and Holland’s RollDock Shipping BV.shipsmonthly. In 2002 she became in Auckland.5m and is designed to be to Yvoire and back will be taken by the powered since 1955.ed@kelsey.5ft and was involved in many an Historic Ferry historic events. Simplon The 80-passenger vessel measures evening dinner cruises from Lausanne (1920). She has been owned since 2010 prominent role in the 1913 welcome to by the Kestrel Preservation Trust. RollDock Storm. able to operate at low water levels. for electric machinery. to Yvoire in the closing weeks of the Dresden. Swiss paddle steamer (1926). Meissen. has acquired BigRoll division is taking delivery of the 12. wheel paddle vessel built in Saint. BigRoll Bering. WATERFRONT news Three new dredgers Montreux out for 2016 Pelican of London passes through the Thames barrier WATERFRONT www.685 tonnes. 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. seapixonline. Larsen & Toubro two similarly configured German-built HEAVYLIFTER ships. 95m by 10. the first cabin trailing suction hopper dredgers being 1957. The Barentsz. Berry’s Hill.802gt semi-submersible four 173m by 42m Module Carriers multipurpose heavylift vessel RollDock from China. La Suisse (1910). and its associated part of the Roll Group. JS engine. 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. in other paddler news. BigRoll Baffin 141m by 24m ship is the final one of and BigRoll Beaufort. with calls at Magdeburg. diesel-electric. one of Russia’s oldest builders.co. first thought. built for Russia’s Rosmorport. CroisiEurope introduced sidewheel is the first of three Dutch-designed Montreux served as a steamer until Elbe Princesse. but the battle cruiser HMS New Zealand. BigRoll Sky from India’s Larsen & Toubro. efforts to restore her have made little Kestrel worked the City-Birkenhead progress since her return to Auckland route from 1921 to 1959. seen at Lausanne. She also played a March. The 205ft vessels have a hopper capacity of 1. When completed. Damen a brand new Sulzer diagonal steam moved from Montoir to Hamburg by third paddler for delivery in 2018.com • Cudham Tithe Barn. consisting of La Suisse. ABOVE The recently launched Sommers fleet’s largest steamer.com . St Petersburg and Tuapse. Kronshlot and Kadosh.com The Dutch company also operates following delivery. for Russia DREDGERS The Krasnoye Sormovo Shipyard. before for the previous eight years. Kent TN16 3AG • t > 01959 541444 • e > sm. and Vevey (1907). Cudham. TC completion by Larsen & Toubro. returning in 1962 with diesel. Bad Schandau and Litomerice. She measured 123ft Preservation Trust. 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. the 15. 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.000m3 and a deadweight Lake Geneva steamer Montreux. she was the second a floating restaurant in Tauranga. These ships. has launched the trailing suction hopper dredger Sommers as the first of a series of three Damen-designed dredgers being built for Rosmorport. India’s largest engineering and construction company. RP Historic ferry Kestrel sinks RollDock’s third from India by 28. undergoing an Built in 1905 by Charles Bailey Jnr extensive refit. vessel to offer river Loire itineraries. Her place on the popular Lake Geneva 2015 season. of 1. Rhone Prague. JS 8 • June 2016 • www. Yamal LNG project in the Arctic The ferry Kestrel in her heyday in Auckland harbour.

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8 billion. for the Nyborg-Korsor service and for P&O until September last year. when she became the regions starting this winter. SEATRUCK CHANGE • Barely four months after bringing in a third by MWB Motorwerke during 2009-10. and commercial director Christophe up 12 per cent to €467. up to 4 September. is starting sailings with the craft Kirkenes Coastal Express service. is scheduled to expected to follow later in the year. Three daily sailings in each Immingham and Ghent.88 million. Growth in group revenue was up 10. are operate a total of 354 departures while Kronprins Frederik (1981) the other two vessels. handled crossings each way per day. expected after the new vessel one of three vessels serving from Nynashamn to Visby on 28 Berlin.400gt the former SeaFrance and MyFerryLink direction are offered. Strategy units in the same period. After reporting major growth in Plymouth. which were Seatruck Pace (2009/14. with sister Copenhagen Menorca. which the route. originally Northern Merchant. . FERRIES IN THE NEWS . built in 1980 which linked Larne with Troon at the Bredo Shipyard in Bremen. Tenacia and Zurbaran. North Sea routes from Gothenburg to short sea operations out of Dover.722gt Flensburg-built sisters freight drivers. now SNAV Adriatico. trailers and with accommodation for 12 of freight. European Union for a new terminal larger and faster P-Series ferry Flensburg. Clipper Ranger has heads for Bremerhaven in July.shipsmonthly.com . . but has worked with the company country’s largest employer of sailors. vessel emerged from an 18-day stay Great Belt train ferry. makes two return 20 countries. There has also been considerable vessel on the Liverpool-Dublin NORTH SEA Primula Seaways will be cut in two investment in Dunkirk. with officially opened on 17 March. 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. Germany. its 150th anniversary this its March annual meeting that there volumes rose 21 per cent to 186. with the fleet’s since 1973.800 staff serving each drivers.567. 2015. 10 • June 2016 • www. Sailings including routes into Northern WESTERN CHANNEL carrying French agricultural produce to from Portsmouth. Maritime Nantaise. joins in 2016. with up to 15 ABOVE DFDS ro-ro Primula Seaways is Seaways and Freesia Seaways. 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.6 per cent higher at €203.2 per cent in 2015 to 789. and there is DFDS GO WELL • Celebrating Brittany Ferries also announced during grew by 5. between Poole and Bilbao. passengers in 2015 and having Martine Jourdren as chief executive Ferries’ passenger total comes from chartered from French company 6. The carrying more than six million Mathieu is to succeed long-serving Some 85 per cent of Brittany 1999-built ro-ro vessel Pelican. Germany for service on DFDS continue to develop their building and check-in areas. Brittany Ferries’ passenger numbers France and two in Spain. remains as second ship. . Seaways. remained flat. the 2003-built sold to Piraeus-based European Hook ferry Koningin Beatrix New owner Gotlandsbaten is vessel remains on the Bergen. each taking up to 100 handled 31 million lane metres 2009. in Brittany. the coming summer. 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. while the ferry division’s contribution was 10. running opposite Calais switched to sail Heysham-Dublin. 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. year. to be lengthened by 30m. the next day.5 per cent to €320. FERRIES IN THE NEWS . and from Visby to Vastervik year at Denmark’s Fayard. It is estimated that the Traffic surge for Brittany Ferries overall car market to and from the Republic of Ireland grew by 1.940gt) now 19. depending on the season. was built in 1993. The charter is for 12 months.9 million. . Seatruck Ferries DFDS are to stretch another of the six for insertion of a new 30m mid-body port authority put in €14.5 per cent to 2.600 employees spread across from the beginning of April. with turnover started an additional freight service revenues of €1. FERRIES IN THE NEWS . but ships and crew are French. . CEES DE BIJL FERRIES IN THE NEWS . FERRIES IN THE NE EXPRESS • The former Irish Sea MIDNATSOL • The Hurtigruten Group PRINS JOACHIM • The one-time North Channel fast craft Express.6 million. . Last year DFDS also Mme Jourdren has been CEO since and the company claims to be the sailings a week. Begonia Seaways (1992/28. much rebuilt over the past Trasmediterranea from Barcelona April.385 During February the company year. has been SNAV ADRIATICO • Ex-Harwich. the year of the very first with up to 2. . Poole and Plymouth Ireland. largest vessels taking as many Primula Seaways to be stretched as 370 trailers per sailing. while the all-island market. For Gedser and Rostock.000 cars. In the year to 30 September currently serve five destinations in passenger and freight traffic last year. Flandres. where the freight route.FERRY Russell Plummer The 1999-built ro-ro vessel Pelican. crossings from Roscoff.7 million. . Britain. running to Mahon. freight also a France-Ireland connection.298. DFDS generated annual is to be a change at the top. with Primula Seaways. A late May delivery is (1986).796gt) Clipper Pace sailing opposite the and with accommodation for 12 and Berlioz (2005/33. The 32. first ferry registered in Uppsala. completed in 2004 sisters Rodin (2001/33. Like sisters Ficaria Seaways.833gt). The 91m Incat.759gt).

and the New areas have been added to Croatia-built Wight Sun (2008).shipsmonthly. Repairs were including a Jersey-St Malo return trip. www.uk 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. A VIII. Cudham. Kent TN16 3AG • t > 01959 541444 • e > sm. . Cruise Olbia’s sistership. Last a routine inspection on 17 March. On double rotation Delegation of Public Service. which switches to former Danish ferry Maren Mols. The new double-ended trio. sisterships built first time and joining Costa on board. leaving summer the route returned to two- Eleven faults. a complaint back in 2013 from Mid-March brought another twist to and steering systems. BC. have been renamed Basto VII and operate out of Civitavecchia. missed four days of be cancelled by July. and brighter look.shipsmonthly. Basto V and Basto VI.000 units is set which can carry 145 cars. . Zeus Palace. with high street St Clare shares sailings with St Cecilia chain Greggs putting to sea for the (1987) and St Faith (1999).ed@kelsey. which later traded as Kattegat. During work at owned by the Genting Group. will play V (2001). ship operation. claiming trimaran Condor Liberation. . has been told by the French Administrative Court in Douai that the deal must Condor Liberation. . Bilbao as Brittany Ferries’ Cap acquired Clipper. Berry’s Hill. seen arriving at St Peter Port. loading after the completion of new when passenger areas received a new facilities in Fishbourne. . to be ‘serious. Guernsey.com • Cudham Tithe Barn. 102m craft.359gt vessel for the double-deck £800. 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). detained in Poole after the The situation was not helped by the days. the Portsmouth Gunwharf-Fishbourne and having a service speed of 14 knots.000 interior upgrade in February. repeated this year. Poole was very early in the morning. one held in reserve. news Condor Liberation detained in Poole Dieppe route future WATERFRONT www.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. returning from refit. . FERRIES IN THE NEWS . will make their debuts Naples’ Palumbo shipyard. at the Cochrane Yard in Yorkshire. TONY RIVE arrangement seamlessly introduced before the end of the summer. four of them deemed ro-ro Arrow to sail from Portsmouth. with a new Channel Islands sailings in mid-March after failing an MCA inspection.co. 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. ANDREW COOKE ES IN THE NEWS . 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. for service across Oslo the 28. FERRIES IN THE NEWS . 2011 summer debut. which is controlled by the Seine Maritime Departmental Board. FERRIES IN THE NEWS . Sardinia. carrying 750 Wightlink flagship St Clare returned to passengers and more than 180 cars. Superfast freight target of 15. Sardinia MAROC EXPRESS • FRS have opened The current ships that are named extra decks before summer service as Cruise Olbia from April. far given any indication as to whether found ‘substantial deficiencies’ during away for annual overhaul.’ were identified in allowing ro-pax vessel Commodore The latest decision follows CHANNEL ISLANDS the Austal-built craft’s propulsion Clipper to handle passengers. route after a January dry-docking at Work was also undertaken to prepare A&P in Falmouth was followed by a the 5. who have services with five normally in service and Finistere since acquisition for a between Seattle and Victoria. has sailed Portsmouth- for the first 12 months. with Seven Sisters rejoining sistership Côte d’Albâtre. Condor with a second return not reaching the they will bid for a new contract. . replacing a Motril to Tangier-Med route using Basto IV (1986) and Basto V (1990) from Genoa to Olbia. . Moby 2000 Kiel-built vessel will be used as Basto IV. Italy to Olbia. 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. . Tommy receives 209 cabins on two from Livorno. very little slack in the timetable. . FERRIES IN THE NEWS . DFDS have last year. FRS has also their part in a six-vessel line-up. delivered by SOLENT Remontowa in 2001. with the the 873-passenger/238 car vessel to rotations tried with Condor Liberation it represented unfair competition.com • June 2016 • 11 . The with Moss. with St Clare. route owner SMPAT. brought in he 1988-built freight Dorset port until late evening. Liberation’s first departure from not commented on the decision or so Maritime and Coastguard Agency absence of 86m Incat Condor Rapide. Back on Fishbourne run crossings.

Another Princess ship moves to Australia. Kent TN16 3AG • t > 01959 541444 • e > sm. pioneering cruise ship Spirit of London. will be based in The first of the new ships will be Royal Caribbean of the Seas will cover the Western Med Florida. New Flamenco was one of many names borne by Spirit of London.79 million passengers summer. Berry’s Hill. Those ships carry 264 passengers and have a crew of 139. 2017. Voyages. Columbus will South American operations. off Laem Chabang. having BRIEF NEWS apparently been abandoned by her Disney • Disney Cruise Line has owner more than a year earlier. with was a cancelled order from Kloster’s 2. Allure. The ship will be about the same. based largely in Tilbury. Vision of the Seas. The world’s three Ovation of the Seas will debut in service on 24 May. Southampton Scandinavia and Northern Europe will Meyer Werft at Papenburg. Brilliance of the Seas and Freedom Harmony of the Seas.shipsmonthly. They are thought to be slightly smaller than the four 11. Seabourn Encore. a Norwegian Royal Caribbean International has from Barcelona. in 2018. Both Costa and reversing the decline experienced in MSC have also reduced their 2014.co. CRUISE William Mayes Another quartet WATERFRONT www.400.8 per cent in 2015 during the next southern to a total of 1. Theodore W Scull CMV fleetmates. and finally Ocean Dream. Oasis and Southampton before heading to China. Riva Trigoso. with a range of ships based in Western itineraries from Civitavecchia.shipsmonthly.786gt) finishes her Pacific Pearl will then return to the Columbus. she emerged In 1989 she was sold to Premier Cruise P&O as Spirit of London and ran alongside the Line. Passenger capacity e Riunite. her lower way for Pacific Explorer. and. of Princess Cruises in 1974 the ship was Flamenco. together with her presence in the region.500 lower berths. whereas the latest quartet will have a passenger Revised deployments Independence of the Seas will be back in Southampton in 2017. She impression of Ponant’s new ships. CMV (1997/77. With the acquisition later operated as Southern Cross. where she was once familiar With the introduction of about 150 service at the end of 2016. she will not be part of berth passenger capacity will be Pullmantur • Royal Caribbean reduced from almost 1. W. will be office. with the closure of its Brazil apart from two summer cruises.441gt). The company plans to an adults-only ship. However. Le Boréal will re-enter the Seas and Navigator of the Seas. Mayes scheduled for 2021 and 2023. William Mayes capacity of 184 and a crew of 110. slightly bought its first pure cruise ship. Flamenco I which capsized on 27 February 2016 moved into that fleet as Sun Princess. 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. for whom she will operate as series of ships. as she has been sold on 5 March. Columbus. Orion off the Australian coast. could help to keep that momentum going. 12 • June 2016 • www. Cudham. CMV space per passenger. 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. 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. largest cruise ships. passengers when she enters longest New Zealand season in spring UK market. will carry 604 Pearl (1989/63. will have none. which were delivered by Fincantieri between 2010 and 2015.000gt. while Jewel of the completed her sea trials. than originally estimated. somewhat later operating to the Med and the Canaries. becoming Starship Majestic. New Flamenco. The end seems to have come for the 1954-built Arcadia. while Royal Caribbean (but still behind the German market). Delivery is Norwegian Caribbean Cruise Line. William Mayes Another pioneer bites the dust With little modification.ed@kelsey. begin sailing for CMV in June 2017.com • Cudham Tithe Barn. off larger than the previous duo at the stocks at Cantieri Navale del Tirreno 135. Independence of be served by Serenade of the Seas and the third in the series was completed. Italy.com . Thailand. Seas class has been ordered from in November 2015 and subsequent Europe for the summer.uk 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. The last of that trio has just delivered by the shipyard. The placed an order with Meyer historic ship dates from the 1972. just as return on a heavylift ship to Europe will have two ships. providing a good amount of latest company to cut back its Columbus from 2017. Werft at Papenburg for a when the P&O Steam Navigation Co further pair of ships. The British cruise have just one ship in the region market grew by 8. for repair.600 to around subsidiary Pullmantur is the Pacific Pearl will operate as 1. subsidiary of Fincantieri. currently Village. she will leave the fleet to make as P&O Cruises’ Arcadia and later Ocean dedicated single cabins.000gt Le Boréal class ships.

undertaking seven-night Crystal Endeavor. The Cruises currently operates seasonally company has also taken a two-year in the Greek Islands. 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. WILLIAM MAYES www. de Cuba within a seven-night cruise. starting this winter. while company has been given permission Haimark Cruises. The deployment of the oldest ship in The group also owns Thomson the fleet. Crystal will build the ship at the group- owned Lloyd Werft shipyards in Germany. with The former is laid up in winter and the turnaround ports of Izmir and Cesme. 71. news Aidaprima delivered at last More for AIDA CRUISES undertake a short shakedown cruise With a gross tonnage of 125. Aidaprima will certainly on time. 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.773gt) and the 960-lower. Her sister. carry 200 passengers. Aidaprima has finally English Channel ports.com • June 2016 • 13 . She will comply with Ice Class requirements and have a crew of 200. 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. is Adonia’s Miami departures will call Spirit and Thomson Majesty. 2. now that than what is currently regarded as a Celestyal Crystal. was handed over on 14 March and and on current predictions it seems preceded her.000gt. Adonia will start sailing to Cuba in May. something in Hamburg year-round. Aidaprima is on her way to Europe at last. of 25.800. has recently was scheduled to operate a people. where she will be a year late being delivered. 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.572 Crystal and her official maiden voyage to and a lower berth capacity of 3. Adonia advertised trips to Cuba. to-people programme to the Cuba has been on the regular Dominican Republic. but later this circuit of several companies in recent was changed so as to alternate that years. seen at Maria la Gorda. and Majorca. could become a the jewel that is Cuba is available. FATHOM at Havana. giving her the largest passenger-to-space ratio of any ship by some considerable margin. but following the recent takeover of Nordic Yards it is not yet clear precisely where Crystal Endeavor will be built. of 1.000gt. Prior to often delivered a few days early. the Pearl Mist on similar itineraries. year-round visitor. to world’s largest mega yacht. Cuba. largely for Turkish passengers. passengers. where ships are in 2017.shipsmonthly. 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). as Celestyal Nefeli on itineraries berth Celestyal Crystal (1980/25. will initially be based in Palma. too. Minerva II. whose unknown at the time of writing. In the meantime. as Adonia (ex-R Eight. and in passenger space. Celestyal will become year-round. with the summer charter on Clipper Group’s 1. The 183m 827th birthday celebrations.174-passenger series that of the 62-passenger Crystal Esprit.611gt). 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. Originally.300 A year late. will the naming ceremony. these will be what is now From 2018 the Cuba cruise business regarded as mid-size ships. Cienfuegos and Santiago Just in time. which will operate in 2016 (1982/37. The ship being built for the company by MHI. which had also to berth in Cuba. WILLIAM MAYES latter provides cruises around Cuba. the 1968-built Louis Aura. signal yet that the company is close Celestyal Olympia will move to a to ordering its first new ships.450-lower-berth Celestyal Olympia Gemini. With year-round operation in the Eastern a maximum passenger capacity Mediterranean. filed for bankruptcy. but it is clear that it will be a destination with Cuba. circuits in the Western Mediterranean. small cruise ship.

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. Anzac class frigates. Essen. In 2010 the ROK there was no request for assistance. and derived – without Russian-sourced engines. MARITIME PHOTOGRAPHIC Russia’s local difficulty Sub loss The isolationist DPRK operates suspected warfare operations. The ship was formally disrupted since the seizure of Crimea. and the Americans during Ssang Yong dozens of midget submarines. Six ships have been ordered but effective of Admiral Grigorovich. 14 • June 2016 • www.NAVAL Gary Davies Australia’s new outlook of its submarine fleet. 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. 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. acquiring 12 2030s. 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. 2016. the second of class. from the Soviet era Burevestnik class Although interested in more of the (Krivak). It also confirmed that Australia will proceed with doubling the size The RAN is to get larger frigates to replace the Anzac class. the first of for the Black Sea Fleet. the new ships are designed class.com . a major joint naval exercise Anti-submarine warfare is a major with the South Korean Navy. The capability gap in the South’s Republic speculation is that it sank.shipsmonthly. is currently As Russia is unable to make its own conducting sea trials. The unidentified 1960s. for which they are a large fleet of RUSSIAN NAVY equipped with Shtil and Kalibr missile unsophisticated The Russian Navy has taken delivery systems. and is also due to alternative powerplants until 2019. although of Korea Navy. 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. handed over at the Yantar Shipyard after which Ukraine stopped supplying in Kaliningrad on 11 March. submarines. the Indian government’s policy is for anti-ship and anti-submarine to build new warships at home. an A$30 billion increase in defence spending over the next ten years. the be commissioned in 2016. Navy corvette Cheonan was sunk. citing China’s Australian Border Force. a series of at least three Project production has been severely 11356 frigates. 38 domestically built Sang-O submarine was being monitored by class for coastal operations. North Korean midget submarine. These include engine supply issues. Admiral Russia with marine gas turbines. The document outlined considered in the late 2020s. Three diesel-electric submarine to replace the existing fleet of eight RAN ‘regionally superior submarines with a designs are currently being assessed. or even an admission from Pyongyang presumably by a torpedo fired from a that something was wrong. However. second batch of ships could be sold Based on the design of the Talwar to an export customer – namely India class built for India.

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

com . oil tanker British Falcon (2005). 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. oil giant BP realised when the vessel arrived in decided to take the last Australian. the 113. and found in 1951 as Scheepvaartkantoor ABOVE The car carrier Courage (1991) refrigerated container vessels from shallow operating draught of 30ft (9. also The crew’s contracts will be registered in Douglas. 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.000TEU MOL Benefactor.803dwt Union of Australia expected them to British Fidelity (2004). The vessel was a regular visitor to Southampton. Seatrade Orange. is the lead vessel of a new series of refrigerated car carrier vessels designed to serve shallower ports.000 units. Seatrade was of four new Color class 2. but her next voyage will be to the scrapyard at Aliaga. The Maritime crewed fuel tanker. MOL vessel. where another to Adelaide. Roy Cressey than buying them.553dwt crude Kwinana to Devonport/Hobart. are expected to be ordered. business divisions. the 10. Fortunes have been brighter in was used to move fuel from Kwinana Europe and the Baltic. operates a fleet about 85 vessels. flag-of-convenience ships.shipsmonthly. Klaipeda and Rotterdam. 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. 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 2015.2). RC ABOVE The 2014-built 81. was en route from Bremerhaven to Southampton when fire broke out. the 46. and was later taken to Bremerhaven. to Singapore. has been in terminated on 9 May. Isle of Man. with the latest connected to long-term charters. fearing their jobs were Primorsk. and further losses are ABOVE The oil tanker British Falcon has been kept busy in 2016 linking Russia vessels. their fears were In a surprise move. fixed-rate Lines is restructuring the management time charter from Hong Kong-based of its fleet into a number of new Seaspan Corporation. and more recently from of the BP Fleet.798dwt bulk carrier Brilliant Advance is one of a number of ships caught up in MOL’s latest reorganisation. RC of the 185m by 30m Seatrade Orange. JS 16 • June 2016 • www. when asked to sail trading between St Petersburg. has been sold to Turkish class ship breakers. JS Tanker leaves Australia Mitsui OSK restructures the ship would return to trade on TANKERS the Australian coast. Several more ships of this size Newbuild The new ships. registered in Douglas. built in 1991. where she was laid up while her fate was determined.CARGO Burnt-out Seatrade’s Seatrade’s new container ship. Singapore on 12 March. Groningen. The vessel. The ARC-owned vessel. The crew then continuous employment in 2016. 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. It is also adding new container expected this year. in jeopardy. will feature a relatively refrigerated tonnage. Simon Smith the next few weeks following float-out the containers will be 14. She was escorted into Southampton with several cars badly damaged.200TEU fast service speed of 20 knots. Despite assurances that with calls at Flotta in Scapa Flow. Seatrade to breakers Vehicle Carrier new Color The pure car-truck carrier Courage. which caught fire off the Essex coast in June 2015. MOL also plans to and Latvia with Rotterdam. LNG carriers and offshore profits. raised objections. off the be replaced with foreign labour on Australian coast in March. with Seatrade Red.

580dwt Cyprus-flagged in size and it is often impossible for chemical/product tanker Leeni (2006). Cudham. She is pictured leaving for Le Trait.000dwt Texas.when stabilised. owners do A building boom over the recession a large number of orders were placed not relish breaking up relatively new years.000. has doubled the world’s over a seven-year period. both ships to operate on LNG in the the 203. with a the fact that Clarkson Research.co.uk conundrum PRODUCT TANKER The recently renamed Philly Shipyard in the US. 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.000 a day in recent months. ROY CRESSEY took her to Le Trait in France. which shows the need measures 168.ed@kelsey.com • Cudham Tithe Barn. part the doldrums. when small Dutch and German coasters One vessel to make two calls with were regular callers. formerly known as the Aker Philadelphia Shipyard. coasters are increasing was the 4.com • June 2016 • 17 .2m. 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. Now. as coastal tankers are unable COASTAL TANKERS to bring full cargoes. DAVID DODDS where she would head to her ultimate PORT NEWS destination of Takoradi in Ghana. from project is expected in late summer. France before heading to Ghana. from the Philly Shipyard. 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. 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. when shipyard prices were for the vessels and capacity doubled ships and are instead continuing to cheap. such as Goole. Kent TN16 3AG • t > 01959 541444 • e > sm. JS This compares to record high charter year’s total if freight rates are to be BULKERS rates of $223.512dwt China Steel Team is one future. despite as China’s economy is slipping into their least profitable ships. meaning Built ten years ago during a Crowley has the option to convert much stronger market for bulkers. Berry’s Hill. Unfortunately. 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.shipsmonthly. Germany.shipsmonthly. Nevertheless. the 50. them to take full cargoes. JS product tanker. But some operated by Simonsen Chartering of ports are expanding. news Crowley Capesize takes Texas WATERFRONT www. the tanks for the blending of vegetable oils first time coming via Rouen and the which they import via coastal tankers. and for the expansion of the harbour she arrived from Szczecin in Poland.000dwt product tanker Texas to Crowley Maritime as a sistership to the earlier delivered Ohio. to be three times higher than last slows to its weakest in 25 years.170dwt the latest in a number of large vessels Liberian-flagged HHL Rio de Janeiro using the port. more than part cargoes at the port in March 50 years later. cargo at a larger port.000 a day in 2008 . 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. Average time-charter record 88 capesize bulkers broken up of the world’s biggest shipbroker. such as Hull. The 20. A ABOVE The chemical/product tanker Leeni departs from her berth in Barge Dock. this year alone. is rates for the big ships have dipped last year and 14 scrapped in January predicting that almost every type of below $1. has delivered the 50.65m by 25. Svendborg. CSBC built by the Philly yard for delivery to Crowley later this year. departing on a two-day journey which final decision on a proposed expansion Goole to approach Ocean Lock on her way to Wolgast. RC www. 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. CROWLEY GROUP Small ports. 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. second time via Erith in Kent. large ships Aberdeen’s long visitor However.

including market. Although Pioneering Spirit’s owner. has indicated it would like to Thialf. 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.000-tonne Brent Delta topside in capacity of 72. Saipem’s Saipem 7000 and Heerema’s be one of the world’s largest ships. A transit speed of ten knots will be provided by a bank of dual-fuel engine/gensets capable of operating rock installation (SRI) vessel. Clean Design Notation.253ft delivery of components needed for by 407ft Pioneering Spirit. the 1. of over 1.000 tons of lifting Under construction in Singapore.000dwt ship will feature Ulstein’s X-Bow and is to be delivered later this year by China’s Sinopacific Shipbuilding Group. being built in South Korea to handle construction as well as dismantlement projects.000 tons when both cranes are used Built for working in the deep together. 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.000dwt construction vessel with This requires the services of a subsea type of work. often at depths of aggregates to protect pipes and stringent accuracy requirements. the 1. it will make use ABOVE To be named Bravenes upon delivery to Holland’s Van Oord group.shipsmonthly. To obtain a 3-level Dynamic Positioning notation. for use on underseas construction and dismantlement projects. the cost of such operations. will clip off its sophisticated topsides lift system. these vessel will be fitted with two cranes 24. Designed by Norway’s Ulstein Group. T he petroleum industry and the emerging offshore wind energy sector have generated a demand for very large and strong construction vessels. with a single lift.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. which will have a 48. four of which will be trenching often requires an overlay to work at lower depths and more of Norway last year. dramatically reducing Allseas. a ship Van Oord Group deposited 300.342gt twin-hulled vessel’s entry into service has been delayed by several months because of the late The world’s largest ship. both for disposal. the rock arriving at the hopper via conveyor belt from a storage hold. Added to this has been the necessity to dismantle older offshore oil and gas rigs that have reached the limits of their productivity.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.com . this may wait massive semi-submersible vessels will of 10.000 tonnes lifting capacity each. Unfortunately. will be used to remove dismantling.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 5.000 tonnes. the Netherlands-based service.253ft by 407ft Pioneering Spirit. To give an idea of the scope of this company has two large SRI ships in a 10. the 16. 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. while also being capable of serving as a pipeline layer.5ft.500kW Wärtsilä Undersea construction and sophisticated because of the need Hansteen gas project off the coast thrusters.5m) first scheduled project is to lift the a wider beam of 525ft.840kW E169 class rock installation vessel being built in China will meet requirements for output powering Schottel thrusters. lose their ranking as ‘world’s strongest’ giving it a maximum lift of 20. and then plus the fact that the installation and hoist the steel supporting jacket at the commissioning of the system was stern. the 403. the Brent field for Shell and transport until the first unit has been proven. Ulstein for shallower work down to 600m. The system. However. oil rig topsides at the bow. the of two MAK main engines of 3. that have 14.200m. Allseas more complex than anticipated. Green Passport and Ice Class 1A–PC7. Although the Dutch BELOW Norway’s Ulstein has developed cables or stabilise piling structures. This has led to the world’s largest ship. Ulstein 18 • June 2016 • www. a propelled unit that will also of large offshore oil and gas platforms lift. It will be equipped with a moveable fall-pipe tower that will perform rock installation operations through a centrally located moon pool.

With a 2.2m (151ft) Seven Borealis.500ft (1.ed@kelsey. the Subsea oil and gas fields generally vessels.co. Berry’s Hill. which carries a 2. such as Subsea 7‘s 182. The laying of such lines at the side for J-laying and a ‘stinger’ large storage reels carried on board. the 378ft (115. Installing pipelines along the sea bed requires sophisticated shallow and at the stern for S-laying. including and 240. are used for deep water and ridged pipe. with the J-lay system.uk ABOVE One of the world’s newest pipe-laying vessels is McDermott International’s DLV 2000. One of ship having a 5. installations is seeing more specialised vessels designed and built.4) by www. developed ABOVE To rank as the world’s third 101ft (30. and these work to depths of over 10. news vy construction WATERFRONT www. line that transports Norwegian natural positioning work. While some of this work can long distance transportation. The thrusters.920kW powerplants specifically for the vessel. The pipeline layer Seven Borealis has been equipped This includes a dynamically positioned with a 5.8m) ship could support the 2. lines running on to loading and storage by 46.000ft. while others are used for equipped for multiple tasks. Cudham.000 tonnes. and a high load capacity.000-tonne capacity mast crane for heavy work. McDermott International retractable. Subsea water depths of as little as 16. the while S-laying is limited to a depth of cables.000dwt ship could also to exchange any of the units. 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. with some field. and lay their high-voltage electrical installations. 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.com • June 2016 • 19 .shipsmonthly. In 20.981m) . be fitted with an offshore crane of up addition.2m (598ft) in the tower and welded together.000-tonne capacity about 6.000m2 work deck. and also the strongest installation of a variety of equipment delivering a service speed of nine knots. 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. along with a tower welded ashore and laid directly from the shallow water nature of wind farm gas to the UK.shipsmonthly. will feature largest ship. 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.000ft. 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. installed on the sea floor.880kW and two 1.com • Cudham Tithe Barn. 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. an underwater demounting capability in crane capacity.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. Kent TN16 3AG • t > 01959 541444 • e > sm.5ft (5m). Heerema cable laying and wind turbine servicing. on the seabed. The 10. transport and service the units. the propeller shafts of the Propulsion would be provided by two to 400-tonne capacity. which will enhance the dynamic positioning. thrusters have an eight-degree tilt that significantly reduces the interaction between thrusters and hull.

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Australian Government failed greedy eyes saw shipowners to realise that. W orld War The Commonwealth I made Government Line of Steamers Australian duly took over the German shippers both ships. with the aim of shipping line. 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. judging by her hull colours. in more normal making unprecedented profits. But at the same time. In 1916 success. in one case. Wheat. a venture which capturing a large part of the had been strongly resisted when emigrant trade. lean years. the former Ardanmhor of 1907.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. immortal. With demand ABOVE First of the class. bought a number of anxious and tramp steamers from British envious. for building berths high. conditions had vastly inflated wool and other exports were freight rates. Moreton Bay. & M. Clarkson 22 • June 2016 • www. as built and probably still Australian-owned proposed ten years earlier. and the ships’ piling up on quays awaiting earnings were good. But the shipment. the Australian in which brief periods of fat Government had 18 former profits were almost invariably German ships at its disposal followed by long. shipping was a business Fortunately. J. Wartime owners in 1916 was Australplain. Their anxiety arose owners which were given because the mainly British names beginning Austral. 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. times. that had been arrested in their Buoyed by its seeming ports in August 1914. Author’s collection diverted to war work.shipsmonthly. when pictured.com .

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. looking immaculate despite her having already seen long and arduous service. already in Sydney. one off Southend. much of the non-luxury its dismal performance.182 1957: B/u Barrow HOBSON’S BAY Vickers Melbourne 574 4. that the Australian line could solely to blame for the former. Fremantle. 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.1940: Sunk Builders were Vickers Ltd. And trouble contracts on a cost plus basis. the line’s flagship.1921 16. Fares on the than local yards.12.1921 11. within a few weeks during boilers. the almost 550ft. there certainly was. Burnie Bay post-war.462 1955: B/u Newport R/n ARAWA 1936 JERVIS BAY Vickers Sydney 575 17. A fine underway view of Largs Winter’s Studio. Australian ships were at the reputation were not helped by 1921 and September 1922.1922 9. 1923. its title to the Australian costs of the five Bays were high: space for Australian export owned Aberdeen Line. including being involved in two collisions turbines supplied by oil-fired Canal to Port Said.11.com • June 2016 • 23 . Hull was also used when wool call on Government subsidies if give Vickers and Beardmore plus just 12 government. 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). Author’s collection they had little choice but to than 720 third class travellers.1921 14. cargoes were destined for the it ran into trouble. West Riding of Yorkshire. CLASSIC CARGO LINERS ABOVE Hobson’s Bay in as-built condition.204 1955: B/u Faslane R/n ESPERANCE BAY (2) 1936 ESPERANCE BAY (1) Beardmore Fremantle 617 15. Author’s collection LEFT Jervis Bay making one of her occasional stops at Burnie after sale to Aberdeen and Commonwealth Line. In addition. five Bays were driven by steam from London through the Suez by British lines.10. but typically £1. giving a service speed Aden.1921 18.6.1922 14. Sydney quite rightly as it turned out.7. becoming Fordsdale in an Australian port in the committed by its conference incensed that the orders for and Ferndale.shipsmonthly. She was held accommodation for no fewer and Brisbane.1921 22. www..1922 14. The British lines also feared. the sailings were scheduled monthly very low end of those charged Moreton Bay. Melbourne. then on to Aberdeen and Blue Funnel. sponsored first class passengers.4 million for each cargoes. Compare this photograph with that of Moreton Bay and note how Jervis Bay’s accommodation had been extended forward at main deck level.890 5. they had ample a major threat by the British.1921 14.2. This line was Australian press. of Good Hope.11. Finances and Delivered between November Once all five were delivered. Colombo. two large refrigerated for frozen meat.4. Barrow-in-Furness and William Beardmore and Co. Ltd. whose Commonwealth Line.1922 13. one in the Thames and of about 15 knots. Glasgow.12. 360.000ft3 of it being ships had previously enjoyed this did nothing to transform ship.193 1957: B/u Barrow LARGS BAY Beardmore Adelaide 616 20. There was Adelaide.1. At the UK end. The Australian Bays Built as Builder Register port Yard No Launched Completed GT as built Fate Notes MORETON BAY Vickers Brisbane 573 23.

Co acting as manager.850. and in the long Royal Mail Group that one of Fordsdale. especially one catering for large with George Thompson and Author’s collection numbers of passengers. had been forced Of course. replacing Australians. time.000 for first class passengers was to White Star Line. and several of their ships in the early 1930s was to affect In April 1933 a new stewards – and which seriously had been sold. and is seen international shipping service. sides to any industrial dispute. remained unchanged. probably because this was the Australian Government had also used by competitor P&O. as built. In his excellent ‘North Star to the rather dull black hull was Southern Cross’. At this Much has been written White Star and its subsidiary. the Prime Minister that the fleet and on some voyages calls were comprising the five Bays and two made at Burnie. Aberdeen certainly lacked managers and Commonwealth Line. Within a few months. and sailings became Kylsant’s Royal Mail Group. and stewards’ stories. Australia A new company. particular difficulties with the route. So complex were the company was formed to take disrupted sailing schedules. the UK In April it was announced by terminal became Southampton. Outwardly. and the wealth Line’s accumulated route saw calls being made at losses totalled £12 million. There were changes to manning. and Malta. big Australian-built freighters had The limited accommodation been sold for just £1. contracting. The first Esperance Bay. in Tasmania. despaired of it ever breaking even. John Maber replaced by the traditional questions why White Star bought Aberdeen Line colours of green 24 • June 2016 • www. then part of removed. and its collapse Government for the ships. He points out that white ribbon. tourist class only. competitor. But the names ‘unscrambling eggs’. probably at Southampton. 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. purchase of the Bays removed interlocking shareholdings over the five Bays and the However.shipsmonthly. proudly flying the Australian flag at her stern. Bays under the Red Ensign. the cash-strapped White about the poor labour relations Aberdeen Line. seamen’s proved to be a sound one. with Sale to Britain British seamen and stewards By 1928 Australian Common. 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. 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’. here.com . Esperance Bay (1) became Shaw with experience in running an was formed to operate the Savill’s Arawa in 1936. the the Bays. there are always two the Aberdeen Line’s major of the companies within the line’s sole remaining freighter. However.

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

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

READERS’ ARCHIVE ABOVE Vistamar (1989/7.200gt) coming alongside ro-ro berth 2 dressed overall on 3 September 2003. She was once a regular caller at Poole when sailing for Hebridean Island Cruises. a visit made possible following channel deepening.478gt) heads out of Poole Harbour on 6 September 2007. which moored alongside Ballast Quay for the day. www. Carrying just 100 passengers in 50 suites. Built as Renaissance VI. Vistamar. but she was eventually refurbished and emerged in 2013 as Serenissima. LEFT An interesting visitor to Poole on 10 May 2013 was Serenissima (1960/2. went bankrupt in 2009. had arrived with 230 passengers. This veteran was built for Norwegian coastal water service as Harald Jarl. With Brownsea Island in the background.shipsmonthly. this ice-strengthened expedition ship was acquired by Grand Circle Cruise Line in 2014.com • June 2016 • 27 . operated by Plantours for the German market.598gt). she has also been known as Sun Viva 2 and MegaStar Capricorn. ABOVE Hebridean Spirit (1991/4. Elegant Cruises. Her owners. Corinthian (1990/4. Since 2012 the Spanish-built vessel has sailed from Beirut for Abou Merhi Cruises as Orient Queen II. having been built as Renaissance IV.077gt) arrives on the morning of 7 June 2015 after an overnight passage from the Isles of Scilly. but was renamed Andrea for full-time expedition cruising in 2002.

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

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

Lynn Rival. The country business. A regional centre it’s going to spring up again.com .709gt) outside Port Victoria. She can usually be found working around the islands of the Indian Ocean. cruising through the Indian Variety Cruises.084gt). Multiple calls into Phoenix’s Artania and Amadea.’ independence. has honoured Victoria as the (IOC). Other visitors will pirates. Silversea 2013 the World Travel Awards the Indian Ocean Commission Efforts by the SPA and tourism Cloud and Silversea Discoverer. Security was boosted in March borne fruit. We can’t just wait for faced its worst crisis since vessels to come. to combat maritime crime. and and other countries’ warships. yacht. cautioned against complacency. was set up in Victoria by a new Indian-financed coastal Victoria in 2016-17 are scheduled and Queen Elizabeth. berthed at the Fishing Port. fearful of Business development officer high insurance premiums. The refrigerated cargo vessel Auxis (5. The port reinvented minister Alain St Ange to revive and locally-based Pegasus of region’s Leading Cruise Port. CTF 150 sector was devastated.shipsmonthly. swiftly updating piracy laws Adam warned: ‘The minute and energetically prosecuting you pull out these warships. 30 • June 2016 • www.’ Ocean’s ‘Vanilla Islands’ have include Hapag-Lloyd’s Europa. 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. ABOVE The landing craft Zarkoh L67 at Anse Louis in November 2013.ABOVE The refrigerated cargo vessel Pelamis (2. normality has Combatting piracy returned to the port. into pirate itself as a harbour of refuge and hands and spent the next year secured bunkering business in captivity. Reflecs3. The yachting from EU NAVFOR. Steve Pointe said: ‘Our strategy dropped Port Victoria from is to find any opportunity for their itineraries. With the decline in attacks since mid-2012. Since alongside the anti-piracy cell of radar surveillance system. for Costa neoRomantica. cruise companies.

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

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Armorique across the full width of the hull (2009/29. which are now linked with scrubbers. TM Mont St SHIP OF THE MONTH Michel Brittany Ferries’ English Channel workhorse Ship of the Month turns the spotlight on Mont St Michel. M ont St roster with running mate Michel. with regulations. but this was dropped sailing from Portsmouth. car and freight carrier in the Brittany Ferries’ fleet. www.468gt) and Pont- Mont St Michel crosses the Aven (2004/40. with Russell Plummer taking a look at the biggest passenger. 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. when she moved to Plymouth for two years on the Roscoff route.shipsmonthly.133gt).728gt) already fitted funnels. while into 2016 on the popular night crossings are 90 minutes Portsmouth-Caen/Ouistreham longer at seven and a half hours.542gt) established from Thursday to Tuesday as the busiest each week. were due for more extensive except on Wednesdays. when treatment. The equipment Barfleur (1992/20. including the there is no morning departure conversion to use liquid natural from Caen or afternoon gas.com • June 2016 • 33 . 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. well Normandie (1992/27. Originally at a higher level to stretch Mont St Michel. with morning and ship in the afternoon sailings in either Brittany Ferries fleet. sailed direction taking six hours. crossing with a new look Scrubber work on Mont St ABOVE Duc de Normandie opened the Caen-Ouistreham route in June 1986.859gt) Channel three times a day. serving there following a visit to Northern Michel at the Astander Yard until summer 2001. has been housed aft on Deck Normandie and Cap Finistere 9 between the existing twin (2000/37.

(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. Mont St Michel Mont St Michel arriving at Portsmouth in March. children’s play area. .

. 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. forward on Deck 8.

395gt). were started on 2 January 1973 2015. 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. different weather on the route. at a cost of knots. KEVIN MITCHELL 36 • April 2016 • www. achieving with 132. and Angleterre-Ireland (BAI) took Despite its agricultural USB access points. the Captain has aboard both Barfleur and Mont St a deputy. in addition regular Plymouth-Roscoff route to conversion costs.com . and then served every 24-hour cycle. by four MAK 6M43 diesel Mont St Michel stood down engines giving a total output Channel sailings a total of 51. or Commandant Adjoint. ABOVE Mont St Michel profile. MARPOL regulations. Brittany Ferries was formed by Government was opened in Nazaire-based STX France. with Armorique KaMeWa propellers. for a new LNG-powered due to last until March 2017. Two captains for intensive schedule Because Mont St Michel and duty. 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). with 1. with a 180ft linkspan. which are clearly visible between the existing twin funnels. 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. vessel for routes to Spain was Mont St Michel is powered put on hold. with the addition of plug and in the Brittany Ferries fleet. while in build at Vigo. at Plymouth. Armorique achieved in 2015.358 coaches and 471. by Kerisnel (1972/3. At the next winter. together her back as the biggest carrier company Armement Bretagne. After Mont challenging the record figures shape under the auspices of origins. who started on cargo Brittany Ferries routes. Passenger potential financed by the French in collaboration with Saint each developing 1. from three Wärtsilä engines. deputising until her return on 21. Michel as chief mate. missed three months of sailings a direct route to send their while. Freight-only sailings from service on 19 September of 29. the scrubbers a normal service speed of 21 passengers being carried. for them to expected during May. with three ships before working on Normandie as arrivals and three departures in mate for two years. being fitted. headed to Spain early in Brittany Ferries decided it January. Spain.739 tourist vehicles.727 SICA. Although Mont St Michel Breton farmers who wanted Roscoff at Port du Bloscon While she was in dry dock.383 which had been taken over 19 December. and the in a new Millbay Docks berth flooring and seating.368kW and driving twin freight units were transported. when work starts same time the Pegasis Project in November on Pont-Aven. The huge pay for low sulphur fuel until investment will be completed the work was complete. with new year.629kW. and They work seven-day shifts. Auxiliary power comes A completely new harbour approximately £10 million. Associated there was also work to improve for the time in Santander last produce to British West British Ports invested £400. BAI saw the potential St Michel’s return.8 knots during trials. with a return to her was uneconomical. the mix of passengers he meets when including equal spells of time on he is in charge of the ship.000 passenger areas. 2016 is expected to see Country markets.shipsmonthly.

These of a maiden crossing from in after growing demand million in the name of BAI/ incurred substantial penalties. Van der During the following decade der Giessen de Noord. the 27. which. Paoli for SNCM. 135 crew. yard no.245-lane. Armoricaines.245 lane berthed in the lock.5m longer than Normandie and the whole of Deck 8 is given over eliminating the passenger and crew to public areas. Portsmouth-St Malo and their huge covered hall at (1980/8. cakes 400 seats forward on Deck 7. while 12. near Swedish ferry Nils Dacke that to order of Societe were added. with five Blue Note Bar. which also included Ouistreham for berthing trials. NICHOLAS of sailings by newly acquired LEACH former Hook of Holland- Harwich ferry Prinses Beatrix (1978/9. following an extensive internal refit in Amsterdam. The main passenger Deck 9 features cabins forward accommodation on Mont St Michel and a central area housing the is spread over three decks. which du Calvados (SOMACAL) Duc de Normandie moved to MONT ST MICHEL appeared in January 1974. come the cinemas.314gt).356gt). Everything had changed with Mont St Michel a terminal. From changing places with Quiberon Giessen-de Noord. saw attention focused on Ferries’ pair Isle of Innisfree 20-year Brittany Ferries career 5. Irish to Northern Spain. she remained in the Med until knots (service) previous year when sending the scrapped at Alang in 2010. 21 the operation in September of the Star Ferries.309 net. As growth continued. 37. restaurant and coffee shop aft. heading for waiting areas and a linkspan Portsmouth in ready for a 6 June 1986 start 2004. ferry Penn-Ar-Bed. a reception area with feature and each has 60 seats. had been delivered.600kW route in 1986 after previewing Star 2 for Greek operator Blue Sete and Palma.365gt) and Isle of ended with sale to the Italian MACHINERY 4 x Krupp MAK Portsmouth and Ouistreham. a shopping area outside Sun Deck. and SPEED 21. 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. in Ouistreham. The name metre Mont St Michel. Majorca. (1964/1.932gt. 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. Inishmore (1997/34.189gt). the former Krimpen. across overnight. Quiberon’s TONNAGE 35. chartered introduction of the 2. vehicle check-in.8 knots (trials). went to Dutch builders Van Plymouth for summer 2001. with a self-service cabins outside of the older vessel’s restaurant forward and a’la carte vehicle decks. Finland for a route debut in May 1982. 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. apart from an empty river bank.com • June 2016 • 37 . begin sea trials until early 874 cars (2. resulted for final preparations ahead Brittany Ferries was brought A contract worth €80 in fitting-out delays. travel trade Mont St Michel was launched on in November 2002. Plymouth-Santander services Krimpen an den IJssel. After she had Laid down in March 2001. BUILT 2001-2. who started de Normandie offering only sailings from Trinity Pier. a string of major had been chartered by Brittany Maritime d’Armament weekend circuit from Roscoff ferries. serves pastries. including Koningin Ferries from 1982 for sailings du Calvados.579dwt another Channel link between (1995/22.118gt).720. along with a Rotterdam. CAPACITY 2. Ouistreham under gloomy prompted an order for Brittany Ferries associate which helped to put Van der skies on 20 December. 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. cost £80m to Cork. Le Cafe du Festival. Then and sandwiches and opens onto an ABOVE Mont St Michel arriving at Ouistreham before turning to berth bow-on. before the mid-1980s Beatrix (1986/31. opened the service as Duc de Normandie. the imbalance www. and metres) and media guests went ashore via a 15 March 2002. Extra freight space Cabins occupy the remainder was achieved by making the vessel of the space moving aft. registered in small side door from the car deck.170 (796 beds in 224 first Armorique (1972/5. but hopes of the completed vessel was FLAG French.031gt).shipsmonthly.885. Traffic grew sufficiently for Brittany Ferries to order a purpose-built vessel. 14. 250-passenger/50-car ro-ro Societe Maritime d’Armament Giessen out of business. Lauro Group for use by 9L55GFCA diesel Brittany Ferries opened the and sisters Blue Star 1 and Blue Medmar on a route between engines.460gt ro-pax ferry Pascal before reaching Cherbourg from Stena Line.731gt) Delivery delay Mont St Michel did not cabins).541gt Normandie coming from the Kvaerner Masa yard in Turku. 528 lane metres compared to Plymouth to Roscoff using Normandie’s 1. reserved lounges offering just over further aft. 21.

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

one of whom had sets of Parsons direct driven done something similar by steam turbines. there was a great deal of leaving HMS Natal shortly each driving two of officers not on board when suspicion in some quarters. 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.VII guns and three 18in torpedo tubes. They referred not Powered by two sets of only to HMS Natal but also to Parson direct drive steam HMS Bulwark. Jan procedures and practices when The findings seem to be BL4 Mk. Because into the loss of HMS Natal. HMS Vanguard’s Royal Navy career up to the Battle of Jutland was unspectacular. NAVAL INCIDENT HMS Vanguard dealing with cordite.800 tons of coal that tore HMS Vanguard apart. shafts using steam from 18 HMS Vanguard was a St large tube coal fired Babcock & Vincent class Dreadnought Wilcox boilers. But they shafts she sank. magazine temperatures & Maxim Ltd. remaining two on wing turrets. at half the maximum cruising launched on 22 February speed. commi- at the Royal Navy Natal that was the cause of ssioned 1. POCOCK AND WWW.MARTITMEQUEST.700 tons fully a lot of attention by the Board loaded 22. she was present for King George V’s visit to www. and commissioned on comprising 2. 20 x single Cromarty Firth (see SM. with three island of Flotta over a mile away from where the warship was anchored. Orkney.3.000 tons of Enquiry.1909. which drove two lost to explosion in 1914. They considered MAIN ENGINES 18 x Babcock & the fact that two fitters had Wilcox tube. She had a Barrow-in-Furness. refits took place on many occasions.2.XI gun turrets. more of a compromise than 3 x 18in torpedo anything else. it is likely they ARMAMENT 5 x twin 12in Mk. as it was HMS VANGUARD memorial and graves cordite exploding on board LAUNCHED 22. or to an 0. along the centreline and the COPYRIGHT AND PICTURE CREDIT MICHAEL .W. two survivors. Those on the Home Fleet initially before the Enquiry. coal- left the ship shortly before the fired boilers.VII guns. it was 1 March that year. HMS Vanguard battleship.shipsmonthly. was capable of a top cruising Sons & Maxim Ltd yard in speed of 21 knots. and ventilation. at this. She joined and 940 tons of oil.1910 Cemetery at Lyness.com • June 2016 • 39 . changing her armaments and armour. as well as the Barrow-in-Furness possibility of a fire caused by DIMENSIONS 536ft x 84ft x 28ft coal ash or oil leaks.900 nautical miles laid down on 2 April 1908.COM These main gun turrets were supplemented by 20 single BL 4 in Mk. could transferring to the Grand Fleet not rule out the actions of an on 24 June 1910.75 – 3in deck abnormal deterioration of a charge of cordite. and before she blew up. She was the enemy agent. She carried a fuel load BELOW As a result of the explosion 1909. built at the Vickers. though.XI than two years earlier on the to change Royal Navy policies. draught The subject of actions by enemy agents was given quite DISPLACEMENT 19. was based at Scapa Flow for COMPLEMENT 753 men at launch HMS Natal had been sunk less recommendations were made several months. the bulkhead armour up to eight inches and the deck armour three inches. The Enquiry looked BUILT Vickers Sons on Hoy. which was also turbines. and a number 2012). reported that one of her 12in gun She had five twin 12in turrets was blown off. She was range of 6. decided that. two explosions. made it harder for the sabotage was a consideration. Her belt armour was eight to ten inches. or the ignition eighth Royal Navy ship to take of cordite because of it being the name Vanguard. While serving with the 1st Division of the Home Fleet in July 1910. As with all ships. guns. landing on the Mk. her loss. would have acted sooner. unstable. with the loss tubes being attributed to either the ARMOUR 8-10in belt ignition of cordite due to 5-8in bulkheads an avoidable cause.

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

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

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

962dwt MAIN Steam turbines. there. photographed from another VLCC. Sometimes an entire three.com • June 2016 • 43 . ABOVE Esso Scotia at Ras Tanura. and I managed to walk month tour of duty would along the quay to photograph involve just one voyage. we Island. although Scotia island terminal in Saudi Arabia. Some of the the time on board was spent at largest ships in the world were sea. ABOVE Esso Scotia at Ras Tanura. 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. or Kharg When off Cape Town.141ft 9in x 170ft. draught 65ft 5in max TONNAGE 127. and off Dubai Kharg there was a seaman’s a launch came alongside to mission.3. into the Persian Gulf.shipsmonthly. and at Ras Tanura we change any crew and deliver would be docked with other post and stores. ABOVE The stores are lowered aboard. could not go to the latter port built on a peninsula extending if she had a full load. Yard number 1370 TRIALS Off Spain. But most of super tankers.158 grt 98. RECOLLECTIONS The most common ports for The ship usually loaded oil at discharge were Milford Haven the impressive Ras Tanura sea and Fawley.1969 BUILT 1969 by A G Weser Bremen. taken from the jetty in November 1976. ESSO SCOTIA LAUNCHED 31.471 net 253. the VLCCs. an island in the Persian had a visit from the Court Gulf belonging to Iran. At Line helicopter.1969 at Milford Haven at end of maiden voyage SIZE 1. arrived back 14.10. with the ship off Cape Town.

Esso Scotia rolled when in 26 Oct Left Ras Tanura for Fawley ballast. 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. but which blew up a few tanks had to be cleaned. 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.shipsmonthly. Then weeks later and split in two 1978 TIMELINE repairs to the cargo gear were on 28 June 1979. and each had to have an The ship’s social life revolved acknowledgment telegram from around the swimming pool and the Captain. Many tugs were needed in a storm off the Cape and to assist the ship when she suffered some damage. Once. which a good vantage point to watch as the 1975-built tanker Esso Severn (11.897gt) of work to do when on board. for Rotterdam Europoort and on arrival at Rotterdam My last view of Europoort the cargoes were Esso Scotia. but with the loss of the tanker aft. A meeting would the bar. We manned the was not completely against the fire hoses in case it was pirates.com . to be an expensive mess to sort 18 Jun Arrived at Ras Tanura out. the yacht Tai Pan in the As the ship was so large. had an accident. There but it was in fact just normal was a line drawn on the deck by yachtsmen delivering this yacht. We had three had been safe. the crew were Aviles (15. This resulted in considerable our Purser and Chief Cook went radio traffic. But it drinking water. Once we had 25 Apr Left Sidi Kreir in Egypt different cargoes in two tanks. telegrams or telexes were sent to every other Life on board ship. the accommodation. and it was a constant Aruba battle to keep the cargo where 14 Aug Sailed Aruba for Bahrain it should have been. and provided There was never any shortage Barrancabermeia). although there were be arranged to discuss how to strict alcohol limits. There was docking at Fawley. Forward In 1979 we were involved of that was no smoking. If any ship in the fleet to take photographs. 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. To celebrate the Esso ships. Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977. and the crew’s suggestions ABOVE VLCC Moscliff and the smaller tanker Sanko Honour at Ras Tanura Sea The food was good. We had a number of followed by knickerbocker incidents involving other glories. We once on watch had seen the radar 27 Feb Arrived Ras Tanura had a blackout when near the echo break into two. On one voyage we were caught 44 • June 2016 • www. and movies prevent this happening again. we came upon day and celebrated. ex Great allowed to smoke.1977. and the hull flexed in heavy seas. had been in Singapore near arrived at Fawley. and when on a voyage from Aden 8 Jan Left Fawley on occasion pipes would also to Jakarta. whose easy to get plenty of exercise crew claimed they were out of just by walking round it.000dwt tanker to call at Safety on board the port. 9 Dec Passed Las Palmas Tai Pan in the South China Seas. choice on offer. her undertake several voyages of fires in the engine room. but we got out of their way to produce an coupons if the ship and fleet excellent menu. 280 miles A typical year for Esso Scotia saw carried out.409grt. it was South China Seas. were shown on some evenings. with a wide were then forwarded to other Island. which proved Europoort for Ras Tanura of the Ras Tanura tugs. 10 May Left Rotterdam ABOVE Abqaiq 5 (1962/293gt) was one mixed together. The Scotia’s officer break free on deck. We put the flags up that vessels. On 23 February when it was full. We also had leaks from the bow and had to have repairs 21 Jun Left Ras Tanura for done. ABOVE The view from the bridge wing was great for photography. Stolt Albatross. At the start of each trip the us. 1970 Scotia became the second 250. Loyalty. We had a number north-west of Cochin. lobsters each on a bed of rice. which was a 1 Dec Arrived Europort strangely horrible motion. relayed via Esso. when at sea. 6 May . Her bridge wing was a Safety was a big issue with great vantage point from which Esso. rules to smoke on deck. We spent 1 Mar Left Ras Tanura bound Nab Tower. India.

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

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

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

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The clay itself is exported Until the mid-1960s tankers TEIGNMOUTH FACTS loaded via clay ramp (to this to a range of countries. mainly (2014) ramp and offload their cargo the range of cargoes transiting being used at Newton Abbot EXPORT 154. going were a regular sight.shipsmonthly. DAVID WALKER river. from the port. and a ship many other things. and is used in the production near Exeter.861dwt) are long gone). ships were subsequently crane. This trade eventually moved to LONGEST SHIP Professor Viktor would be moved up and down As well as exporting clay. 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. www.512gt) discharging slag from the steel Amadeus Gold (1. although also regularly imported. from where it was LARGEST SHIP (BY Celtic Crusader although the ramps themselves of paper and cosmetics. PORT PROFILE Clare Christine (2009/2. before being Vologdin (124m) the berth at high water so that Teignmouth handles a variety phased out altogether.000 tonnes into the appropriate hold.545gt) arriving from Rotterdam to discharge animal feed. nearby Exmouth. blended by local cider makers Big Ramp and Small Ramp. with the 2010-built ABOVE The 1992-built coaster Lass Mars (1. late afternoon. among distributed by road tanker. the port has diminished since power station.000 tonnes lorries could back up on the of import cargoes.767gt) on a lay-by berth prior to commencing work. DEADWEIGHT) (5. ABOVE The view from the river beach. Coal was IMPORT TONNAGE 235. mills at Port Talbot on the Big Ramp. bringing OPERATOR Associated day. ships are loaded by the immediate post-war years.com • June 2016 • 53 . situated upriver TONNAGE (2014) Nowadays.

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,

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PORT PROFILE

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

Aegean
Galaxy departs for Chania in Crete.

crossroads
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.

E
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.

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Princess Cruises’ 2003-built Island Princess (91.627gt) turns in the confines of the harbour prior to an early-evening departure. ABOVE Built by Mitsubishi in 1987 as Kiso. Galaxy and is seen arriving at Piraeus from Chania. greek shipping ABOVE Formerly operated on the Rosyth-Zeebrugge route. www.shipsmonthly. is a sistership of Blue makes an early departure on her sailing to Syros. Patmos and Mykonos. formerly Sophocles V.com • June 2016 • 57 . Hellenic Seaways’ ferry Nissos Rodos ABOVE Anek Lines’ ferry Kydon (1990). Cruise business is booming at Piraeus: here. Blue Star 1 (2000) of Blue Star Ferries arrives at Piraeus from Heraklion.

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

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

Governor Geoffrey Guy was There are also opportunities for shipping matters. Northwich coat of arms. as Royal Mail. called at Royal Portbury Dock. originally on a green background.balmoral@gmail. but I enjoyed the piece on Regal Princess West Hartlepool. Lancastrian and Almerian. 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. the last steamers to enter service with operations. When Curnow Shipping Hosts. having had a trading life of little more than 20 years. on sailing days. 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. E&P. and it was hard to believe there last ships’. they were the first ships in cargo gear. They were developed from the early days of steam power and helped Britain’s Help Balmoral world trade through two world wars. well as details of how to contact us. Ships Monthly. Cudham. affecting safe cargo handling the most westerly ports in the UK and bringing a wonderful response from passengers on other cruise ships. South Australia With regard to the news item about the largest car carriers (SM. By then these vessels were becoming obsolete. April).co. 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. 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. Lemos and Ellerman p.shipsmonthly. as Curnow Sailing Route Guides and the Balmoral some might be willing to help us. and as third be sent to other publications. wife of one of the company’s chief officers. Kelsey Publishing. Kelsey Publishing reserves the engineer on Castilian. I am not sure if this was her WL) Mediterranean/Black Sea service. we need of blue) would not be appropriate. which where I photographed her. the fourth ship right to reuse any submission sent in any format. she plays the ‘Love retractable deck hatch covers. It is a great pity that no examples of this historic type remain. This gives details of dick. new K Line ships. from the Far East via various ports in Originally built for Ellerman’s (E&P/ the Med. Cudham Tithe Barn. and lighters. a lot more help. we hope that see passengers enjoying sailing to display on the funnel. with lots of Sometimes known as the ‘first and demand upon the deck machinery and space. 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. so if any live near experience – particularly when you asked what his government wanted supporters who are sailing to sell the sailing areas. 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. The last steamship delivered to the most favoured design. of the group. Bristol. Weather played a part in these Newlyn (SM.com Mrs Tony Gable.com/ Dick Clague. as well as Essex the Bristol Channel and Irish Sea. 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. also welcome new blood to join our balmoralsupport. this has before sailings start in each area and nothing to do with the carriage of then. the Cold War and well into the 1960s. operating on the South Coast. or email sm. to act as Pier small team of commentators – and all the volunteer opportunities. round our coasts again.500gt. the Ellerman group was Almerian. by Central Marine Engine Works. a classic excursion ship.17). on which I had the constructed in other shipyards. Please note that letters via email must enclose I served as third and fourth sender’s full postal address. April) describes them as Boat’ theme on her musical horns. as at many ports the cargo Not the most westerly were over 3. submitted delivered to the company in the mid. Kent TN16 3AG.com . Contributions to Ships Monthly must be exclusive and must not engineer on Anatolian. Kinrade Thames and the Clyde. We would Support website: tinyurl. Hamburg Highway recently Westcott Laurence steamers Anatolian. In preparation for the season. from the English East India Company’s the ship during the sailing. although two were These ships were capable of was changed to blue when St Helena (SM. Taking this theme.ed@kelsey. The trade placed a heavy Porthleven. It was Regal Princess 1950s to a design by Wm Gray & Sons. and disrupting sailing schedules. learn more about what is involved. as well as raffle tickets. Berrys Hill. but it was her first these somewhat smaller examples call at Bristol. last June. Dec 2015). welcoming passengers before local knowledge is particularly useful. Apr. With a full Shipping’s funnel colours (two shades Gazette around the decks once the So that prospective volunteers may operating season this year. my understanding is that the The history of Lemos shipping (SM. first time in Europe. She arrived passed to Lemos in the late 1960s. Portishead from a batch of four new steamers 60 • June 2016 • www. knowledge of and enthusiasm for is a challenging but rewarding in 1977. Cornwall She was a wonderful ship. The 1949-built motor vessel Balmoral.500 ‘guests’ on board. Black Seas.uk. They were three Arthur Terry. the Stephen B. The editor reserves the right to edit material. are larger than the Hoegh three former Ellerman & Papayanni/ ships. at 199m x 38m and Mar) brought my attention to the 76. ships mail Write to Ships Mail. Denis Robinson The world’s largest car carriers come to Bristol Northfield. We can’t let the Tyne get were among the last of the classical too many over on us down here! British cargo ships. ship sails.

and were powered by a single completed about a year later. his use. www. 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. in the coal-fired boiler on the grab coast. Hampshire The article about HMS Bermuda of Duke of Lancaster’s deck crew (SM. boxes as on some Clyde steamers. Thames. as far as the British mainland is there are a number of other smaller spoil off Lune Deeps. and two of the hoppers which dumped Trust’s restored steam yacht Gondola Isles). If I was really lucky. Dukes operating the mail boat service Peter Gaukroger Walter McCormick Serving on Bermuda to Belfast. cargo and cargo carrying. the pre-war ships of the Siam class. when she was laid up at three-cylinder triple expansion engine were of medium size compared with In 1962 General Ne Win seized Pagan. power and took over Minthamee for being slowly refitted. Mar) was of much interest. prior to becoming THV Galatea is flying the Trinity House memorable visit to Bermuda itself in a sea fishery officer. I served summer Scottish Isles cruises. and renamed and refitted in 7in by 34ft. as the Island’s adopted ship. Feb). and to enjoy a slap-up dinner with the crew. plus the bridge London the British Isles. Known as the M class. Mallaig lies farther west. 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. The ships were passenger accommodation. via email I read with interest the article on the ship’s 21st birthday. but this is not correct. From there I went concerned. and as a young boy went off for the day on my bike to Heysham. for these last seven years I have been information about Egyptian gods.com • June 2016 • 61 . my local port. when she of Myat Yadana. They deck and extensive accommodation. to 21 June 1962. Fife I got to look round one of the three Peter Tambling. until 2004. Can any reader Mediterranean. As a sailing on the Heysham-Belfast run and Correct flags Your interesting article on ‘Britain’s young Engine Room Artificer. cruising the Bermuda went for reserve and then based at a small shipyard. Apr) places on Bermuda from 8 January 1960 After service on Duke of Lancaster by ships pictured at Cowes (SM. She upper deck housing. Bristol Channel and and the Small Isles. appointed skipper of the National Ireland (UK) or the Republic (British west than Penzance and Newlyn. Regarding the flags and ensigns flown most westerly ports’ (SM. This was was sold. Penzance and Newlyn too far west. I wondered if any other reader had Alan Petrie any memories of these days? Lee-on-the-Solent Phil Hughes Broadstairs. but I understand that survivors passenger. with limited operated as such until 1995. all I found was of my days with Cunard. and Amur-Ra online. The design was a development The M class was in operation until of the pre-war M and S classes for 1981. Mallaig still has a Hugh Morton dredger Hessian. Her paddle Burma. Sierra Leone out an advert for these cruises and and the British Cameroons. and it reminded me great ships to train on and obtain your I work as a security guard at Valetta. I was shipmates with Peter on Waverley. Apr). and having a on Coniston Water. Cumbria Basingstoke. and also on Queen scrap just after I left her. which was berthed on the inner oil pontoon. Myat Yadana was built as Minthamee. with the exception Rangoon in kit form and reassembled thirds-length upper deck. which coincided with in the running of a boating centre Mike Hood. were converted to diesel power The steamers were delivered to shortly afterwards. prior to being Apart from all the ports in Northern far as I am aware. among others. This included the I worked ashore. Stornoway is further Baxter. Clyde excursions. with one oil-fired boiler of 185psi. Readers’ Pages Information about Irrawaddy steamers in Burma Regarding the request for information about Irrawaddy steamers (SM. and after our offices is a beautiful ship model. I was later to be a member Kendal.shipsmonthly. original design had concealed paddle and four from Denny’s of Dumbarton. I later assisted Jack. All main and Mark Bedford The original design featured a two. During my time we were the about it. They measured 204ft at the Dalla Dockyard. no longer the famous herring fishery. I was various engine room tickets from. When I looked up the name Malta Atlantic to start Nassau cruises naval presence for the Independence from New York in 1964. were painted white. original gross tonnage delivered in late 1947-48 and were later changed to a full-length upper 2000. but on Mauretania. skipper of Largo and Red Nab. albeit Newport-on-Tay. Feb). 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. Kent Out of Heysham It was very interesting to read Peter Tambling’s letter (SM. with David Neil and busy commercial fishing trade. March). to go aboard vessels such as the coastal tanker San Castro. as in the presidential York. I have dug celebrations of Nigeria. I was at sea from the late 1950s These old Colony class cruisers were Egyptian gods model ship mystery until 1990. Cruising memories February 1962. As I also remember sailing with Bob on Coniston Water. She then operated short cruises 340-427. Bermuda was the start of cruising (SM. In 2010 she was still there. In one of the nothing about the ship. not the Royal Standard. four boxes are recent modifications as the came from Yarrow & Co of Scotstoun.

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With scuttling at the hands of the Soviet Titanic’s sister a superb range of illustrations. but. full colour and provides a guide to. making it the definitive founders. price £25. and travelling on MacBrayne’s Loch Fyne. Brimscombe Port. largest industrial complex in the world.com. AB 288 pages. softback. is now as a Panzerschiff when she entered one of the country’s most popular service in 1933. tel photos. Akacjowa 100. but it is disappointing of the ship in service at war and in that no contemporary photographs of peace. Gloucs volume.uk. some of the most famous vessels in of shipbuilding on the Clyde. and Ten pages are devoted to the history of. in January 1940. maritime attractions in Portsmouth from her service in the Spanish Civil and Gosport. Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth 2. 47 Brown shipyard. price £17. softback. to paraphrase a well. os Borek. and is a The Hill. 20-258 Lublin 62. from many angles. 234 x 156mm. accompany the very detailed text. Its author. SHIPS FOR ALL maritime history. South Yorks history researcher par excellence. including the liners During adulthood his passenger NATIONS: John Lusitania.com. Barnsley. the Navy off Kolobrzeg in 1947. S70 2AS. Stroud. Victory and Warrior. Titanic and Polar Voyages is an account of the • Published by The History Press. the subject of this book. of this famous ship. sheet providing general arrangement. seaforthpublishing. participating in a Tall Ships themonth Race. she was the embark on a series of voyages as a 192 pages softback. • Published by The History Press. Ships for a Nation. diagrams and illustrations to Stefan Dramiñski +4881 501 21 05. and will be welcomed by. 384 pages.99. detailed close-ups. Mark Chirnside Polar Voyages book will appeal to anyone interested However. The The remaining 76 pages in full colour Britannic. as well as the Baltic in 1944-45. covering the entire history 3D: The Heavy Cruiser KAGERO. 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com • June 2016 • 63 . So when was she originally built. 1 casualty. with scaffolding on her funnel. used on the Polaris missiles used by and was acquired by the US Navy for She was placed in reserve in 1980 material’ in their hulls. The July 2014 digital supplement consists of 42 pages and contains: (a) an illustrated Fleet List and History of AMBROSE. She was built Richard Kaye by New York Shipbuilding Corp of White Plains. Get a trial digital copy of ‘Marine News’ by emailing your name and address to membershipsecretary@ worldshipsociety. what was her ultimate fate? Send your answers. She had a sistership the USA and claimed the ships had Tony Slatter condition. Island AG 153 (ex YAG 26). or by post to Mystery Ship. Opponents demanded that The photograph was taken as she was which she was scrapped.shipsmonthly. Cudham Tithe Barn. Cheshire WA4 5AR (UK) and see how for just £20. membership of the World Ship Society can greatly enhance your knowledge of world shipping. lifeboats (AG-153). delivered earlier and more up to date. 6 new ships and 8 warships). launched on 24 October 1953 and commissioned on I believe that the ship is USS Compass 3 December 1956. ‘substantial asbestos and radioactive Reigate. Surrey DIGITAL ‘MARINE NEWS’ NOW IN FULL COLOUR The World Ship Society’s monthly journal ‘Marine News’ has been the enthusiast’s best source of shipping news for 65 years.uk. WORLD SHIP SOCIETY MEMBERSHIP HAS NEVER BEEN BETTER VALUE www. was commissioned into the US Navy in these ‘dirty ships’ be scrapped in being towed into Hartlepool in 2002. But she has been converted into what appears to be a static role. I presume the Navigation Ship acquired by the US photo was taken when she was under Navy while she was under construction tow either to a mothball location or. Based on the ship’s material December 1956. as the Mariner class (C4‑S-1A) merchant more likely. it is cheaper. April’s mystery ship The Mystery Ship is USS Compass Island such as radar installations. and is she still in existence? If so. Emails preferred. fleet Lists & long feature articles covering modern and historical subjects. The dispute the US Navy’s first fleet ballistic missile the development and support of and scrapped in Hartlepool after a rumbled on for a couple of years.ed@ kelsey. 2 demolitions.org or write to the Membership Secretary. She was Compass Island was employed as a built as a Mariner class merchant ship test ship for the navigation systems by the New York Shipbuilding Corp. Ships Monthly. including a postal address. Now available in full colour to members as a PDF delivered by e-mail. She was laid up the testing of nuclear submarines very long dispute about whether until a company called Able stepped in 1980 and stricken from the Naval and then Polaris missiles and their such ships should be scrapped in in and the ship was scrapped by them. New Jersey. Register on 1 October 1981. NEW DIGITAL FULL COLOUR SUPPLEMENT TO ‘MARINE NEWS’ DELIVERED AS A PDF BY E-MAIL EVERY MONTH WITH YOUR DIGITAL COPY OF ‘MARINE NEWS’ The new digital supplement to ‘Marine News’ has been introduced to allow publication of supplementary photographs. submarines (SSBN). Cudham. where is she based? If not. significant price reductions on other Society publications. DAVIES & MATTHEWS Ltd of Swansea and (b) 45 supplementary photographs grouped under the title of the news section in which they occur in ‘Marine News’ (28 – Sales transfers & renamings. Digital membership of World Ship Society costs just £20 per year and for that annual subscription.co. Warrington. World Ship Society. Appleton. photographic offers as well as access to unrivalled information facilities. in the course of disposal. which was an Experimental and other equipment. New York Camden. and what was her original name? What was her role in her heyday. She the UK. you get all the other benefits of membership: branch activities. rust and removal of gear named USS Observation Island. Kelsey Publishing. Readers’ Pages Mystery ship This month’s mystery ship appears to be some kind of old warship by the shape of her bow. Berrys Hill. 17 Birchdale Road. ship Garden Mariner. Kent TN16 3AG. by email to sm. The monthly Digital Supplement takes nothing from the main journal and is a bonus. after associated navigation systems.

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Olsen 43.077 21 0800/1700 Rotterdam Holland America Line 61.551 21 tbc/tbc Corinthian Grand Circle Cr Line 4.200 20 1000/1600 AIDAvita AIDA 42.969 23 1930/tbc Heb.144 03 0300/1900 Hebridean Sky Noble Caledonia 4.537 2 tbc/tbc Corinthian (Tresco) Grand Circle Cr Line 4.800 8 0700/1700 Sea Cloud II Sea Cloud Cruises 3.570 BELFAST 9 L 0700/1700 Seven Seas Voyager Regent Seven Seas 42.894 12 L 0700/1700 Europa Hapag-Lloyd 28.849 COBH/CORK 11 tbc/tbc National Geog.277 12 tbc/tbc Hanseatic Hapag-Lloyd 8.187 12 0700/1700 Black Watch Fred.144 21 N 0700/1700 Viking Sea Viking Ocean Cruises 48.396 23 0700/1800 Aegean Odyssey Voyages of Antiquity 12.049 9 0700/1800 Caribbean Princess Princess 112.144 9 0730/1600 Voyager Voyages of Discovery 15.984 30 0800/1700 Zuiderdam Holland America Line 82.752 8 1200/2000 Magellan CMV 46.363 64 • June 2016 • www.969 11 0800/2300 Seven Seas Voyager Regent Seven Seas 42.800 21 0700/1800 Caribbean Princess Princess 112.984 14 0700/tbc Corinthian Grand Circle Cruises 4.130 13 0900/1800 Pacific Princess Princess Cruises 30.277 29 1700/2000 Deutschland Phoenix Reisen 15.277 17 N 0700/1700 Viking Sea Viking Ocean Cruises 48.890 KIRKWALL 6 0700/1800 Celestyal Nefeli Celestyal Cruises 19.570 11 0800/1800 Europa Hapag-Lloyd 28.627 12 tbc/tbc Disney Magic Disney Cruises 83. Orion National Geographic 3.800 20 0730/1600 Voyager Voyages of Discovery 15. Olsen 43.894 1 tbc/tbc Corinthian Grand Circle Cr Line 4.984 27 0800/2000 Queen Elizabeth Cunard 90.200 8 tbc/tbc Hebridean Sky Noble Caledonia 4.537 13 tbc/tbc Seven Seas Voyager Regent Seven Seas 42.944 24 0800/1400 Viking Sea Viking Ocean Cruises 47. Olsen 28.049 20 0900/2200 Corinthian Grand Circle Cr Line 4.094 8 0800/1700 Disney Magic Disney Cruises 83.396 AVONMOUTH (Bristol) 20 0800/1700 Artania (Tresco) Phoenix Reisen 44.080 5 tbc/tbc Corinthian Grand Circle Cr Line 4.112 19 0700/2100 National Geog.656 23 tbc/tbc Saga Sapphire Saga Cruises 37.077 23 0730/2300 Viking Sea Viking Ocean Cruises 47.984 ISLE OF SCILLY 23 1230/2300 Balmoral Fred. 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 4.396 4 tbc/tbc Saga Pearl II Saga Cruises 18. 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Olsen 28.984 5 0800/1800 Caribbean Princess Princess Cruises 112.894 29 tbc/tbc National Geog.969 16 tbc/tbc Marco Polo CMV 22. Orion National Geographic 3.200 12 0700/tbc Corinthian Grand Circle Cruises 4. Olsen 43.984 3 tbc/tbc Hanseatic Hapag Lloyd 8.551 HULL 18 tbc/tbc Saga Sapphire Saga Cruises 37.984 15 0800/1600 Viking Sea Viking Ocean Cruises 47.901 11 0600/1700 Voyager Voyages of Discovery 15.210 28 0900/1930 AIDAvita AIDA 42.894 6 0900/2200 Nautica Oceania Cruises 30.000 1 0915/2000 AIDAsol AIDA 71.396 FALMOUTH 21 0800/1800 Azura P&O Cruises 115.797 14 0900/1800 Artania Phoenix Reisen 44.049 8 tbc/tbc Nautica Oceania Cruises 30.093 13 L 0700/1900 Artania Phoenix Reisen 44. Orion National Geographic 3.363 6 0700/1800 Caribbean Princess Princess 112. Orion National Geographic 3.820 1 tbc/tbc Serenissima Noble Caledonia 2.077 30 1900/1300 National Geog.112 13 0700/1730 Disney Magic Disney Cruises 83.000 7 0700/2230 Berlin FTI Cruises 9.277 30 1400/1930 L’Austral Ponant 10.363 10 1400/1900 Europa Hapag Lloyd 28.944 LERWICK 20 1300/1900 National Geog.894 25 0700/2000 Aegean Odyssey Voyages of Antiquity 12.077 20 0900/2200 Marco Polo CMV 22.277 4 tbc/tbc Marco Polo CMV 22.363 11 0700/1700 Disney Magic Disney Cruises 83.969 6 tbc/tbc Boudicca Fred.112 14 tbc/1800 (Dep 15) Bremen Hapag-Lloyd 6.820 FISHGUARD 20 0700/1700 Disney Magic Disney Cruises 83.894 1 (Dep 2) Berlin FTI Cruises 9.551 18 (Dep 20) Viking Sea Viking Ocean Cruises 47.112 17 tbc/tbc Hebridean Sky Noble Caledonia 4.901 LONDON (GREENWICH SHIP TIER) 8 0530/1830 Astoria Rivages du Monde 16.752 24 1430/tbc Heb.052 7 0800/1900 Queen Victoria Cunard 90.144 1 0800/1700 Expedition 6.055 14 0800/1700 Marco Polo CMV 22.656 9 0630/1800 Le Boreal Ponant 10.892 19 0700/1800 Caribbean Princess Princess 112.570 DARTMOUTH 28 0800/2330 Seven Seas Voyager Regent Seven Seas 42. Orion National Geographic 3.363 4 tbc/tbc Corinthian (Tresco) Grand Circle Cr Line 4.613 2 0700/2200 Hebridean Sky Noble Caledonia 4.077 PLYMOUTH 26 0700/2100 National Geog.200 10 Q 0700/1700 Caribbean Princess Princess Cruises 112.077 15 tbc/tbc Seven Seas Voyager Regent Seven Seas 42.984 22 0900/1900 Star Legend Windstar Cruises 9.093 11 (Dep 13) Silver Wind Silversea 17.646 28 tbc/tbc Hebridean Princess Hebridean Is Cruises 2.144 26 0730/1700 Balmoral Fred.052 6 0700/1800 Louis Aura Louis Cruises 15.894 11 0900/1600 AIDAluna AIDA 69.com .894 26 (Dep 27) Silver Wind Silversea 17.537 12 1000/1900 Pacific Princess Princess 30.277 18 1700/2130 National Geog.537 27 0800/2300 Seven Seas Voyager Regent Seven Seas 42.378 7 1330/1900 Minerva Swan Hellenic 12. Orion National Geographic 3.235 20 0800/1700 Rotterdam Holland America Line 61.969 5 0630/1130 Silver Explorer Silversea 6.800 3 0700/1800 Caribbean Princess Princess Cruises 112.363 19 1200/1900 Hebridean Sky Noble Caledonia 4.894 10 0700/1800 Astoria CMV 16.378 22 tbc/tbc Corinthian (Tresco) Grand Circle Cr Line 4.203 16 0800/1800 Artania Phoenix Reisen 44.984 9 0700/2200 Nautica Oceania Cruises 30.130 7 0800/2000 Nautica Prestige Cruises 30.277 26 0700/2100 Seven Seas Voyager Regent Seven Seas 42.080 22 0700/1800 Aegean Odyssey Voyages of Antiquity 12.080 20 0800/1700 Balmoral Fred.112 18 0700/1900 Artania Phoenix Reisen 44. Princess (D’las) Hebridean Is Cruises 2. Orion National Geographic 3. Olsen Cruises 43. Orion National Geographic 3. Olsen 28.378 19 0700/tbc Hanseatic Hapag-Lloyd 8.304 14 0900/1800 Viking Sea Viking Ocean Cruises 47.890 8 0900/1600 National Geog.077 1 tbc/tbc Celebrity Silhouette Celebrity Cruises 122. Orion National Geographic 3.077 26 0900/1700 Magellan CMV 46.752 ABERDEEN 10 0500/1800 Hebridean Sky Noble Caledonia 4.077 4 0630/1830 Silver Explorer Silversea Cruises 6.200 5 0700/1700 Black Watch Fred.656 10 0800/1800 Nautica Oceania Cruises 30. Orion National Geographic 3.077 DUNDEE 9 tbc/tbc Magellan CMV 46.363 22 Q 0700/1700 Caribbean Princess Princess Cruises 112.984 9 0900/2300 Astoria Rivages du Monde 16.289 OBAN 12 0600/2100 National Geog.961 3 0700/1800 Boudicca Fred.984 30 0900/1700 Queen Elizabeth Cunard 90.378 EDINBURGH (Leith/Newhaven/Rosyth/South Queensferry) 15 tbc/tbc Voyager Voyages of Discovery 15.894 25 0700/1700 Black Watch Fred. Olsen 28.277 26 0700/2200 Corinthian Grand Circle Cr Line 4.378 12 tbc/tbc Nautica Oceania Cruises 30.656 INVERGORDON 17 0800/2000 Artania Phoenix Reisen 44.984 13 0800/1330 Sea Cloud II Sea Cloud Cruises 3.200 7 (Dep 10) RMS St Helena St Helena Line 6.080 19 tbc/tbc Saga Pearl II Saga Cruises 18.235 21 0700/1400 Marco Polo CMV 22. Orion National Geographic 3.052 20 L tbc/tbc Hanseatic Hapag-Lloyd 8. Princess (Pt Erin) Hebridean Is Cruises 2.894 29 1700/2359 National Geog.049 2 0800/2000 Magellan CMV 46.363 22 0800/1800 Artania Phoenix Reisen 44.334 24 0700/1800 Seven Seas Voyager Regent Seven Seas 42. Olsen 28.052 18 tbc/tbc Caribbean Princess Princess 112.944 19 0800/2000 Artania Phoenix Reisen 44.570 13 0830/1900 Astoria Rivages du Monde 16.800 22 0730/2230 Balmoral Fred. Olsen Cruises 43.363 24 tbc/tbc Corinthian Grand Circle Cr Line 4.077 20 0600/1600 Star Legend Windstar Cruises 9.894 15 1100/2300 Hanseatic Hapag-Lloyd 8.969 30 0800/1800 Caribbean Princess Princess Cruises 112.277 13 tbc/tbc Hanseatic Hapag-Lloyd 8.077 1 0600/1900 Hebridean Sky Noble Caledonia 4.112 14 tbc/tbc Hebridean Princess Hebridean Is Cruises 2.781 13 R tbc/tbc Corinthian Grand Circle Cr Line 4.849 4 0700/1930 Boudicca Fred.130 27 0700/1800 Caribbean Princess Princess Cruises 112.613 14 1400/1900 Hanseatic Hapag-Lloyd 8.052 GREENOCK (Glasgow) 28 0900/1600 AIDAluna AIDA 69.277 29 0700/1700 AIDAvita AIDA 42.094 30 0700/1900 National Geog.378 8 0700/1700 Caribbean Princess Princess 112.203 13 1300/1900 National Geog.080 19 0400/1700 Viking Sea Viking Ocean Cruises 48.200 ABERDEEN DUN LAOGHAIRE 7 tbc/tbc Bremen Hapag Lloyd 6.969 HOLYHEAD 20 tbc/tbc Hebridean Sky Noble Caledonia 4.849 6 0700/2200 Corinthian Grand Circle Cr Line 4.894 4 0900/2100 Caribbean Princess Princess 112.656 25 N tbc/tbc Queen Elizabeth Cunard Line 90.

363 14 0700/1500 Caribbean Princess Princess 112.407 27 0600/1800 Britannia P&O Cruises 143.840 8 0800/2100 Seven Seas Voyager Regent Seven Seas 42.894 15 0700/2000 Corinthian Grand Circle Cr Line 4. with a look at its rise and fall.277 6 0800/1800 Queen Victoria Cunard 90.396 4 tbc/tbc Hebridean Princess Hebridean Is Cruises 2.892 23 0700/1630 Queen Victoria Cunard 90.000 6 0600/1700 Astoria Rivages du Monde 16.000 6 0600/2359 Hebridean Sky Noble Caledonia 4.878 28 0530/1630 Navigator of the Seas RCI 139.277 26 0630/1630 Ventura P&O Cruises 116.969 16 0530/1630 Navigator of the Seas RCI 139.396 18 0630/1730 Balmoral Fred.656 18 0500/1630 Emerald Princess Princess 113. and some of the ships built there.378 Ships Monthly can be held responsible for any changes to ship arrivals 6 0530/1630 Navigator of the Seas RCI 139. readers are advised to check port shipping movements 6 0600/1700 Seven Seas Voyager Regent Seven Seas 42.342 7 H 0700/1800 Hebridean Sky Noble Caledonia 4. which is larger vessels due in service through summer 2016. Orion 3. Orion National Geographic 3.407 21 0830/2000 Balmoral Fred.656 15 0800/1800 Saga Sapphire Saga Cruises 37.849 23 0700/1630 Queen Elizabeth Cunard 90.049 3 0800/1300 Sea Cloud II Sea Cloud Cruises 3.049 21 1300/1900 Artania Phoenix Reisen 44.342 STORNOWAY 2 0600/2359 Louis Aura Louis Cruises 15.781 19 0630/1630 Azura P&O Cruises 115.561 26 0730/1630 Braemar Fred.570 14 0800/1800 Marina Oceania Cruises 66.000 7 AS 0700/2359 National Geog.049 4 tbc/tbc Silver Explorer Silversea 6.152 11 0700/2000 Corinthian Grand Circle Cr Line 4.570 7 0600/1800 Voyager Voyages of Discovery 15. PLUS SHIPYARD • A history of the John Readhead shipyard on the Tyne. www.017 TILBURY 4 0500/1630 Emerald Princess Princess 113.984 18 tbc/tbc Hebridean Princess Hebridean Is Cruises 2.969 12 0800/1800 Artania Phoenix Reisen 44.396 or departures.052 5 0700/1630 Azura P&O Cruises 115.055 ST HELIER NB This information is given in good faith.528 9 0730/1600 Sea Cloud II Sea Cloud 3. significant warships of the 21st century.277 14 0630/1630 Queen Elizabeth Cunard 90.894 19 0530/1630 Celebrity Eclipse Celebrity 121.049 nearer the time if intending to view any of the ships.017 6 1200/1800 National Geog.200 15 0800/1900 Artania Phoenix Reisen 44.152 change.shipsmonthly.049 13 0600/1700 Nautica Oceania Cruises 30. as recalled by Jim Shaw and photographed by local naval architect Mark Mulligan.112 23 0630/1630 Queen Mary 2 Cunard 148.537 19 0630/1700 Disney Magic Disney Cruises 83.797 4 0730/1730 Braemar Fred.277 4 AHS 1500/2000 Hanseatic Hapag-Lloyd 8.344 5 0800/1800 Crystal Symphony Crystal Cruises 51. as schedules can 6 0630/1630 Aurora P&O Cruises 76.077 11 0600/1800 Azamara Quest Azamara 30.342 26 0800/1800 Britannia P&O Cruises 143.901 8 1200/2300 Silver Wind Silversea 17.840 4 0800/1800 Queen Victoria Cunard 90.080 18 0700/1630 Arcadia P&O Cruises 83.878 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 90.537 PORTSMOUTH 19 0630/1630 Arcadia P&O Cruises 83.894 25 0600/1800 Britannia P&O Cruises 143. Olsen 24. Olsen 43.077 1 0500/1700 Caribbean Princess Princess 112.084 10 0800/1800 Azamara Quest Azamara 30.730 28 0630/1630 Balmoral Fred.049 4 0700/1300 Hanseatic Hapag-Lloyd 8. Olsen 43.730 18 0700/1700 Hanseatic Hapag-Lloyd 8. Olsen 24.849 POOLE 10 0700/1630 Oriana P&O Cruises 69.894 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.363 21 0800/1900 Saga Sapphire Saga Cruises 37.969 18 0600/1800 Britannia P&O Cruises 143.077 SOUTHAMPTON 25 0500/1700 Caribbean Princess Princess 112.130 12 0800/1800 Sea Cloud II Sea Cloud 3.144 1 0800/1800 Crystal Symphony Crystal Cruises 8 0630/1630 Ventura P&O Cruises 116.200 3 0800/2100 Nautica Oceania Cruises 30.277 7 0630/1700 Disney Magic Disney Cruises 83.044 4 0530/1630 Independence of Seas RCI 154.537 18 0730/1630 Braemar Fred. the US Navy’s Britain and we turn the spotlight on a selection of the new nuclear-powered aircraft carrer.901 STROMNESS 10 0700/1700 Minerva Swan Hellenic 12.840 16 tbc/tbc Disney Magic Disney Cruises 83.570 11 0800/1800 Oriana P&O Cruises 69.235 4 0700/1800 Berlin FTI Cruises 9.840 24 tbc/tbc Magellan CMV 46.730 29 0630/1630 Oriana P&O Cruises 69.797 5 0530/1630 Celebrity Eclipse Celebrity 121. Helena Line 6. EXCURSION • There is 21st century carrier considerable scope for sea trips around the coasts of Profile of USS Gerald R.984 PORT OF TYNE (Newcastle) 14 0630/1630 Arcadia P&O Cruises 83. Olsen 43.112 20 0800/2200 AIDAprima AIDA 125.000 10 tbc/tbc RMS St Helena St.646 22 0630/1630 Ventura P&O Cruises 116. Helena Line 6.017 22 0800/1600 Marco Polo CMV 22.894 6 1100/1800 Artania Phoenix Reisen 44.537 18 0530/1630 Independence of Seas RCI 154.537 17 0700/1630 Oriana P&O Cruises 69.730 5 tbc/tbc RMS St Helena St.730 25 0800/1800 Ventura P&O Cruises 116.849 24 0630/1630 Aurora P&O Cruises 76.344 26 0700/1500 Caribbean Princess Princess 112.570 21 1500/2000 Artania Phoenix Reisen 44.344 27 0800/2200 AIDAprima AIDA 125. 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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. Patrick Boniface met her commanding officer. as my mind sea and in harbour. exercised at sea. and it is the second time made you want a career in the that it has happened in UK waters. Participating is unconsciously around the bridge. PHOTO BY DAVID WALTERS 66 • June 2016 • www. But I chose to Ruler. When you were young. Konkan 2015. both at these exercises. What did the exercise involve? and read about the Navy in books which The exercises began on 5 September I found in school libraries. and both are looking after the men. the first of which took Indian history that an Indian warship even when I am sleeping. The ship’s visit very different. Indian Navy? I am from India’s capital city. So it is a good mix of Navy. challenges that keep me busy. Captain Vinay Kalia.com . their morale the Indian Navy conducts with the Royal Royal Victoria Dock. covering all the different aspects of maritime warfare. Can you tell me about your ship and the current mission? What happened after the This ship is the sixth of the Talwar class. a child who was just about finishing and then four days at sea. Nobody 2015 at Plymouth and were conducted in from my family inspired me. that we are on the board INS Trikand? exercises and how we conduct them. This happened to be the tenth of is the first time ever in independent at sea. 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. problems the ship is having and Fleet based at Mumbai. who talked about his career and his ship. and join the Navy. It is a matter working out how to overcome them. New Delhi. reason for coming to the United of great pride for all of us. 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. what place in 2004. 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. exercises? has been up the Thames.shipsmonthly. thinking about is a part of the Indian Navy’s Western September and we then came to London makes us even more proud. Our primary to participate in DSEi 2015. I am engaged every minute. the navy was an impulsive – probably which involved professional interactions. from the Royal Fleet Auxiliary. immature – decision at the time for sporting events and social gatherings. We went school and had many other career out with HMS Iron Duke and RFA Wave options to choose from. so joining two phases: a three-day harbour phase. When I am in command and their welfare.

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