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Ships Monthly September 2020

Ships Monthly is the world’s number one shipping magazine and Britain’s best-selling monthly magazine for ship lovers. Read by seafarers and enthusiasts all over the world, it contains a unique mix of shipping and maritime news, broken down by ship type, with sections focussing on ferries, cruise ships, warships, preserved vessels, tugs and cargo ships. The features, written by experts in their field, cover ships old and new, historic shipping companies and their vessels, modern cruise liners and passenger ferries, warships and naval vessels, profiles of docks and harbours in the UK and around the world, and personal accounts of voyages on ships round the world. Every issue contains an interview with the captain of a ship. In addition to the latest happenings in the shipping industry, the Ship of the Month feature goes behind the scenes on a significant ship to give readers an all-round insight into the world of ships and shipping.

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cruise industry on its knees

In all of the past few issues of Ships Monthly I have written about the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, and it continues to be felt in the cruise industry perhaps more keenly than anywhere else in the shipping world. Ferry services are gradually returning, albeit with precautions for travellers, and enormous new container ships have been making their debuts at Southampton. However, cruising seems to be different, and so far the economic downturn caused by the pandemic has seen Pullmantur and, more recently, Cruise & Maritime Voyages, go out of business. CMV operated several historic cruise ships, which are now mostly laid up in Tilbury, and we wait to find out what fate holds for them. It is possible some will follow the Pullmantur ships Sovereign and Monarch, significant vessels…

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contributors this month

Patricia Richardson Patricia Richardson, married to a Doxford descendant, has researched the history of the Wearside shipyard, and published a book about the famous yard. Allan Jordan Allan Jordan is a maritime historian and writer who specialises in the history of 20th century passenger ships, particularly the early cruise ships. Peter C. Kohler Peter C. Kohler has been contributing to Ships Monthly since 1984, writing the Cruise Ship Review column and many feature articles. Conrad Waters Now working in banking, Conrad Waters has a longstanding interest in naval history and current affairs. He is editor of Seaforth World Naval Review. Ships Monthly on Facebook REGULAR CONTRIBUTORS Roy Cressey • Gary Davies • Roy Fenton • William Mayes • Russell Plummer • Jim Shaw • Conrad Waters SUBSCRIBE TO SHIPS MONTHLY See page 20 Kelsey Media takes your personal data very seriously. For…

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tugs in the news

TUG FOR SALE The iconic Theodore Too tugboat, long a waterfront attraction at Canada’s Port of Halifax, has been put up for sale by her owner, Ambassatours Gray Line, with a price tag of $495,000, because of falling demand for its summer harbour tours. The vessel, officially known as Theodore Too, was built in 2000 at Dayspring, Nova Scotia as a life-sized replica of ‘Theodore Tugboat’, the title character of a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation children’s TV show that aired between 1993 and 2001. Since then the replica, which can accommodate 49 passengers, has spent summers cruising the Great Lakes and along the North American east coast, promoting Nova Scotian tourism, as well as offering tours of Halifax harbour. However, demand for the boat’s tours has fallen off in recent years, largely because most…

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furie undergoes rivet inspection

STEAM TUG In July the Netherlands’ last operational steam tug, the preserved Furie, built by G. & H. Bodewes in 1916, entered De Haas Shipyard in Maassluis for a rivet inspection. Nowadays, rivets are no longer used in steel structures, but when Furie was built they were common. Once every 40 years Furie has to have a mandatory rivet inspection. The 15,000 litres of water in the vessel’s boiler must be heated in order for her to sail, and this causes pressure to build up, so it is important to know if there are leaks or hairline cracks around the boiler. Furie passed the inspection, and now other maintenance and restoration on the underdeck steelwork is planned for later in the year. RC…

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new ro-pax ordered

NEW FERRY The Isle of Man Steam Packet has confirmed a replacement vessel for the long-serving ro-pax Ben-my-Chree, with the new vessel expected to enter service in two years. An agreement was reached by the directors of the Isle of Man’s state-owned ferry company with one of the largest shipbuilders in the world. South Korean firm Hyundai Mipo Dockyard will construct the vessel, with work due to begin midway through next year. IOMSPC Chief Executive Mark Woodward said: ‘For some time we have been conducting detailed analysis as we develop plans for major investment in our fleet. Following lengthy discussions, we have confirmed specifications for the vessel and signed a contract with Hyundai Mipo Dockyard. This is an exciting time in our history and, in the year we marked our 190th anniversary,…

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markets reopened

GERMANY A cautious restart was the order of the day for TUI Cruises, which started by offering short cruises to nowhere from Hamburg in late July using Mein Schiff 2 and has now expanded with a similar product from Kiel on Mein Schiff 1. Three- or four-night sailings were initially offered from Hamburg, but in August sevennight cruises to the Norwegian Fjords (without landing anywhere) were introduced. Aida Cruises is the second German operator to bring ships back into service, with short cruises to nowhere starting from Hamburg (AIDAperla), Warnemünde (AIDAmar) and Kiel (AIDAblu). The ships are operating at reduced capacity. Expedition cruise and local ship operator Adler-Schiffe has chartered the 48-passenger Quest (1992/1,268gt) for a series of cruises from Hamburg to Helgoland, Sylt, Amrum and the Halligen Islands in the Wadden Sea.…