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Ships Monthly March 2021

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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in this issue

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the new route to europe?

A couple of months ago I wondered what the impact of Brexit would be on ferry services and trade routes around the UK. It seems that one of the unpredicted outcomes has been a major upheaval in the ferry scene on the Irish Sea, with operators scrambling to move vessels onto routes linking Ireland directly with Europe, and as a result numerous ships have visited the port of Rosslare for the first time, such as Destination Gotland’s Visby and DFDS’ Optima Seaways, to name but two. Over the course of January, trade between Wales and Ireland was down significantly, as hauliers sought to avoid the difficulties caused by increased form-filling and customs checks. But what impact this will have on services out of Fishguard and Holyhead remains to be seen. We will…

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contributors this month

Jim Shaw Jim Shaw is a retired engineer who has worked at various locations around the world and has always had a deep interest in ships and shipping. Phil Kempsey Retired engineer Phil Kempsey lives close to Southampton Water, and has had an interest in the local shipping scene for over 60 years. Alan Moorhouse Alan Moorhouse’s interest in ships began with a cruise on Canberra, and he has been photographing and writing about passenger ships for over 25 years. 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…

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tug ordered

CHANNEL ISLANDS Damen Shipyards Group has signed a contract for a Shoalbuster 2711, the second vessel of its kind ever to be built, with the Ports of Jersey. The new vessel will be the second Shoalbuster operated by the Channel Islands port, which has had a Shoalbuster 2709, Duke of Normandy, for the past 15 years. Ports of Jersey selected the Shoalbuster 2711 after visiting the first of its kind at the Seawork exhibition in Southampton. The Shoalbuster 2711 is an evolved version of the 2709. An additional two metres of beam provide extra stability, work space, storage and space for a larger crane.…

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samskip introduces new service

FREIGHT SERVICE On 25 January Samskip introduced a new shortsea container connection between Ireland and Northern Europe through a new dedicated service to Amsterdam. The weekly connection means Irish imports can avoid post-Brexit hassles applying to goods received via UK-based distributors, while exports will benefit from greater reach into EU markets in the northern Netherlands, Germany and beyond. The fixed day service departs from the TMA Terminal Amsterdam on Monday evenings for arrival in Dublin on Wednesdays, with a weekend return to Amsterdam. This complements Samskip’s existing Rotterdam-Ireland shortsea services by offering rail, barge and road customers in the Netherlands a new Monday night departure to Ireland. The service launch comes at a time when importers and exporters in Ireland-mainland Europe trades are assessing their options regarding the consequences of Brexit for supply…

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asd tug for svitzer

NEW TUG Damen Shipyards Group has signed a contract with Svitzer for the delivery of an ASD Tug 3212. The vessel, to be named Svitzer Thames, will operate in the Port of London. She will be the fourth Damen ASD Tug 3212 in the company’s UK fleet. Damen and Svitzer signed the contract for the vessel in December last year. Damen’s practice of building standardised vessels for stock means Svitzer will take delivery of its new tug in early 2021. Kasper Karlsen, Svitzer Europe COO, said: ‘We already operate a number of Damen ASD Tugs 3212, including four in the south of the UK, so operational synergies are obvious. We have been impressed by the model’s ability to handle large container vessels, and its reliability.’…

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incat deliver buccoo reef

NEW FERRY Australian Shipbuilder Incat Tasmania celebrated the delivery of its latest large fast ferry, a 100m catamaran for the government of Trinidad and Tobago’s National Infrastructure Development Company (NIDCO). Buccoo Reef, Incat hull 094, departed Hobart for Port of Spain on 21 January 2021. Buccoo Reef is another of Incat Tasmania’s new generation fast ferries fully designed and built in Australia. Buccoo Reef benefits from enhanced sea-keeping qualities, having been completed with the recently introduced centre bow arrangement. The new arrangement to Incat’s signature centre bow profile ensures Buccoo Reef is fit for purpose on year-round ferry operations on what is an exposed seabridge between Trinidad and Tobago. The vessel has been constructed in Hobart utilising renewable green energy.…