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Ships Monthly May 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.

United Kingdom
Kelsey Publishing Group
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in this issue

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the fragility of world trade

The blocking of the Suez Canal by the container ship Ever Given during March resulted in widespread coverage of shipping and trade issues in the national and international media, while social media commentators speculated about what happened to the ship and why. One of the issues raised by the Canal’s blockage was the sheer size of container ships, and questions were asked about whether such ships are too big. However, as a considerable amount of trade relies on ships being this large to keep unit costs down, new boxboats are generally only going to be getting larger. Evergreen are in fact looking to build even larger container ships. But the blockage also highlighted how fragile some of our supply chains are, and that vessel sizes are not always matched by the necessary…

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contributors this month

Malcolm Cranfield Malcolm Cranfield is a maritime historian and shipping photographer. His interest in ships started in 1960, when he was living at Portishead near Bristol. Allan E. Jordan Allan E. Jordan is a maritime historian and writer who specialises in the history of 20th century passenger ships, particularly the early cruise ships. Russell Plummer Russell Plummer has been contributing to Ships Monthly for 40 years. He has travelled on and written about hundreds of ferries and cruise ships. 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 Krispen Atkinson • Gary Davies • Roy Fenton • William Mayes • Russell Plummer • Jim Shaw • Conrad Waters SUBSCRIBE TO SHIPS MONTHLY See page 18 Kelsey Media takes your personal…

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alaska ferries off to spain

FERRIES TO MOVE Spain’s Servicios y Concesiones Maritimas Ibicencas (SCMI) has purchased the fast ferries Chenega and Fairweather from the Alaska Department of Transportation for $5.2 million and will refurbish the 32-knot vessels for service between Spain and the island of Ibiza. Both craft measure 235ft in length and can carry up to 210 passengers and approximately 30 vehicles. They are powered by four diesel engines driving water jets and were built in 2004 and 2006 by the Derecktor Shipyard in Connecticut but performed poorly in Alaska’s rough waters and proved too expensive to operate.…

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112 days at southampton

VEHICLE CARRIER The Grimaldi Lines Italian flagged car carrier Grande Europa (1998/51,714gt) finally resumed her voyage to Salerno after spending 112 days at Southampton for major repairs. The drama started early on 29 November 2020, when the Grande Europa, en route to Southampton from Antwerp, had a complete loss of power off the Sussex coast, and it was some hours before the Dutch tug Multratug 29 (2018/450gt) attended the scene, and was able to get a line aboard the stricken vessel. Multratug 29 took Grande Europa in tow, and handed over to the Southampton tugs Svitzer Eston (2014/299gt) and the escort tug Svitzer Mercurius (2014/447gt) off Bembridge, with the Grande Europa finally arriving at Southampton’s Western Docks late on 30 November. The major machinery repairs were assessed, and early in December 2020 the entire…

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new krill harvester

NEWBUILD Krill harvesting in Antarctic waters has become big business, and the latest ship built for the trade is the 168m by 27m Antarctic Provider, a product of the CIMC Raffles’ Yantai yard in China. The 21,300dwt vessel is to be based at Montevideo, Uruguay and will be operated by Aker BioMarine. Powered by a Wärtsilä 31 four-stroke engine, and given enhanced dynamic positioning capabilities to maintain vessel position, the ship will replace Aker BioMarine’s existing vessel at Montevideo, the 1970-built refrigerator ship La Manche.…

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from norway to australia

ANCHOR HANDLER Solstad Offshore has been awarded a contract in Australia which will see it increase its Perth fleet. The 4,559dwt Anchor Handling Tug Supply vessel (AHTS) Normand Ranger moved from Norway to a drilling site offshore north Western Australia. The contract is for around a year, and will see the vessel operate in connection with a moored semisubmersible drilling rig. She left Haugesund on 15 March for Malta, and Normand Ranger’s arrival in Australia will supplement Solstad’s existing fleet of four large AHTSs and five Platform Supply Vessels operating within Australia and New Zealand, managed from Solstad’s Perth office.…