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Ships Monthly July 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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TENTATIVE RESTART FOR CRUISING The recent introduction of several new cruise ships points towards the gradual reopening of the industry after more than a year of inactivity caused by the global Covid-19 pandemic. The cruise ships anchored in various bays off the south coast of England had become a common sight, but P&O’s new Iona, along with Viking Venus and MSC Virtuosa, have restarted the cruise industry. The latter was the first cruise ship carrying passengers to leave Southampton in 14 months when she departed on 20 May. Despite this positive recent news, questions remain about how the rest of the year will pan out for the industry. Will longer cruises be possible? Will we need to show a vaccine passport? How will the new ships fare? One new ship, Scarlet Lady,…

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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. Mark Berry Mark Berry lives in Devon and has been studying ocean liner items for many years. His book A History of Ocean Liners in 50 Objects was published in 2020. Peter Kohler Peter C. Kohler has been contributing to Ships Monthly since 1984, including starting the Cruise Ship Review column and producing many features. 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 20 Kelsey Media…

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ro-pax for timor-leste

NEWBUILD On 10 May Damen Yichang Shipyard launched a new RoPax 6716 vessel, which will be operated by the Port Authority of Timor-Leste (APORTIL). She will run between Timor-Leste’s capital Dili, the Oecusse enclave and the island of Ataúro, carrying up to 308 passengers, as well as vehicles. She was formally christened Berlin-Ramelau, after the capital of Germany and the highest mountain in Timor-Leste, by Ms Maria Albert Gonclave, third secretary of Timor-Leste in China. Following the completion of outfitting in June, the vessel sailed to Shanghai for sea trials, and is due to go to Dili in July.…

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for pacific service

CARGO-PASSENGER Russia’s Nevsky Shipyard, part of the United Shipbuilding Corporation, has delivered the 3,061gt cargo-passenger vessel Pavel Leonov to state agency Sakhalinlizingflot, for operation between Sakhalin Island and the Kuril Islands in the western Pacific. Designed with icebreaking capability, the 75m by 15m ship can accommodate 146 passengers, as well as breakbulk and containerised cargo, and has space for up to six automobiles.…

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somewhere to stay in cornwall

FERRY ON CHARTER SIlja Europa was chartered by Devon and Cornwall Police in June to provide accommodation for the extra Police officers and security staff drafted into Cornwall to provide security for the world’s leaders attending the G7 meeting. The Estonian cruise ferry arrived in Falmouth on 5 June, the nearest port to Carbis Bay able to accommodate the 60,000-tonne vessel. The ferry will provide approximately 20 per cent of the total accommodation needed for officers and staff working at the summit. The 47th G7 summit took place at a seaside hotel in Carbis Bay, near St Ives, between 11 and 13 June. The G7 (group of seven) is an intergovernmental organisation comprising Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US. The heads of government of the member states, including the new…

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historic tug off to scrap

TUG After arriving at Chatham Pier in Kent under her own steam in the summer of 2016 and having never moved since being laid up, the vintage tug Buzz was towed away on 27 May by Christine, a former Royal Fleet Auxiliary Girl class tug, to begin her final voyage from the River Medway to be scrapped at EMR Erith’s yard on the Thames. The 109gt Buzz was built in 1967 at the Damen Ship Repair Yard, Rotterdam, Netherlands as Bartel Wilton and worked in the Wilton Feijenoord Ship Yard Rotterdam. In 1984 she became Smit Amerika, and in 1988 Thames & Medway Towage Co renamed her Aicirtron. The tug’s scrapping was considered unnecessary by many, and has saddened heritage shipping enthusiasts.…