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Ships Monthly September 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
12 Issues

in this issue

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the very e-flexible ferry

In July I was fortunate enough to cross the Irish Sea on two of Stena Line’s new E-Flexer ferries, Stena Estrid and Stena Edda. The overnight crossing from Holyhead to Belfast saw an arrival into Northern Ireland on a still sunny morning, offering spectacular views of Belfast Lough, while the daytime return on Stena Edda from Belfast to Liverpool was smooth and relaxing. The two ships, more or less identical, offer travellers the highest standards, and showcased to me just how good the new E-Flexers are. In fact, the E-Flexers are so good that no fewer than 12 of the vessels have now been ordered by Stena RoRo for use not only by Stena but a number of other operators. As the flexibility of the design has been well proven with…

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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. Thomas Rinaldi Thomas Rinaldi is a writer and architectural designer with a life-long interest in history and merchant shipping. He is based in New York and regularly writes for SM. Stephen Payne Stephen Payne is a naval architect, best known for designing Queen Mary_2. He is a past President of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects. Paul Brown Dr Paul Brown is an author and photographer whose books include Maritime Portsmouth and Historic Ships. He is also a consultant to National Historic Ships. 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 data…

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farewell to stalwart

FERRY FAREWELL Replaced by Côte d’Opale, DFDS Dover-Calais stalwart Calais Seaways (1991/28,833gt) left the Kent port on 3 August to lay up pending a decision on her longterm future. Built by Boelwerft at Temse, Belgium, as Prins Filip for the RMT Ostend-Dover route, she was switched to Ramsgate in 1994 until being sold to Stena RoRo as Stena Royal in 1998 and later becoming Stena Aquitaine. In 2005 she was sold to LD Lines to link Portsmouth and Le Havre as Norman Spirit. In 2010 she was chartered to TransEuropa Ferries to run as Oostende Spirit before a switch to DFDS for Dover-Dunkirk sailings in 2011 and a debut on the Dover-Calais service as Calais Seaways in March 2013.…

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dual-fuel ships ordered

CAR CARRIERS A large number of dual-fuel car carriers have been ordered as manufacturers demand ECO-type ships for the transportation of the latest fuel-efficient vehicles. China’s CIMC Raffles will build up to six of the ships for Wallenius Marine, all to be powered by 13,300kW dual-fuel engines supplied by MAN Energy Solutions to give a speed of 16 knots. Four of the 7,000CEU (car equivalent unit)-capacity vessels, to be delivered in 2023 for charter to Volkswagen, will operate across the Atlantic, where they will join two earlier LNG-powered ships that entered service in 2020. At the same time, China’s Jinling shipyard is set to build up to ten dual-fuel car carriers for Singapore’s Eastern Pacific Shipping and Japan’s NYK Line.…

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ever given heads to dry dock

CONTAINERSHIP The Panama-flagged 2018-built containership Ever Given (220,940gt), which hit the headlines when she blocked the Suez Canal for nearly a week in March, has been drydocked in Asia after unloading her cargo in Felixstowe. The 20,000TEU ship was placed offhire by charterer Evergreen Marine, and went back to Asia, to be thoroughly checked for any damage before eventually returning to service. The extent of any repairs was not stated. Maurice Storey, honorary chairman of Evergreen Marine UK, confirmed that the ship was placed off hire by the Taiwanese group as soon as she completed cargo operations in Felixstowe, and set sail on 5 August. Ever Given first called at Rotterdam on her arrival in northern Europe in late July, where she discharged both local cargo and freight bound for Hamburg. The German…

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medway queen on move

HISTORIC PADDLER The famous paddle steamer Medway Queen has been taken to Ramsgate for restoration work at the Harbour Slipway, leaving her berth at Gillingham Pier on a sunny Sunday morning, 18 July. Three tugs assisted: the former RFA tug Christine, Nipashore from Pratt Towage, and Olympic. Nipashore and Christine eased Medway Queen into the calm waters of the Medway and safely past the floating restaurant which was moored on their starboard side. Medway Queen has been taken to Ramsgate for maintenance work, and she is due to undergo a month of repairs, after which the vessel will return to Gillingham. The Medway Queen Preservation Society had planned to open her to the public while she was in Kent, but health and safety concerns saw this plan being abandoned.…