Ships Monthly

January 2022

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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looking forward to 2022

As I write this editorial during the festive season for the first issue of 2022, and with a new year almost upon us, it is a suitable time to look back over the past year and forward to the coming one. We are still feeling the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic in many ways, with the cruise and ferry sectors continuing to be impacted in various ways by the restrictions. However, the many changes within the UK ferry industry have largely been in response to Brexit and modified trading conditions, rather than dur to Covid, and we have an update on the ferry scene in this edition, following on from an initial look at the picture in June 2021. Meanwhile, the cruise industry will be hoping for a better year in 2022…

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contributors this month

David Fairclough David Fairclough lives and works on Merseyside. His love of ships began when he was five, and he is interested in the UK and European ferry industry. Patrick Boniface Patrick Boniface, a freelance writer and photographer, specialises in naval history and has written about many surface warships and submarines. Steve Newman Steve Newman is a writer and photographer specialising in eco-adventure cruising._ He writes for national newspapers and magazines as well as two cruise blogs. Allan Ryszka-Onions Allan Ryszka-Onions lives on the south coast and has been writing about and photographing ships all his life, and has amassed a large collection over 60 years. Ships Monthly on Facebook REGULAR CONTRIBUTORS Krispen Atkinson • Gary Davies • William Mayes • Russell Plummer • Jim Shaw • Conrad Waters SUBSCRIBE TO SHIPS MONTHLY SEE PAGE 18 FOR LATEST OFFERS Also available digitally Kelsey…

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ferries head for alang beaches

INDIAN BREAKERS The shipbreaking industry in India finished 2021 with a burst of activity as a number of well-known ferries arrived at Alang. They included the 12,705gt Altair, renamed for a final voyage from Durres after finishing a long career in Ventouris Lines colours as Bari that, as reported last month, started with delivery by Harland and Wolff as Sealink’s St Anselm in 1980. Two other vessels with British connections, Namma International’s Red Sea pair Mahabbah (1972/15,127gt) and Masarrah (1971/7,836gt), were sold for breaking in October 2021. Denmark-built Masarrah was the Holyhead-Dun Laoghaire route’s St Columba, being later named Stena Hibernia and then Stena Adventurer before moving to Greek waters in 1997 with Strintzis Lines and next Hellas Ferries, until being bought by Namma in 2006. Japan-built as Cassiopeia, Mahabbah was then IZU…

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lng-powered car carrier

VEHICLE CARRIER Japan’s Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) has taken delivery of its first LNG-fuelled car carrier, the 73,515gt Century Highway Green, from compatriot builder Imabari Shipbuilding Group. Completed by the Group’s Tadotsu shipyard, the 199.9m by 37.2m vessel features a dual-fuel MAN B&W 8S50ME-C9.6-GI main engine, as well as dual-fuel auxiliary engines, and has a deck capacity to carry up to 7,080 vehicles. She has also been given accommodation for up to 50 crew members so that extra crew can be carried for training in LNG fuel operations.…

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new power for old ship

CONVERSION American shipowner Pasha Hawaii plans to convert its 42-year-old former LASH vessel Horizon Reliance from steam propulsion to dual-fuel operation. Tønsberg, Norway-based Høglund will supply the required equipment for the conversion, while China’s COSCO Shipyard Group will carry out the steel work. Built in 1980 as Edward Rutledge for Waterman Steamship, the 274m by 30m vessel has capacity for 2,400TEUs and is one of four US Jones Act container carriers acquired by Pasha when it purchased the Hawaii trade lane operations of the now defunct Horizon Lines back in 2014.…

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new dual-fuel hybrid pctc

CAR CARRIER UECC took delivery of the world’s first dual-fuel LNG battery hybrid PCTC in November 2021. The new vessel is set to provide significant improvements in energy efficiency and reduce emissions, operating on the European shortsea ro-ro carrier’s routes. The vessel, Auto Advance, is the first in a series of three newbuild pure car and truck carriers (PCTC) being delivered from China’s Jiangnan Shipyard. She measures 169m by 28m and has capacity for 3,600 vehicles on ten cargo decks. The remaining two sister vessels are scheduled for delivery in 2022.…