Ships Monthly October 2020

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 期號


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LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL Despite all the difficulties facing the shipping industry, most notably in the cruising sector, there are some signs of hope as we enter the autumn. In recent issues of Ships Monthly we have covered the severe impact of the pandemic, but now at last cruises have been made and most ferry services are returning to a ‘new normal’, with social distancing measures in place. One good news story of note is the return to service of the historic paddle steamer Waverley, which undertook her first trips in two years in August after the completion of major restoration work. She spent two weeks tripping on the Firth of Clyde, having missed the entire 2019 season, but the iconic vessel should be able to operate a full…

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contributors this month

Ian Buxton Ian Buxton is a naval architect who taught and researched at Newcastle University for 40 years. His interests span naval and merchant ships and shipbuilding. Colin Smith A native of Clydebank, Colin Smith was inspired to be a shipping enthusiast from a young age by childhood trips aboard Clyde steamers. Peter C. Kohler Peter C. Kohler has been contributing to Ships Monthly since 1984, writing the Cruise Ship Review column and many feature articles. Conrad Waters Now working in banking, Conrad Waters has a long-standing interest in naval history and current affairs. He is editor of Seaforth World Naval Review.…

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TWO TUGS FOR BOLUDA TOWAGE Boluda Towage Europe has ordered two 85-tonnes bollard pull ASD Tugs 2813 from Damen Shipyards Group, both complying with the most recent IMO Tier III emission standards, for operations in the Port of Zeebrugge as part of the extended concession for towage services. The new tugs will be named VB Bolero and VB Rumba and will be added to the fleet of Boluda Towage Europe, which currently comprising of 81 tugs and operating in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and the UK. The ASD Tugs 2813 are highly manoeuvrable and high performance, environmentally friendly vessels, which can be used for a variety of operations. BAHRI’S FLEET OF 101 SHIPS TANKERS Saudi Arabia-based Bahri, formerly the National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia, has ordered ten 49,999dwt Medium Range chemical tankers from South Korea’s…

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brief news

LOCH KATRINE • With the 1900-built steamer Sir Walter Scott out of service awaiting a new boiler, the lake operator brought in the 1985-built motor vessel Sula Beag to operate as Rob Roy III alongside the 1960-built Lady of the Lake on sailings from Trossachs Pier. RP MAID OF THE LOCH • An appeal by the Loch Lomond Steamship Co to raise £25,000 to offset losses while the 1953-built paddle steamer was closed to the public due to Covid-19 saw £20,000 donated in the first month, and the target was quickly reached via a Crowdfunding Page set up by the Balloch-based charity, which lost 20 public events during the lockdown. Thanks to support from the PSPS Scottish branch, Maid of the Loch’s dining saloon clock and mirror is being restored. RP SIX…

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TRIP NEWS WAVERLEY • The world’s last sea-going paddle steamer’s new boilers, the result of a public appeal that raised £2.3million in just seven months, were tested for the first time in late July, with smoke seen coming from the forward funnel for the first time since 2018. A week later tests included the engine and paddle wheels being turned, with Waverley Excursions then using the vessel for a short Clyde season from Friday 21 August to Sunday 6 September, with departure ports including Glasgow, Greenock and Largs. DART CRUISES • Although the Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boat Co put its entire staff on furlough from late March, River Dart sailings began in July, with the 1924-built paddler Kingswear Castle running harbour cruises, including some connecting with the steam rail services…

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BRIEF NEWS FTI • German travel group FTI Touristik is to pull out of cruising. Its single ship, the 400-passenger, 1980-built Berlin, will be sold. This ship is largely unchanged internally since her major refit for Saga in 2006, after which she was the first Spirit of Adventure. PRINCESS • Diamond Princess, the ship at the centre of the Coronavirus crisis in Yokohama, will replace Sapphire Princess in South America over the winter of 2021-22. Following the investigation into the circumstances surrounding Ruby Princess and the disembarkation of a number of passengers later found to have Covid-19, the ship, crew and company were exonerated. SILVERSEA • The latest ship for the now wholly-owned subsidiary of Royal Caribbean, Silversea Cruises, has just completed her sea trials. Silver Moon, built by Fincantieri at Ancona, was…