Ships Monthly February 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 期號


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difficult times everywhere

The month of December in the shipping world, usually a quiet one, with many enjoying the festive season and relaxing on holiday, has in fact been extremely busy. The impact of Covid-19 continues to be felt, and nowhere more so than at Dover ferry port, where chaos reigned in the period before Christmas. The impact on the cruise industry has also been significant, and the latest ship to make her way to the breakers is the classic cruise ship Marco Polo, much loved by many. But while the ports are packed and famous ships are being disposed of, spare a thought for the many seafarers stranded on ships around the world. A UN panel said there was a ‘humanitarian crisis’, with thousands of workers stranded on ships. So let us hope…

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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. Phil Kempsey Retired engineer Phil Kempsey lives close to Southampton Water, and has always had a particular interest in local shipping for over 60 years. Oliver Natås After graduating in 2020 from the Schoolship Gann, Oliver Natås joined Viking Cruises. He has a long-standing interest in maritime culture and history. Gary Davies Gary Davies is a freelance photographer specialising in shipping and maritime subjects, and has been a regular SM contributor for more than 25 years. Ships Monthly on Facebook REGULAR CONTRIBUTORS Roy Cressey • Gary Davies • Roy Fenton • William Mayes • Russell Plummer • Jim Shaw • Conrad Waters…

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stena reveals names for baltic vessels

FERRY CONVERSION Stena Line’s 27,510gt ro-pax twins Stena Lagan and Stena Mersey will begin Baltic service on the route linking Nynashamn, Sweden with Ventspils in Latvia under the new names of Stena Baltica and Stena Scandica following their major modernisation at the Sedef Yard. The pair were completed at Visentini’s Donada Yard in Italy in 2005 and were chartered to Norse Merchant Ferries for service between Birkenhead’s Twelve Quays Terminal and Belfast as Lagan Viking and Mersey Viking. They were sold to Norfolkline with the route in 2008, before becoming Lagan Seaways and Mersey Seaways when DFDS took over two years later. In July 2011 a takeover by Stena Line was approved by competition authorities and the names Stena Lagan and Stena Mersey were adopted. Stena entrusted sister company Stena RoRo to undertake…

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stena embla arrives

NEW FERRY Stena Line’s latest addition to its fleet, the brand-new Stena Embla, arrived in Belfast on 2 January and will complete preparatory works before going into service on the Belfast to Birkenhead Twelve Quays route. She will join Stena Edda, which launched on the same route in March 2020. The latest E-Flexer will replace Stena Mersey, which is destined for further service in the Baltic following lengthening. Stena Embla is the third E-Flexer ferry to be commissioned for Stena Line’s Irish Sea routes in the last 12 months, with Stena Estrid operating on the Dublin to Holyhead route. Each has the capacity to carry 1,000 passengers and 120 cars together with 3,100 freight lane metres.…

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cargill consider sails

TECHNOLOGY Cargill, one of the world’s largest charterers of bulk ships, has partnered with naval architect Deltamarin and engineering specialist BAR Technologies to develop wing sails that could be fitted to the decks of vessels to help reduce fuel usage and CO2 emissions. The sails under consideration are wing sails made of solid composite material and, although standing as high as 45m (148ft), would be collapsible to navigate cranes or bridges. The Minnesota-based company, which usually has some 600 vessels under charter at any one time, would like to have the first ship fitted with sails by 2022.…

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oman growing its fleet

TANKER FLEETS The government-owned Oman Shipping Company has been steadily expanding its fleet since its establishment in 2003 and now controls 54 ships. The Muscat-based carrier, currently ranked as the world’s tenth largest owner of VLCCs, placed two more of the large vessels in service in late 2020, including the just completed Sur and a yet-to-be-named sistership still under construction at the Daewoo yard in South Korea. These 336m by 60m crude carriers join a series of similar-sized tankers that include Bahla, Bukha, Daba, Fida, Habrut, Izki, Manah, Mirbat, Saiq, Seeb, Sifa and Taqah. Besides VLCCs, the Omani company also operates product tankers, chemical and gas carriers, and five container ships.…