Ships Monthly August 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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looking back at times past

The recent sad news of the passing of former Ships Monthly editor Robert Shopland reminded me of the magazine’s past, and indeed this year it is 55 years since the first edition was published. Robert passed away at a care home in Portishead on 24 May 2021. My time at Ships Monthly began just as Robert was retiring. He purchased the magazine in 1978 at a time of falling sales. With a profound interest in shipping, first kindled when he was 14 on a visit to Bristol docks, and later working as a clerk for the Port of Bristol Authority, he saw the opportunity as an exciting challenge. With the aim of widening the magazine’s appeal, and to assist in its revival, he enlisted top shipping writers. Among the freelance contributors were…

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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. Steve Tindale Steven Tindale is a former shipwright and RAF photographer, who grew up on Tyneside, where he developed an interest in ships from an early age. 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. Kevin Mitchell Kevin Mitchell lives and works in Poole, Dorset, where the busy port provides many good opportunities for photographing ships. Ships Monthly on Facebook REGULAR CONTRIBUTORS Krispen Atkinson • Gary Davies • William Mayes • Russell Plummer • Jim Shaw • Conrad Waters SUBSCRIBE TO SHIPS MONTHLY See page 26 Kelsey Media takes your personal data very seriously. For more information…

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‘sparky’ the tugboat

TECHNOLOGY The Damen Shipyards Group’s Song Cam Shipyard in Vietnam is to deliver the fully-electric reverse stern-drive tug ‘Sparky’ to New Zealand’s Ports of Auckland by the end of this year. Ordered in August 2019, the new vessel has been fitted with 2,240 batteries totalling 2,784kWh, which will allow the tug to carry out two or more berthing/unberthing operations with up to 70 tonnes bollard pull on a single charge. Recharging will take just two hours for the batteries to regain full capacity.…

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multi-talented vessels

MULTI PURPOSE Russia’s Volga Shipyard has completed the multi-purpose offshore vessel Vice-Admiral Paromov as the lead unit of four Project 03182 ships designed by the Zelenodolsk Design Bureau (ZDB) for a broad range of missions. Measuring 78.8m by 15.4m, and with a full displacement of 3,500 tons, they had been configured to transport both liquid and dry cargoes as well as passengers, and can transfer fuel and oil to other ships at sea. In addition, they can operate in 0.6m- to 0.8m-thick ice conditions, such as found along the Northern Sea Route, and have been outfitted to participate in Arctic scientific expeditions.…

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new era for cook strait ferries

ON TRIALS On 1 July KiwiRail and Korean shipyard Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD) signed a contract for the delivery of two new, state-of-the-art Cook Strait ferries. The first will arrive in 2025 and the second in 2026. The contract price for the two ferries is USD$369 million (NZ$551 million). The two rail-enabled ferries, when running at full capacity, will be able to carry almost twice the number of passengers, and commercial and passenger vehicles, compared to the current fleet. The only currently rail-enabled ferry, Aratere, can carry a maximum of 27 60ft-equivalent wagons per sailing. The two new rail-enabled ships will be able to carry 40 60ft equivalent wagons per vessel on up to three return sailings each per day. That is a 300 per cent increase in capacity. The contract was signed…

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end of line for boudicca

CRUISE SHIPS Fred. Olsen Cruise Line’s Boudicca’s long career ended with a mid-May arrival for scrapping at Aliaga, Turkey after plans for her use as an accommodation vessels at Pendik, Turkey with sistership Black Watch, failed to materialise. Built in 1973 as Royal Viking Sky in Helsinki as one of a trio of vessels for Royal Viking Line, she had a long career with Fred. Olsen from 2006 until 2019. Boudicca became the 25th cruise vessel sold for scrap since the onset of Covid. Laid up at Rosyth as Covid-19 struck from March 2020, Boudicca and Black Watch were sold after Holland America twins Rotterdam and Amsterdam were purchased to make July debuts in Fred. Olsen colours as Bolette and Borealis. The new ships were initially running on round-UK cruises from Dover…