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  1. I notice that Smit Nicobar is about 17 miles north of the Cherbourg peninsula with bulk carrier Gadwall in tow and Centaurus as the stern tug. They are en route from Sept-Iles (Canada) via the Azores to Ghent at 4 knots.
    Apparently, on October 29th, Gadwall suffered damage to her rudder whilst en route from Quebec to Ghent and was towed to Sept-Iles by tug Ocean Artique.

  2. Carnival Corporation & plc recently launched the Seabourn Encore, the first of three new ships that will enter service in 2017 across three of its 10 global cruise brands. Carnival Corporation will also launch Majestic Princess from Princess Cruises in April, which will be the world’s first cruise ship built specifically for the Chinese market, and its Germany-based AIDA Cruises brand in July will launch AIDAperla, one of the world’s most environmentally friendly and technologically advanced ships.
    Following the launch of Seabourn Encore, the upcoming 2017 additions of Majestic Princess and AIDAperla are part of the 17 ships scheduled for delivery for Carnival Corporation and its brands through 2022, creating measured capacity growth over time that enables the company’s global fleet to meet accelerating demand for cruise vacations in every region of the world.

  3. Antwerp – Flandria web site announces services “Permanently Closed”. Great shame as Rundhafen Trips always so busy, so hopefully, someone else will start up a replacement Harbour trip from Londonbrug

    • You have to ask why the MoD has commissioned a second type of shipboard radar, having spent a fortune on the Sampson radars for the Daring class ships.

      One answer is that the Sampson unit is so large and heavy that it is too top heavy to be mounted on most ships in the fleet. Just look at a Daring class to see how unseaworthy that great tower is! Also, if Sampson is so good, why do these ships carry an additional search radar (which looks like a giant bedstead), on the mizzen mast?

      Secondly, the Sampson is the radar equivalent of a chocolate teapot. It’s a phased array which rotates. It has all the inherent disadvantages of both types. A rotating antenna system (Artisan) is simple and straightforward, but it can’t look in all directions at once.

      A phased array unit is expensive & complex, but with 4 fixed arrays per ship (as the US navy has), the radar can look in all directions simultaneously.

      There should be a parliamentary enquiry into this fiasco, but presumably, the issues are too complex for most to grasp!

      • New aircraft carrier without planes and second may be mothballed
        Surface-to-surface missiles being withdrawn without replacements
        Wrong sort of radar
        New frigates that might or might not be ordered
        Now HMS Monmouth coming out of refit, but unable to start trials or work-up because they cannot find enough crew to go to sea and that’s before £500m savings!!
        What is going on in MOD?

  4. The youngest ever containership has been sent for demolition by Rickmers Marine Trust. The vessel was India Rickmers, a seven year panamax boxship (4,250 TEU), delivered in 2009 by Jiangsu Yangzijiang Shipyard, China

    Vessel Values says she is valued just above scrap at $5.87 million and that in 2016 the vessel fell 62% in value. This year the average change in value in the containership sector is -26%, to put this figure in perspective.

    The main reason for this, says Vessel Values, is that these vessels are becoming defunct now that the Panama Canal has been widened. Since two years before the first transit of the new locks which happened a couple of months ago, 2009 built Panamax containers dropped in value by two thirds.

  5. The South Korean court handling the bankruptcy proceedings of STX Offshore & Shipbuilding Co. said that only a single bidder had submitted a binding proposal to buy the shipyard’s profitable French unit, says a report by AFP. STX France, which specialises in building cruise ships, is the only profitable unit of STX Offshore, which filed for receivership in May. Italian shipbuilding giant Fincantieri SpA, Netherlands-based Damen Shipyards Group and French state-controlled naval shipbuilder DCNS had initially expressed interest in acquiring STX France, which specialises in building cruise ships. The four were supposed to undertake due diligence of STX’s assets for up to two weeks before offering final takeover proposals. But only one bidder has met the deadline for making a binding offer.

  6. South Korea‘s three majors shipbuilders are forecast to get much fewer orders next year. The three shipyards – Hyundai Heavy Industries , Samsung Heavy Industries and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering – are struggling to set their order targets for next year due to the global vessel glut and fiercer competition from Chinese rivals.

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