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HMS Illustrious Decommissioned

HMS Illustrious

HMS Illustrious – the last of the Royal Navy’s Invincible-class aircraft carriers – was decommissioned at Portsmouth Naval Base today, marking the end of her 32-year career. The ship’s White Ensign was lowered for the final time during the decommissioning ceremony in front of hundreds of guests, ending an era which began with the launch of her sister ship HMS Invincible in 1977. Illustrious is being replaced as the nation’s helicopter carrier by HMS Ocean which has just undergone a £65m refit. She will eventually be replaced by two new 65,000-tonne aircraft carriers being built for the Navy – HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales. Principal guest at the ceremony was Lady Sarah Chatto whose mother Princess Margaret launched HMS Illustrious in 1978. Fifteen of the ship’s 17 former commanding officers also attended along with dozens of veterans. royalnavy.mod.uk  


France Negotiating With Egypt over Helo Carriers

Two Mistrals were originally destined for Russia. France is in talks to sell two Mistral helicopter carriers to Egypt after their sale to Russia was cancelled earlier this month, two sources close to the matter said on Wednesday. Cairo has sought to boost its military power in the face of a two-year-old insurgency based across the Suez Canal in the Sinai peninsula and fears the crisis in neighbouring Libya could spill over


STX France to Build Helicopter Carriers for Russia

The signature of a contract for two Mistral class helicopter carriers (LHDs), and associated services, between DCNS and the Russian defence export agency Rosoboronexport took place in St. Petersburg on June 17, 2011. STX France will undertake the construction of the ships at its Saint-Nazaire shipyard under a subcontract with DCNS. The Russian shipbuilder OSK will provide part of the hull of both ships. The first ship will be delivered to Russia in 2014 and the second LHD will be delivered


Egypt to Buy French Warships Initially Built for Russia

France has agreed to sell two Mistral helicopter carriers to Egypt for 950 million euros ($1.06 billion) after their sale to Russia was canceled in August, French officials said on Wednesday. Cairo has sought to boost its military power in the face of a two-year insurgency based across the Suez Canal in the Sinai peninsula and fears the conflict in neighbouring Libya could spill over. Egypt's allies are also keen to burnish its image in a region beset by turmoil.


Dockwise Wins Military Contracts

Dockwise Ltd. announces that its subsidiary Dockwise Shipping has entered into contracts with the Spanish naval shipyard Navantia for the transport of two Canberra-class amphibious helicopter carriers (LHD) and with the Russian naval shipyard Zvezda for the transport of two nuclear powered submarines. Navantia, located in Ferrol, Spain, a naval shipyard, is building the two LHD's for the Australian Navy. The hull of the vessels and its outfitting will


British Queen visits Plymouth for HMS Ocean rededication

The Queen honours HMS Ocean refit: Photo by Royal Navy

 The Queen, who is the sponsor of HMS Ocean, attended the celebration of rededication of the ship following a £65 million refit at Devonport dockyard in Plymouth.    HMS Ocean, Britain’s largest warship and helicopter carrier was granted Freedom of the City in 2004. She has recently completed a fifteen-month refit.   On arrival the Queen, 88, was welcomed by Plymouth's civic dignitaries at the city's railway station before she travelled to the naval base


Mariner Medevaced from Bulker near Alaska

A U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) helicopter crew medevaced a mariner from a 623-foot bulk carrier located approximately 75 miles southeast of Cold Bay, Alaska, Sunday. Coast Guard 17th District Command Center watchstanders received a call from the crew of ALLSEAS MARINE S.A.’s bulk carrier Mykonos Seas requesting medical assistance for an injured crewmember.  The duty flight surgeon recommended the medevac, and the USCG Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk crew was launched out of Cold Bay


U.S. Navy Disrupts Pirate Attempt In Arabian Sea

Photo courtesy U.S. Navy

U.S. Naval forces disrupted a pirate attack on M/V Falcon Trader II, a Philippine-flagged merchant vessel, after it reported it had been attacked by pirates March 24. All 20 Filipino crew members of the Falcon Trader II are safe and in control of the vessel. At approximately 10:30 a.m. (local), aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) and guided missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55), conducting operations supporting Operation Enduring Freedom


Indian Aircraft Carrier to Get Russian Weaponry

INS Vikrant. Photo: Indian Navy

 Russia could supply air defence systems and other equipment to the Indian Vikrant-class aircraft carrier currently under construction, says a report by IANS.   The first of the Vikrant-class aircraft carriers, the INS Vikramaditya, is Russian-built. The second vessel of the class, INS Vikrant, is set to become Indias first indigenous carrier.    However, according to Viktor Kladov,  the head of Russian conglomerate Rostec


Log Carrier Sinks Off China

Three sailors died and four others were missing after their Cambodian-flagged log carrier sank off China's southern Fuzhou port on Thursday, rescue officials in Hong Kong said. The 3,946-ton Pamela Dream, with 19 Russian sailors aboard, sent a distress signal in the morning and 12 sailors have since been rescued by passing ships, said Captain Ravi Dewan of Hong Kong's Maritime Search & Rescue Centre. A helicopter from Taiwan and a Chinese boat were still searching the area 10 miles off the


Kalmar Straddle Carriers for EUROGATE CT, Hamburg

Kalmar wins order for nine diesel-electric straddle carriers from EUROGATE Container Terminal Hamburg Photo Kalmar

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, is to deliver nine diesel-electric straddle carriers to EUROGATE, Europe's leading shipping line-independent container terminal operator, for use in their Hamburg Container Terminal. The order was booked in Cargotec's 2016 first quarter order intake


GE Gas Turbines for Japan's New Warship

Photo courtesy of GE Marine

GE's Marine Solutions announced it will provide IHI, Tokyo, Japan, with two LM2500 aeroderivative marine gas turbines for the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force's (JMSDF) new 8,200-ton class Aegis destroyer.   “GE's LM family of gas turbines are already part of numerous JMSDF ships


MOL's LNG Carrier KUMUL Delivered

At the naming ceremony Courtesy MOL

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President & CEO: Junichiro Ikeda) announced the delivery of the LNG carrier KUMUL at Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co., Ltd. (Hudong) in Shanghai on April 29. A naming ceremony was held at the shipyard on April 8


Turkish LPD Comes into Effect

DHA Photo

 Turkey has launched the building phase of its amphibious landing platform dock (LPD) warship for the Turkish Naval Forces with a ceremony on April 30, says Hurriyet.   Last year, the Turkish government announced it signed a nearly $ 1 billion deal with a local shipyard to produce the


UK Navy Warship Escorts Queen Mary II

HMS Defender with RMS Queen Mary II (Photo: U.K. Royal Navy)

U.K. Royal Navy warship HMS Defender provided escort duties for transatlantic ocean liner RMS Queen Mary II through the Gulf of Oman. The Type 45 destroyer, dwarfed by the enormity of the cruise liner, is equipped with an array of weaponry and radar tracking systems to ensure the safe passage


Fishing Crew Missing off Wales

The U.K. Coastguard is searching for the crew of a sunken fishing vessel near St David’s Head, Pembrokeshire.   The Coastguard said it received a 999 call from a member of the public just before 14:30, April 28, to say they could see a fishing vessel in difficulty near the rocks at St


Alliance Merry-go-round Spins Again

Photo: CMA CGM

 Four carriers have announced a new OCEAN Alliance to start next year. Where does this leave those carriers left behind?   To the surprise of many it was announced last Wednesday that four carriers – CMA CGM, COSCO Container Lines


G E Shipping Reworks Newbuildings Kamsarmax Exposure

Jag Laxmi Photo Greatship

The Great Eastern Shipping Company has entered into an agreement to cancel the new building Kamsarmax which was scheduled for delivery in FY 18 (contract signed in FY 14).   Simultaneously, the Company has contracted for purchase of two newbuilding resale Kamsarmaxes being built at the same


MacGregor's RoRo Access Systems for Car Carriers in Japan

MacGregor RoRo cargo access equipment is installed on the majority of the world’s car carriers Photo MacGregor

MacGregor has received orders from two Japanese yards to deliver comprehensive RoRo access equipment packages for four car carriers. The equipment will be delivered during Q3 in 2017. The orders are booked into the first quarter 2016 order intake.  


USCG Crew Hit by Laser During Training

The Coast Guard Station Bellingham 45-foot Response Boat – Medium shown here is the type of vessel whose crew was hit with a green laser wielded by an unknown individual located near Boulevard Park, Bellingham, Wash, April 20, 2016.  				Green laser lights can temporarily blind operators of vessels and aircraft during night operations, potentially causing medical issues as well as directly impacting the abilities of the crews to safely respond to emergency and routine situations. 				U.S. Coast

A Coast Guard boatcrew was hit by a green laser light while underway near the Squalicum Harbor area of Bellingham, Wednesday night, ending a valuable training opportunity due to medical concerns. The crew aboard a 45-foot Response Boat - Medium, from Coast Guard Station Bellingham


Kalmar's Straddle Carriers for HHLA CTB

Kalmar Electric Straddle Carrier Photo Kalmar

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has secured an order for nine diesel-electric straddle carriers from the leading European port and transport logistics group Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA). The order was booked in Cargotec's 2016 first quarter order intake


Liner Reliability Bucks Downward Trend

Graph: Drewry Shipping Consultants Limited

 Ocean carriers bucked a five-month downwards trend by improving container service reliability in March, according to Carrier Performance Insight, the online schedule reliability tool provided by Drewry Supply Chain Advisors.   The average on-time performance in March gained 5


Liner Reliability Bucks Downward Trend - Drewry

Drewry containership reliability by trade, March 2016.

Ocean carriers bucked a five-month downwards trend by improving container service reliability in March, according to Carrier Performance Insight, the online schedule reliability tool provided by Drewry Supply Chain Advisors. The average on-time performance in March gained 5


COSCO Readies Livestock Carrier for Vroon

Photo: Vroon

 Vroon Offshore Services, a Dutch offshore shipping company, has announced that the launching took place last week at COSCO Guangdong Shipyard,China of Gudali Express.    The vessel is the seventh and last newbuilding livestock carrier to be built for Vroon at this shipyard


Body of Missing Tug Crewman Located

U.S. Coast Guard photo

A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew located the body of the missing tug boat crewman from the capsized Ricky J Leboeuf near the location of the tug on the San Jacinto river Tuesday at 9:47 a.m.   The Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew located the man's body and directed rescue






 
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