Cutty Sark Fire Described as Tragic
He continues: “The news of the damage to the Cutty Sark this morning is obviously tragic. She is an iconic symbol of our great maritime trading past. From what we hear, it seems that a large part of the famous ship has been destroyed by fire although we hear encouraging news that around 50% of the fabric was off site at the time. The Cutty Sark was moored in Falmouth between 1922 and 1938 and was restored here by Captain Dowman, becoming a well-known local landmark. She then became a sail-training ship, coming and going from the port, until in 1954 she made her last voyage to dry dock in Greenwich. The condition of her ironwork and woodwork had been deteriorating in recent years and a major conservation program was under way. It was for this reason that much of the fabric was off site.
Clipper Ship 'Cutty Sark' for Royal Re-opening
The restored Cutty Sark will be re-opened by Queen Elizabeth II five years after the 19th century British tea clipper was ravaged by fire, according to a news report in The Independent newspaper. The three-masted ship, one of Britain's maritime treasures, has been restored to its former glory at a cost of £50 million. She now once again stands proudly in the heart of Greenwich in south London, but the ship has been raised three metres in the air, allowing visitors to walk underneath her hull while protected from rain by a glass roof.
New Terminal in Greenwich for Huge Cruise Ships
Large cruise ships could become a familiar sight on the Thames if plans for a new passenger terminal in Greenwich move forward. London could soon become a popular destination for large cruise ships in two years as new passenger terminal planned for Greenwich. It would be the first passenger terminal in London for at least 35 years. The Times reports that detailed plans for the terminal will be submitted “within weeks”, allowing it to open “within two years”. The dockside hub could allow ships more than 650ft long to stop near the Old Royal Naval College and the Cutty Sark.
New London Cruise Terminal Gets Green Signal
London Mayor Boris Johnson gave final approval to build a new cruise terminal on the Thames River at Greenwich. The terminal, to be located at Enderby Wharf, is expected to play host to 55 ship calls a year when it becomes operational in 2017. Ships as long as 230m in length will be able to dock at the Enderby Wharf location, with a maximum of 1600 passengers on each vessel. There had been opposition from local residents on the new plan in Greenwich at Enderby Wharf. There were concerns on air quality from having more cruise ships which in turn causes more bad fumes from the ship’s fuel.
Robert Allan Turkish Tugboat Workhorses Delivered
Admirers of Lewis Carroll's classic 'The Hunting of the Snark' are unlikely ever to forget the names of the two new Robert Allan TS 2000 design 20m long tugboats 'Garp' and Sark', recently delivered from the Besiktas Shipyard to the Directorate General of Coastal Safety in their home port of Istanbul. Configured as conventional twin-screw tugs, GARP and SARK are designed to perform ship-assist/ harbour tug duties and construction support. With a significantly low air draft and a shallow navigational draft there are few places inaccessible to these tugs…
Superyacht Operators' Fuel Tax Dodges Stymied
European Union tax revenue authorities are on the alert for any infringement of complicated bunker fuel tax regulations. Turn the key of one of the big ones and 10 minutes later you will have spent hundreds of Euros - and that is without even moving from the spot. Add some cruising speed to it and you will be burning at least €2,000 an hour at average speed, based on the current price of diesel in France and Italy. Fuel is obviously the single most expensive cost item of running a superyacht. Little wonder the realisation triggers various behaviours down there in the Med, some just heady and erratic, others downright rum and perverse.
Hann Launches New 32' Catamaran
Hann Powerboats, Inc., Sarasota, Florida, announces the launch of its new Blue Lightning 32 Catamaran by Hann. The new addition to the Hann Powerboats line of center console boats continues the tradition of fast, fuel efficient, stable hull designs. The new catamaran has a 10 foot 2 inch beam, with a LOA of 32 feet. It draws 23 inches and comes standard with twin Mercury Optimax 300 HP engines. In its initial sea trails the boat showed a top speed of 73.3 MPH in a sea state 2, burning 52 gallons of fuel per hour.
Vessel Sales: February 2015
Vessel sales for February 2015 - (as of March 1) as prepared by Shipping Intelligence, Inc., New York.
Northwind Supplies Fire/Rescue Boat Virginia Beach
Another of Northwind Marine's 30-ft. Argus class fire, search, and rescue boats has headed east from Seattle, Wash. The boat was built for Virginia Beach, Va., where fire, rescue, and police departments watch over the waterways, marinas, and other facilities in the Hampton Roads area of Chesapeake Bay. The aluminum boat with decades of design and construction experience behind it joined a department with active fire and rescue operations. The Argus class vessels built by Northwind Marine are supplied for fire fighting and search and rescue missions involving both marine and onshore operations. The craft offer 1000-gpm pumping capacity…