Offshore – Anchor Handling Vessel SOVEREIGN

One of the Chinese built offshore industry vessels currently trading in the maritime world is the 2003 built anchor handling vessel SOVEREIGN. She was built at CIMC Raffles Offshore Shipyard at Yantai, China for Klyne Tugs Ltd at Lowestoft, UK as ANGLIAN SOVEREIGN christened on 27th August, 2003 where she traded until 2007 of which […]

Passer By – 2023 newbuilt ferry P&O PIONEER – 24.03.2023

On Friday 24th March, 2023 at 2315 hrs the 2023 newbuilt Fusion Class ferry P&O PIONEER passed 48.8 nautical miles Malta whilst underway to Dover, UK from her builders at Guangzhou, China. On Wednesday  22nd March she entered Limassol, Cyprus berthing at DP World to uplift bunkers where she stayed for 13 hours before completing […]

Ferry – 1975 built ELEGANT I

One of the Dover – Ostend route ferry, the PRINCESS MARIE CHRISTINE was scrapped in December 2011 and was seen as ELEGANT I. She was launched by Belliard Hoboken as the PRINCESSE MARIE CHRISTINE in 1975 as yard no 878  for Regie voor Maritiem Transport (RMT), Belgium on their  Ostend  to Dover  route. In 1987 she was repainted in […]

Ferry – 1980 built SHERBATSKIY

One of the last remaining ships built for Townsend Thoresen for the Dover – Calais route as the PRIDE OF FREE ENTERPRISE was scrapped in December 2015 and was seen as SHERBATSKIY. She was launched on 31st May 1980 by Schichau Unterweser AG, Germany as yard number 2281 as PRIDE OF FREE ENTERPRISE for Townsend Thoresen […]

Casualties – HERALD OF FREE ENTERPRISE – 06.03.1987

On Friday night of 6th March 1987, the 1980 German built ferry HERALD OF FREE ENTERPRISE capsized few minutes after she left Zeebrugge Port, Belgium at 1920 hrs bound to Dover, UK killing 193 passengers and crew, of the 539 people aboard. The eight deck car and passenger ferry, owned by British Townsend Thoresen, had […]

Breaking Up – 1964 built tug KERVEROS – 2018

The steel single screw tugboat KERVEROS was seen at the breakers at Aliaga, Turkey during the last quarter of 2018. She was built in 1964 by F Schichau GmbH at Bremerhaven as Yard No 1729 for Bugsier Reederei und Bergungs AG, Hamburg as a Salvage Tug named HEROS (3). She was delivered on the 30th […]

CASUALTY – 31 Years Ago – HERALD OF FREE ENTERPRISE – 06.03.1987 During the evening of 6th March 1987 MS Herald of Free Enterprise, a Townsend Thoresen branded RORO passenger and car ferry owned by European Ferries capsized shortly after sailing.  The ferry left the Belgium port of Zeebrugge bound for Dover.  At 1920 hrs […]