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  1. NOVA CRUISES: Nova Star

    Nova Star heading up channel bound for Gdańsk, south of IOW.
  2. Cargo ship capsizes in Channel

    She was carrying a cargo of steel, if the hold started to flood quickly and then she started to list the steel moved and over she went and the weight of the steel went through the hatch’s, they were reported to be floating and a hazard to shipping. If that was the case the ship would still have a fair amount of buoyancy.
  3. blast from the past

    Many years ago I went out with of the female crew and was lucky enough to go over to Calais in the cockpit, yes very tiny, two up front like a plane and on the starboard side was the radar operator, this was the days before daylight viewing screens and he was surrounded by a blackout curtain, all his job was to plot targets. They had to park the cars carefully so there was room to put the ladder down, very heath robinson. Yes the view was bad, and no cameras anywhere.
  4. Scoot Ferries - The End?

    I’m guessing they went back to the wind farm industry.
  5. Wightlink port redevelopment & new G class

    It’s practical and functional, what did you want, clamshell doors and a proper bow ?, more money, more complex, more to go wrong, longer to fix and if it did have that you wouldn’t be able to open the doors anyway because of the jaws that hold bow/stern when alongside.
  6. Wightlink port redevelopment & new G class

    But you can’t see the stern prow on the old Saints or either prow on the Clare, only the Clare has cameras and to be honest although their good for a quick look you don’t really use them for berthing, it’s all done by marks on the belting and piles.
  7. Wightlink port redevelopment & new G class

    First and last time she’ll fly a Turkish flag
  8. Your not trained to jump into freezing cold water on any course you do, it’s all in controlled conditions in a swimming pool, he could of quite easily gone into cold water shock and then you would have two people to rescue. Same as somebody goes into a hold or tank space on a ship and collapses, what you do not do is jump in to rescue them, more than one person has dies as a result of trying to rescue somebody that way.
  9. Portsmouth Loss of Geest Contract

    If Serco are doing commercial work again what work are SMS tugs going to do ?
  10. Wind Solution.

    I suspect the site shut down over Xmas and or for the weather and Portland is a lot cheaper berthing even taking in account the extra steaming distance. Of course her charter could be finished and Portland will be a cheaper lay up than Southampton. Quite a few crew boats are alongside in Newhaven still.
  11. Wightlink car ferries

    What site are you looking at ?, MarineTraffic shows exactly where she is and that the last signal from her AIS was 10 days ago.
  12. Wightlink car ferries

    It doesn’t mention the beam, and have been up their slip a couple on months ago it’s not very wide at all.
  13. Wightlink car ferries

    Solent refit wouldn’t be able to dry dock/slip the ferries so would still have to go elsewhere
  14. A bit elaborate just for workers access.
  15. Could be something as simple as a screen to protect anybody walking past/working nearby from arc eye.