A new family of Azipods spanning a seven-megawatt range between 7.5MW and 14.5MW, launched at Nor-Shipping by ABB Marine and Ports, is targeting the operators of ferries, ropax, medium-sized cruise ships, large offshore construction vessels and shuttle tankers.

In a damage limitation exercise the UK government today reached an out-of-court settlement with Eurotunnel over the latter’s challenge to the legality of the £108m worth of contracts awarded by the Department for Transport (DfT) for extra freight ferry services in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

The Greek shipping community was quick to react as outer regions of Athens was ravished by wildfires this week. Indeed, as the death toll climbed to over 80 it could have been much higher if the country's ferry sector had not rushed to rescue hundreds of people driven into rough seas by the massive forest fires raging behind them.

A BC Ferries vessel classed by ABS has returned to service after a liquefied natural gas (LNG) retrofit.

Italian classification body RINA says that its classed fleet of vessels increased by 7% last year, outperforming the market average of 2.5%, and has now reached 40m gt.

Hong Kong’s iconic Star Ferry will keep giving tourists one of the best views of Victoria Harbour and providing residents reasonably priced cross-harbour transportation with the extension of its franchise rights for another 15 years.

Stena Line has cut steel on the first of four ro-pax newbuildings at AVIC Weihai Shipyard in China.

Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) returned to the black in FY2016 ended 31 March 2017 with a $46.9m net profit for the year.

P&O Ferries carried more freight across the English Channel in the first three months of the year than in any first quarter in its modern history.

Indonesian state shipping firm Pelni expects net profit to rise by about half this year to IDR305bn (US$22.7m) from around IDR200bn in 2016, after the introduction of its freight liner service on the maritime highway and greater cost efficiency measures, local reports said.

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