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The following 73 pages are in this category, out of 73 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Ceremonial ship launching – Ceremonial ship launching is the process of transferring a vessel to the water. It is a tradition in many cultures, dating back thousands of years. It has been observed as a celebration and a solemn blessing. The process also involves many traditions intended to invite good luck, such as christening by breaking a bottle of champagne over the bow as the ship is named aloud. There are three methods of conveying a new ship from building site to water, only two of which are called launching. The oldest, most familiar, and most widely used is the launch, in which the vessel slides down an inclined slipway. With the side launch, the ship enters the water broadside and this method came into use in the 19th-century on inland waters, rivers, and lakes, and was more widely adopted during World War II. The third method is float-out, used for ships that are built in basins or dry docks and then floated by admitting water into the dock. In all cases, heavy chains are attached to the ship, normally, ways are arranged perpendicular to the shore line and the ship is built with its stern facing the water. The barricades support the two launch ways, the vessel is built upon temporary cribbing that is arranged to give access to the hulls outer bottom and to allow the launchways to be erected under the complete hull. When it is time to prepare for launching, a pair of standing ways is erected under the hull, the surface of the ways is greased. A pair of sliding ways is placed on top, under the hull, the weight of the hull is then transferred from the build cribbing onto the launch cradle. On launching, the vessel slides backwards down the slipway on the ways until it floats by itself, some slipways are built so that the vessel is side-on to the water and is launched sideways. This is done where the limitations of the channel would not allow lengthwise launching. The Great Eastern designed by Brunel was built this way as were many landing craft during World War II and this method requires many more sets of ways to support the weight of the ship. Sometimes ships are launched using a series of inflated tubes underneath the hull and this procedure has the advantages of requiring less permanent infrastructure, risk, and cost. The airbags provide support to the hull of the ship and aid its launching motion into the water and these airbags are usually cylindrical in shape with hemispherical heads at both ends. The Xiao Qinghe shipyard launched a tank barge with marine airbags on January 20,1981, egyptians, Greeks, and Romans called on their gods to protect seamen
2. MS Ben-my-Chree – MV Ben-my-Chree is a Ro-Pax vessel launched in 1998. The flagship of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company, she operates primarily on the Douglas-Heysham route, Ben-my-Chree was ordered in 1997 by Sea Containers for the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company. Costing around £24 million, she was built by van der Giessen de Noord of the Netherlands, the sixth vessel to carry the name, she is registered in Douglas, Isle of Man. Brought around to the island from the Netherlands by the late Captain Vernon Kinley, Ben-my-Chree entered service on 5 July 1998, at a gross tonnage of around 12,000, she was the largest ship to enter service with the company. The vessel received a lot of criticism due to her low passenger capacity of 500, the company insisted this was a comfort level for the vessels size. The islanders have never warmed to the vessel, in 2004 the vessel underwent a refit carried out by Cammell Laird to increase passenger capacity with the addition of a new passenger module. In 2014 Ben-my-Chree underwent a £1.6 million refit which included new LED lighting fitted to the lounge areas, also carried out by Cammell Laird. On 25 July 2008, Ben-my-Chree suffered a failure, with the Viking taking her Heysham sailing until she was repaired. On 26 March 2010, Ben-My-Chree experienced unintended movement while berted at Heysham Port, on the evening of 1 May 2013 when arriving in Douglas Harbour from Heysham, Ben-my-Chree struck part of the King Edward Pier Linkspan, Number 5 berth. In the collision part of the ship was damaged, meaning the evening departure to Heysham was delayed. In December 2011 the Ben-my-Chree suffered a number of cancelled sailings due to high winds, arrangements to dry dock the ship in June and then in September had to be cancelled after the manufacturers, Wartsilla, failed to complete the necessary repairs. Chief executive of the Steam Packet Company wrote to the local newspaper, on 12 February 2015, Ben-my-Chree lost control and collided with fishing boat, while entering Douglas Harbour. The vessels stern made contact with Battery Pier and a boat at its mooring. It was found that the ship and the boat only suffered superficial damage. The ship was checked by divers for signs of damage to the propellers, on 2 May 2015, the morning sailing from Douglas to Heysham was cancelled and the afternoon return. Ben-my-Chree was suffering from a bow thruster, on 16 May 2015 there was a suspected chimney stack lagging fire was detected on the 8. 45am crossing from Douglas to Heysham. The sailing arrived in Heysham Port around 1 hour late and no passengers or crew were injured, on 12 February 2017, the vessel made contact with the pier at Douglas whilst attempting to moor in high winds on arrival from Birkenhead. MS Arrow and HSC Manannan were planned to take over the freight, Ben-my-Chree is a Ro-Pax ferry, largely designed to carry freight, with two vehicle decks and two passenger accommodation decks
3. MV Brigitte Bardot – MV Brigitte Bardot is a unique high-tech 35 m stabilized monohull twin diesel engine powered vessel designed by Nigel Irens. Construction of Ocean 7 Adventurer began in June 1997 and she was launched on 16 March 1998, the official naming ceremony took place on 3 April 1998 in Londons West India Dock. Originally named Cable and Wireless Adventurer she was built for the purpose of circumnavigating the world in less than 80 days and this was successfully accomplished in July 1998 in 74 days,20 hours,58 minutes, traveling more than 22,600 nautical miles. This achievement set a new Guinness World Record for a powered vessel, both records are longer than the 60 days,21 hours claimed by the US Navys USS Triton nuclear-powered submarine during Operation Sandblast in 1960. The design of the vessel was evaluated and proven by hydrodynamic tank testing, Ocean 7 Adventurer is equipped with state-of-the-art navigation and communications equipment. In 2007 the vessel was acquired by Ocean 7, a Cape Town based marine brokerage, the vessel was recommissioned and transferred to a mooring at the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town. The vessel was available for charter, film work and the marine rescue operation. In December 2007 Ocean 7 Adventurer was chartered to retrieve a demasted yacht, Delta Dore was partaking in the Barcelona World Race. The yacht skippered by Jérémie Beyou and Sidney Gavignet was at position 47°00 S 033°25 E, nearly a thousand miles south east from South Africa, drifting slowly at between 1 and 2 kn east. An hour after the mast had collapsed backwards, it had to be cut free and dumped into the ocean, the yacht had 188 l of diesel fuel on board, but this was insufficient to motor back to the mainland. The Ocean 7 team were approached with regard to salvaging the yacht, skippered by co-owner David de Villiers, Ocean 7 Adventurer set sail for the Southern Ocean and after locating the yacht, she was taken in tow with a 200 m line. This rescue set a record for the longest tow in South African maritime history, in 2008 she was repainted in Rat Race Media graphics and was the star of a TV series on kykNET, Aqua X. The series started in October 2008 and aired until January 2009, in November 2009 Ocean 7 Adventurer was chartered by the Cipla Miles for Smiles Foundation to be the support vessel during leg one of the Miles for Smiles Madagascar Challenge. Before setting out to sea Ocean 7 Adventurer received a new look with the iconic Miles for Smiles regalia and this challenge was the brainchild of David Grier to raise awareness and funding for Operation Smile children suffering from facial deformity. Ocean 7 Adventurer played a role in supporting David Grier. The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society acquired the $4 million vessel for its 2010–11 campaign against Japanese whaling in the Antarctic Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary, in May 2011 the SSCS was served with a notice from the copyright holders of the Gojira/Godzilla franchise, regarding the unauthorized use of the trademark. In addition to a new name, the vessel received a new paint scheme. The ship, now under the command of Captain Jonathan Renecle, was damaged by a wave of 11 m while pursuing the Japanese whaling fleet off the western coast of Australia on 28 December 2011
4. Carnival Elation – Carnival Elation is a Fantasy-class cruise ship operated by Carnival Cruise Line. Built by Kværner Masa-Yards at its Helsinki New Shipyard in Helsinki, Finland, she was floated out on January 4,1998, during 2016, in common with all of her Fantasy-class sisters, she had the prefix Carnival added to her name. She currently sails year round on four- and five-day cruises to the Bahamas out of Jacksonville, the Elation is 70,367 ton ship and is 855 feet long. It has a guest capacity of 2052 and a crew of 920. Elation has been retrofitted with part of, but not all the Carnival Evolutions of Fun upgrades, also, unlike sister ship Carnival Ecstasy, Elation was not retrofitted to include additional balconies. Elation was the first cruise ship to be equipped with an Azipod propulsion system, the pods give Elation better maneuverability compared with her sister ships. On November 5,2011 Carnival Elation was moved from Mobile, Alabama to New Orleans, replacing Carnival Ecstasy, with Elation relocated to New Orleans, Carnival ceased operations in Mobile, Alabama. Although Carnival Elation did not receive the full Evolutions of Fun upgrade, 2007–2010, Three-, four-, and five-day cruises to Mexico from San Diego, CA as only year round ship from that port. 2010–2011, Four-, five-, and seven-day cruises from Mobile, 2011–2016, Four- and five-day cruises to Western Caribbean from New Orleans, Louisiana replacing Carnival Ecstasy. 2016 - Present, Elation repositioned to Jacksonville, Florida to replace Carnival Fascination, on March 9,2013, Elation was followed into port by a tug after a steering malfunction during a cruise. Photos of Elation departing New Orleans in 2013 Media related to Carnival Elation at Wikimedia Commons Official website
5. Carnival Paradise – Carnival Paradise is a Fantasy-class cruise ship operated by Carnival Cruise Line. Built by Kværner Masa-Yards at its Helsinki New Shipyard in Helsinki, Finland, she was floated out on January 29,1998, during 2007, in common with all of her Fantasy-class sisters, she had the prefix Carnival added to her name. From September 2004 to December 2011, the vessel sailed out of Long Beach, California, doing three- and four-day Baja Mexico cruises that visited Catalina Island and Ensenada. Currently, she sails from Tampa, Florida, offering four and five night cruises to the Western Caribbean, visiting Grand Cayman, Carnival Paradise was built to be the worlds first completely non-smoking cruise ship and she was entered into service supported by several anti-smoking and cancer-prevention groups. No smoking signs were placed prominently on both sides of the ship and on the stern under the name, no smoking materials of any kind were permitted aboard. If anything was seen or found, the passenger was fined $250, due to poor revenue, Carnival decided to discontinue the smoke-free ship in December 2003 because they claimed that non-smokers tend to not drink or gamble as much as those accustomed to smoke. Scheduled to arrive in the Port of Long Beach, California, on September 20,2004 and her cruise through the Caribbean and Panama Canal, and up the Mexican coast was further hindered by more hurricanes. Later that day, the signs were painted over. She still boasts one of the strictest smoking policies in the fleet, Carnival Cruise Lines retrofitted Carnival Paradise with the first “earth-friendly” dry-cleaning system, which uses environmentally safe detergents and reduces hazardous chemical runoff. In late 2011, Carnival moved Carnival Paradise to Tampa, replacing the Carnival Inspiration, currently, Carnival Paradise takes 4 and 5 night voyages to Grand Cayman and Cozumel, Mexico. The ship will sail to Havana, Cuba and Key West. Official website Carnival Paradise Photo Gallery
6. MS Deutschland – MS Deutschland is a cruise ship launched in 1998 and owned and operated by Peter Deilmann Cruises until 2015. She is decorated in the 1920s style as it could be seen in SS Columbus of Norddeutscher Lloyd, the ship carries 513 passengers and 260 crew members. She has a tonnage of 22,400 and has seven passenger accessible decks. The German television show Das Traumschiff, had been filmed on board for fifteen years as the MS Deutschland travels to tourist destinations around the world, during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, the German Olympic Committee used the MS Deutschland as a hospitality ship. On 19 May 2015 the MS Deutschland was sold over to the Absolute Nevada company based in the United States, the new owners took on approximately half of the crew. Initially the ship was planned to serve as a university for the American organization Semester at Sea. It was proposed that the ship would be renamed World Odyssey following a refit at a northern European shipyard. On 31 May 2015, Plantours announced that they would be chartering the ship for four sailings between 9 June 2015 and 29 July 2015 whilst its usual ship MS Hamburg was repaired. The crew of MS Hamburg travelled to Gibraltar to prepare the ship, places in the additional 80 cabins were made as a result of MS Deutschland being larger than planned MS Hamburg ship. It was on occasion that MS Deutschland began sailing under the Bahamas flag. From 20 June 2015 to 10 August 2015 the ship carried cruise tours to the North Sea, Norwegian Fjords, Svalbard, Greenland, on 27 July 2015 the new owners of ship announced that the ship would alternate between two roles. For this period the ship would carry two names, one for winter, other for summer, at approximately 12,30 on 23 May 2010 whilst in the Norwegian port of Eidfjord, Norway, a fire was detected in the engine room. On board were at that time 607 people, including 364 passengers, all passengers and most of the crew and two Norwegian pilots were unhurt removed from the ship, only a small part of the crew remained on board. The fire was isolated to an area of the ship because of fire doors. The ships 364 passengers travelled home, MS Deutschland was then towed by tug boats to the Blohm + Voss shipyard in Hamburg for docking and repair, where the ship remained in the shipyard for thirty days. The fire damage had cost approximately two million euro and was paid by the ships insurers, three trips had been cancelled and service resumed on July 3,2010 with a departure from Hamburg. On 15 January 2012, the ship grounded in the Beagle Channel at the tip of South America
7. Maersk Alabama hijacking – The Maersk Alabama hijacking was a series of maritime events that began with four pirates in the Indian Ocean seizing the cargo ship MV Maersk Alabama 240 nautical miles southeast of Eyl, Somalia. The siege ended after an effort by the U. S. Navy on 12 April 2009. It was the first successful pirate seizure of a ship registered under the American flag since the early 19th century, many news reports referenced the last pirate seizure as being during the Second Barbary War in 1815, although other incidents had occurred as late as 1821. It was the vessel in a week to be attacked by pirates who had previously extorted ransoms in the tens of millions of dollars. The hijacking also inspired the 2013 film Captain Phillips, the ship, originating from Salalah, Oman was bound for Mombasa, Kenya after a stop in Djibouti with a crew of 23, loaded with 17,000 metric tons of cargo. On 8 April 2009, four based on FV Win Far 161 attacked the ship. All four of the pirates were between 17 and 19 years old, according to U. S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, the crew members of Maersk Alabama had received anti-piracy training from union training schools, and had drilled aboard the ship a day previously. Their training included the use of arms, anti-terror, basic safety, first aid. As the pirates approached, the crew fired flares. In addition, Perry and 1st A/E Matt Fisher swung the ships rudder, Perry had initially taken main engine control away from the bridge and 1st A/E Matt Fisher had taken control of the steering gear. Perry then shut down all systems and the entire vessel went black. The pirates captured Captain Richard Phillips and several crew members minutes after boarding. Perry tackled the ringleader of the pirates and took him prisoner after a chase in a darkened engine room. Pirate ringleader Abduwali Muse cut his hand trying to keep Perrys knife away from his neck, the pirate was then tied up and his wounds were treated by Second Mate Ken Quinn. Captain Phillips escorted the pirates to a lifeboat to them how to operate it. The ships reached Maersk Alabama early on 9 April, Maersk Alabama was then escorted from the scene to its original destination of Mombasa where Captain Larry D. Aasheim took command of the ship. Phillips had relieved Aasheim nine days earlier, CNN and Fox News quoted sources stating that the pirates strategy was to await the arrival of additional hijacked vessels carrying more pirates and additional hostages to use as human shields. A stand-off began on 9 April between Bainbridge, Halyburton, and the lifeboat from Maersk Alabama, on which they held Phillips hostage
8. HSC Manannan – HSC Manannan is a 96-metre wave-piercing high-speed catamaran car ferry built in Tasmania in 1998. After commercial service in Australia and New Zealand, she was chartered to the US Military as USS Joint Venture, now owned and operated by the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company, she mainly provides a seasonal service between Douglas and Liverpool. Manannan is one of six 96-metre catamarans built by Incat of Tasmania, Australia and she was built as Incat 050 in 1998. Under the name Devil Cat, she operated for a period as a commercial ferry for TT-Line. A spell followed crossing the Cook Strait as Top Cat, then she was acquired by the US Navy and converted for military purposes. In 2001, she was commissioned as USS Joint Venture, serving for five years with the United States Armed Forces, a flight deck was added to accommodate various helicopters in the US Navy arsenal. In 2003, Joint Venture was assigned to Operation Enduring Freedom in the Horn of Africa, at the end of the five year charter, she was handed back to Incat in early 2006. She underwent a refit and was painted in the livery of Express Ferries, plans for her to enter service as a car and passenger ferry never materialised. On 19 May 2008, the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company announced the purchase of the wave-piercing catamaran for £20 million, as the replacement for the fast craft Viking. Because of its previous use, the company said it had significantly fewer hours of service than a vessel of comparable age and was suited for the planned service. She completed the 11,868 miles mile voyage from Hobart to Portsmouth, with most of the materials for her refit, a £3 million refit, carried out by Burgess Marine in Portsmouth, provided a new aft accommodation module and the Sky Lounge. The heavy military ramp was replaced with a new stern door, following this, she arrived in Douglas on 11 May 2009. An open day took place at each of the Companys ports and at a ceremony, she was renamed after Manannán mac Lir. Manannan made her maiden voyage with the Steam Packet Company on Friday 22 May 2009 on the 07,30 sailing from Douglas to Liverpool. - by late March 2015, the number of motorcycles booked for the TT Festival was up 10% on the previous year, at 96 metres, Manannan is the largest vessel of its kind on the Irish Sea. In summer season, she operates daily sailings from Douglas to Liverpool, during the winter, Manannan remains in Douglas on reserve and sails to Liverpool to have her annual overhaul before returning for the summer season. The Manannans passenger facilities are located two decks. Express also suffered damage while in Manx waters and P&O were forced to cancel a number of their own sailings as a result
9. HMS Grimsby (M108) – HMS Grimsby is a Sandown-class minehunter of the British Royal Navy, and the second ship to bear the name. She was built by Vosper Thornycroft, in Woolston, Hampshire, the class was originally named as the Single Role Minehunter and was planned to complement the capabilities of the preceding Hunt class and to be cheaper to build. Sandown-class MCMVs are highly manoeuvrable vessels due to being fitted with Voith-Schneider propulsors allowing rapid turning at slow speeds or whilst stationary and they are considered to be amongst the best active minehunters in the world. In 2012 she entered a 6-month Support Period in Rosyth which will include replacing the fire detection system, upgrade communications systems. Grimsby is part of Mine Counter Measures Squadron 1 based at HMNB Clyde, Faslane, armament is primarily for self-defence against an Asymmetric warfare threat although a Point Defence capability exists. The fit of 2x Mk44 Miniguns has greatly improved the ships force protection ability, overseas deployments are varied including regular participation in Exercise Cold Response and as part of Standing NATO Force Mediterranean. More recently the focus has been in support of OP TELIC Roulement in the Persian Gulf, in 2010 the ship was based in Bahrain. She is affiliated to her town of Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire and with local organisations such as Grimsby Town F. C. Other affiliations include the Grimsby Royal British Legion, Grimsby Royal Naval Association, the ships Lady Sponsor is Lady Blackham