Yacht linked to Putin refurbished at cost of $32m, Russian opposition claims

Russia’s government, or someone, spent at least R3bn $32m in 2022 refitting a yacht which it is claimed is beneficially controlled by President Putin, according to an investigation by a team linked to Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny. The vessel 82-metre yacht Graceful, which...


Ocean Explorer refloated by fishing trawler at second attempt

Cruise ship Ocean Explorer (IMO 9883194), carrying 206 passengers and crew, whichran aground last week in a remote part of Greenland, with 206 people on board, was pulled free by a fishing trawler on Thursday September 14th. The Ocean Explorer cruise vessel had been stuck since Monday in mud and...


Trawler’s attempt fails to free grounded cruise ship in Greenland

An attempt on September 13th by fishing support vessel Tarajoq (IMO 9881225) to free the grounded cruise ship Ocean Explorer (IMO 9883194)has not succeeded. The Tarajoq, of the Greenland Institute for Natural Resources, arrived at the grounding site in the Alpe Fjord in the morning and attempted a...


Death of fare-paying passenger causing increased levels of anger in Greece

The video of a man apparently being pushed back into the sea as a RoRo ferry was departing Piraeus continued on Friday to cause fury amongst the local public and across Greece. Ferries are an integral part of the Greek economy, given its vast number of islands. The incident, on the RoRo Blue...


Fourth Virgin Voyage ship is delayed again, more funds raised

Virgin Voyages reported last week that it had “made the tough decision” to postpone the launch of its planned fourth cruise ship, the Brilliant Lady (IMO 9870654). The fourth cruise ship had been due to enter service late this year, operating out of San Juan, Puerto Rico. The company said that it...


New Holland-Norway cruise-ferry service goes bankrupt; ends sailings

Holland Norway Lines, which began sailing firect from netherlands to Nroway in April 2022, has been declared bankrupt, ending its operations. The company cited problems with its port operations and being forced out of its Dutch terminus earlier this year as the major causes of its failure. The...


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