On the waterfront

On the Waterfront: Evoking those classical lines

Sunny conditions added to the pleasure of watching the cruise ship Saga Ruby arriving at Port Chalmers last week.

Newcomer 'Aurora' one of the season's last cruise ships

The annual summer cruise ship season is starting to wind down. After today only five more visits are scheduled before it ends early next month.

On the Waterfront: Three interesting maiden visitors to port last week

Three vessels of particular interest made their maiden visits to the harbour last week. The log ship Port Phillip brought back memories of a well-known Port Line cargo liner, Aetos also called to load logs, and Araon is the first ice-breaker to come our way for almost 39 years.

On the Waterfront: General cargo carrier loads phosphate

On the Waterfront: General cargo carrier loads phosphate

The latest visitor, to Ravensbourne last Saturday, the Chinese-built Montauk Maiden, may have a similar appearance to bulk carriers that have turned up here over the years.

On the Waterfront: New visitor keen to keep sea-going history alive

On the Waterfront: New visitor keen to keep sea-going history alive

Another two cruise-ship names will be recorded here for the first time this week, with the arrival of the 2009-built Silver Spirit on Wednesday and the 22-year-old Balmoral on Saturday.

On the Waterfront: Representative of Seabourn sisters calls on trip round the world

On the Waterfront: Representative of Seabourn sisters calls on trip round the world

After an absence of almost five years, the Seabourn Cruise Line returned to Otago yesterday in the shape of Seabourn Sojourn.

On the Waterfront: Hamburg-Suds now has even bigger ships in its fleet

On the Waterfront: Hamburg-Suds now has even bigger ships in its fleet

Further to Hamburg-Suds' 50-year association with this port and the introduction, during the past few years, of larger vessels into the fleet, mentioned last week; I have found even bigger ships have joined the fleet since last October.

On the Waterfront: 'Bahia' group has long history

It all began on January 19, 1961, when the 4106gt Cap Corrientes berthed at Dunedin, representing the Hamburg-Sud group in this harbour for the first time.

On the waterfront: Flying start for year

On the waterfront: Flying start for year

Shipping schedules can often be upset.

Past half-century sees British flag give way to others

The year 2010 was an interesting one. Compared with 50 years ago, when most of our overseas import and export trades were handled by cargo liners flying the British flag, they are now the domain of foreign-owned interests.

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