Tomorrow France and Russia will sign an agreement on the construction of two warships Mistral-class

On Tuesday, January 25, 2011, France and Russia will finally sign the long-awaited agreement on the construction of two Mistral class warships. This is officially reported by the Elysee Palace. The ceremony will take place in the presence of French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin at Saint-Nazaire in the west of France.

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Russia and Finland will jointly build an icebreakers

The Russian Federation and Finland have set up a joint venture to build icebreaking vessels for the high latitudes of the Arctic. Not long ago, the organization received an order for the first two icebreakers for heavy ice conditions.

Yalta sea trade port joined the Association of cruise ports of the Mediterranean

The Yalta Sea Commercial Port was admitted to the Association of Cruise Ports of the Mediterranean (MedCruise), said the assistant to the head of the Yalta Sea Commercial Port Selina Y. V. This event was made possible thanks to the participation of representatives of the Yalta Port in the 37th General Assembly of the Mediterranean Cruise Port Association, is timed to the development of cruise tourism, which took place in French Cannes in late November.

A contract for the purchase of Mistral-class ships for the Russian Federation will be signed before the end of 2010

The contract for the purchase of a universal helicopter carrier Mistral-class for the Russian Navy will be signed before the end of the year, RIA Novosti reports, citing the statement of the head of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation Nikolai Makarov. Makarov also added, that the Russian authorities continue to prepare an international tender for the construction and purchase of the newest helicopter carriers for the Russian Navy.

New passenger flights opened near the Southern coast of Crimea

Yalta sea commercial port has organized from August 20, 2010 for the period of the holiday season regular passenger transportation by motor ships along the routes of suburban traffic along the Southern coast of Crimea.

New cruise liner Carnival Magic for the Carnival Cruise Lines company

The American group Carnival Corporation and the shipyard Fincantieri recently reached an agreement on the construction of a new cruise liner with a displacement of 130,000 tons for the Carnival Cruise Lines brand. Passenger ship will be called Carnival Magic. The liner will be built at the shipyard in Monfalcone and is scheduled for commissioning in the spring of 2011.

First submarine designed in 1578

Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) made sketches of a submarine and William Bourne, a British mathematician, drew plans for a submarine in 1578. But it was only in 1620 that Cornelius van Drebbel, a Dutch inventor, managed to build a submarine. He wrapped a wooden rowboat tightly in waterproof leather and had air tubes with floats to the surface to provide oxygen. Of course, there were no engines yet, so the oars went through the hull at leather gaskets. He took the first trip with 12 oarsmen in the Thames River — staying submerged for 3 hours.

Liner-giant Oasis of the Seas passed the cruise company Royal Caribbean International

After six years of creating a unique vessel, the management of Royal Caribbean International took on October 28, 2009 its most revolutionary and the world's largest cruise liner Oasis of the Seas from the shipbuilders of STX Europe, which was signed by the relevant documents in the Finnish city Turku. From this moment, the debut flight of the liner from the marshy plains of Fort Lauderdale, Florida began on December 1, 2009.

Sixteen-year-old Australian went around the world on a sailing yacht

Australian schoolgirl Jessica Watson went on a solitary circumnavigation on a yacht, despite numerous warnings from relatives and authorities. The leadership of the state of Queensland recommended that Jessica refrain from traveling around the world, as in September 2009 during training her yacht collided with a transport ship. However, the warning girl does not pay attention.

Ukrainian ports visited the largest cruise liner

The cruise liner NORWEGIAN JADE visited the «pearl of the Black Sea» in the city of Yalta, and on October 6, 2009 arrived in the port of Odessa. On its board more than 2,000 passengers travel. The management of the sea station reported that such sea vessels are a rarity for the Odessa harbor. The fact is that the water area of the seaport allows to take ships up to 300 meters long, and the length of the NORWEGIAN JADE liner is 294 meters.

The Container revolution

The transportation of cargo from manufactories around the world to ports for loading, its movement across the oceans to points of debarkation, and then its arrival at local loading docks transpires on a routine, seamless basis. The process is so smooth that, only after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, did the nation awaken to learn that only a small percentage of the more than 23 million containers that arrive yearly in this country are inspected. While this is clearly a topic lawmakers are addressing as far as homeland security is concerned, it also points to the fact that the volume of commerce in and out of the nation, along with the rest of the world, has increased exponentially since the end of the Second World War. The reasons for this change are numerous: globalization, better production techniques, mechanization, and improved management styles. Perhaps the most significant factor, and one usually overlooked, is that the capability to move cargo overseas in large quantities and in a way that allows for quicker turn-around in port has only been effected in the last few decades. This style of cargo handling, containerization, has led to a shipping revolution.

Ukrainians became world Champions in the competition Formula 1 on water

On Sunday, September 13, the team The Ukrainian Spirit on the boat Seagull, for the first time became the world champion among high-speed boats Powerboat P1 in the SuperSport class.

High-speed boat from the Lancia company

The Italian car manufacturer Lancia introduced its first speedboat. Over the creation of a sea vessel called Lancia di Lancia, the car company cooperated with the Sacs shipyard and the renowned yacht designer Christian Grande.

The aircraft carrier USS Lexington

The USS Lexington is the last operational unit of the Essex class of carriers that were designed just prior to World War II, and were modernized in the 1950s. This is AVT-16 as she appears today during operations in the Gulf of Mexico.

The cruise ship Silver Spirit of the Silversea Cruises

The cruise ship Silver Spirit is the latest addition to the Silversea Cruises fleet and christened in January 2010. Her inaugural voyage will be a grand one — sailing for 91 days from Fort Lauderdale around the tip of South America, north to Los Angeles, and back through the Panama Canal to New York. She will see much of the coastal Americas in her first few months.

Hapag Lloyd cruise ship fleet

Luxury is now standard on the best cruise lines, so Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has gone one better by tailoring its ships to specific destinations to add more excitement to their high seas voyages.

The cruise ship Enchantment of the Seas for the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line

The cruise ship Enchantment of the Seas is the second mega-class cruise liner in a series of two ships (the cruise ship Grandeur of the Seas) built by Kvaerner Masa of Finland for Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. It is one of thebiggest cruise ships in the world.

The cruise ships Freedom-class Independence of the Seas

The MS Independence of the Seas is a Royal Caribbean Cruise Line cruise ship, which entered service in April 2008. The 15-deck ship can accommodate 4,370 passengers served by 1360 crew. She was built in the STX Europe dry dock in Turku, Finland, builder of Freedom of the Seas and Liberty of the Seas, her sister cruise ships of the Freedom Class. At 154407 gross tons, she joined Freedom of the Seas and Liberty of the Seas as the largest cruise ships and passenger vessels ever built (at the time of construction). She is 1112 feet (339 m) long, and typically cruises at 21,6 knots. The vessel operates from Southampton, England.

The largest world container ship Emma Maersk

Emma Maersk is a container ship owned by the A. P. Moller-Maersk Group. When she was launched, Emma Maersk was the largest container ship ever built, and as of 2008 the longest ship in use. Officially, Emma Maersk is able to carry around 11,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) according to the Maersk Company's method of calculating capacity, which is about 1400 more containers than any other ship is capable of carrying.

Sailing ship HMS Bellona

The H.M.S. (His Majesty's Ship) BELLONA was one of the most famous 74-gun ships of the British Navy.

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