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New cruise ships to hold a record 6,600 passengers
(15 June 2015)

Cruise giant Carnival Corp. today ordered four new ships that will hold up to 6,600 passengers a piece -- a new record.

The parent company of Carnival, Holland America, Princess and seven other lines says two of the 180,000-ton vessels will be operated by its German brand, Aida. The company didn't say which brand would get the other two ships but suggested they would sail for one of its Europe-based lines.


Watchdog: Piracy attacks in SEA highest in last half-decade
(15 June 2015)

Pirate attacks in South-East Asia this year, particularly in Malaysian waters, is the highest it has ever been in the last half-decade, said an anti-piracy watchdog.


Fire damaged container ship arrives in Southampton
(4 June 2015)

A car transporter which caught fire at sea off the east coast of the country - has arrived in Southampton.

Experts from Hampshire Fire and Rescue helped to monitor the situation as crews on board The Courage ship tackled the blaze using carbon dioxide.


Korea and Japan Vie for Mega Container Ship Orders
(18 May 2015)

Maersk Line is said to have reached an agreement with Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) for an order of up to 11 mega container ships with a capacity of around 20,000 TEU.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the price for each is expected to be a record low of around $151 million each.



A Safe Haven, A Shore Refuge

Seafarers Relaxing

The Centres to Seafarers provide a warm welcome to all seafarers visiting our ports and to seafarers and their dependants who are resident in the City.

Each Centre is home to the four port chaplains representing the Apostleship of the Sea, The Sailors' Society, The Mission to Seafarers and Queen Victoria Seamen's Rest.

Free transport is provided from the docks complex to and from the Centres.

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Centre News

• Cemfjord shipping tragedy: a joint statement
13th Jan 2015 - Global maritime charities The Mission to Seafarers (MtS) and The Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) have today issued a joint statement about the recent Cemfjord shipping disaster that occurred off the coast of Scotland in the Pentland Firth waterway last weekend... read more »

• Stranded Solent cargo ship's crew get emergency help from maritime charities
10th Jan 2015 - Maritime welfare charities The Apostleship of the Sea (AoS), The Mission to Seafarers (MtS), and The Southampton Centre for Seafarers (SCS) have been speaking today about their emergency work to support the crew of the Hoegh Osaka, in the aftermath of the rescue from a cargo ship that ran aground in the Solent last weekend... read more »

• Cruise industry digs deep to support seafarers in need - thanks to Seafarers UK
19th Dec 2014 - Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), UK and Ireland, last night held its Annual Dinner on the Fred.Olsen Cruise Line's MS Black Watch at Tilbury... read more »

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Forthcoming Events

The Christmas Carol Concert will take place in December 2015.

An evening of Christmas music, well known carols and Christmas readings for all the family.

More information will be provided closer to the event.