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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Tore Andersen  (Photo: Optimarin)

Optimarin Offering 5-year Parts and Service Guarantee

Norwegian-headquartered ballast water treatment (BWT) specialist Optimarin said it has become the first manufacturer to offer a five-year parts and servicing guarantee. It’s a move that, according to CEO Tore Andersen, has the potential to redefine ship owners’ expectations from suppliers in this ultra-competitive sector. Optimarin said such long-term plans are enabled by its backing from a stable group of investors, together with its considerable order book. The Optimarin Ballast…

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Cruise Ships & Environmental Risk: ‘No Silver Bullet’

LONDON - “Sustainability is core to the cruise industry; but there is no silver bullet or one solution to fit all.”  This was the key message that echoed across the panel of speakers at Thursday, November 16, 2017, IMMEDIASEA Shipping Debate Forum in London. The lively discussion between representatives of Carnival Corporation, Wartsila Marine Solutions, Bellona, DNV GL, Jotun and Hurtigruten highlighted a shared vision of a green and sustainable future for the industry. There are concerns with the rise in popularity of remote and environmentally delicate destinations such as Norway…

Carnival Valor (Photo: Carnival)

Carnival Increasing Capacity from NOLA

Carnival Cruise Line will expand capacity on its short cruise offerings from the Port of New Orleans beginning in 2019. Carnival Valor will shift to New Orleans for year-round four- and five-day cruises from the Big Easy beginning in May 2019, becoming the largest ship to offer a year-round short cruise itineraries from Port NOLA. On this route, four- day long weekend cruises depart Thursdays and visit Cozumel, while five-day voyages depart Mondays and Saturdays calling at Cozumel and Progreso.

Dave German (Photo: Port Canaveral)

Port Canaveral Names German as Director

Port Canaveral's Cruise Team is gaining a new dimension with the appointment of Dave German as Director, Cruise Business Development, effective Friday, November 10, 2017. German previously served as Port Canaveral's Senior Harbormaster. In his new role, he will be responsible for building the Port's alliances with cruise lines for both home ported and port-of-call vessels. Dave German holds a Bachelor of Science degree in marine transportation and logistics from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, and earned an MBA in finance from Ohio University.

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Survitec at Marintec China 2017

Safety solutions provider Survitec is continuing to show its commitment to the Asia-Pacific region by displaying its latest range of safety and survival solutions at Marintec China 2017, between December 5th-8th. The exhibition takes place at the Shanghai New International EXPO Centre and Survitec’s experts will be on hand to answer all technical enquiries. Survitec will not only display its lifejackets and life rafts, but also its range of fire and gas safety systems, including the latest N2 nitrogen generator.

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Shell Charters LNG Bunker Barge in US

Shell Trading (US) Company announced it has finalized a long-term charter agreement with Q-LNG Transport, LLC for an LNG bunker barge with the capacity to carry 4,000 cubic meters of LNG fuel. As the first of its kind to be based in the United States, the ocean-going LNG bunker barge will supply LNG to marine customers along the southern East Coast of the U.S. and support growing cruise line demand for LNG marine fuel. "This investment in LNG as a marine fuel for the US will provide the shipping industry with a fuel that helps meet tougher emissions regulations from 2020…

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Naviera Armas Buys Trasmediterranea from Acciona

Acciona has reached an agreement to sell its 92.7% stake in Trasmediterranea to the Naviera Armas Group. Acciona's stake is being sold for 260.4 million euros, and the buyer will assume 127.3 million euros of debt owed by Trasmediterranea to Acciona group companies. The final price could increase by up to 16 million euros as a function of the combined group's future EBITDA performance. This transaction sets the company's enterprise value (100%) at  between 419 and 436 million euros.

Cruising towards clear skies: the Cavotec AMPMobile unit at Montreal's cruise terminal (Photo coutesy of Cavotec)

Shore Power Helps Canadian Ports Cut Emissions

Cavotec shore power systems are helping ports in Canada make substantial reductions in cruise and container ship emissions, with the Montreal Port Authority (MPA) recently reporting that its shore power initiatives are expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by some 2,800 tonnes a year. Shore power technologies, also known as cold ironing and Alternative Maritime Power (AMP), enable the connection of ships in port to connect to shore side electricity to power on board services.

Photo: Port of Kiel

Kiel's Cruise Shipping Season Draws to a Close

A final call from AIDAvita on October 21 marked the end of the 2017 cruise shipping season in Kiel, Germany. This year saw the number of passengers embarking or disembarking at Kiel’s cruise shipping terminals pass the half million mark for the first time, as the port was visited on 143 separate occasions by 29 different cruise ships with a combined total 10 million GT. “Northern Europe cruises are increasingly in demand. We are benefitting from this development and have, this year, posted our highest passenger totals to date,” said Dr.

Edie Rodriguez (Photo: PONANT)

Rodriguez Takes Americas Chairman Role at PONANT

Luxury cruise industry veteran Edie Rodriguez will serve as Americas Brand Chairman and Corporate Special Advisor at French-owned cruise line PONANT. With more than 30 years of experience in the cruise industry, the former Crystal CEO and President will be responsible for increasing PONANT's brand awareness and sales in the Americas, and will act as a Corporate Advisor for the company. Navin Sawhney, CEO of PONANT Americas, said, "For the last several years now, PONANT has been building a solid strategy for the American market and has the means to achieve its objectives.

Image credit: Port of Los Angeles - Liquid Terminals

Today’s Maritime Security: Is the Industry Prepared?

In late June of 2017, AP Moeller-Maersk shut down its container operations at the Port of Los Angeles. It wasn’t due to labor relations problems, equipment malfunction or other reasons that have been known to thwart port operations. It was a cyber-attack. In today’s climate of information technology, there’s no telling where hackers lurk or a cyber security compromises may occur. For the maritime industry and its extended supply chains, the threat is real and looming. “At the local Maersk facility in L.A.…

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Panama Canal Sets Record Annual Cargo Tonnage

Following the close of its 2017 fiscal year (FY17), the Panama Canal announced that the waterway welcomed a record 403.8 million Panama Canal tons (PC/UMS) of cargo in FY17, the largest amount of annual tonnage ever transited in its 103-year history. The 22.2 percent increase from the previous year can be directly attributed to the added capacity provided by the Expanded Canal. According to figures, the Panama Canal transited a total of 13,548 vessels during its FY17, representing a 3.3 percent increase compared to totals the year before.

Tristan Greaney and Sir Alan Massey (Photo: MCA)

MCA Officer Trainee of the Year Honored

A trainee marine engineering officer says he’s received a massive boost in confidence after being awarded the Maritime & Coastguard Agency’s Officer Trainee of the Year award. Tristan Greaney, 27, from Cornwall is a Third Marine Engineering Officer for Princess Cruises. He took a Light Marine Engineering course in Falmouth, acquiring hands on experience as well as completing a number of course work projects. He received his award, presented on behalf of the Shipping Minister,  from Sir Alan Massey, Chief Executive of the MCA as part of the Marine Society and Sea Cadets Annual Court (MSSC).

The Port of Gothenburg has opted for the third year in succession not to increase the charges set out in the Port Tariff. Photo: Gothenburg Port Authority

Gothenburg Port Extends Discount Period for Vessels

Gothenburg Port Authority has opted to keep the Port Tariff unchanged for the third year in succession. The charges for 2018 will thus be on the same level as 2015. Port charges are levied on all vessels that call at the Port of Gothenburg. The charges are based on vessel type and gross tonnage, and are used to finance a range of activities, including fairway maintenance, traffic information and port safety. The Port of Gothenburg has opted for the third year in succession not to increase the charges set out in the Port Tariff.

Windstar Cruises Appoints Inman as Director

New expert hire reflects that traveler safety is at the forefront for the cruise line. Windstar Cruises has announced that they are welcoming seafaring safety specialist Michael Inman as the newest member of the boutique cruise line’s highly accredited leadership team. Bringing with him a diverse spectrum of experience from both the U.S. Coast Guard and the cruise industry, Inman will report directly to Windstar President John Delaney and work alongside fleet and technical operations officials to further maintain and enhance the luxury line’s high standards for safety and traveler welfare.

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Copenhagen’s New Cruise Terminal Green-lighted

A new cruise terminal will be built in Copenhagen, having received the go-ahead from the Board of Copenhagen Malmö Port (CMP). CMP has responded to rising demand and has assessed that current facilities need to be augmented with another terminal building, Terminal 4. The new terminal, The cruise terminal, expected to open in 2020, will be located beyond the current Oceankaj in Ydre Nordhavn and will be able to handle more than 5,000 passengers per call. “A new terminal, designed for more than 5,000 passengers, will enable us to receive more and bigger ships in future.

In order to fully optimize the hull and propose a more mature design, Metal Shark built a PBX running prototype hull, designated PB(X)-P1, which was extensively tested in a wide range of operating conditions. (Photo: Metal Shark)

Metal Shark Wins USN PB(X) Contract

Metal Shark won the contract to produce the U.S. Navy’s next-generation patrol boat, the PB(X), the replacement for the fleet of force protection boats currently in use with Navy Expeditionary Combad Command’s Coastal Riverine Forces (CRF). Subject to annual appropriations, the Navy intends to replace approximately 100 to 160 of its existing 25-ft. and 34-ft. CRF patrol boats with the larger and more modern PB(X) platform over the next 15 years. The Navy has placed an initial, immediate order for eleven of the new vessels.

Position of the Genoa Port – Adjacent to airport and naturally linked with city’s coastal zone

Case Study: Dredging & Land Reclamation at Port of Genoa

This article is a reflection of presentation delivered by Marco Vaccari, Portfolio & Project Manager, Genoa Port Authority (Italy) at 7th Dredging & Land Reclamation Asia Summit 2017 (organized by Equip Global, Singapore); co-contributed by Tony Tran. Marco Vaccari is a Portfolio & Project Manager in the Technical Department of the Genoa Port Authority (Italy). Born, raised and spent most of his career in the port city, Marco has devoted the past 15 years for the implementation of around 20 projects within the port…

Disney Cruise Line's Disney Wonder transiting the Agua Clara Locks in April 2017. (Photo: ACP)

Panama Canal Expects 230+ Cruise Ships This Season

The Panama Canal announced that it expects to receive approximately 235 cruise ships through the Panamax and Neopanamax Locks during the upcoming 2017-2018 cruise season. Beginning in October, this will be the first full cruise season to welcome vessels through the Expanded Canal. “In addition to the existing locks, cruise lines now have the option to include the Expanded Canal as part of their itineraries,” said the Panama Canal’s international trade specialist Albano Aguilar. In April 2017, Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Wonder became the first cruise ship to ever transit the Expanded Canal.

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2,000th Neopanamax Transits Expanded Panama Canal

Yesterday, the Panama Canal welcomed its 2,000th Neopanamax vessel through the waterway, demonstrating the route’s continued impact on maritime trade and the industry’s confidence in the safe, reliable and efficient service the Canal provides. The COSCO Yantian containership completed the milestone transit through the Expanded Canal traveling northbound from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean. The vessel measures 351 meters in length and 43 meters in beam, with a total TEU allowance (TTA) of 9,504.

MSC Pohorje at Clydeport (Photo: Peel Ports)

Peel Ports Clydeport to Host Shipping Conference in Glasgow

The team behind Clydeport, Scotland’s global deep-sea gateway, is preparing to welcome an audience of over 100 shipping industry experts to a one-of-a-kind conference this month (Thursday 28 September) at Glasgow’s iconic Science Centre Auditorium. A speaker panel consisting representatives from each touchpoint in Scotland’s import/export process will discuss how they have collaborated to improve the journey of consumer goods from Greenock to the rest of the world via the £400 million ($540 mln) Liverpool2 Terminal at the Port of Liverpool.

Photo: Abu Dhabi Ports

Operations Begin at New Fujairah Port

Abu Dhabi celebrated the official commencement of operations of Fujairah Terminals in the East coast of the United Arab Emirates. The announcement came following an official event held at Novotel Fujairah, attended by Sheikh Saleh bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Chairman of the Board of Port of Fujairah, Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports, along with a delegation of Senior Managers, Key Stakeholders and Customers. Earlier this year, Abu Dhabi Ports signed a 35-year concession agreement with the Port of Fujairah…

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Neptune Shipyard Completes First AIDAnova Module

A module of the new cruise ship AIDAnova has been released into the water for the first time at the Neptun shipyard in Rostock, which belongs to the Meyer Group. This is the first of two floating parts, so-called Floating Engine Room Units (FERU), which was placed onto the Warnow river with a special lowering device. The complex module, which stretches over 120 meters long, 42 meters wide and is three decks high, is carrying AIDAnova's four Caterpillar dual-fuel engines, and hence is the heart of the vessel.

From left: Scholarship recipients Samuel Comerford, Alex Yonkman and Tyler Sayvetz with Crowley's Victoria Ellis. Not shown: Kent Treptow (Photo: Crowley)

Crowley Awards Scholarships to Four Cal Maritime Cadets

Crowley Maritime Corp. awarded four California Maritime Academy (CMA) students with Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarships during last night’s Containerization and Intermodal Institute’s Connie Awards dinner in Long Beach, Calif. Crowley’s Victoria Ellis, manager, regulatory training, presented the awards to recipients Samuel Comerford, Alex Yonkman, Kent Treptow and Tyler Sayvetz. The scholarships help to further educational opportunities for these students, who were each chosen based on their academic performance, financial need and interest in pursuing a career at sea after graduation.

Tom Wolber (Photo: Crystal Cruises)

New CEO at the Helm of Crystal Cruises

Genting Hong Kong appointed travel industry veteran Tom Wolber as President and CEO of Crystal Cruises, effective September 15. Wolber brings to the role over three decades of experience in general management, operations, newbuild construction and business development. He joins Crystal most recently from the Walt Disney Company where he served in various executive roles for 28 years, 10 of which were with Disney Cruise Line where he served as Senior Vice President of Operations. Wolber helped transform Disney Cruise Line into a global cruise line.

Photo: Port of Keil

Kiel Port Prize Goes to Grage of SCA Logistics

The 2017 annual Port of Kiel Prize has been awarded to Jörn Grage, Managing Director of SCA Logistics GmbH. The award was presented on Thursday evening, September 14th, by Dr Dirk Claus, Managing Director of the PORT OF KIEL (SEEHAFEN KIEL GmbH & Co. KG) as part of celebrations to mark the “Sprottenback” – the traditional annual social get-together of companies in the port business community. In a speech honouring the Port Prize recipient, Dirk Claus said: “Jörn Grage has, because of his own personal commitment…

Port Canaveral Resumes Operations

As of 12 noon today, the U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) approved restricted commercial vessel transit through Port Canaveral to allow the port to support the arrival of critical fuel supplies destined for Florida consumers, and to receive cruise ships that were diverted from Port Canaveral prior to the arrival of Hurricane Irma. Port Canaveral previously had limited operations capability due to lack of water and limited electric power. However, this update to the port's Condition Zulu confirms the port's ability to regain full operational capability over the next few days…

Rendering of the VARD 6 01 (Image: Vard)

Vard Wins Expedition Cruise Contract

Vard Holdings Limited said it won a contract for the design and construction of an expedition cruise vessel for Coral Expeditions of Australia. Newly developed by Vard Design in Norway in cooperation with the customer, the vessel is specially designed for small ship expedition cruises to remote and exotic destinations in the regions of Asia-Pacific. The vessel of VARD 6 01 design, measuring 93.5 x 17.2 meters, with room for 120 guests. True to the Coral Expeditions business concept…

Pic:  UK Chamber of Shipping

How Do Ships Avoid Hurricanes?

Dozens of ships in the Caribbean have already been diverted to avoid Hurricane Irma, but how exactly does shipping cope with extreme weather - a post by UK Chamber of Shipping. Hurricane Irma, much like its predecessor Hurricane Harvey, has sent shipping into disarray, particularly for cruise passengers. Around 40,000 holidaymakers are estimated to have been affected by disruption to scheduled cruises this week and this figure could rise further as Irma speeds through the Caribbean towards southern Florida.

Jesse Spence (Photo: Noise Control Engineering)

Spence Takes over as Noise Control Engineering President

Glosten subsidiary Noise Control Engineering, LLC (NCE), a Massachusetts-based acoustical and structural engineering consultancy, said it has appointed Jesse Spence as its next president. As NCE president, Spence will have direct responsibility for organizational processes, market assessment and business development. He accepts this position after serving as NCE’s director of technology. Spence joined NCE in 2001, having led the firm’s efforts to develop and implement technologies and techniques to facilitate solutions to marine acoustic and vibration problems.

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Asian Cruise Market Growth Continues -Report

The Cruise Lines International Association, has released the findings from two new reports about the Asian Cruise market. The first, 2017 Asia Cruise Trends, is a comprehensive analysis of the cruise industry within Asia. The second, the 2016 North Asia Economic Impact Study, reveals the economic impact the cruise industry has had to the North Asian market. “While the Asian cruise market has grown tremendously within the past four years – it has the potential to capture a much larger percentage of the Asian population…

Photo: Port Taranaki Limited

Port Taranaki Ready for More Cruise Ships

Port Taranaki is committed to providing world-class assets and service excellence to support the cruise industry, chief executive Guy Roper says. Mr Roper took part in a panel discussion of leaders from “emerging ports” at today’s Cruise New Zealand 2017 Conference. This is the first time Port Taranaki has participated at a Cruise New Zealand conference. Prior to the conference, Roper highlighted that, as the gateway to the region, Port Taranaki is prepared and ready for more cruise ships.

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MV WERFTEN Takes On 90 New Trainees

In an official ceremony held in Wismar, MV WERFTEN welcomed 102 new recruits to the maritime industry. 90 apprentices in five different professions and 12 students taking sandwich degree courses were given a warm welcome by the company management, works councils and training supervisors, set against the impressive backdrop of the company’s shipbuilding hall. “Today is a very special day for us – we are taking on over 100 new recruits in one fell swoop and are setting course together for a successful career path over the coming years,” said Holger Tepper, COO of MV WERFTEN.

Steven Cernak (Photo: Port Everglades)

Cernak Elected Chairman of Florida Ports Council

Port Everglades Chief Executive/Port Director Steven Cernak will succeed Port Tampa Bay Director Paul Anderson as chairman of the Florida Ports Council, a professional association of Florida’s public seaports, providing advocacy, leadership and research on seaport-related issues before state and federal government. “Steven Cernak has been an invaluable member of the Florida Ports Council. His extensive experience at numerous ports around the nation is a great asset to capitalize on the strengths of Florida’s diverse seaport system,” said Florida Ports Council President and CEO Doug Wheeler.

(Photo: Abu Dhabi Ports)

Abu Dhabi Ports Celebrates Emirati Women’s Day

Abu Dhabi Ports, the master developer, operator and manager of commercial and community ports within the emirate of Abu Dhabi, Fujairah Terminals at the Port of Fujairah, and Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD), celebrates Emirati Women’s Day, in recognition of the outstanding contributions of the Emirati women at Abu Dhabi Ports. Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports, expressed his deep pride in Emirati women’s accomplishments in the UAE and in the company…

Carnival Cruise Ships Blocked from Port by Hurricane Harvey

Carnival Corp said on Friday that three of its cruise ships are unable to return to the Port of Galveston, Texas, which is closed ahead of Hurricane Harvey. Two of the ships, the Carnival Freedom and the Carnival Valor, will head for New Orleans where they will pick up fresh supplies. Passengers will have the option of disembarking there, but Carnival advised them to not do so and said the ships will return to Galveston as soon as feasible. A third ship, the Carnival Breeze, will extend its stay in Cozumel, Mexico, and begin sailing back to Galveston this weekend, the company said.

Captain Khamis Weld Ghumail, Director of Maritime Traffic Management, DMCA  (Photo: DCMA)

DMCA Celebrates Dubai Training Achievements

The Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) recently evaluated the achievements of the Dubai Maritime Training Center (DMTC) for its major accomplishments in establishing new standards for professional maritime training, which is being conducted through integrated training programs designed in collaboration with international experts in order to adapt to rapid changes regionally and internationally. With the goal of making Dubai a leading global destination for maritime training and an ideal market for leading maritime companies…

Render of Barcelona Termnal E (Photo: ADELTE)

ADELTE Strengthens Its International Presence

Port cities like Miami or Barcelona are global benchmarks for cruise ship traffic. Their infrastructures must ensure efficient, incident-free travel for passengers and, of course, impeccable safety standards and quality of service. This year, ADELTE will install tailor-made seaport passenger boarding bridges, the most innovative bridges in the transport sector. Each port has unique needs. Every architect aims for something new. Each company is distinguished by certain qualities. But everyone agrees that boarding bridges should deliver comfort and safety for passengers.

Photo: Port of Kiel

Cruise Season Peaks in Kiel

Kiel is expecting a quadruple climax to its cruise shipping season on Saturday, August 12th, when four cruise ships will arrive in the port at the same time, in addition to the Baltic ferries of Color Line, Stena Line and DFDS. In the wake of the “AIDAvita” and “AIDAluna”, the “MSC Fantasia” and the “Zuiderdam“ of Holland America Line will berth on Saturday morning. Within just a few hours of that more than 23,000 passengers will disembark from ships or go on board. Dr. Dirk Claus, Managing Director of the PORT OF KIEL (SEEHAFEN KIEL GmbH & Co.

Photo: AIDA Cruises

Two AIDA Ships to Participate in German Maritime Festival

For the fourth time in a row, AIDA Cruises has agreed to sponsor a ship for one of these major public attractions of one of Germany’s biggest maritime festivals. Thanks to the support of the cruise company based in Rostock, the venerable Russian vessel “Kruzenshtern” will be a guest at the 27th Hanse Sail from August 10–13, 2017. The “Kruzenshtern,” a four-masted barque, which sails under a Russian flag, is the only remaining ship still in service from the famous Flying-P Liners…

Kristin Decas (Photo: IAOTP)

Decas Selected as a Top Port Director

While inclusion with the International Association of Top Professionals is an honor in itself, only a few members in each discipline are chosen for this distinction. These special honorees are distinguished based on their professional accomplishments, academic achievements, leadership abilities, longevity in the field, other affiliations and contributions to their communities. All honorees are invited to attend the IAOTP’s annual award gala at the end of this year for a night to honor their achievements.

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Ports Ponder Public Private Partnerships

Because any port is only as efficient as its weakest link, so-called P3 funding will be the key to driving the future intermodal equation. Seaport and marine terminal finance draws from a wide range of funding sources, often combined to pay for a particular project. Ports are public goods, and as such, sometimes they also see varying contributions from federal, state, regional and local entities. At its lowest common denominator, the port business is all about connectivity; hence ‘port’ projects will frequently include an intermodal component…

Indian Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari addressing at an exclusive preview of the Dawn of Cruise Tourism in India, in Mumbai on August 08, 2017. Photo: PIB, Govt of India

India Unveils Road Map for Cruise Operations

The Shipping and Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari has said that the Indian government is committed to creating the right environment for promoting cruise tourism in the country. Speaking at Dawn of Cruise Tourism in India - an international conference organized by the Shipping Ministry at Mumbai Port today, he said that India has a huge potential of hosting nearly 40 lakh cruise tourists. Given the right impetus, the number of tourist ships visiting India can go up from the present 158 to about 955 per year.

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India Looks to Boost Domestic Cruise Industry

The government of India announced important steps in view to boost the domestic cruise tourism industry. It is estimated that on an average a cruise tourist spends about US$200-300 and a cruise staff/officer spends about US$100-150 per port visit. Cruise tourism is a high-end luxury tourist segment of tourism sector. Cruise operations augment local economic activities as business opportunities arise for supply for provisions, transport, hotels, bunkering etc. to cruise ships which generate direct and indirect employment.

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State Minister Buchholz Visits the Port of Kiel

Dr Bernd Buchholz, Minister of Economics, Transport, Labour, Technology and Tourism in the Federal State of Schleswig-Holstein, paid an official visit to the port of Kiel on August 1st. During a tour of facilities the minister was briefed on the latest prospects and investment projects in the port by Kiel Lord Mayor Dr Ulf Kämpfer and port chief Dr Dirk Claus. ”My impression that the port of Kiel is well-positioned and is very much holding its own competitively has been confirmed”, the Minister said.

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MV WERFTEN Delivers Its First Newbuild

Shipbuilder MV WERFTEN has completed its first newbuild project, having today delivered Crystal Bach, the first of four new Rhine Class luxury river cruise vessels for Crystal River Cruises. Designed specifically for river cruising in Europe, the 135-meter-long and 11.4-meter-wide Crystal Bach will sail along the Rhine, Danube and Main Rivers through the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Switzerland, carrying up to 106 passengers in 55 large suites, all designed to be above the water line with horizontal sliding windows.

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CMA CGM Organized Towing Exercise

The Maritime Prefecture of the Channel and the North Sea, in liaison with the CMA CGM Group and Les Abeilles (Bourbon Group), organized a towing exercise between a large container ship, the CMA CGM Marco Polo, and the Abeille Languedoc, including an ‘intervention’, ‘assistance’ and ‘rescue tug’ (RIAS), off the coast of Le Havre. Thus on y, July 21, 2017 from 1:00 pm to 4:40 pm off Le Havre, the CMA CGM MARCO POLO simulated engine damage to enable the crew of L’Abeille Languedoc…

Photo: China Shipbuilding Industry Corp, Dalian Shipbuilding

Is China Shipbuilding Sinking into Tough Waves?

The world’s largest shipbuilding nation China is facing some tough years ahead as new-vessel orders weaken and order backlogs decline, Caixin reported quoting China Association of the National Shipbuilding Industry (CANSI). According to the industry association, in the first half of 2017, new orders received by Chinese shipbuilders plunged by 29 percent year-on-year in terms of total estimated freight volume for the new ships, the report said. The new orders are totaling 11.51 million deadweight tons. Deadweight tonnage is how much a ship can safely carry, not the weight of the ship itself.

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Majorcan Delegation Visits AIDAperla

On July 8, 2017, AIDAperla, the youngest member of the AIDA Cruises fleet, returned to the port of Palma de Mallorca after its christening and maiden voyage. In addition to Barcelona, Germany’s favorite island is one of the departure and destination ports for the seven-day cruises around the western Mediterranean with AIDAperla in its premiere season. During the stay at port, Captain Boris Becker welcomed a Majorcan delegation of port and tourism representatives, along with professors from the University of the Balearic Islands.

The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi. Photo: PIB

India Unveils Reforms to Boost Cruise Tourism

In order to promote cruise tourism, the Indian government on has announced a slew of reforms to revolutionise the industry which has a high employment generation potential, by simplifying the rules and procedures for cruise port operations. "The Ministry of Shipping, in conjunction with the Ministry of Tourism, has announced reforms to the regulatory processes governing the cruise tourism industry in the country," an official statement said. The objective is to revolutionize this industry which has a high employment generation potential…

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TUI Sheds Its Stake in Hapag-Lloyd to Focus on Tourism

Europe's largest tourism group TUI Group said on Monday it had sold its stake in container shipper Hapag-Lloyd, bringing to a close plans for the sale of non-core businesses in order to focus on its tourism operations. TUI Group has been investing in more of its own hotels and cruise ships since it was formed from the merger of TUI AG and TUI Travel in 2014. "The proceeds will be reinvested in the transformation of TUI as the world's leading integrated tourism business, focused on own hotel and cruise brands, and to further strengthen TUI's balance sheet," TUI said.

Damen’s local agent, Damien Barrow, Boris Peyterman, Technical Director PAP, George Puchon, CEO PAP and Damen Sales Manager Vincent Maes. (Photo: Damen)

Port Autonome de Papeete Orders Tug for Tahiti

Damen Shipyards said it has won an open tender for the supply of a tug to Port Autonome de Papeete on the Pacific island of Tahiti. Tahiti is part of French Polynesia, an overseas territory of the French Republic. The tug will be Damen’s popular ASD 2810 model, a rugged, versatile vessel capable of delivering 60 tonnes of bollard pull. Pape’ete is the capital of French Polynesia and the economic hub of the archipelago. Port Autonome de Papeete serves a wide range of vessels including local ferries…

(Photo: Kelvin Hughes)

Port Security: Indonesian Ports Select Radar Solution

The second largest port in Indonesia, Surabaya has opted for the SBS-800-2. The center of cargo distribution for East Java and a gateway to Eastern Indonesia, Surabaya is accessed from the North through the Madura strait, a 25-mile-long, 100m wide and 9.5m deep channel between East Java and Madura Island. The port has multi-purpose terminals, handling general cargo, bulk carriers, gas carriers, tankers, container vessels, Ro-Ro and passenger vessels. The port of Bitung is being developed as an international hub and currently handles general bulk cargo, tankers, containers and cruise vessels.

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

New Global Industry Alliance Established to Support Low Carbon Shipping

Leading shipowners and operators, classification societies, engine and technology builders and suppliers, big data providers, and oil companies have signed up to a new Global Industry Alliance (GIA) to support transitioning shipping and its related industries towards a low carbon future. Thirteen companies have signed up to launch the GIA, under the auspices of the GloMEEP Project, a Global Environment Facility (GEF)-United Nations Development Program (UNDP)-International Maritime…

Valletta Cruise Port Inks Agreement on Tourism Ethics

Valletta Cruise Port has signed the UNWTO Private Sector Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism. This Code is a frame of reference for responsible and sustainable tourism development as endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly in 2001. Together with another five Maltese companies, Valletta Cruise Port was welcomed as signatory to this Code. By adhering to the Code, signatories commit to implementing and promoting its principles in their business strategies and operations. The Code’s 10 principles cover the economic, social, cultural and environmental components of tourism.

Indian Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari addressing the workshop on “Action Plan for Development of Cruise Tourism in India”, in New Delhi on June 27, 2017. Photo: PIB

India to Boost Cruise Tourism

Indian Minister of Shipping Nitin Gadkari  has said that Cruise Tourism is one of the fastest growing components of the leisure industry worldwide, and  can be a major growth driver for the Indian economy by generating huge employment opportunities. Gadkari was  speaking at the National Workshop on “Action Plan for Development of Cruise Tourism in India”, in New Delhi today. The workshop was also attended by Minister of State for  Culture and Tourism Dr Mahesh Sharma, and representatives…

Guy Platten, CEO UK Chamber of Shipping (left), and Mark Charman, CEO Faststream Recruitment Group (right) (Photo: Faststream)

Faststream Opens New Global Headquarters

Faststream Recruitment founder and CEO Mark Charman launched the group’s new global headquarters in Southampton alongside Guy Patten, CEO of the U.K. Chamber of Shipping, at an official unveiling event on June 21. Faststream was established in Southampton in 1999, having gone on to launch further international offices in North America and Asia, with its Southampton office remaining as its global headquarters and housing more than 70 of its 100 worldwide staff. Charman commented, “We are hugely proud of our achievements over the past 18 years and very excited about our new global headquarters.

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Kieler Woche Draws Cruise Ships

The Kieler Woche sailing regatta – the biggest  maritime folk festival and sail sport event in northern Europe – is a big draw for cruise ships as well as many other vessels. Between June 17-25  Kiel expects visits by a total of 15 different luxury liners. Dr Dirk Claus, Managing Director of the PORT OF KIEL (SEEHAFEN KIEL GmbH & Co. KG) said, “The Kieler Woche – with its sailing competitions and cultural program and even as a marine meeting opportunity – has always been an international event.

Webb Institute’s Class of 2017 throwing their caps in the air after the 121st Commencement Ceremony. (Photo: Jonathan Wang, Webb Institute student, Class of 2020)

Webb Institute Class of 2017 Turns Tassels

On Saturday, June 17, 2017, Webb Institute awarded 19 Bachelor of Science degrees at its 121st Commencement Ceremony. Each graduating student received a dual degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. Webb’s commencement ceremony opened with the singing of the National Anthem by the WooFs (Webb Family Singers) and included inspirational remarks from the ceremony’s Principal Speaker, Bruce S. Rosenblatt. Rosenblatt, President of Bruce S. Rosenblatt & Associates, LLC, and Chairman of Webb’s Board of Trustees…

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Port of Kiel Opens Waste-water Reception Facility

A modern ship waste-water reception facility went into operation at Kiel’s Ostseekai on June 14. During an inauguration ceremony the new plant’s valves were symbolically opened by Kiel’s Lord Mayor Dr. Ulf Kämpfer, Construction chief Doris Grondke, the head of the Water Management and Marine and Coastal Protection Department in the Schleswig-Holstein Environment Ministry Dietmar Wienholdt, Port chief Dr. Dirk Claus and Captain Kjell Holm of TUI Cruises. The new facility, which cost well over €1.8 million…