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Saturday, July 20, 2019

Fredrik Johansson, MA, Partner, Executive Project Director, Tillberg Design of Sweden

Interview: Fredrik Johansson, Tillberg Design of Sweden

Tillberg Design of Sweden has been a central player in the six-year quest to envision, design, build and launch The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection brand. It has had a hand in all design aspects, from vessel exterior and interior, down to the service organization and the crew uniforms, as Fredrik Johansson, MA, Partner, Executive Project Director, explains.“Everything was designed from scratch with one thing in mind: the guest experience,” is how Fredrik Johansson neatly summarizes the quest to deliver the Ritz-Carleton brand to the water. The ship, when delivered from Hijos de J.

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Quark Expeditions Intros Ultramarine

Polar adventures specialist Quark Expeditions is to introduce new livery on Ultramarine, it’s latest expedition cruise vessel, which will debut in time for the 2020-2021 season in Antarctica.The 200 passenger polar expedition ship is under construction at Croatia’s Brodosplit shipyard. The 128 meter vessel is being built to a design by Sembcorp Marine’s Bergen, Norway, headquartered subsidiary LMG Marin.The renderings showcase new livery featuring Quark Expeditions’ distinctive yellow “Q” logo spanning the full height of the ship…

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SC Ports Reports Record Cargo Volumes

The South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) reported another successful year, handling record cargo volumes, rail moves and inland port activity in fiscal year 2019.SPCA, which owns and operates public seaport facilities in Charleston and Georgetown, as well as Inland Ports in Greer, South Carolina and Dillon, South Carolina, handled nearly 2.4 million twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) from July 2018 through June 30, an 8.8% increase in annual TEU container volume.SCPA moved 200…

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AIDA Cruises to Trial Fuel Cells

The  American/British-owned German cruise line AIDA Cruises announced that it is planning the first practical trial of fuel cells (battery power) aboard an AIDA ship by 2021.The trial will take place in cooperation with Meyer Werft within the scope of the ‘Pa-X-ell 2’ project promoted by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure.The German brand of Carnival Corporation said in a press note that it has been focusing for many years in research into and the…

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AIDA Orders 2 More LNG-Fueled Ships

AIDA Cruises, the German brand of Carnival Corporation & plc, informed that it is planning to commission two more LNG-powered ships with low-emission propulsion by 2023.AIDA has already been engaging in research into and development of the use of LNG in the cruise industry for over 10 years.With AIDAnova's launch at the end of 2018, the company commissioned the world's first cruise ship that can be operated entirely with low-emission LNG both at sea and in port.Two more of these innovative AIDA ships will be commissioned in 2021 and 2023 respectively."Thanks to the use of LNG…

"Marella Explorer" in Kiel / Foto: PORT OF KIEL

Maiden Call by Marella at Port of Kiel

On Tuesday morning (16th July) the cruise ship “Marella Explorer” berthed in the port of Kiel with 2,000 mostly anglophone passengers on-board. The vessel follows an itinerary of 14 days leading it all across the Baltic Sea. It started in Newcastle on 13th July and will conclude its cruise in the same port on July 27th.On the occasion of its maiden call, the Lord Mayor of Kiel, Dr Ulf Kämpfer, welcomed Captain John Spencer Clark to the State Capital City of Schleswig-Holstein and presented him with the traditional inaugural plaque.

Pics: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd

MOL to Renovate Nippon Maru

Japanese transport company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) announced that its group company Mitsui O.S.K. Passenger Line, Ltd. (MOPAS) has scheduled a major renovation of its operated cruise ship, the Nippon Maru.According to a press release from MOL Group, the project will take about 50 days from mid-February through early April 2020.The Nippon Maru was renovated in 2010 when the ship marked its 20th anniversary. Additional cabins were constructed on the sixth floor, while the new Horizon Lounge and Spa & Salon were added.

Hurtigruten's new hybrid powered MS Roald Amundsen will be the first ship in history to be named in Antarctica. Photo: ESPEN MILLS/Hurtigruten

First Hybrid Cruise Ship to be Named in Antarctica

Hybrid powered expedition cruise ship MS Roald Amundsen continues to make history – as Hurtigruten has announced the first ever ship naming ceremony in Antarctica. Instead of the traditional bottle of champagne, MS Roald Amundsen’s explorer heritage will be honored by naming the vessel with a chunk of ice.The naming ceremony will take place this fall, as the first world’s first hybrid powered cruise ship makes her way to the white continent on her maiden Antarctica voyage."We…

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SC Ports Reports Record Cargo Volumes

South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) handled record cargo volumes at the Port of Charleston in fiscal year 2019.SCPA handled nearly 2.4 million twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) from July 2018 through June, an 8.8% increase in annual TEU container volume.SCPA moved 200,406 TEUs across the Wando Welch and North Charleston container terminals last month. As measured by the total number of boxes handled, SCPA moved 112,988 pier containers in June for a total of 1.36 million pier containers annually…

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ALMACO to Outfit Hurtigruten’s New Expedition Ships

ALMACO has supplied the galley equipment and provision stores onboard the new expedition ship Roald Amundsen, named after the famous Norwegian polar explorer, delivered this past June. This was the first of Hurtigruten’s new nature-oriented, explorer-type ships, which are the world’s first hybrid power using a battery system being built in Kleven Verft at their Ulsteinvik yard. The second vessel, Fridtjof Nansen, is scheduled for a 2020 delivery with additional options for two further vessels…

FMC Issues Notice to Passengers on Cuba Itineraries

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) is aware that passenger cruise lines that called Cuba have amended itineraries to comply with amendments made to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations announced in the Federal Register on June 5, 2019.Passengers with questions related to a voyage they have booked should contact their travel agent and/or cruise line directly.Cruise passengers should always carefully read their ticket contract, which states the cruise line’s obligations with respect to canceled voyages.

SATCOM SOLUTIONS: Cruising in the Cloud

Turning a necessary cost center into a revenue stream is the new normal for savvy and successful cruise operators.As the flourishing expedition cruise market takes passengers on innovative itineraries to remote and untouched destinations, these well heeled guests want something else at the same time: a 24/7 quality internet connection. If Marlink gets its way, that sort of communications service will soon be the rule, and not the exception.In April, Marlink revealed that the expedition…

“The maritime industry is just not prepared for terrorists to use ships in the same way that they were able to infiltrate the civil aviation sector,” said Itai Sela, Naval Dome’s CEO. “As a $4 trillion industry responsible for transporting 80% of the world’s energy, commodities and goods, any activity that disrupts global trade will have far reaching consequences.” Photo: Naval Dome

"A Maritime Disaster Waiting to Happen"

Since the founding in 2016, cyber defence company Naval Dome has won awards for its Endpoint cyber defense system and achieved the highest level of security certification from classification society DNV GL, helping to protect merchant ships, cruise ships and yachts from cyber-attack.In 2019, Naval Dome optimized Endpoint with a “Dashboard” App, providing maritime users with  a clear picture of the cyber status of all critical systems on board the ship, designed to allow users…

Tor E. Svensen (Photo: NAPA)

NAPA BoD Adds Svensen

NAPA, a maritime software, services, and data analysis provider, has announced the appointment of Tor E. Svensen, Vice President, Marine Technology at Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines to its board. Svensen has previously served as CEO of DNV GL Maritime, chairman of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS), and professor at the University of Strathclyde.As CEO of DNV GL Maritime, Svensen helped to outline a consistent vision of shipping's technology-enabled future, which achieved sustained, empirical improvements in safety, sustainability, and efficiency.

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Costa Cruise Unveils First LNG Cruise Ship

Costa Smeralda will enter service in October 2019 and will be the first Costa ship fuelled by LNG, the "cleanest" fossil fuel in the world.Featuring over 2,600 staterooms, the upcoming Costa flagship will take its guests on a veritable “tour of Italy,” with lots of areas devoted to fun, flavours and festivity.Costa Cruises, the Italian brand of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), the world’s largest leisure travel company and cruise operator, will be awaiting the arrival of Costa Smeralda in October 2019…

Carnival Vista on the Boskalis BOKA Vanguard Koninklijke Boskalis Westminster N.V. Photo: Royal Boskalis Westminster

Boskalis Floating Dock to Fix Carnival Vista

Florida-headquartered Carnival Cruise Line has contracted the Dutch marine engineering company Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. to lift its cruise ship Carnival Vista out of the water onto the world’s largest heavy lift ship, Boka Vanguard, and transport it to Grand Bahama shipyard for a dry docking operation.The operation, the first of its kind in the world, will take place in the coming weeks in Freeport, Bahamas. The BOKA Vanguard is the world’s largest semi-submersible ship…

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Meyer Turku Wins Another Royal Caribbean Newbuild Deal

Royal Caribbean Cruises and Meyer Turku shipyard have signed an agreement (*) on the delivery of a third Icon class cruise ship, to be delivered from Turku in the spring of 2025. The previous Icon ships are to be delivered in 2022 and 2024. Icon ships will be approximately 200 000 gross tonnage cruise ships and will be powered by LNG.Meyer Turku has a long-standing history together with Royal Caribbean that was proven time and time again with many innovations and ships that were and are still the hallmarks of cruise ship building industry.

Evan Matthews, CPA’s Executive Director

Connecticut Port Authority: the future is now

2019 brings new missions, strategies and new optimism for this three-port Northeast gateway.The Connecticut Port Authority began operations in 2016. The quasi-public agency’s mission is to grow Connecticut’s economy and create jobs by strategically investing in the state’s three deepwater ports and small harbors. In a nutshell, the Connecticut legislature teamed up with the governor to create the Connecticut Port Authority by statute in 2014.When it fully stood up, CPA’s first full time employee was none other than Evan Matthews, CPA’s Executive Director. He got right to work.

Six ships call on Port Canaveral on May 27, 2019 with 35,111 passengers accommodated in one day. (Photo: Canaveral Port Authority)

Port Canaveral Wins Funding for Response Vessel

New fireboat will provide enhanced firefighting and rescue capabilities for maritime and commercial space. The Canaveral Port Authority will receive $1.5 million in funding from the State of Florida to support the acquisition of a specialized fireboat to provide marine firefighting and rescue capabilities for Port Canaveral and the surrounding communities. Port Canaveral’s Marine Firefighting Rescue Vessel (MFRV) will be purpose built to offer enhanced fire protection and response…

MS Roald Amundsen sailing on battery power. Photo: Hurtigruten

First Battery Powered Cruise Ship Underway

Hurtigruten’s hybrid powered MS Roald Amundsen makes maritime history as the first cruise ship in the world to sail purely on battery power.The moment – when the brand new expedition cruise ship moved through the water silent and completely emission free, powered by her large battery packs only - was captured off the west coast of Norway.Specially designed for some of the most spectacular waters of the planet, MS Roald Amundsen features groundbreaking green technology such as…

Photo credit: Chris Ison

Cruise: Saga Newbuild Arrives at Home Port

Kent-based Saga sails into its future, as the first of two new boutique cruise ships, Spirit of Discovery, arrived at her home port of Dover for the first time. Sailing past the iconic White Cliffs and into Dover’s recently developed Western Docks, Spirit of Discovery’s British arrival marks the start of a new chapter for cruising in the UK. With HRH The Duchess of Cornwall as her ‘Godmother’, Spirit of Discovery’s Naming Ceremony on the 5th July will mark the start of a significant new era for the Saga Cruise division…

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Ship Design: Student Creations put to the Test

Four winning school classes attended  the prizegiving of the ‘design your ship for the future’ competition at MARIN (Netherlands Maritime Research Institute). The winning ship, with the shape of a sailfish, a retractable sail, a frictionless shark skin and a flexible moving tail was  tested in one of MARIN’s model basins.This competition started last year when MARIN tested its 10,000th  ship model. MARIN President Bas Buchner: “To celebrate the 10,000th model landmark we didn’t want to look, back but to look forward.

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Meyer Werft Delivers Spirit of Discovery

German shipyard Meyer Werft  has handed over Spirit of Discovery, second of three new cruise ships in 2019, to the British cruise line Saga Cruises.The vessel with a rating of 58,250 GT is already the second new build completed by Meyer Werft  in 2019 after Spectrum of the Seas was delivered to Royal Caribbean International in April, said a press release from the shipbuilder headquartered in Papenburg at the river Ems.“With great team effort we already completed two modern cruise ships this year”…

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Venice Must be Put On UN Danger List, Ban Cruise Ships - Conservationists

Venice should be put on the United Nations' list of endangered cities and cruise ships should be banned from its fragile lagoon to prevent an ecological disaster, Italy's main conservation group said on Monday.The call came less than a month after a towering cruise ship collided with a dock and a tourist boat in Venice, injuring four people and rekindling a heated debate in Italy about how to protect the historic city, which draws some 30 million tourists a year."Venice is unique and we cannot allow it to be destroyed even more than it has been already…

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Oceanwide Expeditions: another Ship on Order

Due to the success of our new Polar Class 6 ship, Hondius, Oceanwide Expeditions has ordered a sister ship built by the same manufacturer: M/v Janssonius is scheduled to be completed in October, 2021. She will have the same passenger capacity as Hondius (174), a nearly identical size and design, and will be a Polar Class 6 ice-strengthened vessel equivalent to a 1A super ice-class ship.Like Hondius, Janssonius will come equipped with a number of advanced systems and features specifically designed for safe…

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Fitch Assigns 'AA' to Massport Bonds

Fitch Ratings has assigned a 'AA' rating to the Massachusetts Port Authority's (Massport) approximately $460 million series 2019-B and C senior lien revenue bonds. The Rating Outlook is Stable. Key Rating DriversThe 'AA' revenue bond rating reflects a very strong revenue risk profile anchored by the solid Boston service area, which has supported Logan Airport's (the airport) large, resilient traffic base of over 19 million enplanements and the Port of Boston's (the port) stable container and cruise activity.

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Cruise Ships: Oceanwide Orders Polar Class Ship

The expedition cruise ship market maintains its torrid pace with news that Oceanwide Expeditions has orders another Polar Class 6 ship, following the success of its ship Hondius.Croatian shipyard Brodosplit, the builder of Hondius, won the follow on order for M/V Janssonius, which is scheduled to be completed in October, 2021. The 174-passenger ship will be nearly identical in size and design, complete with a Polar Class 6 ice-strengthened vessel equivalent to a 1A super ice-class ship.

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Trelleborg Supplies Langkawi Jetty for Upgrade

After over a decade of facilitating the successful berthing of visiting cruise ships, Trelleborg’s marine and infrastructure operation has replaced its existing fenders, installed in 1997, at Star Cruises Langkawi Jetty, with its high performance Super Cone Fenders (SCN).Located on the south coast of Langkawi, some 30 kilometers off the mainland coast of north-western Malaysia, the jetty berths approximately 100 vessels per year. Following 15 years of successful operation, Star…

Photo courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line

Cruise Shipping: Work starts on Carnival Mardi Gras

The hull assembly phase of the 180,000-gt Carnival Mardi Gras was celebrated in Finland with a traditional coin ceremony at Meyer Turku shipyard. In the case of Carnival Mardi Gras, the assembly of the ship hull had already began few weeks before by the arrival of floating engine room unit from another Meyer shipyard, Neptun Werft, in Rostock, Germany.Mardi Gras is the second LNG powered cruise ship being built at Meyer Turku, and this ship will benefit from some of the investments of Meyer Turku’s $224 million  investment program.

Captain in Fatal Budapest Boat Crash Was Sober at the Time

Hungarian police said on Tuesday they had found no evidence of alcohol or drug abuse by the captain of a cruise ship that struck and sank a small tourist vessel last month, killing 28 mostly Korean people on board.The Mermaid boat sank in seconds on May 29 after the Viking Sigyn cruise liner hit it from behind under a bridge in the Hungarian capital during heavy rain, the worst disaster on the river in more than half a century."We launched the investigation as soon as we got on board (the Sigyn)," Budapest police spokesman Soma Csecsi told a news conference.

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Royal Approval for Bolidt Cruise Contract

The installation of decking solutions from Dutch company Bolidt aboard one of the largest cruise ships ever to be built in Germany has received a royal seal of approval, after King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands witnessed a contract signing at the Rostock facilities of yard group MV Werften. The agreement, formalized during a trade delegation visit, provides for Bolidt to supply a total of 17,000m2 of its innovative synthetic systems to the first Global class cruise ship for Hong Kong-based Genting Group’s Dream Cruises…

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New Scrubber Service Station at Portland Port

Intermarine UK struck an agreement with a Chinese manufacturer to make the Port of Portland one of the UK’s centers for scrubber installation.Intermarine President Slawomir Kalicki signed the agreement at Norshipping in Oslo with counterpart DB Wang deputy general manager of the Shandong Pure Ocean Technology based in Renhe Town in the Shandong province. The deal will see Intermarine act as an agent to Shandong and offer to install its scrubber systems to a wide variety of vessels to help them meet tough new environmental regulations.

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Cork, Amsterdam Ports to Collaborate

The Port of Cork in Ireland has signed a collaboration agreement with the Port of Amsterdam International, a deal which will see both ports look to strengthen each other.Ireland is an important trading partner for the Netherlands. In 2017, the country exported over 5.5 billion euros of goods to the Netherlands. This makes the Netherlands the sixth biggest export destination for Irish goods.In the same year, Ireland imported over 3.5 billion euros worth of goods from the Netherlands.

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Panama Canal to Modify Tolls Structure

The Panama Canal published a proposal to modify its current tolls structure for the dry bulk, passenger, containership and vehicle carrier and RoRo segments, as well as tankers, chemical tankers, LPG and LNG vessels, the intra-maritime cluster (local tourism segment) and minimum tolls (small vessels).According toa press release from the Panama Canal Authority (ACP), the announcement marks the beginning of a 30-day formal consultation period for industry feedback, which will close on July 15…

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Big Cash Boost at Boston Port

A new report from the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) shows the Port of Boston contributed $8.2 billion in economic activity in 2018, up from $4.6 billion in 2012.Smart investments and partnerships have led to growth in jobs, business revenues, and tax contributions, it said.“The finding that the Port of Boston contributed $8 billion in just one year to the regional economy underscores the important role transportation infrastructure plays in the vitality of an area,”…

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OSM Inks Deal for VLCC Fleet

OSM Maritime has secured a contract for the full technical management of Hunter Group’s fleet of ECO design SMART VLCCs, currently under construction at DSME in Korea. Hunter Group has eight identical 336m vessels, set to be delivered towards the end of 2019 and into 2020. The Hunter vessels will be managed from OSM’s base in Arendal, Norway, which offers an established strength in specialist tanker services.“This is the beginning of a strong strategic alliance between two Norwegian headquartered companies with clear global ambitions,” comments Hunter Group CEO Erik A. S. Frydendal.

Perhaps the busiest part of the Seawork event involved the impressive display of workboats - all available to board and trial - alongside this waterfront venue. Image: Joseph Keefe

Seawork: Aptly Named, Well Worth the Visit

Southampton, United Kingdom: It has been quite a few years since I last touched down in the UK; longer still for a visit on a maritime business trip. And, I don’t cross 'the big pond' casually for one these events. This morning, Seawork 2019 in Southampton is not yet over but if the past two days have been any indication at all, then the entire event will be regarded as a rousing success for all involved.There is something for everyone here. I overheard one attendee refer to the event as the annual gathering of “the boys and their toys.” To be sure…

CMA CGM Libra at South End Container Terminal in the Port of Halifax, Nova Scotia. The port is a significant contributor to the regional economy: a recent economic impact report by Chris Lowe Planning and Management Group found that its output from operations in 2017/18 was C$1.97 billion, up 15 percent from 2015/16 values. Photo: Steve Farmer

PORTS: Halifax goes Digital

The Port of Halifax, Nova Scotia, has implemented a ‘digitalization program’ to make it one of the most efficient and user-friendly ports on the eastern seaboard.Spanning 260 acres of federal land, Halifax Port Authority in Nova Scotia, Canada manages a diverse range of port properties and assets and, through its long-term capital plan, is steadily and strategically growing the size and capabilities of the port. HPA plans to produce a collection of assets designed to make Halifax…

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T. Mariotti Cuts Steel for Seabourn Vessel

Italian ultra luxury cruise shipbuilder T.Mariotti has cut the first piece of steel for Seabourn’s first-ever luxury expedition cruise ship, Seabourn Venture, at its yard in San Giorgo di Nogare, Italy.Seabourn President Richard Meadows and T. Mariotti Managing Director Marco Ghiglione presided over the ceremony.“It’s an exciting time at Seabourn, and the cutting of the first steel means we are officially underway in making our first expedition ship come together,” said Richard Meadows, president of Seabourn.“We’re looking forward to watching raw steel transformed into a beautiful vessel.

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European Debut of Norwegian Pearl

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), the third-largest cruise line in the world, controlling approximately 8.7% of the total worldwide share of the cruise market by passengers, celebrated its first season of cruises from the Netherlands, Amsterdam with the European debut of Norwegian Pearl.The international cruise liner said that with this maiden call it is growing the brand’s presence to six ships in the region for the first time.On Saturday, 8 June, Norwegian Pearl’s Captain, Paul von Knorring…

Dirk Balthasar, President, Thermamax

Interview: Dirk Balthasar, President, Thermamax

To start, can you give an overview of the Thermamax offering to the maritime industry?Thermamax is a specialist in the design and manufacture of thermal and acoustic insulation solutions for diesel engines, spark ignited engines, exhaust aftertreatment systems and electric storage systems. Our markets include automotive, on- and off-highway sectors, power sports vehicles, stationary power generation, ships, and oil platforms, both on land and at sea. For the marine industry, Thermamax is a solution provider for SOLAS-compliant insulation solutions for engine rooms.

American Harmony (Photo: American Cruise Lines)

ACL's Next Riverboat Nears Completion

American Cruise Lines announced that its second of a new class of modern riverboat, the American Harmony, moved under its own power to the shipyard’s outfitting pier for final touches. American Harmony was successfully launched at Chesapeake Shipbuilding this past November, 2018, and is well ahead of schedule for its August 17, 2019 inaugural cruise on the Mississippi River. American Harmony is the 2nd of 5 new ships in American’s revolutionary new modern riverboat series. The 1st ship, American Song, was the first modern riverboat in U.S. history and went into service last fall.

Marine Interiors 2019: Designers on Board

Ship designers and architects are experts at merging design and safety on board cruise ships. The considerations that make the difference will be on top of the agenda of the Marine Interiors specialist panel discussions during the Seatrade Europe conference program.To make sure that cruise passengers will feel comfortable in every respect, designers and architects leave nothing to chance when designing ship interiors. Based on the shipowner’s suggestions they develop restaurants, bars, suites and spas down to the tiniest detail.

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Cruise Ships Emits More Pollution into Europe

Carnival Corporation, the world’s largest luxury cruise operator, emitted nearly 10 times more sulphur oxide (SOX) around European coasts than did all  260 million European cars in 2017,  said Transport & Environment.Royal Caribbean Cruises, the world’s second largest, is second, yet four times worse than the European car fleet, revealed a new analysis by sustainable transport group.SOX emissions form sulphate (SO4) aerosols that increase human health risks and contribute to acidification in terrestrial and aquatic environments.In absolute terms…

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HKCYIA's “Diploma in Cruise Operations”

The Hong Kong Cruise and Yacht Industry Association (HKCYIA) and the Maritime Services Training Institute (MSTI) have joined hands in organizing a new course - Diploma in Cruise Operations (DCO) - to meet with the increasing demand for professionals in the booming global cruise industry. The six-month course is designed to equip students with knowledge and competences in cruise operations which fulfil the training requirements of the Hong Kong Marine Department and the STCW[1][1] Code to serve on board luxurious cruise ships.

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Vard to Build Another for Coral Expeditions

Fincantieri’s subsidiary Vard Holdings Limited (Vard), one of the major global designers and shipbuilders of specialized vessels, signed a contract with the Australian cruise operator Coral Expeditions for the design and construction of a second expedition cruise vessel. The unit will be named “Coral Geographer”, sister ship of “Coral Adventurer” which entered the owner’s fleet last April.As for the first vessel of the class, “Coral Geographer” will be 93.4 meters long, will have a guest accommodation capacity of 120…

Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO DNV GL – Maritime, presenting at DNV GL’s Nor-Shipping press conference in Oslo (Source: DNV GL)

DNV GL: Shipping Safety More Vital than Ever

At its Nor-Shipping press conference in Oslo, DNV GL - Maritime CEO Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen emphasized the classification society’s dedication to maritime safety. Although shipping losses have declined over the last decade, challenging markets, demanding environmental regulations, and new technologies threatened to pull the industry’s focus away from marine safety, he said.“In a time when shipping is rapidly transforming, I believe it is crucial to put our primary focus on safety…

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SunStone Orders 7th Newbuild

Florida-based designer and developer of next-generation expedition ships  SunStone Ships has signed an agreement for the construction of its seventh Infinity-class ship in Hong Kong, China.The seventh vessel now ordered has a long-term charter agreement in place, this vessel will be delivered in September 2021."We have been moving along steadily with ordering and building the Infinity Class Vessel, continuing with the European designed, Chinese built concept," said a statement from the company.Infinity Class new-builds underway include the GREG MORTIMER…

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Sun Princess Debuts in Southampton

The Port of Southampton has celebrated the inaugural call of Princess Cruises’ Sun Princess, one of 11 vessels to be making their maiden visit to the UK city this season.A traditional plaque and key ceremony took place on board the ship to mark her first call to Europe’s leading cruise turn around port. Alastair Welch, Port Director, and Craig Barbour, General Manager, took part in the official exchange with the ship’s Captain.The plaque and key ceremony is a tradition for all vessels on their maiden call to the port.

The Port of Vancouver / CREDIT: AdobeStock / © Anne

Labor Spat at Vancouver Ends as Deal Reached

Longshore workers at Canada's biggest port, the Port of Vancouver, were locked out on Thursday in a labor dispute over technology changes, temporarily grinding most shipping there to a halt. The lockout ended in a deal on Thursday with their employer after a few hours, the workers' union said.A tentative agreement on a new contract was reached with the BC Maritime Employers Association, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada said in a statement. Jim Thompson, a spokesman for the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada…

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Spirit of Discovery Completes Ems Conveyance

The new cruise ship for British Saga Cruises, Spirit of Discovery, along with ship building team at Meyer Werft, Germany completed the conveyance from the Papenburg shipyard along the River Ems to the open sea. Spirit of Discovery, the only cruise ship being built for the British market this year, left Papenburg at 9pm, before passing through the River Ems sea lock late last night (Sunday 26th May), marking the official start of her journey towards her home port of Dover, England.Following her departure…

Nieuw Statendam in Kiel / Photo: PORT OF KIEL

Nieuw Statendam's Maiden Call at Kiel Port

The latest newbuilding of Holland America Line’s fleet (HAL) “Nieuw Statendam” arrived in the Port of Kiel from Stockholm for its maiden call in the last week, on Thursday morning (23rd May).During the on-board reception, the Managing Director of the Port of Kiel , Dr Dirk Claus, welcomed the ship’s Captain to the State Capital City of Schleswig Holstein and presented him with the handmade plaque for the vessel’s maiden call manufactured by the metal artist Patrick Schloßer.Dirk…

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Canaveral, Disney Ink 20-Year Deal

The Canaveral Port Authority and Disney Cruise Line have reached a new 20-year agreement to expand operations and make Port Canaveral home for two of Disney Cruise Line’s three new ships. The new operating agreement will begin June 1, 2019, and replaces an existing Marine Terminal Agreement set to expire on December 31, 2027. It provides a 20-year primary term with two additional five-year renewals. Initially, the call guarantee remains at 150 calls, but increases to 180 calls…

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Gazpromneft Marine Bunker in Pact with Cruise Lines

The Gazprom Neft bunkering business Gazpromneft Marine Bunker has concluded new agreements with cruise operators Royal Caribbean International and Saga Cruises.Gazpromneft Marine Bunker will be managing approximately 60 bunkering operations for Royal Caribbean and Saga cruise liners during the summer navigation season (May—September 2019) at St Petersburg’s Marine Façade passenger port.Total sales of marine fuels under these contracts are expected to be in the order of 55,000…

Peter Fetten informs the royal couple about the construction of the Global Class cruise ships. © MV WERFTEN

Dutch Royal Couple Visits MV WERFTEN

Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands called at MV WERFTEN’s Rostock facility in the course of their working visit to Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. They were accompanied by the Dutch Infrastructure Minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen and the Minister-President of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Manuela Schwesig. The Dutch royal couple’s working visit serves to cultivate and further intensify relations between the two countries.Hundreds of shipyard employees lined up to give the royal visitors a warm welcome on their arrival at the shipyard.

MS MAGELLAN: Documentation shows that the ship has entered two world heritage fjords with sulphur values far beyond the legal limit values. Photo: Sjøfartsdirektoratet

Norway Hits GCL with Sulfur Fine

The Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA) has fined Greek cruise ship operator Global Cruise Lines (GCL) for using 0.17 percent sulfur fuel in a 0.10 percent sulfur ECA zone.NMA informed that MS Magellan, which is owned by the Greek company GCL, has violated the legislation on fuel sulphur limits in the world heritage fjords and has received a notice of a violation fine of 700,000 NOK ($80,000).On 1 March, new environmental requirements for emissions and discharges in the world heritage fjords the Nærøyfjord, Aurlandsfjord, Geirangerfjord, Sunnylvsfjord and Tafjord entered into force.

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SeaDream Innovation Emphasizes Sustainability

Norway-based private cruise line SeaDream Yacht Club has released new details on its upcoming cruise ship, the SeaDream Innovation, which will incorporate a number of environmentally friendly design features.The company claims that  SeaDream Innovation  is the world’s most advanced hybrid ship being built today that will sail to all seven continents.SeaDream has received a grant for USD $1.8 million for the creation of the revolutionary vessel from Enova, an organization owned…

Mystic Cruises Adopts Adonis

Mystic Cruises opted to implement the Adonis Maritime Suite to manage recruitment, crewing, payroll and crew self-service across their entire new fleet of Expedition Cruise vessels. Mystic will launch their first ocean ship, the "MS World Explorer," this year and have announced the construction of two new vessels, the "World Voyager" and "World Navigator."Mystic Cruises is an ocean cruise division belonging to Mystic Invest, a Portuguese privately held financial holding with more than 25 years of experience in the shipping sector.

Open-air Bath (Photo: NYK Line)

Cruise: Asuka II Makeover in 2020

Asuka II, operated by NYK Cruises Co. Ltd., will undergo a 45-day makeover at the Sembcorp Marine Admiralty Yard in Singapore from the middle of January 2020. Asuka II is the nation’s largest cruise ship flying the Japanese flag (tonnage: 50,142 GT; capacity: 872 passengers).Features to be added during the dry dock include a large open-air bath, Western-style rooms featuring traditional Japanese-style tatami-mat sleeping areas, and a reading lounge where guests can enjoy a little quite time with books, smart devices, and computers.

First rendering showing Hurtigruten and Brim Explorer's groundbreaking electric explorer catamaran MS Bard. From 2020 she will operate eco-friendly short voyages on Svalbard. Photo: HURTIGRUTEN

Hurtigruten Intros Electric Catamaran

Norwegian expedition cruise operator Hurtigruten has partnered with the Norwegian startup Brim Explorer, introducing battery powered catamarans custom built for Polar water exploration.Debuting in the spring of 2020, the 24-meter vessel will operate a variety of daily silent and sustainable ocean excursions from her homeport Longyearbyen on the Arctic island of Svalbard - operating under the Hurtigruten Svalbard brand."Brim and Hurtigruten found each other through our common passion for the oceans.