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Sunday, July 22, 2018

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Carnival Corp Meets CO2 Reduction Goal

Carnival Corporation, the world's largest leisure travel company, released its eighth annual sustainability report, announcing that in 2017 the company achieved its 25 percent carbon reduction goal three years ahead of schedule and is on track with its nine other 2020 sustainability goals.Looking to the future, the company continues to chart its sustainability journey, using the United Nation's 17 Sustainable Development Goals as a framework to identify new environmental management…

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Cochin Port to Roll-out New Cruise Terminal

A new Cruise Terminal having facilities to handle 5000 tourists will come up at Ernakulum Wharf of Cochin Port, India by February 2020. Cochin Port Trust has issued work order to the contractor today for commencing the construction of the new Cruise Terminal.The facilities inside the Terminal, having 2253sq mtrs area, would include passenger lounge, crew lounge, 30 immigration counters, 8 customs clearance counters, 7 security check counters, Wi-Fi, tourist information counter…

El Coquí is one of the world’s first ConRo ships powered by LNG (Photo: Crowley)

LNG Powered ConRo Ship Delivered to Crowley

U.S. based Crowley Maritime Corp. has taken delivery of one of the world’s first combination container/roll on-roll off (ConRo) ships powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), from shipbuilder VT Halter Marine Inc. The Jones Act compliant El Coquí is the first of two Commitment Class, LNG-powered ConRo ships being built for Crowley’s shipping and logistics services between Jacksonville, Fla., and San Juan, Puerto Rico.Operated by Crowley’s global ship management group, El Coquí will make its maiden voyage to San Juan later this month from Jacksonville (JAXPORT), its dedicated U.S. mainland port.

MbPT International cruise terminal. Photo: Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT)

India Rolls-out SOPs for Cruise and Ferry Services

The Government of India has formulated new guidelines in the form of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to handle cruise vessels and cruise passengers in November, 2017.The salient features of these SOPs inter alia includes submission of documents/data electronically, seamless entry and exit process with access control and RFID for vehicles and persons and simplified Port Health Organization Clearance Procedure. It further provides for e-Landing card for shore excursion, doing…

State secretary visitis the port of Kiel (Photo: Port od Kiel)

Port of Kiel Invests in New Technologies

The Port of Kiel invests in cargo handling, environmental technology and the traffic shift from road to rail. Dr. Thilo Rohlfs, state secretary of the ministry for economy, transport, labor, technology and tourism for the country of Schleswig-Holstein, made use of a visit to the port of Kiel to inform himself about the current port investment projects that take place in the capital city of Kiel. “The port of Kiel has grown significantly over the past years. With the support of the county of Schleswig-Holstein…

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CLIA Scouting for New President, CEO

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) said that Cindy D’Aoust, president and CEO, will be step down at the end of the year to focus on family priorities. D’Aoust will remain in her role until a successor is identified and will help oversee the transition of a new leader. CLIA’s Global Executive Committee are developing a transition plan that will include a search for a new president and CEO.CLIA has retained the services of executive search firm Russell Reynolds Associates to lead the search for a new president and CEO.

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MSC Cruises Plans New Terminal at PortMiami

MSC Cruises is eyeing further growth in the North American with a new expansion project in Miami, the cruise line’s exclusive homeport in the U.S. The company announced it has signed an agreement for extended preferential berthing rights as well as of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the construction of a new Cruise Terminal AAA at PortMiami.“The new agreement and expanded partnership with PortMiami and Miami-Dade County is another key step forward in the business growth of MSC Cruises…

Norwegian Breakaway at Damen Shiprepair Brest (Photo: Damen)

Norwegian Breakaway Maintenance Completed

The 326-meter, 146,000 DWT, cruise ship Norwegian Breakaway arrived in Brest on April 28 for 11 days of scheduled maintenance and refurbishment.The primary objective of the visit was mechanical works on the ship’s two ABB azipods. The DSBr team worked alongside ABB service engineers on both azipods to repair the shaft bearings and replace the slewing seals. These works required the removal of both propellers and took place in very close coordination with the other teams working…

A battery-powered AMPMobile unit connects a ship to shore power at Shenzhen cruise terminal. (Photo:Cavotec)

Cavotec Tech for China's Cruise Sector

As Chinese ports, shipping lines and authorities strive to reduce emissions from shipping, Cavotec's  shore power technologies are helping achieve this goal.Cavotec engineers recently commissioned a self-propelled, battery-powered shore power solution, Cavortec AMPMobile, at the Taiiwan cruise terminal at the Chinese Port of Shenzhen. The unit’s batteries are charged while it connects vessels to the grid. Two other cruise terminals, Wusong in Shanghai and Qingdao in Shangdong…

Prinsendam. Photo: Holland America Line

Holland America Line Sells Prinsendam to Phoenix Reisen

The Seattle-based Holland America Line said its small ship  835-passenger Prinsendam had been sold to a company that would put it in service with a German cruise operator Phoenix Reisen. Holland America said the ship will leave the Holland America fleet on July 1, 2019. For sailings after July 1, 2019 Holland America Line says it is reaching out to booked passengers and their travel professionals to re-accommodate guests. At 37,983 tons, Prinsendam is more than 30% smaller than the next smallest vessel in the Holland America fleet.

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Port of Kiel Welcomes Viking Ocean Cruises

Viking Ocean Cruises has made its first visit to the port of Kiel. Escorted by a port tug with the accompaniment of a water fountain display, the company’s “Viking Sun” berthed at the Ostseekai Cruise Terminal after it's morning arrival on July 3, 2018. During an on-board reception, Port of Kiel's Managing Director, Dr. Dirk Claus, welcomed Captain Olav Soevdsnes and presented him with the commemorative plaque awarded by the Schleswig-Holstein federal state capital to ships on their first port.

Klein Named Carnival Maritime MD

Carnival Maritime GmbH has announced  that Dr Hermann J. Klein has been appointed as its new Managing Director, starting September 1st, 2018. Klein is currently Managing Director and Group COO of CPO Holding (Offen Group) in Hamburg, Germany. He will be succeeding Lars Ljoen, who will join Carnival Cruise Lines in Miami, USA, as Head of Marine Operations. Carnival Maritime is the marine service unit for Costa Group with its brands AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, and Costa Asia. “Hermann Klein is a long-standing…

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Vard Wins Contract for Luxury Expedition Cruise Vessel

Vard Holdings Limited has announced that it has secured a new contract for the design and construction of one luxury expedition cruise vessel for German cruise company Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. The new expedition cruise vessel will join Hapag-Lloyd Cruises HANSEATIC series, together with the two vessels that VARD already has under construction for the Germany-based cruise company. Developed by VARD in close cooperation with Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, the vessels are specially designed for cruises in polar regions in the Arctic and Antarctica…

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Quark Expeditions Expands Sales Team

Quark Expeditions has expanded its global sales team to better accommodate the increase in demand anticipated by the addition of two polar expedition vessels: the World Explorer, a 176-passenger hybrid-powered, all-balcony, all-suites vessel ready for the 2018/19 season and Quark Expeditions’ new 200-passenger vessel that will be launched for the 2020/21 Antarctic season. The expanded team will be led by Thomas Lennartz, Vice-President of Sales, and Meg Murgatroyd, Global Partnership Director.

Panama Canal Containership (Photo:CH2M)

Panama Canal Expansion Marks Second Anniversary

Today marks Panama Canal's two-year anniversary of the inauguration of its Canal Expansion. It is the largest enhancement project in the waterway’s 103-year history. To date, the Canal has transited 3,745 Neopanamax vessels. The performance of the Expanded Canal’s Neopanamax Locks continues to exceed expectations. The transit of the Canal’s largest cruise ship to date, the Norwegian Bliss, weighing more than 168,000 gross tons and carrying nearly 5,000 passengers. Recording year-on-year growth, in terms of number of transits and total cargo volumes.

Chairman of the Canaveral Port Authority Commission Admiral Wayne Justice 
presents welcome home plaque to Enchantment Captain Toni Tomljanovic
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Port Canaveral welcomes Enchantment of the Seas

Enchantment to offer three and four-night cruises to the Bahamas and a call to CocoCay, Royal Caribbean’s private island.Royal Caribbean International’s (RCI) Enchantment of the Seas was welcomed back to Port Canaveral today launching a new season of three and four-night cruises to the Bahamas from the Port. Port Canaveral was the home port for the 2,950 passenger Enchantment until 2016. All Enchantment sailings from Port Canaveral feature a port-of-call at CocoCay, Royal Caribbean’s private island.

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Freeport of Riga Joins Cruise Lines International Association

Continuing its active work on attracting more cruise ships and, respectively, more cruise passengers to Riga, the Freeport of Riga Authority has become a member of CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association), the world’s largest cruise industry association, said a press release. Membership in this organisation will open a path for closer cooperation between the Freeport of Riga Authority and the world’s largest cruise line operators, thus facilitating the development of the cruise sector in the Port of Riga.

Port Elizabeth (Photo: TNPA)

South Africa Cruise Ports Nominated for World Travel Awards

The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) operated Ports of Durban, Cape Town, and Elizabeth have been nominated for the Africa & Indian Ocean segment of the 25th annual World Travel Awards in the category of “Africa’s Leading Cruise Port 2018”.Founded in 1993, the World Travel Awards seek to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the global travel and tourism industry. Global travel and tourism industry leaders will be recognized at the various World Travel Awards gala ceremonies, with Durban hosting the Africa and Indian Ocean segment for the third time.

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The Bellona Foundation, Carnival Partner in Sustainable Cruising

The Bellona Foundation and Carnival Corporation & plc have signed an agreement to work together to continue improving environmental and sustainability impact. The newly formed cooperation is based on the two parties’ shared vision of an even more sustainable cruise industry in a future zero emission society.The agreement's overall purpose is to contribute to and promote sustainable operations in the shipping industry. The arrangement will focus on solutions, regulations and legislation favoring the use of environmentally friendly vessels for the benefit of the environment…

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Bolidt Eyes Polar Cruise Sector

Bolidt Synthetic Products & Systems' position for decking and flooring in mainstream cruise ship and superyacht markets has been quickly converted into a series of business wins in the fast-emerging polar expedition cruise ship sector.The most recent contract for the Dutch manufacturer’s hardwearing, environmentally friendly and visually attractive products covers the Hurtigruten newbuildings, Roald Amundsen and Fridtjof Nansens, two hybrid propulsion expedition cruise ships under construction at Kleven shipyard in Norway.

MT Frederica. Photo: Monjasa Group

Monjasa Acquires Bunker Supply Vessel for English Channel Operation

Monjasa acquires the 3,600 DWT tanker, MT Fredericia for continued bunker operation in the English Channel. Leading up to the acquisition, the vessel has been on time charter by Monjasa for several years and the ceaseless high performance of the vessel now leads to definitive Monjasa ownership. In 2016, Monjasa established a niche market in the English Channel as an alternative for shipowners and operators taking bunkers in the ARA hub. In this setup, MT Fredericia plays a significant role and currently performs exclusive bunkering operations in the Portland…

Manfredi Lefebvre D’Ovidio (left) shakes hands with Richard D. Fain after signing a deal that gives Royal Caribbean a 66.7 percent stake in Silversea (Photo: Silversea Cruises)

Royal Caribbean Buys $1 Bln Stake in Silversea Cruises

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCL.N) said on Thursday it would buy a 66.7 percent stake in privately owned Silversea Cruises for about $1 billion to add ultra-luxury and expedition cruises to its fleet.Silversea Cruises, which has nine ships, sails to destinations including Antarctica, the Arctic and Greenland, with most of its tickets selling for more than $5,000.In contrast, the most expensive cruises run by Royal Caribbean under its Azamara Club Cruises brand cost around $3…

MSC Seaview (Valletta Cruise Port)

Valletta Cruise Port Welcomes MSC Seaview

Valletta Cruise Port has welcomed MSC Cruises’ latest flagship and its third next-generation mega cruise ship to enter into service in 12 months, the MSC Seaview.The MSC Seaview, a ship bearing a Maltese flag registration, was named last week and is currently on its inaugural voyage.In honor of the maiden call, a special event was held on board the 5,331-guest ship, where Prime Minister Joseph Muscat highlighted the significant collaboration between Malta and MSC: “Thanks to MSC we will see more guests visiting our Islands…

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Port Canaveral Awarded $16.23 Mln for Harbor Projects

The Canaveral Harbor and Canaveral Sand Bypass projects will receive priority funding in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Fiscal Year 2018 Workplan. The Corps has allocated $14.76 million to the Canaveral Harbor Sand Bypass project and $1.47 million will be provided for maintenance of the Port’s harbor and the Canaveral Locks.U.S. Congressman Bill Posey (FL-08) worked with the Army Corps throughout their budget planning process to ensure critical Port Canaveral and Brevard County…

Christine Stevens (Photo: Hurtigruten)

Stevens Joins Hurtigruten Americas

Hurtigruten has appointed Christine Stevens as Vice President of Sales for the Americas to be based in its Seattle regional headquarters. Stevens brings 30 years of cruise industry expertise to Hurtigruten and will lead the sales organization, including field sales and national accounts. Angel Moledo, Vice President Customer Sales & Service, continues to be responsible for tour operator partners.Stevens will drive additional revenue growth, identify new client opportunities, lead and manage the sales team, and represent Hurtigruten at national and regional trade shows, events, and seminars.

TS Kennedy arrives at Port Canaveral (Photo: Canaveral Port Authority)

Port Canaveral Welcomes Mass Maritime Training Ship

Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s 540-foot training vessel, TS Kennedy, arrived at Port Canaveral Thursday. The ship has 275 Texas A&M Maritime Academy cadets plus their faculty and crew on board for a required sea term.In welcoming the Kennedy’s Capt. Michael Campbell, an alumnus of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Captain Murray presented the captain and crew with a traditional plaque to commemorate the vessel’s inaugural visit to the Port.“The hands-on training and learning…

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Real-time Oceanographic Equipment Installed at Port Everglades

Real-time tides, currents, water levels and other metrological information at Broward County’s Port Everglades is now readily available to the public thanks to an advanced sensor device developed and installed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).“Boaters and commercial mariners will be able to make safer choices based on the data from this equipment because it gives real-time information and forecasts,” said Port Everglades Deputy Port Director Glenn Wiltshire.

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Carnival Scoops Up Port, Rail and Retail Operations in Alaska

A subsidiary of Carnival Corporation has reached a deal to purchase port, railroad and retail operations that form a gateway to the Klondike Gold Rush region, in a major push into the Alaskan tourism industry.Carnival, the world’s largest cruise and leisure travel company, announced Thursday it has entered a purchase and sale agreement through its subsidiary Holland America Princess Alaska Tours to acquire TWC Enterprises Limited’s White Pass & Yukon Route (WP&YR) division, which includes port, railroad and retail operations in Skagway, Alaska.

On April 28, the Panama Canal received the inaugural transit of the Neopanamax LNG Sakura en route from the U.S. to Japan. (Photo: Panama Canal Authority)

Panama Canal Sets Monthly Tonnage Record

Yesterday, for the third time since the inauguration of the Expanded Canal, the Panama Canal set a new monthly tonnage record of 38.1 million tons (PC/UMS) after facilitating the transit of 1,231 vessels in May 2018.The previous record was established in January 2017, when 1,260 vessels transited 36.1 million tons (PC/UMS) through the waterway, just a month after setting the record with 35.4 million tons (PC/UMS) transited by 1,166 vessels in December 2016.The containership segment contributed highest tonnage (36 percent)…

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Cruise Industry Beat 2017 Passenger Projections

The ocean cruise ship industry surpassed 2017 passenger projections, reaching 26.7 million cruise passengers globally up from a projection of 25.8 million, according to the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).For 2018, based on the new vessel launch schedule and expected regional deployment, CLIA is projecting another positive year-over-year growth for the industry with a passenger forecast of 28 million.“Once again, the cruise industry has raised the bar and exceeded projections and expectations…

Christine Cabau Woehrel and Ambroise Fayolle sign the €50 million agreement (Photo: Marseille Fos)

EIB Backs Marseille Fos projects in €50 Mln Deal

European Union institution the European Investment Bank (EIB) has renewed its partnership with French port Marseille Fos under a €50 million funding agreement to support five key development projects.The projects, which require a total investment of €136 million, include connecting the two existing Fos 2XL deepsea container terminals via a mid-section to provide a continuous quay length of 2.6km. Due to start this summer, the extension will increase capacity by 15-20 percent and…

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AIDAmira to Join the Selection Program in 2019

AIDA Cruises is adding a further ship to its fleet in 2019. AIDAmira, as the future cruise ship will be named, will sail for AIDA’s Selection program. Felix Eichhorn, President AIDA Cruises, explains: “The feedback we have received from our guests and the high demand for our AIDA Selection program continually inspires us to keep expanding our variety of routes and to call at new dream destinations in the most beautiful regions in the world. Therefore, we are very pleased to have found with the Costa neoRiviera the perfect ship within the Costa Group for our explorer fleet at such short notice.

Tim Bush, Crowley vice president and deputy general counsel

Tim Bush Promoted to Crowley VP, Deputy General Counsel

Crowley Maritime Corp. has announced that Tim Bush has been promoted to vice president and deputy general counsel. In his new position, Bush will help support the company’s growth as a provider of solutions for the U.S. government and various public-sector agencies. He will be based in Houston and report to Michael Roberts, senior vice president and general counsel. “Tim is an outstanding lawyer, and adds a great deal of value to the Crowley team,” Roberts said. Bush will continue to serve as Crowley’s lead attorney on several large projects for the U.S government…

RCCL and Seafarers Gala (Photo: Seafare??rs’ House)

Seafarers’ House Launches $4.5m Campaign

Seafarers’ House at Port Everglades has launched the public phase of its “Place of Welcome” Campaign to build a new home for the mariners who visit the port. The announcement was made at its annual Golden Compass Gala on May 19, honoring President and CEO of Royal Caribbean International Michael Bayley, who announced that the cruise line is committing $500,000 to the campaign. The three-year, $4.5 million fundraising effort will allow Seafarers’ House to build a new facility,…

From left, Andy Abbott CEO of ACL, Karen Oldfield and Costantino Baldissara. Photo:  Hafen Hamburg Marketing

The 'Grande Halifax' Christened in Halifax

The Pure Car & Truck Carrier Grande Halifax, owned and operated by the Grimaldi Group, has been christened yesterday in Halifax, New Scotia. Godmother of the new vessel was Ms. Karen Oldfield, President and CEO of the Halifax Port Authority. A ceremony took place at Halterm/Autoport with the presence of a distinguished delegation composed of representatives of civil and maritime authorities, among which the mayor of Halifax Michael Savage, Members of Parliament, the honorary consul of Italy in Halifax Marilisa Benigno…

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Kiel Welcomes Saga Sapphire on Maiden Visit

The first of four visits to Kiel this season by the British shipping company Saga Cruises began early Thursday with the arrival on the Kiel Fiord of the Saga Sapphire with 640 English-speaking passengers on board. The flagship of the Saga fleet was met by a local tug near the Friedrichsort Beacon and within sight of the entrance to the Kiel Canal. To the accompaniment of a water fountain display by the tug, the ship was escorted to her berth at the Ostseekai Cruise Shipping Terminal. During the course of a reception later on the ship, port head Dr.

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Port of East London to Expand its Petroleum Footprint

More than 100 attendees representing 97 companies have shown keen interest in the Port of East London’s plans to recommission an existing tank in the port for handling of liquid bulk and to introduce a liquid bulk terminal through a 25-year port concession awarded to a private, empowered entity.The companies attended a compulsory briefing on May 9, 2018 held by Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA). TNPA recently advertised a request for proposals (RFP) – reference number TNPA 2017/01/013/CM – with the intention to appoint a terminal operator to finance…

Seabourn Ovation godmother Elaine Paige gets a special bridge tour from the ship’s Captain, Stig Betten (left), and Staff Captain, Stefan Tsvetkov. Ovation was christened in front of Seabourn guests in Valletta, Malta. Photo by the company.

Seabourn Ovation Christened in Malta

Carnival Corporation's luxury cruise brand Seabourn introduced its newest vessel with a naming ceremony for Seabourn Ovation in the harbor of Valletta, Malta.Seabourn Ovation is the fifth ultra-luxury vessel to join the Seabourn fleet over the past decade, and the second of two ships designed for the line by hospitality design icon Adam D. Tihany.Seabourn Ovation was delivered on April 27 during an official handover ceremony at the Fincantieri shipyard in Genoa, Italy. Following the delivery ceremony…

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Cuba's Mariel Port Preparing for Mega Ships

Cuba's new Mariel deepwater container terminal hopes to further its plan to become a regional shipping hub by completing dredging next year so it can receive mega-sized vessels, its general manager Charles Baker said on Thursday.The terminal in Mariel Bay, 45 kilometers (28 miles) west of Havana, is located in an industrial park where Cuba is seeking to attract foreign investors with tax and customs breaks, as part of its market reform plan to boost the anemic economy.After opening in 2014…

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Carnival Unveils Miami Fleet Operations Center

Carnival Cruise Line has previewed its new Fleet Operations Center (FOC) in Miami, the largest and most advanced in the cruise industry. The 35,000-square-foot facility is custom-designed for hands-on, around-the-clock monitoring and support of the line's 26 cruise ships. The Carnival Cruise Line FOC is the first facility of its kind in South Florida and features a state-of-the-art tracking and data-analysis platform that enables real-time information sharing between Carnival ships and specialized shoreside teams designed to support fleet operations.

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Ships Stranded as Strikes Shut Israel's Main Ports

Striking workers shut down Israel's two main ports, leaving dozens of cargo ships stranded on Thursday in protest against the creation of competing foreign-run docks.At least 17 ships were waiting to unload at Ashdod port, with another 14 lined up to come in.

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Thailand Emerges as an International Maritime Training Center

Since mid 2015 when MCA first approved a Thailand based seafarer training facility, that destination has experienced growth as a popular focus for both advanced seafarers and also entry level crew to complete STCW 2010 and the new updating STCW courses.Anthony Gould, CEO and major investor in Galileo Maritime Academy, said at the recent launch of their Survival Craft and Fast Rescue Boats training facility in Phuket, “Over the last three years international professional seafarers coming to Phuket…

Geoff Crowe. Photo: Port of Newcastle

Port of Newcastle CEO Geoff Crowe Resigns

Port of Newcastle advises that Geoff Crowe, Chief Executive Officer, has informed the Board of his intention to resign, effective at the end of June. Geoff joined Port of Newcastle in July 2015 with extensive experience in the coal mining and logistics industry. He led the development of the Port's growth and diversification strategy, including the development of plans for a cruise terminal, bulk terminal and a container terminal. "The Port of Newcastle is not only an iconic port that delivers huge economic value to our region and state as a trade gateway…

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Carnival Maritime, ENSM Partner for Cadet Training

Carnival Maritime GmbH of Hamburg, Germany, and the ENSM French Maritime Academy of Le Havre and Marseille, France, have agreed on cooperation to ensure future high standards in nautical and technical training of cadets.The aim of the collaboration is to train the next generation of qualified officers for the cruise industry and their future responsibilities, based on both the nautical and the technical IMO curriculum at the ENSM. Moreover, the collaboration aims to provide cadets…

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Carnival Opens Second Cruise Terminal in Barcelona

Carnival Corporation officially opened its second cruise terminal at the Port of Barcelona with an inauguration ceremony attended by government, business and community representatives.During the ceremony, the company revealed that Helix cruise center will be the name of its new 12,500 square meter state-of-the-art terminal. At over 46 million euros, the Helix terminal and the company's existing terminal at the port represent Carnival Corporation's largest combined terminal investment…

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Floating Docks Arrive at Damen's Curaçao Yard

Two floating docks have completed their 26-day voyage across the North Atlantic to Damen Shiprepair Curaçao (DSCu) in the southern Caribbean.The larger of the two is a Panamax-class dock measuring 230 meters by 45 meters for tankers, containerships and other large vessels, while the smaller dock measures 108 meters by 23 meters for all kinds of tugs, workboats and offshore support and anchor handling vessels.The two docks were delivered by the heavy-lift carrier Xin Guang Hua to the Port of Willemstad, Curaçao on April 26, following a trip with more than its share of bad weather.

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Liverpool to Lead Way in Cruise Ship Crew Welfare for Third Year

Maritime charity Liverpool Seafarers Center (LSC) has struck a deal to provide support to thousands of cruise ship crew for the third successive year at a special base at Liverpool Cruise Terminal.LSC CEO, John Wilson, said it has reached agreement with Liverpool City Council, and the cruise terminal, to operate a support center from a converted shipping container. The container has been donated by the Maersk shipping line and is positioned on the terminal near Princes Parade.Wilson was speaking as he welcomed crew from the first cruise ship of the season to arrive in Liverpool…

MSC Grandiosa. Photo: MSC Cruises S.A.

MSC Grandiosa to be Named in Hamburg

MSC Meraviglia officially made her maiden call at the port of Hamburg today, marking the start of her new as well as the brand’s best and most accessible-ever season in Northern Europe. At the traditional exchange of crests attended by Senator Horch from the City of Hamburg as well as representatives from the Ports and other institutions, media and travel partners, MSC Cruises, the Swiss-based world’s largest privately owned cruise line and now for the third consecutive year brand market leader across the whole of Europe…

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JAXPORT Extends Agreement with Carnival

More than 2.2 million passengers have sailed from Jacksonville during 15 years of cruise service at JAXPORT. Now the port has reached a deal with Carnival Cruise Line to help that number grow even larger.An agreement signed today extends Carnival cruise service from Jacksonville through at least May 2021 and potentially through 2027.Carnival Elation will continue offering year-round sailing to the Bahamas from JAXPORT’s North Jacksonville Cruise Terminal. The contract extends the cruise line’s service from Jacksonville for three years with three additional two-year renewal options.

American Constitution (Photo: American Cruise Lines)

American Constitution Completes Inaugural Cruise

American Cruise Lines has announced that its brand new 175-passenger cruise ship, American Constitution, completed its inaugural sailing on Chesapeake Bay.The cruise departed from Baltimore on April 18 for an 11-day, 10-night American Revolution itinerary. “American Constitution has been exceptionally well received and all the spring 2018 American Revolution cruises are already sold out,” a company official said.During the inaugural sailing last week, American Constitution docked inside the District of Columbia at The Wharf…

BP Shipping’s Aggies left to right: Daniel Justus, Stewart Andrews, Jenny Long, Sara Broadrick, Garrett Jones and Michael Flannery.

Texas A&M Galveston Degrees Lead Six Aggies to BP Shipping

Jenny Long was an Aggie with a challenge. She had an important job opening to fill with her company, BP Shipping Americas, located in Chicago. As the regional voyage operations superintendent for BP Shipping, it is her job to fill it with the best and most qualified candidates. Long graduated from Texas A&M University at Galveston with a Marine Transportation degree and a minor in Maritime Administration.So, when she has an open position, one of the first places she contacts is her alma mater, Texas A&M Galveston. “BP Shipping has an open and fair hiring process” says Long.

Meit Fohlin, Mayor of Gotland and Barbara Scheel Agersnap, CEO Copenhagen Malmö Port during ceremony. (Photographer: Region Gotland)

New Cruise Quay Opened in Visby

The new cruise quay in Visby has opened in connection with the visit to the port of the ship AIDAdiva. The venture is a collaboration between Region Gotland and Copenhagen Malmö Port, CMP, with Region Gotland building the quay and CMP taking responsibility for the actual operation starting from now. At the same time, both parties are marketing Gotland as a destination together with Gotland Cruise Network.Work started in February 2016 on the new cruise quay in Visby, and it has now been opened for arrivals completely in accordance with the time schedule.

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Season’s Biggest Cruise Ship Berths at Ostseekai

The biggest cruise ship of this year’s summer season arrived in the port of Kiel on Saturday April 28th at the end of a journey across the Atlantic. The 139,000 GT and 333 m long “MSC Preziosa” arrived in the Kiel Fiord in the early morning and was welcomed with a water fountain tribute from one of the port’s tugs and escorted to her berth at the Ostseekai Cruise Ship Terminal. During an onboard reception later, City Councillor Gerwin Stöcken and port head Dr Dirk Claus welcomed the ship’s captain to Kiel and presented him with the port’s official maiden visit commemorative plaque.

 Rating reflects positively on Port's operating history, flexible capital program and conservative debt structure Photo courtesy Canaveral Port Authority

Fitch :‘A’ Bond Rating, Stable Outlook for Port Canaveral

Fitch Ratings affirmed today the 'A' rating on approximately $64.3 million of Canaveral Port Authority (CPA) port revenue bonds. The Rating Outlook is Stable. Today's announcement by the credit rating agency underscores Port Canaveral's market position as a leading cruise-focused port in the U.S. With approximately five million revenue passengers expected in Fiscal Year 2018, the Port is the world's second busiest cruise port and Florida's third largest by operating revenue. “Canaveral…

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Amsterdam Port Revenue Grows in 2017

Havenbedrijf Amsterdam N.V. realised revenue of EUR 150.1 million, compared to EUR 146.3 million in 2016. The operating result increased from EUR 73.3 million in 2016 to EUR 74.3 million in 2017. These and other key figures are stated in the annual report published. Koen Overtoom, CEO of Port of Amsterdam: "Record transshipment of 81.3 million tonnes in 2017 contributed to our good operating result of more than 74 million euros. 2017 also saw the arrival of a number of fantastic businesses in the Port…

MV Celine. Photo: Dublin Port Company

World's Largest Short Sea Ro-Ro Vessel Named in Dublin

MV Celine, the world’s largest short sea Ro-Ro ship, will today be christened in a ceremony at Dublin Port with guest of honour, An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD, Godmother to the new ship, Geraldine O’Reilly, and the port’s chaplains. The formal ceremony is a long-held tradition intended to bring good fortune to the ship and involves breaking a champagne bottle against the hull as the ship is christened. To mark today’s occasion, new Irish music commissioned by Dublin Port and performed by John Sheahan of the Dubliners and Colm Mac Con Iomaire of the Frames will premiere at the ceremony…

Photo: Grimaldi Group

Grimaldi Christens Grande New York

The Grande New York, part of the new fleet of the Grimaldi Group, was christened in the Port of NY-NJ at Port Newark Auto Marine Terminal (FAPS). Godmother was Amanda Matilda Cuomo Cole, granddaughter of former late NY Governor, Mario Cuomo and niece of current NY Governor Andrew Cuomo. Father Peter Haldás of St. John Paul II blessed the ship during a short ceremony to a distinguished delegation composed of maritime authorities, customers, port operators and managers of Grimaldi Group and daughter company Atlantic Container Line.

Front: Gianluca Suprani (left, of KwaZulu Cruise Terminal) and Siyabonga Gama (right, Transnet Group Chief Executive) seal the deal on the Terminal Operator agreement for Durban’s new cruise terminal, flanked by (back, left to right) Ross Volk, Nkululeko Mchunu, Moshe Motlohi (Acting COO of Transnet National Ports Authority) and Shulami Qalinge (Chief Executive of Transnet National Ports Authority).

New Durban Cruise Terminal Closer to Reality

Transnet National Ports Authority has concluded an agreement that will see KwaZulu Cruise Terminal Pty Ltd (KCT) finance, construct, operate, maintain and transfer a new Cruise Terminal Facility in the Port of Durban by October 2020. The parties signed off on this R200 million-plus project at an official ceremony on Monday, 16 April 2018. KCT was announced last year as the preferred bidder for the 25-year concession project. The com-pany is a Joint Venture between MSC Cruises SA and Africa Armada Consortium…

Kathryn Whittaker is the new captain of Sea Cloud II (Photo: Sea Cloud Cruises)

Whittaker Becomes First Canadian Female Cruise Ship Captain

Kathryn Whittaker has been promoted to captain of Sea Cloud Cruises’ Sea Cloud II, becoming the first female Canadian captain of a passenger cruise ship and the first ever first female to captain a vessel in Sea Cloud fleet. Prior to being promoted to captain last month, Whittaker held the position of chief officer on the Sea Cloud II for six years. In that role she was responsible for the ship’s maintenance and overall security. As captain, she will now head every department, and commands the mostly male nautical and technical officers.

Peter Fetten (Photo: MV WERFTEN)

Fetten Named CEO at MV WEFTEN

Maritime industry veteran Peter Fetten will take over as President & CEO of German shipbuilder MV WERFTEN as of May 1, 2018. Jarmo Laakso will remain as Managing Director and step into the position of COO to focus on cruise shipbuilding.Fetten was previously the Senior Vice President of Corporate Ship Refits at Carnival Corporation & PLC for the past nine years. He was also Vice President Newbuilding and Fleet Design of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. for eight years and held several executive positions during his 16 years at Blohm+Voss Shipyard.