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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

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Crowley’s LNG-Fueled ConRo Completes Maiden Voyage

The second of Crowley Maritime Corp.’s new combination container/roll-on roll-off “ConRo” ships - MV Taíno, one of the first of its kind to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) - completed its maiden voyage to Puerto Rico on Friday morning, Jan. 11. MV Taíno, which departed Jan. 8 from its mainland homeport of Jacksonville, Fla. (JAXPORT), is the second of two ConRo vessels constructed for Crowley. Sister ship MV El Coquí began its first-in-class service in July 2018.The ships…

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Port of Riga Set to Double Number of Cruise Ships

Over almost half a century, the cruise industry has experienced dynamic growth, initially driven by the demand for cruise travels in North America and the recent demand in Europe and rest of the world, especially China and Australia.The demand for cruise ships in regions of the world has increased from 23.34 million passengers in 2014 to 26.76 million passengers in 2017. Market trends suggest that the number of cruise passengers world-wide may increase by another third by 2030…

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Record Transshipment at Port of Amsterdam in 2018

Port of Amsterdam achieved a new transhipment record in 2018 with transhipment totalling 82.3 million tonnes, compared to 81.3 million tonnes in the previous year.Together with the other ports in the North Sea Canal Area, total transhipment consequently amounted to 101.8 million tonnes in 2018, said a press release from the 4th busiest port in Europe by metric tonnes of cargo.This is revealed in the provisional transhipment figures announced today. Transhipment in IJmuiden rose by 1% to 18.6 million tonnes. Beverwijk saw transhipment decline by 9% to 0.7 million tonnes.

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Fincantieri to Build Two New Ships for Norwegian's Oceania Cruises

The largest shipbuilder in Europe Fincantieri and the US Group Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. signed a contract for the construction of two new generation cruise ships for the Oceania Cruises brand, with delivery scheduled respectively in 2022 and 2025, which will start the “Allura-Class”.The agreement has an overall value exceeding 1 billion euros.With about 67,000 tons and the capacity of accommodating approximately 1,200 passengers on board, these units will be the new flagships of Oceania Cruises future fleet…

Workers from RUSH Marine begin removal of existing berth at site of new Cruise Terminal 3
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Canaveral Port Authority: $108.5M Contracts Awarded for New Cruise Terminal

At a special meeting on Tuesday, the Canaveral Port Authority Board of Commissioners unanimously approved awarding Merritt Island-based Ivey’s Construction Inc. a $78.98 million contract for the Port’s Cruise Terminal 3 project and a $29.53 million contract for the adjacent 1,800-vehicle parking garage.Ivey’s was the low bidder to build a two-story, 188,000-square-foot terminal as part of the Port’s largest single construction project in its 65-year history – a $163 million complex that will become the homeport for Carnival Cruise Line’s biggest and largest cruise ship…

Crowley's LNG fueled con/ro ship El Coqui, arriving at Puerto Rico for the first time. (Photo courtesy Crowley)

For JAXPORT, LNG Spells Success

‘A thousand firsts’ and a constantly growing list of players underscores the rapid development of LNG as a fuel – especially along the East Coast of the United States.Click on the headlines for the phrase “LNG Bunkering” and you immediately learn that it is an industry of a thousand firsts and a constantly growing list of players.“Russia's Novatek ships first LNG cargo to China via Arctic; Yamal LNG ships first LNG cargo to Spain; Qatar ships first LNG to Japan, signs accord; Japan orders its first LNG bunker vessel…

FMC Offices Closed due Partial Federal Shutdown

The Federal Maritime Commission is closed effective Wednesday, December 26, 2018 as part of the partial federal government shutdown due to a lapse in appropriations. The Commission will resume normal operations when appropriations legislation is enacted and the federal government reopens.With the exceptions of Acting Chairman Michael A. Khouri and Commissioner Rebecca Dye, who are Presidentially-appointed, Senate-confirmed officials, all Commission employees have been placed on furlough and are prohibited by law from performing any duties during the shutdown.

14,000 TEU full-container vessels. Photo: Imabari Shipbuilding

Imabari Shipbuilding Delivers Two Container Ships to Yang Ming

Two new 14,000 TEU full-container vessels built for Taiwanese ocean shipping company Yang Ming Marine Transport Corporation  by Imabari Shipbuilding  Japan, were named as YM Wonderland and YM Wisdom respectively.Yang Ming Chairman Bronson Hsieh, and National Ocean Taiwan University President Chang Ching Fong, were invited to the naming ceremony. Ms. Sun Lan Tien, wife of Mr. Chang Ching Fong and Ms. Wu Li Fen, wife of Yang Ming Shipping Europe GmbH Managing Director Hsu Shih Feng…

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MSC Cruises Partners with Top German Chef

The world's largest privately held cruise company MSC Cruises has today announced a new partnership with renowned German chef Harald Wohlfahrt.Voted one of the Top 10 Chefs in the World, and the only German chef to hold a three Michelin Star rating for 25 years in a row, Chef Wohlfahrt represents the best of Germany’s cuisine and embodies MSC Cruises’ commitment to offering new and exciting food options for its guests. Gianni Onorato, MSC Cruises Chief Executive Officer, commented: “The world-class expertise of Chef Wohlfahrt brings an exciting new chapter to our onboard dining experience.

MPA Enhances Safety At Sea Measures

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has stepped up its safety checks and measures under the ambit of the Safety@Sea Singapore Campaign."With the onset of the Northeast Monsoon season, which may prevail up to March 2019, occurrences of moderate to heavy thunder storms, strong winds and choppy seas can increase the risks at sea," warns MPA. MPA urges all port users and members of public who are travelling by ferry or cruise to exercise care when on board, and to remain vigilant and safe at sea.

Micky Arison, chairman of Carnival Corporation & plc  (Photo courtesy of FCCA)

Arison Take the Helm for FCCA

The Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA), the trade association that represents the mutual interests between destinations and stakeholders in the Caribbean and Latin America and FCCA Member Lines, which operate 95 percent of the global cruising capacity, has announced that Micky Arison, chairman of Carnival Corporation & plc, will become chairman of the FCCA Executive Committee and Albino Supino Di Lorenzo, vice president of cruise operations for MSC Cruises USA, will become chairman of the FCCA Operations Committee…

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Cruise Industry to Cut Carbon Emissions 40%

The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) announced an industry commitment to reduce the rate of the global fleet's carbon emissions 40% by 2030, from a 2008 baseline."We aspire to the International Maritime Organization’s vision of a carbon-free shipping industry by the end of the century," said Arnold Donald, global CLIA chairman and president and CEO, Carnival Corp. & plc. "Our commitment to a 40 percent reduction in the rate of emissions by 2030 is a strong first step…

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Crowley Takes Delivery of Second LNG-Powered ConRo Ship

Crowley Maritime Corp. has taken delivery of Taíno – the second of two 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., of Pascagoula, Miss.Taíno will soon join sister ship El Coquí, which was delivered in July, in providing fast, reliable and environmentally friendly shipping and logistics services between Jacksonville, Fla., and San Juan, Puerto Rico. This major milestone marks the final chapter in construction of Crowley’s $550 million investment in the two newly built…

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ALMACO Helps Refurb Crystal Serenity

ALMACO Group recently delievered 36 new luxurious Seabreeze Penthouses and two new spacious Seabreeze Penthouse Suites to Crystal Cruises’ ocean-going vessel Crystal Serenity. The project, which was part of an extensive redesign of the ship, started during the drydock at Lloyd Werft shipyard in Bremehaven, Germany, in mid-October and the suites were delivered on November 10, 2018, in Lisbon, Portugal, from where the ship sailed towards Fort Lauderdale, Fla.ALMACO’s scope of work…

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ALMACO Onboard Viking Line’s New Cruise Ship

ALMACO secured the order to build 1121 passenger and crew cabins plus all the galleys, bars, pantries and provision stores, including cold rooms, freezers and walk-ins, for Viking Line’s newbuild at Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry Co., Ltd. (XSI) shipyard in China. For the accommodations portion of the order, ALMACO’s contract includes visual turnkey with some background works for all passenger and crew cabin areas as well as crew public areas.The catering areas delivery involves the visual turnkey installation, including flooring, wall and ceiling stainless steel panels, of approximately 800 sq.

Royal Caribbean International’s Vision of the Seas is the newest cruise ship to homeport at the Port of New Orleans. 
 
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Cruise: RCI Returns to Port NOLA

Royal Caribbean International returned to the Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) when the Vision of the Seas homeported at the Julia Street Cruise Terminal for its inaugural cruise Dec. 15, 2018. The 2,514-passenger ship will sail seasonal, seven-night itineraries from Port NOLA to culture rich destinations across the Bahamas, Caribbean and Yucatan Peninsula through March 2019.Vision of the Seas touts VOOM, the fastest internet at sea, coupled with entertainment for every mood, from…

Costa Fortuna, operated by Costa Crociere, sailed away from Sembcorp Marine Admiralty Yard on 16 December 2018 after repairs at the yard. Photo: Sembcorp Marine

Sembcorp Retains Asia's Top Cruise Ship Repair Position

Singapore-based shipbuilder Sembcorp Marine cemented its position as Asia’s top cruise ship repair and upgrade solutions provider in 2018 with the successful completion of repairs on the Costa Fortuna – the Group’s 10th and final cruise ship project this year.Operated by Costa Crociere, the 1,358-cabin vessel sailed away from Sembcorp Marine’s Admiralty Yard yesterday, joining a bevy of luxury liners that underwent repairs and upgrades at Sembcorp Marine facilities in the past 12 months.These included six vessels from leading cruise brands and long-term partners Carnival Cruises…

Carnival Panorama (Photo: Carnival)

Carnival to Launch Four Ships in 2019

Carnival Corporation announced it will launch four new cruise ships in 2019 across three of its leading global brands – Carnival Cruise Line, America's Cruise Line; Costa Cruises, the largest European cruise operator; and Princess Cruises,  international premium cruise line. The world will get a preview of one of these spectacular new vessels when Carnival Cruise Line debuts a floral replica of its new Carnival Panorama sailing down Colorado Boulevard in the Rose Parade on New Year’s Day…

MS Roald Amundsen and MS Fridtjof Nansen. Photo: Hurtigruten

Hurtigruten expands to Alaska

Hurtigruten is to expand Alaska sailings in 2020 by deploying new hybrid-powered MS Roald Amundsen in the region.The Norwegian expedition cruise specialist, who claims to be  the world’s greenest and most extensive expedition cruise program, said that this new location adds to the company's expanding cruise program, which offers more than 250 worldwide destinations in the 2020/2021 season.Hurtigruten will run a series of seven voyages covering the highlights of the Inside Passage…

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MOL Passenger Line 'Cruise of the Year 2018'

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) announced that its group company, Mitsui O.S.K. Passenger Line (MOPAS) was recognized for its "efforts on market development by the Nippon Maru One Night Cruise," and received the award for outstanding performance in the "Cruise of the Year 2018" program.MOPAS was honored for its One Night Cruise programs based on three themes, which attracted a majority of passengers (70%) who boarded the Nippon Maru for the first time.While elaborately planned, all of the cruise themes offered a casual atmosphere…

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Carnival's First LNG Powered Ship Delivered

Carnival Corp on Wednesday launched its first liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered ship in Germany as the world's largest cruise operator tries to cut its carbon footprint.Addition of LNG ships are part of Carnival's ongoing fleet enhancement strategy and 20 new vessels are scheduled for delivery between 2018 and 2025.The shipping industry have been forced to look for cleaner options such as LNG after the International Maritime Organization introduced tough new rules on use of marine fuel.Strategically important ports such as Gibraltar are already preparing to offer upgraded facilities to meet

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Estonian Port Offers Discounts to Green Ships

Estonian port authority Tallinna Sadam (Port of Tallinn) announced that starting from next year the ships that have joined the Environmental Ship Index (ESI) can apply for discount on tonnage fees of up to 8%.The Baltic Sea port said in a press release that the new port pricing system involving differentiated port fees is aimed at encouraging shipping companies to adopt environmentally friendlier technologies and thus also contribute to the health of Baltic Sea ecosystem.The head…

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Chinese Consortium Bags USD 1.4bln Panama Bridge Project

The government of Panama gave a US$1.4 billion contract to build a bridge over the Panama Canal to Panama Cuarto Puente, a Chinese consortium.Panama Cuarto Puente consortium or so-called Panama Fourth Bridge Consortium,  composed of China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) and its unit China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC), will design and build a bridge over the Panama Canal.According to a report in Reuters, the 6.5-km (4-mile) bridge will have six car lanes and a two-way metro line.

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Fincantieri Built Carnival Panorama

Fincantieri's Marghera shipyard in Venice launched the Carnival Panorama, a sister ship of the 4,000-passenger Carnival Vista and Carnival Horizon.The the largest shipbuilder in Europe said in a press release that interior fittings will now begin, leading the ship to its delivery, scheduled in autumn 2019.The launching of the Carnival Cruise Line vessel was introduced by the traditional and well-wishing “coin ceremony”, consisting, according to an ancient shipbuilding custom, in welding a silver dollar on the last deck of the ship.

CPA Approves Bonding for New Canaveral Cruise Terminal

Carnival’s new 180,000-ton ship, first North American-based LNG powered ship, will homeport at Port Canaveral’s new Cruise Terminal 3.The Canaveral Port Authority (CPA) Board of Commissioners today voted to approve a resolution for the issuance of a series of bonds up to $117 million to provide the financing for Port Canaveral’s Cruise Terminal 3 project. The new terminal will be the homeport for Carnival Cruise Line’s newest and largest cruise ship, as part of a long-term agreement between the Port Authority and Carnival.“I am proud of our CFO Mike Poole…

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Regal Princess to Become Second MedallionClass Ship

Carnival Corporation-owned Princess Cruises said that Regal Princess will be the second ship in its fleet to offer the Princess Medallion wearable technology.Regal Princess will be fully activated for her Caribbean Season starting February 17, 2019. The Princess OceanMedallion, included complimentary, is a wearable device that elevates the guest experience by delivering enhanced experiences and personalized service resulting in high guest satisfaction scores, claimed the company.The fully automated gadget has no visible technology…

Kelly Craighead (Photo: CLIA)

Craighead Appointed as CLIA President and CEO

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has announced that its Global Executive Committee has appointed Kelly Craighead as President and Chief Executive Officer effective January 1, 2019. Craighead will be taking over the role currently held by Cindy D'Aoust, who in July of this year announced her intent to leave her position by year’s end.Craighead has spent over 15 years in the public and private sectors, recently serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Travel and Tourism in the U.S.

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Virgin Voyages to Build a Massive Terminal at PortMiami

Virgin Voyages, formerly Virgin Cruises, has unveiled its plans for a new terminal at PortMiami.Sir Richard Branson's cruise line said in a press release that the new Virgin Voyages Terminal will be located on the northwest side of the port in Miami, giving it incredible views of the city’s skyline. Construction is due to start next year and will be completed by November 2021, the beginning of the year’s cruise season.“Miami is an incredible city and one of my favourite places to work and play,” Richard Branson said.

Nieuw Statendam. Photo: Holland America Line

Fincantieri Delivers Nieuw Statendam

Nieuw Statendam, the new cruise ship of Holland America Line, was presented at the Fincantieri Marghera shipyard in Venice. Holland America Line is a brand under Carnival Corporation, the world’s largest cruise operator.The vessel is the 16th Holland America Line ship built by Fincantieri and is the line’s second Pinnacle-class ship after Koningsdam, delivered in 2016.The 99,902-ton vessel accommodates 2,666 guests and is the ultimate expression of the Holland America Line brand.

On behalf of Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA), the Chairman of Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) Dr.Parakrama Dissanayake exchanges plaques with the Maseter of Mein Schiff 3 - Capt. Alevropoulos George. The Manging Director of Shipping Agency Services (pvt) Ltd - Mr.Gihan Nanayakkara is also in the picture. Pic: Port of Colombo

Mein Schiff 3 Made Maiden Call at Sri Lankan Port

The super luxury passenger vessel MV Mein Schif 3 of TUI Cruises with 2,430 passengers and 995 crew on board made her maiden call at the Port of Colombo on 26th November 2018. The vessel was welcomed at the East Container Terminal (ECT) of Sri Lank Ports Authority (SLPA).Chairman of Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) – Dr.Parakrama Dissanayake said that the Port of Colombo was honored by the presence of Mein Shiff 3 in Colombo. “The Port of Colombo has become an extremely busy port and this year the port also became the fastest growing port in the world in terms of handling containers.

Mike Rodwell. Photo: Fred. Olsen Cruise Line

Fred. Olsen Cruise Line’s MD Mike Rodwell to Retire

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ managing director, Mike Rodwell, is to retire at the end of August 2019, following 15 years in the role and 31 years with the business.Mike has worked across a number of the Fred. Olsen businesses since he joined the group in 1987, with his first role as accountant for Fred. Olsen’s first-ever designated cruise ship, Black Prince.Following this initial role, Mike spent four years as Financial Controller for Fred. Olsen Travel, before a brief period as Financial and Commercial Manager for Fred.

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Ponant Tests New Sail System

The French-flag cruise line Ponant is testing the Solid Sail concept on its vessel Le Ponant. Tests are being conducted with maritime construction company Chantiers de l’Atlantique as part of the sailing cruise-vessel project Silenseas, launched two years ago.Two patents have been filed—in 2009 and 2017—for the new type of sail, made of fibreglass, carbon and epoxy-resin panels in a carbon-slat frame. This new technology will significantly reduce energy consumption tied to propulsion…

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St. Lawrence Seaway Traffic: A Busy October

St. Lawrence Seaway shipping had its second busiest month of the season in October, fueled by increases in shipments of grain, salt and construction materials.Overall cargo shipments via the St. Lawrence Seaway (from March 29 to October 31) totaled 30.5 million metric tons, up four per cent over the same period in 2017.The increase in construction materials, like cement and clinker shipments which are up 20 per cent, can partly be attributed to cement moving into terminals in Ste.

Expedition Vessel Magellan Explorer. Image: V.Group

V.Ships Wins Magellan Explorer Contract

The global marine and offshore vessel management and support services provider V.Group said that its V.Ships Leisure unit has been awarded a contract by Antarctica21 for the technical management of the expedition vessel, Magellan Explorer.The 100-guest Magellan Explorer is currently under construction at Asenav in Chile and due to be delivered in October 2019, the ship management company company said.The vessel, which is being built to the new polar code and is uniquely customised for fly-cruises in Antarctica…

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Meyer Turku Cuts Steel for New Carnival Cruise Ship

The cruise ship builder Meyer Turku started the production of a 5,286-lower berth cruise ship for Carnival Cruise Line.According to German shipbuilder, the ship will be the first North American-based cruise ship to run on iquefied natural gas (LNG) and will also be the largest Carnival cruise ship ever built with 180,000 gross tonnage (GT).With the first steel cutting the physical form of the ship will start to takeshape. The new Carnival ship will offer a variety never-before…

Norwegian Breakaway (Photo: Port of New Orleans)

Norwegian Breakaway Debut Highlights Port NOLA’s Impact

The Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) has welcomed the largest cruise ship in both length and passenger occupancy to ever sail from the Crescent City when the Norwegian Breakaway homeported at the Julia Street Cruise Terminal for its inaugural cruise Nov. 11, 2018. The ship placement contributes to Port NOLA’s cruise business momentum and contributes to tourism’s economic impact across the New Orleans-region.The 1,068-foot vessel will sail from New Orleans through April 12, 2019…

Dick de Graaff. Pic: Port of Amsterdam

Passenger Terminal Amsterdam Appoints Dick de Graaff as New Director

Dick de Graaff, MA (48) has been appointed the new Director of Passenger Terminal Amsterdam (PTA) effective 1 January 2019. He is succeeding René Kouwenberg who will retire on the same date.PTA, which coordinates the efficient processing of cruise ships and receives their passengers, said that De Graaff is very familiar with the cruise sector and knows the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam inside and out."He has served as PTA’s Commercial Director since December 2004 and in this role…

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SeaKing Hires Apprentices

Merseyside’s SeaKing Electrical is ushering in four new starters on the 10th anniversary of its apprentice training scheme. A grand total of 43 apprentices have now been employed by the marine electrical specialist. SeaKing employs more than 100 engineers worldwide with a track record delivering projects across Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Caribbean and USA.New apprentices Callum Mulrooney, James Fields, Michael Mcevoy Hayes and Bradley Jones will now embark on a two-year extended diploma…

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Amsterdam Intros Day Tourist Tax for Cruise Ships

Day Tourist Tax for cruise passengers will apply to sea cruise and river cruise passengers effective 1 January 2019 in Amsterdam.According to a release from the Port of Amsterdam, the rate for 2019 has been set at EUR8 per period of 24 hours or less. Note that the tax will not apply to cruise passengers who embark or disembark in Amsterdam (turnaround passengers), but solely to transit passengers.The tax rate is confirmed in November and the tax will be collected by Port of Amsterdam on behalf of the City of Amsterdam.

Kierstin M Lachtman (Photo: LSC)

Lachtman to Succeed Ludwiczak as Head of LSC

Kierstin M Lachtman is to take over as General Secretary of the Liberian Shipowners’ Council Ltd (LSC) in February 2019 from Joseph E Ludwiczak, who is retiring after 17 years at the helm.Kierstin, who will operate from the LSC offices in Dulles, Virginia, is currently Manager, Maritime Policy for Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) in Washington DC. There, her responsibilities include developing maritime policy in concert with shipowner members, determining and co-ordinating shipping industry positions on safety…

Symphony of the Seas (Photo: Canaveral Port Authority)

World's Largest Cruise Ship Makes U.S. Debut at Port Canaveral

Port Canaveral welcomed the world’s largest cruise ship before dawn Thursday as Royal Caribbean International’s Symphony of the Seas made its historic first North American port of call.The massive cruise vessel arrived at the Port’s Cruise Terminal 1 from Malaga, Spain with nearly 5,500 cruise guests and 2,200 international crew members.“We’re proud of the confidence our partners at Royal Caribbean have in us. Although this ship will be home-ported in Miami, our cruise partner trusted the capabilities of this port for its first U.S. port of call,” said Port Canaveral CEO Capt. John Murray.

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Norwegian Cruise Line Profits Up

Miami-based Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings reported third-quarter ended September 30, 2018 profit of $470.4 million compared to $400.7 million in the prior year. The cruise operator said in a investor release that its total revenue increased 12.5% to $1.9 billion. Gross Yield increased 4.5%. Net Yield increased 4.0% on a Constant Currency basis, outperforming guidance by 50 basis points. Norwegian expects to generate record earnings in full year 2018 and has increased its outlook above the high-end of its previous guidance range.

Signing of the third SunStone Ships contract on a vessel in the INFINITY class. Photo: Ulstein Design & Solutions

SunStone Orders Third Expedition Cruise Vessel at CMHI Yard

Miami-based  SunStone Ships has declared option number two at CMHI shipyard after signing a long-term charter contract with Victory Cruise Line for the vessel, with a total of three newbuilds now under construction at the Chinese yard.A press release from the manager of passenger ships across the globe said that it  originally placed one firm contract and nine options on Ulstein deliveries of expedition cruise vessel designs and equipment packages back in 2017.All ten vessels are part of SunStone Ships’ series of vessels in the ‘INFINITY-class’.

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China Cruising: Carnival Corp Launches China JV

Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), has announced that its cruise joint venture with China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) will launch this week under the name CSSC Carnival Cruise Shipping Limited. The new China-based cruise company plans to operate its own fleet to serve Chinese cruise guests by the end of 2019.CSSC Carnival Cruise Shipping Limited announced an agreement to purchase two existing ships from Carnival Corporation’s Costa Group, the leading cruise operator in Europe and Asia.

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Fincantieri to Establish Cruise Hub in China

The cruise shipbuilder Fincantieri has signed contracts with  the Shanghai City’s District of Baoshan to set up a cruise hub."At the presence of the Deputy Prime Minister of Italy and Minister of Economic development and Labor Luigi Di Maio and the Chairman of Cassa depositi e prestiti Massimo Tononi, the Fincantieri CEO Giuseppe Bono and the District Mayor of Baoshan Fan Shaojun, within the development of the shipbuilding segments, set out by China, have signed the contracts aimed at creating a cruise hub…

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Manila Ports Utilization Remains Healthy

Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) informed that the cargo volume in the country has registered a modest hike in the first seven months of the year despite the sluggish performances from almost all aspects of local and foreign trade.Latest data from the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) showed that Philippine cargo traffic totaled 147.271 million metric tons (MMT) in the January to July 2018 period or a 2% hike compared to the 144.412 MMT handled in the same period last year.The…

Cruise Shipping: Virgin Orders a Fourth Ship from Fincantieri

Fincantieri and Virgin Voyages signed a $791m contract for the construction of a fourth cruise ship, which will be delivered at the end of 2023.The new vessel will be a sister-ship of the three ships on order with Fincantieri. Construction is underway  at the Sestri Ponente shipyard (Genoa) and the first three ships will enter Virgin Voyage’s fleet respectively in 2020, 2021 and 2022.The fourth vessel will be approximately 110,000 gross tons, 278 meters long and 38 meters wide.

Lloyd’s Register (LR) announced that John Hicks is President of Americas Marine & Offshore.

Hicks takes the Helm at LR Americas

Lloyd’s Register (LR) announced that John Hicks is President of Americas Marine & Offshore. Hicks returns to the U.S. after two years of leading LR’s Global Passenger Ship Center in Trieste, Italy as Global Passenger Ship Sector Manager and Italy’s Marine Manager. Previously based in the U.S., he was Business Development Manager for the Americas as well as LR’s Applied Technology Group (ATG).One of the key priorities for John in his new role is continued focus on LR’s expansion of its Digital Innovation services.

Harald Solberg (Photo: Norwegian Shipping Association)

A New Age for Norwegian Shipping

It’s about more than maritime. Harald Solberg, CEO of the Norwegian Shipping Association, sees a world of opportunity from his office overlooking Oslo. Here he talks markets, innovation, ocean developments, and even rubbish. Norway, he believes, has a leading role to play.Harald Solberg is 42, but looks younger. Hearing him outline a career that has so far taken in politics, media, the Norwegian Royal Palace, and, of course, shipping, is a little surreal. For a moment one wonders who he’s talking about – his boss…

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Kiel Port Ends Most Successful Cruise Shipping Season

On Sunday October 28th with the visit of the “AIDAbella” Port of Kiel closed its latest cruise shipping season.This year the port has been visited 166 times by 33 different cruise ships with a combined gross tonnage of more than 11 million. For the first time close to 600,000 cruise ship passengers, 16.4% more than last year, have passed through the port’s terminal facilities to end or embark on cruises.Dr Dirk Claus, Managing Director of the Port of Kiel(Seehafen Kiel GmbH & Co.

"AIDAbella" in Kiel / Foto PORT OF KIEL

Kiel Reports Successful Cruise Shipping Season

Kiel closes its latest cruise shipping season on Sunday, October 28th with the visit of the AIDAbella.This year the port has been visited 166 times by 33 different cruise ships with a combined gross tonnage of more than 11 million. For the first time close to 600,000 cruise ship passengers, 16.4 percent more than last year, have passed through the port’s terminal facilities to end or embark on cruises. Dr. Dirk Claus, Managing Director of the Port of Kiel (SEEHAFEN KIEL GmbH & Co.

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Port of Kiel Presents Emission-Free Berthing for Ships

The construction of the first onshore power supply plant for commer-cial vessels at the Norwegenkai Terminal in the port of Kiel has begun.Taking part in the official first-cut-of-the-spade-ceremony marking the start of the construction works at the Norwegenkai Terminal were the Economics Minister of the federal state of Schleswig-Holstein, Dr Bernd Buchholz, Kiel’s Lord Mayor Dr Ulf Kämpfer, Port Director Dr Dirk Claus und Color Line GmbH Managing Director Dirk Hundertmark along with Lars Nürnberger…

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Hurtigruten Orders New Hybrid Powered Expedition Ship

Hurtigruten continues to push the borders for green travel – and orders new, groundbreaking hybrid powered expedition cruise ship.Hurtigruten, an expedition cruise operator, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Norway’s Kleven Verft AS for the construction of their third hybrid powered expedition cruise ship.The new ship’s design, construction, engineering and advanced technology will be based on Hurtigruten’s two next-generation ships, MS Roald Amundsen and MS Fridtjof Nansen…

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ShipMoney Announces New Appointments in Europe

Specialized global maritime payments provider ShipMoney has announced a series of high level appointments to its European operations team.Roula Zachariou joins the ShipMoney team as Vice President of Business Development and Client Management. She brings with her over 20 years of local knowledge and relationships in the Greek and Cypriot maritime markets which will immediately boost ShipMoney’s ability to support clients locally as well as continue to develop and grow business…

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Jaxport Breaks Cruise Passenger Record

The Jacksonville Port Authority (Jaxport) served a record number of cruise passengers during the past year, with 199,899 passengers setting sail from Jacksonville. More than 2.4 million passengers have sailed from Jacksonville during 15 years of cruise service at Jaxport.The Carnival Elation offers year-round sailing to the Bahamas from Jaxport’s North Jacksonville Cruise Terminal featuring stops at Freeport, Nassau and the private Bahamian islands of Half Moon Cay and Princess…

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Zero carbon at sea? Rotterdam port eyes a greener future

In Rotterdam, ships from around the world cruise in and out of Europe's busiest port, a bustling industrial hub that employs almost 200,000 people and produces 20 percent of the Netherlands' climate-changing gases.As Rotterdam tries to cut its emissions - in line with global goals to curb global warming - shipping emissions are a particular challenge, not least because many fall outside the targets set by the Paris Agreement to curb climate change.But the city's bustling port…

MS Eurodam retrofitted with ABB shore power connectors (Photo: ABB)

Shore Power: Holland America Line Plugs In

ABB shore power connectors retrofitted to three Holland America Line vessels will help these ships achieve low emissions in port anywhere in the world.Cruise line Holland American Line will retrofit three of its vessels with ABB’s innovative shore power connectors that allow the ships to draw on land-based electrical grids when docked in port.Holland America Line proactively encompasses programs that aim to reduce emissions and comply with international regulations and environmental guidelines – and seeks to exceed these requirements wherever possible.

El Coquí entering San Juan (Photo: Crowley)

Crowley Christens LNG ConRo El Coquí

Crowley Maritime Corp. on Saturday christened its Commitment Class combination container/roll on-roll off (ConRo) ship El Coquí, which is among the first of its kind to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG).The Jones Act compliant vessel is the first of two built as part of Crowley’s Commitment Class project and a key new component in the company’s supply chain transformation in the U.S. mainland-Puerto Rico trade. Sister ship Taíno is in the final phases of construction and testing at VT Halter Marine’s shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss.

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Crowley Urges Against Pilotage Fee Hike in Port Everglades

Port Everglades' largest tenant is urging the Florida Board of Pilot Commissioners to reject a proposed fee increase for harbor pilot services that it says would unfairly raise average pilotage costs more than 100 percent for shipping lines that call frequently at the port.While the proposed fee structure would decrease fees for cruise ships, it would hike the costs for companies that operate frequent-call feeder vessels that sail in and out of Port Everglades, Crowley Maritime Corporation said in a statement.

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Piraeus Port Urges Greece to Speed Up Investment Plan Approval

Piraeus Port Authority (PPA), operator of Greece's largest port, wants the Greek government to speed up the approval of an investment plan that aims to attract more business to one of Europe's largest harbours, executives said on Friday.PPA, majority owned by China's COSCO Shipping , is awaiting the green light from Greece's shipping ministry to proceed with mandatory investments based on its concession agreement with the Greek state.Approval of PPA's so-called master investment plan…