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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Richard Branson News

Ocean Cay (Artist's rendering of the MSC custom built island, the Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve.)

Cruise Building: Growing, Cleaner and Not Always Bigger

2019 will be the biggest year ever for new ship introductions.The ships are coming. Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) suggests that in the coming year 18 new ships are on order for CLIA cruise lines. The next few years will see the arrival of new cruise giants at PortMiami and Port Canaveral. But first they will need giant terminals.The Global Impact of Cruise LinesCLIA estimates 30 million travelers will cruise next year, up six percent from 28.2 million in 2018;…

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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.

Richard Branson. Photo: Virgin

Richard Branson Resigns as Chairman of Virgin Hyperloop

Sir Richard Branson has stepped down from his role as chairman of Virgin Hyperloop One, saying the company "needs a more hands-on chairman."DP World statement said Branson was stepping down due to the increased commitment of time the position requires.Following the resignation Branson DP World, the largest shareholder in Hyperloop, said it was looking for a new chairman to take the company to the next stage of growth.Commenting on the announcement, Sultan Ahmed Bin Sualyem, Group Chairman and CEO of DP World…

DP World Sets Its Sights on Hyperloop Cargo Shipping

Dubai-based port operator DP World has partnered with Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Hyperloop One to create a new venture that aims to provide hyperloop-enabled cargo systems.DP World and the U.S.-based Virgin Hyperloop One introduced their vision for “the future of on-demand freight transportation” at an event on April 29 at the historic vessel Queen Elizabeth 2.The joint venture, called DP World Cargospeed, will set out to be the world’s first to ship cargo with hyperloop technology.

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Dry Equipment Key to Healthy Work Environment

As more and more attention is paid to health initiatives, Netherlands-based equipment supplier Pronomar recognizes the impact and importance of a healthy work environment. The drying systems Pronomar supplies are designed to quickly and efficiently dry different types of work wear. Drying employees’ protective clothing prevents staff from working in wet, cold suits, the manufacturer noted, adding that warm and dry clothes for workers helps prevent high absenteeism and a loss of staff motivation.

Richard Branson. Photo: Virgin

Virgin Cruises to Sail Out of Miami in 2020

Virgin Cruises will launch its first luxury liner in 2020 from Miami, British tycoon Richard Branson announced, placing his bets on medium-sized "boutique" ships. The Virgin Group founder said he had signed a binding letter of intent with Italy's Fincantieri to build three 110,000-ton ships, to debut in 2020, 2021 and 2022. Each ship would carry 2,860 passengers, based on double occupancy, and 1,150 crewmembers. With characteristic flair, Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, sporting a skipper's hat, arrived in downtown Miami's Museum Park via helicopter and a cloud of Virgin-red smoke.

Former Norwegian Cruise Line CEO sues Virgin Group

The former chief executive of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd sued Richard Branson's Virgin Group in federal court in Miami for $300 million on Wednesday over plans by the British billionaire to launch his own luxury cruise line.   The lawsuit by Colin Veitch, who oversaw Norwegian from 2000 to 2008, claims that Virgin muscled him out of a joint venture to break into the industry with massive ships capable of carrying thousands of passengers and operating as floating resorts, according to court documents.     (Reporting by Zachary Fagenson; Editing by David Adams and Eric Walsh)

   Dr. Guy Harvey and Sir Richard Branson (Photo courtesy of the Guy Harvey Foundation)

Sir Richard Branson Joins Guy Harvey in Great Shark Race

Renowned marine wildlife artist and conservationist Dr. Guy Harvey and Sir Richard Branson are calling on individuals and corporations to sponsor shortfin mako sharks that will be tagged and released off the coast of Isla Mujeres, Mexico later this month. Dr. Harvey and his foundation, Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, along with the Guy Harvey Research Institute at Nova Southeastern University, have created an innovative race that allows businesses and/or individuals to sponsor sharks through the purchase of satellite tags.

Powering Ahead with Wind Assist Technologies

Wind assist technologies have come of age for shipping companies. A panel discussion entitled “Accelerating Adoption of Double Digit Fuel Saving Technologies,” at the recent Danish Maritime Days in early October drove this point home nicely. Describing the meeting in Copenhagen, Dr. Tristan Smith, from University College London’s (UCL) Energy Institute, told Maritime Professional last month that “… the event involved a coming together of ship owners and the leading companies developing…

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Self-Pilot Personal Submarine to Launch in Monaco

DeepFlight announced it will introduce a new type of personal submarine at the 2014 Monaco Yacht Show. The company said its new product, the DeepFlight Dragon, is the most compact, lightweight personal submarine on the market, and is so intuitive to use that clients self-pilot the craft with minimal instruction. The all-electric (zero emissions) DeepFlight Dragon was designed specifically for easy use from yacht or shore to explore the twilight zone down to 400 feet (120 meters).

Cheeki Rafiki: Under Pressure, USCG Resumes Search

U.S. authorities resumed a hunt on Tuesday for four British yachtsmen missing in the Atlantic Ocean after a public appeal backed by UK politicians and British billionaire Richard Branson not to give up on finding them just yet. The sailors on board the yacht Cheeki Rafiki went missing on Friday as they were returning to Britain from a sailing event in Antigua in the Caribbean and reported that the vessel was taking on water, forcing them to change course to head to the Azores. The U.S. Coast Guard, supported by U.S.

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Sir Richard Branson Joins All-Energy 2014

Sir Richard Branson is a last minute addition to the list of speakers at All-Energy 2014. The U.K.’s renewable energy exhibition and conference is being held at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC), May 21-22. Speaking live from his renowned Necker Island base, Sir Richard will be joining the conference on Thursday, May 22, through the medium of Skype; his presentation will take place at the end of “Investing in the future – innovation” a session devoted to innovation in the offshore wind sector (Crombie B at AECC).

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Virgin Atlantic Challenger ll Readies for UK Return

Plymouth boatyard looks to refit Richard Branson's iconic 'Virgin Atlantic Challenger II' after the boat's 20-year absence from UK shores. Dan Stevens, a merchant navy master who also runs the Mount Batten ferry and harbour cruise vessels in Plymouth, discovered the powerboat languishing in a boatyard in Majorca, where she has been laid up for more than seven years, reports 'Plymouth: The Herald'. Stevens is flying out a crew within days to carry out a basic refit to make her seaworthy…