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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Sardinia News

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…

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Saras Invests in New Bunkering Terminal

Italian refiner Saras is constructing a ship-refueling terminal at its Sardinia plant and will market a new, cleaner marine fuel ahead of a major regulatory change in 2020, its chief executive told Reuters.From January 2020, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) will ban ships from using fuels with a sulphur content above 0.5 percent, compared with 3.5 percent now, in one of the biggest changes in the oil market in decades.Refineries around the world have been gearing up for the switch by reducing output of high-sulphur fuel and upgrading plants to maximize production of the cleaner…

Photo: Mercy Ships

Shipping Community Announces Mercy Ships Cargo Day Goal

Mercy Ships Cargo Day, an annual event established by the worldwide shipping community in 2016, has announced a $1 million target goal for 2018.The event, held Oct. 3, provides the opportunity for the shipping and trading community around the world to donate 50 percent of its commission on cargoes (Mercy Cargoes) or to make a direct financial contribution to Mercy Ships. Mercy Ships operates the world’s largest private hospital ship, the Africa Mercy, staffed by volunteers who provide free life-changing surgeries in Africa.

File photo: Marseille Fos

Marseille Fos to Cut Dues for Eco-friendly Ships

Marseille Fos has joined the World Ports Climate Initiative (WPCI) and is now set to reduce port dues for ships performing better than required under air pollution regulations. From July 1 this year the incentive will apply to eligible ships among the 236 container carriers and cruise vessels – a 60/40 percent split – that call at the port. Other sectors will be added in 2018. The WPCI features the Environmental Ship Index (ESI), which scores atmospheric pollution on a zero to 100 scale. Currently only around 50 ports worldwide offer reduced call charges based on the ESI.

GPH to Acquire cruise terminal

International law firm Watson Farley & Williams (“WFW”) has advised Turkey-based cruise port operator Global Ports Holding (“GPH”) on the acquisition of stakes in companies managing cruise terminals in Italy. Specifically, GPH acquired stakes in the companies managing the Cagliari (Sardinia), Catania (Sicily) and Ravenna (Emilia-Romagna) cruise ports, previously owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (“Royal Caribbean”), Aloschi&Bassani S.p.A. and Bassani Ravenna S.r.l. Royal Caribbean will retain a minority stake in all three companies and Cagliari…

Captain Leonardus Versteeg: “For me, going out to sea means freedom.” (Photo: Hapag-Lloyd)

‘Going Out to Sea is Freedom’

Today in portray: Captain Leonardus Versteeg. He has quite a gift for languages. As a Native of the Netherlands, he speaks Dutch. At home, he speaks Spanish with his wife. And at Hapag-Lloyd, it’s English and German. Versteeg inherited the seaman’s gene from his father, who worked for many years at sea as a chief mate. “At five years old, I already knew I wanted to become a captain someday,” Versteeg recalls. While growing up in the Dutch town of Heemstede, just a few kilometers from Amsterdam and the North Sea Canal, he spent most of his school holidays at sea.

Photo: SNCM

Ferry Unit SNCM to Seek Court Protection Next Week

France-Corsica ferry operator SNCM will file for court protection next week, a source close to the company told Reuters on Wednesday, which will clear the way for its shareholder Veolia to restructure its transport division. Water and waste firm Veolia and the French state, which together control SNCM, have said court protection from creditors is the only way to shield the loss-making ferry operator from two separate European Union state aid repayment claims totalling 440 million euros.

Superyacht Operators' Fuel Tax Dodges Stymied

European Union tax revenue authorities are on the alert for any infringement of complicated bunker fuel tax regulations. Turn the key of one of the big ones and 10 minutes later you will have spent hundreds of Euros - and that is without even moving from the spot. Add some cruising speed to it and you will be burning at least €2,000 an hour at average speed, based on the current price of diesel in France and Italy. Fuel is obviously the single most expensive cost item of running a superyacht.

Costa Concordia Crashes off Italy

In a surreal scene that has many eyewitnesses invoking the “Titanic” name, Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia ran aground and eventually tipped over after reportedly hitting a sandbar near the island of Giglio the evening of January 13, 2012 -- leaving several dead, injured, more than 50 missing, and many more questions as to how this could happen to a modern luxury liner. Here’s what we know from published media reports to date: Three people are confirmed dead after a cruise ship carrying more than 4,000 people ran aground off Italy. Most people reached land by lifeboats but some swam.