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Friday, August 17, 2018

El Coquí, one of the world’s first ConRos powered by LNG (Photo: Crowley)

New Fuel Rules Push Shipowners to Go Green with LNG

Tough new rules on marine fuel are forcing shipowners to explore liquefied natural gas as a cleaner alternative and ports such as Gibraltar are preparing to offer upgraded refueling facilities in the shipping industry's biggest shake-up in decades.From 2020, International Maritime Organization rules will ban ships from using fuels with a sulphur content above 0.5 percent, compared with 3.5 percent now, unless they are equipped to clean up sulphur emissions. This will be enforced…

Two Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessels docked at the Outer Coaling Pier and the Deep Water Berth, with Queen’s Pier in the background.

Intermarine UK Investment Boosts Portland Port Activities

UK-based Portland Port leverages new fabrication and welding facility to win a bigger share of ship repair, refit, conversion and shipbuilding markets.Polish-owned maritime engineering company Intermarine UK has unveiled major growth plans after investing a six-figure sum in a new 2,400 square meter (26,000 sq ft) fabrication and welding facility at Portland Port in Dorset, UK. The move will create up to 60 new jobs in the area over the next two years. Along the way, the company has signed a 20-year lease and moved its UK head office from Bridgend to Portland Port…

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APM Terminals Bahrain Opens New Online Platform

APM Terminals Bahrain has launched the 'Lift' portal which allows customers to track and trace their goods, check the status of shipments and vessels and schedule deliveries - 24 hours per day, seven days a week.Lift works to optimize operations by allowing customers real-time visibility into the status of the cargo in a container facility, enabling them to manage all aspects of the terminal process and improving their business at the same time. The new system is seen as being a major step in the digitization of logistical services.Using a user-friendly interface…

The GTT USA Terminal at Port Canaveral. FL

From Desert to Delaware

Gulftainer strives for top six in terminals.Sharjah is a glimmering city-state carved from the desert, the third largest emirate in the United Arab Emirates and the only one to have land on both the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. And soon, within weeks, a company based in Sharjah could control one of the most strategically located marine ports in the United States. Gulftainer through its subsidiary GT USA, Wilmington has inked a deal with the State of Delaware, USA, which would grant GT USA…

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MSC Cruises Pact for USD 1.7bln Loan for New Seaside EVO Ships

Cruise liner MSC Cruises has reached an agreement for an EUR 1.5 billion (USD 1.74 billion) financing for two new Seaside EVO class cruise ships.BNP Paribas, Unicredit and Cassa Depositi e Prestiti will provide EUR 1.5bn in financing for two Seaside EVO class passengerships. The financing syndicate of lenders also include SACE SIMEST, the Italian ECA, fully backing the credit line and stabilising the interest rate.The first ship is expected to be delivered in May 2021 and the second in February 2023.

Image: Port of Amsterdam (Photo: Vollers)

Amsterdam Port Transhipment Down 4.8% in 1H 2018

Transhipment in the North Sea Canal Area at the seaports Amsterdam, IJmuiden, Beverwijk and Zaanstad declined to 49.4 million tonnes in the first half of 2018, a decrease of 5.1%. The Port of Amsterdam saw transhipment fall by 4.8% to 40.2 million tonnes.In IJmuiden, transhipment declined to 9.3 million tonnes (-4.4%), Beverwijk registered a decline to 282,000 tonnes (-18.6%) and in Zaanstad transhipment fell to 84,000 tonnes (-59.3%).The decline in Amsterdam in the first half of the year was due to two cargo flows: coal and oil products.

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Port of Amsterdam Doubles Discount for Green Ships

Port of Amsterdam said the maximum Environmental Ship Index (ESI) discount is doubled for ships with ESI certificates and liquefied natural gas (LNG).For some years Port of Amsterdam has been giving discounts on port dues to vessels listed in the ESI that have attained an ESI score of 20 points or higher."As of 1 August, we will be increasing this incentive by adding another discount: Port of Amsterdam will be doubling the maximum ESI discount for vessels that are in the possession of an ESI certificate and use LNG for their main engine or auxiliary engine…

American Song (Photo: American Cruise Lines)

New US Riverboat American Song Nearly Complete

American Cruise Lines' new vessel, American Song, the first modern riverboat in U.S. history, is nearly complete.This week, American Song, under its own power, moved from the East Outfitting Basin at Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, Md., to the yard’s outfitting bulkhead for the final outfitting touches.American Song is set to make its inaugural cruise October 6, 2018 on the Mississippi River from New Orleans. The vessel will cruise the Line’s Lower Mississippi River itineraries…

LNG tanker Maria Energy completed the milestone transit traveling from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean on July 29. (Photo: Panama Canal Authority)

4,000th Neopanamax Vessel Transits the Panama Canal

The Panama Canal registered the transit of its 4,000th Neopanamax vessel through the Expanded Canal, underscoring the steady growth of the burgeoning liquefied natural gas (LNG) segment – which began transiting the waterway for the first time following the inauguration of the Expanded Canal.The LNG tanker Maria Energy completed the milestone transit traveling southbound from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean on July 29."The steady increase in Neopanamax transits reflect our customers’ confidence in the Expanded Canal…

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Crowley’s LNG-powered ConRo Ship Enters Service

Crowley Maritime Corp.’s new container/roll on-roll off (ConRo) ship El Coquí delivered its first cargo from Jacksonville, Fla., to the company’s Isla Grande Terminal in San Juan yesterday – a milestone in the company’s transformation of its U.S. mainland-Puerto Rico logistics services.“Increasing supply chain velocity while reducing customers’ landed costs was the core reason for our $550 million investment in this important service,” said Tom Crowley, company chairman and CEO.

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Cruise Industry Embraces Transcritical CO2 Technology

International technology group GEA signed a contract for its new transcritical CO2 industrial refrigeration technology, with P&O Cruises, part of Carnival Corporation & PLC.The green refrigeration technology has already been installed on board P&O Cruises 2,000-passenger ship Arcadia, where it will deliver the energy-efficient cooling supply for all of the ship’s food and beverage refrigeration units. Discussions between GEA and P&O Cruises are ongoing with a view to rolling out the state-of-the-art transcritical CO2 refrigeration plants to additional cruise ships in the existing fleet…

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Forth Ports Welcomes New Work Boats

Forth Ports, the UK’s third largest port group, has officially welcomed two new multimillion pound vessels to join their fleet of tugs and pilot boats working on the River Forth.The GBP 6 million investment in the two vessels to work on Scotland’s largest waterway sees the arrival of a powerful Sanmar tug and a state-of-the-art pilot boat from Holyhead Marine.The tug was built by leading ship builder Sanmar, is 28 metres long with two engines producing 2,700 brake horsepower and a bollard pull of 70 tonnes. It also has fire-fighting capabilities.

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A Smarter Approach to Foam Fenders for the Cruise Industry

With cruise ships continuing to grow in size to accommodate the 27.2 million passengers expected to cruise across the globe throughout 2018, it is vital that both terminals and berthing vessels are sufficiently protected. Trelleborg’s marine systems operation has launched a new brochure designed to help port and terminal owners and operators specify highly versatile foam fenders to meet the needs of the modern cruise terminal.‘The Smarter Approach: Foam Fenders for the Cruise Industry’ details how Trelleborg’s foam fenders are an easy to use…

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Da Nang Upgrades Tien Sa Port

Da Nang Port Joint Stock Company (DNPJSC) has started the second stage of Tien Sa port after two years of construction, bringing its total capacity to 12 million tonnes of cargo per year.The national radio broadcaster Voice of Vietnam quoted General Director of DNPJSC Nguyen Huu Sia saying that the second stage at Tien Sa Port had cost more than 1 trillion VND (44.2 million USD), of which 36 percent was funded by the company.Tien Sa Port is expected to be able to handle 70,000 DWT vessels and 10 million tonnes of cargo a year.The expansion project will cover an area of 60…

Norwegian Joy (Photo: Port of Los Angeles)

Norwegian Joy is US Bound

Norwegian Cruise Line’s first ship custom-designed specifically for the Chinese cruise market will be repositioned to sail from the United States starting in 2019.The nearly 4,000 passenger cruise ship Norwegian Joy is slated to sail seasonally from Seattle to Alaska in summer 2019 before making voyages to the Mexican Riviera and Panama Canal from Los Angeles in winter 2019/2020.Built by German shipbuilder Meyer Werft in 2017, the 1,094-foot-long, 167,725 gt Norwegian Joy was designed with finishes and amenities tailored specifically to the tastes of Chinese guests.

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Asian Cruise Market Growth Continues -Report

Cruise vacations are growing increasingly popular in Asian markets, according to the latest report from trade association Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).Asian-sourced ocean cruise passenger numbers hit another record high in 2017 with more than 4 million taking an ocean cruise (up 20.6 percent), CLIA’s 2018 Asia Cruise Trends report revealed.Asia accounted for about 15 percent of total global ocean passenger volume in 2017 as mainland China maintained its dominance as a key source market…

The Fincantieri-built Majestic Princess entered service for Princess Cruises in 2017 (File photo: Princess Cruises)

Princess Cruises Orders Two Record-setting Newbuilds

Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri said it has signed a memorandum of agreement (MoA) with Carnival Corporation brand Princess Cruises for the construction of two 175,000-ton cruise ships. The newbuilds, which will be the largest ships built so far in Italy, are slated to be delivered in Monfalcone in late 2023 and in spring 2025.The vessels will accommodate approximately 4,300 guests and will be based on a next-generation platform design, being the first Princess Cruises’ ships to be dual-fuel powered primarily by liquefied natural gas (LNG).“This revolutionary platform for next-generation…

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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…

(Photo: Quark Expeditions)

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…

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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…