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Saturday, May 26, 2018

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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.

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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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…

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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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.

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,…

Photo: Port of East London

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…

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…

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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.

Bill Reeves, CEO of Portland Port and Slawomir Kalicki, the Group President of Inter Marine (Photo: Inter Marine Group)

Intermarine UK Opens New Facility

Maritime engineering company Intermarine UK has unveiled growth plans after investing a six-figure sum in a new 2,400sqm fabrication and welding facility at Portland Port in Dorset, U.K. creating up to 60 new jobs for local people in the next two years. The move sees Intermarine UK sign a 20-year lease and move its U.K. head office from Bridgend to Portland Port, a former naval base and the world’s second largest manmade harbor. Inter Marine Group President Slawomir Kalicki said the Polish owned company will start operations from March offering ship repair services at Portland.

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Call for Carriage Ban on Non-Compliant Fuel

A group of leading environmental and maritime shipping organizations have called for the prohibition of transporting non-compliant marine fuels once the global 0.5 percent sulfur cap takes effect in 2020. The United Nation's International Maritime Organization (IMO) has agreed that from 1st January 2020 the maximum permitted sulphur content of marine fuel (outside Emission Control Areas) will reduce from 3.5% to 0.5%. Unless a ship is using an approved equivalent compliance method, there should be no reason for it to be carrying non-compliant fuels for combustion on board.

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P&O Cruises Orders Second Ship at Meyer Werft

Carnival Corporation announced it has signed a shipbuilding contract for a second cruise ship for its P&O Cruises brand with German shipbuilder Meyer Werft GmbH that is scheduled to be delivered in 2022. Similar to a fellow P&O Cruises sister ship due for delivery in 2020, this second new vessel will be the largest cruise ship to be built specifically for the British market. It will be 180,000 gross tons and will accommodate approximately 5,200 guests (lower berths). Both new ships will be registered in the U.K.

Mark Charman

Top 10 Trends in Maritime Recruitment

At the beginning of each year I'm frequently asked about the trends I expect to see in the world of maritime recruitment, and the start of 2018 has been no different. Having thought long and hard about what happened in 2017 and how this will affect recruitment this year, I have made a list of the 10 essential maritime recruitment trends for this year. 1. Salaries and bonuses will mostly remain static. With the exception of a few areas, 2018 will see little change in compensation and benefits in the wider sector.

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Fincantieri Buys 50% STX France

The Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri signed Friday an agreement to buy 50% of the share capital of France's STX Shipyard, for 59.7 million euros. This takeover is part of the agreement in principle reached in September between France and Italy, which put an end to months of tension between the two countries. "The signing takes place after the resolution of the share purchase agreement previously signed between Fincantieri and STX Europe on May 19, 2017 as a consequence of the exercise…

Michelle Handforth (Photo: Aberdeen Harbor)

Handforth is New CEO of Aberdeen Harbor Board

Michelle Handforth has taken over the role of chief executive at Aberdeen Harbor Board, the U.K. offshore oil and gas port. This comes after an extensive recruitment process, when Handforth, who has 20 years of board and leadership experience in global, multi-site businesses, was recruited to succeed Colin Parker as Chief Executive. Alistair Mackenzie, Chairman of Aberdeen Harbor Board, said, “Michelle is joining Aberdeen Harbor at an incredibly important time for the organisation.

 Captain John Murray, Port CEO. Photo:Port Canaveral

Port Canaveral Awarded $1M in Grants

The Canaveral Port Authority has been awarded $1 million in federal funding to bolster Port security programs and critical infrastructure. Port Canaveral is one of thirty-three U.S. ports to have been awarded direct grants by FEMA for FY‘17 which will be used for direct support of maritime security risk mitigation. “Port Canaveral is a vital gateway for commerce, tourism and trade. Last year, nearly five million cruise passengers were served and six million tons of cargo moved across our docks,” said Captain John Murray, Port CEO.

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Port Canaveral Awarded $1M Grant for Security Projects

U.S. The Canaveral Port Authority has been awarded $1 million in federal funding to bolster Port security programs and critical infrastructure. Port Canaveral is one of thirty-three U.S. ports to have been awarded direct grants by FEMA for FY‘17 which will be used for direct support of maritime security risk mitigation. “Port Canaveral is a vital gateway for commerce, tourism and trade. Last year, nearly five million cruise passengers were served and six million tons of cargo moved across our docks,” said Captain John Murray, Port CEO.

Mark Baines. (Photo: Survitec)

Survitec Appoints Baines VP, Cruise

Survitec appointed Mark Baines as Global Vice President, Cruise. Based in Survitec’s Miami office, he will build a dedicated sales and operations team focused solely on partnering with cruise clients to achieve their safety and equipment reliability objectives. He joined Survitec on secondment from Survitec’s majority owners Onex in July 2017 and has been heavily involved in the development of Survitec’s go-to-market strategy. He will also retain his current role as Group Strategy Director, reporting to CEO Brian Stringer.

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Shipbuilding: Damen's New Journey

The cruise market is experiencing a period of success. The segment has been growing by around 6.7 percent annually for some time now and with strong growth for seen in some markets – notably China – the potential for the industry is considerable. In 2017 alone, some 26 million people embarked on a cruise vacation. Industry trade group Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) says that this trend is likely to continue, well into the future. There is rising demand for expedition cruise vessels…

The MSC Caterina became the 3,000th Neopanamax vessel to transit the Panama Canal on March 2, 2018 as it traveled northbound from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean Photo courtesy Panama Canal Authority

3,000th Neopanamax Transits Panama Canal

Today the Panama Canal announced the transit of its 3,000th Neopanamax vessel, exceeding initial traffic expectations by this date and reaffirming the value and impact its route has had on global maritime trade. The Panamanian flagged containership MSC Caterina completed the milestone transit this morning traveling northbound from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean. The vessel measures 300 meters in length and 48 meters in beam, with a total TEU allowance (TTA) of 9,000 containers. It was one of nine Neopanamax vessels welcomed at the Panama Canal today.

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Panama Canal Sets New Milestone with 3,000th Neopanamax Transit

Panama Canal announced the transit of its 3,000th Neopanamax vessel, exceeding initial traffic expectations by this date and reaffirming the value and impact its route has had on global maritime trade, said a press release on Friday (March 02). The Panamanian flagged containership MSC Caterina completed the milestone transit this morning traveling northbound from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean. The vessel measures 300 meters in length and 48 meters in beam, with a total TEU allowance (TTA) of 9,000 containers. It was one of nine Neopanamax vessels welcomed at the Panama Canal on Friday.

Photo: Port of Rotterdam

Rotterdam Cruise Season Opens with Arrival of AIDAperla

Rotterdam’s cruise season starts on 15 March. AIDAperla will arrive for the first time at the Cruiseport Holland Amerikakade at 08.00 hours on that day. The vessel replaces the AIDAprima. AIDAperia was taken into operation in 2017 and is a sister vessel of AIDAprima. Only the interior differs from the Prima. The vessel will also sail weekly between Hamburg, Southampton, Le Havre, Zeebrugge (Brussels) and Rotterdam. Until November, AIDAperla can be admired on the Wilhelminapier every Thursday.

Laying the foundation stone for the new accommodation: Joachim Hagemann (MV WERFTEN), Colin Au (Genting Hong Kong), Ulrich Schönfeld (IPROconsult) and Thomas Beyer (Hanseatic City of Wismar) Photo courtesy SEBASTIAN KRAULEIDIS/MV WERFTEN

MV WERFTEN Lays Foundation for Accommodation Center

MV WERFTEN, the shipyard group is constructing a special accommodation center for subcontractors and guests at the Alter Holzhafen in Wismar; visitors will be able to spend the night in cruise ship cabins. The new building, which comprises 104 rooms, is scheduled to open by winter 2018-2019. Wismar, March 6, 2018 | Today, MV WERFTEN celebrated the official start of construction on its very own accommodation facility – the MVW Alter Holzhafen Beherbergungsstätte – with a groundbreaking ceremony.

Photo: Port of Kiel

Port of Kiel Tips Record 600,000 Cruise Passengers

This year, more than 2 .1 million sea travellers are expected in Kiel and 600,000 of them – or 17 % more than last year - will be cruise ship passengers. More than 1.5 million ferry ship passengers are also expected. Dr Dirk Claus, Managing Director of the Port of Kiel (SEEHAFEN KIEL GmbH & Co. KG) said: “Our attendance at the ITB Travel Trade fair in Berlin underscores the growing importance which the federal German state of Schleswig-Holstein and its state capital Kiel attach to sea tourism.

Representatives from ShipServ and IB's InfoSHIP at Seatrade Cruise Global, Fort Lauderdale (Photo: ShipServ)

ShipServ, IB Ink 'Integration' Pact

ShipServ, a maritime e-procurement platform, and IB, a leading provider of technical fleet management software, formally announced their partnership agreement, which will see ShipServ’s e-procurement solution fully integrated with IB’s InfoSHIP maritime software suite. The announcement was made at Seatrade Cruise Global, which is currently taking place in Fort Lauderdale. The agreement will see both parties working together to enable all InfoSHIP customers to benefit from seamless integration to the ShipServ trading platform.

Photo: Viking Cruises

Viking Order for Six More Ocean Ships with Fincantieri

Viking Cruises has announced a new agreement with Fincantieri that could see the delivery of six additional ocean ships by 2027. The new understanding expands Viking's partnership with Fincantieri, raising the company's total ocean ship order and options to 16 – the highest-ever for a shipyard from a single owner. The agreement for the six additional ships, which will be delivered in 2024, 2025, 2026 and 2027, is subject to specific conditions. "When we launched our first ocean ship in 2015, we set out to reinvent ocean cruising.

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Kiel Gets Second Cruise Passenger Terminal at Ostseekai

A second handling center for cruise ship passengers and their luggage is being built at Kiel’s Ostseekai Cruise Shipping Terminal. Artist’s impressions of how the new building will look when complete have been made public for the first time at the ITB Berlin – the world’s leading trade fair for the travel industry. Dr Dirk Claus, Managing Director of the Port of Kiel  (SEEHAFEN KIEL GmbH & Co. KG) said:  “Sea tourism is a strong growth market sector for the port of Kiel. With…

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Fincantieri Services set-up in the U.S.

As part of its business development strategy in the United States, Fincantieri has established Fincantieri Services USA, a wholly owned subsidiary, based in Miami, Florida, which will be the focal point in the country for all the services and after sales activities on cruise ships of the Group. Fincantieri Services USA will be the sole front office for cruise customers, offering a wide range of services - particularly all those related to the life cycle management of the vessels - as well as focusing on repairs and refitting.

The computer-based training program provides a comprehensive overview of the complex and diverse marine environment, explaining how it is impacted by shipboard waste, discharge and spills Photo Christian Mollitor  LISCRI

LISCR, NAMEPA, PROSEA Join Forces

The Liberian Registry, the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA), Netherlands-based ProSea Marine Education, and Maritime Training Services (MTS) of Seattle, Washington, have jointly developed a ground-breaking marine environmental awareness training program for seafarers and shoreside staff. The computer-based training program provides a comprehensive overview of the complex and diverse marine environment, explaining how it is impacted by shipboard waste, discharge and spills, and by shipping generally.

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New Members Join NOAA’s Hydrographic Services Advisory Panel

NOAA acting administrator retired Navy Rear Adm. Tim Gallaudet, Ph.D., has appointed three new members to the Hydrographic Services Review Panel, a federal advisory committee that gives NOAA independent advice for improving a range of services and products that support safe navigation and coastal resilience. Sean M. Duffy Sr., executive director, Big River Coalition, New Orleans, La. Retired USCG Capt. Julie Thomas, senior advisor, Southern California, Coastal Ocean Observing System, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, Calif.

The keel laying is underway Photo Ulstein Group

Keel Laid for National Geographic Polar Ship

Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc., a global provider of expedition cruises and adventure travel experiences, and Ulstein Group, Norwegian shipbuilder and ship designer, celebrated the keel laying of Lindblad’s first polar new build. The keel laying at the CRIST shipyard in Gdynia, Poland, marked a milestone in the construction of the sophisticated expedition ship, and served as the official naming ceremony of the line’s latest addition to the Lindblad-National Geographic fleet.

Philip Bannerman, Regional Director Americas Radio Holland (Photo: Radio Holland Group)

RH Taps Bannerman to Head Americas

Effective April 1, 2018, Radio Holland Group appointed Philip Bannerman as Regional Director Americas. Bannerman will be based at the RH regional head office in Houston and will be responsible for all offices and activities of Radio Holland in the Americas region, being USA, Canada, Curaçao, Panama, Brazil and Trinidad & Tobago. Philip Bannerman is a senior business development executive with 20 years in the international maritime, cruise and energy industries. He holds a degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Glasgow University.

Credit: Genting

Gaining the Competitive Edge in a Booming Cruise Industry

2018 is set to be a recordbreaking year for new cruise ships, with just about every major cruise line due to launch a new ship during the course of the next 12 months. The four leading cruise companies – Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line and MSC Cruises – are all poised to unveil their own state-of-the-art vessels, each attempting to offer the most innovative features at sea. The cruise ship building boom will force ship owners to think of new ways to outsmart their competitors…

Photo: Port of Los Angeles

Global Ports Collaborate on Clean Air Solutions

Participants from ports around the Pacific Rim, Asia, the Americas, and Europe gathered in Los Angeles this week to discuss innovations and best practices for reducing emissions from port-related operations. The two-day Pacific Ports Clean Air Collaborative conference was hosted by the Port of Los Angeles in collaboration with the Commission for Environmental Cooperation and the US-China Green Ports and Vessels Initiative. The conference included representatives from shipping and cruise lines, terminal operators, regulatory agencies, trucking and logistic companies, and universities.

Bill Reeves, CEO of Portland Port, and Slawomir Kalicki, the Group President of Inter Marine (Photo: Intermarine UK)

Intermarine UK Ramps up Portland Port Operations

Maritime engineering company Intermarine UK is ramping up operations at its new 2,400sqm fabrication and welding facility at Portland Port in Dorset, U.K. after taking delivery of £450,000 of new machinery. Inter Marine Group President Slawomir Kalicki said the Polish-owned company has invested its own cash reserves into the equipment, which include bending machines, welding sets, CNC plasma machines and laser cutters. In addition, Kalicki said since beginning operations in January the company has created 20 jobs, including 15 laborers and five office-based positions.

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The Cruise Industry Business Model Evolves

Shifting populations, desirable destinations and yes – economics – drive the cruise industry of tomorrow. Unlike the cargo side of shipping, the cruise business has seen a steadily upward trajectory, with steady growth over decades. The 2018 annual “State of the Cruise Industry” report from Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) was projecting a count of 27.2 million passengers for 2018, showing a steady rise from the 19.1 million, the figure for the beginning of the decade, and a substantial increase from 25.8 million in 2017.

The MSC Seaside, first of the MSC Seaside class to sail from PortMiami. (Credit: MSC)

New Ships, Passenger Records Pace Global Growth

The relentless increases in luxury ocean and river travel that has propelled the cruise industry in 2017 to new passenger records is a clear indication that 2018 and the next five years will see a new era in global travel. Even as the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) counted up the record number of global cruise passengers in 2017, CLIA member cruise lines are scheduled to debut 27 new ocean, river and specialty expedition ships this coming year. Among the most interesting of those ships are the two new Ponant ships…

Port Canaveral: Leveraging the Past, Building for the Future

The East Coast’s most diversified cruise port is poised for an exciting run at the future. Almost 38 years ago, Port Canaveral, Florida had some minor cargo traffic, a large U.S. Navy presence, some submarines, and was homeport to an obscure fleet of specialized Military Sealift Command missile tracking vessels. And, not much else. Those who called at the port in those days couldn’t possibly have visualized then what the port has now become. That’s because the first cruise vessel…

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USCG Medevacs Elderly Cruise Ship Passenger

The U.S. Coast Guard medevaced an 81-year-old man from the cruise ship, Norwegian Getaway, Monday approximately 44 miles southeast of Marathon, Fla. The crew of the Norwegian Getaway notified Coast Guard 7th District watchstanders at approximately 11:50 p.m. Sunday of an 81-year-old man aboard the cruise ship suffering from heart attack-like symptoms. Watchstanders directed the launch of a Coast Guard Station Key West 45-foot Response Boat—Medium crew who arrived on scene, embarked the individual and transferred him ashore to awaiting local emergency medical services.

Energy sails Courtesy Eco Marine Power

First public display of EnergySail

Eco Marine Power (EMP) announce that it will exhibit for the first time a working prototype of its EnergySail technology and the automated control system at  Sea Japan in Tokyo. This laboratory prototype will be exhibited along with several associated technologies including an energy storage solution and flexible marine grade photovoltaic panels. The patented EnergySail is a rigid sail device developed by EMP that will allow ships to harness the power of the wind and sun in order to reduce fuel costs plus lower noxious gas and carbon emissions.

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.

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.

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…

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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.

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: Port of Amsterdam

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…

 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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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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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…

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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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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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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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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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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…