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PVA Elects President, Officers and Board Members

Terri Bernstein

During the PVA Annual Convention at MariTrends 2014, held January 18-21 in Houston, members of the Passenger Vessel Association (PVA) elected Terri Bernstein, BB Riverboats Newport, Ky., as PVA President for 2014. Also elected to terms as PVA Officers for 2014 were: PVA Vice President: Dave Anderson, Fire Island Ferries, Inc., Bay Shore, N.Y. PVA Secretary Treasurer: Margo Marks, Beaver Island Boat Company, Charlevoix, Mich. PVA President: Terri Bernstein   Captain Terri Bernstein is Vice President of Operations of BB Riverboats in Newport, Ky. This third-generation, family-owned business is the oldest riverboat company in the Greater Cincinnati Ohio Region. Founded in 1979, by Terri's grandfather, Ben Bernstein, and her father, Alan Bernstein, BB Riverboats owns three vessels that offer sightseeing cruises, dinner cruises and specialty cruises. Her company also operates an off-premise catering company. BB Riverboats has been a member of PVA since 1979. PVA Vice-President: Dave Anderson Dave Anderson is General Manager/Director of Operations of Fire Island Ferries, Inc., Bay Shore, N.Y., on Long Island. The company provides passenger service, freight service, and water taxi service to Fire Island communities since 1948. They operate 24 subchapter T and K vessels ranging from six to 400 passengers. Fire Island Ferries, Inc., has been an active member of NAPVO and PVA since its inception. PVA Secretary-Treasurer: Margo Marks


New Riverboat to Homeport in New Orleans

Rendering of the American Eagle (Courtesy of the Port of New Orleans)

American Eagle is Second Riverboat for American Cruise Lines in New Orleans   Guilford, CT-based American Cruise Lines will introduce its second riverboat to be home-ported in New Orleans. The two new riverboats are the first new ships built specially for the Mississippi River in 20 years. Construction of the 305-foot, 150-passenger American Eagle was recently completed at Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Maryland. The new riverboat is now repositioning to New Orleans and is scheduled to


Proposal to Legalize Riverboat Gaming

Assembly Concurrent Resolution (ACR) 23, sponsored by Assemblywoman Nilsa Cruz-Perez (D-Camden, Gloucester), proposes a constitutional amendment authorizing the New Jersey State Legislature to legalize riverboat gaming if a bordering state authorizes casino gaming. Senate Concurrent Resolution 15, sponsored by Sen. Wayne R. Bryant (D-Camden, Gloucester) is identical to ACR 23.


This Day in Naval History - July 16

From the Navy News Service 1862 - Congress creates rank of Rear Admiral. David G. Farragut is named the first Rear Admiral. 1912 - Rear Adm. Bradley Fiske receives patent for torpedo plane, or airborne torpedo. 1915 - First Navy ships, battleships USS Ohio (BB 12), USS Missouri (BB 11), and USS Wisconsin (BB 9) transit Panama Canal. 1945 - First atomic bomb test at Alamogordo, N.M.


'Queen of Mississippi' Heads for New Orleans

Queen of the Mississippi Photo credit American Cruise Lines

Repositioning cruise follows early completion of American Cruise Lines’ 'Queen of the Mississippi' authentic riverboat construction   Newly built and completed, American Cruise Lines' Queen of the Mississippi docked at Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, MD, before leaving for New Orleans.   American Cruise Lines announce that its brand new authentic paddlewheeler, Queen of the Mississippi, has received its Coast Guard certificates and six weeks ahead of schedule has left


New Mississippi Riverboat Launched

Photo courtesy of American Cruise Lines

American Cruise Lines announced today that it launched the new paddlewheeler being built for the Mississippi River at Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, Maryland. Immediately after being launched Sunday into the Wicomico River, tugboats nudged the new riverboat into Chesapeake Shipbuilding’s East Outfitting Basin where the upper decks and outfitting will be completed. “This is a significant milestone in the construction process and also for American Cruise Lines


This Day in Naval History - Jan. 04

From the Navy News Service 1863 - Blockading ship USS Quaker City captures sloop Mercury carrying despatches, emphasizing the desperate plight of the South. 1910 - Commissioning of USS Michigan (BB 27), the first U.S. dreadnought battleship. 1989 - F-14 Tomcats from Fighter Squadron 32 embarked aboard USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) shoot down two hostile Libyan MiGs.


EU Funds Construction of BB Green Vessels

Under the 7th FRAMEWORK PROGRAM, EU is funding BB GREEN, an R&D project aiming at demonstrating feasibility of the first ever Air Supported Vessel (ASV) battery powered, fast commuter ferry. The 3 year project, initiated and coordinated by SES Europe AS (Norway), began with a kick-off meeting in Rotterdam in the end of June. Fast, efficient, zero-emission waterborne passenger transportation is the ultimate goal. The 7-partner team (consisting of SES Europe AS (Norway), SSPA Sweden (Sweden)


American Cruise Lines Wins WTA Award

Queen of the Mississippi: Image courtesy of American Cruise Lines

Operator of riverboats and small cruise ships in the United States, American Cruise Lines, has been voted this year’s leading North American cruise line by travel excellence organization, World Travel Awards. (Referred to as “the Oscar’s of the travel industry” by the Wall Street Journal). Long established in cruise travel, American Cruise Lines has most recently received world-wide attention as the first to revive paddlewheel river cruising in America


New Attack Submarine Named in Honor of Utah

US Navy (USN) Attack Submarine, USS VIRGINIA (SSN 774). Photo: US Navy

 US Navy has christened its Virginia-class attack submarine, SSN 801, as the USS Utah in honour of the history its namesake state has had within the navy.   The attack submarine is the second naval vessel to have been named after Utah, with the first being the battleship BB-31, deployed in 1911.   The sub, SSN-801, is the last of a block of 10 ordered by the Navy in April 2014 from General Dynamics Electric Boat out of Groton, Connecticut, in a $17.6 billion contract


New Orleans Port Tops 1M Passengers Again

Cruise ships at the Port of New Orleans Julia and Erato Street cruise terminals, located steps from the historic French Quarter Photo Port NOLA

  Port of New Orleans cruise terminals handled more than 1-million passengers in 2015, totaling 1,023,700, up 1 percent compared to 2014. The total marks the fifth consecutive record year and with new and larger ships on tap for 2016, Port officials expect another robust cruise season.


All-electric Paddlewheeler Tours Texas Lake

Lone Star (Photo: Torqeedo)

Winding its way through downtown Austin, Texas, is scenic Lady Bird Lake, a gas-restricted reservoir of the Colorado River. Lone Star Riverboat Cruises guides visitors through the picturesque surroundings in Lone Star, a 75-foot double-decked paddlewheel


January 25: This Day in U.S. Navy History

1941 - The keel to USS Wisconsin (BB 64) is laid. Commissioned in April 1944, she serves during the later stages of World War II in the Pacific. She is now a museum battleship stationed in Norfolk, Va.   1943 - USS Shad (SS 235) encounters German blockade runners transporting ore in the Bay


U.S. Navy Commander Guilty in Corruption Scandal

A U.S. Navy commander charged with accepting paid travel, prostitutes and Lady Gaga concert tickets from a Malaysian defense contractor in exchange for classified information pleaded guilty on Thursday to federal corruption charges. Commander Michael Vannak Khem Misiewicz appeared in U.S


Marine News January 2015 - Editor's Note

MarineNews Editor Joseph Keefe

Our annual Ferry and Passenger Vessel edition kicks off the New Year in high gear, even if oil prices aren’t necessarily following suit. As vessel operators – our ferry drivers included – celebrate lower bunker prices, another maritime subset frets over what might happen to the


ACL Planning New, Modern Riverboats

Expansion will introduce new style of river cruising in the United States. American Cruise Lines announced today its plans for the construction of a new fleet of modern riverboats, which will add a new dimension to river cruising in the United States


US Ferries Are Safer, but Regulatory Burdens Grow

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In recent years, ferries have been in the spotlight, in part because of growing mass transit needs and increased road congestion, but also because of concerns about the deadly South Korean ferry sinking last April. We asked Captain Terri Bernstein


Paddle Wheel Riverboat for Sale

Photo courtesy of SBMA

A 260-foot fully operational paddle wheel riverboat, recently used as a large casino, is available for sale by negotiation.   Asset management company Stuart B. Millner & Associates (SBMA) said it is currently accepting offers for the vessel before making plans to sell it through an


Riverboat to be Christened in New Orleans

First Lady of New Orleans, Cheryl Landrieu, to Christen American Cruise Lines’ American Eagle riverboat   American Cruise Lines announced the christening of its second Mississippi River paddlewheeler, the American Eagle, on April 25, 2015 in New Orleans


Impact of Financial Crisis on Greek Shipping

 Image: Reinventing Greece Media Project

 Though international analysts like Morgan Stanley said that the Greek crisis will not have a direct impact on shipping companies, Greek shipping companies listed on U.S. stock exchanges sank on Monday.   Greeks have said No to austerity terms imposed by international creditors


Big Response to WKCTC’s Open House

Open house at the Inland Logistics and Marine Institute in Paducah, Ky

  More than 100 city officials, educators, community members, and representatives from the river industry attended West Kentucky Community and Technical College’s open house and ribbon cutting for its Inland Logistics and Marine Institute (ILMI) August 10.


Virginia-Class Submarine Named USS Iowa

Virginia class Attack Submarine

  Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus hosted a ship-naming ceremony today in Ames, Iowa to announce that SSN 797, a Virginia-class attack submarine, will bear the name USS Iowa.   The submarine will be named to honor the history its namesake state has with the Navy


Dry bulk Trend is Weak

Image: nena.no

 Even though the trend is negative, by about 10% in the last two weeks, the supramax average 6 TC routes still seems to be overpriced compared to what is being fixed on the spot market for short period and rounds, says Fearnley's weekly report.  


Sinha Takes Over as CMD of SCI

Capt. B.B. Sinha Photo SCI

  Capt. B.B. Sinha, Director (P&A) of The Shipping Corporation of India limited (SCI) has assumed the additional charge of the post of Chairman & Managing Director, SCI w.e.f. 01.01.2016 as per the Office Order received from the Ministry of Shipping till 31.03


Dry Aulk Awakens from Slumber

Pic: China COSCO Bulk Shipping

 After a quiet holiday period, the market has slowly awakened from its slumber, says the weekly report by Fearnleys A.S.   Rates are not running away but the market looks like it is finding a bottom. Averages for a Surpa are now around mid $4






 
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