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CRUISES TO NOWHERE

Offshore Gaming Bill

The South Carolina Senate amended and then approved General Bill 3002, which would prohibit certain "cruise to nowhere" gaming operations. As passed by the Senate, the bill would impose a general prohibition against gambling on cruises that begin and end in the state, and which do not make an intervening stop within the boundaries of another state or a foreign country. The measure provides an exemption from the general prohibition for voyages and voyage segments that begin and end in the state, are part of a voyage to another state or a foreign country, and in which the vessel reaches the outer state or foreign country within three days after leaving the state in which the segment begins. Gaming vessels that embark and disembark passengers in South Carolina, but which make an intervening stop in a neighboring state, would be required to comply with the SOLAS standards and requirements normally applicable in international waters. In North Carolina, House Bill 19, legislation to prohibit "cruises to nowhere" and regulate certain other offshore gaming operations, passed the state's House of Representatives. The bill is currently pending in the Senate Commerce Committee.


Judge Dismisses Complaint

Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) Administrative Law Judge Norman Kline ended the dispute between the South Carolina State Ports Authority (SCSPA) and South Carolina Maritime Services, Inc. Maritime Services, operator of cruise-to-nowhere vessel M/V Tropicana, filed a complain against the SCSPA in October. It was seeking an investigation by the FMC regarding its claim by the SCSPA to refuse Maritime Services a berth for its vessel at state-owned docking facilities


American Shipbuilding Industry Poised For 21st Century

The American Shipbuilding Association (ASA) represents the six largest shipbuilding companies in the United States: Avondale Industries, LA; Bath Iron Works, ME; Electric Boat, CT and RI; Ingalls Shipbuilding, MS; National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, CA; and Newport News Shipbuilding, VA and CA. These shipbuilders are the largest private manufacturing firms in five states and represent hundreds of thousands of supplier manufacturing jobs in 46 states.


The South Carolina Senate amended the House-passed version of General Bill 3002 before approving the measure, which would prohibit certain "cruise to nowhere" gaming operations. The House subsequently altered the Senate amendments; the Senate failed to concur with the changes; and the measure was referred to a conference committee. The House-passed version prohibited gambling on voyages beginning and ending in the state


Lease Agreement for Brooklyn Cruise Terminal Announced

According to Mayor Bloomberg, Carnival Cruise Ship lines and Norwegian, have committed to New York as their exclusive Northeastern port of call through 2017. A long-term lease agreement will allow New York City to move forward on its plans to create a modern cruise terminal on the Brooklyn waterfront. The lease agreement reached between the City's Economic Development Corporation (EDC) and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey enables the City (PA) to take control of Piers 11 and


Clean Tanker Decline Deepens

Tumbling freight rates for clean tankers in the Atlantic have dropped steeply this week, and brokers pointed to the almost total closure of most transatlantic arbitrages as the reason. "The Continent transatlantic market has collapsed with the close of the arb'," said one New York tanker broker. "I believe it's 100 percent closed now." London's Baltic Exchange closed on Tuesday with its assessment of the Rotterdam to New York trade down by nearly nine points on the preceding day to $0.26


MARAD Offers Cruise Passenger Stats

Cruise lines carried 11 percent more passengers from U.S. ports in the first quarter of 2003 than they did in the first quarter of 2002, the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) reported. Carnival Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean International maintain the largest market share among the top 10 cruise lines, accounting for 32.7 and 26.4 percent, respectively. The statistics are part of a new statistical series issued by MARAD on U.S


U.S. District Court Rules Against Closing Chicago Locks

The American Waterways Operators (AWO) applauded the decision announced on Thursday by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois that denied a motion for preliminary injunction filed by five Great Lakes states to close Chicago area locks as a way of preventing the migration of Asian carp into Lake Michigan.  AWO and a coalition of industries and associations had intervened on the side of the defendants, the U.S


Arctic Oil & Gas - "Alaska 1, Norway 0"

 E&P costs have been increasing by 11% per annum for the last five years, according to Barclays Capital, and nowhere are they increasing faster than in remote and harsh offshore environments like Alaska’s OCS or Norway’s north Barents Sea. The governments of Alaska and Norway have taken diametrically opposite courses. Alaska decreased its marginal tax on oil production from 85% to 35%, and BP promptly moved to add two new rigs to its Prudhoe Bay operations


Sharpeye Keeps Watch on Chesapeake Bay

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Kelvin Hughes, a global supplier of surveillance and navigation systems, announced that it has recently supplied two SharpEye Solid State X Band surveillance radars to the Maryland Natural Resources Police (MPRP), to provide additional coverage around protected oyster beds. The SharpEye  radars are key sensors in the MNRP Maritime Law Enforcement Information Network (MLEIN), whose mission is to secure the 3,100 miles of Maryland coastline


LNG Drive: Helgoland Leaves Building Dock

MS Helgoland by Cassen Eils

 After almost nine months of construction has MS "Helgoland" the new LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) ship of Cassen Eils from Cuxhaven, left the building dock of the Fassmer-Werft shipyard.   Helgoland will be the first German flagged marine vessel to operate on LNG as its


GAC Sets its Sights on UK Cruise Business

Fergus Poole (Photo: GAC)

Cruise Manager appointed to coordinate integrated cruise support nationwide   GAC UK is boosting its services for the cruise industry with the appointment of Fergus Poole as Cruise Manager.   For nearly two decades, Poole has specialized in the sector and has held a number of


Norwegian Cruise Ship Ran Aground off Bermuda

Norwegian Dawn. Photo: NCL Corporation Ltd

 The Norwegian Dawn cruise ship with more than 3,700 people on board ran aground in Bermuda after the vessel temporarily lost power.   Small boats, divers and tug boats circled the liner Norwegian Dawn for hours before high tide helped push it off the reef and into deeper water


Ostebo Chosen to Head CLIA

Thomas P. Ostebo (Photo: CLIA)

Thomas P. Ostebo will join Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) as the organization’s new president and chief executive officer, effective July 6, 2015.   Selected by CLIA’s global executive committee following the departure of Christine Duffy on January 31, 2015


Montreal Readies for Peak Cruise Season

Image: Tourisme Montréal

 The Port of Montreal is expecting a banner year of tourism. The emergence of spring marks the beginning of a brand new cruise season, says Tourisme Montréal.   With no fewer than 19 ships expected, including 5 new ones (the Oceania Marina, Oceania Insignia, AIDA Diva


Windstar Debuts All Suite Power Yacht

Star Breeze

  Today at a christening ceremony in Nice, France, Windstar Cruises debuted Star Breeze, the second of the fleet’s three new all suite power yachts. The christening ceremony and pier-side champagne celebration mark the luxury yacht’s introduction to the Windstar fleet


Meyer Turku Delivers First Ship Under New Owners

Photo courtesy of Meyer Turku

Meyer Turku handed over Mein Schiff 4 to TUI Cruises on Friday May 8, 2015, marking the first delivery from Turku Shipyard under Meyers’ ownership. The Meyer family, operators of the shipbuilding company Meyer Werft in Germany, became the 100 percent owner of Meyer Turku Oy just two days


South Korean Okays Casinos in Cruise Ship

Image: Sapphire Princess

 South Korea plans to enable its citizens and foreign tourists to wager on new cruise ship services that will serve ports around the country, reports the Korea Joongang Daily newspaper.   Some major overseas cruise companies – such as Genting Hong Kong Ltd’s Star Cruises


Viking Star Towed into London

Credit: Viking Star

Kotug Rotortugs RT Ambition and RT Evolution were charged with a special task this morning as they towed new cruise ship Viking Star on her first call to the Port of London. RT Ambition and RT Evolution towed Viking Star through the Thames Tidal Barrier on the Upper River Thames and assisted


New MERUS Rings Aboard River Countess

Photo: Pronomar

Uniworld’s river cruise vessel River Countess set sail to cruise the lagoon of Venice and the thereto connected river delta. For doing so in accordance with the standards required for the Uniworld fleet, the vessel was equipped with MERUS rings for the complete domestic water system.


Fincantieri Reports Loss in Q1

Image: Fincantieri

Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri has fallen to a loss in the first quarter as financial costs rose.   Fincantieri ended the first quarter of 2015 with Euro1.11 billion consolidated turnover and an EBITDA equal to Euro59 million. This equated to a loss of Euro27 million


RINA: Energy, Marine Propel Growth

International testing, inspection, certification and consulting engineering group RINA reports it has grown strongly during 2014, propelled by an upturn in marine, acquisition in the energy sector and international diversification. Turnover for 2014 grew 13 percent to Euro 333 million


Cruise Season Kicks Off in Portland, UK

Eurodam (Photo: Portland Port)

Portland Port celebrated the launch of its 2015 cruise program receiving more than 4,000 passengers over the early May Bank Holiday weekend.   Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines’ Serenade of the Seas made her inaugural call on the Saturday and Holland America Lines’ Eurodam returned


Israeli President Tours New IDF Submarine in Germany

Photo by Israel Navy

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin visited the shipyard in Kiel and toured the ‘INS Rahav’ the fifth submarine due to be delivered to the Israeli Navy.  INS Rahav is the fifth submarine expected to arrive in Israel  in the coming year


Ctrip Appoints WSS as Agent for Cruise Ship Venture

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China travel services provider Ctrip has furthered its expansion into the cruise market with the appointment of Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) as its General Agent in China. The partnership, which was announced at the official Ctrip vessel naming ceremony last week






 
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