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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


AIWA Highlights Investment Needs on the Nation’s Marine Highways

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Nowhere is that more important than on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. As 2016 begins, we at the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association (AIWA) are looking forward to participating in the ongoing dialogue regarding the need for strategic investments in the Nation’s Marine


Royal Caribbean Ship Thrashed by Storm Returns on Wednesday

Anthem of the Seas (File photo: Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd.)

A Royal Caribbean cruise ship forced to turn back early after being battered by an Atlantic storm was expected to return to its New Jersey port at 9 p.m. on Wednesday (0200 GMT Thursday), bringing with it 4,500 rattled guests and 1,600 crew, cruise line officials said.  


USCG to Inspect Storm-damaged Anthem of the Seas

Anthem of the Seas (File photo: Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd.)

The storm-damaged Royal Caribbean cruise ship Anthem of the Seas is scheduled to return to New York Harbor Wednesday evening where it will be met by a team of inspectors from U.S. Coast Guard Sector New York. Once the vessel’s docked in New Jersey


Guy Harvey to be Honored by Seafarer's House

Guy Harvey

Guy Harvey – artist, conservationist and entrepreneur – has been selected as this year’s recipient of the Seafarers’ House International Golden Compass Award. The award is given each year to those who have achieved distinction in the maritime world


MSC Ships Get Bigger

MSC Divina. Photo courtesy of MSC Cruises

MSC Cruises, the 4th largest cruise line, confirmed the existing STX France options to build an additional two ships in the Meraviglia class.    The ships, valued by MSC at $1.7 billion, will be longer and bigger versions of the Meraviglia-class ship


AIDA Prima on Fire - Third Time!

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 AIDA Prima, a new ship for Carnival Corp.'s AIDA Cruises brand, was damaged by a fire early Sunday at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd.’s shipyard in Nagasaki, the Japan Times reports.    The fire reportedly was quickly extinguished by workers, with no injuries


Emerald Belle Cruise Ship Damaged in Fire

Photo by Emerald Waterways

 River cruise ship Emerald Belle, due to be launched in April, has been seriously damaged in a shipyard fire in the Netherlands.   The Emerald Waterways ship was under construction at the Den Breejen Shipyard in the Netherlands.  


New Passenger Boarding Bridges for Port Canaveral

Port Canaveral (Image: Canaveral Port Authority)

ADELTE, a provider of Seaport Passenger Boarding Bridges (SPBBs) and Global Services to cruise and ferry terminals, has been awarded two contracts by the Canaveral Port Authority to design, manufacture and install four custom-made HYDRA models SPBBs at Cruise Terminals 5 and 10.  


Woman Medevaced from Cruise Ship East of Cape Hatteras, NC

COAST GUARD MEDEVACS WOMAN, 230 MILES EAST OF CAPE HATTERAS, NC Photo USCG

The Coast Guard medevaced a 61-year-old woman Monday from a cruise ship 230 miles east of Cape Hatteras. Fifth Coast Guard District watchstanders received a report at 1 p.m. stating a woman aboard the cruise ship Norwegian Breakaway was found unconscious.


Royal Caribbean Posts 4Q Profit

Photo: Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd

 Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd reported 2015 results and provided guidance for 2016. Continuing on its Double-Double trajectory, the company’s adjusted earnings for 2015 were $4.83 per share – up 42% over 2014, and are expected to further increase to $5.90 – $6.10 in 2016.


SS United States to Sail Again

Rendering of the restored SS United States by Crystal Cruises (Image: Crystal Cruises)

Crystal Cruises reaches deal to restore the record-breaking and storied SS United States to a fully operational modern luxury cruise ship   Crystal Cruises has come to the rescue of historic luxury liner SS United States, today announcing an exclusive purchase option agreement to begin work


Anthem of the Seas to Port after Rough Night

Photograph: Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd.

Multiple media outlets including CBS News report that Royal Caribbean's new cruise ship Anthem of the Seas was hit by a strong strom, reportedly resulting in no serious injuries but causing some damage to public areas and guest staterooms. The ship is reported enroute to port in Florida.  


Fincantieri Launches Majestic Princess for China

Majestic Princess (Photo: Fincantieri)

Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri has launched its first cruise ship destined for the Chinese market, and will now begin interior fittings ahead of the vessel’s delivery scheduled for spring 2017.   The newbuild Majestic Princess is the third ship of the Royal Princess class built for


PVA Elects 2016 Leadership

Margo Marks (Photo: PVA)

During the PVA Annual Convention at MariTrends 2016 held January 23-26 in Crystal City, Va., members of the Passenger Vessel Association (PVA) elected Margo Marks of Beaver Island Boat Company, Beaver Island, Mich. as PVA President for 2016.   


R&M Group Merges with Sea Level Marine

l.t.r.: Thomas Grunwald (R&M USA), Darelynn Prejean, Barry Lee (Sea Level Marine)

R&M Ship Technologies USA, Inc. has merged Sea Level Marine, LLC. in efforts to increase the range of services offered to the company’s global client base. By aligning resources, customers will benefit from the ships’ lifecycle services and enhanced portfolio






 
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