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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


UK Navy Warship Escorts Queen Mary II

HMS Defender with RMS Queen Mary II (Photo: U.K. Royal Navy)

U.K. Royal Navy warship HMS Defender provided escort duties for transatlantic ocean liner RMS Queen Mary II through the Gulf of Oman. The Type 45 destroyer, dwarfed by the enormity of the cruise liner, is equipped with an array of weaponry and radar tracking systems to ensure the safe passage


Fincantieri Delivers Carnival Vista

Carnival Vista is the largest ship ever built for the Carnival Cruise Line’s fleet Photo Fincantieri

Carnival Vista, the new flagship of the fleet of Carnival Cruise Line, brand of the Carnival Group, was delivered today at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Monfalcone. The ship was presented yesterday evening during a ceremony which was attended, among others


Royal Caribbean's Revenue up 5.6%

Ovation of the Seas (Photo: Royal Caribbean)

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd reported a 5.6 percent rise in quarterly revenue, helped by higher passenger ticket revenue and onboard spending, sending the company's shares up 4 percent in premarket trading. Royal Caribbean also raised its full-year earnings forecast to $6.15-$6


Norovirus Outbreak on Fred. Olsen Cruise Ship

Balmoral (Photo: Fred. Olsen Cruise)

An outbreak of the norovirus stomach bug has sickened 160 people aboard a Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines ship docked at Norfolk, Virginia, U.S. health officials and the company said on Friday.   The norovirus outbreak took place aboard the Britain-based line's Balmoral during a transatlantic


Europa 2 to Call Cuba for the First Time

Europa 2 (Photo: Hapag-Lloyd Cruises)

Sun, sand and Caribbean ‘joi de vivre’ – Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ Europa 2 will visit the island of Cuba in the Greater Antilles for the first time on two cruises in October and November 2016.   Maiden ports of call are special moments on cruises with Hapag-Lloyd


Port of Kiel's Cruise Season is Underway

Photo courtesy of Port of Kiel

The cruise shipping season got underway in the Port of Kiel in the early hours of today with the arrival of the season’s first ship AIDAluna at the Ostseekai Terminal.   The cruise ship is coming in after from a transfer trip from the Caribbean and will be based in Kiel – as


Genting Completes Purchase of 3 shipyards

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Genting Hong Kong, announced the completion of the acquisition of Nordic Yards’ three shipyards in Wismar, Warnemunde and Stralsund, Germany for the consideration of 230.6 million Euros. The deal will give Genting Hong Kong the core expertise, manpower


Maersk Line Adds Direct Service to Cuba

Alongside in the Port of Mariel, Cuba – view from the bridge of the 2,556 TEU E.R. Cape Town (Photo: Maersk Line)

Container shipper Maersk Line has introduced its first direct service from Northern Europe to Cuba, beginning on Friday April 22 with the arrival of the 2,556 TEU containership E.R. Cape Town in the Port of Mariel, located 50 kilometers from Havana.  


Haimark Line Cancels Future Cruises

Passenger vessel operator Haimark Line Limited has cancelled all future cruises, the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) has advised.   Haimark operates a single vessel, the 210-passenger Saint Laurent, and has cancelled its planned sailings from Miami to Cuba due to prolonged financial


Fugitives Rescued by Disney Cruise Ship in Waters near Cuba

Disney Fantasy cruise ship. Photo: Disney Cruise Line

 The Disney Fantasy, a cruise ship owned and operated by Disney Cruise Line, part of The Walt Disney Company,  rescued three people clinging to a capsized boat near Cuba late last week who turned out to be fugitives.   The three were rescued by the Disney cruise liner and turned


Norwegian Escape Equipped with Alfa Laval Systems

Norwegian Escape (Photo: Alfa Laval Group)

Norwegian Escape, the first cruise ship in Norwegian Cruise Line’s new Breakway Plus Class, was delivered in October 2015. The 164,600 GT vessel, which boasts 19 decks and 4,200 berths over a length of 325.8 m, is not only Norwegian’s largest cruise ship to date


Port of New Orleans Head LaGrange to Retire

Gary LaGrange (Photo: Port of New Orleans)

The Port of New Orleans’ board of commissioners announced today that port president and chief executive officer Gary LaGrange will retire at the end of his current contract in April 2017.The board is expected to name the port’s current chief operating officer, Brandy Christian


AIDAprima Makes Maiden Call at Southampton

AIDAprima (Photo: AIDA Cruises)

AIDA Cruises’ new flagship AIDAprima docked in Britain’s Southampton port for the first time on the morning of April 27, 2016, as part of a four-day short cruise. AIDAprima will become the first cruise ship to depart from a German port all year round


Langh Tech Scrubbers for Norwegian Cruise Line Newbuilds

Breakaway Plus class vessel (Image: Meyer Werft)

Finnish manufacturer and supplier of scrubber solutions Langh Tech will deliver scrubber systems to two new cruise vessels on order at Meyer Werft in Papenburg for (NCL).   The two newbuildings of NCL’s Breakaway Plus class will be equipped with Langh Tech’s hybrid type scrubbers


Fincantieri Orders Heat Power Systems for Cruise Newbuilds

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Italian shipbuilding group Fincantieri has selected Climeon’s heat power system Climeon Ocean for its energy efficient solutions, purchasing six Climeon Ocean 450M systems to be installed in its upcoming new cruise ship builds. Total capacity on all ships is up to 2.7 MW.






 
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