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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


Pirates Switch to Kidnapping Crew as Oil Fetches Less

Pirate gangs in West Africa are switching to kidnapping sailors and demanding ransom rather than stealing oil cargoes as low oil prices have made crude harder to sell and less profitable, shipping officials said on Tuesday.   Attacks in the Gulf of Guinea - a significant source of oil, cocoa and metals for world markets - have become less frequent partly due to improved patrolling but also to lower oil prices, according to an annual report from the U.S


First Cruise Company Fined under Australia’s New Fuel Rules

Pacific Jewel (Photo: P&O Cruises)

Australia’s NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has fined Carnival PLC $15,000 after one of its P&O Cruises ships, the Pacific Jewel, breached new low sulfur fuel regulations in Sydney Harbour.   A fuel sample taken by the ship’s crew and provided to EPA officers


ABB Saves 700,000 tons Fuel for Marine Vessels

ABB Azipod fuel savings image ABB

ABB’s environmental friendly Azipod propulsion system brings greater fuel efficiency to diverse shipping segments ABB today announced the total fuel savings of the entire installed Azipod fleet since being launched is estimated to be more than 700,000 tons


FAL Engages Inland Marine Service for Marine Operations

Photo courtesy of French American Line

French America Line, the newest U.S. cruise line that begins sailing five- to 10-day cruise itineraries aboard its intimate 75-stateroom flagship Louisiane in August, has engaged Inland Marine Service to handle all of its marine operations.  


Royal Caribbean Orders 3 Ships from STX

STX France signed three ship order. Photo STX

Following the delivery of Harmony of the Seas on May 12 in Saint-Nazaire, the American group Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. signed an order for three additional vessels, one for its brand Royal Caribbean International (RCI ) and two brand Celebrity Cruises


Genting HK Orders 10 Cruise Ships Worth $4 bln

Genting chairman Lim Kok Thay, third from left, at Wismar, Germany at the signing ceremony for the fleet order. Photo: Genting Hong Kong

 Genting Hong Kong, a unit of Malaysia's gaming giant Genting, is building 10 cruise ships worth 3.5 billion euros ($4 billion) in anticipation of higher demand from the Chinese market.   Genting has signed an order for 10 ships with the Lloyd Werft Group


Vard to Build Two Cruise Ships

Vard Shipbuilding Courtesy Fincantieri

The subsidiary of Fincantieri Vard Holdings Limited (Vard) has signed a letter of intent with an international shipping company for the design and construction of two ships from small cruise. The hulls will be built in the Romanian shipyard in Tulcea while the delivery of the units is provided


Search on for Cruise Ship Passenger

HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft from the Coast Guard’s medium range surveillance fleet Photo USCG

Coast Guard aircrews continued searching through the day and into the evening Saturday, after beginning a search Friday for a woman who fell from a cruise ship - about 200 miles southeast of Galveston-, Texas. See map at : www.google.com/maps/@27.6743155,-96.8294863,6z.


World's Newest, Largest Cruise Ship Leaves French Port

Photo: Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd

 Tens of thousands of French well-wishers waved goodbye to the largest luxurious cruise ship named “Harmony of the Seas”as it set sail on its maiden voyage to the U.K. after 32 months in a French shipyard in Saint-Nazaire.  


Wallem Handles First Cruise Ship in Japan

MSC Lirica (Photo: Wallem)

Wallem’s Agency team in Japan recently welcomed the MSC Lirica on her maiden voyage. The cruise ship recently arrived in Fukuoka (Hakata) with 1,764 passengers and 743 crew onboard before heading back to Shanghai.    This call marks both the first Japanese port for the ship in


AAPA to Join USDOT in Commemorating National Maritime Day

Kurt Nagle (Photo: AAPA)

Host of U.S. seaports also to observe annual salute to maritime industry, mariners and ports   A little-known annual American commemoration is coming up again on May 22: National Maritime Day, declared by Congress in 1933 to call attention to America’s maritime heritage and to honor


Vittoria Shipyard's Interceptor 43' at Seafuture

Photo: Franco Ortolani

Vittoria Shipyard, which specializes in the construction of paramilitary, commercial and passenger vessels of up to 100 meters, will in 2016 take part for the first time in Seafuture & Maritime Technologies, which is to be held at the Military Arsenal in La Spezia from May 24-27, 2016


Can Shipping Help Greece Ride out the Storm?

Photo: Greg Trauthwein

Greece is considered to be the world’s first ship-owning country in terms of tonnage. The Greeks are known to control 17.7% of world fleet and gaining share except in crude tankers. Even recession in the dry bulk market has not had much effect on the Greek-owned fleet with the fleet size


AAPA, USDOT to Commemorate NM Day Jointly

AAPA President and CEO Kurt Nagle Photo AAPA

 A little-known annual American commemoration is coming up again on May 22 - National Maritime Day. It was declared by Congress in 1933 to call attention to America’s proud maritime heritage and to honor the men and women who serve and have served as U.S. merchant mariners.


Samskip, Pro-Log Double Barge Services

Theodela barge Photo Samskip

Multimodal network operator Samskip and inland waterway transport provider Pro-Log are celebrating the 10th anniversary of barge operations connecting Rotterdam and Duisburg by adding a second vessel, increasing service frequency to six times weekly.


HUMMEL LNG Hybrid Barge Begins Second Season

LNG Hybrid Barge HUMMEL in the port of Hamburg (Photo: Becker Marine Systems)

For over one year the HUMMEL has been contributing to improved air quality at the port of Hamburg. Becker Marine Systems’ LNG Hybrid Barge will also be supplying lower mission power to the AIDAsol this year. The cruise ship has already made three calls since the middle of May and will have






 
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