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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


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


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.


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


Hundreds of Scientists Urge Obama to Halt Arctic Oil Drilling

Photo Credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

 Nearly 400 scientists from more than a dozen countries signed a letter urging U.S. President Barack Obama to take the Arctic Ocean out of the next federal offshore lease sale plan, thus ruling out the possibility of offshore drilling in the Arctic in the near future.   Scientists from 13 countries have signed the letter saying global warming will be accelerated by burning oil found in the Arctic Ocean.   


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


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


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


Lucas Marine, Harbor Breeze Cruises Partner to Cut Fuel Costs

Photo courtesy of Harbor Breeze Cruises

Lucas Marine is partnering with Harbor Breeze Corporation to help reduce the yacht charter and cruise company's fuel costs, maintenance and environmental impact in Los Angeles and Long Beach Harbors.   Harbor Breeze is one of the largest yacht charter and cruise companies operating within


Pods Versus Water Lubricated Props

Image: Thordon Bearings

Thordon Bearings has called on the marine industry to investigate the characteristics of both conventional seawater-lubricated propeller shaft systems and podded propulsion arrangements in order to provide shipowners with a better understanding of the two very different propulsion configurations.


USCG Evaluates Comms Equipment in Alaska

Coast Guard R&D Center researchers board a helicopter as they prepare to evaluate remote Alaskan sites to establish a communications relay network. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Coast Guard Research & Development Center staff)

Coast Guard Research and Development Center evaluates state-of-the-art communications equipment and Next Generation Incident Command System in Alaska   At nearly 663,000 square miles, Alaska is the biggest state in the United States and over twice the size of Texas


Grand Bahama Shipyard Adds Four Executives

Ian Edward Ross (Photo: GBSL)

Grand Bahama Shipyard Limited (GBSL), a Caribbean shipyard providing retrofit, refurbishment and revitalization to cruise and commercial vessels, has added four new positions to its executive team in 2016.   Taking up the new executive positions are Ian Edward Ross, Don Keirce


MV Werften Begins Building Crystal’s New Cruise Ships

From left to right: Jarmo Laakso, Managing Director MV WERFTEN; Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, Chairman Genting Group; Edie Rodriguez, CEO Crystal Cruises; Walter Schölzig, Project Manager MV WERFTEN; and Erwin Sellering, Prime Minister of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Photo: MV WERFTEN)

The first two of four Rhine class river cruise ships are simultaneously under construction at MV WERFTEN in Wismar. Delivery of the 7-star vessels Crystal Bach and Crystal Mahler to Crystal River Cruises will be in 2017.   Shipbuilder MV WERFTEN held a keel-laying ceremony for two Rhine


Harris Pye Announces New Scrubber Installations

The Harris Pye Engineering Group is currently engaged in turnkey scrubber installation packages for major cruise line companies.   On August 3, 2016 Harris Pye completed the installation of an Advanced Emission Purification System, fully automated


This Day In Naval History: August 18

USS Annapolis (AGMR-1) (U.S. Navy photo)

1838 - The Exploring Expedition led by Lt. Charles Wilkes embarks on a world cruise. 1908 - The first Navy Nurse Corps superintendent, Esther Voorhees Hasson, is appointed. Under her leadership, 19 additional nurses are recruited and trained for naval service during 1908.


MN100: Inland Marine Service, Inc. (IMS)

Dave Hammond (Photo: IMS)

The Company: As one of the largest inland vessel management companies in the United States, Inland Marine Service (IMS) offers services to keep vessels crewed with seasoned, highly skilled mariners. With over 700 employees, IMS is able to serve customers across the Western Rivers, East Coast


MN100: Blount Boats, Inc.

Marcia Blount (Photo: Blount Boats)

The Company: Over time, the Blount shipyard has built more than 365 vessels. Today, Blount Boats’ clients include Fire Island Ferries, Casco Bay Island Transit District, Puerto Rico and Municipal Islands Maritime Authority, Spirit Cruises, Circle Line Statue of Liberty (Hornblower)


500 Passengers Abandon Burning Ship In Caribbean Sea

Caribbean Fantasy. Photo: America Cruise Ferries

 More than 500 passengers and crew evacuated from burning Caribbean Fantasy, a combination cruise and ferry ship, about a mile off Puerto Rico’s north coast Wednesday, though there were no reported fatalities or life-threatening injuries.  


Hundreds Rescued from Ferry Ablaze off Puerto Rico

U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Station San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Hundreds of people were rescued from a smoldering passenger ferry ship that caught fire off Puerto Rico on Wednesday, the U.S. Coast Guard said.   The Coast Guard and local police brought ashore all 512 passengers and crew from the American Cruise Ferries vessel that was burning about two


Ferry Carrying 500 People Catches Fire Near San Juan, Puerto Rico

A passenger ferry with hundreds of passengers caught fire off Puerto Rico on Wednesday, and the U.S. Coast Guard and local crews were rescuing people aboard, officials said.   U.S. Coast Guard and local police were helping more than 500 passengers and crew members on the American Cruise


Berth and Billions: Cruise Business Powers European Yards

Graph: Clarkson Research

 In a historically weak contracting environment the cruise sector has seen a strong level of newbuild ordering and investment in the year to date, says a research report by Clarkson.   Cruise lines have continued to expand their fleets, with new markets such as China in their sights


Carnival Vista Recognized as 'Green' Ship

Photo: Carnival Corporation

 Classification society Lloyd's Register has bestowed the "ECO Notation" designation on the new Carnival Vista, marking the first Carnival Cruise Line ship to achieve this distinction.    The notation recognizes that the cruise line designed


First Commercial Cruise Will Sail Canada's Northwest Passage

File photo of Crystal Serenity (Courtesy Crystal Cruises)

The first commercial cruise ship to sail through Canada's Northwest Passage was set to depart on Tuesday, part of a growing Arctic tourism industry spurred by rising temperatures and receding ice.   The ship Crystal Serenity was to depart from Anchorage, Alaska






 
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