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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.


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


Carnival Assigns Previously Ordered Vessel to P&O Cruises

Carnival Corporation & plc has assigned the newbuild slot for the previously announced 116,000-ton cruise ship to U.K.-based P&O Cruises. To be built by Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri, the vessel is scheduled to enter service in spring 2008. The new 3,100-passenger vessel will become the largest cruise ship specifically built for British cruise service and continues Carnival’s ongoing European expansion strategy. An itinerary for this vessel has not been announced


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.   


New Orleans Port Tops 1M Passengers Again

Cruise ships at the Port of New Orleans Julia and Erato Street cruise terminals, located steps from the historic French Quarter Photo Port NOLA

  Port of New Orleans cruise terminals handled more than 1-million passengers in 2015, totaling 1,023,700, up 1 percent compared to 2014. The total marks the fifth consecutive record year and with new and larger ships on tap for 2016, Port officials expect another robust cruise season.   “Year-end numbers illustrate how popular the Port and the City of New Orleans are with cruise passengers throughout the nation,” said Gary LaGrange, Port President and CEO


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


France: "Multiple STX Shareholder" Solution Preferred

France wants a "multiple shareholder" solution to STX France, the shipbuilding company being sold off, French President Francois Hollande said on Tuesday.   "We are working with the aim that the state can remain a minority shareholder, we want a multiple shareholder solution


ABB Propulsion, Automation and Software for Five Cruise Ships

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ABB will supply the complete power, propulsion and automation package for a series of new cruise vessels being built by MV WERFTEN for Genting Hong Kong brands Crystal Cruises and Star Cruises.   The three Crystal Cruises’ luxury “Endeavor Class” mega-yachts will feature a


Salalah Port Container Throughput Up 29pct

Photo: Port of Salalah

 The Omani port of Salalah has registered a 29.4 per cent growth in container throughput in 2016 thus retaining its status as one of the region’s preeminent container transshipment hubs, said a report in Oman Observer.   In initial unaudited and unapproved financials published on


Lerwick Port Spells out Strategy for Expansion

Construction to extend the existing quay is now under way. Excavation of adjacent areas will provide significant laydown and open storage opportunities. Photo Lerwick Port

Lerwick Port Authority has detailed a series of objectives to meet its aim of running an efficient, cost-effective harbour, including continuing expansion of the infrastructure. The goals are featured in an interim Update produced ahead of publication of a new style annual report in Spring.


New Reefer Ship Makes Maiden Call to US

M.V. Seatrade Red calls at the Canaveral Cargo Terminal at Port Canaveral in Florida. (Photo: GT USA)

GT USA welcomed to the Canaveral Cargo Terminal (CCT) the M.V. Seatrade Red on its maiden call to the United States.   The 607-foot M.V. Seatrade Red, a specialized reefer container vessel with a capacity of 2,259 TEUs and 674 reefer plugs


France Supports Fincantieri's STX Bid

Hard to say 'Non' to Italian company's bid, says Sirugue; France keen to keep Saint Nazaire site running.   A leading French minister expressed support on Wednesday for a bid by Italy's Fincantieri's for shipbuilder STX France, adding that the government would aim to keep the shipbuilder's


Christian Heads New Orleans Port as President & CEO

Brandy D. Christian  Photo Port of New Orleans

The Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans has announced that, effective Jan. 1, 2017, Brandy D. Christian has begun service as the Port’s president and chief executive officer following her two-year tenure as its chief operating officer.  


Fincantieri's STX Bid Approved by S.Korean Court

French state holds 33 pct of STX France; acquisition could boost Fincantieri's position in cruise shipbuilding. A South Korean court approved on Tuesday Italy's Fincantieri as the preferred bidder to buy shipbuilder STX France, helping Fincantieri move closer to a deal that could boost its


The Top 10 Ships of 2016

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Maritime Reporter & Engineering News (www.marinelink.com), published since 1939, annually publishes details on the world’s “Great Ships of the Year.” Of the 18 selected as “Great Ships of 2016,” here we rank the Top 10 Ships of 2016


Search Called off for Cruise Passenger off New Jersey

Queen Mary 2 (File photo: Cunard)

The U.S. Coast Guard has called off a search for a woman who went missing from the Queen Mary 2 cruise ship off the coast of New Jersey over the Christmas holiday weekend, a spokesman said on Wednesday.   The 74-year-old passenger was reported missing in the early hours of Friday about 100


Only One Bidder for STX France

Photo: STX Offshore & Shipbuilding

 The South Korean court handling the bankruptcy proceedings of STX Offshore & Shipbuilding Co. said that only a single bidder had submitted a binding proposal to buy the shipyard's profitable French unit, says a report by AFP.  


Great Ships of 2016: Carnival Vista

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Since it started publishing in 1939, Maritime Reporter & Engineering News has recognized excellence in ship construction. This year 18 ships in total were honored, including many “world firsts.”   Carnival Vista - New, Largest Flagship of Carnival Cruise Lines


Clean Arctic Alliance Praises Move to Phase out HFO Use

Image courtesy Clean Arctic Alliance

Responding to the December 20th joint statement from the United States and Canada, regarding development of a strategy to phase out their use of heavy fuel oil (HFO) from vessels operating in the Arctic, the Clean Arctic Alliance praised both Arctic nations for their ambitious action to rid the


India to Push Coastal Shipping

Indian Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari. Photo by PIB, Govt of India

 Coastal shipping provides benefit in the form of less environmental pollution due to lower per km consumption of fuel.     However, unavailability of consolidated cargo, return cargo and general lack of awareness among shipper community make coastal shipping unviable.  


Woman Medevaced from Cruise Ship

MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter Photo USCG

The Coast Guard medevaced a 36-year-old woman from the cruise ship Norwegian Dawn 110 miles south of Southwest Pass, Louisiana, Thursday. Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders received a report at 3:20 p.m. that a cruise ship crewmember, Shirlee Magsino






 
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