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Royal Olympic Takes Delivery of Olympia Explorer

Blohm+Voss GMBH delivered of the new fast cruise ship, Olympia Explorer, to Royal Olympic Cruise Lines Inc. The vessel immediately sailed from the Blohm+Voss shipyard to the Port of Piraeus in Greece. Royal Olympic Cruises' CEO, Yiannos Pantazis, said that the delivery of the Olympia Explorer "made us all proud." The Olympia Explorer, together with her sister ship, Olympia Voyager, are the fastest cruise vessels of their size, performing unique cruises at speeds of up to 30 knots. "The new itineraries Royal Olympic Cruises will offer with this vessel have created considerable interest in the cruise market. The first cruises are already fully booked," added Pantazis. On her maiden voyage on May 3, the Olympia Explorer will start a series of weekly cruises calling at the ports of Piraeus, Corfu, Venice, Dubrovnik, Bari, Katakolon, Istanbul, Mykonos and Santorini. Passengers have the possibility to embark from either Piraeus, Venice or Istanbul for the 7-day, round-trip voyage.

Royal Olympic Announces Delivery of Olympia Explorer

Royal Olympic Cruise Lines Inc. announced that the Olympia Explorer, sister ship to Royal Olympic's Olympia Voyager, is expected to reach the port of Piraeus early 2002, which will enable it to perform new itineraries from Venice to Piraeus, Istanbul and the Greek Islands next summer, with Piraeus as an alternative port of embarkation. Royal Olympic Cruises delegates and representatives from Blohm+Voss Shipyard in Hamburg had a meeting in Piraeus regarding the delivery of the Olympia

SBX Completes Vessel Conversion

SeaBird Exploration Limited said that the conversion of Munin Explorer to a 2D/Source vessel is complete and she has successfully completed her sea-trials in Egersund. It will immediately start as a source vessel in the North Sea for the remaining part of the summer season. It departed the shipyard yesterday. Delivery of the Harrier Explorer is pushed back a few weeks with delivery expected later this month.

Olympia Explorer and Olympia Voyager to Be Auctioned

Royal Olympic Cruises announced that the vessels Olympia Explorer and Olympia Voyager will be sold at judicial auction, on March 24 and March 26 respectively, under process initiated by creditor banks and pursuant to a settlement agreement between ROCL, the owners, and the banks. The owning companies of the ships (subsidiaries of ROCL) had filed for Chapter 11 reorganization in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Honolulu, Hawaii

India Awards Drilling Rights

will award drilling rights to domestic and overseas explorers for a record 57 oil and gas areas as it seeks to boost crude production and lower dependence on imported fuel. is concerned that crude prices may soar past $150 a barrel, increasing costs and curbing economic growth. Crude oil futures rose to $142.99 on June 27, the highest since trading began in 1983. The South Asian nation is competing with Africa and to attract explorers such as Exxon Mobil Corp. and BP Plc.

Perfect Platform: Innovative Semi-Submersible

MSV Explorer

QinetiQ’s Ocean Basin provides the perfect platform for the successful testing and commercial demonstration of an innovative semi-submersible.   QinetiQ, a world leading provider of a range of maritime services, has provided test and demonstration facilities for MSV Explorer, an innovative sea going semi-submersible. MSV Explorer is the brainchild of Chris Garner and has been designed to support a wide range of marine activities and applications including film making and

Royal Olympic Cruise Lines Reports Loss for 2001

Royal Olympic Cruise Lines Inc. has announced a loss for the fiscal year 2001, ended November 30, 2001. The events of September 11 had a substantial impact on the company's results and in the period September to November 2001, booking cancellations exceeded 3,000. EBIDA fell 25 percent from $ 21.7 mil in 2000 to $9.8 million in 2001. The inclusion of the first new vessel, Olympia Voyager, for a full year, resulted in additional interest and depreciation charges of $9

Historic Shipwreck Discovered in Northern GOM

During a recent Gulf of Mexico expedition, NOAA, BOEM and partners discovered an historic wooden-hulled vessel which is believed to have sunk as long as 200 years ago. Scientists on board the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer used underwater robots with lights and high definition cameras to view remnants of the ship laden with anchors, navigational instruments, glass bottles, ceramic plates, cannons, and boxes of muskets. Equipped with telepresence technology

NOAA to Explore Depths of Caribbean Sea

Okeanos Explorers dual-body ROV system is loaded from the aftdeck of the ship into the water before conducting an exploration dive. (Credit: NOAA)

Public can watch seafloor discoveries live online April 9-30. Beginning April 9, scientists aboard NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer will begin a series of 20 dives to investigate previously unseen depths of the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean – and the public can follow along online. During dives that are expected to go as deep as 3.7 miles, a sophisticated unmanned submarine, called a remotely operated vehicle, or ROV, will broadcast live video from the seafloor

First Gas-Up Operation at Jebel Ali LNG Import Terminal

Excelerates FSRU Explorer at DUSUPs Jebel Ali LNG Terminal in Dubai. (PRNewsFoto/Excelerate Energy L.P.)

Excelerate Energy L.P., in collaboration with Dubai Supply Authority (DUSUP), has completed the first commercial gas-up operation at DUSUP's Jebel Ali LNG Import Terminal via Excelerate's floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) Explorer on August 31, 2016. The FSRU gassed-up all five tanks of a 173,000 m3 LNG Carrier, in a 17-hour period. DUSUP's ability to utilize the FSRU for these operations will allow LNG vessels departing regional dry docks avoid having to travel significant

Wyndham Cruises Launches Spirit of Elston

Spirit of Elston (Photo: Wyndham Cruises)

A brand new vessel is now plying the waterways of Gold Coast, Queensland following the launch of Wyndham Cruises’ multimillion-dollar, purpose-built dining vessel, Spirit of Elston.   The new vessel replaces the company’s current vessel, the MV Entertainer

Viking Ocean Cruises Makes Maiden US Call

Viking Ocean Cruises made its first ever call on a U.S. port when Viking Star docked at Cruiseport Boston. Viking Star began her voyage in Montreal, travelled the St. Lawrence River to Quebec City and Saguenay, continued on to Prince Edward Island and Halifax and, following her stop in Boston

SeaBird Exploration: 2D Long Offset in Belize

Northern Explorer  Photo: SeaBird Exploration Group

 SeaBird Exploration, a provider of seismic data to the oil and gas industry, will acquire a long-offset survey offshore Belize.   "We are pleased to announce that the company will acquire a long-offset survey in Belize, starting mid-October 2016

Sir David Attenborough Lays Keel for New Polar Research Ship

(Photo: Cammell Laird)

U.K. shipbuilder Cammell Laird held one of the largest ceremonies in its history when Sir David Attenborough joined more than 1,000 people for the keel laying of the new £150 million polar research vessel.   Construction was officially started by the world-renowned naturalist and

Hurtigruten, Kleven Ink Explorer Ships Construction Deal

Hurtigruten Rolls Royce Illustration of vessels Photo Hurtigruten

Norwegian exploration travel company Hurtigruten, has signed a letter of intent for the construction of up to four new explorer ships with Norwegian shipyard Kleven. The order for delivery in 2018 and 2019 is a move to meet growing demand for adventure travel from travellers in the U.S

TGS, PGS Team Up on Eastern Canada Seismic

Eastern Canada 2016_Landscape Image courtesy TGS

TGS announces the expansion of its multi-client library offshore Eastern Canada with plans to acquire more than 36,000 km of 2D seismic data, in partnership with PGS, utilizing two vessels during the 2016 acquisition season. The M/V Sanco Spirit and M/V Atlantic Explorer

Fincantieri Delivers Seven Seas Explorer

Seven Seas Explorer (Photo: Fincantieri)

The first of two ultra luxury cruise ships delivered for Regent Seven Seas Cruises   Seven Seas Explorer, the newest ultra luxury ship of Regent Seven Seas Cruises, a brand of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, was delivered at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Sestri Ponente, Genoa

Royals on the High Seas!

Photo: Regent Seven Seas Cruises

 Regent Seven Seas Explorer is billed as the most luxurious cruise ship in the world. Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco took the role of godmother.   Dubbed as the ‘most luxurious ship ever built’, at a whopping cost of $450 million

Legendary Maritime Trades: Focus on the Spice Trade

Photo: CMA CGM

 While the Silk Road initiated trade between the East and the West starting in the 4th Century BC, the first traces of spice trading, which the Romans loved so much, seem to appear as early as the 1st Century.    Over the centuries, and in response to wars and invasions

First Damen SeaExplorer Sold

SeaXplorer at Antartica Photo Courtesy Damen

AMELS and DAMEN have sold the first DAMEN SeaXplorer expedition yacht. The world premiere of this range of 65, 90 and 100-meter ‘true explorer’ designs took place last September at the Monaco Yacht Show. The SeaXplorer 65 is a crossover between professional technology and superyacht

Giant CMA CGM Ship Vasco De Gama Runs Aground

File photo: Vasco De Gama

 CMA CGM’s mega containership Vasco De Gama ran aground off the Port of Southampton on the UK’s south coast just after midnight on August 22, 2016, reported Fleetmon.   The damages of the  2015-built, 17,859 teu giant vessel are being assessed

Kenya Commissions Terminal at Mombasa

Kenya on Saturday inaugurated the first part of a new container terminal at Mombasa which is expected to boost by 50 percent the volume of cargo handled by East Africa's largest seaport. Construction of the 30 billion shilling ($296.74 million)terminal began in March 2012 and was completed in

Panama Canal Readies for Cruise Season

File photo: Island Princess transits the Panama Canal in 2011. (Photo: Panama Canal Authority)

Cruise ship Coral Princess is slated to transit the Panama Canal on a voyage from Los Angeles, Calif., to the U.S. East Coast on October 4, 2016, officially kicking off the canal’s 2016-2017 cruise season, which according to the Panama Canal Authority will see more than 230 cruise ships pass

Second Ship Found from Doomed 1800s Arctic Expedition

1836 watercolor painting by Admiral Sir George Back, then in command of the HMS Terror on a voyage to Hudson’s Bay, shows the ship and one of her boats beside an iceberg. (Courtesy: Canadian Museum of Civilization / Parks Canada)

Explorers have found the wreck of HMS Terror, the second of two British ships lost in the disastrous 1845 Franklin expedition to Canada's Arctic Northwest Passage, Britain's Guardian newspaper said on Monday.   The Arctic Research Foundation

Cruising To New Horizons

Graph: Clarksons Research

 During the summer, the cruise ship fleet surged past half a million berths of total capacity. The cruise industry is continuing to expand its horizons, and has seen strong newbuilding investment this year, says Clarksons Research.  

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