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Holland America Bids Farewell to ms Westerdam

Holland America Line will bid a fond farewell to the ms Westerdam on March 10 as the ship leaves its fleet after 643 voyages during a career spanning more than 13 years with the company. "The departure of a ship from our fleet is always a poignant occasion. The Westerdam is a wonderful cruise ship. She has provided more than a million guests with many happy memories and it is bitterwseet to bid her farewell," said A. Kirk Lanterman, Holland America Line chairman and CEO. "We wish her a long and joyous service with our sister company, Costa Cruciere, as we look forward to welcoming the next generation of Holland America Line ships beginning this fall." The Westerdam, with 1,347 guests on board, departed from Ft. Lauderdale March 2 on its final cruise under the Holland America Line flag -- an eight-day Eastern Caribbean cruise visiting Nassau, Bahamas, San Juan, Puerto Rico; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, and HAL's own private island paradise, Half Moon Cay, Bahamas. The Westerdam has been a favorite with families and long-time Holland America alumni, since joining the HAL fleet. The ship, which began service as the former Home Lines' Homeric in 1986, was named the Westerdam and officially entered service with Holland America Line on Nov. 12, 1988. The Westerdam's arrival expanded the fleet to four ships and signaled the beginning of a new era of growth for Holland America that continues today


HAL Ships Celebrate Historic Meeting

The meeting in Dubrovnik of the ms Amsterdam and the ms Prinsendam marked the first time in Holland America Line's 134-year history that two ships on simultaneous Grand Voyages met at a port of call. When Holland America Line's flagship the ms Amsterdam and the Elegant Explorer ms Prinsendam met today in Dubrovnik, Croatia, the combined 2,000 guests were treated to a special event commemorating the first time in the company's 134-year history that two ships on simultaneous Grand


Navy Joint Hi-speed Vessel Keel Laying at Austal Shipyard

Trenton keel authentication: Photo courtesy of Austal

Ms. Virginia A. Kamsky, was chosen to sponsor the ship by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, and was present at the keel laying ceremony for the fifth Joint High Speed Vessel 'Trenton' (JHSV 5), one of ten Austal-designed 103-meter U.S. Navy Joint High Speed Vessels under contract with the U.S. Navy. A traditional keel-laying ceremony marks the first significant milestone in the construction of the ship.  Due to Austal’s modular approach to ship manufacturing


StatoilHydro - New Exploration Licenses

Tove Stuhr Sjøblom, senior vice president for explorations on the NCS.

StatoilHydro was offered interests in seven production licenses on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS) in the Awards of Predefined Areas 2008 (APA 2008). The company will be operator of four of the licenses. “We are pleased with the award, which gives us important new exploration acreage close to the existing infrastructure we are operating on the NCS, ” says Tove Stuhr Sjøblom, senior vice president for explorations on the NCS.


Peak Re Makes Senior Appointments in Hong Kong

Clockwise from top left: Lay-Hui Lim, Jasmine Miow, Shibo Zhang and Arina Tek

Peak Reinsurance Company Ltd., a Hong Kong reinsurer backed by Fosun International Limited and International Finance Corporation, announced four appointments to strengthen its underwriting and research capabilities in the Asia Pacific region. These new hires are part of Peak Re’s strategic plan to bring world-class reinsurance experience to the region, the company said. Lay-Hui Lim joins Peak Re as Senior Vice President (SVP) of Underwriting and will lead the company’s marine


First Cruise Ship Of The Season Arrives At Aberdeen Harbour

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Aberdeen Harbour will welcome ten cruise calls this summer, with four vessels making their first ever visit to the port. The arrival of Noble Caledonia’s MS Quest, a small expedition liner carrying up to 50 passengers, heralded the start of the cruise season on Friday (May 6). A unique small vessel weighing in at 1268 tonnes, she spent the day in Aberdeen before leaving to explore the Copinsay Islands off Orkney, Isle of Lewis, St Kilda and Oban amongst other destinations.


BC Ferries Fights Transsexual’s Claims

Once, he was John Marshall Magnone, a West Coast mariner who worked for the ferry division of a British Columbia government ministry. Then John became Deborah and got a job as a deckhand for BC Ferries. Now she claims her gender switch cost her a job with the province's main ferry company, according to a report on the Globeandmail.com. Ms. Magnone claims she was fired last year because she is a transsexual. She has filed a complaint with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal


MS&D 2009 Hamburg

The latest surveillance, defence and security equipment is presented by the 60 exhibitors at MS&D 2009, the international conference and exhibition on Maritime Security & Defence (MS&D), to be held at the Hamburg Fair site from 30 September to 2 October 2009. The exhibits include sophisticated optical and acoustic sensors, which have substantially improved the automated monitoring and control technology of security and defence equipment and systems


Oversight Hearing on TWIC Implementation

The House Committee on Homeland Security conducted an oversight hearing on the Implementation of the TWIC Program. In his prepared remarks, Committee Chair Bennie Thompson (D-MS) expressed his concern that the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program is far behind schedule and that the estimates of the number of workers affected are much understated. Testimony was for the record, as the hearing was interrupted by a floor vote


U.S. Lines' M.S. Patriot Is Christened In Hawaii

United States Lines' premiere vessel, the 1,212-passenger MS Patriot arrived on Thursday at its homeport of Honululu, Oahu as the newest and largest cruise vessel serving the Hawaiian Islands year-round. The vessel, which breaks a 40-year stagnation within the U.S. cruise ship industry, is scheduled to be christened today by Maggie Inouye, wife of Senator Daniel Inouye, who will perform the official dedication. Formerly known as Holland America's MS Nieuw Amsterdam


Young to Head New Zealand Shipping Federation

Picture Courtesy: LinkedIn and NZSF

The New Zealand Shipping Federation (NZSF) said it has appointed Annabel Young as its new executive director.  It said Ms Young was a National Party list MP from 1997 to 2002 and since then she has been the chief executive at Federated Farmers, as well as the Pharmacy Guild.  


ms Veendam Rescues Pilot Off Maui Coast, Hawaii

Holland American Lines ms Veendam to the rescue of pilot

  On Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, at 5:21 p.m. local time while en route to Lahaina, Hawaii, Holland America Line’s ms Veendam answered a request for assistance from the United States Coast Guard to rescue a pilot who had ditched his single-engine Cirrus SR-22 after he experienced a


Outlook for India's Seaborne Dry Bulk Trade

  Hinode Maritime Conferences have announced their "2nd Annual Conference on the Outlook for India's Seaborne Dry Bulk Trade". Considered the largest conference in India on Dry Bulk Trade to be held on January 22, 2015 at Hotel Vivanta by Taj-President Mumbai


USNS Trenton (JHSV 5) Christened

JHSV 5 Christening Platform Participants

  Austal christened USNS Trenton (JHSV 5) this morning at its state-of-the-art shipyard in Mobile, Alabama. USNS Trenton is the fifth of ten Joint High Speed Vessels (JHSV) that Austal has under contract with the U.S. Navy as part of an overall 10-ship block-buy contract worth over $1


Holland America Line’s 'Zuiderdam' Rescues 8 in the Caribbean

Holland America Line’s ms Zuiderdam Rescues Eight Crewmembers From Sinking Vessel in the Caribbean

   At 2:10 a.m. Jan. 3, 2015, while en route to Oranjestad, Aruba, Holland America Line’s ms Zuiderdam answered a distress call from the Bahamian inter-island vessel Excalibur that was sinking with eight crewmembers onboard. Zuiderdam was approximately 15 miles away and the


Evergreen Naming Ceremony for EVER LUNAR

Evergreen Group held the naming ceremony for EVER LUNAR today, the seventh of its L-type vessels to be built by CSBC Corporation in Taiwan. The ceremony, which was officiated by Ms. Lee-Ching Ko, Second Vice Group Chairman of Evergreen Group, took place at CSBC's Kaohsiung shipyard


Fincantieri Wins Carnival Cruise Ship Order

 Fincantieri SpA

 Fincantieri SpA has been awarded an order by Carnival Corporation & plc for the construction of two new cruise ships for Carnival Cruise Line and Holland America Line. Both will be sisters ships respectively to Carnival Vista and Koningsdam


New Dive Support Vessel Fit for Many Roles

Photo: Incat Crowther

Incat Crowther’s first-of-type Catamaran Dive Support Vessel, Bhagwan Dryden, was launched and delivered earlier this year. According to the designer, operational feedback has been positive for the vessel, which has already received praise for initial operations


American Club Strengthens Asia Presence

Katherine Wang, who is well known in Asian P&I circles, has joined the American Club as assistant vice president and marketing manager for Greater China and Northern Asia.   In the first instance she will be stationed in the Hong Kong office of the club's managers, Shipowners Claims Bureau


Keppel Infrastructure Sheds Facilities Arm

Keppel Infrastructure Holdings Pte Ltd (KI), through its wholly-owned subsidiary, has signed an agreement for the sale of its entire stake in Keppel FMO (KFMO) to Cofely GDF SUEZ for a cash consideration of S$44.72 million, subject to a post-closing adjustment for working capital and a deferred


MSC Magnifica Completes Drydocking at Damen Shiprepair

MSC Magnifica

  After a very fast and successful 17-day drydocking the cruise ship MSC Magnifica left Damen Shiprepair Rotterdam (part of Damen Shiprepair & Conversion) for Hamburg on schedule to start her next cruise. Next week (December 2) another cruise vessel will arrive at Damen Shiprepair


Outlook for Bunkering & Marine Lubricants in India

  The "4th Annual Conference on the Outlook for Bunkering and Marine Lubricants in India" will be held on Thursday, December 4, 2014 at the Hotel Vivanta by Taj-President, Cuffe Parade, Mumbai. With the demand for shipping fuel at major Indian ports having climbed in the past


BHP Billiton's Conservation Efforts on the World Stage

Welcoming ceremony kicks off World Parks Congress in Sydney

  Thousands of conservation experts from around the world, including environmental scientists from BHP Billiton, are in Sydney for the 2014 World Parks Congress (WPC). WPC is the preeminent conservation forum and is held every 10 years to share best-practice knowledge in managing


New Solutions for Electric Ship Propulsion

The green chimney when starting a generator set

Start-stop function combined with variable generator speed   For many years the start-stop function has become a common feature on automotive engines to reduce both fuel consumption and emissions. But the saving potential is much larger with onboard electrical power supply and propulsion


Carnival to Add 4 New Ships over 18 Months

Image: Carnival Corporation

Regal Princess and Costa Diadema christened this week in two naming ceremonies over the span of three days; in 2015, P&O Cruises UK and AIDA brands will each add a new ship, giving Carnival Corporation a total of four new ships added across four global cruise brands in less than 18 months






 
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