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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


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.


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.


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


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


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


Keppel AmFELS Delivers Rowan Rig Ahead of Schedule

Keppel AmFELS LLC, a wholly owned US subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M), has completed the delivery of its fourth EXL jack-up rig to a subsidiary of Rowan Companies, Inc. (Rowan) (NYSE: RDC) with a perfect safety record, four months ahead of schedule and within budget. The jack-up rig was christened Rowan EXL-IV yesterday by Ms. Mary J. Dunaway and Ms. Audra M. Williamson, daughters of Mr. Johnnie Huckabay, one of Rowan's senior rig managers


Holland America Line Ships Score 100

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  On recent routine United States Public Health inspections (USPHI) conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Holland America Line’s ms Statendam, ms Nieuw Amsterdam and ms Ryndam achieved perfect scores of 100.   For Statendam, the unannounced inspection was Feb. 19, 2015, at Hilo, Hawaii, during a 30-day Tahiti and Marquesas cruise roundtrip from San Diego. CDC officials surprised Nieuw Amsterdam, on March 1, 2015, at Fort Lauderdale, Florida


Bangladesh Ship Recycling Project Makes Good Progress

Photo:  International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 ​Stakeholders have been updated on progress made by the safe and environmentally sound ship recycling in Bangladesh (SENSREC) project - Phase I.   The project is being executed and implemented by  International Maritime Organization (IMO)  and funded by the Norwegian Agency


Orca ESS Retrofit for Norwegian Research Vessel

Image: Corvus Energy

Corvus Energy’s next generation Orca ESS has been selected by Halvorsen for the retrofit of the fisheries and environmental research vessel MS Johan Hjort.   Halvorsen Power System AS has selected Corvus Energy as the supplier of the lithium ion based energy storage system (ESS) for a


Myanmar accedes to CLC Protocol

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 ​Myanmar has deposited its instrument of accession to the 1992 Protocol to the International Convention on Civil Liability for Oil Pollution Damage (CLC).    The efforts to bring the legislation into national law followed the participation of Myanmar at a five-day workshop hosted


Steel Cut for Holland America Line’s ms Nieuw Statendam

Holland America Line celebrated a significant construction milestone today as the first steel was cut for ms Nieuw Statendam, due for delivery in November 2018. The ceremony took place at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Palermo, Sicily, Italy


FUSION Partners Axopar Boats

Courtesy Fusion

FUSION, announced today that it signed a partnership with Axopar Boats. Under the terms of the agreement, the full range of Axopar boats will be offered with FUSION audio entertainment including the MS-BB300 Black Box Entertainment System, MS-NRX200i Wired Remote Controller


ICS Pushing For Balanced Update of York Antwerp Rules

Courtesy ICS

At the Comité Maritime International (CMI) Conference, in New York this week, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) will be pressing to ensure that the proposed revision of the York Antwerp Rules of General Average delivers a clear improvement on the present system and does not touch


AIDAprima Christened in Hamburg

AIDAprima during her christening ceremony in Hamburg (Photo: Carnival Corporation & plc)

Carnival Corporation & plc officially welcomed its fleet’s newest ship with the christening of AIDAprima, now the flagship vessel for Carnival’s German-based brand AIDA Cruises.   AIDAprima made its debut with a light show and naming ceremony witnessed in person by 1


Mumbai Port to Revamp Int'l Cruise Terminal

Felicitating the Chief Guest Photo IMC

Indian Merchants’ Chamber provides a platform to urban developers to address various issues pertaining to the restructuring of Mumbai City Mumbai, May 23, 2016: Mumbai has a real opportunity to be developed as an international cruise terminal, said Mr


Seacat Services Secures Burbo Bank Charter Deal

Seacat Endeavour (Photo: Seacat Services)

DONG Energy has awarded  offshore energy support vessel operator Seacat Services with the supply contract for all crew transfer services at its 258MW Burbo Bank Extension project under development in the Irish Sea. The four-vessel charter contract, with durations of three to 11 months


Kvichak Delivers for the NYPD

Photo: Kvichak Marine Industries

Kvichak Marine Industries informs it continues to expand production of its high performance vessel line with delivery of another Response Boat - Medium Commercial   Kvichak, a Vigor company, delivered a fourth, 45-foot Response Boat - Medium C (RB-M C) to its longtime customer


Nordic American Tankers Expands Suezmax Fleet

Nordic American Tankers Limited (NAT) has taken delivery of Suezmax tanker Nordic Luna, the first of four secondhand sister vessels purchased as part of the company’s plans for fleet expansion.   The second vessel is expected to join the NAT fleet in mid-June


SSA President Poulsson Elected ICS Chairman

Esben Poulsson, Chairman, ICS

The President of the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) Mr Esben Poulsson has been elected as the new Chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS). Mr Poulsson was elected at the ICS Annual General Meeting in Tokyo today (2 June)


Norden Sells 4 Post-Panamax Bulk Carriers

Nord Dorado (Photo: NORDEN)

Further tightening its ownership focus within the dry cargo segment to medium-sized Supramax and Panamax vessels, Dampskibsselskabet NORDEN A/S has sold its final four Post-Panamax bulk carriers.   Following the sale, which involved Nord Delphinus (114,167 tdw built in 2010)


This Day In Naval History: June 21

1898 - During the Spanish-American War, the cruiser USS Charleston captures the island of Guam without resistance from Spain, because the Spanish Navy had no sufficient ammunition for defense.   1919 - The German navy scuttles its own fleet at Scapa Flow. After the Nov


Suezmax Tanker Delivered to NAT

Nordic American Tankers Limited (NAT) has today taken delivery of Nordic Castor, the second of four secondhand Japanese-built Suezmax tankers acquired in May 2016. The first of the four vessels, Nordic Luna, was delivered June 1, and the third vessel is expected to be delivered near the end of






 
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