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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 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


  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

Concept of Container for North Sea Route

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  At a meeting of the scientific and technical council of the Central Research Institute of the Navy in St. Petersburg presented the concept of the Arctic Arc container class 7. According to the publication "Maritime News of Russia"

PwC Greece Establishes Maritime Sustainability Center

PwC Greece has  introduced a new team of specialists focusing on sustainable business in the shipping sector, the Maritime Sustainability Center, led by the well-known shipping sustainability expert, Ms. Helena Athoussaki. Working within PwC’s Shipping Advisory Group

South Africa Ports Gear Up for Cruise Season

South Africa’s ports are ramping up for a bumper cruise season with at least eight luxury cruise lines and over ten passenger vessels of varying sizes set to ferry international and domestic tourists across the country’s port cities.  

Maritime Cook Islands Expands Network to India

  Maritime Cook Islands (“MCI”), the leading ship registry, has recently established its presence in India with the appointment of two deputy registrars (“DR”), Mr Faust Pinto Jr and Ms Fereshte D Sethna, to serve the growing yacht owning community in the Indian

Abu Dhabi Ports Welcomes New Cruise Season

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 As Abu Dhabi's new Zayed Port cruise terminal opens by the end of this year, the number of cruise ships docking in Abu Dhabi is set to increase by a fifth this season, reports the National.    Zayed Port,  a premier cruise hub in the region

Singapore-issued CoCs need Revalidation


  Holders of Singapore-issued certificates of competency (CoCs) need to revalidate their CoCs to meet the requirements of the 2010 Manila amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW2010) and to be able to serve on

China’s CMP Renews MAN 4-stroke License Deal

MAN Diesel & Turbo attendees at the ceremony included Klaus Engberg, Senior Vice President and Head of Two-Stroke Licensing; Ulrich Vögtle, Vice President and Head of Large Bore Four-Stroke Licensing; Dr. Manfred Biedermann, Head of MAN Diesel & Turbo, China; and Dai Jun, Head of Licensing Support, China. (Photo: MAN Diesel & Turbo)

CSSC Marine Power Co., Ltd. (CMP), an engine-manufacturing division of Chinese State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC), has renewed its contract with MAN Diesel & Turbo for another 10 years of production of four-stroke medium speed engines.  

La Spezia CT Wraps up Asian Tour


  Senior executives from Italy’s La Spezia Container Terminal - Contship Italia Group, wrapped up a whirlwind tour of key supply chain hubs in South East Asia and China this week with a presentation and networking event in Shanghai.

Holland America Line Plans Stateroom Facelift

ms Eurodam Neptune Suite rendering (Image: Carnival Corporation)

Cruise ship suites to get cosmetic enhancements, refreshed décor and new amenities   As part of a $300-million brand enhancement initiative, Carnival Corporation’s Holland America Line is planning enhancements to its top staterooms with new furnishings, décor

Virdi Joins GMS' Dubai Operations


  GMS is proud to announce that Ms. Jasvinder Virdi has joined the company to further develop its growth within the industry. Jasvinder comes with a wealth of determination and enthusiasm, as well as experience of working within the shipping industry

Dutch Experts Starts Work on Philippines Coastal Protection Strategy

Tacloban after Typhoon Haiyan.

  International engineering and project management consultancy firm Royal HaskoningDHV is leading a multi-disciplinary team in developing a sustainable coastal protection strategy to reduce flood risks for the cities of Tacloban and adjacent Palo in the Philippines.  

FUSION-Link Remote Control App. Launched

Android version of their popular FUSION-Link Remote Control App.

  FUSION, a worldwide leader in marine audio, announced today the release of a new platform for its FUSION-Link Remote Control app. The app now allows for Bluetooth control of compatible FUSION marine entertainment systems directly from Android mobile devices.

EBDG Hires HR Expert de Rubertis

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EBDG announced the hiring of Human Resources Generalist, Carolyn de Rubertis in its Seattle office.  De Rubertis brings more than 20 years of experience to her role, as well as a proven track record of strong leadership. De Rubertis' broad-ranging background encompasses expertise in

Sembcorp Upgrades of Pacific Eden and Pacific Aria for P&O Cruises

Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden - Concurrent repair and upgrading of Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden at Sembcorp Marine Admiralty Yard in November 2015. Photo:  Sembcorp Marine Ltd

 Sembcorp Marine, a global leader in cruise ship repair, refurbishment and conversion work, has successfully upgraded the Pacific Eden (formerly Statendam) and the Pacific Aria (formerly Ryndam) at its Admiralty Yard.    The concurrent drydocking of these two cruise vessels at the

Glander Hires Bunker & Lubricant Trader

Ankita Batra

  Glander International Bunkering, a leading, global marine fuel, lubricant trading and brokering company hires Ankita Batra as Bunker and Lubricant Trader for the India office. Ankita Batra joins Glander International Bunkering with a post graduate in the domain of Energy Trading 

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