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Carnival to Refurb and Revisit its Fantasy

Carnival Cruise Lines' 2,056-passenger, 70,000-ton Fantasy is currently undergoing an extensive multi-million-dollar refurbishment as part of its scheduled five-week drydock. The refurbishment, which is taking place at the Freeport Shipyard in Freeport, Bahamas, will include a new lobby bar, remodeled cabins and a redesigned promenade. Each of Fantasy's 1,028 staterooms will receive a complete makeover with new wall coverings, furniture, bedding and linens. In-cabin bathrooms will be fully remodeled, as well, with updated vanities, new tile work and shampoo and soap dispensers. Via Marina, an enclosed double-width promenade, will get a facelift, with elegant new furniture and a decorative marble floor with carpet inlays, while The Forum, the Fantasy's conference facility, has been reconfigured so that it can be utilized as both a meeting space and entertainment venue. The namesake vessel in Carnival's Fantasy-class, the 70,000-ton SuperLiner entered service in 1990 and operates year-round three- and four-day Bahamas voyages from Port Canaveral, Fla.

Biggs Joins Bradford Marine Bahamas


Bradford Grand Bahama, Ltd., one of the Bradford Marine family of companies, has added John Biggs as Commercial Manager at their Freeport shipyard.  With over 41 years of welding experience in layout, design, and fabrication of ferrous and non-ferrous alloy materials and 28 years of marine fabrication and repair experience, Biggs is well-qualified in his new position.  In addition, he is an AWS-, ABS- and Lloyds-certified welder currently holding 14 welding certifications in ferrous

Bradford Grand Bahama Overcomes Hurricanes

During the recent hurricane assault on the Bahamas, Bradford Grand Bahama, Ltd. (Bradford), one of the Bradford Marine family of companies, hardly missed a beat in the operation of its 50 acre full-service, ISPS-compliant shipyard in Freeport, Grand Bahama Island. On September 4, Bradford’s Freeport shipyard was hit by Hurricane Frances, which caused some damage at the facility but inflicted major damage to the utility infrastructure on Grand Bahama Island

Bradford Marine Bahamas Completes New Docks

Bradford Grand Bahama, Ltd., one of the Bradford Marine family of companies, announced the completion of 1,200 lineal feet of new docks on the west side of their Freeport, Grand Bahama shipyard. These new docks accommodate yachts and commercial vessels of all sizes, including the largest mega-yachts and super-yachts, and they have full utilities, drainage and work aprons. Construction of the docks utilized almost 2,000 feet of steel pipe and 3,000 feet of 16 inch steel I-beam

Malta Freeport Chosen by 2 Mega Alliances

Image: Malta Freeport Terminals Ltd

 Malta Freeport Terminals have been chosen by two mega shipping alliances -  2M Alliance and Ocean Three Alliance - as their main transshipment hub in the Central Mediterranean.   The '2M' Alliance is made up of Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Company and the 'Ocean Three Alliance' is composed of  CMA CGM, China Shipping Container Lines and United Arab Shipping Company.   Malta Freeport statement said that this was a significant accomplishment for its

Mediterranean Shipping Company Announces New Carribean Service

Mediterranean Shipping Company (USA) Inc. (MSC)has commenced a new weekly service in the Caribbean with the sailing of the MSC CARIBS out of Miami, Florida to Freeport, Bahamas. The company is serving Rio Haina, Dominican Republic, Kingston, Jamaica and Port au Prince, Haiti on a dedicated weekly basis via Freeport. The MSC vessel, MSC Bahamas, will be used in rotation linking Miami and Freeport with these three Caribbean destinations

Freeport LNG Terminal Gets Tanker

According to a report from Bloomberg, Freeport LNG’s liquefied-natural-gas terminal in Freeport, Texas, is to receive the Grace Cosmos, a tanker capable of carrying 146,794 cubic meters of LNG.   Source: Bloomberg  

GLDD to Widen Freeport Harbor Ship Channel

Freeport: File photo

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation (GLDD) says it has been awarded a a dredging contract valued at over $30 million to widen the entrance and jetty channels of the Freeport Ship Channel near Freeport, Texas. Approximately 4.5 miles of channel will be widened by 200 feet, enabling larger ships to safely navigate the 600 feet-wide channel. A portion of the dredged material is planned to be beneficially used to nourish the coastline in Quintana, TX

Gladding-Hearn New Launch for the Bahamas

Photo courtesy Gladding-Hearn

Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation, has delivered a new “St. Johns” Class pilot boat for Freeport Harbour Company on  Grand Bahamas.  Freeport Harbour Company is a member of the Hutchison Port Holdings Group, which operates the Freeport Container Port, Grand Bahamas Airport and provides pilot services.  The all-aluminum high-speed launch, designed by C. Raymond Hunt Associates, measures 52.6 ft overall, with an 17-ft beam and 4

FERC authorizes Freeport LNG project

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an Order granting authorization for construction and operation of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal on Quintana Island, near Freeport, Texas. The facility is to include, among other things, an LNG ship maneuvering area, a protected single-berth unloading dock, and a storm protection levee. Plans call for the facility to be in operation for the 2006-2007 winter heating season. Docket No. CP03-75-000 (HK Law).

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

First US Shale Gas Exports to Sail into Oversupplied Market

When Cheniere Energy opened a new liquefied natural gas import terminal in Louisiana in 2008, a U.S. shale drilling boom quickly made it obsolete. Seven years on, with the Houston-based firm about to open a landmark export plant on the same site, the timing, again, is far from ideal.  

NYK Charters 2 LNG Carriers for Freeport LNG Project

  Two joint-venture companies that NYK has established with Chubu Electric Power Co. Inc. each concluded a time-charter contract for a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier with Chubu Electric Power Co. Inc. In addition, one of the joint-venture companies

Two LNG Carriers Ordered for US Shale Gas Transport

Japanese shipbuilder Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) informs it has received orders for the construction of two next-generation liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers that will primarily carry shale gas produced in North America.  

Engine Fire Leaves Cruise Passengers Stranded in the Caribbean

Carnival Liberty (Photo: Carnival Corp.)

About 4,500 passengers and crew were stranded in the U.S. Virgin Islands for a second day after an engine fire on board a cruise ship operated by Carnival Corp.   The company said on Tuesday that a team of experts, including representatives of the U.S

Hanjin Rolls Out First Philippine-made LPG carrier

M/V Kaprijke. Photo: Teekay Corporation

 Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Philippines (HHIC-Phil), which operates the world's fourth shipbuilding facility in Subic Freeport Zone, unveiled the first-ever Philippine-made Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) carrier.   The ship was ordered by Belgian shipping company Exmar

Iran Shipping Rising from Sanctions

Image:  IRISL

 Malta Freeport has renewed its contracts in Iran with Hafiz Darya Shipping Lines (HDS) in the expectation that sanctions will be removed later this year, according to Times of Malta.   Officials in Malta Freeport were perplexing to convince Iranian inhabitant shipping line IRISL to

Teekay, BP Enter Deal for Newbuild LNG Tankers

Teekay LNG signs charter contracts with BP for up to two LNG carrier newbuilds   Teekay LNG Partners L.P. announced that it has entered into a 13-year time-charter contract with BP Shipping Limited (BP) for one liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier newbuilding

Freeport LNG Was Not Advised Against Inviting Chinese Investors

Michael Smith, chief executive Photo Freeport LNG

  The head of Freeport LNG on Friday said that the U.S. Department of Energy did not advise against inviting Chinese investment in the company's Texas export plant, backing down from contradictory claims made on Thursday. Michael Smith, the chief executive of privately-owned Freeport LNG

US DOE Discouraged Direct China Investment in US LNG Export

The U.S. Department of Energy discouraged U.S. liquefied natural gas exporters from allowing direct Chinese investment in their projects for fear of political backlash, according to Michael Smith, chief executive at Freeport LNG which is building a plant to export U.S. overseas.    

Balearia Requests US-Cuba Ferry License

Photo courtesy of Balearia

Balearia has requested a license to operate between the U.S. and Cuba from the U.S. Treasury Department, after both countries' announcement of the reestablishment of diplomatic relations. The shipping company is awaiting an official response from the U.S

ICTSI Subic unit shop Reduces Port Users Time

SBITC one stop shop

  International Container Terminal Services, Inc.’s (ICTSI) Subic Bay Freeport unit, Subic Bay International Terminal Corp. (SBITC), in partnership with the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) and the Bureau of Customs (BOC), recently opened a one stop shop (OSS) to fast track

JV Wins $2bln Freeport LNG Contract in US

Photo: Freeport LNG Development, L.P. (Freeport LNG)

 A joint venture (JV) between CB&I, Chiyoda International and Zachry Industrial has won a contract worth over $2bn from FLNG Liquefaction 3 for a liquefied natural gas (LNG) train at Freeport LNG in Texas, US.   Upon completion

Malta Freeport Terminals Bullish on Prospects

Image: Malta Freeport Terminals

 The decision of the two leading shipping consortia, to choose Malta Freeport Terminals (MFT) as their main transshipment hub in the central Mediterranean came as shot in the arm for Malta.    Recently, the ‘2M’ Alliance made up of Maersk Line and Mediterranean

GBSL to Drydock 23 Crowley Vessels

Photo: Grand Bahama Shipyard Limited

One of the largest exclusive ship repair fleet agreements in Caribbean history, worth more than $10 million, signed between GBSL and Crowley which will extend to mid – 2017.   Grand Bahama Shipyard Limited (GBSL), the ship repair and refurbishment yard in Freeport Grand Bahama

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