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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

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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


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


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


Gladding-Hearn New Launch for the Bahamas

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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


CIBER Awarded $2.3m Port Freeport Project

CIBER, Inc. announced its Federal Solutions Division has been awarded the Port Freeport, Texas, Waterside Perimeter Protection Project, valued at $2.3 million. Port Freeport chose CIBER's Harbor Management and Security (HMS) solution to fulfill its unique needs for a shared system for regional port users. The system delivers both a port security, port safety, Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) and a port management system, all rolled into one integrated solution.


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).


Freeport LNG Development – Environmental Statement

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a Notice announcing availability of the final environmental impact statement (EIS) for construction and operation of the liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal and pipeline proposed by Freeport LNG Development, LP. The proposal includes LNG ship docking and unloading facilities in Brazoria County, Texas. Comments should be submitted within 30 days.


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  


RCI Cruise Ship Propulsion Repairs Necessitate Docking

Allure of the Seas: Photo credit RCI

Owners, of the giant 'Allure of the Seas', Royal Caribbean International say that a mechanical issue obligates performance of unscheduled repairs to their cruise ship 'Allure of the Seas', and the repairs will take place at Grand Bahama Shipyard, in Freeport, Bahamas, the week of February 24, 2014


Freeport Facility to be Authorized to Export More U.S. LNG

Freeport LNG terminal: Photo courtesy of the operators

The Energy Department has conditionally authorized Freeport LNG Expansion, L.P. and FLNG Liquefaction, LLC (Freeport) to export additional volumes of domestically produced liquefied natural gas (LNG) to countries that do not have a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the United States from the


U.S. DOE Gives Preliminary Nod to Cameron, LA LNG Exports

Energy Department Conditionally Authorizes Cameron LNG to Export Liquefied Natural Gas. The Energy Department announced today that it has conditionally authorized Cameron LNG, LLC (Cameron) to export domestically produced liquefied natural gas (LNG) to countries that do not have a Free Trade


FERC Drafts EIS on Freeport LNG Project

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FERC issues draft Environmental Impact Statement on the Phase II Modification and Liquefaction Projects (CP12-29-000 and CP12-509-000) The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has prepared a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Phase II Modification Project


Port Authority Introduces New Management Team

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Executive Director Len Waterworth has  implemented a reorganization of the management structure of the Port of Houston Authority designed to enhance efficiencies, drive higher profitability and ensure greater accountability, consistent with the Port Authority's vision and mission.  


New STS Base Open in Bahamas

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Fendercare Marine launched a new STS location, operating approximately 15nm offshore Freeport, Grand Bahamas. The fully equipped STS base will offer 24/7 operational cover for all requirements.  The area is fully approved by local authorities and all operations are conducted strictly in


GofM Energy Hub: LNG Exports to India Planned

Principals Sign the Agreement: Photo credit United LNG

United LNG, LP and Petronet LNG Limited, India's largest LNG importer, agree to supply LNG from the Main Pass Energy Hub™ project in the Gulf of Mexico. The (conditional) agreement was signed by Petronet LNG Managing Director & CEO, Dr. A.K


U.S. DofE Likely to Grant More LNG Export Permits

The Department of Energy is likely to approve additional permits this year to companies looking to export liquefied natural gas more broadly, reports Market Watch, citing Morgan Stanley. Freeport LNG has recently received DOE approval to export LNG to countries without a free trade agreement with


Cruise Ship Superstructure Fire Extinguised by Crew

RCI CEO Inspects the Damage: Photo credit RCI

Royal Caribbean International announce cancellation of the vessel's next cruise to allow for damage repair in the port of refuge, Freeport, Bahamas. At approximately 3 a.m., Monday, Coast Guard Sector Miami received a report of a fire aboard the Bahamian-flagged cruise ship Grandeur of the Seas


Fire aboard Royal Caribbean Liner Cancels Voyage

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Fire broke out aboard Royal Caribbean’s 916-foot cruise liner Grandeur of the Seas at approximately 3 a.m. Monday morning. The vessel, carrying 2,224 passengers and 796 crew en route to CoCo Cay, Bahamas, was roughly 35 nautical miles offshore.


CMHI and CMA CGM Complete Terminal Link Transaction

China Merchants Holdings (International) Company Limited (CMHI) and CMA CGM are pleased to announce the completion on June 11, 2013 of the sale and purchase of the 49% equity stake in Terminal Link, upon the obtaining of all consents and approvals in various jurisdictions and the completion of


China Merchants Holdings Complete Terminal Link Deal

Closing Ceremony: Photo credit China Merchants

China Merchants Holdings (International) announce completed acquisition of a 49% stake in container port operators Terminal Link from CMA CGM. Farid Salem, CMA CGM's Executive Officer, said: "CMA CGM is very pleased to enter a new strategic partnership with CMHI which will allow us to


DOE Authorizes Third Proposed Facility to Export LNG

The Energy Department announced it has conditionally authorized Lake Charles Exports, LLC (Lake Charles) to export domestically produced liquefied natural gas (LNG) to countries that do not have a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the United States from the Lake Charles Terminal in Lake Charles


Gulf Stream Marine Appoint New CEO

One of the largest privately held stevedore firms in the U.S. Gulf Coast region, announce the appointment of Kevin Bourbonnais as Chief Executive Officer. An experienced senior executive, Bourbonnais was most recently Chief Operating Officer of USA Compression Partners


Bay-Houston Towing Accepts New Tugboat

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Bay-Houston Towing Co. announced it has taken delivery of the first Z Tech 2400 tugboat, the Chloe K, designed by Robert Allan Ltd. of Vancouver, and built by Leevac Shipyards LLC of Jennings, La. The Z Tech 2400 tugs are a smaller version of the Z Tech 7500 tugs that are already in Bay-Houston


 
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