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Possible Support for Riverboat Gaming

Illinois Gov. George Ryan signaled he may be willing to support the transfer of a dormant riverboat gaming license to Cook County, despite campaigning against the idea last year. While not explicitly endorsing a specific casino site, he acknowledged without the crucial support of legislators who want riverboat gaming in the county, no gambling package could move forward in the Illinois General Assembly. Cook County is the only Illinois county prohibited by law from having a riverboat casino. Rosemont Mayor Donald Stephens is pushing for a riverboat there, and Chicago Mayor Richard Daley has endorsed Stephens' bid for a casino. Daley said he is not interested in bringing riverboat gambling to Chicago, but if Rosemont wants the dormant Silver Eagle license, he won't raise objections


Silver Cloud to Join Polar Exploration Fleet

Image: Silversea Cruises

 Silver Cloud is to move Silversea Cruises’ luxury expedition fleet in November 2017.    Destined mostly for polar waters, the elite 296-guest ship that launched the ultra-luxury cruise line will be converted into an ice-class ship during an extensive refurbishment scheduled to start in August 2017, Silversea Cruises said.   As an expedition ship, the all-suite Silver Cloud will accommodate 260 guests and also sail on itineraries to non-polar regions


Treasure Hunters Contract Bullion Processors

Odyssey selects JBR Recovery Limited for 'SS Gairsoppa' & 'SS Mantola' silver cargo processing Odyssey Marine Exploration, pioneers in the field of deep-ocean exploration, announce their contract with JBR Recovery Limited to support the logistics, refining and monetization of the anticipated silver cargoes from SS Gairsoppa and SS Mantola when recovered. Both the Gairsoppa and Mantola projects are being conducted under contract with the UK Department for Transport


Wave Yacht Design Wins Award

Artists impression courtesy of A Award

Wave catamaran cruiser yacht design by Roberta Visintin wins the Silver A' Design Award A' Award and Competitions announce that the design Wave Catamaran by Roberta Visintin has been recognized with the Silver A' Design Award in the Yacht and Marine Vessels Design Category, after rigorous judging by the international committee of A' Design Awards & Competitions. Roberta Visintin, the creator of the project Wave Catamaran explains: “Thinking about the sea as a world in a continuous


Sunken Treasure Hunters Latest on 'SS Gairsoppa' Project

Seabed Worker: Photo credit Swire Seabed

Odyssey Marine Exploration inform the 'Seabed Worker', will cease salvage operations to make a scheduled port call in Cork, Ireland. After taking on fuel, supplies and changing personnel, the Seabed Worker will immediately return to the site to continue recovery operations under an extension of the charter agreement. No materials recovered from the shipwreck site will be landed during this port call in Ireland. Pursuant to Odyssey's agreement with the UK Government


Fincantieri Launches Silver Muse

Photo: Fincantieri

Silver Muse, the new ultra-luxury cruise ship which Fincantieri is building for the ship owner Silversea Cruises, was launched at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Genoa Sestri Ponente. Interior fittings will now begin, leading the vessel to its delivery, scheduled in April 2017.   The launching was introduced by the traditional and well-wishing coin ceremony, consisting, according to an ancient shipbuilding custom, in welding a silver commemorative coin on the last deck of the ship


Silversea Poised For Growth

With the construction of new sister ships progressing as scheduled and the recently signed contract to manage the world's first ocean-going luxury residence, Silversea Cruises is well poised for growth in the next millennium. The line was founded in 1992 with the concept of offering all-inclusive, ultra-luxury cruises to all parts of the world. The first ship, Silver Cloud, debuted in 1994, followed by Silver Wind in 1995


Thern Launches New Line of Products

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Thern, Inc. is expanding their catalog with the introduction of the new Thern Silver Line of products. The Thern Silver Line is launching with the new imported stainless steel TSSBW Series hand winch. Available in three models offering lifting load capacities of 600, 900 and 1300 lbs, the new TSSBW Series hand winch is fabricated of 304 grade stainless steel and features solid steel machine cut gears, gear covers and automatic brakes


Odyssey to Open “SHIPWRECK!” Exhibit in Times Square

Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc., will ring the Opening Bell at the NASDAQ MarketSite in New York on Thursday, May 23, 2013, at 9:30 a.m. to celebrate the grand opening of Odyssey's “SHIPWRECK!” exhibit at Discovery Times Square on Friday, May 24. A live video stream of the Opening Bell Ceremony will be viewable at www.nasdaq.com starting at 9:15 a.m. EDT. "The exhibit features more than 500 authentic artifacts and treasures


Fincantieri Lays Keel for Next Silversea Cruise Ship

Courtesy Fincantieri

  The keel laying ceremony of “Silver Muse”, the new ultra-luxury cruise ship which Fincantieri is building for Silversea Cruises, took place today at the shipyard in Sestri Ponente (Genova). The ceremony was attended for the shipowner, among others, by Enzo Visone, CEO of Silversea, while Fincantieri was represented by Raffaele Davassi, director of the shipyard. At 40,700 gross tonnes, able to accommodate 596 passengers on board


V.Ships Extends Service Deal with Wärtsilä

Wärtsiläs service ensures that M/S Artanias operations below the passenger decks run smoothly and efficiently at all times. (Photo: Wärtsilä)

Ship management company V.Ships has chosen Wärtsilä to provide maintenance services for its client Phoenix Reisen's cruise vessel M/S Artania.   The five-year maintenance agreement covers the scheduled maintenance activities for M/S Artania's four Wärtsilä 32 main


Megaware Launches PontoonGuard

PontoonGuard helps owners avoid damage from abrasion, impacts, dents and chaffing usually caused by docks and other boats. It also adds a sleek, custom look to any vessel. Photo Megaware KeelGuard

Megaware KeelGuard, Inc., a worldwide supplier of products designed to protect the smallest fishing boats to the largest Coast Guard fleets since 1992, announced today the launch of its newest boat protection product – PontoonGuard.  


Eimskip Acquires Nor Lines

Photo: Nor Lines

 Iceland-based Eimskip has agreed to acquire Norwegian shipping and logistics company Nor Lines. According to Eimskip, the operation of Nor Lines has been challenging in recent years and the business will be restructured in order to improve the firm’s services.  


More Sanmar Newbuilds Cross the Atlantic

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Svitzer Americas’ newest vessels Svitzer Monte Cristi and Svitzer Catuan have been delivered by Turkish tug builder Sanmar. The boats, which will be operated in the Dominican Republic, are Ramparts 2400 SX class tugs, designed by Robert Allan Limited exclusively for Sanmar


Svitzer Team Visits Sanmar Shipyards

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Members of Svitzer's management team visited both of Sanmar’s shipyards to monitor the progress of existing orders and discuss further existing contracts between the towage and emergency response firm and the Turkish shipbuilder. Svitzer ‘s chief technical officer, Kristian Brauner


Samskip Acquires Euro Container Line AS

Norway Ports Map (Photo: Samskip)

Samskip has completed the acquisition of Euro Container Lines AS, building on a strategy for growth in the Nordic area to make its largest ever acquisitive move in Norway.   The ECL acquisition aims to strengthen Samskip’s position in the Norwegian market by enhancing the speed and


Dryships Sells Panamax ‘at 10% premium’

Dryship HO Courtesy Dryship

 DryShips Inc. (NASDAQ:DRYS), or the Company, an international, owner of drybulk carriers and offshore support vessels, today announced that it has sold the 2002 built Panamax drybulk carrier MV Oregon. The vessel MV Oregon, along with the associated bank debt


Growing Up Metric

George Contos (Photo: World Wide Metric)

The story of World Wide Metric’s steady growth and promising future.   Words are powerful, and “Growing up Metric,” the title of the recently released book by George Contos, the energetic CEO and second-generation ‘Contos’ leader of World Wide Metric


Samskip Completes Reefer Acquisition

One of five reefer vessels now acquired by Samskip Logistics - renamed Samskip Arctic (Photo: Samskip)

Silver Green AS, owned 50% by Samskip, is changing its name to Silver Sea AS to mark the finalization of a series of ownership changes. The new name reflects a consolidation by Samskip of its position in the reefer vessel segment, including the strengthening its ownership in the company and direct


Safety Alert: Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Smartphone

This safety alert reminds vessel owners, operators, charterers, merchant mariners, passengers, and all others throughout the maritime domain of safety concerns associated with Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Smartphone.    This alert includes phones recently replaced by manufacturer


Mega Yacht Shipped from Lavrion to Dubai

(Photo: Rickmers-Linie)

In early October, cargo vessel MV Rickmers Dalian made a stop-over at the anchorage off Lavrion in Greece to load a mega yacht for shipment to Dubai, where she was discharged on October 19.   The shipment of the 50-meter-long, 340-metric-ton yacht was coordinated and booked by


Shoreham Port, Arcadis win BB Award for Oil Seepage Investigation

Photo BB Awards

The Award, for the ‘Best Scoping or Operation of a Site Investigation’ was presented to Tony Parker, Director of Engineering at Shoreham Port and George Flower, Technical Director at Arcadis at a prestigious awards ceremony in London last week.


Wiernicki Receives Admiral of the Ocean Seas Award

Christopher J. Wiernicki (Photo: ABS)

ABS Chairman, President and CEO, Christopher J. Wiernicki, was honored for his contributions to the maritime industry by the United Seamen’s Service (USS) as a recipient of the Admiral of the Ocean Seas Award on October  28, 2016 in New York.  


DryShips Sells 5 Vessels

Image: DryShips

 DryShips Inc., an international owner of drybulk carriers and offshore support vessels, has sold five of its Panamax vessels for an aggregate gross price of $29.4 million.   Company has Sold its two Panamax vessels Amalfi and Samatan, along with their associated bank debt


Europe Rushes to Meet US Fuel Demand, Spiking Freight Costs

File photo: Aurelie Moulin

European oil traders rushed on Tuesday to book vessels to carry gasoline to consumers on the U.S. East Coast left stranded without their main domestic supply source, more than quadrupling shipping costs, traders and ship brokers told Reuters. 






 
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