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Litton, SeaAmerica Sign Agreement On Cruise Ship Program

Litton Ship Systems' Ingalls Shipbuilding division, has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with SeaAmerica Cruise Lines, Inc. to develop a ship design leading to contract negotiations for the construction of two 42,000-ton, 1,000 passenger cruise ships. The program will include options for two additional ships. Construction of the cruise ships will utilize both of Litton Ship Systems' production facilities - Litton Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula and Litton Avondale Industries in metro New Orleans, Louisiana, and maximize the resources and experience of both shipyards to achieve operating synergies. "SeaAmerica anticipates receiving MARAD Title XI financing for our new program,'' said David W. Turner, SeaAmerica chairman and chief executive officer. "These U.S.-built, U.S.-crewed ships will be operated port-to-port within the United States, targeted at the convention and business market, in addition to leisure travelers.'' "This new opportunity clearly validates Litton's assessment of the growth potential of the U.S. cruise ship market,'' said Jerry St. Pè, Litton executive vice president and chief operating officer of Litton Ship Systems. "This program presents an opportunity to grow this segment of our company's business beyond the ships already under contract.'' SeaAmerica Cruise Lines, Inc. has been organized to own and operate a U.S. flagged cruise line - primarily sailing U.S. port to U.S


"Cruise to Nowhere" from Myrtle Beach

Federal District Judge David Norton issued a declaratory judgment, giving Dewayne Williams, who runs LA Cruise, Inc. of Mayport, Fla., permission to operate a "cruise to nowhere" vessel out of South Carolina. Williams has expressed interest in operating a casino boat out of Murrells Inlet. Casino gambling is banned in South Carolina, but federal law permits "cruise to nowhere" gaming ships to operate in the absence of a state law specifically prohibiting them


World's Biggest Cruise Liner Set To Sail

The world's biggest cruise liner, the 311-m (1,035-foot) Voyager of the Seas, will set sail this week from Finland to the United States. The $500 million vessel is the first of three sister ships ordered by cruise operator Royal Caribbean from Masa-Yards in the western Finland city of Turku. The ship will leave Turku on Saturday for a three-week passage across the Atlantic to Miami, from where it will sail on its maiden commercial cruise on November 21.


RCL Majesty Undergoes Renovation

Royal Caribbean International's Majesty of the Seas returns home to South Florida after undergoing an extensive bow-to-stern renovation that includes several new dining and entertainment options. The newly transformed ship resumes year-round three- and four-night cruises from Miami. Coming out a 28-day makeover, Majesty's onboard enhancements include a complete overhaul of the guest suites and staterooms, casual dining areas, the main dining rooms,


Gambling Boat Sails to New Waters

Leisure Lady casino ship, after a protracted fight with Dania Beach officials for permission to operate, left the city earlier this month. The gaming operation had fought Dania Beach for more than three months over an occupational license. The city said the ship needed to clear several hurdles before it would be allowed to sail, including having "adequate" parking space. City officials also raised concerns about increased traffic in the area.


Cruise Industry Spending Up 42% In 2012

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Total Cruise Industry Spending Topped $399 Million in Louisiana, Employment Up 37 Percent. A 32 percent increase in cruise passengers at the Port of New Orleans in 2012 resulted in huge gains in employment and cruise spending in Louisiana, according to a report released this week by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). Port of New Orleans cruise terminals handled a record 977,703 passengers in 2012, up 32 percent compared to 2011’s former record of 736,908


Casino Gaming in Hawaii?

House Bill (H.B.) 1600, sponsored by Rep. Calvin Say (D), would allow casino gaming in Honolulu County if a majority of county voters approved. The measure would restrict shipboard gaming to three ships, and allow such gaming only until December 31, 2005. The bill carries no specific termination date for land-based gaming. The legislation would be repealed on December 31, 2005, unless voters approve casino gaming by that date.


Empress Casino Denies Workers' Right to Organize

Empress Casino, which operates two gaming boats on the Des Plaines River, near Joliet, Ill., has refused to allow its workers to join a union, despite a written statement from the company supporting its employees' right to joina union and an overwhelming majority vote by Empress marine officers in favor of organizing, says a national union. Marine officers employed aboard casino boats Empress I and Empress II, voted to join American Maritime Officers (AMO)


Jamestown Metal Marine Delivers Casino Vessel

Jamestown Metal Marine Sales, Inc. has successfully delivered the completed Blue Chip 2 casino vessel to Blue Chip Casino, at Blue Chip’s Michigan City, Ind., facility. The new vessel, which replaces the former vessel, is approximately 400 feet in length with a beam of 200 feet and provides about 65,000 square feet of gaming area on a single deck. In addition to the gaming area there is another 82,000 square feet of


Signal to Repair Boomtown Barge

Signal International, a company known for its work in repairing and renovating offshore drilling rigs, will be repair the hull of the Boomtown Casino barge. The barge, heavily damaged during Hurricane Katrina, was moved to Signal last week for hull repairs, according to information from Penn National Gaming, which owns the casino. Company officials said they expect to have the barge's repairs completed and the casino back in operation by the end of this year.


Paddle Wheel Riverboat for Sale

Photo courtesy of SBMA

A 260-foot fully operational paddle wheel riverboat, recently used as a large casino, is available for sale by negotiation.   Asset management company Stuart B. Millner & Associates (SBMA) said it is currently accepting offers for the vessel before making plans to sell it through an


GE Electric Propulsion Equipment for LNG Carriers

GE Power Conversion receives first order in Japan from Kawasaki Heavy for electric propulsion motor equipment for LNG vessels   GE’s Power Conversion business has received a new order from Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. for electric power and propulsion systems for two LNG carriers


White House Recognizes Military2Maritime

Tom Allegretti, Chairman of the American Maritime Partnership, discusses the Military2Maritime program that connects veterans with opportunities in the domestic maritime industry during a White House Veterans-Transportation Forum. (Photo: AMP)

Military2Maritime program recognized by White House for veteran hiring practices   As Congress considers the role the Jones Act and the American maritime industry play as part of the Keystone XL pipeline debate, the national Military2Maritime program


Tauber Oil Opens West Calcasieu Port Operations

Photo: West Calcasieu Port

Tauber Oil Company of Houston has become the West Calcasieu Port’s newest tenant.    “Tauber Oil is a service-oriented wholesale energy marketing company with a reputation for reliable performance and untarnished character,” said Lynn Hohensee, port director


DEA’s New 82-foot Survey Vessel Commissioned

Blake (Photo courtesy of David Evans and Associates)

David Evans and Associates, Inc.’s Marine Services Division commissioned its new 82-foot hydrographic survey and scientific vessel Blake in a ceremony held in the vessel’s homeport of Gulfport, Mississippi. At the ceremony, U.S


LA Governor Jindal Appoints Bollinger's Barker

Ray Barker

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal appointed James "Ray" Barker to the Louisiana Workforce Investment Council. Barker, of Raceland, is the Director of Human Resources at Bollinger Shipyards, Inc.   The Louisiana Workforce Investment Council serves to develop a strategic plan to


LaGrange Cites Strong Growth Numbers in Port Address

Port President and CEO Gary LaGrange delivers the annual State of the Port Address hosted by the International Freight Forwarders Customs Brokers Association of New Orleans Nov. 5 at the New Orleans Downtown Marriott at the Convention Center.

Economic development wins, new services and expanded agreements have resulted in record operating revenues and strong, double-digit cargo growth in 2014, Port President and CEO Gary LaGrange said during the annual State of the Port Address hosted by the International Freight Forwarders and Customs


Seabourn Orders Another Ultra-Luxury Ship

Richard D. Meadows

Seabourn has announced that it has exercised its option for a second new 40,350-GRT ship to be built by Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri S.p.A. It will be a sister ship to the newbuild announced earlier this year. The first new Seabourn ship is scheduled for delivery in late 2016


Norwegian Cruise Line Inks Deal with New Orleans Port

Port of New Orleans, Norwegian Cruise Line Sign New Multi-Year Berthing Agreement

  Officials with Norwegian Cruise Line and the Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans signed a new four-year berthing agreement today with three one-year options. The agreement will keep at least one Norwegian cruise ship sailing seasonally from New Orleans through 2018 with the


Bad Weather Closes 3 Major Mexican Oil Ports

Photo courtesy of the Port of Dos Bocas

Three of Mexico's major oil export ports along the Gulf coast have been closed due to bad weather, the Communications and Transport Ministry said on Tuesday.   Cayo Arcas, Dos Bocas and Coatzacoalcos have been closed since Sunday.  


Brandy Christian is New Port of New Orleans COO

Brandy D. Christian, Chief Operating Officer of the Port of New Orleans

Current COO Patrick J. Gallwey to Retire in March After 34 Years. Brandy D. Christian has been named the new Chief Operating Officer of the Port of New Orleans by President and CEO Gary LaGrange, succeeding Patrick J. Gallwey, who will retire March 1 after 34 years with the Port


ACP Signs Pact with Lake Charles Port

The signing of the ACP / Port of Lake Charles cooperation agreement(image: courtesy ACP)

Agreement meant to capitalize Canal expansion while attracting new LNG customers.   The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) signed a cooperation agreement with the Port of Lake Charles in Louisiana earlier this week, which aims to attract new customers from the liquefied natural gas (LNG)


Panama Canal Inks Deal with Lake Charles Port

Agreement aims to capitalize on the advantages the Canal Expansion will offer, attracting new customers from the LNG industry

  The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) signed a cooperation agreement with the Port of Lake Charles in Louisiana earlier this week, which aims to attract new customers from the liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry; a strategy that builds upon the advantages that the expanded Canal will offer


Metal Shark Builds Custom Vessel for Canaveral Pilots

Custom Bill Preston-designed 45 aluminum pilot boat built by Metal Shark for the Canaveral Pilots. (Photo: Metal Shark)

Metal Shark has delivered a custom 45-foot aluminum pilot boat to the Canaveral Pilots Association at Port Canaveral, Florida. The vessel was built at Metal Shark’s newly-opened shipyard in Franklin, Louisiana.   For the project


New Orleans’ 2014 Cruise Passenger Total Tops Record

The 2,340-passenger Norwegian Dawn berthed at the Port of New Orleans Julia Street Cruise Terminal in November 2014. (Photo courtesy of the Port of New Orleans)

Port of New Orleans cruise terminals handled more than 1 million cruise passengers in 2014 for the first time in its history. For the 12 months, embarkations and disembarkations totaled 1,014,325, an increase of more than 2.6 percent over 2013, a fourth straight record year for the port.  






 
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