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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


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 The legislation would be repealed on December 31, 2005, unless voters approve casino gaming by that date.


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.


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.


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


Dry Dock Conference Slated for December

Dry Dock Conference 2014 will be held December 1-2, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. This year’s event is the eighth in a series of international conferences held every 2-3 years.  Among the highlights of the upcoming New Orleans' conference will be a series of


Passengers Taken Off Stranded Savannah Casino Boat

Casino boat rescue: Photo USCG

The U.S. Coast Guard informs that the casino boat 'Escapade' is moored at its homeport and is no longer aground in Calibogue Sound near Tybee Island, Georgia. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Tybee Island were notified the Escapade had ran aground with 94 passengers and 31 staff and


Eastern Shipbuilding to Launch Another HOS OSV

Launch of similar OSV: Image courtesy of ESG

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. invites interested parties to the launch of the Offshore Support Vessel (OSV) 'HOS Brass Ring' at 3:00 pm C.T. on Friday, August 8, 2014 at Eastern's Allanton Shipyard. 13300 Allanton Road Panama City, FL 32404.


Metal Shark’s New Yard Now Operational

Construction has commenced on the first new Metal Shark 75 Endurance-class catamaran at the companys new shipyard in Franklin, Louisiana. (Photo courtesy of Metal Shark)

Louisiana-based boat manufacturer Metal Shark announced it has commenced operations at its new shipyard, where the first of its recently announced Endurance-class catamarans is now in production. In January, Metal Shark acquired a 25-acre waterfront tract situated on the Charenton Bypass Canal


German Shipyard Welcomes Cunard's QE to Dry-Dock

Queen Elizabeth Image Cunard Line

The cruise ship 'Queen Elizabeth', has arrived at the Blohm & Voss Shipyard in Hamburg, Germany, for her first scheduled dry-docking since she entered service in 2010, inform Cunard Line. “Queen Elizabeth is already a much loved ship and following this multi-million dollar refit


Documentary 'Window in the Waves'- Next Showing 5/21

'Window in the Waves', featuring Coral Reef in Gulf of Mexico will go on the air in May and June next. It is the story of the Flower Garden Banks, a documentary by Director of Photography Todd Richard of Synergy Productions in association with Louisiana Public Broadcasting.


Carnival Expands in Australia

Pacific Jewel is part of the P&O Cruises fleet of three ships currently based in Australia.

Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK) announced plans to expand in Australia, one of the fastest growing markets in the cruise industry.   With Australian cruise passenger numbers having increased 130%in the past five years and projections of 800


Metal Shark Boats Gets Louisiana Governor's Award

Award ceremony: Photo LED

Louisiana Economic Development (LED) inform that Gov. Bobby Jindal has presented Metal Shark Boats, (headquartered in Jeanerette in Iberia Parish) with the Governor’s Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence. The Governor’s Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence is periodically awarded by


Landrieu Secures OMB Commitment to Meet With LA Port

U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu

Change in leadership is opportunity to demonstrate economic value Louisiana waterways provide nation, highlight need for federal investment. U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., announced that she has secured a commitment from Shaun Donovan


Report Ranks Australia First in Cruise Growth

Photo courtesy of CLIA

A new report now ranks the Australian cruise industry number one in the world for market growth and penetration, with latest industry figures revealing a record 833,348 Australians took a cruise last year. Launched in Sydney, the 2013 Cruise Industry Source Market Report shows Australian cruise


Jerry Wascom To Be Appointed President Of ExxonMobil Refining & Supply

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The Board of Directors of Exxon Mobil Corporation is expected to appoint D.G. (Jerry) Wascom, president of ExxonMobil Refining & Supply Company and elect him a vice president of the corporation, effective Aug. 1, 2014. Wascom, 58, is currently director of refining for North America


Chouest Appointed to Port of New Orleans Board

Laney J. Chouest is sworn in to the Port of New Orleans Board of Commissioners (Photo courtesy of the Port of New Orleans)

Governor Bobby Jindal appointed south Louisiana businessman and entrepreneur Laney J. Chouest to the Board of the Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans. Chouest, who was sworn in during today’s Board meeting, will serve a five-year term, succeeding Joseph F


Metal Shark Hires Wegener as Sales Director

Carl Wegener (Photo courtesy of Metal Shark)

Louisiana-based boat manufacturer Metal Shark Aluminum Boats has hired Carl Wegener as its Director of Commercial Sales, the company announced today. Wegener brings a diversified background in engineering, strategic planning, and business development


Carnival Extends Deal with Port of New Orleans

The 3,646-passenger Carnival Dream (left) and the Carnival Elation are pictured berthed at the Ports Erato Street and Julia Street Cruise Terminals in April. The Carnival Dream sails year-round seven-day eastern and western Caribbean itineraries from New Orleans, while the Carnival Elation sails year-round four- and five-day itineraries to Mexico. (Photo Port of New Orleans)

New agreement keeps at least two Carnival ships sailing through 2019 The Port of New Orleans and Carnival Cruise Lines signed a new agreement that will keep the world’s largest cruise line sailing at least two ships year-round from New Orleans through 2019.


FERC Accepts Kinder Morgan's Application

Proposed  Magnolia LNG Project

Liquefied Natural Gas Limited (LNGL) informs that the US   Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has accepted Kinder Morgan  Louisiana Pipeline LLC’s (KMLP) application pursuant&






 
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