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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


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.


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,


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.


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)


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


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.


New Orleans' Biggest Cruise Ship Departs on Inaugural Voyage

Image courtesy of Port of New Orleans

New Orleans’ largest year-round cruise ship, the 3,646- passenger 'Carnival Dream', has sailed on its inaugural 6-day cruise from New Orleans. The Port explains that Carnival is the port’s largest cruise operator with two ships carrying more than 400


Ultra Deepwater Rig Towed 11,500 Miles

Image Courtesy Fairmount

Fairmount Marine towed Sevan Louisiana to Curaçao Tug Fairmount Sherpa towed rig Sevan Louisiana safely from Singapore to Curaçao. During the 11,500 miles voyage via Cape of Good Hope, stops were made in Port Louis (Mauritius)


New Orleans’ Largest Cruise Ship Prepares for Departure

Carnival Dream

With Carnival Dream, Carnival Cruise Lines to Carry More Than 400,000 Passengers Annually from Port of New Orleans – Most of Any Cruise Operator The Port of New Orleans announced that arrival of its largest cruise ship, the 3,646-passenger Carnival Dream


Senator Landrieu Defends Jones Act

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The United States should strengthen a century-old law designed to protect the domestic shipping industry, rather than relax it under pressure from the energy industry, the chair of the Senate Energy Committee said on Tuesday.   The 1920 Jones Act restricts the delivery of goods between U.S


New Orleans Cruise Terminal Upgrade Nearly Complete

Photo: Port of New Orleans

$2.3 million in renovations, expansions and upgrades are nearing completion at the Port of New Orleans’ Erato Street Cruise Terminal ahead of the arrival of the Port’s largest home-port cruise ship to date – the Carnival Dream.


Port of New Orleans Mourns Former Chairman Lauricella

Aspect of port: Image courtesy of Port of New Orleans

The Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans mourns the passing of former Board Chairman Francis E. “Hank” Lauricella. Gov. Mike Foster appointed Mr. Lauricella to the Board in April of 1997 and he served as Board Chairman from October 2001 until June of 2002.


Port of New Orleans Signs MOU with Lithuania

Arvydas Vaitkus, Director General of Klaipeda Port Authority in Lithuania (Right) and Daniel Packer, Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans, sign a memorandum of understanding between the two ports today at the Port of New Orleans Administration Building. The agreement aims to grow trade and investment between the Port and Lithuanias Klaipeda Seaport.

On Wednesday, March 12, an eight-person delegation of transportation and economic development officials from Lithuania visited the Port of New Orleans to sign a memorandum of understanding to exchange market and operational information. The agreement hopes to grow trade and investment between the


Minerals Facility to Open at Port of New Orleans

Today, Gov. Bobby Jindal and IT Minerals LLC CEO Jose Domene announced a $4.5 million capital investment by the company in Louisiana, where IT Minerals will establish an importing, processing and exporting facility at the Port of New Orleans for minerals sourced from Mexico and other countries


Five Minutes With Tomas Tillberg

Tomas Tillberg

Modern cruise ships can cost upwards of a billion and built to last more than 25 years, so the platforms must be built for change, as evolving style & taste, material innovation & maritime regulation dictate. “Built to stand the test of time” is the mantra


Cruise Industry Poised for Global Growth

Norwegian Getaway

The global cruise industry and its fleet of increasingly large, ultra-modern ships is projected to continue its steady growth in 2014, powered by growth overseas, particularly in the German market, as well as the adoption of faster, stronger and generally better satellite communication technology


Harvey Gulf Breaks Ground with LNG Facility

Artists Depiction: the Harvey Gulf LNG Fuleing facility in Port Fourchon, LA.

Louisiana out in front on LNG bunkering infrastructure. New Orleans-based Harvey Gulf International Marine (HGIM) has announced the ground breaking of construction on its $25 million Phase 1, Slip B, LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) fueling facility at their Port Fourchon, LA terminal


International Shipholding Returns to New Orleans

Gov. Jindal at a press conference Wednesday afternoon at the Port of New Orleans Administration Building, joined by ISH President Erik Johnsen (left of Gov. Jindal) New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu (to the left of Johnsen), Port of New Orleans President and CEO Gary LaGrange (far right), Louisiana Secretary of Economic Development Stephen Moret (to the left of LaGrange) and a host of local and state elected officials.

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and International Shipholding Corp. President Erik L. Johnsen announced the company will relocate its corporate headquarters from Mobile, Ala., to New Orleans, where the business was founded in 1947. Listed on the New York Stock Exchange as ISH


Hoover Container Solutions Names Matis Sales Director

Matt Matis

Hoover Container Solutions,a subsidiary of Hoover Group, Inc., has named Matt Matis as director of sales for the Gulf of Mexico region. Matis is based in Thibodeaux, La., and will work closely with Hoover’s facilities in Port Fourchon, New Iberia and Scott, La. 


ISS Supports GoM Pipe Laying Project

Inchcape Shipping Services has successfully supported Saipem with a major pipe laying project in the Gulf of Mexico. Providing marine agency and logistics support for Saipem’s newest pipelay vessel Castorone during its first project in the Gulf


GofM Oil Well Loss of Control Update

Jack-up Rowan Louisiana: Photo courtesy of Rowan Companies

Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has clarified its earlier announcement concerning the loss of control over a well being drilled by operator EnVen from the jack-up rig 'Rowan Louisiana' in the Gulf of Mexico, saying "that the flow [of natural gas] was diverted overboard


 
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