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South Korean Okays Casinos in Cruise Ship

Image: Sapphire Princess

 South Korea plans to enable its citizens and foreign tourists to wager on new cruise ship services that will serve ports around the country, reports the Korea Joongang Daily newspaper.   Some major overseas cruise companies – such as Genting Hong Kong Ltd’s Star Cruises – operate shipboard casinos that only open once the vessel is in international waters.   The plans also include allowing local residents to use casinos on cruise ships. The National Assembly passed the Cruise Act in January to open casinos on cruise ships carrying the Korean national flag for foreign passengers only, but now the government plans to submit a revision bill to allow local residents to use cruise ship casinos.   The Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries on Thursday announced that the government will launch South Korean cruises within the year, said the news outlet.    The initiative will establish docks exclusively for cruise ships in Busan, Incheon, Jeju, and Sokcho, Gangwon, by 2016. Existing docks will also be modified to allow cruise ship access, the newspaper added.   The Oceans Ministry said it plans to operate two trial runs to major tourist destinations in South Korea and Japan within the month. The runs are intended to check for glitches, including dock usage as well as the departure and arrival process.  


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


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.


"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


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.


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


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


Fugitives Rescued by Disney Cruise Ship in Waters near Cuba

Disney Fantasy cruise ship. Photo: Disney Cruise Line

 The Disney Fantasy, a cruise ship owned and operated by Disney Cruise Line, part of The Walt Disney Company,  rescued three people clinging to a capsized boat near Cuba late last week who turned out to be fugitives.   The three were rescued by the Disney cruise liner and turned


AIDAprima Makes Maiden Call at Southampton

AIDAprima (Photo: AIDA Cruises)

AIDA Cruises’ new flagship AIDAprima docked in Britain’s Southampton port for the first time on the morning of April 27, 2016, as part of a four-day short cruise. AIDAprima will become the first cruise ship to depart from a German port all year round


Crowley to Christen 3rd LNG-ready Product Tanker

Louisiana (Photo: Crowley)

Crowley Maritime Corp. announced it will hold a christening ceremony Thursday, May 5 in New Orleans for the newly built Louisiana, the company’s third of four new Jones Act product tankers.   The 600-foot-long, 50,000-dead-weight-ton (dwt), 330


Bollinger Wins Contract for Phase II FRC Builds

Bollinger built Fast Response Cutter Sentinel Class for the United States Coast Guard (Photo: Bollinger)

Louisiana shipbuilder Bollinger Shipyards announced it has secured a contract to build Phase II of the Sentinel Class Fast Response Cutters (FRC) for the United States Coast Guard (USCG). The FRC, the newest generation of USCG patrol cutters


Port of New Orleans Elects New Board Chairman

William T. Bergeron (Photo: Port of New Orleans)

Port of New Orleans' Board of Commissioners Elects William T. Bergeron Chairman; Michael W. Kearney Elected Vice Chair, Robert Barkerding Jr. Elected Secretary Treasurer   The Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans today elected William T. Bergeron chairman. Bergeron represents St


New Orleans Port Tops 1M Passengers Again

Cruise ships at the Port of New Orleans Julia and Erato Street cruise terminals, located steps from the historic French Quarter Photo Port NOLA

  Port of New Orleans cruise terminals handled more than 1-million passengers in 2015, totaling 1,023,700, up 1 percent compared to 2014. The total marks the fifth consecutive record year and with new and larger ships on tap for 2016, Port officials expect another robust cruise season.


VP Biden Visits Port of New Orleans

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Vice President Biden commemorates 7th Anniversary of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act at Port of New Orleans; tours the port’s new Mississippi River Intermodal Terminal   Vice President Joe Biden toured the Port’s new Mississippi River Intermodal Terminal today before


Genting Hong Kong Acquires Nordic Yards

Photo: Nordic Yards Wismar GmbH

 Cruise ship operator Genting Hong Kong Ltd is buying three shipyards in Wismar, Warnemünde and Stralsund respectively owned by German shipbuilding company Nordic Yards for $358 million to further enable its presence in the sector.    


MHI Delivers AIDAprima

AIDAprima sailing to Hamburg (Photo: MHI)

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) completed delivery of the AIDAprima, the first of two large cruise ships being built for AIDA Cruises at MHI's Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works. A ceremony to mark the occasion was attended by Michael Thamm, CEO of the Costa Group, and Felix Eichhorn


Asia Cruise Cooperation Launched

From left to right. Junlin He (Vice Director) of the Hainan Provincial Tourism Development Commission, Anthony Lau (Executive Director)of the Hong Kong Tourist Board, Rolando Canizal (Assistant secretary for Tourism Planning, Research and Information Management) of the Philippine Department of Tourism and Wayne Liu (Deputy Director General) of the Taiwan Tourism Bureau. photo:ACC

 Five Asia cruise destinations – Hainan, Hong Kong, The Philippines, Taiwan and Xiamen–jointly announced the launch of Asia Cruise Cooperation (ACC), a committed and resourceful alliance with a strong commitment to maximize the growth of cruise tourism in Asia.  


Saudi Aramco, Shell to Break up, Divide Motiva Assets

image: Royal Dutch Shell

Shell and Saudi Aramco on Wednesday announced plans to break up Motiva Enterprises LLC and divide up the assets, almost two decades after the U.S. oil refining and marketing joint venture was formed. Under the terms of a non-binding letter of intent, Saudi Aramco will retain the Motiva name


Bets Are off for Stranded Hong Kong Casino Ship and Forlorn Crew

Captain Valerie Lyzhyn and his 45 crew are stranded in Hong Kong, big losers in a gambling slump triggered by a Chinese crackdown on corruption that has scared off the high-rollers.   Lyzhyn, 62, a Russian-born Ukrainian and veteran seaman, and his colleagues


Third LNG-ready Tanker Delivered to Crowley

Photo: Crowley

Crowley takes delivery of Louisiana, third Jones Act tanker with LNG capability   Crowley Maritime Corp. has taken delivery of Louisiana, the third of four new, Jones Act product tankers being built for the company by Philly Shipyard, Inc


Haifa Port Seeks to Attract Cruise Lines

Haifa Port in Israel is implementing a long-term plan amiing to entice cruise lines back to the "Gateway to the Holy Land" in consultation with Miami-based Access Cruise Inc., which provides sales and marketing representation to the cruise industry.  


Metal Shark Awarded MARAD Grant

Photo: Metal Shark

Louisiana-based shipbuilder Metal Shark has been awarded a small shipyard grant by the United States Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD). Metal Shark was one of nine shipyards selected for an award from a field of 118 applicants.  






 
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