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HAL Ships Celebrate Historic Meeting

The meeting in Dubrovnik of the ms Amsterdam and the ms Prinsendam marked the first time in Holland America Line's 134-year history that two ships on simultaneous Grand Voyages met at a port of call. When Holland America Line's flagship the ms Amsterdam and the Elegant Explorer ms Prinsendam met today in Dubrovnik, Croatia, the combined 2,000 guests were treated to a special event commemorating the first time in the company's 134-year history that two ships on simultaneous Grand Voyages met at a port of call. Presented on the ms Amsterdam, the event featured performances by the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra and a Dubrovnik children's choir. Special guests included His Excellency Robert A. Bradtke, United States ambassador to the Republic of Croatia; Her Excellency Catharina Maria Trooster, ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the Republic of Croatia; and Dubravka Suica, mayor of Dubrovnik.

Holland America Line Ships Score 100


  On recent routine United States Public Health inspections (USPHI) conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Holland America Line’s ms Statendam, ms Nieuw Amsterdam and ms Ryndam achieved perfect scores of 100.   For Statendam, the unannounced inspection was Feb. 19, 2015, at Hilo, Hawaii, during a 30-day Tahiti and Marquesas cruise roundtrip from San Diego. CDC officials surprised Nieuw Amsterdam, on March 1, 2015, at Fort Lauderdale, Florida

BC Ferries Fights Transsexual’s Claims

Once, he was John Marshall Magnone, a West Coast mariner who worked for the ferry division of a British Columbia government ministry. Then John became Deborah and got a job as a deckhand for BC Ferries. Now she claims her gender switch cost her a job with the province's main ferry company, according to a report on the Ms. Magnone claims she was fired last year because she is a transsexual. She has filed a complaint with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal

KMY Delivers Carnival Pride

MS Carnival Pride, newbuilding no. 500, was delivered to Carnival Corporation at the Kaverner Masa-Yards’ Helsinki shipyard. Carnival Pride is the third cruise ship in a series of new Panama-Max size cruise ships under construction for Carnival Corporation and operated by Carnival Cruise Lines and Costa Crociere. The first ship in the series, MS Costa Atlantica was delivered in June 2000 and the second ship, MS Carnival Spirit, in April this year.

Oversight Hearing on TWIC Implementation

The House Committee on Homeland Security conducted an oversight hearing on the Implementation of the TWIC Program. In his prepared remarks, Committee Chair Bennie Thompson (D-MS) expressed his concern that the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program is far behind schedule and that the estimates of the number of workers affected are much understated. Testimony was for the record, as the hearing was interrupted by a floor vote

Holland America Bids Farewell to ms Westerdam

Holland America Line will bid a fond farewell to the ms Westerdam on March 10 as the ship leaves its fleet after 643 voyages during a career spanning more than 13 years with the company. "The departure of a ship from our fleet is always a poignant occasion. The Westerdam is a wonderful cruise ship. She has provided more than a million guests with many happy memories and it is bitterwseet to bid her farewell," said A. Kirk Lanterman, Holland America Line chairman and CEO

U.S. Lines' M.S. Patriot Is Christened In Hawaii

United States Lines' premiere vessel, the 1,212-passenger MS Patriot arrived on Thursday at its homeport of Honululu, Oahu as the newest and largest cruise vessel serving the Hawaiian Islands year-round. The vessel, which breaks a 40-year stagnation within the U.S. cruise ship industry, is scheduled to be christened today by Maggie Inouye, wife of Senator Daniel Inouye, who will perform the official dedication. Formerly known as Holland America's MS Nieuw Amsterdam

New & Notable:Bollinger Delivers Ms. Sara Jane

Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. last month delivered the latest in a line of innovative vessels — and the first of Bollinger's new 220 'super shelf' series. Ms. Sara Jane is the first of two new 207 x 53 x 19-ft. (63 x 16.1 x 5.7 m) supply boats to MNM Boats, a subsidiary of C&G Boats, Golden Meadow, La. The boat is impressive foremost because it has a cargo capacity exceeding that of a 220-ft. (67-m) vessel. The boat was designed via a joint effort of Bollinger

MS&D 2009 Hamburg

The latest surveillance, defence and security equipment is presented by the 60 exhibitors at MS&D 2009, the international conference and exhibition on Maritime Security & Defence (MS&D), to be held at the Hamburg Fair site from 30 September to 2 October 2009. The exhibits include sophisticated optical and acoustic sensors, which have substantially improved the automated monitoring and control technology of security and defence equipment and systems

Cruise Ships Smarten Up in Bremerhaven

Braemar & Balmoral: Photo credit Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven AG

Three big cruise ships visit Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven AG in the coming days and weeks to be spruced up for the 2013 cruise season. The ships are the MS "Braemar" and the MS "Balmoral", belonging to new customer Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, and Saga Shipping Corporation’s MS "Saga Ruby", better known previously to the yard as Cunard’s "Caronia". In the meantime Cunard’s 294 m long, 90

Abu Dhabi Ports Welcomes New Cruise Season

Image: Abu Dhabi Ports

 As Abu Dhabi's new Zayed Port cruise terminal opens by the end of this year, the number of cruise ships docking in Abu Dhabi is set to increase by a fifth this season, reports the National.    Zayed Port,  a premier cruise hub in the region

New Chair for Townsville Port

Renita Garard is the new chair of Port of Townsville

  The Palaszczuk Government has appointed one of Queensland’s most respected businesswomen, Renita Garard as the new Chair of the Port of Townsville. In a statement released earlier today, Acting Premier Curtis Pitt said that Ms Garard was being appointed at a pivotal time in Port

Radio Holland Revamps Cruise Ship Bridge

Photo courtesy of Radio Holland

Holland America Line’s cruise ship MS Noordam recently underwent a 10-day dry-dock period, during which it was fit with a customized bridge from Radio Holland. The work on Netherlands-flagged MS Noordam included refitting the navigation and bridge systems to improve working conditions in

Besselink of Royal HaskoningDHV Quits

Piet W. Besselink

  Mr Piet Besselink, Executive Board Member of international engineering and project management consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV, has decided to step down by the end of the year. This change was announced by the company’s Supervisory Board.  

International Yachts Under Biosecurity Spotlight in NZ

Image by Mediterranean luxury yacht charters

 The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) in New Zealand plans to turn the biosecurity spotlight on international yachts visiting Northland this season, says a government press release published in the Scoop.   Last season MPI introduced a range of new biosecurity checks following two

MSC India Wins MALA Award

Photo by MSC - Mediterranean Shipping Agency AG

 For the 6th consecutive year, the Maritime and logistics awards (MALA) ceremony took place on 4th September at the Leela Hotels, Andheri east, Mumbai. The awards, which were started in 2009 by the Nikhil Modi’s Exim team, are the most prestigious awards for the shipping fraternity in

Two Injured in Pipeline Blaze off Louisiana

 A natural gas pipeline has caught fire approximately 25 miles south of Marsh Island, La., Wednesday, injuring two vessel crew members working on the pipeline, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.   Coast Guard watchstanders in New Orleans were notified at 8:30 p.m

Bolidt showcases strength at Europort


  Bolidt has been selected to supply decking solutions across a wide range of Dutch maritime projects that encompass the entire range of industry sectors. The Dutch flooring and decking specialist will be showcasing its comprehensive range of synthetic decking solutions at Europort 2015.

Marine Claims & Casualty Investigation Conference

  HINODE Maritime Events is conducting the "Conference on Handling Marine Claims and Investigating Marine Casualties". According to the organisers, the program which is scheduled to be held on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at the Vivanta by Taj - President, Cuffe Parade

Webb Institute Hires New Assistant Professor

Michael T. Martin (Photo: Webb Institute)

Webb Institute announced Michael T. Martin, PE as its new Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering. Prof. Martin has over 23 years of experience as a marine electrical engineer with a broad background in electrical systems including, electrical propulsion, power generation, power distribution

Indonesian Navy Destroys 38 Foreign Fishing Boats

Indonesias Minister for Maritime and Fisheries, Ms Susi Pudjiastuti. Photo: Ministry Sources.

 Indonesian military has sunk 34 impounded foreign boats, the latest bid to deter vessels from illegally fishing in the world's biggest archipelago nation.     The vessels, which came from Vietnam, the Philippines, Thailand and Malaysia

BOEM Issues a Notice of Intent to Prepare EIS

As part of its five-year Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program: 2012-2017, BOEM informs it intends to prepare a supplemental environmental impact statement (EIS) for this Program's last proposed Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) oil and gas lease sale in the Central Planning Area (CPA)

Changes on BHP Billiton Board

BHP Billiton Chairman, Jac Nasser,

  BHP Billiton Chairman, Jac Nasser, today announced a number of changes to the BHP Billiton Board of Directors. Anita Frew has been appointed to the BHP Billiton Board as an independent Non-executive Director, effective as of 15 September 2015.

Super Yachts Give Boost to NZ Economy

Image from Facebook page of Superyachts in Auckland

 New Zealand Customs Minister Nicky Wagner says mid-winter marks the end of another successful yacht season, with many of the remaining international yachts departing at the end of last month.   "57 superyachts visited between April 2014 and March 2015

WISTA-Sri Lanka Celebrates 1st Anniversary


  WISTA International Board Member and INDIA President Ms.Sanjam Sahi Gupta attended the first Annual General Meeting (AGM) of WISTA Sri Lanka that was held on 22nd of July 2015 .The event was graced by government heads such as the Hon. Minister of Shipping and Aviation Mr

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