Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has approved "Cruise Industry Passenger Bill of Rights" detailing members' commitment to the safety, comfort & care of guests in a number of important areas. The CEOs of CLIA North American member cruise lines are each immediately verifying in writing that they have adopted the Passenger Bill of Rights, which is a condition of membership in the Association. CLIA also will submit the Passenger Bill of Rights to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), requesting formal global recognition and applicability under the IMO's authority over the international maritime industry. The Passenger Bill of Rights will be effective immediately for U.S. passengers who purchase their cruise in North America on CLIA's North American member cruise lines, regardless of itinerary. International Cruise Line Passenger Bill of Rights: 1. The right to disembark a docked ship if essential provisions such as food, water, restroom facilities and access to medical care cannot adequately be provided onboard, subject only to the Master's concern for passenger safety and security and customs and immigration requirements of the port. 2. The right to a full refund for a trip that is canceled due to mechanical failures, or a partial refund for voyages that are terminated early due to those failures.
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) issued a rule rescinding its 2003 rule that purported to separate the right whale into the North Atlantic right whale and the North Pacific right whale and make various other changes under the Endangered Species Act. The 2003 changes were made without proper authority. NMFS will commence analysis to determine whether the two northern right whales are related. Adding to the confusion, there is also a southern right whale
Zodiac International has developed a new patented, self-righting technique to comply with the updated RoRo ferry liferaft regulations. Formulated by a team of technical engineers, the design is patented in both France and the U.S. - to be followed shortly by other jurisdictions. The self-righting design enables liferafts to automatically turn from a capsized position to an upright position on the surface of the water, regardless of whether they inflate in the inverted position underwater or on
A large number of North Atlantic right whales have been seen in the Gulf of Maine, leading right whale researchers at NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center to believe they have identified a wintering ground and potentially a breeding ground for this endangered species. The NEFSC’s aerial survey team saw 44 individual right whales on Dec. 3 in the Jordan Basin area, located about 70 miles south of Bar Harbor, Maine
The Coast Guard reminds operators of vessels 65 ft or greater in length that the Right Whale Ship Strike Reduction Rule takes effect Nov. 1, requiring those vessels to slow down while operating in the U.S. Mid-Atlantic waters where North Atlantic Right whales are known to migrate, calve and nurse. The Coast Guard has worked closely with the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration and National Marine Fisheries Service division during the past decade to further both agencies’
A new European Union regulation gives passengers travelling by water improved rights to assistance in cases of cancelled or delayed departures. Passengers travelling by water are set to enjoy improved rights to assistance in cases of cancelled or delayed departures as a new EU regulation on maritime passenger rights enters into force.. These passengers will now benefit from similar rights to those travelling by air and rail.
A federal judge in Boston on Friday cleared the way for rescuers to use a sedative to free a whale tangled in fishing line while fighting for its life off the coast of Cape Cod, Mass. District Judge George O'Toole rejected a motion by an environmental activist who said a sedative would kill the 50-ton North Atlantic right whale -- one of an estimated 100 to 500 of the endangered species remaining. The Center for Coastal Studies, a rescue group from Provincetown, Mass
The Colombian government Tuesday granted exploration and production rights on nine offshore areas on the Caribbean coast to five different companies in an effort to boost the country's oil reserves. In Tuesday's auction, Colombian state-owned oil company Ecopetrol SA, India's state-run oil company Oil and Natural Gas Corp. (500312.BY), Brazil's Petroleo Brasileiro SA (PBR), U.K.-based BP PlC (BP) and Hess Corp. (HES) won the rights separately or in partnership to explore the nine blocks
Omega Navigation Enterprises Inc. has announced that, in connection with its Chapter 11 proceedings in Houston, Texas, the Court has granted all of the interim relief that Omega requested. This included the right to continue to operate and pay all operating expenses in the ordinary course; the right to continue to pay employees and crew in the ordinary course; the right to continue all cash management procedures in the ordinary course; and the right to continue to maintain all insurance in the
LeClairRyan attorney successfully establishes before Federal Cout the right to challenge Government pre-procurement decisions A recent precedent-setting U.S. Court of Federal Claims decision will result in more opportunities for contractors to bid on federal government procurement projects, according to LeClairRyan shareholder Thomas A. Coulter, who represented two software companies that claimed they were unfairly denied the right to compete for a large project under federal procurement laws
DryShips Inc., a global provider of marine transportation services for drybulk and petroleum cargoes and through its majority owned subsidiary, Ocean Rig UDW Inc., of offshore deepwater drilling services, announced that it has suspended purchases under its previously announced program of at the
Hours prior to the rule's scheduled expiration, the Obama Administration decided to uphold the Ship Strike Rule – an important development in the ongoing efforts to protect endangered right whales. 'The Final Rule to Reduce the Threat of Ship Collisions with North American Right
Global Ship Lease, Inc. (GSL) announced that it plans to issue an aggregate principal amount of up to $400,000,000 of first priority secured notes due 2021 in a private placement. The notes will be fully and unconditionally guaranteed, jointly and severally
Crowley Maritime Corporation’s liner services group has added 537 new refrigerated (reefer) cargo containers to its fleet of equipment in an accentuated effort to serve the growing needs of its produce customers in Central America, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean
Members of Coast Guard Station Tybee Island held a ceremony at the station Tuesday to recognize the arrival of their newest response boat. Along with the Station Tybee Island crew, members from Coast Guard Sector Charleston, the Coast Guard Auxiliary, the mayor of Savannah, Ga
Huntington Ingalls Industries' (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division officially opened the company's brand-new, 70,000 square-foot Haley Reeves Barbour Maritime Training Academy today with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The building, named for the former Mississippi governor
Optimizing both a fleet of workboats and the business model that makes all of that possible is probably the highest priority item on your plate, every day. And, as you will soon discover within the pages of the latest edition of MarineNews, fleet optimization can mean 10 different things to 10
Shipping solutions provider BASS is going deep into Malaysian waters, signing on Sealink Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned unit of Sealink International Bhd, to equip it with the state-of-the-art Human Resource Management solution, BASSnet HRM 2.8.
Portable, cutting edge technology for critical shipyard applications. Discussions that involve global shipbuilding in today’s complicated economic environment are anything but a cut and dried proposition. For example, international shipbuilding
Monjasa DMCC, a bunkering specialist, has chosen to implement the GL ShipManager system to optimize and streamline its ship management practices. Monjasa operates a fleet of 18 vessels, delivering fuels and lubricants to their customers around the globe and will implement the system onboard and
The GAC Group has been named the Bulk Ships Agent of the year in the 2013 International Bulk Journal (IBJ) Awards which salute the best in the global maritime bulk industry. The shipping, marine and logistics services provider was among 18 winners recognised at this year's IBJ Awards ceremony
Crowley Maritime Corporation has awarded six Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarships: Firstly for two students at the University of North Florida (UNF), and secondly to four students at University of Washington’s (UW) Foster School of Business. University of North Florida
The Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI) confirms industry support for the long-term vision of government following release of the Auditor-General's report on shipbuilding procurement strategy. "Today's report by the Auditor-General on the National
Castrol Marine has announced it will launch Castrol Cyltech CL 100 ACC in May 2014. The Next Generation cylinder oil represents Castrol’s considered technical response to the corrosion issues that can arise in modern two stroke marine engines, especially when ships are slow steaming.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law on the liberalization of exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG). According to the document, two new categories of license holders are entitled to the right to export LNG, in addition to Gazprom, reports Arctic-Info.