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CQ River Cruises Cancelled

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a Notice stating that it has been notified that CQ River Cruises LLC, doing business as American Rivers Cruise Line, has cancelled all cruises scheduled to commence prior to June 2, 2006. The company operates the river cruise vessel Columbia Queen. The escrow agent has been directed to handle ticket refunds.


New River Cruise Ship Christened in Antwerp

River Splendor Christening: Photo credit Vantage

This launch is part of a $120 million fleet investment program by Vantage Deluxe World Travel. Vantage Deluxe World Travel christened the MS River Splendor in Antwerp, Belgium as the latest addition to its growing European river cruising fleet. 'Miss Belgium', Noemie Happart led the official naming ceremony as the ship's godmother. The new ship will make its inaugural passenger voyage on March 17th from Amsterdam. Measuring 442 feet/135 meters


PVA Elects New Officers and Board

At the 2010 Passenger Vessel Association Convention at MariTrends in Tampa, Fla., the members of the PVA elected their new officers and board members. The new officers are: President Captain Kevin Stier, River Cruises, Scales Mound, Ill. Vice President Captain Jay Spence, Massachusetts Bay Lines, Boston, Mass. Secretary Treasurer Paul Belforti, Entertainment Cruises, Chicago, Ill.   Captain Kevin Stier is the owner and operator of River Cruises


American Cruise Lines Orders Four New Ships

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Four new ACL Vessels to Enter Service between 2015 & 2017 and to Operate on U.S. Rivers American Cruise Lines announced plans to build four new riverboats for American river cruising, and noted that construction has already begun on the first two ships, with the first to begin cruising in in the spring of 2015. The first two new riverboats are designed to carry between 150 and 200 guests and will cruise the Mississippi River system and the Columbia and Snake Rivers


Bolidt Decking, Flooring for Viking Cruise Flagship

CGI of the Viking Star

Bolidt Synthetic Products & Systems has secured a contract as exclusive partner to Viking Ocean Cruises for the supply of decking and flooring. The contract covers Viking Star, the first vessel due for delivery in 2015 and its sister ship, Viking Sky, scheduled for delivery in 2016, as well as options on a further two vessels. “Viking Cruises has a long tradition of working with Bolidt through our extensive ‘Longship’ river cruise program,” said Richard Goodwin


Sustreanu Named COO of FleetPro Group

Christine Sustreanu (Photo courtesy of FleetPro Group)

Christine Sustreanu will join FleetPro Group June 1, 2015 as its new chief operation officer (COO), the company announced in a press release.   Sustreanu, who presently serves as general manager at Uniworld Boutique River Cruise collection, will replace Robert Heijlands, cofounder and COO of FleetPro, who decided to resign when handing over the COO role to Christine Sustreanu.   “Robert Heijlands has been instrumental in the successful growth and high client satisfaction of


Carnival Corp. to Consolidate German Cruise Ops

Carnival Corporation will consolidate its German cruise operations, transferring the 1,590-passenger cruise ship A'ROSA Blu to its AIDA brand in summer 2004. Separately, the company announced that it has entered into a letter of intent to sell the A'ROSA brand name and the A'ROSA riverboats. With the transfer of the A'ROSA Blu, to be renamed AIDA Blu, Carnival Corp. & plc will have two distinct brands operating five vessels catering exclusively to German-speaking clientele


New High-efficiency Ship Power & Propulsion System Patented

E-MS receives protection-rights by the European patent office for its power supply systems for ships & offshore platforms. The company develops and realizes diesel- and gas-electric power supply and propulsion systems with un-synchronized generators, a common DC energy bus bar and water-cooled high-tech converters. For this technology, that runs under the product name E-PP (Electric Power Packs), the company applied at the European patent- office for corresponding protection-rights


River Cruise Growth Spurs Dutch Shiprepair Orders

De Hoops Lobith Shipyard: Phtoto credit De Hoop

In response to growth in the inland waterwaty cruising market, De Hoop's Lobith shipyard has recently expanded its repair and service facilities. This year De Hoop Shiprepair anticipates an impressive series of vessels to visit the yard for major or minor modifications. Amongst the line-up are: River Discovery II, River Navigator, Bizet, River Melody, River Harmony, River Rhapsody and River Concerto as well as the Amadeus Symphony, Amadeus Classic, Amadeus Princess, Amadeus Diamond


Fleet Pro to Manage Haimark Cruise Ship

MS Sea Voyager (now MS Saint Laurent): Photo FleetPro:

FleetPro says it will manage the technical and hotel operational services of Haimark Line's newly acquired MS Saint Laurent” from May 3rd, 2015. Haimark Line, with offices in Denver, Chicago and Berlin will launch the highly popular Great Lakes and St Lawrence Seaway Cruises with the intimate 210 guest MS Saint Laurent (formerly known as Sea Voyager) which was purposely built for Great Lakes Cruises and expedition-focused exotic Central and South American sailings.


Scenic to Build World's First Discovery Yacht

Photo: Scenic Eclipse

 Scenic has announced the launch of the world’s First Discovery Yacht, the Scenic Eclipse.   The new ship will embark on its maiden voyage August 31, 2018, sailing from Istanbul to Venice, followed by discovery voyages to the Americas, Antarctica, Europe and the Mediterranean


Damen Takes on Six Viking River Cruises Vessel Jobs

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Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam (DSAm) reports that it is currently working on a modification and maintenance contract for six inland cruise vessels owned by Viking River Cruises. With this winter service complete, all six vessels – known as longships – will be ready for the coming river


Emerald Belle Cruise Ship Damaged in Fire

Photo by Emerald Waterways

 River cruise ship Emerald Belle, due to be launched in April, has been seriously damaged in a shipyard fire in the Netherlands.   The Emerald Waterways ship was under construction at the Den Breejen Shipyard in the Netherlands.  


PVA Elects 2016 Leadership

Margo Marks (Photo: PVA)

During the PVA Annual Convention at MariTrends 2016 held January 23-26 in Crystal City, Va., members of the Passenger Vessel Association (PVA) elected Margo Marks of Beaver Island Boat Company, Beaver Island, Mich. as PVA President for 2016.   


Montreal Readies for Peak Cruise Season

Image: Tourisme Montréal

 The Port of Montreal is expecting a banner year of tourism. The emergence of spring marks the beginning of a brand new cruise season, says Tourisme Montréal.   With no fewer than 19 ships expected, including 5 new ones (the Oceania Marina, Oceania Insignia, AIDA Diva


New MERUS Rings Aboard River Countess

Photo: Pronomar

Uniworld’s river cruise vessel River Countess set sail to cruise the lagoon of Venice and the thereto connected river delta. For doing so in accordance with the standards required for the Uniworld fleet, the vessel was equipped with MERUS rings for the complete domestic water system.


Volume Up in Dutch Maritime Technology Sector

Photo by Netherlands Maritime Technology

 The Dutch maritime technology sector has had a good year. Turnover increased by 17%, from EUR 6.4 billion in 2013 to EUR 7.5 billion in 2014. The sector employed 31,680 FTEs, up from 29,361 in 2013.    “Overall we see a nuanced picture, with ups and downs


Yangtze Ship Disaster: Nearly 400 Confirmed Dead

Photo provided by Chinese official media

 Nearly 400 bodies are recovered from a Chinese ship that capsized on the Yangtze River. Only 14 survivors, one of them the captain, were found after the ship carrying 456 people sank on Monday night.   Disaster teams found hundreds more bodies overnight and on Saturday morning after


Hamburg to Roll out Third Cruise Ship Terminal

Image: Hamburg Cruise Center

 To meet the cruise industry’s growing demand, Hamburg will open its third cruise terminal in Steinwerder, a former island separated by the Elbe River from downtown Hamburg, according to the port authority.   Hamburg is Germany’s leading port for luxury cruise ships


American Cruise Lines Names New Riverboat

American Cruise Lines announced the name of its new Mississippi paddlewheeler – America – currently under construction at Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, Md.   The America is American built, flagged and crewed, which is symbolic of the true all-American experience


Crystal Cruises Plans for Expansion

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Crystal Cruises announced an expansion plan under new owners Genting Hong Kong that includes three 1,000-passenger vessels, its first new ships in decades. Plus, Crystal will expand into adventure, yacht and river cruising, and luxury jet trips.  


Genting HK to Buy Lloyd Werft Shipyard

Photo: Lloyd Werft

Genting Hong Kong has agreed to acquire the Lloyd Werft shipyard in Bremerhaven, Germany, in a deal that will see the company invest €17.5 million for a 50 percent ownership of the land and 70 percent of the new build business. The acquisition remains subject to final purchase conditions.


Port of New Orleans Riding High

Gary LaGrange, president & CEO of the Port of New Orleans, speaks at the 29th Annual State of the Port Address hosted by International Freight Forwarders & Custom Brokers Association of New Orleans (IFFCBANO).

The Port of New Orleans has surpassed the half-million mark for twenty-foot-equivalent units (TEU) handled in a 12-month period for the first time, announced Port President and CEO Gary LaGrange during the 29th Annual State of the Port Address hosted today by the International Freight Forwarders


Meyer Werft Deploys Dassault Systèmes’ Marine & Offshore Solutions

“On Time to Sea” and “Designed for Sea” Industry Solution Experiences for Digital Collaborative Innovation

  On the way in a new digital era: Dassault Systèmes, the 3DEXPERIENCE Company, world leader in 3D design software, 3D Digital Mock Up and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, and Meyer Werft, one of the world’s leading cruise ship builders


Transhipment NSC Ports Down 1%

Location of canal in dark blue Courtesy Wikipedia

  The seaports in the North Sea Canal Area, which includes the ports of Amsterdam, IJmuiden, Beverwijk and Zaanstad, saw transhipment decrease in 2015 for the first time in years. The decrease amounted to 1%, with a total of 97 million tonnes in 2015 compared to 97.8 million tonnes in 2014






 
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