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The New “Class” of Celebrity’s Class

It could be dubbed "the new classic." The idea of creating a comfortable passenger vessel encompassing old world classic décor — as per the famed ocean liners of the early 20th Century - while instilling modern safety and mechanical requirements, as well as sophisticated amenities. Last fall, Miami, Fla.-based Celebrity Cruises created its own rendering of this trend via its new "Millennium" Class of ships. With construction currently underway at French shipyard Chantiers de l'Atlantique, the inaugural vessel of the four part class is scheduled for a maiden voyage in June 2000. company only 10-years young has already earned itself a place in cruise ship history with the new "Millennium" ship series. Celebrity Cruises, which merged with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines (RCCL) in 1997, has taken its design pursuits a step further with this new class by combining, according to Celebrity's president, Richard Sasso, the line's two most important facets, "traditional and elegantly casual ships, which are technologically advanced." "We prefer to go with a unique classic style, which protects the integrity of Celebrity's casual elegance," Sasso said. With three more Millennium vessels scheduled for construction to Panamax standards through 2002, each will cost approximately $350 million. The first member of the fleet will perform varied European voyages from June through October 2000

Sea Star Receives New Refrigerated Containers

Photo: Sea Star Line

Sea Star Line, LLC recently took delivery of 150 new 40’ refrigerated containers in year two of a five year equipment replacement plan. The replacement plan aims to reduce the average age of the entire Sea Star Line refrigerated container fleet to less than three years. The new 40’ refrigerated containers are set to arrive at the Blount Island Terminal in Jacksonville, Florida in June 2013. The reefers will be fit with Carrier PrimeLine Machinery

Sea Star Line Announces Rate Increases

Sea Star Line announced that it is implementing a general rate increase, effective April 1, 2012. The general rate increase of 3.5 percent  increase will be administered on shipments between U.S. ports and Puerto Rico. Sea Star Line cited escalating operational costs as the main driver for the increase. “Sea Star Line remains committed to the Puerto Rico trade and needs to implement rate increases and other activities to help to ensure continued profitability

Two Ocean Shipping Companies to Pay $3.4M


Sea Star Line LLC and Horizon Lines LLC have agreed to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by fixing the price of government cargo transportation contracts between the continental United States and Puerto Rico, the Department of Justice announced today. Under the settlement agreements, Sea Star Line has agreed to pay $1.9 million, and Horizon Lines has agreed to pay $1.5 million.  

Sea Star to Implement New Chassis Program

Chassis: Image courtesy of Sea Star Line

Sea Star Line informs that as part of its long term program related to chassis utilization, commencing Monday, June 2, 2014, it will introduce a new chassis program for shipments moving to and from the Southeast United States. From the above date, Sea Star Line will no longer provide chassis, having partnered with Flexi-Van Leasing, Inc. to provide shippers, consignees, or their agents (motor carriers) with chassis directly.

Maersk Upgrades 'Triple Star' Service

Map: Maersk Line

 Maersk Line is upgrading  its  ‘Triple Star’ service by launching direct, weekly northbound connections between New Zealand and North East Asian ports.   "We are optimising our ‘Triple Star’ service with the launch of direct, weekly connections between New Zealand and North East Asian ports. Starting from late September 2016, Kiwi exporters can enjoy all the benefits of direct access to Taiwan, China, Korea and Japan

ABS Nautical Systems Expands to Specialty Cruise Market

ABS_Anita SF Star Clipper picture.jpg

ABS Nautical Systems today announced that they have been selected as the asset management software provider for Star Clippers, based in Monaco. Star Clippers is one of the premier specialty cruise lines and the only modern-day cruise line dedicated to re-creating the golden age of tall sailing ships with a “mega-yacht” experience.    Operating three of the largest and full-rigged sailing ships in the world, Star Clippers will implement the Maintenance & Repair

Titanic ll Project Interior Designers Chosen

Clive Palmer & Fredrik Johansson

Blue Star Line engages Tillberg Design of Sweden to provide architectural & design services for the interior of the 'Titanic II' project. Titanic II, a full scale version of the original ship, is being designed by the Finland-based Deltamarin and will be built by leading Chinese shipbuilders CSC Jinling Shipyard. The replica of the original RMS Titanic, is scheduled to sail from Southampton to New York on her maiden passenger voyage in 2016.

Sea Star’s Puerto Rico Service Start Date Advanced

After announcing last week a new weekly barge service from Jacksonville to Puerto Rico intended to commence on January 29, Sea Star Line has restructured assets and plans to move the start of the new service forward to January 22.   Sea Star is in the process of on-hiring 2,300 pieces of new equipment over the next 30 days that will not only support the new barge service but ensure there is adequate equipment to support customers utilizing their twice weekly ship service from

Genting Acquires Crystal Cruises

 CRYSTAL SERENITY at sea, courtesy of Crystal Cruises

 Crystal Cruises has been sold for $550 million to the owner of Asia's largest cruise line and a major shareholder of Norwegian Cruise Line.    Crystal's parent company, Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha has sold the line to Genting Hong Kong, which owns Star Cruises. The deal is expected to close in the second quarter of 2015.   The acquisition is expected to close in the second quarter of 2015.  The announcement said that "with the support of GHK’s

DSC Dredge Meets with Louisiana Senator

DSC Dredge President / CEO Bob Wetta (left) stands with Senator Bill Cassidy from Louisiana on September 1, 2016. (Photo: DSC Dredge)

On September 01, 2016, Bob Wetta, President and CEO of DSC Dredge, LLC, along with the other Louisiana E-Award winners, held a meeting in Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy’s office. The purpose of the meeting was to recognize the winners for their accomplishments that led to receiving this award

Viking Ocean Cruises Makes Maiden US Call

Viking Ocean Cruises made its first ever call on a U.S. port when Viking Star docked at Cruiseport Boston. Viking Star began her voyage in Montreal, travelled the St. Lawrence River to Quebec City and Saguenay, continued on to Prince Edward Island and Halifax and, following her stop in Boston

Valletta Cruise Port Welcomes Norwegian Star

Valletta Waterfront (Photo: Valletta Cruise Port)

Valletta Cruise Port welcomed Norwegian Cruise Lines’ Norwegian Star on Friday, October 14. The ship was greeted by the lively tunes of a Maltese village band courtesy of Valletta Cruise Port plc.   In an address onboard the ship

Russia Withdraws Request for Carrier Group to Refuel in Ceuta

Russia has withdrawn a request for a carrier battle group to refuel in Spain's North African enclave of Ceuta, the Spanish Foreign Ministry said, after NATO allies criticised Madrid for assisting warships they believe could be used to target civilians in Syria.

White House: Iranian Ships' Actions in Gulf Increase Risk of Miscalculation

Actions by Iranian vessels in several encounters with U.S. warships in the Gulf this week are cause for concern and increase risks of miscalculation, the White House said on Friday.   The intentions of the Iranian vessels in the incidents is not clear

MV WERFTEN, Foreship Sign Design Agreements

Signing Endeavor

MV WERFTEN signed a letter of intent with the engineering company Foreship in Stralsund today. The agreement includes parts of the basic design as well as design, purchasing and production assistance of the “Endeavor” class luxury expedition yachts

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises Orders Two Vessels

Two new-builds in the 5-star expedition segment

TUI Group, the world’s number one tourism group, will invest in two new-builds for its Hamburg-based subsidiary Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. The two, new, 5-star expedition vessels are scheduled for launch in April and October 2019, respectively, following 20 months of construction

White House Sees a Path to Approval of Pacific Trade Deal

Photo: White House

The White House on Monday said it was hopeful it could win congressional approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact before President Barack Obama leaves office, and warned that failing to do so would undermine U.S. leadership in the region.

NAT Names 2 New Tankers in South Korea

Mr. and Mrs. Yean Sin Kim, Siv Helset, Marianne Lie, Mr. Herbjørn and Mrs. Solveig Hansson. (Photo: ©Thorbjørn Damhaug)

wo new tankers, Nordic Star and Nordic Space, were named August 24 for owner Nordic American Tankers Limited (NAT).   NAT founder and chairman Herbjørn Hansson was present at the naming ceremony, along with the chargé d'affaires a.i

Australia Bans Bulk Carrier for 12 Months

Hong Kong flagged bulk carrier Five Stars Fujian has been banned from Australian ports for 12 months once it was discovered that the vessel lacked sufficient provisions for its intended voyage and the crew had not been paid in several months.  

This Day In Naval History: September 13

Christening Ceremony of the Cheyenne (SSN-773) (Photo by Jim Hemeon, courtesy of General Dynamics Electric Boat)

1803 - Commodore John Barry dies at Philadelphia, Pa., having served in numerous commands and over vessels in the Continental Navy during the American Revolution and in the newly formed U.S. Navy.    1814 - During the War of 1812

Star Bulk Announces $51.5M Offering Common Stock

Courtesy Star Bulk Carriers Corp.

Star Bulk Carriers Corp. (the “Company” or “Star Bulk”) (Nasdaq: SBLK) today announced it plans to make an underwritten public offering for $51.5 million gross proceeds of its common stock. The Company intends to use the net proceeds from the offering for general corporate

Navy Christens Littoral Combat Ship Wichita


The Navy will christen its newest Freedom-variant littoral combat ship, USS Wichita (LCS 13), during a 10 a.m. CST ceremony Saturday, Sept. 17 in Marinette, Wisconsin. Wichita, designated LCS 13, honors the city of Wichita, Kansas. Sen

Newport International Boat Show Announces Edson Awards


Newport Exhibition Group, owners and producers of the Newport International Boat Show,announced today the results of this year’s Edson Awards for Excellence in Portraying Company Image. Presented by Will Keene, chairman of Edson International

Shipbuilding Consolidation: Luerssen Acquires Blohm+Voss GmbH

PHOTO: Betriebsteil Lemwerder©Wolfgang Kundel (terra-air service)

Family owned and Bremen based shipyard, Luerssen acquired storied shipyard Blohm+Voss in Hamburg, the company announced on Wednesday, September 28, 2016.   With the acquisition of Blohm+Voss, Luerssen said it is entering into a long-term relationship to strengthen its portfolio in the

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