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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


ABS Nautical Systems Expands to Specialty Cruise Market

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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


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

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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.


Silversea and Clipper Sign Contracts with RTM STAR Center

Silversea Cruises Ltd., Fort Lauderdale, and Clipper Cruise Line, St. Louis, have signed training and licensing contracts with RTM STAR Center. STAR Center is a maritime simulation, training, assessment and research facility headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, and is ISO 9001 Certified. Silversea Cruises, an ultra luxury, all-suite cruise line that travels worldwide, will receive training in Bridge Team Management and Elementary First Aid


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


Larson Electronics Debuts Multi-colored Explosion Proof Signal Light with horn

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Larson Electronics released a new multi-colored hazardous location LED signal light with a 110dBA audible horn. The HAL-TL-5X10W-C-PA from Larson Electronics is a Class 1 Division 2 hazardous location LED signal stack light equipped with an audible horn and approved for use in hazardous


Genting Completes Purchase of 3 shipyards

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Genting Hong Kong, announced the completion of the acquisition of Nordic Yards’ three shipyards in Wismar, Warnemunde and Stralsund, Germany for the consideration of 230.6 million Euros. The deal will give Genting Hong Kong the core expertise, manpower


Nauta Yard Cuts First Steel for Trawler Newbuild

Photo: Nauta Shipyard

Newbuilding Department of Nauta Shipyard has begun construction of fully equipped fishing vessel - Ocean Star with a steel cutting ceremony held on April 26. The ceremony was attended by representatives of shipowner, DnV and Warthill Design .


MOL's LNG Carrier KUMUL Delivered

At the naming ceremony Courtesy MOL

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President & CEO: Junichiro Ikeda) announced the delivery of the LNG carrier KUMUL at Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co., Ltd. (Hudong) in Shanghai on April 29. A naming ceremony was held at the shipyard on April 8


Container Shipping Consolidation “A Route to Survival”: Drewry

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 In a new white paper, Consolidation in the liner industry, Drewry  consider the merits, and pitfalls, of M&A activity within container shipping, but cautioned that strategy needs to be carefully through through.   Container shipping remains remarkably fragmented


MSC Introduce 'Lone Star Express' and 'Amberjack' to the Transpacific Trade

Photo: Mediterranean Shipping Company

 Swiss headquartered Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has announced two new services alled the ‘Lone Star Express’ which will operate between Asia and the US Gulf.    This new service will become a new Gateway to/from the US Gulf in anticipation of increased demand


Obama Calls on China to 'Peacefully' Address South China Sea

U.S. President Barack Obama (Official White House photo)

U.S. President Barack Obama urged China to peacefully resolve its maritime disputes with neighboring countries and to maintain freedom of navigation in the region, a reference to the ongoing dispute in the South China Sea, the White House said in a statement on Friday.  


Houston First Port of Call for Asian Service

Photo:  Port of Houston Authority

 In anticipation of increased opportunities for inbound consumer goods and outbound industrial commodities, Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Co. have joined forces to operate a new direct all-water container service between the U.S Gulf and Asia.  


Strong Cruise Season Marks Canada Place’s 30th Anniversary

Star Princess at Canada Place (Photo: Port Metro Vancouver)

Port Metro Vancouver’s 2016 cruise season officially kicks off today with the arrival of the Star Princess at Canada Place. Vancouver expects to welcome approximately 830,000 passengers on 228 calls, reflecting a forecasted 3 percent increase in passenger volume over 2015.  


Recent Vessel Sales - March 2016

Vessel sales for March 2016 (as of April 1) as prepared by Shipping Intelligence, Inc., New York.   Date Reported - Vessel Name - DWT - Built - (Age) - Price in Millions USD   Bulk Carriers 3/22 - JUDI - 18,320 - 00 - (16) - $2 3/22 - RED MISTRAL - 27,308 - 94 - (22) - $1.5


Heavy Lift: Topside Module Delivered for Yadana Gas Field

Photo: BigLift Shipping

SapuraAcergy awarded BigLift Shipping the transportation contract for a wellhead production topside module for the offshore Yadana gas field, off Myanmar. BigLift loaded the module in Ulsan, Korea, and transported it to the Yadana field, where SapuraAcergy’s S3000 would lift it off and


Atlantic Sail Hits the Water

Atlantic Sail. Photo: Atlantic Container Line

 Atlantic Container Line (ACL) took delivery of Atlantic Sail last week, the second of five new conro (container and roll-on/roll-off) - new G4 generation vessels - ships the company is building as part of its fleet renewal process.  


New Container Service Starting in Houston

Photo: Port of Houston Authority

In anticipation of increased opportunities for inbound consumer goods and outbound industrial commodities, Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Co. have joined forces to operate a new direct all-water container service between the U.S Gulf and Asia.  


Iran Struggles to Find Enough Ships for Oil Exports

Photo: National Iranian Tanker Company

Iran faces a struggle to increase oil exports because many of its tankers are tied up storing crude, some are not seaworthy, and foreign shipowners remain reluctant to carry its cargoes.   Tehran is seeking to make up for lost trade to Europe following the lifting of EU sanctions imposed in


IMTRA Outfits US’ First Wind Farm Vessel

Atlantic Pioneer (Photo: Blount Boats)

IMTRA, a manufacturer and importer of commercial marine products, has delivered equipment to the first U.S.-flagged offshore wind farm crew transfer vessel (CTV), Atlantic Pioneer.    IMTRA’s scope of supply includes the Colorlight CL20 high-output searchlight






 
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