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Ambassadors International Acquires merican West Cruises

Ambassadors International, Inc., announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Ambassadors Cruise Group, LLC has completed its acquisition of American West Steamboat Company LLC and related entities ("American West Cruises"), one of North America's premier river and coastal cruise companies. The signing of a definitive agreement was previously announced on December 27, 2005.


Majestic to Upgrade Cruise Ships

Majestic America Line said that it plans upgrades to its entire fleet of cruise ships next year. Majestic established a Midwest operations office in St. Louis this fall. State room upgrades on the company's seven ships will include upgraded mattresses and linens, massage shower heads, and spa-quality robes and toiletries. Flat screen televisions with DVD players will be added on the American Queen, Mississippi Queen and Contessa ships.


Ambassadors International to Acquire American West Cruises

Ambassadors International, Inc. announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire 100% of the membership interests of American West Steamboat Company LLC and related entities ("American West Cruises") from Oregon Rail Holdings, LLC. American West Cruises is one of North America's premier river and coastal cruise companies operating unique, historical and nature-oriented cruise itineraries on the Columbia and Snake rivers, Alaska's Inside Passage


Ambassadors International to Acquire Windstar Cruises

Ambassadors International, Inc. it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Windstar Cruises from Holland America Line, a unit of Carnival Corporation & plc . Windstar Cruises offers small ship cruising offering deluxe accommodations, state of the art amenities, a casual yet elegant atmosphere and exquisite service and cuisine. Windstar Cruises is comprised of a three ship fleet which includes the 312-passenger Wind Surf


Panama Canal Nominated for Award

Panama Canal Administrator Jorge L. Quijano & Spanish Ambassador to Panama, Jesus Silva: Photo courtesy of ACP

The Panama Canal has been nominated for the 2013 Prince of Asturias Award by the Spanish Ambassador. The Prince of Asturias Award is an annual prize presented by the Prince of Asturias Foundation to promote and reward scientific, technical, cultural, social and humanitarian work carried out at an international level by individuals, institutions or groups of individuals or institutions. They are conferred in eight different categories: the Arts, Literature, Social Sciences


U.S. Ambassador to Cameroon visits USNS Spearhead

Ambassador Michael S. Hoza, U.S. ambassador to Cameroon, gives a speech during a reception aboard the Military Sealift Command’s joint high-speed vessel USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1) (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Special

  Ambassador Michael S. Hoza, U.S. ambassador to Cameroon, visited and delivered remarks during reception held aboard the Military Sealift Command’s joint high-speed vessel USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1) as part of Africa Partnership Station March 13, 2015. Ambassador Hoza spoke of the importance of Africa Partnership Station, a collaborative capacity-building program in which U.S. forces train with African partner nation’s maritime forces in order to increase interoperability


Ambassadors Cruise Group Appoints Moore Senior VP

Ambassadors Cruise Group has named cruise industry veteran Diane Moore Senior Vice President, Marketing and Sales for Windstar Cruises and Majestic America Line. Moore will report to David Giersdorf, President, Ambassadors Cruise Group. The appointment is effective April 2007. Ambassadors recently purchased Windstar Cruises from Holland America Line. Moore will be responsible for the planning and implementation of all


Port of NY and NJ Manager to Lead U.S. Effort to Rebuild Iraq’s Port System

Thomas H. Wakeman III, who currently oversees The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s $2 billion port dredging program, has been appointed by the U.S. Department of Defense to assist Iraq in rebuilding its national port system. Wakeman, a White Plains, N.Y., resident, will serve as the Principal Maritime Advisor to the Iraq Ministry of Transportation for up to 18 months beginning on March 1. While in Iraq, Mr


RINA and Drydocks World Team Up

Ugo Salerno (seated, left) signing the agreement with Drydocks World

The RINA Group has entered a framework agreement to supply certification and engineering services to UAE-based Drydocks World - Dubai (LLC). Under an MOU signed in Rome (Italy) today Drydocks World will draw on RINA Group's field of expertise to deliver assistance on project management and ship’s classification and certification for a number of projects including floating hotels, mega yachts, special project vessels, underwater units and warships


UN Authorizes Ship Inspections Near Somalia For Arms, Charcoal

The United Nations Security Council authorized the inspection of boats suspected of carrying illegal shipments of charcoal or weapons to and from Somalia on Friday, though Russia and Jordan abstained from the vote over concerns about the move. The resolution, adopted by the 15-member council with 13 votes in favor, approves the use of "all necessary measures" - diplomatic code for military force - to carry out such inspections.


Cook Islands to Issue Wreck Removal Certificates

Glenn Armstrong, Managing Director of Maritime Cook Islands, the Cook Islands registry administrator. Courtesy MCI

  The Cook Islands has acceded to the Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks, 2007 (“The Nairobi Convention”). As a State Party, Cook Islands will issue Wreck Removal Certificates to its own ships and also to ships flying the flags of states that have not yet


Bangladesh Mulls Investments in Shipbuilding

Picture: Khulna Shipyard Limited

 If the Bangladesh government shows more vision and ambition in helping remove constraints on local shipbuilders, investments will pour in, say industry observers.   The EU Ambassador in Dhaka has said that the European Union is looking to invest in the Bangladeshi shipbuilding industry


Arctic warms up to Shipping

The Arctic (University of Wyoming, Atmospheric Science)

 Diplomats from global trade and economic powers signaled their governments' growing interest in Arctic transit and heavy shipping in the Arctic Ocean. Arctic Business Forum held in Rovaniemi from March 10 to March 12 forecast huge possibility for business and investment in the arctic region


Coast Guard Academy Cadet to Receive Fulbright Scholarship

Stephen Horvath (USCG photo)

Stephen Horvath, a first class cadet at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, was recently granted a two-year Fulbright Scholarship to study renewable energy technologies in Finland during the 2015-2016 academic year and the 2016-2017 academic year.  


New Iranian Ambassador Visits IMO

Photo: IMO

Mohammad Hassan Habibollahzedeh, the new Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to IMO, visited IMO Headquarters January 28.   There,  Habibollahzedeh presented his letter of credentials to IMO Secretary General Koji Sekimizu.  


Indonesia Joins Spain, Italy in Maritime Development Plan

Image: Indonesian Maritime Security Agency

Indonesia to have full cooperation in maritime infrastructure development from European countries Spain and Italy, says a report in Jakarta Post.  Spanish Ambassador to Indonesia Francisco Jose Viqueira Niel outlined the Spanish government’s cooperation plans with Indonesia in the


Cutlass Express 2015 Commences

Indian Ocean nations and several international organizations gather for the beginning of the fourth iteration of the multinational maritime Exercise Cutlass Express, Jan. 28, 2015.

  Maritime forces from East Africa, South Africa, Europe, Indian Ocean nations, the United States and several international organizations began the fourth iteration of the multinational maritime Exercise Cutlass Express, Jan. 28, 2015.


Piraeus Port U-turn Not to Stop China Investment

China Ocean Shipping

Even though Greece's new left-wing government set alarm bells ringing in Beijing when it halted the privatization of the port this week, analysts say Athens is merely posturing, reports South China Morning Post.  China will remain as "privileged partner for Greece"


2nd WISTA India Forum Receives Strong Support

Deepak Shetty, the  Director General of Shipping, the chief guest, alongwith the Office Bearers of WISTA India

  On 23rd January 2015, the Royal Mumbai Yacht Club saw around a hundred dignified members of the shipping fraternity gather for the second WISTA Annual Forum, an event that lived up to the industry’s expectations.  The select crowd included long-term supporters of WISTA India and


Indonesia Mulls Maritime Ties with Netherlands

Indroyono Soesilo (Pic: Indonesian Maritime Affairs Ministry)

 Indonesian Maritime Affairs Minister Indroyono Soesilo has met Dutch Ambassador to his country Rob Swartbolon to discuss cooperation on maritime issues, reports The Jakarta Post.  Both has agreed to explore cooperation in various maritime issues including in developing an integrated


UK Monitors Russian Naval Vessel through Channel

A British warship shadowed a Russian frigate through the English Channel on Tuesday, taking over monitoring from French surveillance on the frigate's voyage northwards. HMS Argyll, a navy ship maintained at high-readiness, deployed a Lynx helicopter and used sensors to locate and monitor the


Tanker Crew Freed After Kidnapping Off Nigeria

Three crew members of a Maltese-flagged supertanker, who were kidnapped by pirates three weeks ago off Nigeria, have been released, Greece's foreign ministry said on Wednesday.   The Kalamos crude carrier was heading to Nigeria's main oil terminal when it was attacked on Feb. 3


Britain Should Appoint Ambassador to the Arctic

The Arctic is changing rapidly (Image by The Arctic Council)

 The House of Lords Arctic Committee urged that UK should follow the example set by France, Singapore and Japan and appoint an Ambassador for the Arctic.   The committee of lawmakers from Britain's upper house blamed UK's feeble approach to promoting country's interests and warned


Record Thames Ridership

River Action Plan delivers record Thames ridership

  A record 9.8 million passengers are using the River Thames‎, two years on from the launch of the Mayor's River Action Plan, it was announced today. The River Action Plan, launched in February 2013, details a host of measures designed to increase the number of river passengers to 12


US, Australian, Indonesian Navies Commemorate Battle of Sunda Strait

The guided missile destroyer USS Sampson (DDG 102), operates in the Java Sea while supporting the Indonesian-led search effort for AirAsia flight QZ8501. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Antonio P

  Senior officials from the United States, Australia and Indonesia paid their respects to the crews of USS Houston (CA 30) and HMAS Perth (D 29) during a wreath laying ceremony March 1, commemorating the 73rd anniversary of the Word War II Battle of Sunda Strait.






 
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