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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 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

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

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

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

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

Crowley Scholarships Aid Four UW Students

Pictured clockwise: Kainen Bell, Joshua Banks, Xuan Liao and Maninder Grewal (Photo: Crowley)

Crowley Maritime Corporation recently awarded Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarships to four seniors studying at the University of Washington’s (UW) Michael G. Foster School of Business. The students, Joshua Banks, Kainen Bell, Maninder Grewal and Xuan Liao, were each chosen to receive a $2,500 scholarship for the 2015-2016 academic year based on their demonstrated financial need, community involvement and leadership skills.  

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

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.

Arctic Shipping a Reality for Asia

Image by The Arctic Institute

 As Western firms wait to for Arctic shipping to show its worth, Asian countries are already betting on the emergence of an Arctic economic rim, reports The Arctic Journal.   For centuries, a harsh climate and ice-choked seas dashed the dreams of sailors attempting to cross the

Bulgarian Naval Academy Acquires VSTEP Simulators

Vaptsarov Naval Academy has selected VSTEP again to deliver and install a Liquid Cargo Handling Simulator with Instructor Station Photo Vaptsarov Naval Academy

On the 6th of August 2016, the official opening ceremony for The Centre for Integrated Management and Monitoring of the Coastal Zone was inaugurated by Mr. Boyko Borisov, the Prime Minister of Bulgaria.   At the opening ceremony were present the Rector of the Academy, Commodore Prof

Canada Stands to Gain if NAFTA Reopened, Negotiators Say

Canada, fearful of talk by the U.S. presidential candidates to reopen the North American Free Trade Agreement, could use the opportunity to push for a better deal on worker mobility, dispute resolutions and other issues, Canadian negotiators of the original pact said.  

Panama Accedes to Ship Recycling Convention

H.E. Mr. Arsenio Dominguez, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Panama to IMO, met IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim. Photo source: IMO

​IMO's efforts to promote safe and environmentally sound ship recycling received a boost with Panama becoming the 5th State to accede to the Hong Kong Convention. The Convention covers the design, construction, operation and preparation of ships so as to facilitate safe and environmentally sound

Virginia Port Turns a Profit Again


Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that The Port of Virginia’s preliminary unaudited reports for fiscal year 2016 indicate that it will post an annual operating income of $4.76 million, the second year in a row that the port completed its fiscal year with profitability.

Ballast Water Convention to Enter into Force in 2017

Päivi Luostarinen handed over the country’s instrument of acceptance to the Ballast Water Management Convention to Kitack Lim on Thursday, September 8, 2016.

Finland has acceded to the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM Convention), triggering the 2017 entry into force of an international environmental protection measure that aims to stop the spread of potentially invasive aquatic species

MPA Appoints Koji Sekimizu as Distinguished Visiting Fellow

Former Secretary General  Koji Sekimizu delivering a public lecture on the topic What I dreamed about at IMO. Photo: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

 The S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) have appointed former Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Koji Sekimizu, as a RSIS-MPA Distinguished Visiting Fellow for a period of two years

Japan Protests China's Sailing Near Disputed Islets

Japan protested to China on Friday after Chinese coastguard ships and fishing vessels entered what Tokyo considers its territorial waters around a group of disputed islets, the Japanese foreign ministry said.   Beijing claims the uninhabited, Tokyo-controlled East China Sea islands

This Day In Naval History: August 3

1804 - Commodore Edward Prebles Mediterranean Squadron launches the first of a series of bombardments on the harbor of Tripoli. Designed to destroy the defending batteries and sink enemy ships, the bombardments are part of the blockade that Preble established in 1803.  

Aussie Defence Minister Pyne Hits Ground Running

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne Photo PyneOnLine

The new Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP met with His Excellency Mr. Christophe Lecourtier, Ambassador of France to Australia, Captain (Navy) Yann Marboeuf, Defence Attaché to Australia, Vice Admiral Jacques Cousquer

Germany Accedes to Treaty Covering Fishing Vessel Safety

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 International Maritime Organization (IMO)'s work to enhance fishing vessel safety received a boost today when Germany became the sixth State to accede to the 2012 Cape Town Agreement.    The Agreement involves a basic set of safety measures for larger high seas fishing vessels

Greece Pin Great Hopes on COSCO-Piraeus Port

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (L, front) holds a welcoming ceremony for visiting Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (R, front) before their talks in Beijing, capital of China, July 4, 2016. Photo: Xinhua

 Greece’s deal with Chinese shipping giant COSCO is “helping the country stand on its feet,” Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said.   “We are sending a strong message to the international markets that Greece is decisively entering a new phase

Panama Canal Officially Opens $5.25Bln Expansion

Photos: Official Twitter account of the Panama Canal

 A 984-foot Chinese container ship was greeted with fireworks and cheers from a crowd that had gathered, when it made an inaugural passage through the newly expanded Panama Canal on Sunday, formally launching the Central American nation's multibillion-dollar newly-enlarged Panama Canal.

Sustainable Use of the Oceans

Photo:  International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 International Maritime Organization (IMO)  will have an important contribution to make to the UN 2017 Oceans Conference, which is being co-hosted by Fiji and Sweden from 5 to 9 June 2017.   It has aims to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 (Conserve and

IMO Secretary-General Goes to Romania

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Kitack Lim has highlighted the crucial work of maritime training institutes to train and equip new generations of seafarers and other shipping personnel, during a visit (16 June) to the Romanian Maritime Training Centre CERONAV

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