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33% GROWTH FOR COSTA CRUISES IN THE MEDITERRANEAN: ALMOST 9 MILLION PASSENGER MOVEMENTS IN 2011

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Genoa, March 14 2011 – Costa Cruises, the largest Italian travel group and Europe’s no.1 cruise company, has confirmed its undisputed leadership in the Mediterranean; this region, which enjoys one of the highest growth rates in the global cruise industry, will be the focus of attention at Seatrade Cruise Shipping Miami 2011. It is estimated that this year, with about 2,800 calls in 92 destinations,  there will be almost 9 million passenger movements in Mediterranean ports for the ships in the Costa fleet, all of which are Italian-flagged; this amounts to a 33% increase compared to 2010.  Italian ports will benefit most from the cruise traffic generated by Costa Cruises, with almost 4 million passenger movements, 50% more than last year.  Costa’s ships will carry more than one third of the 11 million passenger movements (source: Agenzia Cemar) expected in Italy’s ports in 2011. After Italy, the Mediterranean countries expected to see the most Costa passenger movements are Spain and Greece, each one with more than 1 million passenger movements, and France, with more than half a million.  Costa’s ships will be calling at a total of 92 Mediterranean ports, including 21 in Italy, 17 in Spain, 11 in Greece and 9 in France. Costa’s expansion in the Mediterranean in 2011 will be supported by the new flagship Costa Favolosa (114,500 gross tonnage and 3,780 total Guests)


Additional Cruise Ship Orders for SAM Electronics

Hamburg-based SAM Electronics, an L-3 company, has received orders to supply four NACOS 65-5 integrated navigation command systems for new cruise ships currently under construction in major European shipyards on behalf of Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises and Costa Cruises for delivery in 2011 and 2012. Ships to be equipped with the NACOS systems include Carnival Cruise Lines’ Carnival Magic being built at Fincantieri’s Monfalcone shipyard in Italy


Costa to Double Presence in Asia

Encouraged by the positive trend of its cruises in Asia, Costa Cruises will increase its presence by positioning a second cruise ship in the region, beginning in March 2009. Costa Cruises was the first international company to schedule regular cruises in China and Asia. Its operations began on July 2, 2006 with the Costa Allegra, which flies the Italian flag. A year and a half later, following the success of the product marketed both in China and internationally


Costa Victoria in for a Facelift at Lloyd Werft

Radical changes are imminent for Costa Victoria, one of the nine members currently comprising the Costa Crociere fleet. On January 6, next year, at the end of her New Year's Eve cruise, the ship will leave the port of Savona bound for Bremerhaven in Germany, where it will arrive after 5 days at sea and undergo work at the Lloyd Werft shipyard. During Costa Victoria's stay in the yard, which will last approximately 30 days, it will be dry-docked for routine maintenance work


Four Costa Ships in Drydock

Costa Crociere continues to make investments to keep its fleet operating at the highest quality standards. Between November and December 2007 no less than 4 ships in the Italian company’s fleet, Europe’s biggest and most modern, were placed in dry-dock to carry out technical maintenance and restyling operations worth a total of 15 million euros. The works were carried out in the dry-docks of the ports of Genoa and Palermo: the Costa Victoria (from 13 to 23 November) was the guest of


Costa Fortuna Leaves For Sea Trials

Costa Costa Fortuna has taken to the open sea for the first time. Costa Crociere’s new flagship which, with her 105,000 gross tonnage, is the largest cruise ship in the history of Italian seafaring, today left Fincantieri’s Sestri Ponente shipyards, where her fitting out is nearing completion, bound for the builder’s Palermo yard. This crossing will be used to carry out sea trials. On the way from Genoa to Palermo Costa Fortuna will be subjected to various preliminary operational tests


Costa Serena Cross Section Arrives

The fore end section of the Costa Serena arrived in Fincantieri’s Sestri Ponente shipyards in Genoa recently. The Costa Serena is the second of Costa Crociere’s three new sister ships due to enter service over the next four years. The fore end section of the new building is about 91 m in length and 3,200 gt. It left the Palermo yard, where it was assembled, on February 1, and will now be placed in the building graving-dock at the Sestri Ponente yard; there


COSTA Ships Debut in Dubai

Starting from December 2006 the Italian Costa Crociere SpA, which operates the brands AIDA Cruises and Costa Crociere, will be offering cruises with departures from Dubai (United Arab Emirates). The official announcement was made during a series of official meetings, set to take place in Dubai on February 1 and 2, 2006, between a delegation from Costa Crociere – headed by Costa Crociere SpA Chairman & CEO Pier Luigi Foschi, Costa Crociere President Gianni Onorato


HAL's Westerdam To Be Transferred To Costa Cruises

Carnival Corporation announced that its Holland America Line unit will transfer its 1,494-passenger Westerdam to sister company Costa Cruises in spring 2002, at the conclusion of the vessel's winter Caribbean cruise season. The vessel will then immediately reposition to Europe where it will undergo a short drydock for minor interior renovations and exterior modifications followed by a program of Mediterranean cruises beginning in June 2002.


Costa Crociere Receives Yacht Design Award

Pier Luigi Foschi, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Costa Crociere Spa, was on hand at the Yacht Club Italiano in Genoa to collect the prize awarded to the Genoese company for the construction of the Costa Fortuna, the new 105,000 gross tonnage vessel due to enter into service at the end of 2003, which will be the largest cruise ship ever to fly the Italian flag. On October 11, the Yacht Club Italiano in Genoa was the venue for the “Yacht Design Award 2002”


Two Years after Concordia Wreck, Captain Returns Aboard

Schettino's first visit aboard since 2012 shipwreck; Former captain accompanying investigators as defendant as new probe into unauthorized visit by Costa officials unfolds. The captain of the Costa Concordia, Francesco Schettino, went back on board on Thursday for the first time since the huge


Court to Rule on Costa Rica/Nicaragua Maritime Border Dispute

Reuters - Costa Rica will ask the International Court of Justice to settle a decade-old maritime border dispute with Nicaragua related to potential oil concessions, President Laura Chinchilla said on Monday. Costa Rica plans to file a complaint with the court at The Hague on Tuesday in which it


Costa Concordia Diver Fatally Injured in Underwater Accident

Costa Concordia, Winter 2013-14: Photo courtesy of The Parbuckling Project

Titan Micoperi sadly announces that a diver from the Consortium passed away after an accident occurred during underwater operations in progress under the wreck. The salvage contractors add that the diver, of Spanish nationality, 41 years old


Costa Concordia Wreck Removal: Local Citizens Progress Update

Costa Concordia Dec. 2013: Image credit Costa Crociere

A  meeting of Giglio residents heard that the Condordia is stable: after the minor movements registered in the 15 days following the parbuckling operation the wreck has settled on the platform and seabed. Since then, the monitoring systems active 24/7 have not indicated any significant


Costa Cruise Ship Makes First Abu Dhabi Port Call

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The  cruise ship 'MV Costa Fortuna' was warmly welcomed on its intitial visit to Abu Dhabi, which it will follow with regular weekly calls until March 2014. Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, Acting CEO, Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) handed over a commemorative plaque to Captain Massimo Garabarnio


New Costa Flagship Launched at Fincantieri Shipyard

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The 'Costa Diadema', the future flagship of Costa Cruises & of the Italian-flagged passenger fleet, entered the water for the first time as the building dry-dock was flooded, and a traditional launching ceremony was held at the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera.


Crowley & Seaboard Marine in Vessel Sharing Agreement

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Crowley Maritime Corporation’s liner services group and Seaboard Marine Ltd. announced a new vessel sharing agreement (VSA) that will provide customers of both companies with reliable, weekly service on larger ships between South Fla., Costa Rica and Panama.


Costa Concordia to be Piggy-backed Away

Costa Concordia transportation: Artists impression courtesy of Boskalis

Dockwise, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) has been awarded the contract to load and transport the lifted 'Costa Concordia' wreck from Isola del Giglio onboard the 'Dockwise Vanguard'. The contract was awarded by Costa Crociere S.p.A.


OTS, DSM Congratulate Costa Crociere, Titan Micoperi

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DSM, producer of ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMwPE), branded as Dyneema, and OTS (Offshore & Trawl Supply AS), a Norwegian manufacturer of synthetic fiber ropes of extreme strength, are proud to congratulate Titan Salvage and Micoperi for their outstanding achievement in the


Costa Concordia: Lawyers Maintain Owners Criminally Liable

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Ronai & Ronai, LLP, a New York law firm that represents victims, including Sandor Feher, a musician who lost his life while trying to evacuate passengers, believes that the criminality of the deaths should also be placed on Costa Crociere/Carnival Corp


Five Convicted for Costa Concordia Shipwreck

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Five employees of an Italian cruise company for the Costa Concordia shipwreck that killed 32 crew and passengers were convicted in an Italian court on Saturday after it accepted their plea bargains. The longest sentence went to the crisis coordinator for Costa Crociere SpA, the cruise company


Costa Corncordia Trial: 5 People Jailed So Far

Four Costa Concordia crew members and a company official were sentenced to jail in Italy for their part in the 2012 cruise ship disaster that killed 32 people, leaving only the captain still on trial, reports Reuters. The five received sentences of between 18 and 34 months for


Costa Condordia Salvage Update

Parbuckling Operations: Photo courtesy of Costa Crociere

Costa Crociere & Titan-Micoperi representatives to present a progress report to the authorities for evaluation of the 'parbuckling project' & gain approval for wreck removal operations to commence in September 2013. The report will be presented to the Commissioner for the Concordia


MHI to Build Two Cruise Ships for Carnival

The new generation AIDA cruise ship

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) began construction today at its Nagasaki Shipyard and Machinery Works on the first of two new generation cruise ships for AIDA Cruises, the German cruise company part of Costa Group, Europe's largest cruise company member of Carnival Corporation & plc


Passenger Ship Safety High on Upcoming MSC Meeting Agenda

IMO's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) meets at its London Headquarters for its 92nd session from 12 to 21 June 2013. Amongst other matters of moment the meeting will have a focus on passenger ship safety provisions, as set out in a preview of the meeting:


 
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