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Costa Cruises Receives ABB Award

Costa Cruises has received the ABB Energy Efficiency Award 2009 in recognition of its efforts and progress in improving energy efficiency in its motor and drive systems. The prize was presented as part of “Energy Efficiency Award 2009.  Designing and achieving energy efficiency: new conversations”, an event promoted and arranged by Abb Sace, a division of ABB Spa, and hosted by Mario Tozzi, an outstanding Italian science divulger.  In addition to Costa Cruises’ project, the initiatives implemented by the other two prize-winning Italian enterprises – Fiat Auto and Fiorucci, leaders in the vehicle manufacturing and food industries, respectively – were also illustrated at the ceremony. Costa Cruises qualified for the award by installing inverters on its ships:  these devices are designed to control the supply of electrical power and find the point of peak efficiency, thereby ensuring the flexibility of systems and machinery in relation to effective operational demands.  The use of these variable speed drives has optimized the performance of fans and blowers in the engine room and led to substantial energy saving combined with reduced environmental impact. Intelligent inverter speed control was first introduced on the Costa Fortuna and Costa Serena, while work is already scheduled to install similar devices on the Costa Magica, Costa Pacifica and Costa Concordia


Costa Concordia Raises the Costa Funnel

The construction of the Costa Concordia, Costa Crociere’s new flagship, that will become the largest Italian passenger vessel when it enters service in July 2006, marks yet another important milestone at the Fincantieri shipyards in Sestri Ponente (Genoa). Yesterday, the shipyard raised the vessel’s distinctive yellow funnel with the blue “C”, the symbol that identifies all ships operated by Costa Crociere, the Italian cruise company leader in Europe.


Costa To Operate Exclusive German Cruise Program

Costa Cruises, a unit of Carnival Corporation will launch a new cruise product aimed exclusively at the German market beginning in spring 2002. The new product, which will consist of year-round European and Caribbean sailings aboard the 760-passenger Costa Marina, will be specifically tailored to German passengers and designed to build upon Costa's leadership position in the fast-growing European marketplace. Marketed exclusively for German speaking clientele by Costa's German subsidiary


Keel Laid for Costa Cruise Ship

Costa Crociere’s expansion program continued recently when a ceremony was held in Fincantieri’s Marghera yard for the keel-laying of the Costa Luminosa, which will be the 13th fleet member and is due for delivery in spring 2009. The Costa Luminosa will be 92,700 gross tonnage and 292 meters in length with accommodation for 2260 Guests in dual occupancy cabins. The ship will have 772 veranda cabins out of a total of 1130 staterooms.


Carnival Cruise Lines' Tropicale To Be Transferred To Costa Cruises

Carnival Cruise Lines reported today that it will transfer its 1,022-passenger Tropicale to sister company Costa Cruises in February 2001. Prior to its delivery to Costa, the 36,674-ton vessel will complete its current schedule of 10-day Panama Canal cruises from Fort Lauderdale, Fla.,which end Feb. 10, 2001. After that, Costa will immediately reposition the Tropicale to Genoa, Italy, for an extensive refurbishment and refit before placing the vessel into European service


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


Moody's Downgrades Cammell Laird

Moody's downgraded to Caa2 from B2 the rating for the Euro 125 million senior notes of Cammell Laird Holdings plc following the announcement of its key customer Costa Crociere to terminate a high value contract with CLH to convert the cruise ship Costa Classica. CLH has rejected Costa's right to terminate the contract and has stated that it will take all necessary action to protect its commercial position. The following ratings were downgraded:


Executive Changes in Costa Crociere S.p.A.

Iberocruceros was created in September 2007 as a joint venture between Costa Cruises (which owns 75% of the company) and the leading Spanish tour operator Orizonia Corporación (with a 25% stake). Mr. Martini will be reporting to the Iberocruceros Board of Directors, chaired by Costa Crociere S.p.A. Chairman & CEO Pier Luigi Foschi. Iberocruceros’ General Manager Alfredo Serrano, Sales & Marketing Director Carlo Schiavon and Finance Manager Roberto Alberti will all be


Costa Atlantica Perfect Vessel Sanitation Score

The Costa Atlantica, a member of the Costa Cruises fleet, the largest Italian travel company and Europe’s n.1 cruise line, scored full marks (100) in a recent inspection conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States.  The inspection was held on September 26 during a stopover in New York, one of the port calls of the Costa Atlantica during the latter part of her transatlantic cruise


Inauguration of the Costa Deliziosa

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Feb. 23 saw the staging in Dubai of the inauguration ceremony for the Costa Deliziosa, the new diamond of the Costa Cruises fleet. The Costa Deliziosa has a 92,600 gross tonnage and a total guest capacity of 2,826.  She was built at Fincantieri’s Venice-Marghera yard in Italy with the labor of around 3,000 people, comprising both the shipyard’s own employees and those of about 500 contracted suppliers, most of which are Italian firms, with a total investment worth $609m


Tsunami Alerts Triggered by Chile 8.2 Quake

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A powerful earth quake identified by the US Geological Survey as situated about 52 miles north-west of the mining area of Iquique killed at least 5 people, and 6ft waves have hit some areas of Chile. Power cuts, fires  landslides are also mentioned by BBC News.


gplink Approved in More than 30 Countries

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Remote monitoring and diagnostic services provided by gplink operate through either GSM service or through various satellite technologies. On a global scale, most countries have their own rules and regulations to follow for communications and radio frequency use


Concordia Captain Tried to Blame Wreck on Electrical Blackout

Costa Concordia (Photo courtesy of Boskalis)

The captain of the Costa Concordia tried to persuade the crisis coordinator of the cruise line to pretend an electrical blackout had caused the shipwreck, a court was told on Monday. The luxury liner hit rocks as it sailed close to the island of Giglio in January 2012


Van Oord acquires 100% control of Dravo

Van Oord acquires Dravo

Van Oord has acquired all shares of its Spanish subsidiary Dravo S.A.  Dravo S.A. has been owned, since 1987, by Van Oord (50%) and the Spanish company Dragados S.A. (50%), a subsidiary of ACS, the largest Spanish infrastructure contractor


Novacavi Cables Used for Concordia Wreck Removal

Novacavi reported a second supply of marine cables used in the Costa Concordia shipwrecking salvage operation off the shore of the island of Giglio, Italy. As the first delivery successfully performed during the parbuckling phase, Novacavi was called in again to provide high tech custom


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


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 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


Aubin and Flexlife Partener for Integrity Solutions

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Offshore chemical engineering specialist Aubin Group has formed a cooperation agreement with subsea flexible pipe specialist Flexlife to create an industry first in subsea integrity management (IM). Aubin Integrity, a division of Aubin Group


Recope Tenders to Buy Three Fuel Oil Cargos

(Reuters) - Costa Rica's refining company Recope launched a tender to buy three 165,000 cargos of fuel oil to be received from mid-April to October at Port Moin, according to an invitation seen by Reuters on Monday. The state-run company has increased imports of fuels since 2013


Cruise Industry Poised for Global Growth

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The global cruise industry and its fleet of increasingly large, ultra-modern ships is projected to continue its steady growth in 2014, powered by growth overseas, particularly in the German market, as well as the adoption of faster, stronger and generally better satellite communication technology


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


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


After Concordia: HAVEP Report Exposes Passenger Vessel Deficiencies

In the wake of the Costa Concordia accident of January 2012, an incident that arguably was one of the more dramatic incidents in this history of cruise shipping, preliminary results from the Harmonized Verification Program (HAVEP) on passenger ships, carried out between January 1


Maersk’s SeaLand Sets Leadership Team

SeaLand, the newly founded intra-Americas regional carrier of the Maersk Group, announced today the appointment of its executive team which the company sais will fulfill its mission of delivering greater service stability and commitment, as well as a higher level of customer-focused service


 
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