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Carnival Signs Letter Of Intent With Fincantieri

Miami-based Carnival Corp. said on Wednesday it plans to build a new $500 million, 110,000-ton ship in Italy for its cruise lines unit. A Carnival spokesperson said the company has signed a letter of intent with Italian shipyard Fincantieri Cantieri Navali Italiani S.p.A. for the construction of the new 2,974-passenger vessel. It said it will be a longer and larger version of Carnival's highly successful "Destiny-class" series, and is due to due to enter service in 2004. Company officials added that two other "Destiny-class" ships being built at Fincantieri are being "stretched" by some 60 ft. (18.2 m) to a total of 952 ft. (290 m) - matching the size of the new vessel. The two vessels - Carnival Conquest and Carnival Glory - are set to debut in 2002 and 2003, respectively. Another "Destiny-class" ship, Carnival Victory, is nearing completion at Fincantieri, and its design will remain unchanged. That vessel is expected to enter service this coming August.


WTC Steel Sent to Northrop Grumman Shipyard

Steel salvaged from the World Trade Center is headed to the Ingalls Shipyard in Mississippi. The steel was removed Friday from the Fresh Kills landfill on Staten Island, N.Y. and will be used in the USS New York. The structural steel, weighing about 20 to 30 tons, will be melted down and used to configure the leading edge of the ship’s bow according to a Northrop Grumman spokesman. The USS New York will be the fifth of the 12 amphibious assault ships in the San Antonio class and is


Spirit Arrives from Poland

The 32m ferry Spirit of Portsmouth arrives in Portsmouth from Poland for fitout at VT Halmatic's Portchester Shipyard. The Camarc designed vessel will enter service in June 2005.


Kvaerner To Build Cruise Ship For Carnival

Carnival Corporation contracted with Finland's Kvaerner Masa-Yards for the construction of a new 86,000-ton cruise ship for its Carnival Cruise Lines unit. The 2,124-passenger vessel, the fourth in Carnival's "Spirit-class," will cost approximately $375 million and is expected to enter service in spring 2004. To be named Carnival Miracle, the new vessel will join sister ships Carnival Spirit, set to debut April 29, 2001, and Carnival Pride and Carnival Legend


Vosper Thornycroft Wins Warship Contract

Vosper Thorneycroft has won a $205 million British government contract to build two new specialist warships, safeguarding 800 jobs at the Appledore Shipyard. The multi-role Hydrographic and Oceanographic survey vessels are due to enter service in 2002 and 2003. The new 3,500 ton ships will be equipped with the latest survey systems, including multi-beam echo sounders and modern side sonars as well as advanced navigation and communications systems.


China, Korea Fight for Shipyards May Hit Rates

A Sept. 29 report from Bloomberg stated that China and South Korea’s support for shipbuilders may add to a glut of capacity, slowing a recovery in freight rates and vessel prices. The world’s two largest shipbuilding nations have taken steps this year to aid shipyards and safeguard jobs as customers delay or scrap orders amid tumbling world trade. That support will likely ensure more vessels enter service, even as lines mothball and scrap existing ships because of a lack of cargo


Federico Garcia Lorca Completes First Season

The all-aluminum TMV 115 monohull fast ferry Federico Garcia Lorca built at Rodriquez Cantieri Navali’s Pietra Ligure shipyard in Italy was delivered to Balearia Eurolineas Maritimas on June 22, 2001. The vessel immediately entered service on June 25 and operates between Dania on the Spanish mainland to the Balearic Islands of Majorca and Ibiza. Having completed her first season of operation, Rodriquez reports the performance of the largest Aquastrada class of fast monohull built to date


BC Ferries Releases 3Q Results

British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. (BC Ferries) today released its third quarter results for fiscal 2007/08. The company reported a net loss of $7.8 million for the three months ended December 31, 2007, compared to a net loss of $1.8 million in the same quarter last year. Net earnings before extraordinary gain for the nine-month period ended December 30, 2007 were $67.7 million, down from $82.0 million for the same period in the previous year.


Costa Cruises Fleet Expansion

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Work is continuing at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Marghera (Province of Venice) on the construction of the Costa Deliziosa, the 15 member of the fleet belonging to the Italian Company Costa Cruises, which is due to enter service in January 2010. In the last few days, procedures have been carried out for the installation of the diesel engine generator sets, the engines that produce the power needed for propulsion and shipboard hotel services


New Arctic Spyship Hull Arrives at Norwegian Shipyard

Norwegian Arctic Surveillance vessel: Photo courtesy of NMI

The first photo of what is to be the most important military intelligence vessel for NATO in the Barents and Arctic Seas is to be seen on the right. “This is an important project to ensure Norway’s interests in the North. Control with the development there is strategically important for Norway,” says Head of the Norwegian Military Intelligence Lieutenant General Kjell Grandhagen. The hull was completed in a Romanian shipyard then towed to Norway's Vard Lansten Shipyard


Sovcomflot Reports on Slippery 2013 Financial Slope

SCF Melampus: Image courtesy of the owners

SCF Group (Sovcomflot)
 has released its audited financial results for the year ending 31, December 2013, indicating a slip in profitability during what they describe as another challenging year for the international tanker industry. 2013 Financial Highlights


Ingalls Shipbuilding Get Seventh USCG Legend-class Contract

Legend-class cutter: Photo courtesy HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) informs that its Ingalls Shipbuilding division has received a $497 million fixed-price, incentive-fee contract from the U.S. Coast Guard to build a seventh Legend-class National Security Cutter (WMSL 756).


RS Class: Unique Trawler Joins Russian Fleet

Up-to-date fishing vessel Taurus has entered service under the survey of Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS). The ship was built to the dual RS/DNV class and registered under the flag of the Russian Federation. The ordering customer and shipowner is ZAO TAURUS of Murmansk.


Homeland Security Secretary Visits Ingalls Shipbuilding

Ingall Shipbbuilding visit: Photo credit HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries' Ingalls Shipbuilding division apprises it has hosted a visit by Secretary of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-Miss.). In the course of their visit the guests toured the shipyard and the Ingalls-built National Security Cutter


Brittany Ferries Order 52,000 gt Gas-Powered Cruise Ferry

Rendering of the new ferry credit Brittany Ferries

Leading French ferry and holiday company, Brittany Ferries, says it has placed an order for a new cruise-ferry that will be its largest yet, and one of the biggest such vessels in the world. Brittany Ferries explain they and STX France have been co-operating for two years on a study regarding


Dutch, Swedish Defense Place Cooperative Tugboat Order

Image courtesy Damen

The Defense Material Organization of the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) has contracted Damen Shipyards Group for the delivery of five Harbor and Seagoing tugs. The contract has been made in cooperation with its Swedish counterpart: Swedish Försvarets Materielverk (FMV)


ACL Newbuilds for Mississippi and Columbia Rivers

American Cruise Lines (ACL) today confirmed it will be placing the first of four upcoming newbuilds on the Mississippi River, where it currently operates its newest riverboat, Queen of the Mississippi. The second newbuild will operate in the Pacific Northwest on the Columbia and Snake Rivers


ACL Designate Newbuilds for Mississippi & Columbia Rivers

Paddlewheel: Photo courtesy of ACL

American Cruise Lines (ACL) confirms it will be placing the first of 4 upcoming newbuilds on the Mississippi River, where it currently operates its newest riverboat, 'Queen of the Mississippi'. The second newbuild will operate in the Pacific Northwest on the Columbia and Snake Rivers


Offshore DP3 Propulsion Package Order for Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä 32 Marine Diesel Engine: Image courtesy of Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä say they have signed a repeat integrated solution order with the COSCO (Qidong) Offshore Co.Ltd shipyard covering another DP3 Dynamically Positioned offshore accommodation rig being built for Singapore based Axis Offshore. The Wärtsilä solution includes the main power


Carnival Vista Construction Begins

Photo: Carnival Lines

Carnival Cruise Lines said that construction is officially underway on the 135,000-ton Carnival Vista, which is slated to enter service in spring 2016. The first steel was cut early last week at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy


Construction Begins on First LNG Containership

From left: Peter Keller, EVP of TOTE; Congressman Duncan Hunter, Walter Tschernkowitsch, Manager, General Dynamics NASSCO Steel Dept. and Duncan Hunter, Congressman Hunters son who did the honors of making the first cut of steel on TOTEs new Marlin Class hull #495.

Fireworks marked the first cut of steel in a ceremony last night as construction of TOTE, Inc.’s new Marlin Class, the first liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered containership in the world, began at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in San Diego, Calif.


German Ship Bank HSH Needs More Aid

By Jan Schwartz, Reuters Troubled German public-sector bank HSH Nordbank will likely need more state aid than previously thought due to deep losses in shipping lending and back taxes, the bank's supervisory board chairman said. The bank, one of the world's biggest shipping financiers


L-3 SAM Electrical Package for Pipelay Vessel

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L-3 SAM Electronics announced today that it has been awarded a major contract to provide complete electrical packages, as well as integrated navigation, automation, communications, energy distribution and propulsion systems for Ceona Amazon, the 199-meter offshore construction and pipelaying


Boat of the Month

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Alion & Robert Allan Team up to Deliver High Tech Research Vessel In the very near future, the new scientific Research Vessel Investigator will enter service for the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), an agency of the Federal Government of Australia


Fugro Upgrades Electric ROV Simulators

Seaeye Tiger performing CP inspection

Fugro announced it is launching an important upgrade to its Electric ROV pilot training simulators. Most observation-class ROVs and many light work-class ROVs are electrical-based systems. With the introduction of a new electric ROV control pod and suite of electric ROV specific components


 
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