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RCL Profits Rise, Shares Fall

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCCL), the world's number two cruise group, said on Thursday that profits rose 16 percent to a record in 2000 but predicted stiff competition in 2001. RCCL shares dipped 13.5 Norwegian crowns ($1.50) to 239.5 on the Oslo bourse after trading around 250 just before the results, which were slightly below analysts' forecasts. The group said earnings per share rose to $2.31 in 2000 from $2.06 in 1999, or net earnings of $445 million from $384 million. But fourth quarter earnings per share fell to $0.16 from $0.19 on net earnings of $38 million versus $30 million. Revenues for the fourth quarter were up to $642 million from $584 million. The EPS for the full year was just below expectations in a Barra survey of 20.87 Norwegian crowns ($2.32) for 2000. One analyst said revenues were also lower than forecast. "Our core products continue to perform well, allowing us to introduce new itineraries and develop new markets for future growth," said Richard D. Fain, chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.


Geest North Sea Line to Introduce New Ships

Geest North Sea Line will introduce two 804TEU vessels into service in the course of 2004. Wout Pronk, managing director of European shortsea and intermodal specialist Pronk made the announcement during his presentation "Getting closer to the customer", which he was delivering to delegates attending the Short Sea Europe seminar at Intermodal Transport & Logistics 2002 (ITL2002) in Rotterdam. The vessels will have more than twice the container capacity of those


Malta Drydocks Gets New Leader

Malta last Wednesday appointed the head of Malta Shipbuilding as chairman of Malta Drydocks, pointing to closer cooperation between the two loss-making firms. The Department of Information said former banker John Cassar White, chairman of Malta Shipbuilding for almost two years, would also head Malta Drydocks from February. He will take over from Noel Zarb Adami. The new Malta Drydocks board will include former central bank governor Emanuel Ellul


Transas Marine Upgrades Training Complex

Transas Marine has upgraded training complex at the Nikola Vaptsarov Naval Academy (Varna, Bulgaria), including full mission bridge simulator upgrade to the latest Transas NTPRO 5000 software and new version of the GMDSS simulator TGS 5000. The Transas – Naval Academy partnership started in 2002 when Transas Marine supplied its Navigational, later Engine Room and GMDSS simulators to the Academy. In July 2012


Telaurus Expands Technical Support Team

Communications LLC has appointed John Julian to the newly created position of Project Development Manager and Ewan Robinson as Technical Sales Support Manager. Both John and Ewan join the company direct from Easylink Services (UK) Ltd where they held similar positions, and were instrumental in supporting Easylink's STSW in ship-to-shore communication service. They join Telaurus as the Company moves into the next phase of its international growth


Royal Caribbean Names Godmother of Liberty of Seas

After a six month search, Royal Caribbean International today named travel agent Donnalea Madaley godmother of the cruise line’s newest ship, Liberty of the Seas, at Cruise Lines International Association’s Cruise3Sixty conference. Donnalea, of Ontario-based Marlin Travel, was selected from among nearly 2,500 nominations of exemplary women travel agents who have demonstrated dedication to philanthropy and service in their communities


Maersk to Adjust Capacity When Triple-E's Enter Service

CEO Søren Skou: Photo credit Maersk Line

Maersk Line intend to take measures to avoid a repetition of the ocean container shipping 'rate wars' of previous years. With a capacity of 18,000 20-foot containers, the Triple-E will be the largest container ship ever built. Maersk acknowledges that the introduction of the new vessels comes at a challenging time, with weak demand putting strains on all carriers. The Triple-E is built for the Asia-to-Europe (AE) service, Maersk Line’s most important trade lane


$1.8B Contract for Two Zumwalt-class DDG-1000 Destroyers

Maine shipyard workers guide one of four Ultra Units for DDG 1000, the lead ship of the Zumwalt-class of guided missile destroyers. Work on DDG 1000 is now over 50% complete.

The U. S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, a subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), a $1.8 billion contract for the construction of DDG 1001 and DDG 1002, the next two ships in the Zumwalt-class program.  DDG 1001 is scheduled to be delivered in December 2015 and DDG 1002 is scheduled to be delivered in February 2018.    "This contract enables us to maintain a strong base of quality shipbuilding jobs in Maine and continue our contributions to


Canada Maritime Introduces New Vessels

Two newbuildings being introduced into its transAtlantic services are the catalyst for a significant redeployment of tonnage in Canada Maritime's three different weekly services in the North America-Europe trade lane via the Montreal Gateway. The new ships, which, at 4100 teu nominal capacity, will be the largest to serve the St Lawrence River, are destined to enter Canada Maritime's Northern Service (Route 1) which links Montreal with Thamesport, Antwerp and Le Havre.


MTN Extends Prestige Cruise SatCom Partnership

Cruise ships: Photo Regent Seven Seas

MTN Communications (MTN) says it has extended the companies' 12-year relationship and will be introducing new communications services to its three-ship Regent Seven Seas Cruises fleet and five-ship Oceania Cruises operation. In addition, the contract extends to the much-anticipated Seven Seas Explorer, designed to be the most luxurious ship ever built, currently under construction and due to join the Regent Seven Seas fleet in summer 2016,


New Shipping Agency Enters the Market

Wave Shipping co founders Lars Rosenkrands (top) and Alvin Lo

Newly formed shipping agency Wave Shipping aims to bring change to current industry practice with its differentiated value proposition Founded by Lars Rosenkrands, CEO, and Alvin Lo, CFO, Wave Shipping was created with the vision to shake up the shipping agency industry through a fresh


LR Alert: Changes to the ISM Code

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Amendments to the International Safety Management (ISM) Code will enter into force on 1 January, 2015, introducing new requirements for manning and company verification, and new references to related IMO guidance, as follows: Changes to manning requirements


Chevron Introduces New Line: Clarity Synthetic EA Oils

Chevron Products Company, a Chevron U.S.A. Inc. division, unveiled a new line of Clarity Synthetic EA Hydraulic and Gear Oils for the marine industry and other applications where leaks or accidental discharge are a concern. These products meet the new EPA Vessel General Permit (VGP) requirements


LR Alert: New SOLAS Requirements

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New SOLAS requirements for enclosed space entry and rescue drills, and draft requirements for portable atmosphere testing.   Because of the serious threat posed to people working in enclosed spaces on board ships, the IMO has introduced new requirements to SOLAS Chapter III, regulation 19


Yara Names Brandtzæg New CEO

The board of directors of Yara International today announced the appointment of Svein Richard Brandtzæg as the company's new President and Chief Executive Officer. He will succeed Jørgen Ole Haslestad by February 2015. Brandtzæg currently serves as President and CEO of Norsk


The Perfect Anchor for Paint

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Barge manufacturer doubles production and reduces paint waste with new blast line. When the 600th barge launch was celebrated at Brownsville Marine Products (BMP) just south of Pittsburgh in November 2012, it marked the company’s success at reviving a site with over 75 years of history


Record 19th World’s Best Award for Crystal Cruises

Female-server-line-up in Crystal Cruises vessel

  For an unprecedented 19th consecutive year–and with its highest score ever–Travel + Leisure readers have voted Crystal Cruises the “World’s Best” Large-Ship Cruise Line in the prestigious magazine’s 2014 annual survey


New Procedures for Guanabara Bay Olympic Sailing Event

Polluted Guanabara Bay the Venue of Summer Olympic Events

    Port Authorities at Rio de Janeiro are preparing to introduce new procedures for the upcoming Olympic Sailing event to be held in the south and east side of Guanabara Bay in July and August. Sailing teams from around the world will take part and the Brazilian Olympic


Legislation Aims to Boost US Infrastructure Investment

Daniel Webster

Representative Daniel Webster (Fla.-10) issued the following statement after introducing new transportation legislation, H.R. 4925, the TIFIA 2.0 Act: “America’s transportation and infrastructure system is the backbone of our economy and is a critical element for growth and job


ShipConstructor Update Responds to New Needs

ShipConstructor 2014 R2.1

ShipConstructor 2014 R2.1, released from SSI, has been specifically designed to rapidly respond to emerging trends in ship design and engineering as identified by SSI's new Client Council program, the company said. Client Council Program


John Deere Introduces New Auxiliary Engines

PowerTech 6.8L_Auxiliary Engine (Photo: John Deere)

John Deere Power Systems (JDPS) has introduced a full line of radiator-cooled, dry-exhaust-manifold PowerTech auxiliary engines suited for powering a variety of deck auxiliaries including pumps, winches, cranes, hydraulics and generators.


DNV GL’s Carlsen Wins OTC Achievement Award

Dr. Carl Arne Carlsen

The award is in recognition of his “outstanding, significant and unique achievements, and extensive contributions” to the offshore industry, and is presented at the Annual OTC Dinner Sunday, May 4. Carl Arne Carlsen’s career highlights coincide with major developments in the


NY-BEST & DNV GL Jointly Open Service Center

NY-BEST & DNV GL Center

  The New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium (NY-BEST) and DNV GL (formerly DNV KEMA) today announced the opening of the new state-of-the-art Battery and Energy Storage Technology (BEST) Testing and Commercialization Center in Rochester, New York


UASC Introduces New Asia - Europe Network

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  UASC has introduced its new Asia – Europe Network with three new services (AEC1, AEC3, AEC4), and two enhanced services (AEC8, AEC9). These services will broaden UASC’s market coverage providing direct services to additional Asian and North European ports whereby UASC will


MOL Group Introduces New Management Plan

Overall Strategies

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) announced a new three-year midterm management plan that will take effect in April 2014, called "Steer for 2020". MOL Group has been carrying out all plans in single-year plan "Rise 2013" with goals of restoring profitability and laying a






 
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