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Former NASA Vessel Becomes a Training Facility

Photo: U.S. Dept. of Transportation

U.S. Department of Transportation Attends Rechristening of USMMA’s Kings Pointer U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Acting Maritime Administrator Paul “Chip” Jaenichen today visited the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) to celebrate the rechristening of the Academy’s new training vessel, the Kings Pointer. They were joined by Academy leadership, as well as Senator Charles Schumer and Representatives Timothy Bishop and Steve Israel. “The new Kings Pointer is yet another example of this Administration’s commitment to ensuring first-rate training and facilities for the Academy’s midshipmen,” said Secretary Foxx. “With this modern vessel, the USMMA will continue to produce the finest mariners in the world, helping ensure our national and economic security.” The Obama Administration has made a comprehensive effort to renew facilities and teaching infrastructure at the nation’s maritime academy. Since FY 2009, the Obama Administration has invested more than $450 million at the Academy, including almost $100 million for capital improvements— the most funding ever secured for physical improvements at the Academy. The Kings Pointer was retrofitted as a training vessel at North Florida Shipyard at a cost of $3.3 million. Today’s rechristening follows last week’s dedication of the new “up-to-date” Mallory pier at the Academy


Eye of Dubai Concept OKd

The consortium “Out and About in Palm Deira”, which is made up of Royal Haskoning (as architects/urban planners), MVA consultancy (transport consultants), Systra (rail consultants) and Sogreah (maritime consultants), has won the design competition for an integrated transport master plan for Palm Deira in Dubai. Palm Deira—the third Palm and a future metropolis for 1.2 million people—is currently being reclaimed from the sea


Royal Caribbean Reports 2Q Results

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. announced second quarter earnings were $66.7 million or $0.34 per share. This compares to $81.7 million or $0.42 per share for the second quarter of 2001. Net revenues per available passenger cruise day ("Yields") were down 3.3 percent, which was significantly better than previous guidance of a decline in the range of 5 to 7 percent. At June 30th, the company's net debt to capital ratio was 56.6 percent and liquidity was approximately $1.6 billion.


Greenpeace Wins Bid To Delay North Atlantic Exploration

Greenpeace won its bid to delay oil exploration in the north Atlantic when a judge ruled the British government was failing to apply a European Commission environmental directive in allocating licenses. "The decision is a huge victory for whales, dolphins and coral reefs," Peter Melchett, the environmental group's executive director, told reporters after the ruling. The government is considering an appeal against the judgment that it is not taking into account the Commission's Habitats


Treasure Hunters Find $4.5 mln in Rare Spanish Coins

Photo: 1715 Fleet - Queens Jewels, LLC

Florida treasure hunters found a trove of $4.5 million worth of Spanish gold coins 300 years to the day after a fleet of ships sunk in a hurricane while en route from Havana to Spain, the salvage owner said Wednesday.   The 350 coins found on July 30 include nine rare pieces, known as royal eight escudos, which were being transported to the King of Spain, according to Brent Brisben. His company, 1715 Fleet - Queens Jewels, owns the rights to the wreckage.  


Five P&O Cruise Ships Meet in Sydney

Photo: P&O

 Sydney is the stage for the biggest get-together of a fleet of cruise ships ever seen in the harbor city.    Five P&O cruise ships have created a V-formation at sea then sailed toward Sydney abreast in a single line, to celebrate the fleet's newest additions, the Pacific ARIA and Pacific EDEN.   Just before sunrise, Pacific Dawn, Jewel, Pearl and today's additions to the cruise line, Aria and Eden


Oslo Companies Are Ripe For Picking

Many Norwegian companies remain under-priced and are likely targets for foreign predators, analysts said. Despite gains in the Total index to peaks this week at around 1,300 points -- the highest so far this year -- analysts said Norwegian companies remain cheap and are natural prey for foreign bidders. "There are still crown jewels on the Oslo bourse, especially in the industrial sector," said Morten Stundstoe, chief analyst in Fondspartner


Panama Canal Cruise Season Starts Today

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200 Plus Transits Expected.           The Panama Canal cruise-line season officially starts today, Wednesday, October 5, and runs through the middle of next year. More than 200 transits of these passenger vessels are expected.  The transit of Princess Cruises Island Princess will mark the beginning of the season, traveling for 14 days from Los Angeles, California, to Fort Lauderdale, Florida


Refurbished Scheduled for Three Oceania Cruise Ships

Nautica (Photo: Oceania Cruises)

Oceania Cruises announced that Regatta, Insignia and Nautica, its trio of R-Class ships, will undergo a transformation starting early next year in what the company said is the largest refurbishment program in its history. The ships will receive a $50 million upgrade in a six-week timeframe that includes the refurbishment of suites, staterooms and select public rooms, some in the colors and décor-style found on the line's newest ships - Marina and Riviera


VIMC Recognized in B.C. Budget, Exe. Dir. Christens Vessel

Kaity Arsoniadis-Stein Exec. Dir. VIMC (L)  Jewel Jacobs (R) of Squamish First Nation Photo (Credit Saam Smit)

The Vancouver International Maritime Centre (VIMC) welcomes the Provincial government’s $1-million commitment for the second year in a row.   B.C. Finance Minister Mike De Jong mentioned the Centre specifically in his Budget Speech:   “Recently, the Wall Street Journal for the first time listed Vancouver amongst the leading global shipping centres and named Vancouver alongside London and Singapore


Fincantieri Delivers Seven Seas Explorer

Seven Seas Explorer (Photo: Fincantieri)

The first of two ultra luxury cruise ships delivered for Regent Seven Seas Cruises   Seven Seas Explorer, the newest ultra luxury ship of Regent Seven Seas Cruises, a brand of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, was delivered at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Sestri Ponente, Genoa


Beijing Slams South China Sea Court Proceedings

Permanent Court of Arbitration ruling set for July 12. An international court said it would deliver a hotly anticipated ruling in the Philippines' case against China over the South China Sea on July 12, drawing an immediate rebuke from Beijing, which rejects the tribunal's jurisdiction.


Russian Sub 'Stary Oskol' Enters Black Sea

Photo: Russian Navy

 Russia’s Stary Oskol submarine, the third boat in Project 636.3 series for the Black Sea Fleet, on a voyage to its permanent base has passed the Bosporus and Dardanelles straits, TASS quoted the Black Sea Fleet spokesman Vyacheslav Trukhachev as saying.  


China Slams South China Sea Case as Court Set to Rule

An international court said on Wednesday it would deliver a hotly anticipated ruling in the Philippines' case against China over the South China Sea on July 12, drawing an immediate rebuke from Beijing, which rejects the tribunal's jurisdiction.  


Boskalis Secures Dike Reinforcement Project

 Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. announced that the Noorderzijlvest district water board intends to award the contract for the Eemshaven-Delfzijl dike reinforcement project to a consortium consisting of Boskalis & KWS Infra. The contract carries a value of more than €60 million


Groningen Seaports First in Line for Damen InvaSave

Image: Damen

The first production version of Damen’s InvaSave ballast water treatment system – intended for use at Groningen Seaports – will be on display at the upcoming ‘DelfSail’ sailing festival between June 30 and July 3 in the city of Delfzijl, the Netherlands.  


Ovation Of The Seas Sets Sail From China

Ovation Of The Seas. Photo by Royal Caribbean

 Royal Caribbean christened their third Quantum class cruise ship, Ovation of the Seas, to huge fanfare in a ceremony in Tianjin, China.   The event marked the first time a Royal Caribbean ship has been named in China, and actress Fan Bingbing became the company’s first ever


Admiral of the Ocean Sea Award Recipients Named

Clockwise (from top left) Arthur E. Imperatore, Christopher Wiernicki, and Donald Marcus, Photo USS

The United Seamen's Service (USS) 2016 Admiral of the Ocean Sea Awards (AOTOS) will be presented to Arthur E. Imperatore, Founder and President of New York Waterways; Donald Marcus, President of the International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots; and Christopher Wiernicki


Terntank's first 15000DWT Chemical Tanker Passes Sea Trials

Terntanks first 15000DWT Chemical Tanker with WinGD X-DF engine  Photo WinGD

The first dual-fuel two-stroke engine employing the low-pressure X-DF gas admission technology developed by Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD) has passed the final milestone in its evolution from a technical concept to commercial operation as a marine main engine.


EU Calls for Free Passage in South China Sea

Countries must be free to pass through the South China Sea, the European Commission said on Wednesday, in its first diplomatic admonishment of Beijing after Chinese jets intercepted a U.S. military plane over the contested waters last month.  


Ocean Cleanup Prototype Set for a Test Run

Union Bear (Photo: Boskalis)

The first ocean cleanup system ever tested at sea will soon be deployed for trials 23 kilometers (12 NM) off the Dutch coast. The goal of the test is to see how the floating barrier design is able to cope in extreme weather at sea during a 12-month period.


Sea Trucks Secures Flotel Contract for Malikai Project

Jascon 34 (Photo: Sea Trucks Group)

Sea Trucks Group has been awarded a contract from Sabah Shell Petroleum Company Limited for the provision of flotel services for the Malikai deepwater development project, located 100 kilometers off Sabah, Malaysia, at a water depth of around 500 meters


COSCO to Roll out Cruise to Xisha Islands

Image: COSCO Shipping Corp

 China’s state-owned COSCO Shipping Corp plans to launch cruise services in the South China Sea in July, reports Reuters.    The first route is expected to travel from Sanya to the Yongle Island, part of the Xisha Islands in Hainan province.  


UK Sets Pathway to Marine Engineering

The Lord Mayor was joined by Sea Cadets at the launch of the Marine Engineering Pathway project at Seafarers UK’s Annual Meeting in Mansion House on June 15. (Photo: Seafarers UK)

 The Lord Mayor of the City of London, Lord Mountevans, lent his weight to the launch of a new three-year project designed to inspire and engage young people across the U.K. in thinking about a future in marine engineering. It is being led by maritime charity Seafarers UK


Hundreds of Scientists Urge Obama to Halt Arctic Oil Drilling

Photo Credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

 Nearly 400 scientists from more than a dozen countries signed a letter urging U.S. President Barack Obama to take the Arctic Ocean out of the next federal offshore lease sale plan, thus ruling out the possibility of offshore drilling in the Arctic in the near future.  






 
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