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Discharges From Cruise Ships Have Minimal Impact in Alaska

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) released a Report


STX Europe, MSC Cruise LOI for Newbuild

STX Europe’s subsidiary, STX France SA and MSC Cruise has signed a letter of intent for the construction of a new large cruise ship at its St. Nazaire shipyard in France to be delivered in mid - 2012. The new cruise ship will be a sister ship of MSC Fantasia and MSC Splendida, which were delivered from STX France's St. Nazaire shipyard in December 2008 and July 2009, respectively. The new vessel will be the 9th cruise ship built in St. Nazaire for MSC Cruises.


Schat-Harding Takes Over Mulder & Rijke

Lifeboat and davit specialist Schat-Harding has taken over Dutch lifeboat builder Mulder & Rijke. Schat-Harding will continue to manufacture Mulder &Rijke lifeboats for the cruise and ferry market and will provide a global after sales service for all Mulder &Rijke SOLAS products. The production of Mulder & Rijke totally enclosed lifeboats for the merchant shipping and offshore industry has been discontinued. "This is a great opportunity for Mulder & Rijke clients, who can now benefit


Color Line, Aker Yards Sign for Cruise Ship

Color Line AS and Aker Yards signed a letter of intent (LOI) for the order of a second ship, a sister vessel to M/S Color Fantasy, the world's largest cruise ship with car decks delivered from Aker Finnyards the 3rd of December 2004. The contract value is at the same level as for M/S Color Fantasy, approximately EUR 300 million. The agreement is subject to certain conditions, including Color Line and Aker Yards board approval


Cold Ironing Exploration Gets "Green Light" at Port Everglades

Port Everglades got the "green light" from the Broward County Commission to begin exploring the possibility of installing shore-side power, commonly called "cold ironing," at the new Cruise Terminal 18, which will be the year-round homeport terminal for Royal Caribbean International's Oasis-class ships. If deemed fiscally and operationally feasible, Port Everglades will become the first seaport on the East Coast of the to install cold ironing.


Princess Cruises Choose 3G with MCP

Maritime Communications Partner (MCP) was chosen by Princess Cruises to outfit the Sun Princess with on-board 3G wireless communication services. MCP, a global onboard communications partner, announced that the Princess Cruises ship - Sun Princess - is the second cruise ship in the world to offer their passengers 3G mobile communication services at sea. The California based cruise operator launched 3G on their vessel the Sun Princess at the end of May this year


Carnival Signs Letter of Intent for New Ship

Carnival Corporation & plc announced that it signed a letter of intent for a new 116,000-ton ship for its P&O Cruises brand. The new vessel, which will have 3,076 lower passenger berths, will be built by Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri at its Monfalcone yard, at an estimated all-in cost of €535 million. The ship is scheduled for delivery in spring 2010. Externally, the vessel will be similar to P&O Cruises Ventura, which is scheduled to enter service in spring 2008


Aker Yards Now STX Europe

Aker Yards, builder of cruise and offshore vessels, changed its name to STX Europe. The name change reflects the entry of the South Korean-based STX Business Group as principal shareholder in the company during summer 2008. Effective Nov. 3, the international shipbuilding group Aker Yards, with head office in Oslo, Norway, and all its subsidiaries, will share the common brand STX Europe.STX Europe specializes in designing and building advanced cruise ships and purpose-built vessels for


California, U.S.’s Largest Coastal No-Sewage Zone

U.S. EPA’s Pacific Southwest Regional Administrator Jared Blumenfeld announced details of the Agency’s proposal to ban all sewage discharges from large cruise ships and most other large ocean-going ships to the marine waters along California’s entire coastline. This will establish the largest coastal No Discharge Zone in the United States and is expected to eliminate millions of gallons of sewage that large ships discharge every year into local waters.


Grand Princess Latest Propeller Shaft bearing wear Data

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On May 26, 1998, then the largest cruise ship in the world, 109,000 GT Grand Princess, made her inaugural voyage with a 12 night cruise from Barcelona to Istanbul.  Unlike contemporary cruise vessels at the time, she was fitted with seawater lubricated propeller shaft bearings.  Due to her size, risk studies completed by the technical team at Princess Cruises/P&O, in conjunction with the shipbuilder, Fincantieri, indicated that few drydocks could take a vessel of this size


MIOX Safe Water Management for Cruise Ships

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Safe water management onboard any ship is a challenge, a challenge magnified exponentially onboard the world’s largest cruise ships with thousands of passengers and crew in close quarters. Just last month it again made global headlines as Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of Seas was forced


Solar Solve Attracts Cruise Ship Orders

Royal Caribbean Cruises Navigator of the Seas

Solar Solve Marine has received a number of recent orders for its class approved roller screens to be installed at the navigation bridge windows on cruise ships. One significant contract was for Royal Caribbean Cruises Navigator of the Seas – a Voyager Class Cruise Ship.


New Orleans’ Largest Cruise Ship Prepares for Departure

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With Carnival Dream, Carnival Cruise Lines to Carry More Than 400,000 Passengers Annually from Port of New Orleans – Most of Any Cruise Operator The Port of New Orleans announced that arrival of its largest cruise ship, the 3,646-passenger Carnival Dream


SEMBCORP MARINE’S SEMBAWANG SHIPYARD TO REVITALISE 'VOYAGER OF THE SEAS'

Sembcorp Marine’s wholly-owned subsidiary Sembawang Shipyard has secured an agreement with RCL Cruises Ltd., a member of the Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. group, to perform the extensive revitalisation of Royal Caribbean International’s 137,276-gross tonnage


Port of NY & NJ Agree Bayonne Cruise Terminal Expansion

Quantum of the Seas: Rendering courtesy of RCCL

The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey Board of Commissioners has approved plans by Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines to build a new cruise terminal building at the Port Authority-owned marine terminal facility in Bayonne – a major public investment that will spur continued growth in the


RCI Appoint Retired USCG Admiral as Senior V-P Marine Operations

Rear Admiral William D. Baumgartner: Photo credit USCG

Cruise line, Royal Caribbean International (RCI) has appointed Rear Admiral William D. Baumgartner, U.S. Coast Guard, Retired, as the cruise line’s Senior Vice President of Marine Operations.  In his new role, RADM Baumgartner will oversee the global cruise brand’s fleet and


Small ABB Lever Helps Cruise Ships Turn on a Dime

Oasis of the Seas: Photo courtesy of ABB

ABB's 'Red Dot' award winning aximuith control lever controls giant cruise ships with decimeter accuracy. The Azimuth lever is so precise that it can turn huge vessels, such as the world’s largest cruise ship “Allure of the Seas” (360 meters long and more than 200,000 tons


First Oasis lll Steel Cut at STX France

Oasis class ship: Image courtesy of RCI

Royal Caribbean International (RCI) cut the first piece of steel for its third Oasis-class ship, at the STX France Shipyard in Saint Nazarre, marking the first step in the construction of a vessel that, at approximately 227,700 GRT, they say will be the world’s largest cruise ship.


Kiel Striking Positive Balance of Cruise Season 2013

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Third terminal berth for large cruise ships in operation. When the “AIDAcara” is heading out to Copenhagen at around 5 p.m. today,  October 2, Kiel’s cruise shipping season will find its preliminary finish for the current year


Port Everglades to Receive $16.5M in State Funds

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The Florida Seaport Transportation and Economic Development (FSTED) Council approved $16.5 million in allocations to Port Everglades to lengthen a cruise berth and to extend the port’s Southport Turning Notch to allow for more cargo berths.


German Yard to Build Star Cruises Flagship

Image courtesy of Star Cruises

Meyer Werft has been contracted to construct a 150,000 gt cruise ship for Asian operators Star Cruises, although the order is still conditional on financial arrangements. This order will increase the previously threatened shipyard's order book from six to seven large cruise ships up to the year


Italy to Impose Venice Cruise Ship Restrictions

Venice Cruise Ship: Photo courtesy of No Big Ships Committee

The Italian government has announced it will begin to limit the number of large cruise ships that pass through Venice. Environmentalists have protested against the ships in recent years, saying they damage the city's fragile lagoon, reports BBC News.


New Cruise Complex at Canaveral

In an unanimous vote, Port Canaveral Commissioners have approved building a new $80-85 million cruise terminal and 1.000-vehicle parking facility that is scheduled to open in November 2014. The 185,000-square-foot terminal will be located on the south side of the harbor in the Cove restaurant and


Shanghai's New Cruise Terminal Plans FTZ Link-up

Cruise termina construction: Photo credit Baoshan District

Shangai's Baoshan District Committee aims to see the Wusongkou Interational Cruise Terminal become the flagship cruise terminal in China and even in Asia, by proactively connecting to the new Shanghai Free Trade Zone. Ultimately, the developers of the Wusongkou Interational Cruise Terminal


Port Everglades to Renovate Cruise Terminal

Photo: Port Everglades

Port Everglades will begin the renovation for its sixth cruise terminal in five years this spring as Terminal 4 is modernized through an expansion and reconfiguration effort that will provide the cruise line industry with a modern dual flow facility just in time for the 2014/2015 cruise season


 
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