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Lloyd Triestino Makes Maiden Voyage Into U. S. Ports

Lloyd Triestino, the Italian container shipping line, will make its maiden voyage into U. S. ports this week for its new weekly service between the Far East, the Caribbean, and South Atlantic U.S. East Coast. The first ship, the Ever Guide, will make its first call at Port Everglades on May 15; Savannah, May 17, and Norfolk on May 19. The joint service with Zim Israel Navigation (named AUX), is utilizing nine fully cellular 2,700 TEU vessels. The service will cover ports in the Peoples Republic of China, South Korea, Central America, the Caribbean and U. S. South Atlantic ports.


Cunard Reports Strong Advance Bookings For QM2

Cunard has announced that initial sales for its new Queen Mary 2 have exceeded all expectations. Only one day after bookings officially opened on August 1, the line's capacity-controlled early booking discounts have been removed for the January 12, 2004, maiden voyage, which is nearly sold out. The highly anticipated, $800-million ship is the largest, longest, tallest, widest and most luxurious ocean liner ever constructed.


Amphibious Landing Dock Ship Pre-Comm

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Dec. 1, 2008, the amphibious landing dock ship pre-commissioning unit Green Bay (LPD 20) is underway from Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding Avondale Operations in New Orleans. The ship is on her maiden voyage en route to Long Beach, Calif., where she will be commissioned in January 2009 and become the second San-Antonio-class ship to be home ported in San Diego. (U.S. Navy photo)


One More in Series for Waxler

The Helen Merrill southbound on her maiden voyage on the Ohio River at Metropolis Ill. a few miles below Paducah, Ky. with the I-24 highway bridge. (Photos courtesy Jeff L. Yates courtesy of Cummins Marine)

Waxler Transportation Co. has taken delivery of the final towboat in a series of five 99 by 35-ft, 3200 hp pushboats. The latest sister, the M/V Helen Merrill, made her maiden voyage for Secors inland transport subsidiary in mid-January 2010.   Each of the vessels has a pair of Cummins KTA50 M2 diesels individually rated for 1600 HP linked to Haley HRV Series gears providing main engine power. Electrical requirements are met by a pair of 99 kW Cummins Onan generator sets.


Maiden voyage of Wartsila LNG Powered Vessel

The LNG fuelled passenger ferry will operate between Cuxhaven and the island of Helgoland.

  The first ever newbuild liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuelled German seagoing vessel, which is powered by a complete Wärtsilä LNG propulsion solution, had its maiden voyage on December 11. The ship has been built at the Fr. Fassmer shipyard in Germany. The passenger ferry, owned by Reederei Cassen Eils GmbH, will operate between Cuxhaven and the island of Helgoland. This route takes the vessel close to the UNESCO World Heritage listed Wadden Sea National Park


Classification Society's Key Role in 'Viking Grace' Success

Viking Grace: Photo credit LR

The world’s most environmentally friendly large passenger ship, 'Viking Grace', delivered by STX Finland, & maiden voyage tickets a sell-out. Apart from its unique green credentials, the vessel’s two standout features are its LNG-powered Wartsila engines and its safe return to port compliance technology. Such was the vessel’s much anticipated arrival that tickets for its maiden voyage from Turku to Stockholm were sold out months in advance


Transpetro's 10th Ship Enters Service

Anita Garibaldi (Photo: Petrobras)

The new ship Anita Garibaldi departed on Wednesday, June 3 from the Petro-Eisa A shipyard in Niterói (RJ), for its maiden voyage. The tanker is the 10th ship of the Program for Modernization and Expansion of the Transpetro Fleet (Promef) to go online. After leaving the shipyard, the ship headed for the Terminal Island Water in the Bay of Guanabara, where it will make its first load operation.   There are currently 14 program vessels in different phases of construction


Seabourn - Newest Ultra Luxury Yacht

The Yachts of Seabourn has announced its next ultra-luxury yacht, to be named Seabourn Sojourn in a ceremony in London in June 2010, before sailing on its 14 day Maiden Voyage. The sleek new vessel is being built in Italy, and will position from Genoa to London before its inauguration. "London has always been a great destination for our Seabourn yachts," noted Seabourn president and CEO Pamela Conover. "We have earned a large and loyal following of repeat cruise guests from


M/V Tijuca Maiden Call in Tacoma

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On Sunday, Jan. 11, the Wallenius Wilhelmsen M/V Tijuca made its maiden call at the Port of Tacoma. With a total length of just over 760 ft and a capacity of 7,500 autos, the Tijuca is among the largest in the Wallenius Wilhelmsen fleet. The vessel was delivered to Wallenius Wilhelmsen from the Daewoo Shipyard in South Korea on Dec. 19, 2008. It took on cargo in Japan before making its maiden voyage across the Pacific to its first North American discharge in Tacoma (assorted construction


DCT Gdansk Handles Largest Ship to Date

The arrival of the 2732TEU Racha Bhum at DCT Gdansk’s terminal in on September 1 was the first vessel to call at the deepwater terminal on its maiden voyage.  It is reported to be the biggest ship so far handled by DCT Gdansk.  And, it is the first vessel to load containers at this Polish terminal for direct carriage to . Racha Bhum was delivered to the Singaporean carrier Regional Container Lines (RCL) by the Polish shipyard Stocznia Gdynia at the end of August and chartered


Port of London Bridge Simulator Upgraded

Photo: PLA

The Port of London Authority (PLA) has invested £250,000 to upgrade its ship’s bridge simulator, adding a full tug bridge simulator in a move that is set to enable a boost in port trade and helps terminals verify their expansion plans.  


KICT Welcomes MSC MEL 1 Service First Call

KICT Welcomes First Call of the New MSC Middle East Loop 1 Service Photo KICT

 MSC Lana Voy-JA618R made its inaugural call at Karachi International Container Terminal (KICT), marking the launch of a new Middle East Loop 1 (MEL 1) Service.  To mark the event, KICT held a maiden voyage ceremony, attended by Mr Keith Lau


Krishnapatnam Port Inaugurates Maersk Salalah Service

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Krishnapatnam Port inaugurated yesterday the maiden call of “M V Maersk Bentonville” as part of the direct weekly service from Krishpatnam to Salalah (Oman). The first voyage of Maersk Bentonville discharged 551 TEU’s and loaded 770 TEU’s of exports.


Third Post Panamax RoRo Joins WWL Fleet

MV Theben (Photo: WWL)

Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL) has introduced MV Theben, a brand new High Efficiency RoRo (HERO) class vessel, and third of eight new Post Panamax vessels to be launched from 2015-2017. Theben joins her sister vessels Thalatta and Thermopylae in the line of RoRo vessels taking advantage of


Largest-ever Diesel Cargo Heads to Europe

Europe is expected to receive its largest-ever diesel cargo after French refiner Total booked a super tanker to sail to the region even as it faces brimming storage tanks and wilting demand.   Total has chartered the newly-built very large crude carrier (VLCC) tanker Alice to ship 270


CMA CGM Offers a New Direct Connection with La Reunion on its ASAF Service

Map: CMA CGM

 CMA CGM announced that a new call at Pointe des Galets (La Reunion) will be introduced on its ASAF service, connecting Asia to West Africa, and operated with 13 vessels of 9,400 TEU.   The maiden voyage direct to La Reunion will be operated with m/v CMA CGM TANYA in Xingang on March


World's Largest Cruise Ship, Harmony of the Seas, Tests French Waters

Photo: STX France

 Harmony of the Seas, the world's largest luxury cruise ship took to the seas for the first time on Thursday afternoon as it slides into the waters of western France, in the port of Saint Nazaire.   Thousands of people gathered at the dock to watch as the 120


LSCT welcomes the largest Ship of UASC

Al Dhail is one of many ULCCs deployed in four weekly Asia-Med strings calling at La Spezia Courtesy UASC

La Spezia Container Terminal (LSCT) welcomed the on-time arrival of the largest ship ever deployed by United Arab Shipping Company S.A.G. in its Asia – Med trade network. The new A-15 class 15,000 TEU ship, Al Dhail, berthed at Fornelli East for the first time as part of its maiden voyage


Sanmar Launches First VectRA 3000 Tug

Photo: Sanmar

Sanmar’s first Voith Schneider Propeller (VSP) tug of VectRA 3000 series, M/T  ARES, being constructed for Italian tug operator Tripmare S.p.a. of Trieste, has been launched to sea at Sanmar Shipyard, Altinova  last week.  


S.S. United States Historic Ship may get a Second Lease on Life

“We are ready to save history, full speed ahead” said Susan Gibbs (left). Gibbs and Edie Rodriguez, President and CEO of Crystal Cruises, announced plans to save the SS United States at a press conference in New York.  (Photo: Eric Haun)

Crystal Cruises has come to the rescue of the historic luxury liner SS United States, announcing plans for an exclusive purchase option agreement to begin work on returning America’s flagship to seagoing service, pending a technical feasibility study.  


Vedder Price Helps to Save the 'Big U'

SS United States (Photo: SS United States Conservancy)

Last October, America's Flagship, the SS United States, was on the brink of being sold for scrap metal because the SS United States Conservancy, the national nonprofit historic preservation organization that owns the iconic vessel, was running short on funds to cover the ship's expenses


Megaship Benjamin Franklin to Call at Seattle and Long Beach

Benjamin Franklin. Photo: CMA CGM

 In a history-making run, the largest container ship  CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin will arrive in Seattle Monday, Feb. 29 after visits in Long Beach and Oakland, California. It will visit Long Beach Thursday bringing goods from China. 


‘Nordana Sea’ Delivered to Symphony Shipping

Nordana Sea Photo Ferus Smit

After successful sea trials, Dutch shipbuilder Ferus Smit delivered a 10,550 dwt multi-purpose cargo carrier M.V. Nordana Sea to Symphony Shipping on February 11th 2016. Being the third unit in a series of 6 newbuilds Ferus Smit’s DP2 Ecobox design


DARPA All Set To Launch Submarine Hunting Drone

The concept for the Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel, an unmanned seafaring ship that would hunt quiet diesel submarines. Courtesy of DARPA

 The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will launch in April a sleek, 132-foot warship from Portland, OR, testing its abilities over a succeeding period of 18 months. The ship is entirely autonomous, fully operational without an onboard crew.  


Nordana Sea Delivered to Symphony Shipping

Photo: Ferus-Smit

After successful sea trials, M.V. Nordana Sea was delivered to Symphony Shipping on February 11, 2016. Constructed by builder Ferus-Smit in the Netherlands (yard number 419), Nordana Sea is the third unit in a series of six newbuilds of the yard’s Ecobox design.  






 
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