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Royal Caribbean Names First Female Captain

Royal Caribbean International has named Swedish mariner, Karin Stahre-Janson, captain of Monarch of the Seas, making her the first female captain in the line’s 21-ship fleet and the first woman in the industry to command a major cruise ship. As the Captain of Monarch of the Seas, Captain Stahre-Janson is responsible for the safe navigation of a ship that is 880 feet long, 106 feet wide, has 14 guest decks and routinely carries 2,400 guests and 850 crew members. Captain Stahre-Janson recently completed her first tour of duty as captain of the Los Angeles-based ship, which sails three- and four-night cruises to San Diego, Catalina and Ensenada, Mexico. She resumes her command in August. Prior to joining Royal Caribbean, Captain Stahre-Janson worked for nine years in cargo shipping, primarily on petroleum and chemical tankers, where, ultimately, she served as Chief Officer. Captain Stahre-Janson has been an officer on Royal Caribbean’s ships since 1997, when she joined the company. Starting out as First Officer on Viking Serenade and Nordic Empress, she became Chief Officer while on Vision of the Seas and continued that role on Radiance of the Seas. Adding still another stripe, she was named Staff Captain on Brilliance of the Seas, and also served in that capacity on Serenade of the Seas and Majesty of the Seas.


UK's Latest Submarine Arrives Homeport For Sea Trials

Submarine Ambush: Photo credit MOD

'Ambush', second of the Royal Navy's, new Astute Class attack submarines, sails into Her Majesty's Naval Base Clyde today to begin sea trials. The 7,400-tonne submarine sailed from the shipyard in Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria, where she was built, to HM Naval Base Clyde in Scotland. The seven Astute-class boats planned for the Royal Navy are the most advanced and powerful attack submarines Britain has ever sent to sea


Expansion Brings 3 NCL Ships into Port Canaveral

Beginning next year, Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Spirit will join Norwegian Dawn in weekly stops at Port Canaveral. In addition, the Norwegian Majesty will make a call in Port Canaveral next year, bringing the total number of port calls for Norwegian Cruise Line to 45 in the next two years. “Port Canaveral offers a wide variety of options to our guests. The shore excursion program we’ve introduced with Norwegian Dawn has been very successful and we’re looking forward to offering


Dutch Pilot Vessel for North Sea Station Christened

Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands christens the boat 'Polaris' at the Cruise Terminal Rotterdam. Conoship's member shipyard Barkmeijer had earlier launched Pilot Station Vessel ‘Polaris’ (NB 324). This vessel design is the result of close collaboration between the Dutch Pilot Organisation, Barkmeijer Shipyards and Conoship International. Special attention was paid to motional behaviour in typical all year round North Sea environment. 


Cruise Ship Tragic Lifeboat Accident: Investigation Report

Thomson Majesty: Image courtesy of Transport Malta

Transport Malta Marine Safety Unit has released its report on last year's 'MV Thomson Majesty' lifeboat exercise boat fall that killed 5 crew members and injured 3 others. Background On 10, February 2013, Thomson Majesty arrived in Santa Cruz de La Palma from Las Palmas as part of a seven-day cruise commencing in Tenerife. On board were 1498 passengers and a crew of 594, giving a total number of persons on board of 2092.


UK Clamp Down on North Sea Drilling Tax Holiday

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A planned change in the way Britain taxes North Sea drillers exposes the loophole in a system that allowed an industry with annual revenues of 2 billion pounds to pay almost no corporation tax for two decades, prompting accusations that the UK tax authority is falling down on the job. The change, announced by Finance Minister George Osborne in March, caps the amount a UK company can deduct from profit for leasing drilling rigs from an overseas unit in the same group


Houston Welcomes King of Norway

Port of Houston Authority Chairman Jim Edmonds, the PHA commissioners and staff on Wednesday, March 2, hosted a welcome reception for His Majesty King Harald V of Norway aboard the M/V Star Gazer as the vessel toured the Houston Ship Channel. The reception also was attended by several shipping industry executives and local elected officials. As he congratulated Norway on the centennial celebration of its independence


The Prins der Nederlanden Launched

Hardinxveld-Giessendam/Papendrecht - At 6 p.m. today, Her Majesty the Queen of The Netherlands will perform the naming and launching ceremony for the trailing suction hopper dredger ‘Prins der Nederlanden’. This dredging vessel is being built by Merwede Shipyard in Hardinxveld-Giessendam, acting on instructions from the British subsidiary of Royal Boskalis Westminster nv. The ‘Prins der Nederlanden’ is one of two new hopper dredgers currently being built for Boskalis


Sultan Qaboos Port to Call a Stop on Cargo Trade

Port Sultan Qaboos: Photo courtesy of the port

In a decisive move to convert Oman's Sultan Qaboos Port into a tourism hub August 31, 2014 would be the deadline for receiving container, cargo, vehicle carriers and other vessels carrying project material at the port, reports the Times of Oman, citing Minister of Transport and Communications, Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Futaisi. The directive comes in response to the Royal directives of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said to convert the Sultan Qaboos Port into a tourist port and transfer all


Unpredictable & Dangerous Rogue Waves

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Ever since man has taken vessels onto the seas, mariners have reported encounters with monstrous waves that seem to arise out of nowhere from an otherwise average sea state.  On his third voyage to the New World in 1498, Christopher Columbus recorded in his logbook that a giant wave lifted up his vessels as they transited the waterway between the Paria Peninsula of Venezuela and the island of Trinidad, a waterway he then named Bocas del Dragón (the Mouths of the Dragon)


Oil Drop Won't Stop China in South China Sea

 South China Sea (Map by Council on Foreign Relations)

South China Sea spats are a territorial fight and not about the oil, points out a report appeared in Bloomberg. "When it comes to territorial tensions in the South China Sea, it’s more about what goes through it than what lies beneath it," says the report.


NZ Manufacturer Bags Anchor Supply Deal

Para Sea Anchor testing with the U.S Navy off the Coast of San Diego (Image by Coppins Para Sea Anchors)

New Zealand maritime manufacturer Coppins Para Sea Anchors has secured a multimillion-dollar contract to supply anchors to a Norwegian salvage company.    The family business firm based in Motueka on the South Island has sent the first of two one-tonne sea anchors to the Norwegian


New UK Tax Could Hit Offshore Sector

Sue Bill (Photo courtesy: Moore Stephens)

Companies in the offshore maritime sector could be among those hit by a 25 percent Diverted Profits Tax (DPT) charge under draft UK legislation scheduled to enter force in April 2015, international accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens said.


Maritime Dispute an Issue for Entire ASEAN, Says US

Image: Department of Foreign Affairs, Philippines

The South China Sea took center stage at the Bilateral Strategic Dialogue between the United States and the Philippines held in Manila, as China continues to engage in "massive" construction activities in the disputed area. Both the countries jointly expressed their concern over recent


Thickness of Antarctic Sea Ice Surpass Expectations

The robot submarine ready for launch from an icebreaker offshore Antarctica.

  Antarctica's ice paradox has yet another puzzling layer. Not only is the amount of sea ice increasing each year, but an underwater robot now shows the ice is also much thicker than was previously thought, a new study reports. The discovery adds to the ongoing mystery of Antarctica's


Migrant Rescue Draws Budget Concerns in the Mediterranean

Italian coastguard vessels rescue people on the Mediterranean (Photo: United Nations)

Seafarers’ Rights International (SRI) has raised concerns about the implications for masters of the recent reports of the launch of the new EU Frontex operation Triton which will apparently have a reduced budget and focus on border control in place of the Italian Mare Nostrum that is


Fire Departments Choose Sea-Fire Systems

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Metalcraft Marine's Firestorm high-speed, aluminum fireboat represents a new generation in vessel technology, especially when fitted with Sea-Fire H Series engineered fire suppression systems. Recently, four fire departments selected this combination.


PSA Chairman Receives Belgium Award

PSA Group Chairman Fock Siew Wah was conferred the national distinction ‘Commander of the Order of the Crown’ from His Majesty King Philippe of Belgium for his merit, dedication and services rendered to the Kingdom of Belgi

  On 27 November 2014, PSA Group Chairman Fock Siew Wah was conferred the national distinction ‘Commander of the Order of the Crown’ from His Majesty King Philippe of Belgium for his merit, dedication and services rendered to the Kingdom of Belgium.


An Open Arctic and its Impact on Oil Drilling

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William Cho, Head of MatthewsDaniel Weather, a division of the Bureau Veritas Group, explains why improvements in drilling technologies and weather monitoring systems have made offshore shelf drilling operations in the Arctic Circle increasingly attractive to upstream oil and gas companies and


IMO, UN Agencies Address Maritime Migration

Koji Sekimizu (Photo: UNHCR / Jean-Marc Ferré)

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has joined with other UN agencies in calling for concerted action from the international community to address the problem of the loss of life, injury, trauma and serious human rights violations affecting migrants


Generaly Rate Restoration by CMA CGM

  In a continued effort to provide quality services, CMA CGM group hereby informs of a Rate Restoration Program: Effective February 5th, 2015: From India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka ports to North Europe, Med Sea, Scandinavia, Baltic, Black Sea, North Africa, Central American


N-Sea, Siem Offshore Extend Charter Agreement

Siem N-Sea (Photo courtesy of N-Sea)

Inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR) specialist N-Sea has extended its charter agreement with Siem Offshore following three years of operations. The renewed agreement, concerning Siem Offshore’s offshore subsea construction vessel, Siem N-Sea (previously Siem Stork)


Accelerating Sea Level Rise Threatens Coasts

Sea level rise in the past two decades has accelerated faster than previously thought in a sign of climate change threatening coasts from Florida to Bangladesh, a study said on Wednesday.   The report, reassessing records from more than 600 tidal gauges


Homecoming for HMCS Toronto after 7 Months

HMCS Toronto (Courtesy: Canadian Navy)

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Toronto arrived in her home port of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Jan. 18, after seven months in the Mediterranean Sea region as part of Operation REASSURANCE, the Department of National Defense said. Dozens of people held yellow balloons and homemade signs


China in Mind, Japan Seeks Maritime Ties with India

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 apan has pitched for stronger maritime security cooperation with India, to counter an increasingly powerful China.  During his visit in India on Saturday Japan's foreign minister Fumio Kishida said that both nations should "proactively" assume responsibilities to ensure






 
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