NCL Corporation will be the first cruise line to bring passengers on North American cruises the ability to use their cell phones even when communications towers are oceans away. The company is providing the innovative new offering through Wireless Maritime Services, a joint venture of AT&T Wireless and Maritime Telecommunications Network (MTN). Leading the way in shipboard technology, NCL pioneered the industry's first Internet access on the high seas with its Internet cafe in 1999. In 2002, NCL became the first cruise line to provide remote wireless Internet (also known as Wi-Fi) to its guests. Both services are now standard throughout NCL's entire fleet. "Cutting-edge onboard technology is important to our guests," said Colin Veitch, NCL's president and CEO. "While we recognize that some guests traveling with us choose to disconnect, others need to stay connected to loved ones or business associates in order to get away - it's just another choice offered to our guests as part of the Freestyle Cruising experience." The new technology is expected to be introduced on the Norwegian Sun as soon as next month and could be available fleet-wide within a year. The offering combines satellite and wireless services, enabling passengers to make and receive calls on their own cell phones with their own phone numbers while in international waters.
Caterpillar Marine with Cat Dealer Pon Power are pleased to announce the first Cat 3512C marine generator sets with Dynamic Gas Blending (DGB) have been selected to power Assessoria Transporte Aquaviaro fast ferries for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A total of 28 Cat generator sets will be installed on 7 aluminum-hull fast ferries, with 14x Cat 3512 generator sets and 14x Cat 9 generator sets providing prime and auxiliary power
Container ship charter rates are reportedly set to recover from their current depression by 2001, according to shipping analysts.
Panamax freight rates in the Atlantic were firmer March 13 and may edge up further due to a seasonal boost, brokers said. They said the market was seeing steady increases and that fixtures for Panamax voyage charters had risen slightly with the timecharter sector looking better. However, the Capesize freight rate declined and has made some cautious about the sector. Brokers said the 1990-built 69,306 dwt Ispat Umang had attracted a healthy rate of $11,400 daily for prompt delivery Ghent
Caterpillar Marine announced that Cat power and propulsion offerings have been selected to provide complete propulsion solutions for four ocean-going towing vessels designed by Ulstein Design and Solutions. Each vessel will have four 9 M 32 C propulsion engines, rated at 4,500 bkW at 600 rpm. Also onboard each vessel will be three Cat C32 auxiliary generator sets rated at 940 ekW at 1,800 rpm as well as one Cat C9 generator set to provide emergency power
The Coast Guard set the calendar year 2015 minimum drug testing rate at 25 percent of covered crewmembers. The minimum random drug testing rate is effective January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015. The Coast Guard requires marine employers to establish random drug testing programs for covered crewmembers on inspected and uninspected vessels. Every marine employer is required to collect and maintain a record of drug testing program data for each calendar year
September 15, 2005 will see the addition of yet another in Bordelon Marine's growing fleet of offshore supply vessels that make their owner's leaders in the mini-supply and mega-mini supply class of vessels. With hefty day rates and diverse requirements in the Gulf of Mexico oil fields, Bordelon has been developing its fleet to provide these vessels that are smaller than the standard OSV, but large enough to meet their clients' needs at more competitive rates than the big boats have to charge
It looks as though the notoriously cyclical shipping sector is heading back up the mountain, as last week one of the world's prestigious financial firms stamped four companies with an investment ratings uprade. ING Barings last Wednesday raised its ratings on four shipping companies to strong buy from buy. Analyst Stephen Gengaro raised his ratings on shares of Frontline Ltd., OMI Corp., Overseas Shipping Group and Teekay Shipping.
Container service reliability reached a new high in the final quarter of 2011 with an on-time average of 69% across all the trades covered by Drewry’s Schedule Reliability Insight report, just published. The latest result was up by 6 percentage points over the previous quarter, meaning that schedule reliability has improved for three consecutive quarters, a feat only equalled once before between 4Q08 and 2Q09. Despite the positive results
Marine Transport Advisors, McQuilling Services, explain important elements of their forecasting process when they develop the final forecast set out in their recent '2014-2018 Tanker Market Outlook' analysis. The Outlook is synthesized from the following six components: Quantitative Modeling Sensitivity (reference, high and low cases) Experiential Adjustments Tonnage Supply & Demand Bias (Capacity index) Previous Outlook & Market Performance
Small orbital debris objects can threaten vital space-based assets. The Navy's patented compact debris detection device can detect debris in near real-time and provide essential trajectory data for future use. The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Geospace Science and Technology Branch
Shipping freight rates on the world's busiest route, from Asia to Northern Europe, fell by the largest percentage amount since 2008, reflecting wild volatility in the market as vessel operators continue to wrestle with overcapacity. Rates for transporting containers from Asia to Northern Europe
Egypt is reportedly to issue a tender in early June to buy up to $3 billion of liquefied natural gas over 2016 and 2017, Reuters reports. The country recently secured 90 cargoes of the liquefied natural gas, majority of which came through a $2.2 billion tender
CSIRO is set to increase confidence in large scale solar by more accurately predicting how different solar photovoltaic (PV) systems will perform on Australian shores. Over the course of a 32 month project supported by $1.3 million ARENA funding
German container line Hapag-Lloyd has defied the challenging market environment in the containership market and returned to profit in the first quarter of 2015 euros as a stronger dollar and lower bunker prices helped to offset weaker freight rates.
Rates for capesize bulk carriers, which climbed to their highest since at least January on Wednesday, are likely to remain steady next week on tighter tonnage supply, ship brokers said. That comes as charterers could hold back cargoes to cool this week's rise in freight rates
NYK Lynx, a containership operated by NYK Line, rescued one person from a sailing yacht in distress 260 nautical miles off the Galapagos Islands. The yacht had been adrift for two weeks after encountering trouble with the main engine.
Crude oil tanker market sentiment weakened in April as average spot freight rates dropped on most reported routes, OPEC said in its latest monthly report. On average, dirty tanker freight rates were down 8% from the month before
Despite a modest recovery in earnings anticipated over the next two years, the dry bulk shipping market is not expected to return to profitability until 2017, says the latest edition of the Dry Bulk Forecaster, published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.
Incat Crowther is designing a pair of 41m catamaran passenger ferries for WETA of San Francisco. The design of the vessels, which will be built by Kvichak Marine Industries, showcase Incat Crowther’s ability to analyze, dissect and meet a set of requirements.
Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe dropped 23.6 percent to $658 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended on Friday, data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index showed. The drop in freight rates on the world's busiest shipping
Global Ship Lease, Inc. has agreed to extend the time charter for the Ville d'Aquarius, a 1996-built, 4,113 TEU vessel currently on charter with Sea Consortium Pte Limited, doing business as X-Press Feeders. The extension is for an additional four to six months, at charterer's option
Shipping company Maersk Line, owned by A.P. Moller-Maersk, plans to increase freight rates for transporting containers from Asia to Northern Europe by $800 per 20-foot equivalent unit (TEU) from June 1, it said on Tuesday. With a fleet of more than 600 vessels
The LPG coaster shipping market continues to be plagued by excess vessel supply with rates remaining stubbornly below pre-financial crisis levels, according to the latest edition of the LPG Forecaster, published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.
Capesize rates slide after hitting 5-month high. Rates for capesize bulk carriers eased this week after hitting their highest since December, and could come under pressure next week if charterers hold back cargoes, ship brokers said. "So far, I can't see too much cargo in the market