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New Cruise Ship to Ply Yangtze River

According to a report on www.chinadaily.com.cn, a new cruise ship will soon set sail to the Yangtze River's Three Gorges Dam. The "Yangtze River No. 2," a 139-m, six-storey cruise ship, will embark on its maiden voyage from the southwestern Chongqing Municipality to the Three Gorges Dam in Hubei's Yichang City on August 29, www.chinadaily.com.cn reported, citing an official of Changjiang (Yangtze) Cruise Overseas Travel Co., the operator of the ship. Yangtze River No. 2, the third luxury cruise ship to set sail this year, is dubbed the largest river cruise ship. It can accommodate up to 452 people and has a swimming pool, a theater as well as luxury suites equivalent to a five-star hotel. Last year, a reported record of 310,000 people toured the Yangtze on luxury cruise ships, with projections of 450,000 to set sail this year. (Source: www.chinadaily.com.cn)


New NCL Ship Sets Sail in Hawaii

The AP has reported that NCL’s latest ship, Pride of Hawaii, has set sail in Hawaii. The Pride of Hawaii, the largest, most expensive U.S.-flagged luxury liner launched its scheduled service of weeklong voyages around the islands this week. This vessel completes Norwegian Cruise Lines' $1.4b plan to bring three new vessels to the islands. The new ship is the last in a series of U.S. cruise ships — joining the 1,900-passenger Pride of Aloha and the 2


Celebrity Completes Refurb

Celebrity Cruises Line's Century sets sail following a $55m makeover that began just five weeks ago. Designed to incorporate a variety of Celebrity's Millennium-class attributes, the revitalization of Century is the line's most extensive refurbishment to-date, and the largest cruise ship modification completed by Fincantieri's Palermo, Italy, shipyard. A total of 314 new verandas have been added to the ship - a first, for an existing cruise ship - along with 14 new suites


Israel Warns it Will Stop Aid Flotilla

According to the Washington Post, the Israeli military served notice on June 16 that it will stop a flotilla of aid ships that is expected to set sail for the Gaza Strip this month and warned that if soldiers are met with violence, there could be casualties among the activists on board.   Source: The Washington Post  


Fairmount Sherpa Delivers Rig in Egypt

Fairmount Marine’s tug Fairmount Sherpa has towed the semi-submersible drilling rig Noble Paul Romano from the Gulf of Mexico to Egypt. The tow was over a distance of close to 8,000 miles. When contracted by Noble Drilling the Fairmount Sherpa just has completed the installation of FPSO Skarv, offshore Norway. Fairmount Sherpa was mobilized first to Rotterdam for supplies and bunkers before it sailed to Jamaica for a rendez-vous with Noble Paul Romano


China's First Deepwater LNG Pipe-Layer Sets Sail

Photo credit China Rongsheng

China's first 3,000 m deepwater pipe laying crane vessel 'Hai Yang Shi You 201; set sail for South China Sea operations China Rongsheng Heavy Industries Group has collaborated with China National Offshore Oil Corporation (“CNOOC”) to complete construction of a 3,000-meter deepwater pipe laying crane vessel (“DPV”) “HAI YANG SHI YOU 201.” The vessel has set sail for the “Liwan 3-1” gas field in the South China Sea today and will prepare for pipe


Viking Ship Lift Uses Modulift

Modulift, a modular spreader system has been utilized by Meade Crane Services Ltd. to assist in the transportation of the replica Viking ship, the Sea Stallion of Glendalough, to the National Museum at Collins Barracks in Dublin. Due to restricted access to the Museum, the operation involved lifting the 10-ton Viking ship over the top of the museums buildings, with the help of two Modulift spreaders. After setting sail from its home in Denmark, the Sea Stallion arrived in Dublin Docks


This Day in Naval History: July 14

On July 14, 1813, LT John M. Gamble became the first marine to command a ship in battle. Forty years later, Commodore Matthew Perry held his first meeting with the Japanese in Uraga, Japan, and would go on to establish economic tries between the US and Asia. In 1882, sailors and marines from four U.S. ships landed in Alexandria, Egypt, and helped restore order. U.S. warships bombarded Kamaishi, Japan, on this day in 1945; and in 1950, U.S


Pacific Naval Exercise Fleet 2,000-Personnel Strong Sets Sail

Operation Kakadu Warships: Photo credit RAN

Fifteen ships with about 2,000 Defence personnel from seven Pacific nations set sail from Darwin Harbour for the military training Exercise Kakadu. Maritime elements from Australia, Brunei, Indonesia, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore and Thailand will focus on aspects of maritime warfare common to all the forces involved.  Over the 19 days of exercising, from 29 August to 14 September, graduated training activities and weapons practices are being conducted


Shell's Olympus Platform Sails for GofM

Olympus TLP: Photo credit Shell

Shell’s massive Olympus tension leg platform (TLP) sets sail from Ingleside, Texas for a 425 mile trek to its final home on the Mars Field in the Gulf of Mexico. For 10 days, tugboats will pull the over 120,000 ton platform to location where work will begin to secure the platform in place.  The Olympus TLP will be moored to the seafloor by tendons grouped at each of the structure's corners and will float in approximately 3000 feet of water.


China's Lone Aircraft Carrier Drills at Sea

China's sole aircraft carrier conducted exercises on Friday, the navy said without specifying its location, amid escalating disputes over maritime territory with some of China's Asian neighbours. The Liaoning conducted drills and tests in the "relevant sea" along with carrier-based


Carnival Orders New Cruise Ships to Stuff Approx 7,000

Photo: Carnival Corporation & plc

 Carnival Corporation has signed a multi-billion dollar contract to build four next-generation cruise ships with the largest guest capacity in the world.    The four new ships will be the cruise industry's largest yet—but only in head count, not in size.   


World's Largest Cruise Ship Takes to the Water

Harmony of the Seas. Pic: Royal Caribbean International

 The hulking shell of Royal Caribbean’s “Harmony of the Seas” — the world’s largest cruise ship — entered the water in France on Friday. It’s expected to take its maiden voyage in 2016.  


Caltex Replaces Australian Crew

Alexander Spirit. Photo credit: The Advocate - Burnie

 The 36 Australian crew members of an Caltex tanker refusing to set sail after they were told their jobs would be gone after the next run. MR tanker Alexander Spirit (40,100 dwt, built 2007) is docked in Devonport, in Tasmania's north-west, now.  


Puerto Rico Readies for Largest Cruise Ships

Image by Puerto Rico Tourism Company

 Thanks to a pier expansion and enhancement, Puerto Rico will welcome the two largest cruise ships in the world, Royal Caribbean International’s Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, in 2016.   This announcement is part of the commitment made under the administration of Gov


Viking Enters Ocean Cruise Industry

Torstein Hagen, chairman of Viking Cruises

Viking Ocean Cruises has announced it took delivery of Viking Star, marking the company's official arrival into the ocean cruise industry.   The delivery ceremony took place on March 28 when the ship was presented at Fincantieri's Marghera shipyard outside of Venice, Italy


Arctic Yacht Race from New York to Victoria

Arctic Yacht Race route: Sailing the Arctic Race (STAR)

 Extreme Arctic yacht race planned  a race through the Northwest Passage, from New York to Vancouver Island, is possible only because of sea-ice melt, the organizer says.   Sailing The Arctic Race (STAR) is launching an extreme sailing race from the Atlantic to the Pacific through


Alianҫa’s Fleet Continues to Grow

(l.-r.) Rene Wlach, Julian Thomas and Martin Susemihl, Jaques Maggi, Sponsor Luciana Pereira Quartiero, Dr. Ottmar Gast and Dr. Stefan Traumann (General Consul of Germany, Porto Alegre).

  The cabotage fleet of Hamburg Süd’s subsidiary Alianҫa has once again gained a new member. Within the scope of a customer event, the new container ship “Bartolomeu Dias” was christened on 14 April 2015 at the TECON Terminal in the southern-Brazilian port of Rio Grande


Thomson Cruises Names New Ship

Thomson Discovery. Pic: Thomson Cruises

 Thomson Cruises’ newly acquired Splendour of the Seas will be renamed Thomson Discovery when it joins the company’s fleet in summer 2016 and it will homeport in Palma.   Before setting sail under the Thomson name, the ship will undergo a re-brand and refurbishment.


Colombia Frees Chinese Ship with Weapons for Cuba

Pic by Cosco Shipping Co Ltd

 Colombia has licensed a Chinese Language ship to set sail after it was caught carrying One Hundred tonnes of explosives to Cuba illegally, the prosecutor’s workplace stated, though it continues to carry the vessel’s captain pending a felony investigation, reports Reuters.


HMS Prince of Wales Bridge Sets Sail

Photo: BAE Systems

The bridge section of the second Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier set sail today from Glasgow on its first sea voyage to Rosyth.   Upper Block 07 is where HMS Prince of Wales will be commanded atop the flight deck and is known as the Forward Island


Intertek Provides Oil Condition Monitoring for Britannia

Britannia (Photo courtesy of Intertek)

Intertek’s Farnborough laboratory is supporting P&O Cruises’ new flagship Britannia by providing independent oil condition monitoring (OCM) services which monitor the condition of Britannia’s engines and other oil lubricated systems.  


Montreal Readies for Peak Cruise Season

Image: Tourisme Montréal

 The Port of Montreal is expecting a banner year of tourism. The emergence of spring marks the beginning of a brand new cruise season, says Tourisme Montréal.   With no fewer than 19 ships expected, including 5 new ones (the Oceania Marina, Oceania Insignia, AIDA Diva


Iran to Send Cargo Ship to Yemen as Truce Takes Effect

Pic Courtesy port of Hodeida

  An Iranian cargo ship will set sail for the rebel-held Yemeni port of Hodeida on Sunday evening, Iran's Tasnim news agency said, in a move likely to fan further tensions with Saudi-led forces blockading the country. Yemen's Iran-allied Houthi militia earlier on Sunday accepted a


New MERUS Rings Aboard River Countess

Photo: Pronomar

Uniworld’s river cruise vessel River Countess set sail to cruise the lagoon of Venice and the thereto connected river delta. For doing so in accordance with the standards required for the Uniworld fleet, the vessel was equipped with MERUS rings for the complete domestic water system.






 
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