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New Cruise Ship to Ply Yangtze River

According to a report on, 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, 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:

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

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

Greece: Migrant Boat Sailing Safely Despite Distress Signal

A boat carrying about 200 migrants which had sent out a distress signal off Crete on Monday was spotted safe and sailing to Italy, the Greek coast guard said.   Greece had ordered a Greek-flagged tanker and a Panama-flagged freighter earlier on Monday to search for the 25-metre long fishing vessel after it sent out a mayday signal about 80 nautical miles south of Crete and 15 nautical miles within Libyan waters.  

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

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

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.

Peak Shipping Season Is Approaching For United Yacht Transport

Image: United Yacht Transport

 Spring is the busiest season for United Yacht Transport, the North American leader in boat transport. The international boat transporters are set to complete various shipments in the upcoming months.   In the beginning of the year, the company did an incredible job making a shipment in the Mediterranean region. As a result, they will now be setting sail on more voyages across the globe.   Some of the locations United Yacht Transport will be traveling to in the next few

Refit River Cruiser Sets Sail for Crystal

Photo: R&M Sea Level Marine

The newly renovated vessel Mozart, which began passenger service in July 2016, marks Crystal Cruises’ first venture into European river cruising.   Before for the revitalized river cruiser Mozart set sail, Crystal Cruises contracted R&M Sea Level Marine to completely renovate all

This Day In Naval History: September 1

1800 - During the Quasi-War with France, the schooner, USS Experiment, commanded by Lt. Charles Stewart, captures the French privateer Deux Amix off Barbuda, West Indies.   1814 - The sloop-of-war, USS Wasp, commanded by Johnston Blakely, sinks the British brig sloop, HMS Avon

Capsized Migrant Boat: Egypt Arrests Crew Members

Photo: International Organization for Migration

Egyptian authorities have arrested four crew members of a boat carrying almost 600 migrants which capsized off Egypt's coast, killing at least 43, judicial sources said on Thursday.   The boat sank on Wednesday in the Mediterranean off Burg Rashid

Post-Brexit, Lawmakers Call for Royal Yacht's Return

(Photo: The Royal Yacht Britannia Trust)

As Britain sets sail in uncharted waters on the lookout for post-Brexit trade deals, lawmakers and a former diplomat have earmarked two key weapons: the Duchess of Cambridge and a new royal yacht.   Following the vote in June for Britain to leave the European Union

Boaty McBoatface to Set Sail – Virtually

Image: Sailors’ Society

Though the U.K. Natural Environment Research Council decided not to name its state-of-the-art polar research ship Boaty McBoatface (instead opting to name the ship David Attenborough, and calling its remotely operated undersea vehicle Boaty McBoatface), the name lives on.   

Toll from Crete Shipwreck Rises to 320

Some 320 migrants and refugees are now feared to have drowned in a shipwreck off the Greek island of Crete last week, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Tuesday, citing survivors' testimony. The Greek coastguard said on Saturday that the migrants who survived had told

COSCO's Vessel Departs Greece for Inaugural Transit through Extended Panama

Departing Greek Port of Piraeus today, COSCO Shipping Panama will make the inaugural transit of Expanded Panama Canal on Sunday, June 26 Photo COSCO

The container vessel COSCO Shipping Panama set sail from the Greek Port of Piraeus today on its way to Panama to make history. The Neopanamax vessel will make the inaugural transit of the Expanded Panama Canal on Sunday, June 26, after a 14-day journey.  

Greece Searching for Migrant Boat off Crete

Greece ordered two ships on Monday to search for a vessel believed to be carrying about 200 migrants after it sent a distress signal off the island of Crete, the coastguard said. A Greek-flagged tanker and a Panama-flagged freighter in the area were heading to the location

Mein Schiff 5 delivered to TUI Cruises Ahead of Schedule

MS5 Floatout Photo Meyer Turku shipyard

Today, ten days ahead of schedule, TUI Cruises took delivery of Mein Schiff 5 from the Meyer Turku shipyard. Wybcke Meier and Frank Kuhlmann, CEO and CFO of TUI Cruises, together with Dr. Jan Meyer, CEO of Meyer Turku Oy shipyard, marked the occasion with invited guests at the handing-over ceremony

The Historical Passage of Cosco Shipping Panama

An aerial view of COSCO Shipping Panama in the upper chamber of the Cocoli Locks. Photo by Panama Canal Authority

 The Chinese giant Cosco Shipping  has made the inaugural transit on Sunday June 26, 2016  through the expanded Panama Canal expansion project , event appreciated by thousands of people in Agua Clara lock province of Colon.  

New Era of Global Trade with Expanded Panama Canal

The first commercial transit of a Neopanamax vessel through the Expanded Panama Canal (Photo: ACP)

The Expanded Panama Canal is now officially open for business.   During the official inauguration ceremony, Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela and Panama Canal Administrator and CEO Jorge L. Quijano spoke to a crowd of more than 25,000 jubilant Panamanians, Canal employees

Second of Nine New TNPA Tugs Sets Sail

Photo: TNPA

The latest of Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA) nine new tugboats has set sail from the Durban premises of contractor, Southern African Shipyards, on Thursday, July 7, destined for its new home at the Port of Port Elizabeth.   

Royals on the High Seas!

Photo: Regent Seven Seas Cruises

 Regent Seven Seas Explorer is billed as the most luxurious cruise ship in the world. Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco took the role of godmother.   Dubbed as the ‘most luxurious ship ever built’, at a whopping cost of $450 million

Fire-fighting ASD Tugs Sail to Argentina

Photo: Damen Galati Shipyards

At the end of June, two Damen ASD Tugs 2810 set sail from Damen Shipyards Galati in Romania to Puerto General de San Martin (Argentina) for towing, mooring, and fire-fighting operations in the Argentinian region around Rosario on the Paraná river.  

Crystal Serenity Goes to Arctic

Photo: Crystal Cruises

 The cruise ship MV Crystal Serenity, owned by the US-based Crystal Cruises, is scheduled to set sail from Seward, Alaska to New York on a 32 day, 1,500 km journey through the Northwest Passage via Canada and Greenland on August 16 with with 1,000 passengers on board.  

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