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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)


BC Ferries’ Newly Acquired Set Sail for BC

BC Ferries’ newly acquired vessel to replace the Queen of the North on the Inside Passage between Port Hardy and Prince Rupert officially set sail for her new home in B.C. on Saturday, November 18. The MV Sonia will be re-named when she arrives in B.C. in mid December. The vessel departed from Piraeus, Greece, early Saturday morning for her four-week voyage to Victoria, B.C. Under the command of Senior BC Ferries officers and crew


Another Cruise, Another Batch of Sick Passengers

A mysterious outbreak of stomach ailments has again struck the cruise industry, the latest in a round of low level yet high profiles sickness attacks to hit the beleaguered cruise industry. The latest outbreak reportedly happened onboard Carnival's Conquest, which arrived Sunday to New Orleans after a west Caribbean cruise on which about 260 passengers and crew members got sick. It had carried 3,160 passengers. It was disinfected and set sail again Sunday evening with only four cancellations


LNG Ship to Set Sail

The Shanghai Daily has reported that a second LNG vessel constructed by a Chinese shipbuilder left the drydock for an interior fitting. Shanghai-based Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co Ltd is the builder of the LNG carriers,. The ship cost $160m, is 292 meters long and 43.35 meters wide. It can store 65,000 tons of liquefied natural gas at 163 degrees Celsius below zero. Source: Shanghai Daily


World's Biggest Cruise Liner Set To Sail

The world's biggest cruise liner, the 311-m (1,035-foot) Voyager of the Seas, will set sail this week from Finland to the United States. The $500 million vessel is the first of three sister ships ordered by cruise operator Royal Caribbean from Masa-Yards in the western Finland city of Turku. The ship will leave Turku on Saturday for a three-week passage across the Atlantic to Miami, from where it will sail on its maiden commercial cruise on November 21.


First Ship Opens Detroit's Shipping Season

Monday, April 20, 2009, the Port of Detroit welcomed the arrival of the ocean going vessel, Federal Pride, at 6:00 p.m. at the Nicholson Terminal & Dock Company. The ship's arrival began the port's 2009 shipping season. The Federal Pride, a Cyprus flagged vessel, set sail on April 3, 2009 from Teesport, United Kingdom and Antwerp, Belgium with a cargo of steel. The ship, 470 ft long with a 75 ft beam, sailed under the command of Captain Maciej A. Adamiak


Evergreen Partners in Greenhouse Gas Project

An Evergreen Marine Corp. container ship set sail last Saturday as part of a project to measure and monitor the distribution of greenhouse gases in the Pacific Ocean. The EVER ULTRA is the first commercial marine vessel equipped to measure marine hydrocarbon and halocarbon emissions and is part of an international Pacific Greenhouse Gases Measurement (PGGM) project.  Taiwanese scientists at National Central University initiated the PGGM project in 2008 with the cooperation of Evergreen


China-built, CSL's Fourth New Laker Homeward Bound

Personnel Laker Baie Comeau

The last of Canada Steamship Lines’ (CSL) four newbuild Trillium Class self-unloading Lakers, the 'Baie Comeau', set sail June 30, on her maiden voyage from Chengxi Shipyard in Jiangyin, China, en route to Montreal, Quebec, for service on the Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Seaway. Commanding the Baie Comeau as she crosses the Pacific Ocean and transits through the Panama Canal is Captain Andriy Bondarenko, with Chief Engineer Francis Cotton


China PLA Hospital Ship Sails for Philippines Disaster Support

Peace Ark: Photo Wiki CCL

The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy's hospital ship, the 'Peace Ark', has set sail for a typhoon relief mission to the Philippines, reports Xinhua. The 300-bed ship with eight operating rooms sounded its horn as it set off from a navy port on Zhoushan island in east China's Zhejiang Province, and is expected to take three days to reach the devastated Samar Province in the Philippines. The medical team will conduct first aid and outpatient treatment and perform surgery and


Royal Caribbean Announces Godmother for New Ship

Katherine Louise Calder, foster mother to over 400 children, has a new charge as Godmother of Royal Caribbean International’s newest ship, Freedom of the Seas. In a live announcement made during the show’s coverage of the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy, NBC’s “Today” and Royal Caribbean revealed that Calder of Portland, Oregon received the most votes in the ‘Today Sets Sail’’ national Godmother search. Putting a twist on a long-standing maritime tradition


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.  


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.  


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.   


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


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.


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


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


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.  


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


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.


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.


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


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


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


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






 
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