Carnival Cruise Lines and the Port of New Orleans announced a new two-year contract retroactive to October 2006, with the option to renew the deal for an additional two-year period, which could keep the world’s largest cruise line sailing regularly from the Crescent City through 2010. Under the terms of the contract, the 2,056-passenger Carnival Fantasy, which replaced the Carnival Sensation in October of 2006, will make a minimum of 70 calls per year to the Port of New Orleans’ new $37 million Erato Street Cruise Terminal and Parking Garage. The ship sails four- and five-day cruises to the Western Caribbean year-round, with port calls in Cozumel and Costa Maya. Carnival also plans to hold its quarterly meeting of national sales managers on Sept. 24 and 25 in New Orleans to highlight the City’s rebounding tourism industry to its leading sales personnel. More than 100 of Carnival’s sales managers will attend the event, which will be held at Hotel Monteleone in the French Quarter. An economic impact study found the cruise industry contributes $226 million annually to the regional economy and supports more than 2,800 jobs in Louisiana.
'HMS Enterprise' sails from Falmouth in Cornwall to the Middle East for nine months, primarily for military data gathering. While the ship's primary tasking is military data-gathering she will also act as a deterrent to illegal activity by increasing security and preventing conflict. The military data-gathering conducted will help to eliminate 'no-go areas' for British and allied warships, but crucially will also be used to update badly-needed charts so all mariners can navigate the
Sun Cruises’ 22,945grt cruise liner, Sundream, has left A&P Southampton’s King George V Dry Dock after completion of a three-week dry dock and repair program. The 1,257 passenger, 1970-built vessel is a regular visitor to the port of Southampton and Harwich, but was its first visit to A&P. In addition to the usual general repairs, the program focused on extensive steel renewals to the vessel’s ballast and fuel tanks, upgrade and renewal of the sanitary pipe work systems
This week's kidnapping crisis in the southern Philippines has thrown the spotlight on the growing problem of piracy in Asian waters, delegates at an international maritime conference said. Maritime authorities from 15 countries -- including Japan, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, India and South Korea – are meeting in Tokyo to discuss piracy in the region, mainly the armed robbery of commercial ships sailing through Southeast Asia.
Fuelled by the order boom in international shipping, the tonnage classified by Germanischer Lloyd has grown to more than 50 million gross tonnage (GT). This is a milestone in the history of the classification society, which attends to the safety of over 5,730 vessels worldwide. "We are deeply grateful to our customers at home and abroad for this growth," said Executive Board Member Rainer Schöndube. "Over the past eight years, we have been able to double the fleet in class."
The Northrop Grumman-built amphibious transport dock ship Mesa Verde (LPD 19) completed builder's trials last week, in a collaborative effort involving the U.S. Navy and Northrop Grumman. Shipbuilders worked on sea trial preparations weeks before the ship sailed the Gulf of Mexico from Aug. 13 to 16. The ship's compartments were 100 percent complete, and all systems and certifications were completed and tested 100 percent to pre-trial requirements.
Thales has announced the launch of a new naval Radar Electronic Support Measures (R-ESM) solution for multi-purpose ships that need continued capability in the littoral. Ships sailing close to shore can experience difficulties with radars, due to reflections from the landmass and interference from the greater density of radar traffic. Vigile DPX, the latest member of Thales’s Vigile family of products
Extraordinary shipments are a common sight at the Wallmann terminal in Hamburg. The breakbulk terminal, in which Rickmers-Linie holds a share of just over 25 per cent, specialises in the handling of out-of-gauge, heavy lift and project cargo. At the end of September 2010, a particularly unusual cargo was loaded onto the multipurpose vessel Rickmers Jakarta: three rail-mounted cranes manufactured by Kirow AG en route for the Far East
Thousands of seafarers risk their lives on unsafe cargo vessels that daily enter the East African ports of Mombasa and Dar es Salaam, trade union officials said last week. An estimated 85 percent of all vessels calling at the Kenyan and Tanzanian ports do not meet basic international safety regulations. "They are sub-standard in terms of accommodation, in terms of conditions in general and in terms of safety," Juma Khamis
On 4 January 2010, DCT Gdansk received the largest container vessel ever to call Poland when the 8200TEU Maersk Taikung (length 1,089 ft; beam 141.7 ft; draft 47.5 ft) arrived from the Far East. From January 2010, Maersk post-panamax ships sailing on Maersk Line’s AE10 service from China will call DCT Gdansk every Monday bringing Polish, Russian and Finnish cargo to be discharged at DCT Gdansk. This marks the beginning of a new era in container shipping linking directly Poland to Asia
'Europa 2' has been christened in the Port of Hamburg during the German port's 824th anniversary celebrations. The new cruise ship sailed to the launch site near the riverside district of Blankenese, where Godmother Dana Schweiger officially gave the new ship her name: “I christen you the
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) commend the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) Legal Committee's proposals for on-board crime procedures. The International Maritime Organization's (IMO) Legal Committee recently adopted a proposal which CLIA co-sponsored on international
The month of January 2013 was again a very busy month for A&P Shipyards in the northeast of England. On the River Tyne there have been a number of dockings / undocking’s: Longstone (Andrew Weir Shipping) - undocked early January after an intensive 12 day
Wärtsilä has been contracted by the Korean yard STX Offshore & Shipbuilding, to supply exhaust gas cleaning systems for four new Container Ro/Ro (ConRo) vessels being built for Ignazio Messina & Co, the Italy based ship owner and operator
Russia is the second-most important trading partner for the Port of Hamburg in terms of seaborne container handling. With a total volume of approx. 675,000 standard containers (TEU) handled between Hamburg and the Russian ports, the volume of container traffic was up by a further 13
Executive claims 'Carnival Triumph', 'Carnival Splendor' & even 'Costa Condordia' are but the "Tip of the Iceberg". World City America Inc., president, Stephanie Gallagher asks when will U.S. politicians and reporters ask the right questions about this non-U.S
The Port of Rotterdam reports 2012 fuel oil bunker volume fell from 11.6 to 10.3 million tonnes. The Port of Rotterdam Authority attributes the decline as a whole to the more efficient way of sailing adopted by shipping (‘super slow steaming’)
Emulsified Fuel Tech Earns a Better Rep Matters of fuel use, economy and emissions are “A-List” items on any vessel owner’s agenda, as skyrocketing prices for diesel and a spiraling maze of regulation regarding fuel content and emissions are pressing owners to adopt technical
The Mission to Seafarers’ Chaplain in Rotterdam, Holland, worked around the clock with rescue crews following the collision. The 24-man crew of the Baltic Ace immediately abandoned ship, outside Rotterdam port at 1815 GMT on 5 December
A law revision requires South Korean ships to build safe areas (citadels) against pirate attacks. The recently passed revision, passed in the National Assembly on Nov. 22, 2012, obliges the construction of a so-called "citadel" inside ships that have to sail through international
The MCS container terminal in Leeuwarden & a winding hole for 110-metre container ships officially opened for business. The winding hole [turning basin] is at the junction of the Zwette and Van Harinxma canals. Following Westerbroek and Meppel
Maersk Line cuts further capacity on the Asia-Europe trade on low demand, cuts AE5 service permanently & suspends the AE9 service. “We do not expect volume growth on the Asia-Europe trades this year so there is currently no need for the number of ships sailing”
KNRM and Damen Shipyards sign contract for construction of revolutionary lifeboat. The Royal Netherlands Sea Rescue Institution – KNRM – enjoys a reputation for excellence in maritime search and rescue. It operates in one of the world’s busiest locations, the North Sea
Crystal Cruises unveils the world's first self-contained, free-standing 'living wall' at sea, with indoor plants depicting a world map. A living wall is a vertical garden that is pre-planted in panels and then attached to the wall or facade of a building
The Adminstration intends to spur biofuel development by injecting Federal funds The Obama administration said a key part of the spending was $30 million in federal funding being made available to quicken the development of biofuels to replace diesel and jet fuel consumed by the military