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Celebrity Cruises To Add Second Ship Year-Round In Caribbean 2003

Celebrity Cruises will devote a second ship to the Caribbean for the 2003 summer season to accommodate a continued demand for its Caribbean product. Century, currently sailing seven-night eastern and western Caribbean itineraries from Port Everglades, was originally scheduled to redeploy to Europe next summer, then resume her Caribbean sailings next Fall. Century now will sail the Caribbean year-round, joining sister-ship Galaxy. Celebrity will continue to operate two ships, Millennium and Constellation, next year in Europe. In addition, sister brand, Royal Caribbean International, will sail three ships, Splendour of the Seas, Brilliance of the Seas, and Grandeur of the Seas, from European ports. By keeping Century in the Caribbean, Celebrity will cancel 17 of the ship's originally scheduled European sailings, a mix of seven, 10- and 11-night Mediterranean cruises from Rome or Barcelona and two transatlantic crossings.


USS Essex Wins Energy Conservation Award

The Secretary of the Navy recently presented the Energy Conservation (ENCON) award winners for FY2002 in ceremonies conducted at the Navy Memorial in Washington, DC. USS Essex (LHD 2) was among these prestigious award winners. These Navy and Marine Corps activities were singled out for executing comprehensive conservation programs based on senior-level command involvement, well-staffed and trained energy teams, aggressive awareness campaigns


Opening the Artic for Business: The Risk-based Approach to Polar Code

The IMO’s Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Equipment (DE) is working on a mandatory Code for ships operating in Polar waters — widely known as the Polar Code, to supplement other regulatory instruments, including SOLAS and MARPOL. The Code will seek to address the specific risks relating to operations in Polar waters, taking into account the extreme environmental conditions and the remoteness of many locations. 


OSV Ship of the Year 'North Sea Giant'

North Sea Giant Photo credit North Sea Shipping

The 'Offshore Support Vessel of the Year Award' for 2012 was won by North Sea Shipping's 'North Sea Giant', built to DNV class at the Metalships & Docks shipyard in Vigo, Spain The North Sea Giant is considered to be the largest offshore vessel of this type ever built, with an overall length of 156m, beam of 30m and installed power of more than 22MW. The vessel was given the prize for her innovative features, which include advanced dynamic positioning (DP) capability for DP operations


Ulstein 'Ship of the Year 2012' Nomination

Polarcus Amani: Photo credit Ulstein

Seismic vessel 'Polarcus Amani' designed and constructed by Ulstein is one out of three vessels nominated for Ship of the Year 2012 The ship was delivered in March this year, while her sister vessel will be delivered later this month. “To be nominated, the ship must be delivered during 2012, but the degree of innovation is the main criterion to win the the award,” says Asle Strønen, member of the jury.


NOL Reports $208m Year-On-Year Improvement

Group’s 4Q 2012 performance improves 75%; meets cost saving goal of US$500 million Global container shipping and logistics group Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) reported fourth quarter 2012 Core EBIT (Earnings Before Interest and Taxes) loss of US$69 million, a 75% improvement in the key profitability measure from a year ago. The Group posted a full year net loss of US$419 million, mainly due to a first quarter net loss (before non-recurring items) of US$255 million and one-time charges of


Coast Guard Medevacs 18-Year-Old From Cruise Ship

A Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater rescue crew medically evacuated an 18-year-old male from a cruise ship 250-miles southwest of Clearwater Beach, Fla. Tyler King, fell 20 ft. from the cruise ship's mast to the deck. King landed on his head causing head trauma, a hematoma behind the eye and a broken bone in his face. The Coast Guard received a call from a doctor on board the 739-ft. Carnival cruise ship Fantasy, home ported in Miami, Fla


Japan's March Ship Orders Up 23% From Last Year

Ship export contracts concluded by Japanese shipyards in March totaled 20 vessels, or 781,290 grt, an increase of 23.3 percent from a year earlier, an industry body said. A breakdown shows that there were orders for seven freighters, 11 bulk vessels and two oil tankers in March. For fiscal 1999 ended March, Japan received orders for 288 vessels, or 10.97 million grt, up 69.6 percent from the previous year.


DOJ Bans Shipping Company for Three Years

The U.S. Department of Justice issued a news release stating that, after pleading guilty, a shipping company has been sentenced to pay a criminal fine of $2.7m for violation of pollution and safety laws and for making false statements. In addition, ships owned or managed by the company will be prohibited from entering U.S. ports for three years. The court awarded $540,000 to nine former crew members who extensively cooperated in the investigation


Shipping Confidence Falls to Four-Year Low

Moore Stephens shipping partner, Richard Greiner.

Overall confidence levels in the shipping industry fell in the three months ended August 2012 to their lowest level for a year, according to the latest Shipping Confidence Survey from international accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens.   The fall, to the lowest figure recorded since the survey was launched in May 2008, comes after three successive quarters of improved confidence. Chief among the concerns raised by respondents to the survey were the glut of newbuildings coming


Port of Antwerp wins “Port of the Year” Award

 The Port of Antwerp has won the “Port of the Year” award for a second time at the Seafarers’ Welfare Awards organised by the    International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN). Chief Operations Officer Christiaan De Block accepted


Crashes in Crucial US Crude Waterway Hit 10-year Low

USCG photo

Serious crashes in the bustling Bay of Galveston have fallen to the lowest level in a decade even as more oil moves on U.S. waterways, official data show, suggesting that better training and equipment are helping avert spills like one in March.


Somali Pirate Sentenced to 12 Years by German Court

 A German court sentenced a Somali asylum-seeker to 12 years in jail on Thursday, for his involvement in the pirate hijacking of a tanker in the Indian Ocean in 2010.   The judge in the Osnabrueck court in northern Germany said the man was guilty of kidnapping and severe extortion


Years After BP U.S.Oil Spill: Compensation Battle Rages

Four years after the Deepwater Horizon spill, oil is still washing up on the long sandy beaches of Grand Isle, Louisiana, and some islanders are fed up with hearing from BP that the crisis is over.   Jules Melancon, the last remaining oyster fisherman on an island dotted with colourful


Houston Ship Channel Collision: Tank Barge & Cargo Ship

Hull damage: Photo credit USCG

The cause of a collision between the cargo ship 'Genius Star VII' and a barge loaded with 840,000 gallons of #6 fuel oil in the Houston Ship Channel is being investigated by the US Coast Guard. Watchstanders with Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Texas City received a report at approximately 8:30 p.m


Port of LA Throughput Negatively Impacted by Chinese New Year

Port of Los Angeles container ship: Image courtesy of the Port

February 2014 cargo volumes in the Port of Los Angeles decreased 8.9 percent compared to the same month last year informs the Port in its latest report. The Port considers that the decrease is due in part to the Chinese New Year, which closed many factories in Asia for two to three weeks in


East-West Freight Rates Remain Down After Chinese New Year

Image courtesy of Drewry

Following three consecutive months of price rises, freight rates on the East-West trades declined in February, according to Drewry’s online Container Freight Rate Insight. Rates came under most pressure on the Asia-Europe trade, which weakened following a meteoric rise in the run-up to the


Retlif Testing Laboratories Marks 35 Years

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Retlif Testing Laboratories, a strategic compliance organization and a leading independent testing laboratories, is celebrating its 35th year of operations. President Walter Poggi officially announced the anniversary with a series of planned events and pledged to uphold the personal service that


ASAP Supplies Celebrates 25 Years

Image: ASAP Supplies

On April 1, 2014, it will be 25 years since Peter Edwards & Mark Reynolds officially started trading as ASAP Supplies. At 36 and 26 respectively, they were working for a marine engine supply company, and when the company stopped promoting the smaller engines and spares


Ship, Kirby Tug/Barge Collide in Houston Ship Channel

A barge loaded with marine fuel oil sits partially submerged in the Houston Ship Channel, March 22, 2014.

The Coast Guard along with state and local partners are responding to a collision near Texas City, in the Houston Ship Channel, Saturday, March 22, 2014. At approximately 12:35 p.m., watch standers at Coast Guard Sector Houston/Galveston received a call from the captain of the 585-ft


APL Logistics Named Carrier of the Year by Barilla Pasta

Image courtesy of APL Logistics

APL Logistics of Scottsdale, Arizona, provides over the road trucking and intermodal services for Barilla in the U.S.  They explain that they achieved perfect scores in categories such as on-time pick-up and delivery and load completion, exceeding requirements and expectations set by Barilla


MTN, Fred.Olsen Extend 4-Year Relationship

Photo: MTN

MTN Communications (MTN) announced Fred.Olsen Cruise Lines has extended its four-year relationship with the company. Fred.Olsen chose to increase the breadth of communications, content services and support MTN provides. The MTN partnership includes an enhanced onboard suite of connectivity options


Mobile Ship Channel Reopens Following Ship Grounding

The container ship MSC Kyoto heaves-to aground outside the Mobile Ship Channel, April 7, 2014. The MSC Kyoto reportedly experienced a steering failure. (USCG photo)

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) reopened the Mobile Ship Channel to all deep-draft commercial vessel traffic at approximately 5 p.m. Monday. The USCG restricted vessel traffic at about 3 a.m. Monday, after the container vessel MSC KYOTO grounded outside the channel.


ANS oil production to fall 1.8 pct for fiscal year

Alaska's North Slope oil production is forecast to decline 1.8 percent for the fiscal year ending June 30 instead of falling 3 percent as predicted in December, according to a report released this week. The Alaska Department of Revenue predicts production of 521


Box Prices Rise for the First Time in 2 Years

Photo: Drewry

Drewry’s latest Container Equipment Insight, exclusive to subscribers of Drewry’s Container Leasing and Container Census reports, saw prices for new dry freight containers increase in the opening months of 2014 for the first time in two years.


 
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