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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. 


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


Transas Reflects on a Year of Cruise Ship Developments

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2012 presented a number of interesting challenges for the Transas ship modeling and hydrodynamics department, not least of which was the high fidelity modeling of more than ten vessels successfully completed for various high-profile members of the global Cruise Industry. The year began with the development of several in-service vessels for the Resolve Maritime Academy, in support of their training programs for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCCL)


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


Survey: Shipping Confidence at Three-Year High

Richard Greiner

Overall confidence levels in the shipping industry rose to their highest level for more than three years over the three-month period to November 2013, according to the latest Shipping Confidence Survey from international accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens. There was encouraging news on freight rates and evidence of an increased willingness to invest. But concern persists on overtonnaging, operating costs and the cost of regulation.


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.


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


MHI Tables Ships Built in Year 2013

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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) announce its (diminished on 2012) vessel construction figures during the calendar year 2013 as follows:  


UTi Worldwide, Ansell Name Safmarine Partner of the Year

UTi Worldwide Inc., a global supply chain services and solutions company, together with its client, Ansell Limited, named Safmarine its "Partner of the Year" for 2013-2014 during their annual Ocean carrier performance review meeting in July


NOC to Load First Oil in a Year from Es Sider

Libya is due to start loading its first crude oil tanker in a year from top port Es Sider on Tuesday following a year-long blockade by eastern federalists, a Libyan oil official and trading sources said. Germany's Wintershall has also resumed production for the 220


Capesize Rates to Rise Much Higher this Year

According to Commodore Research & Consultancy, capesize rates ended last week at $15,561/day, which marked a week-on-week increase of $6,167 (66%). Capesize rates have been able to rise by such a large amount so quickly, as vessel availability in both the Atlantic basin and Pacific basin have


Thrustmaster Reaches 30-year Milestone

Photo courtesy of Thrustmaster

Thrustmaster of Texas announced the achievement of an important company milestone: 30 years in the marine propulsion industry. Established in 1984 by its current president, Joe R. Bekker, Thrustmaster has grown from a small manufacturer of outboard


Panama Canal Celebrates 100 Years

Photo: The Panama Canal

The Panama Canal celebrates today a century of operations connecting the world, committed to completing its Expansion, the largest infrastructure project of the waterway since its opening. "Going forward, the Panama Canal will continue to connect the world


Great Lakes’ Ore Float at 6-year High

Photo: LCA

Iron ore shipments on the Great Lakes totaled 7,231,506 tons in July, the highest level since July 2008 when 7,318,961 tons were loaded at U.S. and Canadian ports. This July’s total also represents an increase of 8.6 percent over June and 10.2 percent over a year ago.


Brazil Iron Ore Terminal will Start This Year

Trading firm Trafigura and Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund Mubadala said on Thursday their Brazilian port for exporting iron ore will start this year, in response to a steelmaker with a contract to use the port that said the opening could be pushed back to 2015.


Woods Hole Group Clinches Multi-Year O&M Contract

  Woods Hole Group will be working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services for the operation and maintenance of Physical Oceanographic Real Time System along the East Coast of the USA


July is Best Month for US-flag Lakers in 2 Years

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U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters (lakers) moved 11,365,550 tons of cargo in July, their highest monthly total in two years.  The industry’s July total also represented increases of 8.6 percent compared to June and 10.2 percent compared to a year ago.


NCS Survey, Ceona Ink 5-Year Pact

Ceonas DP3 Multi-purpose Vessel, the Normand Pacific (Credit NCS Survey)

NCS Survey, an Acteon company, has been awarded a five year contract for positioning services with SURF Company, Ceona. Mobilization has been completed on the first vessel, Ceona’s DP3 multi-purpose vessel, the Normand Pacific. Succeeding its initial work in the Gulf of Mexico


Cutterhead Shaft Bearings Last 9 Years on Dredger

Thordon Composite cutterhead shaft bearings prior to installation on the D’Artagnan owned by DEME

Water lubricated Thordon Composite cutterhead shaft bearings have performed well for nine years on one of the largest cutter suction dredgers in the world–Dredging, Environmental and Marine Engineering N.V. (DEME)’s D'Artagnan (28,200 kW total installed power).


Lakes Record Best Month for Limestone in Two Years

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Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 4,090,079 tons in July, the highest total for the trade since July of 2012, the Lake Carriers’ Association said, adding that loadings that month totaled 4,083,753 tons. Loadings out of U.S. quarries totaled 3


UK Oil Imports Exceed Exports for First Time in 30 Years

Britain imported more oil products than it exported last year for the first time in 30 years, an official report shows, and analysts say the country is likely to stay dependent on overseas oil as its refineries close. Britain exported 26.2 million tonnes of products such as diesel


Top Ships Enters 3 New Charters

TOP Ships Inc., an international owner and operator of modern, fuel efficient "ECO" MR tanker vessels focusing on the transportation of petroleum products, announced today that it has terminated the charter parties of M/T EShips Taweelah


US Crude Oil Exports Hit 15-year High

U.S. crude oil exports reached 288,000 barrels per day (bpd) in May, the highest levels since April 1999, data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration showed on Wednesday. The increase compares to April figures of 268,000 bpd, data showed.






 
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