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AIDA Celebrates Record Year

AIDA Cruises achieved an exceptional increase in its annual results for the business year 2005. With a turnover of € 375 million and a total of 233,000 passengers, AIDA Cruises has had its most successful year since the company was founded. Around 10% more guests spent their holiday on board an AIDA Club Ship than in the previous year 2004. Sales also rose from € 370 million to € 375 million. The increase in turnover is lower than that for passenger numbers on account of a considerable reduction in flight volumes. AIDA Cruises has initiated a number of major investment projects during the last financial year with, for example, three new AIDA vessels being built at the Meyer Shipyard in Papenburg at a cost of € 945 million. The steelwork has already commenced in October of this year and the first ship will be laid down in March 2006. The new AIDA vessels will be delivered in the spring of 2007, 2008 and 2009, ensuring an 80% expansion in the capacity of the AIDA fleet by the year 2009. With its four AIDA Club Ships and total capacity of 5,400 beds, AIDA Cruises is the undisputed market leader for sea cruises in Germany. The rapidly growing company, which is part of the Carnival Group and based in the Baltic city of Rostock, currently has 2,400 employees from 25 different countries. The workforce will increase to around 4,000 by 2009

SCA Announces New Chair/Vice Chair

The Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) announced that Herschel Vinyard, vice president at Atlantic Marine Holding Company, has been elected its new chair. Mr. Vinyard takes the leadership role of the Council after two successful years that saw increased membership and an expansion of services provided by the SCA under the chairmanship of Steve Welch, CEO and President of Todd Pacific Shipyards. Chris Bollinger, executive vice president of Bollinger Shipyards

NOL Group Announces New Appointments

Move is part of APL and APL Logistics growth strategy in region , 2 April 2008: Global container shipping, terminals and logistics group Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) has announced a series of key appointments in the fast-growing region. The new Vice-President for the region is Gene Seroka. He is responsible for the overall management of NOL’s APL, APL Terminals and APL Logistics businesses throughout the Middle East from the Group’s regional HQ in .

Conrad Industries 2008 Results

Conrad Industries, Inc. (Pink Sheets: CNRD) announced its fourth quarter and twelve months 2008 results. For the quarter ended December 31, 2008, Conrad had net income of $7.1m and earnings per diluted share of $1.09 compared to net income of $6.3m and earnings per diluted share of $0.86 during the fourth quarter of 2007. The Company had net income of $23m and earnings per diluted share of $3.29 for the twelve months ended December 31, 2008 compared to net income of $19

DT&F: Expanding New Yacht Construction Business in U.S.

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Following its assessment of activity at this year’s Monaco Yacht Show, Dwight Tracy & Friends Yacht Sales announced expansion of its program for representing new construction shipyards, both in the U.S. and Europe.  According to DT&F founder and CEO Dwight Tracy, “The current strength of the euro against the U.S. dollar, and the current situation in our domestic new yacht market, makes this a time of opportunity for European yacht buyers in search of first-quality

Strategy Engineering Wins O&G Company Award

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Strategy Engineering & Consulting, LLC announce that it was named the winner of the Oil and Gas Awards Engineering Company of the Year for the Gulf Coast Region in 2012, announced Strategy President Chris Morris. “The Engineering Company of the Year award recognizes engineering excellence and achievements within the oil and gas industry in the Gulf Coast region," Morris said. "This award acknowledges engineering companies that demonstrate completed projects that display

Detroit Diesel, Volvo Penta Collaboration Concludes

Detroit Diesel Corporation (DDC) and Volvo Penta of the Americas (VPA) have announced a mutual agreement to conclude their successful four-year collaboration which provided Detroit Diesel distribution rights for Compact and 6-16 liter inboard diesel engines and parts in North America. Effective February 1, 1999, Compact diesel inboard engines from 10-102 hp as well as 6-16 liter diesel inboard engines from 318-770 horsepower were transitioned back to VPA for engine, parts, sales, distribution

Tanker Orders Flood in For Chartco

ChartCo, has taken more orders for its ChartManager service from tow major tanker fleet owners. Greek company Avin International is the third major Greek shipping company, to sign up as a ChartCo customer while ChevronTexaco Shipping Company has signed up to ChartCo’s service following successful trials on two of its vessels. Avin International, a tanker operator active in the shipment of crude oil and petroleum products

McMoRan Completes Test in Gulf

McMoRan Exploration Co. has completed a successful production test at its Flatrock discovery located in the South Marsh Island section of the Gulf of Mexico. According to the company, the production test found a gross flow rate of about 71 million cubic feet of natural gas per day. Production is expected to begin at the well by the end of the year.

Fugro Extends Contract with McDermott

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  Fugro has been awarded a three-year extension to its existing contracts with McDermott Middle East, Inc. The contract covers the provision of survey, positioning, remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and diving services in the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, India and Saudi Arabia. Engineering and construction company McDermott currently operates two major work barges in the region as well as a large number of other support vessels.

Flynn Refrigeration Secures Deals with Solstad

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Merseyside refrigeration and air-conditioning specialist Flynn Refrigeration has landed a fresh series of deals with Norwegian shipping company Solstad   The Birkenhead-based firm announced it has secured contracts to supply the Normand Oceanic and Normand Installer vessels with Bitzer

Singapore Offers Funding to Build LNG Vessels

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 Singapore Offers Funding to Build LNG Vessels   Port of Singapore offers S$12 million funding for building of LNG-fuelled vessels as Singapore advances LNG bunkering efforts to meet future demand   The Port of Singapore, regarded as a leading bunkering hub

Damen's Third Ferry for South Korea

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  All good things come in threes as Damen delivers the third vessel of the year, from the Damen Fast Ferry (DFFe) series to South Korean operators. Having already delivered the SeaStar 5 to existing customer Seaspovill earlier this year

TMS Cardiff Gas Orders First LPG Carriers

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  TMS Cardiff Gas Ltd. has signed a contract with Hyundai Heavy Industries of Korea for the construction of two 78,700 cbm LPG carriers with the option to build another two. The vessels are scheduled for delivery in Q2 and Q3 2017, when they will enter into time charter contracts with Shell

Collaboration Key in MV Smart Wreck Removal

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Titan Salvage, now a part of Ardent following completion of the merger of Titan and Svitzer Salvage, has completed the removal of the wreck of the cape-size MV Smart coal carrier in South Africa, an especially challenging project due to weather conditions that prevail on the South African coast

Losses Impacting Marine Cargo Insurance Market


Speaking at this year’s IUMI annual conference in Berlin, Nick Derrick, Chairman of IUMI’s Cargo Committee warned that large cargo losses were having a significant impact on the marine insurance sector. The recent incident at the port of Tianjin should, according to Derrick

Boston Harbor Cruises Named a Top Small Business

This summer, BHC’s high-speed catamaran Salacia, known as the Provincetown Fast Ferry, made its maiden voyage after undergoing a $2.6 million engine refit. (Photo: BHC)

The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce has named passenger vessels operator Boston Harbor Cruises (BHC) as the 2015 Small Business of the Year Awards top honoree.    The Small Business of the Year Awards recognizes Greater Boston’s smaller for-profit companies

Mobile Tech Helps Streamline European Passenger Port

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The Port of Dover is turning to a raft of futuristic traffic sensors to keep billions of pounds of trade and millions of passengers on the move.   Equipment known as BlipTrack, developed by Denmark-based BLIP Systems, is helping controllers at Europe’s busiest ferry port to reduce

Wah Kwong Acquires DNV GL's ShipManager

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  Wah Kwong Ship Management (HK) Limited will adopt DNV GL’s ShipManager integrated fleet management software suite to further improve operational efficiency, data transparency and safety reporting. Wah Kwong is a leading provider of maritime transport in the bulk carrier

Long Beach Port Weighs Options to Enhance Efficiency

Temporary depot closes, creating new opportunities as cargo rises

  The Port of Long Beach today announced plans to seek new ways to use a largely undeveloped 150-acre pier to help move cargo more efficiently as the Port continues to welcome increasing trade. With the looming closure at the end of this month of the temporary storage depot at the

Cadmatic, NCG Combine Business Operations


Press release - Cadmatic and Numeriek Centrum Groningen BV (NCG) have combined their business operations and continue as one company.   Cadmatic Oy has acquired all the shares and business operations of Numeriek Centrum Groningen BV (NCG). This is valid from the 16th of September 2015.

America's First Female Cruise Ship Captain on Maiden Voyage

Kate McCue. Photo by Celebrity Cruises, Inc

 An American woman Kate McCue is on her maiden voyage at the helm of the Celebrity Summit. She's leading the 14-day cruise with more than 2,100 passengers and a crew of about 950.     Kate McCue, 37, took the helm of her maiden voyage on the Celebrity Summit ship on Sunday as the

Li to Head MacGregor's China business

Zhengyu Li (Frank)

MacGregor develops operations in China and strengthens its organisation by appointing Zhengyu Li (Frank) as Vice President, Head of China as of 1 October 2015. Mr Li drives the development of MacGregor business in the most important market in the marine industry

SC Line Begins Service to Cuba from Port Everglades

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 Shipping company SC Line has started up service between Fort Lauderdale's Port Everglades and Cuba, reports Sun Sentinel.   The cargo and cruise vessels no longer require a special license to ply between US and Cuba.   SC Line can serve the Cuban seaports of Mariel and Santiago

SE Asia Accounts for More than Half of the World’s Piracy Attacks

Graph: International Maritime Bureau (IMB)

 At present more than half of the world’s piracy attacks are occurring in South East Asia, says he latest International Maritime Bureau (IMB) incident report.   Piracy in the Gulf of Aden, which was the scourge of global shipping from 2011-14 has all but disappeared

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