Carnival Corp., which is working to revive profitability at its Seabourn luxury cruise line, said that next year it will shift a ship now sailing for Seabourn to the company's Holland America Line. The Seabourn Sun, at 38,000 tons the largest of the six Seabourn ships, will move to Holland America in April 2002 after the vessel finishes an around-the-world tour. Carnival, the world's biggest cruise group with 44 ships among its half a dozen lines, last month changed top managers at its jointly run Seabourn and Cunard lines.
Cruise Lines Face Y2K Supplier Squalls The world's biggest cruise lines have safeguarded their own computers against Year 2000 glitches, but still face possible electronic squalls arising at food vendors and other suppliers. Carnival, Royal Caribbean and other major cruise lines operating out of North America are stopping short of declaring full victory over possible Y2K disruptions, due to worry about outside vendors, officials said.
STX Shipbuilding Co., the first South Korean yard in China, had its biggest two-day gain in more than a week in Seoul on optimism the purchase of a stake in Norway's Aker Yards ASA will add cruise liners to its range of vessels. STX Shipbuilding has more than quadrupled this year, making it the fourth-best performer in South Korea's Kospi 200 index. The stake purchase in Aker Yards will allow STX Shipbuilding to use the Norwegian company's expertise in cruise liners
The world's biggest floating diamond processing vessel will set sail for the first time within three weeks and should be in position off Namibia before Christmas, the Namibian Minerals Corporation (NAMCO) said. "This is the biggest offshore diamond processing plant in the world," NAMCO chairman Alastair Holberton told reporters on a tour of the ship in Cape Town harbor. "We expect that in its first work up year in operation it will harvest 200,000 carats of diamonds worth about $30 million
Reports indicate that Cunard will likely sign the deal to build the world’s largest and most costly cruise ship this week, and it is believed that either France’s Chantiers de l’Atlantique or Northern Ireland’s Harland and Wolff will be beneficiary of the contract to build the ship, which has been estimated at $600 million. Five European shipyards have been in the running for the massive Queen Mary 2. The cruise industry is convening in Miami this week at the annual Seatrade Cruise Shipping
Hutchison Port, a unit of conglomerate Hutchison announced earlier on Wednesday a 30 percent investment in Westport Holdings, a multi-purpose terminal in Malaysia's biggest port, Port Klang. Hutchison, controlled by Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing, said in a statement that the deal would allow it to participate in Malaysia's economy. It gave no other details of the deal. Malaysia has 15 ports including Port Klang, on the west coast of Malaysia, which is the nation's main port.
Chevron Corp. and Exxon Mobil lost an auction for Nigeria's most promising oil and gas fields last year to companies controlled by South Korea. In Venezuela, Royal Dutch Shell's bid to develop an offshore gas deposit collapsed when Brazil's state oil company stepped in. The world's biggest publicly traded oil producers are losing reserves to state-run companies willing to pay higher prices for energy needed to fuel growing economies. Petroleo Brasileiro SA, China's Cnooc Ltd
Deutsche Banc Alex. Brown analyst Robin Farley raised her 2000 per-share earnings forecast for Carnival Corp. by 10 cents, to $1.95, saying the world's biggest cruise group was getting better prices. "We believe that Carnival will experience a positive pricing environment in 4Q and 2000 (somewhat helped by Millennium pricing)," Farley wrote in a report. "Additionally, Carnival should benefit from double-digit capacity increases in 2000 of 12
An online shipping exchange being set up by two of the world's biggest oil firms, a leading agrifood multinational and top shipbroker will transform the way traditional shipping markets work, industry experts said. The company, LevelSeas.com, being set up by oil majors BP Amoco and Shell International Trading and Shipping with food processor and distributor Cargill and shipbroker Clarksons, will potentially control 10 percent of bulk commodity movements right from the beginning.
Norwegian tanker operator Iver Ships will join forces with Japan's Mitsui O.S.K Lines to form the second biggest clean tanker alliance in the Asia Pacific region. Iver said the two companies would merge their medium-range (MR) tanker fleets over the next six months to form a pool of 12 45,000 tonners. "Our customers -- the oil majors and petrochemical companies -- are globalizing to form bigger units, and they're looking to concentrate on a few service providers capable of doing a bigger part
China Shipping Container Lines Co. orders the world’s biggest container ship, taking over the title from Maersk Line. Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. will build five vessels each capable of carrying 18,400 20-foot containers for $700 million for China Shipping, the Ulsan
Adoption of, and interest in, LNG-as-fuel for ships is gathering pace but challenge is as much in safe bunkering and port operations as in ship design. LNG bunkering guidance is one of the key subjects addressed in LR’s latest Gas Technology Report.
Aker Solutions, the international oil services provider, has been awarded a frame agreement with Statoil for the delivery of subsea operations and services on the Norwegian continental shelf. Subsea operations and services covers installation of subsea equipment, maintenance
The International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) re-opens its Brussels office within the EU maritime community. Representatives from EU Institutions, European and international organisations came to an event organised by the International Association of Classification Societies
Many Chinese shipbuilders flounder in the face of a declining world shipping slowdown according to the latest industry reports. Production at Chinese yards, the world's biggest shipbuilders by tonnage, declined steeply during the first three quarters of the year, reports 'China Daily'.
Atlantic Container Line (ACL) confirm that their five new roll-on roll-off containerships (CONROs) will be built to UK standards. The five new vessels are being built at the Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co. Ltd in Shanghai China. They are the first of their type ever built with a
At 1601 ft. long x 242.7 ft. wide, the Prelude FLNG facility will be the largest offshore floating facility ever built. A new milestone was reached in the world’s use of LNG as fue, as Shell celebrated the cutting of first steel for the Prelude floating liquefied natural gas
GAC Pindar skipper Ian Williams & team arrive for the Argo Group Gold Cup after winning in Match Race France. After a spectacular conclusion to the Match Race France last weekend, which saw the GAC Pindar skipper battle the elements against young Kiwi William Tiller (Full Metal Jacket
Atlas launches IMIST in three new languages to improve safety standards in growing South East Asia energy market. Atlas has announced three new translations of its IMIST program, now available in nine languages. International Minimum Industry Safety Training (IMIST) is now available in
International oil service group Aker Solutions has been awarded a contract by Statoil to deliver three subsea trees, tubing hangers and a tool package to the Troll field on the Norwegian continental shelf. Estimated contract value is NOK 250 million.
Aker Solutions wins a Statoil contract to deliver three subsea trees, tubing hangers & a tool package to the Troll field, Norwegian continental shelf. The extension, estimated contract value NOK 250 million, is a call-off from a contract signed with Statoil in February 2012
To help get passengers around the ship and find their way, 'Oasis of the Seas' has over 300 digital, interactive signs including maps. Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas was designed with technology in mind to make the ship easier to navigate for the passengers and crew onboard through tools
A replica of Admiral Zheng He's 15th Century ship is under construction in Nanjing, & will set sail to retrace worldwide voyages in 2014 The replica will undertake its first of eight expeditions after going on a trial journey in August 2014
Maersk draws attention to its corporate movie featuring the A.P. Moller Maersk Group's shipping, terminals & oil exploration and production activities Shot in 40 cities across 20 countries, the movie touches on the "mountains" moved each day by the world's biggest container
A strong delegation of the Union of Greek Shipowners (UGS) led by Chairman Theodore Veniamis visited the 23rd Posidonia Exhibition today where they met with many decision makers from the global marine community who converged to Athens once again to participate at the world’s biggest shipping