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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Hapag-Lloyd's Hanseatic to Remain in Fleet Until September 2018

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises

The popular five-star expedition ship, the MS HANSEATIC is set to remain in the Hapag-Lloyd Cruises fleet for six more months, until the end of September 2018. The first of the Germany-based cruise provider’s two new expedition ships will be launching in April 2019. The international preview brochure, due to be published in mid-December, will contain two international cruises on board the HANSEATIC, as well as three international expedition cruises on board the BREMEN. The cruises on the BREMEN are intended to serve as a transition until the launch of the new international expedition ship…

Carnival Princess to Pay Record $40 mln for Polluting the Seas

Carnival Corp's Princess Cruise Lines will plead guilty to seven felony charges for polluting the seas and deliberate acts to cover it up, and pay a record $40 million criminal penalty, the U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday. Shares of Carnival, the world's largest cruise operator, were down more than 2 percent at $50.29 in midday trading on the New York Stock Exchange after the announcement. The Caribbean Princess had been making illegal discharges since 2005 using bypass equipment - including a so-called "magic pipe" - to circumvent pollution-prevention equipment that separates oil and monitors oil levels in the ship's water, the department said.

Fincantieri makes First Delivery to Seabourn Cruise

Seabourn Encore is the first cruse ship to be delivered Photo Fincantieri

The handover ceremony of “Seabourn Encore”, the first of two ultra-luxury cruise ships ordered to Fincantieri by the ship owner Seabourn Cruise Line, brand of Carnival Corporation, the world’s largest cruise company, took place today at the Marghera shipyard (Venice). The ceremony was attended for the ship owner, among others, by Micky Arison, Chairman of Carnival Corporation, Richard D. Meadows, President of Seabourn Cruise Line and Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation, while Fincantieri was represented by the Chairman, Giampiero Massolo and the CEO, Giuseppe Bono.

Carnival to Sponsor ‘The New Celebrity Apprentice’

Image: Carnival

Carnival Corporation & plc announced it will sponsor the two-part finale of the upcoming season of NBC’s “The New Celebrity Apprentice” airing next year on February 6 and 13. The sponsorship also features Carnival Corporation launching the Celebrity Apprentice Charity Challenge, supporting the charities chosen by the celebrity contestants while driving consumer engagement with the show. “The New Celebrity Apprentice” premieres on January 2 at 8 p.m. EST on NBC. With “The New Celebrity Apprentice” featuring a component that brings attention to worthwhile charities…

Gibdock Welcomes Back Thomson Majesty

Thomson Majesty (Photo: Gibdock)

A familiar cruise ship visitor has returned to Gibdock, with the Gibraltar yard undertaking exacting repair and renewal work on Thomson Majesty, the Thomson-operated luxury vessel owned by Louis Cruises. The project involved two weeks in Gibdock’s No. 1 dock for the 207m loa (41,000gt) vessel within a fixed schedule, after Thomson Majesty came off her summer port rotations, in preparation for her regular winter cruising duties. The vessel left the dock on November 18, before departing the yard on November 21.

Fincantieri Lays Keel for Seabourn Ovation

from the left Alberto Maestrini (Direttore Generale Fincantieri); sen. Roberta Pinotti (Ministro della Difesa); Paolo Capobianco (Direttore stabilimento Fincantieri di Sestri Ponente); Stig Betten Photo Fincant(comandante)

The keel laying ceremony of "Seabourn Ovation", the second of two ultra-luxury cruise ships that Fincantieri is building for Seabourn Cruise Line, brand of Carnival Corporation, took place today, in the presence of the Italian Minister of Defence Roberta Pinotti, at the Sestri Ponente (Genoa) shipyard. The ceremony was attended, among others, for the ship owner by Captain Stig Betten, while Fincantieri was represented by the General Manager Alberto Maestrini. “Seabourn Ovation”…

James Murray Joins Gulfstream Shipbuilding Management Team

James Murray (Photo: Gulfsteam Shipbuilding)

Gulfstream Shipbuilding welcomes James Murray, a second generation boat builder and operator/owner, to the Sales Management Team. James is the son of Jim Murray, who originally opened the shipyard 35 years ago as Freeport Shipbuilding. James built a variety of custom boats at the shipyard before venturing off to start his own successful passenger excursion company. Now, James returns to partner with the current owner Stuart Reeves on a new generation of custom shipbuilding. “James exhibits the same passions and values that his father instilled on this company 35 years ago…

Cruiseport Boston Closes Out 2016 Cruise Season

Anthem of the Seas (Photo: Royal Caribbean International)

As Cruiseport Boston closes out its successful 2016 season, 2017 is already shaping up to be a record year with 151 calls scheduled for next cruise season. The 2016 season saw 115 calls by a record 32 unique ships with ten maiden calls to the port, including Royal Caribbean International’s Anthem of the Seas, the largest cruise ship to ever call the Port of Boston. Cruiseport Boston has seen years of steady growth which has contributed to the booming cruise business in Boston.

MV Werften Selects MAN Engines for New Cruise Ships

Global Class ship (Image: MAN Diesel & Turbo)

MAN Diesel & Turbo and MV Werften have concluded a contract to equip two Global Class cruise ships for Star Cruises. With a registered tonnage (RT) of 200,000 tons each, the ships will be some of the largest on the market and will each be equipped with six type 48/60CR engines with a combined output of 96,000 kW. The ships are scheduled for delivery in 2020 and 2021. The customer and recipient of these ocean-going giants, which will operate in China and all over Asia, is the Star Cruises brand of Genting Hong Kong.

Genting Dream Christened in China

Genting Dream Guangzhou Launch Ceremony Photo Dream Cruises

Dream Cruises, the first-ever Asian luxury cruise line, claimed its place in history here today when Genting Dream’s official Godmother, Puan Sri Cecilia Lim, the wife of Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Genting Hong Kong christened its maiden luxury cruise ship, spectacular Genting Dream, before an assembly of prominent officials from the Chinese government as well as top executives from trade and industry. Genting Dream's arrival also marked the first time a luxury cruise ship of this scale has home-ported in Guangzhou (Nansha).

Genting Confirms Five-year Shipbuilding Plans

Global Class vessel (Rendering: Genting Hong Kong / MV WERFTEN)

Genting Cruises has confirmed its build program for the MV WERFTEN shipyard group following the launch of the first Asian luxury cruise ship, Genting Dream, in Singapore, Hong Kong and Guangzhou, China. Executive Chairman, Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, stated during the three events that Genting is committed to the long-term development of the cruise industry in Asia. With the rapid growth of the cruise industry in Asia but only a limited number of yards capable of building large cruise ships…

Enhancing Maritime Security in the Dominican Republic

Photo:  International Maritime Organization (IMO)

A table-top exercise on maritime security has been held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, (1-2 December) to assist the country to effectively implement provisions that fall within the scope of  International Maritime Organization (IMO)  maritime security measures, including SOLAS chapter XI-2 and the International ship and Port Facilities Security (ISPS) Code and the SUA treaties. Organized by IMO in collaboration with the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC)…

Talking Dutch Designs with Damen’s Peter Robert

Peter Robert, Damen’s Head of Business Development & Market Intelligence (Photo: Damen)

Despite the numerous challenges facing today’s maritime sector, there are still opportunities to be found. After all, the world is constantly changing and it is those companies who are able to adapt and move with the markets that will experience long-term success. Damen Shipyards Group is an example of a company that does just that. Using examples from some of the newest maritime sectors, Damen’s Head of Business Development & Market Intelligence Peter Robert talks about the importance of understanding, and reacting to, market developments.

Silverstream Air Lubrication for Cruise Ship Refit

(Photo: Silverstream Technologies)

Silverstream Technologies, makes of air lubrication technology for the shipping industry, signed a contract with a major cruise line to retrofit its proprietary Silverstream System on one of its vessels. The Silverstream System will be retrofitted onto the vessel in 2017. Extensive performance analysis of data from Silverstream’s original sea trial funded by Shell confirmed consistent net efficiency savings in excess of 4% and up to 8% for larger vessels. “There is a real demand from the cruise sector for clean technologies that are cost effective…

Kongsberg Technology Chosen for New Ice Class Cruise Ship

Photo: Kongsberg Maritime

Kongsberg Maritime technology has been chosen for installation aboard Australian cruise line Scenic Cruises’ new ice class cruise ship. The 228-passenger, 168 meter long Scenic Eclipse features an ice strengthened hull, but with sleek lines, state-of-the art technology and luxury fittings, it takes its design cues from the exclusive world of billionaire’s megayachts. Scenic Eclipse is currently under construction at Uljanik Shipyard in Croatia, with delivery expected during 2018.

Majo Appointed President of Civitavecchia, Gaeta and Fiumicino Port Authority

Francesco Maria di Majo is Counsel in the corporate group, based in Rome Photo WFW

International law firm Watson Farley & Williams (“WFW“) is delighted to announce that Rome corporate Counsel Francesco Maria di Majo has been appointed president of the prestigious Port Authority of Civitavecchia, Gaeta and Fiumicino (Lazio Region, Italy). The appointment was confirmed today by Minister of Infrastructure and Transport Mr Graziano Delrio, following approval from the Italian Chamber of Deputies’ Transport Commission on 15 November 2016. The Port Authority of Civitavecchia…

Three New Ships for American Cruise Lines

Photo: American Cruise Lines

U.S. cruise company American Cruise Lines said it is expanding its fleet with the addition of three new cruise ships now under construction Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, Md. The first of the tree new vessels, American Constellation, will have capacity for 170 passengers and is scheduled to begin cruising in May of 2017. Construction is currently nine weeks ahead of schedule and the ship is now being outfitted with passenger details including marbled tile bathrooms and large sliding glass doors in each stateroom.

Superlative Cruising Encounter

BCS Media, Manuel Lebowsky (Photo courtesy of Hamburg Cruise Center)

A fleet of seven cruise ships attract 600,000 visitors to the fourth Hamburg Cruise Days. It was ‘time to say goodbye’ to the Deutschland and AIDAstella last Sunday, not only for the cruise passengers, but also for the many visitors to the fourth Hamburg Cruise Days. For three days the city was totally consumed by the laid back maritime cruising atmosphere that prevailed along the four-kilometre length of the event area. Blessed with midsummer temperatures, 12 cruise theme islands between HafenCity and Altona provided a range of sporting…

Asia Cruise Cooperation Launched

From left to right. Junlin He (Vice Director) of the Hainan Provincial Tourism Development Commission, Anthony Lau (Executive Director)of the Hong Kong Tourist Board, Rolando Canizal (Assistant secretary for Tourism Planning, Research and Information Management) of the Philippine Department of Tourism and Wayne Liu (Deputy Director General) of the Taiwan Tourism Bureau. photo:ACC

Five Asia cruise destinations – Hainan, Hong Kong, The Philippines, Taiwan and Xiamen–jointly announced the launch of Asia Cruise Cooperation (ACC), a committed and resourceful alliance with a strong commitment to maximize the growth of cruise tourism in Asia. Launched at a cocktail reception at Seatrade Cruise Global in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, the members of ACC vowed to provide full support to cruise lines to develop Asian cruise products. Riding on the success of Asia Cruise Fund founded in 2014 and the participation of Xiamen since January…

MARAD Offers Cruise Passenger Stats

Cruise lines carried 11 percent more passengers from U.S. ports in the first quarter of 2003 than they did in the first quarter of 2002, the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) reported. Carnival Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean International maintain the largest market share among the top 10 cruise lines, accounting for 32.7 and 26.4 percent, respectively. The statistics are part of a new statistical series issued by MARAD on U.S. cruise passenger traffic, which covers the 10 major cruise lines operating cruise ships with a capacity greater than 750 passengers. The cruise lines included in the database are Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Disney Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Holland America Line, Costa Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Crystal Cruises, Princess Cruises, and Cunard Line.

Renaissance Cruises Appoints Manfred Ursprunger As Chief Executive

Renaissance Cruises announced today that its board of directors has appointed Manfred Ursprunger as Chief Executive. Ursprunger joins Renaissance Cruises from Celebrity Cruises, where he was one of the two key senior executives. On April 20, 2001, Renaissance Cruises announced that Malvern Maritime, led by Norwegian shipowner Peter Gram, has become the majority shareholder of R Holdings, the parent company of Renaissance Cruises, through a major investment in the company. The Company also announced the decision of Richard L. Kirby, former president and Co-CEO, to resign in order to pursue personal interests. Under Ursprunger's leadership, Celebrity Cruises has earned top travel industry honors for lodging and service quality.

Port Everglades Beats Cruise Passenger Record

Broward County’s Port Everglades is experiencing record cruise passenger growth in 2004 and just nine months into the current fiscal year already surpassed 2003’s total number of passengers. Just one month later, the South Florida cruise port powered past its all-time annual high mark, which was set in 2002. By the end of this year, Port Everglades expects to top the four million annual passenger milestone for the first time. “Broward County has become the hub of the cruise industry and this year’s phenomenal passenger growth demonstrates that Port Everglades’ appeal continues to grow,” said Ken Krauter, Port Director. In June, just nine months into the current fiscal year, Port Everglades hosted 3,409,116 cruise passengers, surpassing last year’s 12-month total of 3,375,671 passengers.

Princess and Norwegian Cruising Into Port of Houston

Bayport Cruise Terminal 1

The Port of Houston Authority is partnering with two separate cruise lines, Princess Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Lines, to offer new service from the Bayport Cruise Terminal. Princess Cruises will make passenger cruise calls during the 2013-2014 cruise season, while Norwegian Cruise Lines has committed to begin service in 2014. "We are ecstatic that these two premier cruise lines have chosen to sail from our state-of-the-art cruise facility at Bayport in Pasadena, Texas," said Jim Edmonds, chairman of the Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority.


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