Industry Challenges Underscore Seatrade Convention’s Importance
The 2002 Seatrade Cruise Shipping Convention and trade show will be held on March 11-15 at the Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami, Fla. It will provide cruise lines and suppliers a venue to exchange ideas on marketing and management, as well as the latest advances in ship operation, technology, and vessel design. In the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks, the cruise industry is facing its most serious challenges in a decade. With a stagnant global economy, massive fleet redeployments and consumers wary of traveling, the 2002 Cruise Shipping Convention will provide a forum where cruise line executives and suppliers can find ideas, products and services to help them stay competitive in a harsh business climate.
Germanischer Lloyd at Seatrade Cruise Shipping
A cruise ship scrapes a reef. A fire breaks out in a storage room. The many different scenarios the Emergency Response Service (ERS) of Germanischer Lloyd has to handle are often hazardous for passengers, seamen and the environment. The emergency service for ships in trouble, already used by ten passenger ships, is presented at Seatrade Cruise Shipping. It is essential for the rescue service to have a computational model giving all the technical data for the ship in question. To produce this, Germanischer Lloyd works with HECSALV, a special "salvage software". If the ship has been classed by Germanischer Lloyd, existing model data can be used. In an emergency situation, the model is used to carry out a computerized simulation of the circumstances of the accident. rescue scenario.
Hayman to Keynote AAPA Workshop
Christopher Hayman, managing director of U.K.-based Seatrade, is scheduled to provide the keynote address on January 15, at the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) Cruise Workshop in Barbados. Hayman is slated to discuss cruise fleet deployment trends at the opening session, at the Grand Barbados Hotel. the Western Hemisphere, because ports obviously play a most integral role in the cruise industry," said Hayman, who is based in Colchester, England. Hayman earned a history degree from Oxford University before joining the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. in 1970. He returned to England in 1972 and became editor, and later publisher, of Seatrade magazine.
Cunard Narrows Field For Queen Mary Builder
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 event, and the table seems perfectly set for meetings – which would include Micky Arison, chairman of Cunard parent Carnival Corp. – for the historic announcement.
HAL Noordam Powered by GE LM2500 Gas Turbine
Marine announced that Holland America Line’s (HAL) Noordam cruise ship recently began operating powered by one LM2500 gas turbine-generator set in a COmbined Diesel And Gas turbine (CODAG) configuration. This brings the total to 17 cruise ships powered by GE gas turbines, the company reported at the Seatrade Cruise Shipping Conference. The Noordam’s maiden voyage was on February 22, 2006. Routes include destinations in the eastern Caribbean and Europe. The 950-foot long ship can carry 1,918 passengers and a crew of 800, with a maximum speed of 24 knots. The Noordam is the last of four ships in Holland American Line’s Vista class; the three other Vista-class ships – Zuiderdam, Oosterdam, and Westerdam – also are powered by GE LM2500 gas turbines in a CODAG configuration.
Super Yachts to Bring Profits to Miami
According to Miami Today, Miami is poised to become the next destination for those who sail - and those who follow – super yachts, the size of small cruise ships and staffed by up to 50-person crews. In 2002, the last year tracked, super yacht owners contributed about $576 million to the economies of Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Broward counties, including $34.6 million generated in business taxes. In March, the second annual International Super Yacht symposium will convene at the Miami Beach Convention Center. The two-day symposium March 15-16 is being held in conjunction with the 22nd annual Seatrade Cruise Shipping Convention, which is expected to draw nearly 10,000 attendees and more than 900 exhibiting companies from more than 100 countries March 13-16.
L-3 Norovirus Decontamination Backpack
L-3 Applied Technologies, a division of L-3 Communications, introduced a backpack concept of its SteraMist decontamination system on March 16 at the 2009 Seatrade Cruise Shipping Miami Conference and Trade Show. SteraMist, originally designed for microbiological disinfection in hospitals, pharmaceutical, tissue bank and other health care facilities, is now available in a mobile unit suited to norovirus decontamination aboard cruise ships. The L-3 Applied Technologies business, based in San Diego, Calif., is focused on advanced technology sterilization, high energy and survivability solutions for both military and commercial applications.
GE Aeroderivative Marine Gas Turbines Log more than 320,000 Service Hours
GE announced that its fleet of 25 aeroderivative marine gas turbines has accumulated more than 320,000 hours operating aboard 16 cruise ships. GE remains the only gas turbine manufacturer to have its engines in service on cruise ships, the company reported today at the Seatrade Cruise Shipping Convention. "We are setting a new reliability standard in the cruise industry for propulsion and onboard power," said Karl Matson, general manager of GE Transportation's marine business, Evendale, Ohio. The GE gas turbines now in service are configured in two different types of arrangements: 16 LM2500+ gas turbines are the basis for a COmbined Gas turbine and steam turbine integrated Electric drive System (COGES) used aboard four Celebrity Cruises and four Royal Caribbean International cruise ships…
STX Europe Lego Ship Competition
STX Europe is sponsoring a competition consisting of two series: Innovative and Oasis. In the Innovative series, the aim is to design a cruise ship of the future, keeping in mind the demands of tomorrow, i.e. eco-friendliness and entertainment innovations. The Oasis series challenges the competitors to build a replica of the Oasis of the Seas, the largest cruise vessel in the world, currently under construction in STX Europe's shipyard in Turku, Finland. The catch is that participants are to design both of the models using an online design tool provided by LEGO.
Execs: Bigger Cruise Ships May Not be Better
According to reports, shipbuilders are capable of building cruise ships even larger than Royal Caribbean International's planned 6,000-passenger Genesis vessel. But whether passengers and ports are ready for future behemoths is another question, cruise-industry officials said Wednesday. There are no basic technical constraints to further size increases, Maurizio Cergol, cruise vessel chief designer for Italy's Fincantieri shipbuilding yard, said during a panel discussion on megaships at the Seatrade Cruise Shipping Convention, the cruise industry's annual trade show at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Cergol's vision of virtually limitless increases in cruise ship size in the future was echoed by Tom Degerman…
33% GROWTH FOR COSTA CRUISES IN THE MEDITERRANEAN: ALMOST 9 MILLION PASSENGER MOVEMENTS IN 2011
Genoa, March 14 2011 – Costa Cruises, the largest Italian travel group and Europe’s no.1 cruise company, has confirmed its undisputed leadership in the Mediterranean; this region, which enjoys one of the highest growth rates in the global cruise industry, will be the focus of attention at Seatrade Cruise Shipping Miami 2011. It is estimated that this year, with about 2,800 calls in 92 destinations, there will be almost 9 million passenger movements in Mediterranean ports for the ships in the Costa fleet, all of which are Italian-flagged; this amounts to a 33% increase compared to 2010.
New Online Maritime Mareketplace Set For Launch
Equilinx, a business-to-business e-commerce hub for the marine industry, will launch the world's first international online marketplace for ship repair and replacement parts, equipment and services in the second quarter of 2000. This new global maritime procurement gateway will combine comprehensive databases of catalogs with a sophisticated search engine that allows buyers to locate parts for ship repairs and maintenance. Sapient, a leading e-services consultancy, is providing the digital business strategy, creative design, and implementation to power this new gateway. Commerce One, a leader in global e-commerce solutions for business and Vitria Technology, a leading provider of eBusiness infrastructure software, will provide the technological foundation of the initiative.
Norway's Caretaker Protects Precious Cargo
Imagine you're onboard a cruise ship and a fire breaks out and you realize that you are trapped in your stateroom — left to inhale the fatal smoke and gas wafting through the vents. Contrary to popular belief, more than 85 percent of fire related deaths occur, not from burns, but from this type of inhalation. Enlisted to remedy this situation is Caretaker AS, a privately held Norwegian company that manufactures, sells and installs an innovative and patented computerized evacuation and survival system — specifically geared toward the Hospitality and Lodging industry. Already installed in two hotels in Oslo, Norway, Caretaker is striving to find its niche within the cruise industry.
New Orleans Port welcomes its longest ship, Equinox
The longest and one of the most premium cruise ships ever to dock in New Orleans will sail into the Port’s Julia Street Cruise Terminal Sunday, Feb. 26, just in time for the finale of Mardi Gras festivities. The Celebrity Equinox, a 1,041-foot cruise ship christened in 2009, will make its first visit to the Port of New Orleans, remaining in Port through Feb. 28 – Mardi Gras Day. The ship’s length is equal to 3.47 football fields. “The Port is thrilled to welcome Celebrity Cruises back to New Orleans for an extended port call,” said Brandy Christian, Port President and CEO.
Steel Cut for World's First LNG Cruise Liner
German shipbuilder MEYER WERFT held a steel cutting ceremony on February 21 in Papenburg marking the ceremonial start of construction for the newest cruise liner for Rostock-based cruise company AIDA Cruises. The new cruise ship will be the world’s first capable of operating completely on liquefied natural gas (LNG). Felix Eichhorn, President of AIDA Cruises, pressed the start button of the computer-controlled cutting machine to commence work on the first steel plate for the next generation of AIDA cruise ships.
Asian Nations Push for More Exposure in Cruise Market
The Port of Shanghai is getting a new cruise passenger terminal. Southeast Asian nations are teaming up on a Web site for cruise travelers. Officials from China are using the 2008 Olympics to promote a triangle of northern cruise ports. And don't forget about us, says Taiwan. Here's Asia, cruising's new frontier. Accordng to The Ledger, representatives from the Asia-Pacific region attended the Seatrade Cruise Shipping Conference this week, beginning an aggressive marketing campaign with the goal of making Asia a competitor in the world cruise market. Many of them toured ports in Miami and Port Everglades to get a sense of U.S. port operations. Today, the Asia-Pacific region lags behind the Caribbean, Europe and Alaska in notoriety as a cruise destination.
Bolidt Wins 'Supplier of the Year' Award
Bolidt has been named as one of the winners of the 8th Seatrade Insider Cruise Awards, announced during the Seatrade Med Cruise Convention 2014 - the Mediterranean's most prestigious cruise event. Judged by an independent panel of experienced cruise industry specialists, the Seatrade Insider Cruise Awards are among the highest accolades in the cruise industry. Bolidt secured the‘Supplier of the Year’ award, an award given to a firm that has provided an exceptional quality service, product or innovation to the cruise sector over the past 12 months.
Middle East Maritime Talks Emissions
Fuel, emissions and green technology is one of the crucial areas to come under discussion at one of the conferences that will take place alongside Seatrade Middle East Maritime 2008. Like other industries globally, shipping is facing increasingly tough international challenges to achieve emission reductions. Det Norske Veritas, one of Seatrade Middle East Martime's principal sponsors, believe that carbon dioxide emissions can be reduced by as much as 30–50% by actions taken on existing vessels now and for new buildings prior to 2030. The region is playing an increasingly important role in world shipping with the now one of the most active international maritime centres in the world.
WR Nominated for International Seatrade Insider Cruise Award
WR Systems has been shortlisted for the Environmental Initiative Award. Judged by an independent panel of experienced cruise industry specialists, the Seatrade Insider Cruise Awards are one of the highest accolades in the cruise industry. This year, awards will be presented in Barcelona at the Seatrade Med Party on September 17th at Barcelona’s opera house, the Gran Teatre del Liceu. WR’s Director of International Maritime Business, Simon Brown, will be in attendance. In addition…
Holland America's New Ship Series Points Toward New Vista
Holding on to its 128-year -dam tradition, Holland America unveiled two new additions to its fleet — ms Zuiderdam and ms Oosterdam — at the Seatrade Cruise Shipping Convention. Measuring 951 ft. (289.8 m) each, the duo, which will mark the beginning of the five-ship Vista Class Series, will be constructed at Fincantieri for delivery in September 2002 (Zuiderdam), and July 2003 (Oosterdam). Representative of the South and East "Vista" points on the compass, the vessels embody technologically-advanced designs that will secure Holland America as a pioneer in the future of cruise ship design. At 85,000 tons each, the first two ships of Holland America Line's (HAL) Vista Class series…
UAE Merchant Marine Cadets Graduate
Merchant marine cadets from a United Arab Emirates training ship graduated at a special ceremony held during Seatrade Middle East Maritime 2008, the largest maritime event of its kind in the region, which opened Sunday, 14 December 2008. The deck cadets were the sixth batch of students of the Birla Institute of Technology International Centre for Maritime Studies and Ship Management to pass out after training on the Ras Al Khaimah-berthed training ship Sindbad. Seatrade Middle East Maritime which ran until Tuesday 16 December is under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum…
Carnival Orders Two Cruise Ships for China
Fincantieri, China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) and Carnival Corporation & plc signed a binding Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) for the construction of two cruise ships, with an option for additional four, the first units of the kind ever built in China for the Chinese market. The parties signed the MoA on behalf of the joint venture between Fincantieri and CSSC Cruise Technology Development Co., Ltd (CCTD), of the joint venture between Carnival Corporation and CSSC, and of the shipyard Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co., Ltd (SWS).
Hamburg Cruise Center to Promote Seatrade
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