KMY Wins Two-Ship Order From RCL
Kvaerner Masa Yards won a $1.09 billion contract to build two ships for Royal Caribbean Cruises (RCL). The Eagle-type cruise ships are scheduled to be ready for delivery in 2002 and 2003.
EU Debates Old Ships V. New Ships
The lack of a European Union directive on tanker regulations could hamper the EU in adopting proposed new rules to ban old tankers, ship owners said last week. The…
Vopak Reports '99 Net Down, Eyes Improvement
Dutch shipping and tank storage firm Vopak NV reported that its ordinary net profit fell by 5.3 percent in 1999, but said it expected improvements this year. Net…
Bulgaria Tries Again To Sell Shipyard
Bulgaria opened a new tender for an 80 percent stake in the state-owned shipyard in the second biggest Black Sea port of Bourgas and set a March 15 deadline for bids.
Carnival Announces $1B Stock Buyback
While the Y2K bug proved to be an overblown concern, world-leading Carnival Corp. surely must feel that there's something about the turn of the new decade that's making it feeling sickly.
Australian Company Buys Into U.S. Inland Market
Towage group Adsteam Marine Ltd unveiled a $55 million investment in an Alaskan barge group last week, a move, which was reportedly designed to drive further growth…
Moody's Downgrades Navigator Gas
Moody's Investors Service has downgraded the rating of Navigator Gas Transport's first priority ship mortgage notes due 2007 to Caa2 from Caa1, and the second priority notes due 2007 from Ca to C.
Innovative High-Speed Japanese Ferry Enters Service
A high-speed Japanese ferry left Japan last Tuesday on its maiden voyage to Shanghai, which it is expected to reach in half the time of a conventional vessel. The Techno Super Liner…
Mississippi River Traffic Starts Flowing Early
Barges traveled freely last Monday along the mid-Mississippi River after a lock in Quincy, Ill. opened ahead of schedule, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
P&O Announces Steady Results For Stena
Peninsula & Oriental Steam Navigation Company Plc, said its Stena Line had results broadly comparable to year-ago figures, as it released quarterly ferries results.
USCG Codifies Single Hull Phase-out Requirements
In a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM), the USCG proposes to clarify and codify a policy it issued in April 1999 regarding phase-out dates for single hull tank vessels.
Talk Of Tanker Age Limits Gives Markets A Lift
Tanker markets continued strong at the end of last week with talk of new French oil company age restrictions on acceptances said likely to put further pressure on rates.
Worldwide Capesize Rates Continue To Firm
Capesize rates firmed again worldwide, but brokers said charterers were increasingly conducting business under the counter. Panamax rates were also firmer east of…
ITIC Highlights The Perils Of E-Mail
Electronic communication is not totally secure despite a seemingly bug-free transition into 2000, warns The International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC). E…
India Eases Chartering Rules
Indian shipping companies can now charter out their vessels to foreign companies without prior government approval, a Surface Transport ministry official said. He said the Department of Shipping has…
Finland's Spring Could See Shipping Strikes
The 10 percent of Finland's workers who still have no pay deal for this year are digging in their heels in preparation for strikes, which could have serious effects on the Finnish economy.
U.S. MSC Ship Collides In UAE
A U.S. Military Sealift Command fuel ship was reportedly in a collision with a civilian vessel on Sunday (Feb. 27) while preparing to enter the Jebel Ali port in the United Arab Emirates, the U.S.
Finland Prepares For Massive Sea Transport Strikes
The 10 percent of Finland's workers who still have no pay deal for this year are digging in their heels in preparation for strikes which could have serious effects on the Finnish economy.
Panama Canal Revenues Drop 2.6%
Panama Canal revenues for January totaled $48.9 million, down 2.6 percent from the same period a year ago, the waterway's administrator's said last week. Cargo tonnage from the month's 1…
P&O Takes Two From MHI
A further sign of Japanese inroad in the lucrative, and previously European-exclusive domain, of cruise shipping was sounded last week when the Financial Times reported…