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Royal Caribbean Opens Sao Paulo Office

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. is ramping up its commitment to growing the South America cruise market with the official opening of a new office in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the first Royal Caribbean company-owned office in the region.   The event was marked on August 6 by a formal visit by Royal Caribbean International President and CEO, Adam Goldstein, highlighting Brazil as a key region earmarked for both investment and growth.   “The cruise market in Brazil is one of the fastest growing in the world, and with increased investment and commitment, we aim to accelerate this trend” said Goldstein. “In late 2009 Royal Caribbean International will have two ships – Vision of the Seas and Splendour of the Seas – dedicated to the Brazilian market which represents a significant uplift in available cruise departures.”   The new Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. office, located in Sao Paulo, will support the commercial and operational efforts in Brazil of the company’s three cruise brands - Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Cruises.   (www.royalcaribbean.com)


Cruise Line RCI Extends Oceans TV Agreement

UK's Oceans TV announce that Royal Caribbean International has extended satellite TV channel agreements for two of the cruise line's ships. The first agreement covers the provision of a wide package of satellite TV channels for Serenade of the Seas whilst it cruises in European and Middle Eastern waters in Winter and Spring 2013. Channels include BBC World News, BBC Entertainment and CNBC Europe for English speaking passengers


SEA LEVEL MARINE Wraps Up Busy Year

Crystal Serenity Penthouse

Royal Caribbean Cruises’ Liberty of the Seas and Freedom of the Seas Receive Rollback Renovations; Crystal Cruises’ Crystal Serenity Receives Complete Cabin Refit; Sea Level Awarded Splendour of the Seas Viking Crown Lounge Contract from Royal Caribbean Cruises Miami-based SEA LEVEL MARINE, full-service marine outfitting contractor, celebrates completion of the renovation of Britto Art Gallery, Cupcake Cupboard, Nursery


Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas Meets Legend of the Seas in Singapore

Photo: Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean International’s two Asian-based cruise ships Voyager of the Seas and Legend of the Seas both arrived at Marina Bay Cruise Center Singapore in the morning and were berthed side by side for the first time here. Voyager of the Seas, the largest cruise ship based in Asia, was starting on her eight-night cruise to Shanghai while her sister ship Legend of the Seas was leaving for a two-night Malacca weekend cruise as part of her Singapore season. www.royalcaribbean.com


Government, Industry Look to Singapore and Asean Shiping

Patrick Phoon, SSA President

The strength and robustness of shipping both in Singapore and the South East Asian region was put into sharp focus at the Singapore Shipping Association’s 28th Anniversary Gala Dinner, held in the splendour of the West & Central Compass Ballroom at the Resorts World Convention Center in Sentosa. Addressing 1,800 attendees, Josephine Teo, Senior Minister of State for Finance and Transport, said that while the past year had been a challenging one for the shipping industry


Recent Vessel Sales - August 2015

    Vessel sales for August 2015 (as of September 1) as prepared by Shipping Intelligence, Inc., New York.   Date Reported - Vessel Name - DWT - Built - (Age) - Price in Millions USD   Bulk Carriers 8/24 - MA SIK RYONG - 18,612 87 - (28) - $1 8/17 - PACIFIC WIND - 28,437 07 - (8) - $8.6 8/17 - SANTA FRANCISCA - 28,494 01 - (14) - $5.3 8/24 - GREAT MORNING - 29,710 04 - (11) - $6.9 8/17 - ARISTO TRADER - 33,532 05 - (10) - $9


Singapore: Illegal Bunkering Activity

The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a news release stating that four persons are being charged with corrupt practices for conspiring to engage in illegal bunkering activity. A Bunkering Deal Gone Awry The bunkering industry in Singapore is a lucrative business with more than 65,000 bunkering operations taking place here every year. In 2012, Singapore was the world's top bunkering port with bunker sales volume of more than 42 million metric tons (mt)


Russian Shipyards Deliver Tugboat, Short-Sea Bulk Carrier

Neva Leader: Photo credit Nevsky Shipyard

The sixth short-sea multi-purpose bulk carrier for North-West Shipping Co., named 'Neva Leader' has been delivered by the Nevsky Shipyard, as part of a project by Marine Engineering Bureau-Design-SPb, JSC. The tugboat RB-401 was built by Pella Shipyard for port operations in Kalingra, and to support the Russian Baltic Sea Fleet. 1. The Neva Leader The shipbuilder explains that multi-purpose dry-cargo vessels of deadweight more than 7000 tons RSD49 project are the largest of the existing


Deep Sea Supply takes Delivery of 'Sea Triumph'

The vessel ‘Sea Triumph’ is a STX 05-L design

  The Deep Sea Supply  took delivery of the newbuilding Platform Supply Vessel 'Sea Triumph'  on Thursday 18 September.  The vessels 'Sea Triumph' is a STX 05-L design built at Cochin shipyard in India. Main characteristics of the vessel are; 4.100 dwt, 810 m2 deck area, clean design and diesel electric propulsion.  Following the delivery of 'Sea Triumph', Deep Sea Supply has 15 AHTS vessels and 24 PSVs in operation, in total 39 vessels


Indonesia to Change Name of South China Sea to Natuna Sea

Photo: Indonesia Maritime Institute

 President of Indonesia Joko Widodo, commonly known as Jokowi,  has vowed to transform Indonesia, which includes 17,000 islands into a ‘maritime power’, and also includes plans to improve port infrastructure, as well as plans to fund a massive infrastructure programme, according to Bloomberg.   Indonesia announced on Wednesday evening that it will seek to change the name of the South China Sea to the Natuna Sea in the area within 200 miles of its Natuna Islands


Russian Ship Sinks after Collision, All Personnel Safe

A Russian ship which collided on Thursday with a Togo-flagged livestock vessel has sunk, Turkey's coastal safety authority said. It said all 78 personnel had been evacuated from the ship.   The ship, identified as the "Liman", collided with the Togo-flagged "Youzarsif H"


Baltic Index Down for Eighth Straight Session

File Image (CREDIT: AdobeStock / (c) Lukasz Z)

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell for an eight straight session on Thursday as rates for panamaxes and smaller vessels slipped, even as capesize rates strengthened.  


Poland to Receive first US LNG Delivery in June

File Image: CREDIT GAC

Poland will receive its first liquefied natural gas supplies (LNG) from the United States in mid-June as a result of a deal Polish gas firm PGNiG signed with Cheniere Energy, state-run PGNiG said on Thursday.   Cheniere Energy will make the spot delivery at the Swinoujscie terminal on the


Long-haul Arbitrage Trades to Benefit VLCCs

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The OPEC production cuts since the start of 2017 has tightened supplies of medium and heavy sour crudes, leading to a narrowing Brent-Dubai EFS. This has made long-haul crude trades from the Atlantic Basin to the Far East economically viable


Baltic Index Down on Weaker Capesize Rates

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell on Monday on weaker rates for large vessels.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, was down 25 points, or 2


Statoil Downplays Risks Ahead of Arctic Drilling

File photo: Ole Jørgen Bratland / Statoil

Norway's Statoil on Monday played down concerns that drilling in the Arctic is risky, days before it kickstarts its drilling campaign in the Barents Sea, where the country believes around half of its remaining resources could be located.  


Baltic Index Down For Sixth Straight Session

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell for the sixth consecutive session on Tuesday on lower rates for larger vessel segments. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax


White Paper Addresses Bilge Water Noncompliance

Photo: Alfa Laval

A new white paper from Alfa Laval addresses ship owner concerns to ensure vessel compliance with bilge water regulations worldwide. Even if a traditional system with type approval is operating on board, the paper states, there are still risks of violating applicable laws and damaging the marine


Armed Pirates Thwarted off Somalia

Boarding team on board MV Costina (Photo: EU NAVFOR)

A European Union counter-piracy patrol helped thwart a piracy attack close to Somalia’s east coast on April 22.   Late on Saturday evening, EU NAVFOR’s Spanish flagship, ESPS Galicia, received a SOS distress call from the master of Sierra Leone flagged merchant tanker vessel MT


Indian Warships Visit France

Indian warships INS Aditya (left) and  INS Trishul arrived at Toulon, France. Photos: Indian Navy

 In continuation of the Indian Navy’s overseas deployment to the Mediterranean Sea and West Coast of Africa, three Indian warships INS Mumbai, Trishul, and Aditya, arrived at Toulon, France for a three day visit.   The ships were warmly received by the Administration in


US, Egypt Begin Eagle Salute 2017

Official U.S. Navy file photo of guided-missile destroyer USS Truxton (DDG 103). Photo: United States Navy

 The U.S. Navy with the Egyptian Naval Forces commenced exercise Eagle Salute 2017 in the Red Sea.   Eagle Salute 2017 incorporates Eagle Response 2017, an explosive ordnance exercise, to provide opportunities for participating nations to collaborate on an even wider range of maritime


CMA CGM Otello Largest Box Ship to Call Indonesia

CMA CGM Otello. Photo: CMA CGM

 CMA CGM Otello has arrived Indonesia as the largest container vessel to call the country at the Jakarta International Container Terminal.    The occasion also celebrated her impending maiden voyage for the industry’s first direct service from Indonesia to the United States


Baltic Index Down on Weaker Rates

File Image: CREDIT FedNav

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell on Wednesday on weaker rates for panamaxes and smaller vessels, even as rates for capesizes rose.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax


Speedcast, Tampnet Partner for GoM 4G/LTE Service

Speedcast International Limited,  provider of fully managed remote communication and IT solutions, has signed a reseller agreement with Tampnet for 4G/LTE services in the Gulf of Mexico. The agreement marks Speedcast as the first service provider to partner with Tampnet for its high capacity


China Launches First Home-built Aircraft Carrier

(Photo: Feng Kaixuan / Ministry of National Defense of the Peoples Republic of China)

China launched its first domestically built aircraft carrier on Wednesday amid rising tension over North Korea and worries about Beijing's assertiveness in the South China Sea.   State media has quoted military experts as saying the carrier






 
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