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AMCV Elects Davison As VP - Finance

American Classic Voyages (AMCV), has appointed Nicholas J. Davison vice president, finance. Davison, who previously served as financial and operations officer with Cunard Line for more than 14 years, will be responsible for the corporate finance departments in both New Orleans and Hawaii, as well as the financial operations of all AMCV cruise vessels.

AMCV's Sales Division Is Poised For Growth

In response to the quadrupling of its planned passenger berth capacity between 2000 and 2004, American Classic Voyages (AMCV), has reorganized its sales division. According to Roderick K. McLeod, the company's president and COO, Thomas E. Blaikie was named vice president of sales for all of the company's brands. A 30-year veteran of the travel industry, Blaikie joined AMCV in 1996. He joins Rolf P. Logan, the company's new director of field sales, as well as two regional managers, Anthony J. Galatro and Mark W. Costa, both of whom will oversee 14 business development field managers each. In addition, Marty T. Metiva was promoted to director of national and international sales following more than 15 years in sales with AMCV's Delta Queen brand.

America's Cruise Line Faces Delivery Delays, Job Cuts

As part of a comprehensive cost reduction program, American Classic Voyages (AMCV) announced in June that it would eliminate 70 full-time positions form its shore-based staff of 470 full-time personnel. The cuts are also attributed to the fact that the company, which previously held offices in Chicago, Ill. and New Orleans, La., decided to combine its subsidiaries under one main location in Sunrise, Fla. "Although this was a difficult decision, we need to be leaner and more efficient to ensure continued success, AMCV CEO Phil Calian said. Calian was quick to point out that aggressive sales and marketing efforts have driven demand for AMCV's Hawaii cruises of more than 2…

United States Lines -- Flying High Again

As far back to the early 1900's when the transatlantic crossing ruled the day, the motto of the cruise ship industry was to provide passengers with a vacation that was both relaxing and hospitable. For the most part, the majority of these passengers were of American descent — boarding vessels registered in foreign countries and were serviced by non-American crewmembers. Such is the case now as the major playing cruise companies adhere to these customs. All that changed though, this past March when, American Classic Voyages, headed by CEO, Philip C. Calian, broke ground in the cruise shipping industry with its decision to build and operate two U.S.-flag cruise vessels as part of its newly-established United States Lines. It has often been said that you never forget your roots.

Chapter 11 + Title XI + September 11 = Bad News for the Marine Industry

The recent confluence of three events, all strangely relating to the number 11, is presenting the U.S. shipbuilding industry with challenges greater than seen in many decades. American Classic Voyages (AMCV), owned by Chicago billionaire Sam Zell, is the nation's largest provider of Inland River and Hawaiian Island overnight cruises. In mid October, the company declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy and that action has led the Maritime Administration (MARAD) to cancel its Title XI loan guarantee on the $1 billion construction program. Called Project America, the program would have built two 1,900-passenger cruise vessels for the Hawaiian Islands tourist market. With the financing guarantee cancelled, the shipyard has permanently stopped working on the two cruise vessels.

Pacific Coast To Supply For AMCV

Pacific Coast Maritime has been selected by Litton Ingalls Shipbuilding to provide the exterior doors and windows for the United States Lines cruise vessels currently under construction for parent company American Classic Voyages (AMCV). The contract calls for the supply of more than 1,200 doors for the private verandas and 600 windows, both of which will be of the heavy-duty clamp-in type.

Carnival Corp. Charters Former AMCV Ship To Louis Cruises

The latest in the saga surrounding the remaining vessels of the American Classic Voyages' (AMCV's) fleet involves the vessel, which was formerly known as M/S Patriot. Carnival Corp.'s Holland America Line brand has entered into a long- term agreement to charter the cruise ship, which was also once known as m/s Nieuw Amsterdam, to Cypress-based Louis Cruises, which will subcharter the vessel to Thomson Holidays in the U.K. The vessel will be marketed as the Thomson Spirit. Holland America sold the vessel to U.S. Lines, a subsidiary of AMCV in 2000, which operated the ship in Hawaii under the name Patriot, however, it was reclaimed by Holland America in foreclosure proceedings earlier this year. The charter became effective yesterday.

AMCV Secures Financing For Delta Queen Coastal Vessels

American Classic Voyages (AMCV) has issued $76.4 million of bonds guaranteed by the Maritime Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation (MarAd). The financing will be utilized for the construction of two coastal cruise vessels that will be built at Atlantic Marine, Jacksonville, Fla., for Delta Queen Coastal Voyages - a subsidiary of AMCV. MarAd's guarantee is made possible under the authority of Title XI of the Merchant Marine Act, 1936 - it represents approximately 87.5 percent of the total anticipated cost of the two coastal vessels - which includes shipyard and design costs, vessel furniture and fixtures, and interest during construction and guarantee fees. The vessels covered under the funding are known as Cape May Light and Cape Cod Light.

AMCV Secures Financing For Delta Queen Coastal Vessels

American Classic Voyages (AMCV) has issued $76.4 million of bonds guaranteed by the Maritime Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation (MarAd). The financing will be utilized for the construction of two coastal cruise vessels that will be built at Atlantic Marine, Jacksonville, Fla., for Delta Queen Coastal Voyages - a subsidiary of AMCV. MarAd's guarantee is made possible under the authority of Title XI of the Merchant Marine Act, 1936 - it represents approximately 87.5 percent of the total anticipated cost of the two coastal vessels - which includes shipyard and design costs, vessel furniture and fixtures, and interest during construction and guarantee fees. The vessels covered under the funding are known as Cape May Light and Cape Cod Light.

AMCV To Acquire MS Nieuw Amsterdam

American Classic Voyages (AMCV) has reached an agreement with Holland America line to buy MS Nieuw Amsterdam for $114.5 million, contingent upon various conditions expected to be resolved by this coming fall. A unit of Carnival Corporation, Holland America Line is scheduled to transfer the 1,214-passenger cruise ship to AMCV during fall 2000. AMCV plans to re-document Nieuw Amsterdam as a U.S.-flag vessel, complete with American crew, to sail the Hawaiian Islands as part of the company's Project America - the result of the U.S.-Flag Cruise Ship Pilot Project Statute passed by Congress in 1997. The project, which is expected to create more than 5,000 American jobs, is based on the goal of the revitalization of the U.S.-flag oceangoing cruise ship fleet.

Atlantic Marine Cuts Steel On AMCV Vessel

Atlantic Marine, Jacksonville, Fla., has accomplished its first cut of steel for its new fleet of 226-passenger U.S.-flag coastal ships, Delta Queen Coastal Cruises. The steel cut begins construction for AMCV, who in May 1999, signed a $60 million contract with Atlantic for construction of the first two vessels, as well as an option for a third. Measuring 300 ft. (91.4 m), the diesel-driven, coastal ships with nautical and Federal-style decor is scheduled to enter service in 2001 along the East Coast of America. "This project is on a fast track," said Scott Young, executive vice president of AMCV and president of The Delta Queen Steamboat Co. "Four hundred tons of steel have been delivered to the shipyard and sub-assembly is underway on the vessel modules."

AMCV Awards Columbia Queen Contract

American Classic Voyages (AMCV), granted a $6.4 million contract for construction completion and outfitting on Columbia Queen to Nichols Brothers Boat Builders of Whidbey Island, Wash. The 161-passenger U.S.-flag riverboat, which will be readied by Nichols for service on the Columbia River system, will be operated under The Delta Queen Steamboat brand. Offering Pacific Northwest cruises beginning in April 2000, Columbia Queen will travel the Columbia, Snake and Willamette rivers during its eight-night vacation package, which features an overnight stay in Portland, as well as a seven-night cruise with various excursions. Scott Young, AMCV executive vice president and president of The Delta Queen Steamboat Co.…

New Ship Expected To Generate More Than $30M For AMCV

The new ship to be purchased by American Classic Voyages from Carnival Corp. is expected to generate $35-40 million of cash flow for the company, and incremental earnings power could top $.50 a share, according to a report released by Lazard Freres & Co. LLC. AMCV announced last week an agreement to acquire the 1,214 berth Nieuw Amsterdam from Carnival for $114.5 million. The ship will be delivered to AMCV in October of next year, at which time the company will launch its new Hawaiian cruise service. American Classic plans to re-document the Nieuw Amsterdam as a U.S. flag vessel, with a U.S. crew, to sail the Hawaiian Islands as part of its Project America. The Nieuw Amsterdam will be the only large foreign flag cruise ship allowed to operate a domestic cruise service.

AMCV Demise Sinks U.S. Cruise Building Hopes For Now

In the fall of 1999, American Classic Voyages (AMCV) announced plans to almost singlehandedly revive the business of building cruise ships in the United States. Critics claimed it couldn’t be done, but the ships steadily took shape on the building ways in Pascagoula, Mississippi. Two years, a sour economy and horrific terrorist attacks later, the dream of building cruise ships in the U.S. is seemingly dead, as AMCV filed for Chapter 11 and the Maritime Administration is unwilling, at press time, to fund the ships further. While the cruise industry was hurting prior to the terrorist attacks of September 11, the industry has been put into a seemingly perpetual tailspin as economic woes and fear of travel have conspired to leave ships far from full capacity.

St. Pé Wins Man of the Year Management Award

The Maritime Port Council of Greater New York and Vicinity has jointly honored Philip Calian, CEO of American Classic Voyages Co. (AMCV), and Jerry St. Pé, COO of Litton Ship Systems, with the Council's Man of the Year Management Award for 1999. Calian and St. Pé were recognized for their roles in returning the construction of major, ocean-going passenger ships back to the U.S. Litton Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Miss., is building two 1,900-passenger state-of-the-art cruise ships for AMCV in the Project America program, with an option for a third vessel. The new cruise ships will sail under AMCV's new brand United States Lines, one of the most storied names in the history of ocean-going passenger transportation. The program has a total potential value of $1.4 billion.

U.S. Lines' M.S. Patriot Is Christened In Hawaii

United States Lines' premiere vessel, the 1,212-passenger MS Patriot arrived on Thursday at its homeport of Honululu, Oahu as the newest and largest cruise vessel serving the Hawaiian Islands year-round. The vessel, which breaks a 40-year stagnation within the U.S. cruise ship industry, is scheduled to be christened today by Maggie Inouye, wife of Senator Daniel Inouye, who will perform the official dedication. Formerly known as Holland America's MS Nieuw Amsterdam, the vessel was purchased by American Classic Voyages (AMCV), by U.S. Lines parent company, AMCV for $114.5 million in 1999. Following an extensive refurbishment process,…

Atlantic Marine Completes First Steel Cut

Atlantic Marine, Jacksonville, Fla., has accomplished its first cut of steel for its new fleet of 226-passenger U.S.-flag coastal ships, Delta Queen Coastal Cruises. The steel cut begins construction for AMCV, who in May 1999, signed a $60 million contract with Atlantic for construction of the first two vessels, as well as an option for a third. Measuring 300 ft. (91.4 m), the diesel-driven, coastal ships with nautical and Federal-style décor are scheduled to enter service in 2001 along the East Coast of America. "This project is on a fast track," said Scott Young, executive vice president of AMCV and president of The Delta Queen Steamboat Co. "Four hundred tons of steel have been delivered to the shipyard and sub-assembly is underway on the vessel modules."

First Steel Cut Completed

Atlantic Marine, Jacksonville, Fla., has accomplished its first cut of steel for its new fleet of 226-passenger U.S.-flag coastal ships, Delta Queen Coastal Cruises. The steel cut begins construction for AMCV, who in May 1999, signed a $60 million contract with Atlantic for construction of the first two vessels, as well as an option for a third. Measuring 300 ft. (91.4 m), the diesel-driven, coastal ships with nautical and Federal-style decor is scheduled to enter service in 2001 along the East Coast of America. "This project is on a fast track," said Scott Young, executive vice president of AMCV and president of The Delta Queen Steamboat Co. "Four hundred tons of steel have been delivered to the shipyard and sub-assembly is underway on the vessel modules."

Atlantic Marine Completes First Steel Cut

Atlantic Marine, Jacksonville, has accomplished its first cut of steel for its new fleet of 226-passenger U.S.-flag coastal ships for Delta Queen Coastal Cruises. The steel cut begins construction for AMCV, who in May 1999, signed a $60 million contract with Atlantic for construction of the first two vessels, as well as an option for a third. Measuring 300 ft., the diesel-driven, coastal ships with nautical and Federal-style decor are scheduled to enter service in 2001 along the East Coast of America. "This project is on a fast track," said Scott Young, executive vice-president of AMCV and president of The Delta Queen Steamboat Co. "Four hundred tons of steel have been delivered to the shipyard and sub-assembly is underway on the vessel modules."

Atlantic Marine Completes First Steel Cut

Atlantic Marine, Jacksonville, has accomplished its first cut of steel for its new fleet of 226-passenger U.S.-flag coastal ships for Delta Queen Coastal Cruises. The steel cut begins construction for AMCV, who in May 1999, signed a $60 million contract with Atlantic for construction of the first two vessels, as well as an option for a third. Measuring 300 ft., the diesel-driven, coastal ships with nautical and Federal-style decor are scheduled to enter service in 2001 along the East Coast of America. "This project is on a fast track," said Scott Young, executive vice-president of AMCV and president of The Delta Queen Steamboat Co. "Four hundred tons of steel have been delivered to the shipyard and sub-assembly is underway on the vessel modules."

Ingalls Selects Joiner Team For AMCV Ships

Ingalls Shipbuilding, a division of Litton Ship Systems has selected Hopeman Brothers Marine Interiors and Jamestown Metal as the joiner subcontractors for American Classic Voyages' (AMCV's) United States Lines newbuilds. The shared subcontract is valued at more than $200 million. The two companies, who in the past have been head-to-head competitors have teamed up to construct all cabins, as well as all public spaces onboard each of the 72,000-grt, 1,900-passenger vessels, which are currently being constructed at Litton's Pascagoula, Miss. yard. The cruise vessels, which are the first to be built on U.S. soil in more than 40 years, will offer excursions to the U.S. Hawaiian Islands beginning in 2003. With fabrication on the first U.S.

Ingalls Selects Joiner Team for AMCV Ships

and Jamestown Metal as the joiner subcontractors for American Classic Voyages' (AMCV's) United States Lines newbuilds. The shared subcontract is valued at more than $200 million. The two companies, who in the past have been head-to-head competitors have teamed up to construct all cabins, as well as all public spaces onboard each of the 72,000-grt, 1,900-passenger vessels, which are currently being constructed at Litton's Pascagoula, Miss. yard. The cruise vessels, which are the first to be built on U.S. soil in more than 40 years, will offer excursions to the U.S. Hawaiian Islands beginning in 2003. With fabrication on the first U.S.

Construction Commences On Milestone Cruise Vessel

Litton Ingalls kicked off the construction process of the first cruise ship to be built in the U.S. in 40 years, with a pre-July 4th ceremony at the yard's Pascagoula, Miss. headquarters celebrating the vessel's hull fabrication. Located among a patriotically-centered flag waving crowd was Uncle Sam, the yard's guest operator, who went aboard a plasma arc plate cutting machine to cut the initial steel plate for Project America Hull #1 — the first in a series of cruise ships built by Litton Ingalls for American Classic Voyages (AMCV). The commencing of the hull fabrication marked the start of the construction of the first of two 1,900-passenger cruise ships for AMCV.

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