Quantum of the Seas Delivered to Royal Caribbean
Royal Caribbean International took delivery today of the newest addition to the cruise line’s fleet, Quantum of the Seas, from Meyer Werft Yard, at an official signing ceremony in Bremerhaven, Germany attended by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.’s Chairman and CEO Richard D. Fain and Meyer Werft Yard’s Managing Partner Bernard Meyer. With Captain Srecko “Felix” Ban at the helm, the ship will begin her journey today to Southampton, U.K., where she will welcome her first guests on November 2, for a trans-Atlantic voyage to her home port of Cape Liberty Cruise Port, Bayonne, New Jersey.
Steel Cut for Third RCI Quantum-class Cruise Ship
The steel cutting for 'Ovation of the Seas', scheduled to be delivered in the autumn of 2016, took place at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, where 'Quantum of the Seas', 'Anthem of the Seas' and now 'Ovation of the Seas' are being built, say owners Royal Caribbean International (RCi). RCI add that the groundbreaking Quantum-class ships will debut new unprecedented features, such as dancing Roboscreens in the unique Two70 entertainment venue; robotic bartenders in Bionic Bar…
Smart-Ship 'Quantum of the Seas' Readies
Tech-savvy modern travelers will be wowed by Royal Caribbean International's newest ship, 'Quantum of the Seas', which incorporates unprecedented levels of technology to amp up the vacation experience, say owners Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. A brand new venue onboard Quantum of the Seas, 'Bionic Bar', is set to make waves with robots at center stage. Guests place orders via tablets and then have fun watching robotic bartenders hard at work mixing cocktails. Boatloads of bandwidth keep guests connected says the cruise line…
Five Trends in Onboard Cruise Ship Technology
Cruise lines are increasingly using technology to attract and entertain passengers. Whether it’s media content to help travelers wind down at the end of the day or smart tech meant to improve the overall cruise experience, cruise ships are becoming more high-tech. Being out on the ocean creates some challenges to accessing technology, which has put cruise ships behind land-based attractions in terms of digital attractions. Recently, however, cruise lines have dedicated more resources to increasing the connectedness of their vessels.
Bar Pilot Overboard, Missing
The U.S. Coast Guard used helicopters to search for a bar pilot who went overboard in rough weather near the mouth of the Columbia River. The bar pilot, who has not been identified, fell into the Pacific Monday night while trying to transfer from an outgoing freighter he had guided across the Columbia River Bar to a vessel that takes bar pilots back to their station, the Coast Guard said. Two 47-foot rescue boats had to return to Cape Disappointment because strong winds and rough seas made the initial search effort too dangerous. (Source: Associated Press)
USCG Closes Siuslaw River Bar Entrance
The Coast Guard Captain of the Port Sector Columbia River in Warrenton, Oregon, issued the closure of the Siuslaw River bar entrance due to hazardous conditions at approximately 2 p.m., Saturday. The bar closure applies to all vessels. Any request to transit the bar prior to reopening must be approved by the Captain of the Port. Mariners may contact the Coast Guard on VHF-FM Channel 16 for further information or to request crossing. The Coast Guard will re-evaluate the bar closure on an ongoing basis and will re-open the waterway as soon as the offshore weather improves.
Gladding-Hearn Begins Rhode Island Ferry Build
Massachusetts based shipbuilder Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation, said it has begun building a second high-speed passenger ferry for Rhode Island Fast Ferry, Inc., scheduled to be delivered in 2019.The new 320-passenger, all-aluminum catamaran will operate on a new seasonal route between Quonset Point, R.I. and Block Island.The newbuild follows the 2012 delivery of Ava Pearl, the operator’s first high-speed catamaran built by the Somerset, Mass., shipyard, which…
Royal IHC, Jan de Nul Seal Dredge Pumps Seal
Royal IHC has been awarded a contract for the delivery of dredge pumps by Luxembourgbased Jan De Nul Group. The agreement incorporates two onboard double-walled dredge pumps for the company’s new 18,000m3 trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD), as well as onboard single-walled dredge pumps for two other 6,000m3 TSHDs. “We are delighted that we have secured another order from Jan De Nul Group,” says Dave Vander Heyde, CEO of Royal IHC. IHC’s decades of experience in designing pumps…
Coast Guard Closes Depoe Bay Bar Entrance
The U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port Sector Columbia River in Warrenton, Ore., issued the closure of the Depoe Bay bar entrance due to hazardous conditions at approximately 12:30 p.m., Sunday. The bar closure applies to all vessels. Any request to transit the bar prior to reopening must be approved by the Captain of the Port. Mariners may contact the Coast Guard on VHF-FM Channel 16 for further information or to request crossing. The Coast Guard said it will reevaluate the bar closure on an ongoing basis and will reopen the waterway as soon as the offshore weather improves. The Coast Guard said it understands the effects these closures have on commerce and will make every effort to reopen the bar as soon as it is considered safe for navigation. uscgnews.com
Coast Guard Closes Siuslaw River Bar Entrance
The U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port Sector Columbia River in Warrenton, Ore., issued the closure of the Siuslaw River bar entrance due to hazardous conditions at approximately 2:30 p.m., Tuesday. The bar closure applies to all vessels. Any request to transit the bar prior to reopening must be approved by the Captain of the Port. Mariners may contact the Coast Guard on VHF-FM Channel 16 for further information or to request crossing. The Coast Guard will reevaluate the bar closure on an ongoing basis and will reopen the waterway as soon as the offshore weather improves. The Coast Guard understands the effects these closures have on commerce and will make every effort to re-open the river bar as soon as it is considered safe for navigation. uscgnews.com
Queen Elizabeth 2 Reopens as Floating Hotel in Dubai
The Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) ocean liner has been given a new lease of life as a floating hotel in Dubai, 10 years after the Gulf Arab emirate bought it for $100 million.State-owned Dubai World bought the QE2 from Cunard Line in 2007, but the 2008 financial crisis delayed any plans for the 40-year-old vessel, one of the world's most famous ships.Now the QE2, permanently moored at Mina Rashid port, has been refurbished based on the original design, from its carpets to the theatre…
Melania Trump Christens NCL's Norwegian Jewel
At an official ceremony at the Port of Miami, Melania Trump christened NCL's Norwegian Jewel. lounges, three swimming pools and a state-of-the-art spa. Godmother Melania Trump. Isles. restaurants, three swimming pools, a contemporary spa and more. passengers to enjoy. Miami through April 2006.
Oliver Design to Showcase Projects at Navalia
Oliver Design will be showcasing some of its latest projects on its stand at the Navalia trade fair, which runs from May 22 to 24 , in Vigo, Spain.Recent projects from the Spanish firm, which specializes in naval design and architecture, include new state-of the-art vessels ranging from working vessels to luxury cruise ships. It has also carried out renovation on several existing vessels.The biannual Navalia is one of the top international fairs for the shipbuilding industry.
Anthem of The Seas Christened in Southampton
Royal Caribbean's newest ship, Anthem of the Seas, was named in Southampton, U.K., in a spectacular ceremony. U.K. travel agent godmother Emma Wilby named the 4,180-passenger ship with the words: "I name this ship Anthem of the Seas. May God bless her and all who sail on her," before pressing the button to release a bottle of Perrier Jouet Champagne - which smashed. She sang Katy Perry's hit, 'Firework.' The ceremony opened with high-energy rock music, flashing lights and video, and a live performance of "We Will Rock You," part of an onboard show by that name devoted to the music of Queen.
Furuno Launches New ECDIS
While there are countless new product, system and service launches at major trade fairs such as the recently concluded SMM in Hamburg, Germany, when a company with the stature of Furuno unveils a system, it is a show within the show. Furuno, a $1 billion business with 80% coming from the marine sector and 2500 employees globally in the marine sector, introduced its new ECDIS models FMD-3200 and FMD-3300, saying they are ready for launch during the autumn 2012. The FMD-3200, with a 19-in. LCD, and the FMD-3300, with a 23.1-in.
FURUNO Launches ECDIS FMD-3200/FMD-3300
Ocean Exploration Vessel Will Knock on Neptune's Door
A new ocean exploration vessel, 'SeaOrbiter' which the designer claims will provide permanent and continuous observation and research operations at the heart of the ocean is almost fully funded, ready to be built. Jacques Rougerie describes himself as a visionary architect who aims to deliver a new vision of underwater exploration with his SeaOrbiter, the culmination of over 30 years of research dedicated to bionic marine architecture and exploration of the undersea world. Internationally renowned…
ASC's Production Manager is Now Available
significant and brand-new software product: Production Manager. Production Manager controls all production-related features and functions within the Autostructure system. It provides sheet and linear (extrusion, flat bar) nesting, part subdivision, weld shrinkage compensation, stock definition, stock inventory and stock remnant management. structural design system.
LD Lines Newbuild with Turnkey Works
Almaco was contracted to deliver a complete turnkey project for cabins, corridors, galley, provision stores and refrigeration machinery for the latest newbuilding ferry vessel being built at Singapore Technologies Marine's shipyard for Louis Dreyfus Armateurs' subsidiary LD Lines. The contract was signed in November 2008 and the project is scheduled for delivery in the first half of 2010. Almaco’s Accommodation Systems division will deliver a full turnkey for 226 Cabins and Corridors on both passenger and crew decks. The scope of supply includes design, supply of material, assembly, installation onboard and all background works such as ducting, piping, insulation, electrical. The design and standards of the cabins are of higher quality than those offered in earlier vessels.
Successful Shock Test For Dynatite System
The Dynatite sealing system is successfully exposed to a series of hydrostatic shock tests. The shock pressure tests up to 15 bar, were carried out under survey of American Bureau of Shipping (ABS). The test started with shock pressure of 5 bar to be hold for 30 minutes, then releasing the pressure, followed by a shock pressure of 10 bar to be hold for 30 minutes, releasing the pressure and finally a shock pressure of 15 bar to be hold for 2 hours. The pressure was released for 30 minutes and then once again 15 bar shock pressure was applied and hold for 30 minutes.
MARCO Signs Contract With S.F. Bar Pilots
MARCO Shipyard Seattle is scheduled to design and build a duo of 104 ft., (31.7 m) pilot station boats for the San Francisco Bar Pilots. With construction to commence soon, the design portion of the project is near completion. The first vessel is set for delivery before year-end, with the second to follow in early 2001. Comprised of steel, the twin-screw vessels will replace the two existing station boats in the Bar Pilots' five-vessel fleet. Powered by twin Caterpillar 3508B diesels, providing a total of 2,200-hp and a design speed of 14 knots, the vessels will boast an overall beam of 30 ft. (9.1 m) and a depth of 13 ft. Designed to safely transport pilots to and from ships entering…
MARCO Signs Contract with S.F. Bar Pilots
MARCO Shipyard Seattle is scheduled to design and build a duo of 104 ft. pilot station boats for the San Francisco Bar Pilots. With construction to commence soon, the design portion of the project is near completion. The first vessel is set for delivery before year-end, with the second to follow in early 2001. Comprised of steel, the twin-screw vessels will replace the two existing station boats in the Bar Pilots' five-vessel fleet. Powered by twin Caterpillar 3508B diesels, providing a total of 2,200-hp and a design speed of 14 knots, the vessels will boast an overall beam of 30 ft. and a depth of 13 ft. Designed to safely transport pilots to and from ships entering, departing or transiting the San Francisco Bay waterways, the vessels will feature accommodations for eight pilots.
Captain Indicted for Seaman’s Manslaughter
The U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon stated that the captain of a charter fishing boat operating out of Winchester Bay, Oregon was indicted on three counts of seaman’s manslaughter following the deaths of three passengers. The deaths occurred when the boat sank while trying to cross the Umpqua River Bar in bad conditions. The U.S. Coast Guard had imposed restrictions on the Bar due to the conditions and the fishing boat captain was specifically advised of those restrictions. He attempted to cross the Bar regardless. If convicted, the captain faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison for each count. source: HK Law