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…
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…
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.
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)
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.
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
FURUNO Launches ECDIS FMD-3200/FMD-3300
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.
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.
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
Queen Mary 2 To Boast MacGregor Galleys
MacGregor has landed a contract valued at more than $11.5 million to supply the vessel's galleys, bars and walk-in pantries for Cunard's Queen Mary 2 - the 150,000 gt vessel to be built by Chantiers de l' Atlantique. MacGregor's Passenger Ship Division will supply and install 14 bars, 43 walk-in pantries, eight galleys and 14 buffet outlets throughout a 4,070 sq. m area. Approximately 2,866 components will be installed in total, weighing 323 tons.
S. Korea: Ban on Single Hull Tankers in 2011
South Korea will ban, according to a Yonhap report, all single-hull tanker operations starting in 2011. The news agency reported that the Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs said that all locally registered single-hull tankers with a deadweight tonnage of 5,000 tons will be barred from operating in territorial waters as of Jan. 1. It also said single-hull foreign ships will be barred from entering South Korean ports. (Source: Yonhap)
Carnival Sunshine Embarks on Inaugural Voyage
The totally transformed 3,006-passenger Carnival Sunshine – the largest Carnival Cruise Lines ship ever to be homeported in New Orleans -- will sail this afternoon on its inaugural voyage from the Big Easy, embarking on a six-day cruise to Cozumel and Grand Cayman. Earlier this year, Carnival Sunshine underwent a $155 million, 75-day makeover that added a variety of innovations that are part of Carnival’s groundbreaking Fun Ship 2.0 enhancement initiative, along with several features unique to this vessel and 182 new staterooms.
Chariot Agrees Brazil Farm Out with AziLat
Chariot Oil & Gas Limited, the Atlantic margins focused oil and gas exploration company, announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Chariot Brasil Petróleo e Gás Ltda., has signed a farm-out agreement with AziLat Limited through its local subsidiary AziBras Exploração de Petróleo e Gás Ltda. Following completion of this agreement, which is subject to the approval of the Brazilian authorities, AziLat will hold a 25% equity interest in Chariot's BAR-M-292, BAR-M-293, BAR-M-313 and BAR-M-314 blocks in the Barreirinhas Basin…
Danfoss Marine Parts Now Available Online
New Peerless/ Danfoss website offers marine pressure transmitters, pressure and temperature switches from stock. Peerless Electronics, an authorized stocking distributor for Danfoss announced that these fine Danfoss Marine products can now be found on a new online store. 1. The MBS 5100 Series Block Pressure Transmitter. This is a high accuracy marine approved block designed pressure transmitter MBS 5100 for use in harsh maritime environments where space is a constraint; 0-400 bar range, 4-20mA output.
Kvichak Pilot Boat Delivered to CRBP
Kvichak Marine Industries recently delivered Astoria, a self-righting 74’ all-aluminum pilot boat, to the Columbia River Bar Pilots (CRBP) of Astoria, Oregon. Astoria is the third CRBP pilot boat designed by Camarc, Ltd., of the UK and built by Kvichak. The pilots christened Astoria at a ceremony last week where the vessel has joined Columbia, built in 2008. Chinook, built in 2000 is retiring this spring. The pilots operate the vessels over the bar at the mouth of the Columbia River.
Lock & Dam Fire Quickly Doused
A construction crew working off a barge inside the auxiliary lock at Melvin Price Locks and Dam 26 extinguished a fire Thursday morning inside the engine of a crane on their vessel. Battalion Chief Rob Franke, of the Alton Fire Department, said when firefighters arrived, the crew from Massman Construction Co. of Kansas City, Mo., had put out the fire using a hand extinguisher. The city firefighters, though, were at the scene for about a half hour after responding to the 8:45 a.m. call.
Kvichak to Build 72’ Pilot Boat
Kvichak Marine Industries was awarded a contract to build a self-righting 72’ all-aluminum pilot boat, Astoria, for the Columbia River Bar Pilots (CRBP) of Astoria, OR. The continued success and reliability of the Columbia and Chinook lead CRBP to once again choose Camarc, Ltd., of the U.K. as the designer and Kvichak Marine as the builder for the Astoria. The pilots operate the vessels over the bar at the mouth of the Columbia River. Known for its extreme weather and turbulent waters, the Columbia River Bar is where the Columbia River collides with the Pacific Ocean.
Turbocharger Cut-off System
To meet the growing demand for running large container vessels on varying loads, MAN Diesel has developed a turbocharger cut-out system that improves main-engine performance during low-load operation. MAN Diesel’s Turbocharger Cut-Out System lowers main-engine fuel-oil consumption and improves performance during low-load operation. The system includes two, pneumatically operated cut-out valves placed at the turbine inlet and compressor outlet. Installation of the Turbocharger Cut-out system requires little time and MAN Diesel PrimeServ reports that with the right planning, off-hire can be avoided. Installation during voyages can be carried out by a MAN PrimeServ installation team. • turbine-out temperature drops of up to 30 degrees.