Cruise Ship Construction: China Rising
China earns cruise newbuild business, aims for ship financeWhile China has steadily built shipbuilding market share, cruise ship construction – more specifically mastering the logistical complexities inherent in cruise ship design, outfit and construction – has proved elusive. But it appears that Chinese shipbuilders have turned the corner, with contracts signed for the first cruise newbuilds. We were in Tianjin, China, earlier this year for the 4th Annual China Maritime Finance Forum for a look behind the covers of passenger vessel in China…
Cruise Ship Costa Venezia Floated Out
Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri hosted a float-out ceremony for a new cruise ship under construction for Carnival Corporation’s Italian brand Costa Cruises. The new ship, Costa Venezia, is Costa’s first ship designed and built specifically for the Chinese market.“As our first ship built specifically for the Chinese market, Costa Venezia marks a new era not just for Costa Cruises and Fincantieri but for the Chinese cruise industry as a whole,” said Mario Zanetti, president of Costa Group Asia.
Cruise Ship Viking Orion Delivered
Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri has delivered the fifth cruise ship in a series of oceangoing newbuilds for ship owner Viking Cruises. The new vessel, Viking Orion, was delivered today from the builder’s shipyard in Ancona.Viking Orion, as its four preceding sister ships, fits into the small cruise ship segment, with a gross tonnage of about 47,800 tons. It has 465 cabins with accommodation for 930 passengers.Viking's ocean ships are all equipped high-efficiency engines, hydro…
Cruise Ship Passengers Evacuated after Blaze on Board
Almost 200 passengers and crew on a cruise along the Danube river had to be evacuated from their vessel on Monday when a blaze broke out on board, the Austrian fire service said. The passengers, who were on a trip with German river-cruise line A-Rosa from Linz to Budapest, were taken off and moved to a nearby ship after the blaze started close to the village of Schoenbuehel-Aggsbach in Lower Austria, a fire brigade spokesman said. No-one was hurt. Twelve fire trucks and several boats with around 150 fire fighters fought the blaze before bringing it under control after two hours. Five ship crew members who tried to extinguish the fire were treated for smoke inhalation in hospital, a spokesman for the Red Cross said.
Shanghai to Spend $740 million on Cruise Ship Park
A Shanghai district government plans to spend about 5 billion yuan ($739.97 million) to develop a cruise ship industrial park to house foreign firms that it hopes will help build China's first luxury passenger vessels, a local official said. China's government has earmarked cruise shipbuilding as a major objective in its "Made in China 2025" programme to upgrade its manufacturing and support jobs at its shipyards, as domestic demand for cruise trips increases 30 percent a year. Firms who set up shop in the new zone could expect financing support from banks and recently established government funds, Lei Shuguang, director on the administrative committee of Shanghai Baoshan Industrial Zone, told Reuters on Wednesday.
Man Charged with Murdering Wife on Cruise Ship
A Utah man has been arrested for allegedly murdering his wife onboard the cruise ship Emerald Princess in Southeast Alaska. Kenneth Manzanares, 39, of Santa Clara, Utah, was charged by criminal complaint with the murder of his 39-year-old wife, Kristy, in their shared cruise ship cabin on July 25. According to the criminal complaint, Emerald Princess security and medical personnel responded to an incident in the cabin where Kristy was found deceased with a severe head wound. A witness observed Manzanares grab his wife’s body and drag her toward the balcony.
New Eco-friendly Expedition Cruise Ship in the Works
Rolls-Royce said it has signed a deal with WestSea Yard, part of Martifer Group, to equip an expeditionary oceanic cruise ship for Portuguese based cruise company Mystic Cruises. The vessel, to be called the MS World Explorer, will be the company’s first expeditionary oceanic cruise ship. The MS World Explorer will offer expeditionary cruise itineraries in Antarctica from November to March and this new vessel’s inaugural Antarctic season is already fully chartered to, and being distributed globally by, Polar Cruise Company Quark Expeditions.
Cruise Ship MS Bremen Certified to Polar Code
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ expedition cruise ship, the 155-passenger MS Bremen has become one of the first passenger ships in the world to receive the Polar Ship Certificate which will be mandatory for ships operating in the polar regions from January 2018. MS Bremen was awarded Polar Code certification by classification society DNV GL following a two-year long phase of intense preparation, leading the way for all other ships in the Hapag-Lloyd Cruises fleet which are also due to meet the Polar Code requirements by the Arctic season in 2018.
Fincantieri Launches New Cruise Ship for Seabourn
The second cruise ship in a newbuild series for Seabourn Cruise Line has been launched by Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri at its shipyard in Sestri, Genoa. Seabourn Ovation is due to join the fleet of Carnival Corporation brand Seabourn Cruise Line in spring 2018, following on the delivery of sister ship, Seabourn Encore, at the end of 2016 from Fincantieri’s Marghera, Venice yard. Seabourn Ovation will be 40,350 gross tons, 210 meters long and 28 meters wide and will be able to reach a cruising speed of 18.6 knots. It will carry up to just 600 guests, based on double occupancy.
ABB to Power the ‘Anti-cruise Ship’
ABB will provide the power and propulsion for the first in a series of vessels that mark Ritz Carlton’s first foray into the maritime sector. The 190-meter long vessel has been dubbed the “anti-cruise ship” because it can accommodate just 298 passengers and is aimed at providing a more bespoke service than larger cruise ships. ABB’s solutions will optimize energy efficiency and allow the vessel to be remotely monitored from shore. Two Azipod D propulsors will enable the ship to…
Meyer Werft Begins LNG Cruise Ship Build for AIDA
German shipbuilder Meyer Werft has laid the keel for AIDAnova, set to become the first cruise ship worldwide that will operate both at sea and in port fueled with liquefied natural gas (LNG). With AIDAnova’s first building block lowered into place on September 6, 2017, Carnival Corporation & plc officially marked the start of construction of seven fully LNG powered cruise ships due to be commissioned between 2018 and 2022 for four of its 10 cruise ship brands. The seven vessels for Carnival Cruise Lines…
MV WERFTEN Delivers River Cruise Ship for Crystal
Just a few weeks after delivery of the Crystal Bach, shipbuilder MV WERFTEN has handed over the Crystal Mahler, the second of four Rhine Class ships for client Crystal River Cruises. After the ceremonial change of flags, the ship was christened at the outfitting quay of MV WERFTEN in Wismar. Like its sister vessel, the 135-metre long and 11.4-metre wide river cruise ship was specifically designed for exploring Europe’s rivers. It complies with the highest safety and navigation standards…
Fincantieri to Build a Cruise Ship for Cunard
Fincantieri and Carnival Corporation & plc announced today the signing of a memorandum of agreement (MoA) for the construction of one next-generation cruise ship for luxury brand Cunard. The agreement will become operational when all the financial and technical conditions will be satisfied, the shipbuilder said. The ship will be built at the Monfalcone yard and join the Cunard’s fleet in 2022. The 113,000 ton ship will carry 3,000 guests and be the 249th to fly the Cunard flag…
Viking Planning Hydrogen-powered Cruise Ship
Viking Cruises is reportedly working on a project to develop a vessel fuelled by liquid hydrogen that could become the world’s first cruise ship with zero-emission technology, according to the Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA). NMA said the announcement was made by Viking Cruises project manager Serge Fossati during the Safety at Sea Conference in Haugesund. “This is a world sensation. Very exciting. If they pull this off, a distribution network may be established, which will enable others as well to use hydrogen as fuel…
ZKTeco to Display the Latest in Cruise Ship Security
Biometric and RFID security solutions provider ZKTeco said it will showcase its latest developments in cruise ship security technology at Seatrade Cruise Global at the Broward County Convention Center in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., from March 5-8, 2018. ZKTeco will have on display products designed to provide both passengers and crew in the cruise industry far greater safety and convenience. On display will be the ProBio-ID door access controller. ProBio-ID eliminates the worry of getting accidentally locked out of your room because you forgot your access card or PIN code.
ABB Azipod Hits Mileston with PONANT
As ABB's Azipod propulsion technology approaches its 30 year anniversary, the company announced that a milestone was recently hit in the cruise sector as ABB won ts 100th cruise ship order, winning the contract for powering PONANT's world’s first electric hybrid icebreaker. The luxury polar expedition cruise ship, due delivery for the French cruise company PONANT in 2021, will feature two Azipod VI propulsion units fit for the most challenging ice conditions. Upon delivery from Norway’s Vard Søviknes…
ABB’s Azipods Ordered for 100th Cruise Ship
Azipod propulsion, the ABB technology that has become the industry standard in the cruise segment since its launch in 1990, has secured its 100th cruise ship order, winning a contract for powering the world’s first electric hybrid icebreaker. The luxury polar expedition cruise ship, due delivery for the French cruise company PONANT in 2021, will feature two Azipod VI propulsion units fit for the most challenging ice conditions. Upon delivery from Norway’s Vard Søviknes, a Fincantieri Company, the cruise ship will take passengers to unexplored destinations in Arctic and Antarctic waters.
Cruise Ship Lengthening Underway at Fincantieri
Work to lengthen the Silversea Group’s ultra-luxury cruise ship Silver Spirit is underway at the Fincantieri shipyard in Palermo, Italy. The 36,000 gt, 195 m Silver Spirit, delivered in 2009 by Fincantieri in Ancona, was able to accommodate over 540 passengers in 270 sea view suites, spread over eight passenger decks. As part of the lengthening and refurbishment project, a 15-meter section is being inserted in the central part of the ship, marking an industry first for an ultra-luxury cruise ship.
China Building Its First Polar Expedition Cruise Ship
China has begun building its first polar expedition cruise ship, state news agency Xinhua reported Saturday, as the country looks to shipping lanes opened up by global warming to extend President Xi Jinping's Belt and Road initiative to the Arctic. Construction of the 104.4-meter vessel, equipped with an advanced electric propulsion and control system for navigating sea ice, was expected to be completed by August 2019, Xinhua reported. China released its first official Arctic policy white paper in January…
World’s Largest Cruise Ship Delivered
At 362 meters long, 66 meters wide and 70 meters high, Royal Caribbean’s new 228,081 GRT cruise ship takes the “world’s largest” title. Mega ship Symphony of the Seas was delivered today to owner Royal Caribbean International from French shipbuilder STX France who has been constructing the vessel since 2015. The new cruise liner, which boasts 18 decks total with capacity for 6,800 passengers in 2,747 staterooms and is crewed by more than 2,000 staff members, takes the size crown from her slightly smaller sister vessel, Harmony of the Seas.
USCG Medevacs Elderly Cruise Ship Passenger
The U.S. Coast Guard medevaced an 81-year-old man from the cruise ship, Norwegian Getaway, Monday approximately 44 miles southeast of Marathon, Fla. The crew of the Norwegian Getaway notified Coast Guard 7th District watchstanders at approximately 11:50 p.m. Sunday of an 81-year-old man aboard the cruise ship suffering from heart attack-like symptoms. Watchstanders directed the launch of a Coast Guard Station Key West 45-foot Response Boat—Medium crew who arrived on scene, embarked the individual and transferred him ashore to awaiting local emergency medical services.
Plibrico, NMBS Partner for Cruise Ship Repair
Plibrico, an industry leader in monolithic refractories, and maritime repair specialist Nordic Made Boiler Services, Inc. (NMBS), announced a global strategic partnership to deliver retrofit supplies and services to the world's cruise ship operators. With the partnership, NMBS will use Plibrico's Plico brand refractories in the retrofitting of cruise ship boilers and waste incinerators needed to ensure passenger safety and comfort. "Partnering with Nordic Made Boiler Services…
Cruise Ship Seabourn Ovation Delivered
Seabourn Ovation, the second ultra-luxury cruise ship constructed by Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri for Carnival Corporation’s Seabourn Cruise Line, was delivered today at the builder’s shipyard in Sestri, Genoa.Seabourn Ovation, as its sister ship Seabourn Encore delivered from Fincantieri’s shipyard in Marghera, Venice at the end of 2016, was built according to the standards and cutting-edge technical solutions that make Seabourn one of the most prestigious brands in the ultra-luxury segment…