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Schat-Harding Wins Queen Mary II lifesaving contract

Schat-Harding has won a major contract to supply the lifeboats, davits and fast rescue craft to the Cunard newbuilding cruiseship Queen Mary II, under construction at France's Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard. Schat-Harding will also supply full sets of lifesaving equipment to the two cruiseships building for Mediterranean Shipping Company at Chantiers.

Renaissance Cruiseships Reflagged To Marshall Islands

Six of the former Renaissance cruiseships now owned by Cruiseinvest LLC, a Marshall Islands-incorporated company, have been reflagged to the Marshall Islands, Cruiseinvest, and International Registries Inc, the managers of the Marshall Islands maritime and corporate registers, said in a joint announcement on December 5. "We required a register and flag administration known for its integrity to match the quality of our superb new cruiseships and to give us business flexibility, and the Marshall Islands fulfilled these needs," said Dominique Prunier, chief executive of Cruiseinvest Management S.A., a Marshall Islands company which manages the Cruiseinvest fleet and which has an office in Paris to oversee the management of the fleet.

Renaissance Cruiseships Reflagged to Marshall Islands

Six of the former Renaissance cruiseships now owned by Cruiseinvest LLC, a Marshall Islands-incorporated company, have been reflagged to the Marshall Islands, Cruiseinvest, and International Registries Inc, the managers of the Marshall Islands maritime and corporate registers, said in a joint announcement today (Wednesday 5 December 2001). "We required a register and flag administration known for its integrity to match the quality of our superb new cruiseships and to give us business flexibility, and the Marshall Islands fulfilled these needs," said Dominique Prunier, chief executive of Cruiseinvest Management S.A., a Marshall Islands company which manages the Cruiseinvest fleet and which has an office in Paris to oversee the management of the fleet.

40% Cruise Ships Use Outdated Sewage Treatment Plants

ACO Marine Managing Director Mark Beavis “The FOE report paints a contrasting picture to the environmentally conscientious one offered by the cruise lines themselves”

ACO Marine has welcomed the findings reported in the Friends of the Earth 2016 Cruise Ship Report Card, the annual survey of cruise shipping’s impact on the environment, which highlights a growing need for the sector to update its sewage treatment technology. The annual FOE survey, published in June, documented the environmental footprint of 17 cruise lines and 171 cruise ships, finding that a significant proportion of vessels continue to operate out-dated sewage treatment plant.

QEII Again Stirs Repair Interests

Interest in the European cruise ship repair market is currently focused on which shipyard will win the $31.3 million contract to repair the 1968-built, 70,327-grt cruiseship Queen Elizabeth II, owned by Cunard Line. There are currently three shipyards shortlisted for the work — Bremerhaven’s Lloyd Werft, Hamburg’s Blohm + Voss Repair and the U.K.’s A&P Southampton. The contract is expected to be awarded soon, with the drydocking dates scheduled for between November 12 and December 11. Now part of the Carnival Cruise Lines (CCL) group, Cunard has also announced the drydocking programs for two other cruiseships in its fleet — the 1973-built…

Cammell Laird Wins HAL Cruise Ship Fix

Cammell Laird (Gibraltar) has won the contract to repair the former Holland America Line cruise vessel Rotterdam, the vessel arriving in Gibraltar on July 11, 2004, and due to stay at the yard for between six and 12 months. Rotterdam is one of the oldest if not the oldest cruise ships afloat, and it is the intention of the Dutch Government, after the repairs, to tow the cruiseship to her final resting berth in Rotterdam. The grand old lady will have hotel and conference facilities and part of the vessel will become a Museum allowing people from all over the world to see the luxury of this vessel. Works will include various amounts of steel and pipe work, cleaning, upgrades, drydocking, painting.

Mivan Wins Cruise Deal

Northern Ireland’s Mivan has won contracts to outfit the interior of two cruiseships. The contracts, totalling around £3m, will be undertaken in the Bahamas and in Malta. Mivan will help refit Royal Caribbean International’s 73,192 grt Sovereign of the Seas at Grand Bahamas Shipyard (GBS) in Freeport, and carry out the conversion of Cunard’s 24,492 grt Caronia, to be renamed Saga Ruby for her new owners Saga Shipping at Malta Drydocks. Mivan Chief Executive, Dr. Ivan McCabrey, “This has been an excellent year for Mivan in the cruiseship sector with around £6m of new contracts secured to date. The Sovereign of the Seas contract will be completed by early December 2004 over a three-week period.

Canada Finding on Cruise Ship Switchboard Fire

The Canadian Transportation Safety Board (TSB) issued its report of the investigation into the switchboard fire on the cruiseship STATENDAM in the Strait of Georgia on 4 August 2002. The main circuit breaker for one of the diesel generators suffered a catastrophic failure that started fires in the main switchboard room and the adjacent engine control room. The crew extinguished the fires. The TSB determined that the current international structural fire protection standards around main switchboard rooms do not reflect the fire risk inherent in electrical systems that transmit high levels of power. Report Number M02W0135 (HK Law)

Cruising for a Better and Equal World

The cruiseship MS Koningsdam, will be the backdrop of the Women’s InternationalShipping and Trading Association’s Annual General Meeting (9-13 November). Departing in Port Everglades with stops in Miami and the Bahamas, this unusual meeting location will see participants discuss topics around the theme: "Always in Motion: Ever Changing". The conference will examine the changing regulatory landscape and its impact on maritime safety, security and the environment. Topics of interest to International Maritime Organization (IMO) , and its work on the Sustainable DevelopmentGoals, such as women leaders in the maritime industry will also be featured.

Marseille Mega-ship Initiatives Enter Final Phases

Photo: Port Marseille Fos

The two main construction projects in the Marseille harbor area of leading French port Marseille Fos are nearing completion following a decisive stage in works costing almost €64 million ($70.6 mln) that will cater for mega-ships by enlarging the Passe Nord port entrance and recommissioning the giant No.10 drydock. The drydock has been flooded for the first time since work started in January 2014 to enable flotation of a new 9,100 tonne dock gate and three 4,500 tonne caissons – under construction there since March - that will form the remodelled ends of sea walls guarding the harbor entrance.

Marseille Fos Unveils Multimillion Growth Strategy

Photo courtesy of Marseille Fos

The Marseille Fos port authority has set out a vision for growth over the four years to 2018 in a strategic plan that puts developments costing $560 million at the heart of measures to offer clients a dynamic Euro-Mediterranean logistics and industrial cluster. The developments - including new projects and those already in the pipeline – target areas of activity with the greatest potential for strong growth and gaining market share. A key aim is to position the port as a viable European Gateway alternative to ports in the northern range.

Thordon Bearings COMPAC System for Britannia

P&O Cruises Britannia features a water-lubricated COMPAC propeller shaft system (Photo: Thordon Bearings)

P&O Cruise’s new flagship Britannia was officially christened by the Queen yesterday at a naming ceremony in Southampton, U.K. The 3,647 passenger vessel, the largest cruise ship built by Fincantieri’s Monfalcone shipyard for the British market, features a bevy of environmentally-friendly solutions, including Thordon Bearings’ COMPAC system to safeguard the marine environment against operational oil spills. Andy Edwards, Commercial Director, Thordon Bearings, said, “The delivery of Britannia – the largest cruiseship built for the U.K.

ACO Marine Unveils New PE Separators

ACO Marine has introduced composite PE versions of its Lipator and Lipatomat grease separator range. Pictured is a 2x stainless steel Lipatomat NS10 with lifting station (Image: ACO Marine)

Wastewater management specialist ACO Marine has introduced a new composite grease separator as part of its Lipator and Lipatomat product range. Manufactured from high-density polyethylene (PE) composite, ACO Marine’s new PE-Lipator (manual) and PE-Lipatomat (automatic) separators have been designed to meet market demand for more cost-effective, lighter units capable of delivering the same performance benefits as the stainless steel models, the company said. As with the stainless steel Lipator and Lipatomat units…

SAM Electronics Tapped to Supply Cruise Ships

Hamburg-based SAM Electronics has been commissioned to supply seven new cruise ships building in Italian and German yards with proprietary NACOS 65-5 integrated navigation command systems featuring radar-controlled track pilots, Ecdis and other sensors. Among vessels to be equipped with a bridge system will be Cunard’s 89,500-gt Queen Victoria, presently under construction at Fincantieri’s Venice yard for delivery next year; accommodating 1968 passengers, the luxury vessel will be the second largest cruiseship to be built for Cunard. Other Fincantieri-yard newbuildings due to be fitted with Series 65-5 configurations are Costa Crociere’s 112,000-gt Costa Serena, Princess Cruises’ 116,000-gt Emerald Princess and P&O Cruises’ 116,000-gt Ventura.

Cruise Ship Agreement Funding Accord Reached

Cruise ship lines will cover Washington's costs to administer an environmental agreement that limits and tracks wastewater discharges from large cruise liners. The Department of Ecology (Ecology) and the Port of Seattle have signed a companion accord to the 2004 memorandum of understanding (MOU) between Ecology, the Port and the NorthWest CruiseShip Association (NWCA). Ecology spent approximately $47,500 to inspect the wastewater treatment systems aboard the large ships, collect and test wastewater samples, review records, monitor compliance and prepare reports last year. The Port will reimburse Ecology for those costs, and collect that amount from NWCA-member ships - the large liners that sail between Seattle and Alaska from April to October each year - as part of their moorage fees.

Cruise Ship Companies Choose SAM Electronics

Worldwide sales of SAM Electronics and L-3 Valmarine’s latest NACOS Platinum series of integrated navigation and automation systems now exceed 130 following commissioning of configurations for Carnival Cruise Lines’ new 130,000-gt liner, Carnival Breeze, under construction by Fincantieri, and two 143,500-gt cruiseships being built at Meyer Werft’s Papenburg yard for NCL. Due for delivery in 2013 and 2014, the NCL vessels will be the largest to be built in Germany. The third in Carnival’s Dream class and due for delivery next spring…

Liberian Registry Appoints New Vice President

The Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR), a member of the YCF Group of companies and exclusive administrator of the world’s largest quality ship register, has appointed Christian Mollitor to the position of vice president. This newly created role represents a return to LISCR for Mollitor. Having formerly held the position of Assistant Department Head of Seafarer Certification and Documentation, he left the registry in 2001 to further develop his career. This…

Chesapeake Shipbuilding Signs Contract

Chesapeake Shipbuilding Corporation of Salisbury, Md., announced that it has signed a contract to design and build a 214-ft. luxury overnight coastal and inland cruiseship. The vessel will be American Flag and operated on domestic cruises within the U.S. This will be the eighth overnight cruise vessel designed and built by Chesapeake Shipbuilding and the third one in the last 4 years. Passenger staterooms will be the largest in the coastal cruise trade, averaging approximately 240 sq. ft. Construction started about 1 week ago and the vessel is expected to be launched in late 2003. The vessel will be powered by twin Caterpillar 3412E diesels. Onboard will be 3 generators: two 260Kw and one 170 Kw. The vessel will also have a 250hp hydraulic bowthruster.

Dow Named VP of Public Affairs for Carnival

Corporation & plc. America. departments to coordinate policies and positions on various industry issues. Arison and Vice Chairman and COO Howard Frank. its need for a liaison with federal, state and local governments. said. past seven years. Tours' hotel division for two years. service and various other interests. Foundation and sits on several committees for the ICCL and NWCA. organization's North Star award in 1990. was chairman and a board member of the Alaska Native Tourism Council. Dow holds a B.A. Northern Colorado.

News: ISPS Code for Ship Repair Facilities?

Lloyd Werft's Werner Lüken may not be too sure as to whether ship repair yards constitute "port facilities" under the ISPS Code but others do not share his doubts. Speaking at the Shiprepair Conference and Exhibition in London last month, he said he really didn't think that repair yards should be included under the Code's requirements and that newbuilding yards certainly shouldn't be. However, he admitted to being in ongoing discussions with the German authorities on the point and, as perhaps the world's most prominent cruiseship yard, there is a lot at stake. The arguments are complex and will keep lawyers busy for months. However, as Peter Rowat of the London Shipping Consultancy pointed out, whether or not repair facilities are covered by the Code's requirements is not really the issue.

FGH Finalizes $82 Million in New Contracts

Friede Goldman Halter, Inc. (FGH) finalized contracts totaling $82 million. The contracts call for the construction of a $70 million cargo vessel and the design and construction of 22 shipboard cargo cranes. Halter Marine, Inc., the vessel construction division of FGH, will build a $70 million car carrier for Pasha Hawaii Transport Lines. The 579-ft. Pure Truck Car Carrier will transport more than 4,000 automobiles between destinations on the Pacific coast. Pasha Hawaii Transport Lines is a joint venture between The Pasha Group and Van Ommeren Shipping USA, which will operate the vessel. The ship's Jones Act compliance will enable it to operate between U.S. West Coast ports and Hawaii as well as serve foreign ports.

Tirrenia Takes Rina High Speed COMFORT

Italian ferry operator Tirrenia has been awarded Rina’s COMFORT class notation for two high speed ferries. The 1,800-passenger 43 knot Scorpio, and the recently built 2,700-passenger 29 knot Bithya, have been recognized by Italian classification society RINA as compliant with COMFORT Class. The certification has been awarded to the two ships following a comprehensive series of tests carried out during normal operations at sea. Scorpio serves the Civitavecchia to Olbia route and Bithya serves the Genova to Porto Torres route. At the end of the tests, the ships have been found compliant with the noise and vibration limits established by RINA to ensure an outstanding level of passenger comfort.

Feature: New Potency in Electronic Control

German predilection for technological advance permeates all areas of primary business and industrial activity, to the undoubted benefit of the competitive standing of its international market players. In the maritime domain, a clear appreciation of the long-term operating benefits promised by the application of electronic regulation to massively powerful, two-stroke propulsion engines is denoted by Hapag-Lloyd's selection of K98ME diesels for its next generation of linehaul vessels. In explaining some of the rationale in opting for electronically controlled, 'cathedral' engines of the largest size produced to date, an article in a recent edition of the in-house publication Hapag-Lloyd News illustrated the pragmatic approach to state-of-the-art technology.

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