Port Canaveral Welcomes Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship
Canaveral Port Authority formally welcomed the 'Enchantment of the Seas' to its new homeport in Florida. The Port Authoritiy hosted about 100 community leaders aboard Royal Caribbean cruise ship for the traditional 'Plaque and Key Ceremony'. Enchantment of the Seas will sail year-round from the port on three- and four-day Bahamas voyages. In the picture from left: Commissioners John H. Evans and Jerry Allender; Enchantment of the Seas Capt. Gus Andersson; and Commissioners Tom Weinberg; Frank Sullivan; and R. Bruce Deardoff.
Port Everglades Cruise Terminal Passes Inspection
Port Everglades received a certificate of occupancy for the new Cruise Terminal 18, two weeks before the official grand opening on November 6 and in time to test the building's functionality before welcoming Royal Caribbean International's 5,400-passenger Oasis of the Seas. The City of Hollywood awarded the certificate to the Port on Friday, October 23, which is earlier than anticipated and will give Royal Caribbean the opportunity to test the terminal operationally with the 2,250-passenger Enchantment of the Seas. The Broward County Public Works Department's Seaport Construction Division managed the completion of this $75m project in 22 months.
Hurricane Earl Scatters Cruise Ships in Caribbean
According to an August 30 report from USA Today, a growing Hurricane Earl has already forced a half dozen cruise ships carrying more than 20,000 vacationers to switch course as it barrels toward some of the Caribbean's most popular islands, and more itinerary changes could be coming. Affected cruise vessels include Carnival Victory, Carnival Pride, Carnival Dream, Norwegian Epic, Enchantment of the Seas, Oasis of the Seas and the Norwegian Dawn. (Source: USA Today)
Tug & Barge Puncture Cruise Ship Hull
Coast Guard marine safety inspectors from Sector Key West, are investigating a collision between a cruise ship and a tug and barge this morning in the vicinity of the Hilton pier in Key West, Fla. Cruise ship Enchantment of the Seas was moored at Pier-B when the tug Huey L. Cheramie collided with the ship at approximately 8 a.m., leaving an 8-foot puncture along the side of the cruise ship's hull above the water-line. No injuries have been reported at this time.
Aker Yards to Lengthen RCL’s Enchantment of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International Ltd. and Kvaerner Masa-Yards Inc. have agreed on a revitalization project, including a midbody lengthening, for the luxury cruise ship M/S Enchantment of the Seas. The project has been developed by Kvaerner Masa-Yards Inc.'s Customer Service Division. The midbody will be built at Kvaerner Masa-Yards in Turku and the lengthening will take place between mid-May and early July 2005 while the cruise ship is being drydocked at the Keppel Verolme Shipyard in Rotterdam. The contract value for Kvaerner Masa-Yards is some €40-45 million.
Turbocharger Retrofits for Royal Caribbean
MAN PrimeServ informs it has won the contract from Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCCL) to retrofit the turbochargers aboard four cruise liners from its fleet. The contract covers the retrofit of a total of 30 turbochargers aboard four vessels – two operated by Royal Caribbean International, and two operated by Pullmantur, a wholly-owned RCCL subsidiary, along with attachment kits and technical support. The vessels Grandeur of the Seas and Enchantment of the Seas – both equipped with four x 12V48/60 MAN engines – will be retrofitted with 16 x TCA55 turbochargers…
Port Canaveral Welcomes Explorer of the Seas
Starting November 15, 2014, Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas begins homeporting at Port Canaveral through March 2015, offering a new nine-night itinerary that reaches further into the southern Caribbean with stops in Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, and Haiti. Other itinerary options include four-, five-, and eight-night Caribbean cruises. “We are pleased that Royal Caribbean continues to provide innovative ships and diverse itineraries for our community, Orlando and other central Florida residents and visitors,” said Port Canaveral CEO John E. Walsh.
Schat-Harding Books Strong Year
Schat-Harding, a maker of lifeboats and davits, reported a strong orderbook in the third quarter of 2004, with orders totaling $16 million booked, driven by strong demand from passenger ships, offshore rigs, LNG and ice-class tankers and naval vessels. Key passenger ship orders included six CTL38 cruise tenders and 14 MPC32 compact cruise lifeboats with PD davits for two MSC newbuildings at Chantiers de l'Atlantique, eight MPC32 boats and VIP davits for a series of RoPax building at Italy's Visenti yard, and two MPC32 boats with davits for the lengthening of the RCCL Enchantment of the Seas. Offshore orders included two KISS800 systems for the Atwood Beacon rig, four KISS boats and davits for Pemex and two MCB 600 boats for the Dolphin Energy project.
Aker Yards Opens Florida Office
Aker Yards Lifecycle Services (LCS) specializes in ship conversion and refurbishment projects, one of the most challenging being the lengthening of RCCL`s cruise vessel "Enchantment of the Seas" last year. Aker Yards offers a full range of services: Conversion, Passenger Area and Ship System Services, including consulting, project development, project management, turn-key projects, maintenance and spare parts. In order to support LCS`s sales and project execution in North America and the Caribbean, a sales and consulting agency called Aker Yards Ship Service has been established in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Jarmo Seppälä, the newly appointed President of Aker Yards Ship Service Inc., will head the office
Aker Yards Signs Retrofit Contract
Aker Yards and the German TT-Line have signed a contract for retrofitting of four passenger-car ferries. The retrofit means renewing the vessels fuel systems to be more flexible and conforming to today’s demands. The project value is $9.1 million. The project will be executed on the yard in Helsinki during January-March 2006. The project will be managed by Aker Finnyards Lifecycle services, which offers comprehensive and cost efficient services to cruise and passenger ship operators. Established in 2003, the Lifecycle Services is a natural continuation of the yards long-term commitment to its customers. The target market is the whole Cruise and Ferry Operators Fleet.
Grand Bahama Shipyard Starts 2017 Strong
Caribbean shipyard Grand Bahama Shipyard Limited (GBSL) said it will complete work on 10 cruise vessels within first quarter of 2017. Scope of works included significant propulsion and technical systems overhauls, hull treatment, accommodations and public spaces upgrades and the addition of onboard attraction facilities. GBSL shared highlights of 10 of the 23 cruise vessels owned and/or operated by major players in the industry planned for dry-docking in the first quarter of 2017.
Cruise Industry Annual: Navigator of the Seas
It is incredible to consider that from the icy environs of Turku, Finland, emerge great ships of steel that are designed to spend their lives transporting passengers to and from mostly tropical paradises. Such was the feeling upon boarding the nearly 140,000-gt Navigator of the Seas — newbuilding 1347 — just three days before its Nov. 18, 2003 hand over to Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Navigator is the fourth, latest and arguably greatest of the five-ship Voyager series. While the first ship of any series is, indeed, special, particularly so in the Voyager-class series as it was a world record setter based on its enormous size and onboard amenities…
Northrop Grumman Delivers New Mexico Sub
Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) delivered the sixth submarine of the Virginia class, New Mexico (SSN 779), to the U.S. Navy, four months ahead of schedule. New Mexico's 70-month construction period represents the shortest overall construction time of any Virginia-class submarine. The keel for New Mexico was authenticated April 12, 2008, and the ship was christened on Dec. 13, 2008. New Mexico, named for "The Land of Enchantment," is the most modern and sophisticated attack submarine in the world, providing undersea supremacy well into the 21st century.
Turkey Reveals Route for New Canal to Ease Bosphorus Shipping
Turkey announced on Monday the route for a planned canal that would reduce shipping traffic on the busy Bosphorus Strait and transform the European half of Istanbul into an island. Work on the 45-km (28-mile) Kanal Istanbul, linking the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara west of the Bosphorus, will begin this year, Transport Minister Ahmet Arslan said, adding it formed part of Turkey's most expensive construction project. The Bosphorus is one of the world's busiest waterways with 42,000 vessels passing through in 2016 - compared with 16,800 that transited the Suez Canal in the same year.
Norway: We Must Prepare for Arctic Oil Race with Russia
Norway must identify potential offshore oil and gas reserves near its northern maritime border with Russia to better protect its economic interest in the remote Arctic region, energy minister Terje Soeviknes said on Wednesday. The two countries agreed in 2010 to split previously disputed areas of the Barents Sea between them, allowing each to exploit resources hidden beneath the seabed. An increase in drilling activity on the Russian side of the border should lead Norway to push its own agenda, the minister said. "We need to start the discussion about what to do in the far north.
Chinese Sub near Disputed Islands Stokes Tension with Japan
Japan’s defense minister criticized China on Monday for sailing an advanced stealthy nuclear submarine close to disputed islands claimed by Japan and China, saying the action had stoked tension. The submarine, which Japan detected in the East China Sea, was a 110 meter-long Shang-class vessel, which is able to dive deeper and for longer than older boats and is armed with torpedoes and anti-ship missiles, according to Japan’s Ministry of Defence. “Operating a submerged submarine close to another country’s territory goes against the norms of international rules…
Navy to Christen Submarine New Mexico
The Navy christened its newest attack submarine, New Mexico, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008, during a 10 a.m. EST ceremony at Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, Newport News, Va. Rep. Heather A. Wilsonof New Mexico delivered the ceremony's principal address. Designated SSN 779, New Mexico is named in recognition of the people of the 'Land of Enchantment'. The submarine began construction under a unique teaming arrangement between Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding and General Dynamics Electric Boat in 2004. The battleship New Mexico (BB-40) (1918-1946), the only other ship named after the 47th state, earned six battle stars for World War II service, which included providing shore bombardment support for landings in the Gilbert and Marshall Islands, and at Guam, Tinian, Saipan, the Philippines and Okinawa.
APM Terminals Poti to Build Cargo Terminal
APM Terminals Poti and Poti New Terminals Consortium signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for a USD 100 million dollar investment in a new bulk cargo terminal that can process 1.5 million tons of dry bulk cargo annually and generate new trade opportunities for customers in the Georgian transit corridor. The new terminal is expected to be built on APM Terminals Poti land and infrastructure and will entail the construction, development and operation of a new breakwater, dry bulk cargo terminal and related infrastructure to serve bulk cargo customers.
Oil from Sunken Iranian Tanker Diffusing in East China Sea
Oil from an Iranian tanker that sank in the East China Sea has diffused into four separate slicks, covering a combined area of just over 100 square kms (39 square miles), Chinese authorites said late on Wednesday. Earlier satellite imaging showed two large slicks, with the larger one also thicker and more concentrated, but the latest data had found four slicks ranging in size from 48 square kms (19 square miles) to 5.5 square kms (2.1 square miles), the State Oceanic Administration (SOA) said.
MISHA to Install DESMI BWMS Fleet-wide
Danish firm DESMI Ocean Guard A/S said it has finalized a contract to supply CompactClean ballast water management systems (BWMS) to the entire fleet of Turkish ship owner MISHA Shipping. The contract includes delivery of 10 CompactClean BWMS in sizes from 340 to 750 m3/h, with the first system to be delivered later in 2018 for the m/v Mohican currently under construction. MISHA Shipping is a privately held company with both shipping and shipyard activities. Its vessels are shallow-draft dry cargo vessels primarily designed for operations in Russian inland waters…
Iranian Tanker Produces 2 Slicks in East China Sea
An Iranian oil tanker that sank in the East China Sea has left two oil slicks covering a combined 109 square km (42 square miles), the Chinese government said, as maritime police scoured for damage and prepared to explore the wreck. Satellite imaging showed a slick of 69 square km (26.6 square miles) and a second 40 square km (15.4 square miles) slick, which is less thick and not as concentrated, the State Oceanic Administration (SOA) said in a statement late on Tuesday. The large tanker Sanchi (IMO:9356608) sank in the worst oil ship disaster in decades on Sunday…
Iranian Warship Crashes at Caspian Port, Two Crew Missing
An Iranian warship crashed into concrete wave breakers at a port in the Caspian Sea and two of its crew members are missing, according to local media reports. The 100-meter long warship, called Damavand, crashed at the harbour town of Bandar Anzali during stormy seas which kicked up waves as high as four meters, Gilnegah, a website focused on news about the northern province of Gilan, reported. Six crew members from the warship were initially knocked into the water during the accident and four were recovered from the sea. Pictures posted on Gilnegah show the damaged warship listing to one side near wave breakers that protect the port. No official statement has been issued on the number of dead or injured from the accident.
Attack on Saudi Oil Tanker Thwarted
The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen said on Wednesday it had thwarted an attack on a Saudi oil tanker over the weekend by Houthi fighters near the Red Sea port of Hodeidah. The coalition destroyed a boat carrying explosives as it headed towards the tanker on Saturday, coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Maliki said. Yemen lies on the southern mouth of the Red Sea, one of the world's most important trade routes for oil tankers, which pass Yemen’s shores while heading from the Middle East through the Suez Canal to Europe.