Disney Cruise Liner Arrives for NY Christening
Disney Cruise Line ship Disney Fantasy sails past Statue of Liberty for Christening Ceremony The Disney Fantasy, newest ship of Disney Cruise Line, arrives in New York after traveling nearly 3,800 miles across the Atlantic Ocean from Bremerhaven, Germany. The 4,000-passenger Disney Fantasy will be christened in New York on March 1, then sail to her home port of Port Canaveral, Fla. With a maiden voyage on March 31, the Disney Fantasy will sail seven-night cruises to the Caribbean and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay.
Carnival to Refurb and Revisit its Fantasy
Carnival Cruise Lines' 2,056-passenger, 70,000-ton Fantasy is currently undergoing an extensive multi-million-dollar refurbishment as part of its scheduled five-week drydock. The refurbishment, which is taking place at the Freeport Shipyard in Freeport, Bahamas, will include a new lobby bar, remodeled cabins and a redesigned promenade. Each of Fantasy's 1,028 staterooms will receive a complete makeover with new wall coverings, furniture, bedding and linens. In-cabin bathrooms will be fully remodeled, as well, with updated vanities, new tile work and shampoo and soap dispensers.
Color Line, Aker Yards Sign for Cruise Ship
Color Line AS and Aker Yards signed a letter of intent (LOI) for the order of a second ship, a sister vessel to M/S Color Fantasy, the world's largest cruise ship with car decks delivered from Aker Finnyards the 3rd of December 2004. The contract value is at the same level as for M/S Color Fantasy, approximately EUR 300 million. The agreement is subject to certain conditions, including Color Line and Aker Yards board approval. The contract is anticipated to be made effective within the second quarter of 2005. "We are extremely pleased to continue our strong relationship with Color Line by building this sister vessel to M/S Color Fantasy.” says Yrjö Julin, President of Aker Finnyards.
Color Fantasy Undergoes First Inspection
After a fierce international competition, Blohm + Voss Repair has won the order for classification work on the world’s largest cruise ferry with car decks - the M/S Color Fantasy for ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems’ Repair Group. The cruise ferry, which is owned by the Norwegian shipping company Color Line, has been plying between Kiel and Oslo since December 2004. The Color Fantasy, which measures at 224m x 35m x 59m and has a gross tonnage of 74,500, was floated into dock 11 in the morning of January 9 and is scheduled to leave the yard on January 13. Blohm + Voss staff boarded the ship on January 7 in Kiel in order to begin with preparation works. In the course of the 5-day docking period, a considerable amount of conversion and installation work will be carried out.
Aker Yards to Build a Second Cruise Ship for Color Line
Aker Yards and Color Line have signed a contract to build a sister vessel to MS Color Fantasy, the worlds largest cruise ship with car deck, that was delivered in December 2004. The agreement includes a buyers option to purchase a third vessel. The new vessel will be named MS Color Magic, and will traffic the route Oslo - Kiel as from the fourth quarter 2007. The contract value is EUR 325 million. MS Color Magic will be Color Lines second cruise ship with a car deck, and will have a wide variety of entertainment and conference areas. The number of cabins will be higher than on Color Fantasy. The vessel will be 223.7 meters long and 35 meters wide. MS Color Magic will be built partly at the yard in Turku, and partly at the yard in Rauma.
Carnival to Begin Operations in Alabama
Miami-based Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Fantasy will begin voyages from the Alabama coast, marking the return of cruise ships to Mobile after a four-year absence. The first cruise will start from the Mobile Cruise Terminal in autumn 2016. The Carnival Fantasy will also operate cruises to Mexico throughout the year. The Mobile City Council approved the deal between the Cruise Line and the city-owned cruise ship terminal on Wednesday. The agreement approved by the council is for about 13 months, meaning the cruises will run from early November 2016 to late November 2017.
Fugitives Rescued by Disney Cruise Ship in Waters near Cuba
The Disney Fantasy, a cruise ship owned and operated by Disney Cruise Line, part of The Walt Disney Company, rescued three people clinging to a capsized boat near Cuba late last week who turned out to be fugitives. The three were rescued by the Disney cruise liner and turned over to the U.S. Coast Guard, who discovered upon fingerprint analysis that two of the individuals had outstanding arrest warrants in New Orleans, according to U.S. Marshal Amos Rojas Jr. of the Southern District of Florida.
Caribbean Fantasy Fire Extinguished
A fire that broke out aboard the passenger vessel Caribbean Fantasy at 7:42 a.m. on August 17 has been extinguished, and the vessel has been moored safely in port. The Caribbean Fantasy is covered under Ardent’s OPA-90, Salvage and Marine Fire Fighting “SMFF” coverage program. Prior to Ardent operations, the U.S. Coast Guard responded to the vessel, and successfully evacuated more than 500 passengers and crew members. “We did a dive survey of the vessel at sea, found that there was minimal damage to the hull, and brought her to port with the USCG’s approval.
Russian Navy Denies Kursk Weapons Allegations
The Russian navy dismissed on Thursday a report that the Kursk submarine was carrying nuclear weapons when it plunged to the sea floor last August, killing all 118 sailors on board. "I categorically deny this information. From the first day of the catastrophe we said there were no nuclear weapons on board the atomic submarine Kursk," a Russian Navy official said. He said the comments about Kursk's payload, made by a Russian official this week, were "linked to his personal analysis and personal fantasy."
Euronav Sells Tankers
Euronav NV announced that the company sold two double-hull Aframaxes, the Fantasy (2002–106,560 dwt) and the Fidelity (2002–106,548 dwt), for an aggregate selling price of $137 million. The capital gain of this sale transaction of about $44.5 million will be recorded in the second half of 2008 upon delivery of the ships to their new owner. The company had purchase options on the two ships which were on bareboat charter to Euronav since 2002.
Torched Containership Returned to its Owners
Container vessel CCNI Arauco has been returned to its owners after a fire broke out in its aft container hold on September 1. Ardent emergency response crews worked with local firefighters to extinguish the fire. Other experts from Ardent contained the situation with local authorities and worked with all parties with follow-on operations. The aft hold was partly flooded to extinguish the fire, subsequently contaminating the water in the hold. Ardent safely discharged the contaminated water which was pumped into tankers to bring it to off-site final disposal facilities.
Greenpeace Arctic Calls Russian Safety Complaints 'A Fantasy'
Greenpeace International has branded as ‘a fantasy’ claims by Russia’s Investigative Committee that activists endangered the safety of Russian security officers in the course of their protest at a Russian Arctic oil platform. Greenpeace International has today published a slow motion video of an incident in which a Greenpeace boat comes to assist another one being harassed by armed security forces. The Greenpeace boat sails towards the middle of the port side of the security forces boat and then only briefly touches it with the nose, immediately turning away and making a 180° turn to the left.
Submerged Politics in Aussie's $39 bln Submarine Plan
Australian government plans to spend 50 billion Australian dollars (US$39.39 billion) on powerful new submarines, has become a political football at home, reports Reuters. The opposition said it wanted to invite Sweden to join Germany, France and Japan in submitting tenders for submarine fleet, as part of a proposal to end political gridlock on the project. The Government has rejected a Labor proposal to further open up the submarine tender process as "complete fantasy" and a "mirage".
Feature: Series Design in the New Regs Environment
For a half century, GTR Campbell has offered a turnkey ship creation service, applying a unique project-oriented philosophy that turns conflict of interest into mutual interest. New regulations may have changed a design's lifespan but not the series concept. Today, Antony Prince is internationally recognized as the President of GTR Campbell Marine Consultants and successor to the legacy of the company founder, famed naval architect George Campbell. But 10 years ago, Prince was just a man with a plan and some mighty big shoes to fill. Prince had been George Campbell's close friend and associate for over 20 years. In 1990, the aging Campbell turned the company over to his protégé, cautioning that, for a consultancy, reputation was not easily transferred from one man to another.
Weird & Wonderful Cruise Line Attractions
Shore excursions: At Aqua Expeditions, a small luxury line that cruises the Amazon, the effort to offer something different sometimes takes the form of a pickup soccer game with the locals in whatever Amazon River town the ship has docked. A virtual porthole: Disney Cruise Line has come up with a solution to the problem of the windowless cabin: on its Dream and Fantasy ships, inside cabins have a “magical” porthole — that is, a virtual window that is actually a video screen carrying live images of the view at sea or in port.
Aker and Color Line Sign LOI for Ferries
Aker Yards and Color Line have signed a Letter of Intent to build two Passenger Day Ferries during 2007-2008. The contract value is EUR approximately 232 million. The working title "Color Line Superspeed" indicates that the ferry is designed for a high service speed. The ca. 211 m long and 26 m wide vessels would each have 2,000 lane metres of vehicle space and take 1,800 passengers. "A Letter of Intent for two vessels on top of the previous two orders from Color Line we regard as a proof of the excellent cooperation between our two companies". says Yrjö Julin, President of Aker Finnyards and responsible for Cruise & Ferries in Aker Yards. It has also been specified a design agreement for a potential new cruise vessel with a planned delivery spring 2009.
Euronav NV Implements Tanklog Transaction
Euronav NV completed the first tranche of the implementation of the Tanklog transaction. Five newbuilding contracts and two bareboat time charter contracts were novated to Euronav in exchange for a cash payment and a capital increase by means of a contribution in kind by which a total of 1,534,310 new shares were issued to companies related to Tanklog Shipholdings Ltd. The new shares will be listed on Euronext as from June 30, 2005. The five newbuild contracts are for the construction of five ice-class Suezmax tankers to be built by Samsung Heavy Industries in Korea for delivery in 2006 and 2007. currently under long term contractual arrangements with major independent U.S. refiners.
P&O Enforces New Security Measures
P&O will deploy sniffer dogs at the start of its cruises to deter drug use, Seven.com.au reported. In a new security measure, sniffer dogs will search passengers embarking on cruises aboard the Pacific Sun and Pacific Star ships, and any passengers found to be carrying drugs will be refused entry and referred to police. Since September 2002, P&O had implemented a number of improvements to security, including the appointment of seagoing security officers and increasing security at embarkation. Now, sniffer dogs will be used at the start of all cruises and CCTV surveillance will be installed. The new measures come amid a coronial inquest into the death of a female passenger during a cruise on the Pacific Sky, now based in Singapore.
Coast Guard Medevacs 18-Year-Old From Cruise Ship
A Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater rescue crew medically evacuated an 18-year-old male from a cruise ship 250-miles southwest of Clearwater Beach, Fla. Tyler King, fell 20 ft. from the cruise ship's mast to the deck. King landed on his head causing head trauma, a hematoma behind the eye and a broken bone in his face. The Coast Guard received a call from a doctor on board the 739-ft. Carnival cruise ship Fantasy, home ported in Miami, Fla., reporting the male's condition and requesting Coast Guard assistance. Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater launched an HH-60 rescue helicopter and a C-130 search plane to assist in the medevac of King. The rescue crews arrived on scene and hoisted King into the rescue helicopter. King was transferred to Tampa General Hospital.
Aker Yards and Color Line Signs Contract for Superspeed Ferries
The Letter of Intent for two Fast Passenger Day Ferries signed on 2 November by Aker Yards and Color Line will today be confirmed as a firm contract worth approx. EUR 250 million. The contract will be signed at a ceremony onboard M/S Color Fantasy in Oslo today, 11 am. The vessels to be delivered during 2007-2008 are intended for the Denmark-Norway services. The working title "Color Superspeed" indicates that the ferry is designed for a high service speed of 27 knots. The ca. 211 m long and 26 m wide vessels will each have 2,000 lane metres of vehicle space and take 1,800 passengers. The vessels will be built in Finland, at Aker Yards, Rauma, and means 1,600 man years of work for the shipyard.
Carnival Cruise Lines, Port of New Orleans Extend Contract
Carnival Cruise Lines and the Port of New Orleans announced a new two-year contract retroactive to October 2006, with the option to renew the deal for an additional two-year period, which could keep the world’s largest cruise line sailing regularly from the Crescent City through 2010. Under the terms of the contract, the 2,056-passenger Carnival Fantasy, which replaced the Carnival Sensation in October of 2006, will make a minimum of 70 calls per year to the Port of New Orleans’ new $37 million Erato Street Cruise Terminal and Parking Garage. The ship sails four- and five-day cruises to the Western Caribbean year-round, with port calls in Cozumel and Costa Maya. Carnival also plans to hold its quarterly meeting of national sales managers on Sept.
Keel Laying of Color Line’s Second Cruise Ship
The keel of the cruise ship to be named Color Magic was laid at Aker Yards. Both Chairman of the Board Olav Nils Sunde and CEO Trond Kleivdal from Color Line were present, hosted by Yrjö Julin, President of Aker Yards, Cruise & Ferries. The contract of building this vessel, worth $418m, was signed on May 27, 2005, and secures work at the yard for about 1,200 man-years, and about the same number for outside sub-contractors and still more for suppliers of material and components. MS Color Magic will be built partly at the yard in Turku, and partly at the yard in Rauma. Delivery will take place in Rauma in autumn 2007. The vessel to start traffic the route Oslo - Kiel as from the fourth quarter 2007 will be Color Line s second cruise ship with car deck.
Disney Cruise Line Plans to Add 2 More Ships
Walt Disney Co said it signed an agreement to build two cruise ships for its Disney Cruise Line business. The company, which signed the agreement with the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany, said on Thursday the ships are expected to be completed in 2021 and 2023. Disney Cruise Line, which comes under the company's parks and resorts business, was launched in 1998 and operates out of ports in North America and Europe. The new ships, at about 135,000 gross tons, will be the biggest in Disney's fleet.