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Malaysia to Pay up to $70 Mln if MH370 is Found

(Photo: Ocean Infinity)

Malaysia signed a deal on Wednesday to pay a U.S. seabed exploration firm up to $70 million if it finds the missing Malaysia Airlines aircraft MH370 within 90 days of embarking on a new search in the Southern Indian ocean. The disappearance of the aircraft en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in March 2014 with 239 people aboard ranks among the world’s greatest aviation mysteries. Australia, China and Malaysia ended a fruitless A$200-million ($157 million) search of a 120,000 sq.

US Firm Expects MH370 Search Contract Soon

(Photo: Ocean Infinity)

U.S.-based seabed exploration firm Ocean Infinity on Wednesday said it was moving a vessel closer to a possible search area for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 as it soon expects to be awarded a contract by Malaysia to resume the search. The disappearance of the aircraft en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in March 2014 with 239 people aboard ranks among the world’s greatest aviation mysteries. Australia, China and Malaysia ended a fruitless A$200-million ($156.62 million) search in January last year.

US Firm Gets Go-ahead to Resume MH370 Search

(Photo: Ocean Infinity)

Malaysia will allow a U.S.-based exploration firm to resume the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, an airline support group told families of the victims on Friday, in a bid to solve one of the world’s greatest aviation mysteries. Flight MH370, carrying 239 people, disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in March 2014. Australia, China and Malaysia ended a fruitless search in January last year. An email, sent from the MH Family Support Centre and seen by Reuters…

Imtech Marine to Supplier Infinity to Global Markets

Solution that increases efficiency of ship’s operations fits in Imtech Marine’s life cycle management strategy. A  global maritime company Imtech Marine (Rotterdam) and satellite communications specialist Navarino (Piraeus) have announced a partnership. Imtech Marine has become global supplier of Infinity, an advanced maritime bandwidth management and optimisation solution that can be used onboard ships equipped with IP-based satellite terminals (such as Fleet BroadBand or VSAT). Imtech Marine chose Infinity for its ability to support Imtech Marine’s Global VSAT network and various connectivity solutions. Imtech Marine offices that will be offering Infinity include Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, China, Singapore and USA.

US Joiner Announces Acquisition of Infinity Marine Offshore

Affiliates of US Joiner ("US Joiner") announced today the acquisition of Infinity Offshore Marine, LLC ("Infinity"). Infinity is a provider of turnkey marine joiner solutions to the offshore oil and gas market. The company's headquarters is in Houston, TX and it has operations in Brazil. This acquisition will enable US Joiner to further establish its position in the offshore oil and gas market segment and provide it a presence in Brazil. US Joiner is an independent domestic provider of turnkey marine joiner and furniture solutions for U.S. Government and commercial customers.

Celebrity Cruises Welcomes New Infinity

Celebrity Cruises has accepted delivery of Infinity, the newest addition to the premium cruise line's award-winning fleet. The 1,950-guest Infinity arrived in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, last night, on the heels of its transatlantic crossing from shipyard Chantiers de l'Atlantique, in St. Nazaire, France. Among the compelling elements of Celebrity's Infinity is the industry's first full conservatory at sea, created for Celebrity Cruises by prominent Paris-based floral designer Emilio Robba. Another hallmark of Celebrity's Infinity is an exclusive, historic maritime treasure. Accenting the interior of the ship's "SS United States" specialty restaurant are actual glass panels from the SS United States cruise ship…

Celebrity Cruises Welcomes New Infinity

Celebrity Cruises' new Infinity, the newest addition to the cruise line's fleet, today sails into San Diego, prior to tomorrow's call on Los Angeles, where the 1,950-guest Infinity will hold formal inaugural ceremonies. Accenting the interior of the ship's SS United States specialty restaurant are actual glass panels from the SS United States cruise ship, which launched in 1952 and gained fame for clocking the fastest transatlantic crossing from New York. The SS United States restaurant is Celebrity's second specialty restaurant to recapture the atmosphere of its namesake. Celebrity's Millennium, the first in Celebrity's Millennium-class fleet…

Indian Coast Guard Rescues Tanker

Photo Source: Indian navy

On receiving the distress call motor tanker  MV Infinity I around 20 nautical miles from Goa on Wednesday evening, the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) salvaged the vessel, its cargo and rescued 14 crew by dispatching ships from Goa. MV Infinity I reported water ingress and continuous listing (nautical term for tilting) to starboard (right side of the ship). The vessel had reported that the list is increasing despite ship's de-watering efforts. Such emergencies can lead to the sinking of the ship.

Oceanco Delivers First Superyacht of 2015

The INFINITY (Photo courtesy of Oceanco)

Oceanco delivered the first superyacht of 2015 today, the 291-foot (89 meter) INFINITY. Built under the code name Y710, the yacht features an exterior design by Espen Øino and an interior design by Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design and David Kleinberg Design Associates. INFINITY is a go-anywhere yacht powered by  twin 4,828hp / 3,600kW MTU engines capable of reaching speeds of 20 knots. The yacht has a master suite that includes a private exterior deck and whirlpool, and can also accommodate 10 guests in 6 guest suites, including 2 VIP cabins.

Repairs Halt More Infinity Sailings

propulsion equipment. earlier, and, unfortunately, will result in one additional sailing--on Feb. 23--being cancelled. Infinity is expected to resume service March 9. The company cancelled two sailings on Infinity last week-a Feb. from Ensenada, Mexico, to Hawaii and a return trip Feb. repairs. It also shortened a Jan.19 cruise. traveling to a dry-dock facility in Newport News, Va. 2004, excluding Europe, Christmas and New Year's sailings. rebooking, air transportation and other issues. 1-888-701-7192. to have a negative impact on the earnings of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. of $.05 per share.

Celebrity Cancels Summit and Infinity Sailings

and Infinity, into unscheduled drydocks March 29 and April 13, respectively, to repair propulsion pods. Both ships are operating safely today but at a lower cruising speed. Summit will cancel a March 29 sailing from Fort Lauderdale, and an 11-night cruise April 8 will be shortened to a seven-night sailing April 12. Guests on the shorter voyage will receive a 50-percent refund. Infinity will miss her April 13 and 20 sailings from San Juan. In addition, Infinity will modify two itineraries. originally a roundtrip from San Juan, now will originate in San Juan and terminate in Fort Lauderdale. The April 27 Transcanal sailing, originally from San Juan to San Diego, now will operate from Fort Lauderdale to San Diego.

Celebrity's Mechanical Problems Continue

Celebrity Cruises is canceling two cruises on Infinity to replace a ball-bearing unit in the ship's starboard propulsion system. The ship must enter drydock to replace the bearing, which will result in the cancellation of its June 8 and June 15 sailings. Both cruises are seven-night roundtrip voyages out of Vancouver. Infinity is expected to return to service on June 22. "Bearings of this type are highly reliable and a problem such as this is rare," said Richard Sasso, president of Celebrity Cruises. "However, prudence dictates that these repairs be made immediately." The canceled cruises are expected to have a negative impact on Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.'s earnings of $.03 to $.04 per share.

Better Late Than Never?

In what has become the norm rather than the exception, another cruise ship will be delivered late, forcing the shipowner to cancel valuable inaugural cruises. After reviewing the status of its newest ship, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., in conjunction with shipbuilder Chantiers de L'Atlantique, has decided to delay the launch date of Infinity by four weeks. As a result, the ship's February 3, 2001, maiden voyage will be rescheduled until March 3. "Like our guests on Infinity's first sailings, I am disappointed by this delay, and I apologize for any inconvenience this will cause them," said Richard E. Sasso, president of Celebrity Cruises. The company is continuing to review the matter with the shipyard and expects the bulk of any costs associated with the delay to be covered by the builder.

New York Floating Venue for NAMEPA Conference

'Hornbolower Infinity': Photo credit NAMEPA

NAMEPA's upcoming 5th Anniversary Conference and Awards Dinner to move aboard the 'Hornblower Infinity'. Hurricane Sandy created a lot of havoc in New York, but it hasn’t dampened the  North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA)’s plans for its 5th Anniversary Conference and Awards Dinner being held on November 14th which will now be held aboard the Hornblower Infinity, docked at Pier 40 (33 West Street). A dynamic conference, featuring Philip Shapiro of Liberty Maritime…

Cruise Ship Allision in Ketchikan, Alaska

The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating the allision of the cruise ship Celebrity Infinity with a pier in Ketchikan, Alaska. Coast Guard investigators from Marine Safety Detachment Ketchikan were called to the scene after the Celebrity Infinity allided with the #3 berth at the Ketchikan cruise ship dock on June 3. Weather on scene was reported to be gusting at 45-miles per hour. Watchstanders at the Sector Juneau command center were alerted of the accident by the ship's pilot Friday afternoon. No injuries or pollution were reported as a result of the allision.

Mechanical Problems, Late Deliveries Continue to Plague Industry

A stagnant economy, threat of overcapacity and canceled cruises due to repairs and late deliveries have conspired to slow the hyper-growth cruise industry has enjoyed for the past decade. Even last year's new Millennium, which burst onto the cruise scene with its new gas turbine propulsion, had its share of troubles. Despite unparalleled reassurance by Celebrity that Millennium's propulsion problem was remedied, Infinity, its sistership, which was delivered this past Spring, recently experienced new problems with faulty bearings in its propulsion system — forcing the line to cancel two weeks of sailings. In addition, Celebrity's Galaxy dealt with a damaged propeller, causing lost money and cruises on that vessel.

Celebrity's Millennium - Not So Good Vibrations

After evaluating several alternatives, Celebrity Cruises has decided to drydock its innovative gas turbine propelled ship, Millennium, reportedly at Newport News Shipbuilding this November to perform work on the vessel's stern hull design. Millennium initially made headlines within the cruise industry as the first ship to employ gas turbine propulsion - rather than the conventional diesel engines. This new breed of propulsion was to provide passengers with a quieter, more comfortable voyage with minimal vibration. As reported earlier, a vibration had been detected in certain areas of the ship under certain sea conditions. This vibration has been linked to the design of the stern hull.

Celebrity Cancels Two Cruises

Celebrity Cruises is canceling two cruises on Infinity to replace ball-bearing units in the ship's propulsion system. The ship must enter drydock to replace the bearings, which will result in the cancellation of its February 2 and February 13 sailings. expected to return to its scheduled sailings on February 23. Mexico, to Hawaii. Hawaii to Ensenada. trans-Canal sailing that ends in San Diego Sunday. Year's sailings. rebooking fee per cabin when their clients reschedule their cruise. Celebrity Cruises. the ship to an unscheduled drydock. agents with rebooking, air transportation and other issues. 1-888-701-7192.

Record 52 Cruise Ships to Visit Liverpool in 2014

Photo: Liverpool Cruise Terminal

Liverpool Cruise Terminal said it will break its previous record next year with 52 cruise ships scheduled to call, bringing 70,000 visitors to the city. Among the cruise liners making their Mersey debut in 2014 will be the new MS Europa 2, Ruby Princess and MSC Magnifica. The high points of Liverpool Cruise Terminal’s fast-growing popularity were revealed at a conference organized by the Mersey Maritime Group trade body. During the cruise terminal’s first full season of operation in 2008 there were just 13 calls, rising to 42 calls last year.

Cruise Season Kicks off in San Diego

Photo: Port of San Diego

The arrival of Celebrity Cruises' Infinity in San Diego Harbor today officially kicks off cruise season at the Port of San Diego. The 2,170-passenger cruise ship Infinity sailed into San Diego harbor today as part of a nine-night Pacific coastal cruise that begins and ends in San Francisco, making visits to Monterey, Santa Barbara, Catalina and Ensenada. The Port of San Diego currently expects 65 cruise ship arrivals over the course of its cruise season, which runs from September through May.

Swire Seabed Buys Fourth Subsea Vessel

Seabed Worker ROV Photo Swire Seabed

Subsea operations specialist, Swire Seabed AS has taken delivery of its fourth subsea vessel, Seabed Constructor. Swire Seabed has secured a six-year contract for Seabed Constructor with UK based Ocean Infinity. The vessel will be carrying out AUV based survey and construction support operations on a global basis. The vessel is a multi-functional subsea support and construction vessel of MT6022 MK II design. 115 metres in length and with a beam of 22 metres, Seabed Constructor is equipped with a 250-tonne crane and a free deck space of 1,300 square metres.

Royal Caribbean, Rolls-Royce Pod Settlement

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE, OSE: RCL) and Rolls-Royce announced that they have reached a suitable and amicable resolution to the lawsuit regarding the Mermaid pod-propulsion system on Celebrity Cruises’ Millennium-class ships. When they were first designed and implemented, podded propulsion was a significant technological advance over traditional shaft propulsion, but it experienced a number of technical issues in the early years of use. However, working together, Royal Caribbean and Rolls-Royce have been successful in improving the reliability of the design. Mermaid pods are installed on four Celebrity ships – Millennium, Summit, Infinity and Constellation.

Panama-Flagged Freighter Disappears

Independent Online reported that a Panama-flagged cargo vessel has gone missing in Somalia's pirate-infested waters, a Kenyan maritime official said. The MV Infinity Marine 1 disappeared some 37 nautical miles off the northeastern village of Ras Hafun in late June, said Andrew Mwangura of the Kenyan branch of the Seafarers' Assistance Program. The vessel, sailing from the United Arab Emirates, was carrying general cargo including food stuffs, iron sheet, generators, batteries, white wood and light vehicles. Four vessels - one from Taiwan, another from Denmark and two from South Korea - are already currently in the hands of pirates off the coast of war-torn Somalia. Source: Independent Online

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