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Norwegian Escape Equipped with Alfa Laval Systems

Norwegian Escape (Photo: Alfa Laval Group)

Norwegian Escape, the first cruise ship in Norwegian Cruise Line’s new Breakway Plus Class, was delivered in October 2015. The 164,600 GT vessel, which boasts 19 decks and 4,200 berths over a length of 325.8 m, is not only Norwegian’s largest cruise ship to date, but also one of the largest cruise ships in the world. On board Norwegian Escape are a number of Alfa Laval systems installed to perform a wide range of functions on the ship. Fueled by HFO, with low-sulphur HFO and MGO used as needed…

QM2 Gets Warm Reception

(Photo Credit: Richard Grable) The world's largest cruise ship, Queen Mary 2, pictured arriving January 26 in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Wärtsilä Hamworthy Wins Fincantieri Order

Wärtsilä Hamworthy has won a contract from Fincantieri Cantieri Navali Italiani S.p.A. to supply two Membrane BioReactors (MBRs) to the 141,000gt newbuilding under construction for Carnival group member P&O Cruises. Hamworthy has delivered more than 25 MBR advanced wastewater systems to the world’s largest cruise ship operator, Carnival. The company’s MBR system produces the highest quality discharge without requiring any addition or generation of chemicals that are hazardous to the environment or vessel operation. For this contract Wärtsilä Hamworthy will also be responsible for UV polishing. The 3,611 passenger capacity vessel is set to enter service in March 2015. It will be the largest to be constructed for the British market and the order includes an option for a second vessel.

'Harmony of the Seas' to be World's Largest Cruise Ship

Harmony of the Seas - Image by Royal Caribbean International

Royal Caribbean International will outdo itself again when it launches MV Harmony of the Seas in April 2016 which shall officially become the world’s largest cruise ship. The line says the third vessel in its Oasis class series, to be called Harmony of the Seas, will measure 227,000 tons, eclipsing its two record-size sisters by more than 1,700 tons. Royal Caribbean confirmed that a cruise ship it has on order for delivery in 2016 will be the largest ever built. The 16-deck-high cruise ship will hold a record 5…

Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas Meets Legend of the Seas in Singapore

Photo: Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean International’s two Asian-based cruise ships Voyager of the Seas and Legend of the Seas both arrived at Marina Bay Cruise Center Singapore in the morning and were berthed side by side for the first time here. Voyager of the Seas, the largest cruise ship based in Asia, was starting on her eight-night cruise to Shanghai while her sister ship Legend of the Seas was leaving for a two-night Malacca weekend cruise as part of her Singapore season. www.royalcaribbean.com  

New Carnival Ship to Enter Service in 2008

Carnival Corporation & plc has assigned the newbuild slot for the previously announced 116,000-ton cruise ship to U.K.-based P&O Cruises. To be built by Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri, the vessel is scheduled to enter service in spring 2008. The new 3,100-passenger vessel will become the largest cruise ship specifically built for British cruise service and continues Carnival's ongoing European expansion strategy. An itinerary for this vessel has not been announced.

New Orleans Welcomes Norwegian Sun

Norwegian Sun entered the Port of New Orleans as the first cruise ship to homeport in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina. The ship docked at the city's new $37 million Erato Street Terminal, which is designed to accommodate larger cruise ships. Norwegian Sun calls the Crescent City home for the winter season sailing seven-day exotic Western Caribbean cruise with ports of call including Costa Maya, Mexico; Santo Tomas de Castilla, Guatemala; Belize City, Belize and Cozumel, Mexico.

Cruise Vessel Act Cleared

The Senate Commerce Committee this week gave unanimous approval to S. 127, the United States Cruise Vessel Act. Senator John McCain, the sponsor of the legislation, characterizes it as an effort to "jump start" the introduction of large cruise ships (greater than 20,000 gt and with overnight accommodations for at least 800 passengers) into the coastwise trade. The key feature of the legislation allows a vessel operator to acquire a foreign-built cruise ship and place in under U.S. registry for coastwise service, provided he also builds replacement ships in an American shipyard.

Shanghai's New Cruise Terminal Plans FTZ Link-up

Cruise termina construction: Photo credit Baoshan District

Shangai's Baoshan District Committee aims to see the Wusongkou Interational Cruise Terminal become the flagship cruise terminal in China and even in Asia, by proactively connecting to the new Shanghai Free Trade Zone. Ultimately, the developers of the Wusongkou Interational Cruise Terminal, Baoshan District, say they intend to expand the definition of what is meant by 'cruise industry', by making the terminal the pioneer of the cruise industry in China. The Wusongkou Interational Cruise Terminal was approved for trial operation on March 1, 2012.

Port Canaveral Moves Toward Full Operational Status

Port Canaveral continues to move toward full operational status with both cruise and cargo vessels this weekend returning to the harbor, which was shut down after Hurricane Frances because of navigational safety concerns. Four large cruise ships, two gaming vessels, and several cargo ships utilized Canaveral this weekend. By tomorrow, a dredge under contract with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be in place to begin work on restoring the channel.

EC Clears Shipyard Acquisition

The European Commission (EC) has cleared the proposed acquisition of the French shipyard Chantiers de l’Atlantique by Aker yards ASA. The main impact of the proposed take-over would be in the market for the construction of large cruise ships (above 30,000 gross tonnes). The market for the construction of such cruise ships is global in scope with the main suppliers situated in Europe. Customers for these large cruise ships are the largest cruise operators. The takeover would make Aker Yards the second largest producer of cruise ships world-wide. The Commission has concluded that the proposed transaction, although it would bring about a further concentration in a market with few suppliers, would not lead to competition concerns.

AMCV Signs with Ingalls for Luxury Cruise Ship Construction

Ingalls Shipbuilding division of Litton Industries, Pascagoula, Miss., and American Classic Voyages Co. (AMCV), Chicago, have signed a contract for the construction of the first major cruise ships to be built in the U.S. in more than 40 years. Under the terms of the "Project America" contract, which has a potential value of $1.4 billion for three ships, Ingalls will initially build two 1,900 passenger cruise ships for AMCV, with an option for a third vessel. As many as six ships could ultimately be built in the Project America program. These will be the largest cruise ships ever built in the U.S., with the first scheduled to enter service in early 2003. Ingalls delivered the last American-built large cruise ships, SS Brasil and SS Argentina, both of which are still in service.

Costa Crociere Receives Yacht Design Award

Pier Luigi Foschi, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Costa Crociere Spa, was on hand at the Yacht Club Italiano in Genoa to collect the prize awarded to the Genoese company for the construction of the Costa Fortuna, the new 105,000 gross tonnage vessel due to enter into service at the end of 2003, which will be the largest cruise ship ever to fly the Italian flag. On October 11, the Yacht Club Italiano in Genoa was the venue for the “Yacht Design Award 2002”, presented to leading figures, shipyards and shipping companies that have made outstanding contributions to seafaring through pleasure vessels and cruise ships based on cutting-edge technology and design.

New Terminal in Greenwich for Huge Cruise Ships

Image: Thames River Authority

Large cruise ships could become a familiar sight on the Thames if plans for a new passenger terminal in Greenwich move forward. London could soon become a popular destination for large cruise ships in two years as new passenger terminal planned for Greenwich. It would be the first passenger terminal in London for at least 35 years. The Times reports that detailed plans for the terminal will be submitted “within weeks”, allowing it to open “within two years”. The dockside hub could allow ships more than 650ft long to stop near the Old Royal Naval College and the Cutty Sark.

Senator Dick Durbin Introduces Clean Cruise Ship Act

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced legislation to help protect the world's oceans and the from damage caused by cruise ship pollution. The legislation, known as the Clean Cruise Ship Act, raises current pollution control standards by creating coastal zones in which cruise ships are prohibited from dumping waste, strengthening standards for waste treatment, and increasing surveillance to ensure cruise ship compliance with anti-pollution laws. Durbin says these measures are needed to keep pace with the challenges posed by today's cruise ship industry, whose fleets include larger and larger vessels each year. "In one week, a large cruise ship generates 500…

Discharges From Cruise Ships Have Minimal Impact in Alaska

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) released a Report

Fincantieri Posts $246M Loss

Fincantieri posted a nine-month 1999 operating loss of $246 million. The company, on the government's privatization list, reported that the loss was due to continuing merchant shipping industrial problems and the evaluation of risks linked to existing orders given current market conditions. Fincantieri, a world leader in the construction of large cruise ships, posted record 1998 losses of $160 million.

China's Largest Cruise Ship Set for Maiden Voyage

Henna in Former Paint: Photo credit Wiki CCL

HNA Tourism Cruise & Yacht Management unveils mainland China's largest cruise ship 'Henna'. The Henna previously P&O Cruises' Pacific Sun, has a length of 223m, a width of 31m and 739 rooms for 1,965 passengers, and will make its debut on the Sanya-Ha Long Bay-Da Nang route. Cruise route planning is mainly based on short-term needs and short distance tours, with Sanya and Tianjin serving as home ports and Vietnam and South Korea as destinations. Mr. Zhang Hao, President of HNA Tourism Cruise and Yacht Management…

Cruise Ship Arrivals Set New Shetland Island Port Record

Lerwick Harbour: Photo credit Lerwick Port Authority

Lerwick Harbour, Shetland Islands, Scotland, logs best cruise season yet, with number of vessels visiting setting four new records. 37,572 passengers, topping the previous highest figure of 30,843 in 2010. 52 cruise ships, beating last year’s record of 50. 1,531,097 gross tonnes of shipping, up on the previous record of 1,220,455 gross tonnes in 2010. 3,105 passengers on a single vessel at Lerwick - Costa Pacifica, on 2 July, passing her previous record of 3,007 in June, 2011.

Lerwick Port Set to Receive Largest Cruise ship

Courtesy Lerwick Port

Lerwick Harbour’s record-breaking cruise season will hit the first of several milestones this season on Thursday (30 June) with the arrival of Azura, the largest cruise ship yet to enter the Shetland port. The P&O Cruises vessel will arrive from Akureyri, in north Iceland, en route for Kirkwall, Orkney, with around 3,100 passengers on a 14 nights’ round-trip voyage from Southampton. On her maiden visit, the 115,055 gross tonne Azura will break the port record set by Costa Pacifica, at 114,288 gross tonnes, in June 2011.

Fincantieri Posts $226M Loss

Italy's Fincantieri posted a 458 billion lire ($226.7 million) loss in 1999, but said the picture looked healthier in the first months of this year due mainly to greater efficiency. Fincantieri, a world leader in the construction of large cruise ships, posted a 1998 loss of 299 billion lire. The results for the whole of 1999 were the same as the loss Fincantieri made in the first nine months of last year. To cover that loss, Fincantieri reduced its capital to 200 billion lire and at the same time increased it to 800 billion lire.

Alaska – Effluent Ammonia & Metal Removal Technology

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) issued a public notice stating that it is seeking input regarding innovative new control technologies to further reduce and/or remove ammonia and metals from the treated waste water effluent of large cruise ships.  Comments should be submitted by February 2. (1/2/09). (Source: Holland & Knight)

Larger Cruise Ships May Be Banned from Antarctic

According to a report from The Miami Herald, some large cruise ships may be banned from sailing in Antarctic waters starting next year. The IMO has adopted a ban on the use and carriage of heavy fuel oil in those waters, starting Aug. 1, 2011. Princess Cruises, Oceania and Regent said that 2010 will be the last season they visit the frozen continent. Holland America, plans to continue its cruises there, switching to lighter marine fuel. Many smaller ships will still operate Antarctic cruises. These ships can land passengers on the continent itself, 100 maximum at a time; larger ships are not permitted to offload any passengers. (Source: The Miami Herald)

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