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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Northwest Cruise Ship Association News

MOU on Cruise Ship Ops

The Washington State Department of Ecology posted the revised Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that it entered into with the Northwest Cruise Ship Association and the Port of Seattle.  Among other things, the revised MOU provides that cruise ships calling in the Port of Seattle will not, in Washington waters, discharge treated sewage within a half-mile of shellfish beds identified by the Department. (HK Law).

Cruise Trade Association Goes Global

9 cruise industry associations to operate under a common organization with a unified structure to better serve the industry. The new association was created to provide increased benefits and a globally unified voice for cruise lines, travel agents and business partners – all of whom contribute to an industry that creates nearly $100 billion in economic impact and more than 753,000 jobs worldwide. For cruise lines, the new association offers a one-stop global resource on technical and regulatory issues and unified global communication and event coordination, all of which better leverage cruise lines’ investment in association membership. For travel agents, the new association offers more robust partnership programs and networking on a broader scale.

Baltic Cruise Boom Boosts Chances for Port Cities

Photo: Port of Kiel

Good opportunities for local port cities are up for grabs as a cruise shipping boom sweeps the Baltic. Both Rostock and Kiel are already profiting from it. Between them they are expecting 1.3 million cruise ship visitors during this year’s season – an increase of 12.5% over last year. The managing directors of Germany’s two leading Baltic passenger ports, Rostock and Kiel, addressed the issue during a news conference at the ITB, the world’s leading travel trade fair in Berlin. The Managing director of the Port of Rostock (Rostock Port GmbH) Jens A.

European Commission to Improve Efficiency of Maritime Transport

Pic: World Shipping Council

The European Commission is expected to publish a proposal for a revision of the Reporting Formalities Directive (RFD) in early May 2018 that is intended to remedy the current costly, unharmonised and burdensome reporting requirements facing ships calling at EU ports. Current complex, repetitive and duplicative reporting requirements not only result in productivity losses for maritime carriers and their customers but also create unnecessary workload and stress for ship crews. A…

AAPA Cruise Seminar to Explore, Assess Industry Issues

Photo: AAPA

The American Association of Port Authorities’ (AAPA) 2013 Cruise Seminar in San Francisco, April 24-26, will kick off with a candid look inside the cruise industry from the perspective of four key cruise line executives and end with a tour of the Port of San Francisco to see the impact of the America’s Cup on port operations. In between these bookend sessions, seminar participants will be treated to a host of presentations ranging from new international regulations on ship air emissions to itinerary planning, cruise facility design, financing and joint-use terminal opportunities.

Ørbeck-Nilssen Sets Out Transformation of IACS at CMA

Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO of DNV GL – Maritime and IACS Chairman, speaking at CMA Shipping 2018 (Photo: DNV GL / CMA Shipping 2018)

Speaking at Shipping 2018, the Connecticut Maritime Association’s (CMA) annual conference, Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO of DNV GL – Maritime and IACS Chairman, looked at some of the initiatives taken at the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) that were changing the organization. “It is my duty and honor to encourage the world’s biggest classification societies to pull together to adapt to this rapid pace of change and create a strong foundation for IACS as the leading maritime technical association,” Ørbeck-Nilssen said.

ABB’s Azipods Ordered for 100th Cruise Ship

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Azipod propulsion, the ABB technology that has become the industry standard in the cruise segment since its launch in 1990, has secured its 100th cruise ship order, winning a contract for powering the world’s first electric hybrid icebreaker. The luxury polar expedition cruise ship, due delivery for the French cruise company PONANT in 2021, will feature two Azipod VI propulsion units fit for the most challenging ice conditions. Upon delivery from Norway’s Vard Søviknes, a Fincantieri Company, the cruise ship will take passengers to unexplored destinations in Arctic and Antarctic waters.

First Steel Cut for Seven Seas Splendor

(Photo: Fincantieri)

Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri held a steel cutting ceremony in Ancona marking the official start of construction on Seven Seas Splendor, a new ultra-luxury cruise ship for Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings brand Regent Seven Seas Cruises. The new vessel is scheduled to be delivered in early 2020, following Seven Seas Explorer delivered by the Fincantieri shipyard in Sestri Ponente, Genoa in June 2017. The 55,500-gross-ton Seven Seas Splendor will be 224 meters long and accommodate 754 passengers on board in 375 spacious suites.

Viking Order for Six More Ocean Ships with Fincantieri

Photo: Viking Cruises

Viking Cruises has announced a new agreement with Fincantieri that could see the delivery of six additional ocean ships by 2027. The new understanding expands Viking's partnership with Fincantieri, raising the company's total ocean ship order and options to 16 – the highest-ever for a shipyard from a single owner. The agreement for the six additional ships, which will be delivered in 2024, 2025, 2026 and 2027, is subject to specific conditions. "When we launched our first ocean ship in 2015, we set out to reinvent ocean cruising.

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.

ABB Azipod Hits Mileston with PONANT

Photo: ABB

As ABB's Azipod propulsion technology approaches its 30 year anniversary, the company announced that a milestone was recently hit in the cruise sector as ABB won ts 100th cruise ship order, winning the contract for powering PONANT's world’s first electric hybrid icebreaker. The luxury polar expedition cruise ship, due delivery for the French cruise company PONANT in 2021, will feature two Azipod VI propulsion units fit for the most challenging ice conditions. Upon delivery from Norway’s Vard Søviknes…

Cruise Ship Lengthening Underway at Fincantieri

(Photo: Fincantieri)

Work to lengthen the Silversea Group’s ultra-luxury cruise ship Silver Spirit is underway at the Fincantieri shipyard in Palermo, Italy. The 36,000 gt, 195 m Silver Spirit, delivered in 2009 by Fincantieri in Ancona, was able to accommodate over 540 passengers in 270 sea view suites, spread over eight passenger decks. As part of the lengthening and refurbishment project, a 15-meter section is being inserted in the central part of the ship, marking an industry first for an ultra-luxury cruise ship.

Kiel Gets Second Cruise Passenger Terminal at Ostseekai

Photo: Port of Kiel

A second handling centre for cruise ship passengers and their luggage is being built at Kiel’s Ostseekai Cruise Shipping Terminal. Artist’s impressions of how the new building will look when complete have been made public for the first time at the ITB Berlin – the world’s leading trade fair for the travel industry. Dr Dirk Claus, Managing Director of the Port of Kiel said:  “Sea tourism is a strong growth market sector for the port of Kiel. In particular, the second terminal makes it possible to balance out individual operational processes.

Charter Sailboats Visiting Amsterdam can Use De Ruijterkade

Image: Port of Amsterdam

Charter sailboats visiting Amsterdam in order to allow their passengers to embark or disembark or spend the night as part of a sailing trip or cruise can continue to use interior Wharf 14 on De Ruijterkade, subject to certain conditions. Initially, this arrangement applied until 1 December 2017. The Netherlands Association for Professional Charters (Vereniging voor de Beroepschartervaart/BBZ) has requested the State Harbour Master to extend the transition period until the berths in the Oude Houthaven section are available for use. These berths will be delivered later than originally expected.

New Members Join NOAA’s Hydrographic Services Advisory Panel

(Photo: NOAA)

NOAA acting administrator retired Navy Rear Adm. Tim Gallaudet, Ph.D., has appointed three new members to the Hydrographic Services Review Panel, a federal advisory committee that gives NOAA independent advice for improving a range of services and products that support safe navigation and coastal resilience. Sean M. Duffy Sr., executive director, Big River Coalition, New Orleans, La. Retired USCG Capt. Julie Thomas, senior advisor, Southern California, Coastal Ocean Observing System, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, Calif.

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 Travel Agent Training Offered at Conference

Upcoming Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific Conference organizers announce travel agent training program at Singapore conference. Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific – conference and trade show focusing on the emerging Asia–Pacific cruise industry —  announce details for its second edition of Travel Agent Training. Taking place during Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific, September 17-18, 2012 at the Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore, the Travel Agent Training sessions are organized in partnership with the Asia Cruise Association. The program will include Beginner and Intermediate tracks designed to enhance the travel agent's knowledge and productivity in this fast moving market.

Crystal Serenity Prepares for Arctic Voyages

Crystal Serenity (Photo: Crystal Cruises)

In preparation for cruise liner Crystal Serenity’s planned Arctic summer cruise in 2016, Crystal Cruises has selected Rutter Inc.’s sigma S6 Small Target Surveillance (STS) and Ice Navigator systems to provide enhanced small target detection of first-year and multi-year sea ice as well as other floating hazards to safe navigation. This summer’s voyage will be the world’s first luxury cruise liner to sail from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean via the Canadian Northwest Passage.

2nd Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum

The Minister of Development Competitiveness and Shipping, heads of international cruise sector bodies, senior officials from Greece’s port authorities and representatives from a wide spectrum of the cruising industry agreed today that state protectionism is a stumbling block that discourages the potential growth of the country’s sea tourism. They were addressing an audience of 200 cruise industry professionals who attended the 2nd Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum held today, Wednesday 6th June, at the sidelines of Posidonia 2012, the world’s biggest shipping trade event. According to the Minister of Development, Competitiveness and Shipping, Mr Ioannis Stournaras, Greece attracts 4.3 million cruise line passengers every year who spend some Euro 430 million at greek destinations.

Report: Shipbuilders Need to Target Cruise Market

According to the Korea Times, the next five years will provide an opportunity for Korean shipbuilders to construct cruise ships with a high-profit margin, the Korea Shipbuilders' Association said. The construction of luxury cruise ships declined steadily after the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States. But with a recent favorable upturn, the market is expected to expand especially in the large and medium-size category through 2010, with an annual growth rate of about 5 percent, the association said. This prospect of stronger demand for cruise ships will offer local shipbuilders opportunities to venture into the construction of cruise ships with less risk. South Korea is the no.1 shipbuilding country in the world with aggregate exports of $17.6 billion last year.

Fire Cuts Cruise Short

A fire broke out in the engine room of a cruise ship with nearly 1,600 passengers on board after it left Bermuda for New York, but the fire was quickly extinguished and no one was hurt, the ship's owner Royal Caribbean International said this weekend. The Nordic Empress was on the final leg of a seven-day cruise when the fire broke out on Friday night as it was about 140 miles northwest of Bermuda, a company statement said. It said the cruise was canceled and the vessel was returning to Bermuda for repairs. Passengers will be flown back to New York at Royal Caribbean's expense and receive a voucher for a free cruise. The ship's next cruise, scheduled to start Sunday, was also canceled. The fire was reported caused by a rupture in the fuel line between the propulsion engines.

Cruise Shipping Asia Pacific Expo Gets ICCA Backing

The ICCA joins Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), which has also pledged exclusive backing, and the Asia Cruise Association (ACA) and the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) as supporters of Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific 2012, which will be held at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore on September 17-18, 2012. ICCA General Manager Brett Jardine said the ICCA was pleased to be supporting UBM Live's Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific."Cruise Shipping Asia- Pacific, which is important to the industry because it allows cruise industry members from around the world to get together to discuss their needs and opportunities," Mr. Jardine said. "Cruising is booming in Australia and we continue to see more ships based here and visiting our shores. Mr.

New Puget Sound Cruises

'American Spirit': Photo courtesy of ACL

American Cruise Lines announce the addition of a new itinerary for 2013 – Puget Sound and San Juan Islands . Offered aboard the 100-passenger American Spirit, roundtrip cruises from Seattle will showcase the most beautiful inland waterways on the West Coast. Puget Sound, which will include the San Juan Islands, will be the newest offering in American Cruise Lines’ Pacific Northwest cruise collection, which includes Alaska’s Inside Passage and the Columbia & Snake Rivers. Inaugural cruises are slated to begin on April 6, 2013.

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