Passenger Services News

01 Mar 2019

Spanish Port Hosts First LNG Operations

Pic: Port Authority of Ferrol – San Cibrao

The port of Ferrol hosted its first liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering operation recently which saw two ferries filled with LNG by Repsol in the port’s Mugardos terminal.Recently built by Turkish shipyard Tersan, the Samnøy and Huftarøy ferries received 178 cubic metres of fuel from five tanks in total. The Samnøy received about 110 cubic metres of fuel, whereas the Huftarøy was supplied with 68 cubic metres.The two operations were carried out on the outer jetty, which is the…

19 Sep 2018

MOL Launches Sunflower Kirishima

The Sunflower Kirishima goes into service. Photo: MOL

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) announced that the newly built large-scale ferry Sunflower Kirishima operated by its group company Ferry Sunflower was launched on September 15, and with many passengers aboard, departed the Nanko Sunflower Terminal in Osaka Prefecture for the Port of Shibushi, Kagoshima Prefecture.The new Sunflower Kirishima has room for 20% more trucks compared to the old Sunflower Kirishima.With its sister ferry, the Sunflower Satsuma, which was launched on May 15…

28 Mar 2018

Two Killed in Italian Port Blast

Photo: Livorno Port Authority

An explosion at an industrial cistern in the Tuscan port of Livorno, one of Italy's biggest passenger and commercial harbours, killed two people on Wednesday, an official said. The two men had been doing maintenance on the storage tank when the blast occurred, the port authority official said. Photographs posted online showed a large metal cistern partially crumpled and leaning sideways. It had contained ethyl acetate, a combustible liquid, la Repubblica newspaper's web site said. Commercial and passenger services in Livorno were not likely to be affected, the port authority official said.

22 Feb 2018

Adventure Bound: Sunstone Ships Climbs to New Heights

Niels-Erik Lund (Image: SunstoneShips Inc.)

Niels-Erik Lund began his passenger ship career in 1969 as a trainee in a Danish passenger shipping company, DFDS. In the nearly 50 years since, the passenger and cruise shipping industry has changed many times over, with consistent growth being the only similarity between then an now. Today Lund, President & CEO of Sunstone Ships, Inc., has an unfettered view of the expedition cruise sector that he helped to create. With the expedition and luxury cruise segments set for fast growth, Maritime Reporter spoke to Lund to help put the market in better perspective.

12 Feb 2018

Interview: Terry MacRae - CEO, HMS Global Maritime

Terry MacRae, President & Chief Executive Officer, HMS Global Maritime

Terry MacRae founded Hornblower Yachts, LLC (doing business as Hornblower Cruises & Events) in 1980, and serves as Chief Executive Officer, the President and is also its owner. MacRae is the Co-founder of HMS Global Maritime and the American Queen Steamboat Company, and serves as Chief Executive Officer of Alcatraz Cruises, LLC, Statue Cruises, LLC, Hornblower Canada Co., Hornblower Cable Cars, Inc. and HNY Ferry, LLC (doing business as NYC Ferry). He leads one of the largest and fastest growing charter, dining cruise, and ferry operating companies in the nation.

05 Jun 2017

Strike Disrupts Spanish Ports and Trade Routes

© Juanamari Gonzalez / Adobe Stock

Some of Spain's biggest port terminals came to a standstill on Monday as shipping companies redirected cargos to avoid a dockers' strike. After months of talks between unions, companies and the Spanish government over a reform of port hiring practices, dockers held the first of several planned strikes to protest against possible job losses. Some container shipping firms such as Maersk re-routed boats destined for the southern port of Algeciras to get around the strike, during which dockers will stop working every other hour on Monday, Wednesday and Friday this week.

05 Apr 2016

Stena Orders Ro-pax Newbuilds from China

Stena Line ro-pax newbuild to be built at AVIC Weihai Shipyard (Image: Deltamarin)

Stena RoRo, a subsidiary of the Swedish ship owner Stena AB, and AVIC International Ship Development (China) Co. Ltd. have signed a contract, subject to board approval, for four ro-pax ferry newbuilds, including option for another four. These will be some of the first ro-pax ferries to be built in China for a western owner. Deltamarin Group will deliver an engineering, procurement, construction and management (EPCM) package for the new vessels, to be constructed at AVIC Weihai Shipyard.

26 Jun 2015

Maritime Ireland Comes of Age

Even though the struggle for independence from Britain finally resulted in Ireland being declared “a sovereign, independent, democratic state” in 1937 there was little interest being shown in the maritime affairs of the country. This, despite Ireland being seen as having opportunities to derive added value from its vast marine resources. Up until a few years ago, sporadic endeavors failed to achieve optimum economic benefits. Ireland’s ambition to create a maritime cluster gathered momentum only during the last few years. It began with the introduction of the tonnage tax regime in 2003.

02 Mar 2015

Record Thames Ridership

River Action Plan delivers record Thames ridership

A record 9.8 million passengers are using the River Thames‎, two years on from the launch of the Mayor's River Action Plan, it was announced today. The River Action Plan, launched in February 2013, details a host of measures designed to increase the number of river passengers to 12 million by 2020. Figures from January to December 2014 have shown very positive signs as passenger numbers on River Buses and River Tours increased to 9.8 million, compared to 8 million for the same period in 2013.

26 Feb 2015

SCI's Worldwide Agents Meet

SCI’s Worldwide Agents Meet 2015

The Shipping Corporation of India’s (SCI) Worldwide Agents Meet 2015 was this year held in the Auditorium of  it's Maritime Training Institute at Powai. The meet was attended by about 102  delegates from various agency houses  representing Far East, Indian Subcontinent, Persian Gulf, Western Europe, Mediterranean, Black Sea, Red Sea, USA etc. The  two day meet began with auspicious lightening of lamp by the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) Shri. Arun Kumar Gupta. All the functional directors of SCI, Capt Sunil Thapar , Director (Bulk & Tanker Division),  Capt.

17 Oct 2014

SCI onto Gujarat Coastal & Exim Container Trades

Mr. A K Gupta Chairman and Managing Director of SCI

The Shipping Corporation of India Ltd. (SCI), a Government of India Enterprise, hosted an interactive session on Coastal & Exim container trades of Gujarat on 9th October, 2014 at Courtyard Marriott, Ahmedabad. Shri Arun Kumar Gupta, Chairman and Managing Director of SCI, Capt. B.B. Sinha, Director (Personnel & Administration) of SCI, Capt. Sarveen Narula, Director- Liner & Passenger Services Division of SCI and other senior officials of the company were present at the meet. Shri Arun Kumar Gupta…

26 Jul 2014

ISS's Innovative Series of New Travel Apps for Cruise Industry

New innovative series for travel apps

Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) the world’s leading maritime services provider, has launched an innovative series of travel apps for the cruise industry in Greece, covering the major ports and islands of Mykonos, Santorini, Kefalonia, Corfu and Syros. Further apps will also follow to cover the entire region. Originated by ISS Greece, one of the leading cruise specialists, the free new travel apps will provide a complete digital guide through the islands and ports of Greece, from attractions and activities…

03 Jul 2014

Umea and Vaasa - Another Port Merger in the Baltic

Courtesy Baltic Port Organization

The owners of the respective harbours, municipalities of Umeå and Vaasa, have agreed to set up a joint company, Kvarkenhamnar AB. The new entity with head office in Umeå will take over port management from the Swedish and Finnish local governments as from the 1st of January, 2015. Kvarkenhamnar AB will be owned 50/50 by the founders who will contribute with ca. EUR 1.65 mln each to the share capital. The ports' current staff will be employed in the new company. Kvarkenhamnar's board of directors will be equally split between Umeå and Vaasa.

04 May 2014

Capt Sarveen Narula, Promoted as Director of SCI

Capt Sarveen Narula

Capt Sarveen Narula, has taken over as Director Liner and Passenger Services of The Shipping Corporation of India Limited (SCI) from 01 May 2014. Capt  Sarveen Narula has more than 35 years of Maritime Experience  both afloat and ashore. He has had more than 7 years command experience on several type of ships including Tankers, Bulk Carriers, Cargo ships and Container ships. He has extensive shore experience in  various aspects of Liner and Passenger services which includes port and dock operations…

07 Jan 2014

Workshop to Cover Infrastructure Development Challenges

Kurt Nagle, AAPA's president and CEO

Sponsored by the American Association of Port Authorities and hosted by the Unified Port of San Diego, a workshop examining port-related economic development programs, analyzing solutions to development/funding challenges and quantifying results will be held Feb. 20-21, 2014 (Day 1, 8:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m.; Day 2, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 noon) at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, 1 Park Boulevard, San Diego, Calif. Among the key topics on the minds of Western Hemisphere port development…

21 Nov 2013

Regal Motors Win Russian River Register Approval

Global motor maker Regal has won type approval for its RN and RF series marine motors from the Russian River Register, one of the biggest classification societies in the world for inland waterway vessels. This complements approvals already granted from the other ship and vessel standard organizations including Bureau Veritas, American Bureau of Shipping, Lloyds Register, Germanische Lloyds, Det Norske Veritas, China Classification Society and Russian maritime register of shipping.

13 Sep 2013

DOT's Foxx Names Two Marine Highways

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx

Secretary Foxx Designates Two New Marine Highways. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has designated two new Marine Highways. The Occoquan, Potomac, and Anacostia Rivers make up the “M-495 Marine Highway Crossing,” and is sponsored by the Northern Virginia Regional Commission and This marine highway connects ports in the District of Columbia, Northern Virginia, and Maryland for passenger services. The upper Missouri River is designated as the “M-29 Marine Highway Connector,” and is sponsored by the Port Authority of Kansas City, Missouri.

02 Mar 2010

MTN Supplies Sat-Coms for Oasis of the Seas

Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas, the world’s largest cruise ship, has been equipped with MTN Satellite Communications’ (MTN) state-of-the-art VSAT satellite communications system. The 1,184-ft, 225,282-gross ton Oasis of the Seas carries up to 5,400 passengers and a crew of more than 2,000. The satellite communication requirements for such a massive ship presented special challenges, according to MTN. “The communications suite is a critical component for operating the ship and its passenger services,” said Max Schmidt, vice president of information technology, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. “For the inaugural voyage of Oasis of the Seas, MTN supplied the highest bandwidth ever used on a single ship in the history of the cruise industry,” said Brent Horwitz, senior vice president of MTN.

29 Feb 2008

Zarmati Named President & CEO of Costa Cruise Lines—North America

Maurice Zarmati has been named president and CEO of Costa Cruise Lines—North America. Zarmati, who is currently vice president of sales for Carnival Cruise Lines, will assume his new role beginning March 31, 2008. An accomplished sales executive, Zarmati has been with Carnival Cruise Lines since 1972, leading one of the largest and most successful sales teams in North America. In his new role as president and CEO of Costa Cruise Lines—North America, Zarmati will report directly to Gianni Onorato, president of Costa Crociere, and will be responsible for all sales and marketing efforts for Costa’s North and Central American regions. This includes sales development, marketing, revenue management, finance, human resources and passenger services.

13 May 2008

Incat Natchan Rera Receives Award

The Natchan Rera, the first of Incat’s 112 metre Wave Piercing Catamarans, has been recognized at Europe’s annual ferry industry event, the Shippax Ferry Shipping Onboard Conference, attended by some 300 ferry shipping executives. Japan’s Higashi Nihon Ferry won the coveted ShipPax Hispeed Concept Award, recognizing the implementation of an integrated ferry system with state-of-the art port terminals as well as the largest diesel powered high speed ferry with separate truck and car decks.

11 Jun 2008

Pugh Named Director Marine Highways

MarAd has named James D. Pugh to head its Office of Marine Highways and Passenger Services in   Jim will focus on expanding the use of ’s coastal, intracoastal and inland waterways to reduce landside congestion, reduce energy consumption and increase opportunities for American mariners, shipbuilding and the overall economy. He will also oversee the office of Passenger Vessel Services, which was established to support the passenger and cruise industry and its multi-billion dollar contribution to the economy as well as the congestion relief that passenger ferries offer nationwide. Prior to this assignment, Jim was the Deputy Division Chief in the U.S. Coast Guard’s Domestic Ports Division.

09 Sep 2008

MarAd Names New Associate Administrator for Intermodal Systems Development

The Maritime Administration has appointed H. Keith Lesnick its new Associate Administrator for Intermodal Systems Development. In his new role as associate administrator, Lesnick will provide leadership and oversight to the Office of Infrastructure Development and Congestion Mitigation; the Office of Marine Highway and Passenger Services; the Office of Deepwater Ports and Offshore Activities; the Office of Shipper and Carrier Outreach; and the agency’s nationwide Gateway offices in New York, Miami, St. Louis, Houston, San Francisco, Chicago, New Orleans, Seattle, Los Angeles, and Norfolk, Va. Lesnick joined the Maritime Administration in 1995 as a special assistant to the maritime administrator and…

28 Jan 2009

Marlink 5Yr Contract with Aida Cruises

Marlink, the world's largest maritime satellite communications integrator has announced a new five year contract with German cruise company Aida Cruises, for the supply of its Sealink(T) satellite communications system. Sealink(T) will be provided to five existing cruise vessels and three planned new builds, the first of which will be in operation from spring 2009 with the others in commission in 2010 and 2011. The new contract is a continuation of an existing relationship in the delivery of Marlink's service to the Aida Cruises.

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