The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued formal notice of its investigation into the docking and leasing agreement by and between the City of Portland, Maine and Scotia Prince Cruises Limited (HK Law)
FMC to Investigate Docking and Lease Agreement
The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued an Order of Investigation and Hearing stating that it is opening an investigation into the exclusive docking and lease agreement entered into by the City of Portland, Maine and Scotia Prince Cruises Limited. The cruise company operates a ferry between Yarmouth, Nova Scotia and Portland. The agreement provides that the City will not grant docking rights to any other ferry service operating to Nova Scotia and that the cruise company will not operate to any other port in New England. The FMC investigation is to determine whether the agreement violates the Shipping Act of 1984. Docket No. 04-10 (HK Law)
City Council Approves Ferry Service Deal
According to an AP story, the City Council of Portland, Maine, has given final approval to a deal that restores ferry service between Portland and Nova Scotia. Under the agreement, operators of the high-speed ferry known as The Cat will operate three days a week between Portland and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. The ferry will continue to operate between Bar Harbor and Yarmouth on the other days. The ship holds 900 passengers and cruises at 55 mph, making the trip from Portland to Yarmouth in about five-and-a-half hours. The Portland deal came about when owners of the Scotia Prince abruptly ended a 35-year relationship with the city last spring. Until then, a decades-old agreement between the city and the Scotia Prince limited competition. Source: AP
Sealift Command Charters Cruise Ships to House Evacuees
WASHINGTON – Along with thousands of active-duty and National Guard troops, several commercial passenger ships are also reporting to duty to support hurricane-relief efforts along the Gulf Coast, U.S. Northern Command officials announced. The ships, contracted by the Navy's Military Sealift Command, are part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's massive response to provide relief for displaced victims, officials said. The command awarded contracts for four ships to provide interim housing to those displaced by the hurricane and possibly relief workers, as well. Three of the ships, Sensation, Holiday and Ecstasy, belong to Carnival Cruise Lines and the fourth, MV Scotia Prince, to Scotia Prince Cruises, officials said. FEMA Director Michael D.
Veteran Nova Scotia Ferry to be Replaced
Government of Canada to invest in replacement of 'MV Princess of Acadia' for Digby to Saint John ferry service. The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Member of Parliament for Central Nova; Greg Kerr, Member of Parliament for West Nova; and Rodney Weston, Member of Parliament for Saint John, have announced that the Government of Canada will invest in a replacement vessel for the federally-owned MV Princess of Acadia. Travelling the 70 kilometres between Digby…
Ferry Route Portland, Maine to Yarmouth NS Re-launch
The Province of Nova Scotia has signed an agreement with Quest Navigation, Inc. and ST Marine Ltd. to re-establish the Yarmouth-Portland ferry service. The cruise ferry service will operate under the brand name Nova Star Cruises & provide daily round-trip service within 24 hours, from May 1 to November 2, 2014. As part of the agreement, the Province of Nova Scotia will provide Nova Star Cruises with up to CDN $21 million of financial support over seven years to assist the company with re-establishing the ferry service.
Oil Prices Rise on Supply Cuts, Tensions
Oil prices rose nearly 1 percent on Thursday, supported by supply cuts by major exporters as well as continuing concern about political developments in Saudi Arabia. Brent crude oil was up 59 cents or 0.9 percent to $64.08 a barrel by 11:30 a.m. (1630), still close to Tuesday's intra-day high of $64.65, which was the highest since June 2015. U.S. light crude was up 46 cents or 0.8 percent at $57.27, just shy of this week's more than two-year high of $57.69 a barrel. Saudi Arabia plans to cut its crude exports by 120…
Holland America Line Returns to Bermuda
Holland America Line is returning to the pink sands and pastel-colored skyline of Bermuda on seven-day cruises aboard ms Veendam. Sailing roundtrip from Boston, Mass., six departures will sail in May, June and July, and feature three days and nights at Hamilton, the country’s capital known for its gorgeous beaches and abundance of golf courses. Carrying 1,350 guests, Veendam offers a mid-size ship experience in Bermuda that enables the vessel to dock at Hamilton in the center of town.
FEMA Considers Cruise Ships for Temporary Housing
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is working to provide temporary housing for displaced victims of Hurricane Katrina. Among the options being considered is the use of cruise ships – two based in Galveston, one in Mobile, and possibly a fourth somewhere in the region. “FEMA is handling the Herculean task of coordinating the relocation of many thousands of individuals and families whose lives have been torn apart by Hurricane Katrina,” Brown said. He reported today that cruise ships -- with lodging for about 8,000 persons -- are one of several options which will provide temporary housing and comfort for those whose have been disrupted by Hurricane Katrina.
Carnival Cruise Ship to Return to Boston
The line says it once again will deploy the 2,974-passenger Carnival Glory to the city for a series of four- and five-night sailings to Canada starting in early June with departures through early July. The four-night voyages will include a stop in Saint John, New Brunswick, and the five-night trips will stop at Saint John and Halifax, Nova Scotia. The Carnival Glory also will sail three seven-night cruises out of Boston in 2013 that include stops in Portland, Maine; Saint John; Halifax; and Sydney, Nova Scotia. Departure dates are June 9, July 14 and July 21.
MMA Training Cruise Scheduled for May
ports-of-call. 4, for a week of preparation. Under the command of Capt. Tenerife; Antwerp, Belgium; and Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. 51 officers and crew aboard. According to Capt. P.J. occasion. for Antwerp, Belgium. reception scheduled for Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Baldacci. public for tours while in foreign or domestic ports. sailing are no longer possible. June 27-29. departure from Castine. dock at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 3.
HAL Ship Makes First Call of Season in Boston
Holland America Line's cruise operations have a significant economic impact on Boston and Massachusetts. Last year that impact totaled $21,429,680m, and in 2006 it is projected to climb slightly to just under$22,000,000 as the ms Maasdam sails to or from Boston on 17 cruises. port fees and taxes, and marketing and sales expenditures in the region. Holland America Line. more than 21,000 guests to the city. ports and fantastic scenery," added Kruse. conclusion of a seven-day cruise between Montreal and Boston. this itinerary through Sept. Sydney, Nova Scotia; and Bar Harbor, Maine. to Boston as a port visit on Oct. to Norfolk. Fares start at US$999 per person, double occupancy. 100 Massachusetts vendors. to vendors who will provide US$1 million worth of marine fuel. Massachusetts. taxicabs.
Pearl Mist Departs Baltimore on Inaugural Sailing
Pearl Seas Cruises announced today that the brand-new Pearl Mist departed Baltimore with passengers this morning on its very first sailing. The 210-passenger ship is heading north on an 11-night cruise to Halifax, with various stops in New England and Nova Scotia. It will then begin operating a series of Canadian Maritimes and Great Lakes cruises. pearlseascruises.com
Royal Caribbean Receives Indictment
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. has received an indictment from a grand jury in Los Angeles for presenting false oil record books on Nordic Prince in 1994. The company said in a statement it pled guilty to, and apologized for, similar charges covering the same time period in a settlement last year involving Nordic Prince and other Royal Caribbean ships. At that time, Royal Caribbean paid a nine million dollar fine to the government. In June 1998, Royal Caribbean and the U.S. Department of Justice reached a plea agreement in Florida and Puerto Rico to settle charges of "false statements to the USCG by presenting false and fictitious oil record books," involving several of the company's ships, including Nordic Prince, the company said.
Demolition of Derelict Wharf Begins
Work has begun to demolish the former Odin Seafood dock on the Prince Rupert waterfront in British Columbia, the Prince Rupert Port Authority announced today. Located between Atlin Terminal and Northland Cruise Terminal on Cow Bay Road, the condemned wharf structure will be dismantled and disposed of over the next two months, with completion scheduled for mid-December 2015. The contract for the demolition and disposal work was awarded to the Coast Tsimshian Northern Contractors Alliance, with crews expected to begin work on site this weekend.
Blohm + Voss Repair Wins Business
Earlier this year, the Black Prince of the Fred. Olsen Cruises Line shipping company docked into Dock 10 of Blohm + Voss Repair GmbH. The cruise liner was originally constructed in such a way that it was able to be employed on the one hand as a passenger liner and cargo ship, and on the other as a passenger and car ferry. The Black Prince was converted into a pure passenger liner in 1986. A maximum of 451 passengers can go on a cruise in the 241 cabins of the Black Prince. The last full renovation took place in 1999. The 464.6 x 66.5 ft. (141.6 x 20.3 m) ship, with a draft of 21 ft. (6.4 m) is now receiving a new crankshaft on the port side at Blohm + Voss Repair. Moreover, some paint work has to be carried out in addition to retouch work on the engine plant.
Iconic Schooner Fitted With Pollution-free Bearings
Nova Scotia’s sailing ambassador, 'Bluenose II', fitted with Thordon Bearings' water-lubricated stern tube & rudder bearings. Nova Scotia’s sailing ambassador, the Bluenose II, relaunched September 29, 2012 in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia fitted with pollution-free water lubricated stern tube and rudder bearings. The extensive two-year $15.9 million restoration work was done by the Lunenburg Shipyard Alliance, made up of Covey Island Boat Works, Snyder's Shipyard and Lunenburg Industrial Foundry & Engineering.
Inside the Atlantic Canada Shipbuilding Action Plan
In a bid to inform small and medium sized companies to tap into Atlantic Canada's $33-billion naval fleet renewal, the Government has launched the Atlantic Shipbuilding Action Plan, a long-term strategy that will facilitate the integration of Atlantic Canadian enterprises, including the construction of the Navy’s combat vessels by Irving Shipbuilding of Halifax, Nova Scotia. The Plan will evolve as necessary to ensure it continues to address the ongoing needs of small and medium-sized enterprises in Atlantic Canada and their requirement for skilled workers. It will require a close collaboration with all four Atlantic provincial governments…
Blohm + Voss Repair Wins Business
On the morning of March 30, 2004, the Black Prince of the Fred. Olsen Cruises Line shipping company docked into Dock 10 of Blohm + Voss Repair GmbH. The cruise liner as it is today was originally constructed in such a way that it was able to be employed on the one hand as a passenger liner and cargo ship, and on the other as a passenger and car ferry. The Black Prince was converted into a pure passenger liner in 1986. The ship particularly stands out due to the newly designed Marina Park – a water sports facility that is unique up to now.
Cruise Ship Strikes Bottom
A cruise ship with 72 passengers and 21 crewmembers headed to Whittier hit bottom Thursday night in Prince William Sound. The master of the cruise ship Spirit of Columbia reported to Prince William Sound vessel traffic service (VTS) around 7:50 p.m. that his vessel had went “touch and go” (hit bottom) and possibly bent the port shaft and propeller in Jackpot Bay, approximately 75 miles south of Whittier. The master of the vessel reported there was no apparent hull damage, pollution, or water entering the vessel. The master felt it safe to continue to transit to Whittier with the starboard propeller. The vessel was placed on a one-hour communication schedule with the VTS until they reached Whittier safely at 4:30 a.m. today. All passengers were safely off-loaded in Whittier.
This Day in U.S. Coast Guard History – December 6
1917- The French freighter Mont Blanc, loaded with 5,000 tons of high explosives, collided with the Norwegian steamer Imo in the harbor of Halifax, Nova Scotia. The resulting fire detonated the munitions, killing 1,635 people and leveling much of Halifax and its environs. Coast Guardsmen from the CGC Morrill were landed to provide assistance. This disaster led to the creation of captains of the ports for the major U.S. ports. The Coast Guard was tasked with the new duty. 1918-Surfman L. E. Ashton of Station No. 305 in Nome, Alaska, departed his station with a dog sled and team loaded with medical supplies along with one other surfman on an expedition to assist natives who were suffering from influenza at Cape Prince of Wales, 160 miles from Nome and at villages between the two settlements.
Atlantic Crossing Attempt Relies on Caterpillar Power
Bear Grylls’ expedition relies on Caterpillar main propulsion power supplied by Finning (UK) Ltd. A world record breaking attempt, to cross the North Atlantic in a RIB power boat this month, will see a team of adventurers led by Bear Grylls, travelling from Nova Scotia to John O’Groats via a route which passes just south of the Arctic Circle. The expedition, which will raise around £50,000 for the U.K. young person’s charity The Prince’s Trust, has come to fruition following major contributions from a wide range of organisations and will, if successful, be a world first after a previous attempt, in 1997, resulted in an icebreaker needing to be employed to get a different intrepid team out of the polar icepack. The RIB, built by Ocean Dynamics, is a 35-ft.
Atlantic Towing, Deep Panuke Project
Atlantic Towing is the successful bidder for EnCana Corporation’s offshore supply vessel services contract for the Deep Panuke Project. This award includes building a new state-of-the-art offshore supply vessel at the Halifax Shipyard. The building and commissioning of the new vessel will employ over 200 shipyard workers at the peak and provide 426,000 person hours of employment. The new contract will raise total employment levels at the shipyard to over 600 at peak. The building of the new ship will generate an estimated payroll of $20m and will result in about $14m in purchases of goods and services from approximately 50 Nova Scotia suppliers. Atlantic Towing will operate the new vessel on long term contract with EnCana.