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Saturday, January 20, 2018

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New Cruise Ship to Ply Yangtze River

According to a report on www.chinadaily.com.cn, a new cruise ship will soon set sail to the Yangtze River's Three Gorges Dam. The "Yangtze River No. 2," a 139-m, six-storey cruise ship, will embark on its maiden voyage from the southwestern Chongqing Municipality to the Three Gorges Dam in Hubei's Yichang City on August 29, www.chinadaily.com.cn reported, citing an official of Changjiang (Yangtze) Cruise Overseas Travel Co., the operator of the ship. Yangtze River No. 2, the third luxury cruise ship to set sail this year, is dubbed the largest river cruise ship. It can accommodate up to 452 people and has a swimming pool, a theater as well as luxury suites equivalent to a five-star hotel.

China's First Cruise Ship to Sail Soon

China Star: Credit Wikipedia CCL Asiacruiser

An unusual twin-hull cruise ship will set sail from Hong Kong on March 8, after being acquired by a Chinese mainland tycoon, his first step towards building a Chinese cruise ship fleet. Huang Weijan, an entrepreneur from Wenzhou in East China's Zhejiang province, bought the 20,295 ton ship, launched in 1992 from the Finnyards Shipyard in Rauma, Finland for the Diamond Cruise Line. The vessel was to subsequently change hands a few times, before the present owner bought it for $45M to rename China Star.

BC Ferries’ Newly Acquired Set Sail for BC

BC Ferries’ newly acquired vessel to replace the Queen of the North on the Inside Passage between Port Hardy and Prince Rupert officially set sail for her new home in B.C. on Saturday, November 18. The MV Sonia will be re-named when she arrives in B.C. in mid December. The vessel departed from Piraeus, Greece, early Saturday morning for her four-week voyage to Victoria, B.C. Under the command of Senior BC Ferries officers and crew, the vessel will travel via the Canary Islands and the Panama Canal before sailing up the west coast of North America. The 117 metre ship is scheduled to arrive in Victoria on December 18, 2006. BC Ferries acquired the two year old vessel in October and the 9,925 tonne ship will carry up to 600 passengers, 101 vehicles and has 70 cabins.

New NCL Ship Sets Sail in Hawaii

The AP has reported that NCL’s latest ship, Pride of Hawaii, has set sail in Hawaii. The Pride of Hawaii, the largest, most expensive U.S.-flagged luxury liner launched its scheduled service of weeklong voyages around the islands this week. This vessel completes Norwegian Cruise Lines' $1.4b plan to bring three new vessels to the islands. The new ship is the last in a series of U.S. cruise ships — joining the 1,900-passenger Pride of Aloha and the 2,100-passenger Pride of America — in Norwegian's venture to turn Hawaii into one of the world's top cruise destinations. Source: AP

BP Amoco Tanker Sets Sail For Texas

A BP Amoco oil tanker stranded off the coast of Bermuda for 12 days with engine problems set sail for Freeport, Texas after repairs were completed. The British Valour, carrying 300,000 tons (2.2 million barrels) of North Sea crude oil and a crew of 22, broke down 92 miles (148 km) southeast of the British dependent territory on March 18 after suffering a crankcase explosion. No one was injured and no oil spilled. Engineers on the Delaware-based tugboat Powhatan boarded the ship on Saturday to begin repairs and completed their work at midday on Thursday, said a spokesman for Bermuda-based Harbor Radio, which monitors shipping movements. The tanker was chartered by Norway's state oil company Statoil.

China Homeport for RCI Cruise Ship

Mariner of the Seas: Image courtesy of Royal Caribbean International

The largest cruise liner in Asia, 'Mariner of the Seas' docks in new homeport, the Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal in Baoshan District, Shangai. After two months of renovation costing US$20 million, the Mariner of the Seas sailed in April from the United States to Shanghai., informs Shanghai Daily. From June to October, Mariner of the Seas and other cruise ships will  set sail from Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal, with South Korea as the main destination. The Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal terminal has became Asia's busiest cruise liner terminal…

Container Vessel Sets Sail After Engine Fix

The Antigua and Barbuda-flag container vessel City of Tunis has sailed from Brest, France, after engine repairs. The 20,252-dwt vessel, bound for Felixstowe in the UK, was towed into the French port after developing engine trouble on Tuesday.

Explorer Sets Sail To Prove Point

Spanish explorer Kitin Munoz set sail on Sunday from Barcelona in a primitive reed boat to try to prove that ancient seafarers could have crossed the Atlantic Ocean. Munoz, 43, and his multinational seven-man crew hope to reach Colombia's Caribbean coast on the 20-m (65-foot) Mata Rangi III. He made two attempts to cross the Pacific Ocean during the late 1990s, but both ended in disaster. "We have constructed a boat identical to the boats used by ancient navigators, without any modern materials such as plastics," he said. The boat was built in the Olympic port of Barcelona from reeds specially imported from Lake Titicaca on the Peru-Bolivia border.

Another Cruise, Another Batch of Sick Passengers

A mysterious outbreak of stomach ailments has again struck the cruise industry, the latest in a round of low level yet high profiles sickness attacks to hit the beleaguered cruise industry. The latest outbreak reportedly happened onboard Carnival's Conquest, which arrived Sunday to New Orleans after a west Caribbean cruise on which about 260 passengers and crew members got sick. It had carried 3,160 passengers. It was disinfected and set sail again Sunday evening with only four cancellations and 38 people who just didn't show up.

Senesco Christens Double-Hulled Liquid Fuel Barge

The Southeastern New England Shipbuilding Corporation (SENESCO) has christened another 80,000-barrel, double-hulled liquid fuel barge. After a ceremony last week at SENESCO’s Quonset Point, RI headquarters, the Leo was ready to set sail for its Gulf Coast destination. The Leo was built for the Hawaiian Inter Island Towing company, which will lease the vessel to Sirrius Maritime of Seattle, Wash. Sirrius will then use the barge to carry fuel oil and other liquid cargo in the Gulf Coast.

Cruise Ship Industry to Boost Queensland Economy

According to ABC News the Queensland Government says a decision to base a commercial cruise ship in Brisbane will provide a big boost to the tourism industry. The P&O vessel set sail from her new berth today - on the first of up to 35 scheduled trip for 2006. Premier Peter Beattie says the cruise industry is already worth around $100,000 a year to the Queensland economy. Mr Beattie says with terminals being built in Brisbane, Townsville and the Gold Coast, the lucrative sector will grow.

This Day in Naval History - Jan. 17

From the Navy News Service 1832 - The frigate USS Peacock makes contact with Vietnamese court officials. 1900 - Cmdr. Edward D. Taussig, commanding officer of the gunboat USS Bennington (PG 4), takes formal possession of Wake Island. 1954 - USS Nautilus (SSN 571), the first nuclear-powered submarine, is commissioned at Groton, Conn. After setting sail, it sends the message: "Underway on nuclear power."

Cruise Vessel Drifts Away

On April 16, a cruise ship known as The Spirit of Perth Amboy was untied and drifted about a mile from the Carteret dock into the Arthur Kill where it had become stuck in the mud near Staten Island. The incident occurred just hours before a noon Easter Sunday brunch cruise was scheduled to set sail, cruising past landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty and South Street Seaport. The ship was not damaged, and the Sunday holiday cruise, with 150 people, mostly families along with the crew, went off as scheduled. (Source: New Brunswick Home News Tribune)

Japanese Navy Leaves for Anti-Piracy Mission

According to a report from Bloomberg, two Japanese naval vessels set sail on March 14 to combat piracy off the coast of Somalia. The two warships, each carrying about 200 crew members and two helicopters, will escort vessels carrying Japanese cargo or passengers through the Gulf of Aden, said a spokesman at Japan’s defense ministry on the condition of anonymity. (Source: Bloomberg)

Israel Warns it Will Stop Aid Flotilla

According to the Washington Post, the Israeli military served notice on June 16 that it will stop a flotilla of aid ships that is expected to set sail for the Gaza Strip this month and warned that if soldiers are met with violence, there could be casualties among the activists on board.   Source: The Washington Post  

Israeli Navy to Block Gaza-Bound Flotilla

According to a report from UPI.com, Israeli military forces were told on June 27 to be firm in blocking a Gaza-bound flotilla while exercising restraint to avoid injuries, Israeli leaders said. UPI.com said reports indicate 10 ships plan to set sail June 28 to breach Israel's blockade of Gaza. Israeli government and military officials said they hope the ships will stop voluntarily, avoiding the possibility that Israeli naval forces will have to board them.   Source: UPI.com

Young Endeavour Sets Sail on World Voyage

Photo: Royal Australian Navy

The Royal Australian Navy operated Sail Training Ship Young Endeavour set sail from Sydney today for a 12-month voyage, circumnavigating the globe. Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence, Darren Chester, attended the departure from Fleet Base East, and spoke with members of the Royal Australian Navy crew and the 24 young Australians who will sail the ship on the first leg, to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. "The navy crew and young Australians who set sail from Sydney today represent every Australian state and territory.

Greece: Migrant Boat Sailing Safely Despite Distress Signal

A boat carrying about 200 migrants which had sent out a distress signal off Crete on Monday was spotted safe and sailing to Italy, the Greek coast guard said. Greece had ordered a Greek-flagged tanker and a Panama-flagged freighter earlier on Monday to search for the 25-metre long fishing vessel after it sent out a mayday signal about 80 nautical miles south of Crete and 15 nautical miles within Libyan waters. Greece has not rescued the migrants because the boat was not in Greek territory and the passengers were safe, a coastguard official who declined to be named told Reuters. It was not immediately known where the boat had set sail from. Crete, Greece's southernmost island, lies north of Libya and Egypt.

Australian Yacht Reaches California After Monster Wave: Report

San Francisco - An Australian racing yacht, stricken by a 100-foot wave, plodded into San Francisco Bay for repairs on Tuesday, two days after the U.S. Coast Guard rescued two injured crew members, according to Reuters. The 11 remaining crew members of the Geraldton Western Australia arrived in the port of Oakland, the mid-point of a round-the-globe sailing contest, after 30 days in the North Pacific, much of it in severe weather. The Geraldton is one of 10 clipper-style vessels which set sail on July 31, 2011, from Southampton, England, on a 40,000-mile voyage, due to conclude back in Britain in July. The race already has taken the competing boats to ports in Brazil, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and China.

Migrant Boat Sinks, Hundreds Feared Dead

Up to 500 migrants might have drowned in the Mediterranean last week when human traffickers crammed people onto an already overcrowded ship, causing it to sink, the U.N. refugee agency said on Wednesday. Somalia's government said on Monday about 200 or more Somalis may have died in the tragedy while trying to cross illegally to Europe. After talking to survivors, the UNHCR agency said the overall death toll might have been much higher. "If confirmed, as many as 500 people may have lost their lives when a large ship went down in the Mediterranean Sea at an unknown location between Libya and Italy," the UNHCR said. The agency said the survivors - 37 men, three women and a three-year-old child - were rescued by a merchant ship and taken to Greece on April 16.

LNG Ship to Set Sail

The Shanghai Daily has reported that a second LNG vessel constructed by a Chinese shipbuilder left the drydock for an interior fitting. Shanghai-based Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co Ltd is the builder of the LNG carriers,. The ship cost $160m, is 292 meters long and 43.35 meters wide. It can store 65,000 tons of liquefied natural gas at 163 degrees Celsius below zero. Source: Shanghai Daily

Questions Remain after Ferry Disaster

The European Maritime Safety Agency has questioned Rina, the Italian shipping organization that certified the Egyptian ferry that sank with the loss of almost 1,000 lives. The European maritime safety agency has requested details of the audits Rina carried when it certified the 36-year-old vessel. The Al-Salam Boccaccio had undergone several conversions to boost its capacity to 1,400 passengers and was sailing under a Panamanian flag. It sank when a fire broke out shortly after setting sail from Duba, in Saudi Arabia. The European Commission has been concerned about the oversight of shipping classification societies. According to news.ft.com, Rina inspected the seaworthiness of the Red Sea ferry twice last year. The vessel had passed safety tests a day before it set sail.

'Logos Hope' Sails Following Long Refit

Final Engine Checks: Photo credit OMSI

After 8 months  maintenance and improvements to prepare the vessel for future service, charitable ship 'Logos Hope' sets sail from Subic Bay, Philippines. OM Ships International’s vessel Logos Hope has set sail from the Philippines for Hong Kong, SAR China following eight months of maintenance and technical upgrades to engine room systems. “We rejoice in another milestone moment for OM Ships as Logos Hope sails out of Subic Bay,” said Peter Nicoll, CEO of OM Ships. “Although this upgrading and maintenance of engine room systems has taken far longer than we anticipated…

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