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Cruise Ships & Environmental Risk: ‘No Silver Bullet’

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LONDON - “Sustainability is core to the cruise industry; but there is no silver bullet or one solution to fit all.”  This was the key message that echoed across the panel of speakers at Thursday, November 16, 2017, IMMEDIASEA Shipping Debate Forum in London.   The lively discussion between representatives of Carnival Corporation,

STX France Hosts Double Event for MSC Newbuilds

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Shipbuilder STX France hosted a coin ceremony for MSC Bellissima as well as the cutting of first steel for the MSC Cruises’ first Meraviglia-Plus class ship, representing construction milestones for two of the cruise line’s four new ships simultaneously under construction. The other two vessels, MSC Seaside and MSC Seaview,

Meyer Turku Installs Tallest Crane in the Nordics

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In the midst of a €185 million ($215.8 million) shipyard overhaul, Finnish shipbuilder Meyer Turku has unveiled its new 120-meter-tall lifting crane named Goliath. The Kone Cranes built crane has a 2,500 ton main beam and was put into use over the weekend.  “This new high tech crane is an essential part of the ramp up of our production.

Line Optimization: 10% Fuel Savings for Hapag-Lloyd

Wave elevation and pressure distribution on the optimized hull  (Photo: DNV GL)

Design changes made as a result of working with DNV GL has resulted in projected annual fuel savings of more than 10 percent for the new Hapag-Lloyd Cruises passenger expedition ships. The two vessels, HANSEATIC nature and HANSEATIC inspiration, are currently under construction at the Vard Shipyard

Royal Caribbean Takes the Lead on Fuel Cell Tech

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As the maritime world rapidly evolves to incorporate increasingly clean and efficient power sources onboard ships at sea, the cruise industry is emerging as a clear leader in the sector, driven by the high-profile nature of its ships and the often pristine environments to which they traverse. With that,

Carnival, Shell Strike Deal to Fuel LNG Cruise Ships

AIDA Nova LNG Storage. (Image: Carnival Corp.)

The move toward LNG as fuel in the maritime sector received another boost when Carnival Cruise Line announced this morning the signing of an agreement with Shell NA LNG, LLC (Shell) for it to supply marine LNG to power North America’s first fully LNG-powered cruise ships. Shell will supply Carnival

Ulstein Bags Polar Expedition Vessel Order

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First polar newbuild ordered for the Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic fleet.   Expedition cruising and adventure travel company Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc. has signed an agreement with Norwegian shipbuilder and ship designer Ulstein to build a new polar expedition ship for delivery in the first quarter of 2020,

Hurtigruten Brings Underwater Drones to Exploration Cruising

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Underwater drones join the burgeoning business of exploration cruising   Norway-based Hurtigruten is a leader in the niche exploration cruise market, in part for its capacity to entertain travelers in fresh new ways such as virtual parachute descents and indoor snow, among many others. Now the company

Coin Ceremony Held for Costa Venezia

Michael Thamm, CEO Costa Group, CEO Carnival Asia gives speech at Costa Cruises New Ship Coin Ceremony (Photo: Costa Cruises)

Carnival Corporation’s Italian brand Costa Cruises held a coin ceremony for its newest ship, Costa Venezia, which is being built to service the Chinese market from 2019.   The new 135,500-ton cruise liner is being built by Italy-based shipbuilder Fincantieri, and is the first Vista-class ship specifically designed and built for China.

Designer-built Adventure Cruise

Explore: two Quest zodiacs head out (Photo: Lindblad Expeditions/Ian Strachan)

The 2016 Polar Code has its first luxury-adventure cruise adherents for the long, new ice-free seasons in the high latitudes. Likewise, many designs winning over owners and explorers target exotic Asia-Pacific destinations. Competition is fierce among “designer-shipyards” seeking to build their designs,

Keel Laid for First Virgin Voyages Ship

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 A keel laying ceremony was held at Fincantieri’s Sestri Ponente shipyard in Genoa, Italy for the first of three new cruise ships to be built for the Virgin Group’s new cruise line arm Virgin Voyages. The ceremony was attended by Richard Branson, founder of Virgin; Tom McAlpin, President and CEO of Virgin Voyages; Alberto Maestrini,

Voices: John Haeflinger, Carnival Corp.

John Haeflinger, VP of maritime policy and analysis, Carnival Corporation (Photo: Carnival Corp.)

Voices: John Haeflinger, VP of maritime policy and analysis, Carnival Corporation   While the cruise industry grows globally in earnest, this maritime niche is under the microscope like no other, operating high profile, high design billion dollar ships in and out of some of the most pristine places on the planet.

Foreship: A Guiding Design Light amid a Quagmire of Regulations

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As the maritime regulatory regime evolves quickly, ship owners increasingly require guidance to help them navigate an ever-changing technical quagmire. Finland-based Foreship is a force in this regard.   Finnish maritime prowess is legendary, particularly when it comes to the cruise ships and polar vessel sectors.

Keel Laid for Hapag-Lloyd Cruises Expedition Ship

The next stage of construction for the second of the two new expedition ships for Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has been set in motion with a keel laying ceremony for the HANSEATIC inspiration held on October 18, 2017, in the Romanian port of Tulcea.   The cruise line’s CEO, Karl J. Pojer, laid a specially

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