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Northern Xplorer signs LOI with West Sea Shipyard to build world’s first zero-emission cruise ship

Recently established Norwegian cruise venture and Portuguese shipbuilder West Sea today signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) for the construction of the company’s maiden vessel, with expected delivery at the start of the 2025/2026 cruise season. “This is a new milestone on our journey towards emission-free cruising. Having approached yards worldwide for tenders, we’re delighted to be embarking on this exciting project with West Sea. They are a modern, professional yard with a good track record. It’s great to be here at SMM for the signing alongside our technology partner, ...

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BIO-UV Group secures deal to supply BWTS to luxury Ritz Carlton Cruisers

Chantiers de l’Atlantique has contracted BIO-UV group to supply BIO-SEA ballast water treatment systems to a pair of LNG-fueled super cruisers the French shipyard is building for luxury hotel group Ritz Carlton, a Marriott International brand. When delivered in 2024 and 2025 respectively, the 46,000gt Ilma and Luminara will join the smaller Astander Shipyard-built Evrima – the first ever Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection vessel – which set sail earlier this year. “We are immensely proud to supply BIO-SEA systems to these prestigious vessels,” said Maxime Dedeurwaerder, Business Unit Director, BIO-SEA by ...

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Aicon Yachts in nomination at world Yacht Trophies 2022

AICON YACHTS is very proud to announce the nomination of the new AICON 66 VIVERE, in the “BEST EXTERIOR DESIGN” category at the “WORLD YACHT TROPHIES” 2022, the event that rewards the best motor boats and yachts, from 13 to 140 meters, launched during the year. The event, scheduled for Saturday 10 September from 8 pm in front of the Intercontinental Carlton Cannes Hotel, will therefore see AICON YACHTS among the great protagonists. “World Yachts Trophies” will bring over 700 guests to the Croisette for a unique evening in the ...

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Aegean Cargo Sailing | With the Aegean round coming to an end for 2022, new adventures are beginning.

The Aegean Tour was completed with great success on August 25th when the electric sailing vessel PELAGO docked in Lavrio. With the excitement of action giving way to the collection of data and project results, the Aegean Cargo Sailing team is closing yet another cycle of partnerships, transport and touring experiences successfully. In the space of two months, PELAGO managed to cover 1200 nautical miles achieving full self-sufficiency with wind and solar power and to complete the pilot implementation of electrification in its zero carbon footprint sea travel. At the ...

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Horizon Yachts selects Propspeed

Propspeed, leading innovator of underwater foul-release coatings, announced today it has received an endorsement from Horizon Yachts. The luxury yacht manufacturer applies Propspeed as a standard for all new models and recommends the use of Propspeed for existing owners as protection against fouling and corrosion of running gear and underwater metals. “We want our customers to have the best possible ownership experience,” said Joey Lu, Marketing Director, Horizon Yachts. “Propspeed protects underwater metal components saving them time and money in maintenance. We apply Propspeed to all our new builds, and ...

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OWE boats launches new 2023 SF pontoon series

Lowe® Boats, today announced the launch of the 2023 SF pontoon series boats as well as bold new styling and a host of premium features for its full model year 2023 lineup. With thought and customer insight included in every detail, the SF Series was crafted to perfection to combine fishing and on-the-water recreation. New fencing and furniture design, as well as refreshed fishing stations and enhanced storage options provide exactly what boaters need to take a good day out on the water and make it great. “For over half ...

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Norwegian cruise line officially welcomes leading-edge Norwegian Prima

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), the innovator in global cruise travel, today christened its newest ship Norwegian Prima, which made history as the first major cruise ship christened in Reykjavík, Iceland. The first of six ships in the groundbreaking Prima Class, Norwegian Prima, debuted to more than 2,500 guests who enjoyed an immersive experience in the beautiful Icelandic capital and a christening celebration like no other.;With her stunning design and unique offerings, Norwegian Prima is in a league of her own,” said Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive officer of ...

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Saronic Ferries partners with C-Job Naval Architects for the design of the first fully-electric Ro-Pax Ferry in Greece

Saronic Ferries has today announced their partnership with C-Job Naval Architects. For the Greek owner, C-Job will develop the design of the first fully-electric Ro-Pax ferry in Greece. Saronic Ferries, the largest ferry operator for the Saronic islands, is realising its mission to operate a purely emissions-free fleet by 2040 to all destinations. George Papaioannides, Partner of Saronic Ferries, says: “We are taking a step towards a cleaner world and we envision our operation in the Saronic Islands to be the inspiration for others to initiate more green fleet renewal ...

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Renewable Innovations And Aicon Yachts Chart The Path Towards Greener, Sustainable Yachting

Renewable Innovations takes another step forward on its path to create a greener and cleaner future with Hydrogen together with Aicon Yachts. The new collaboration aims to deliver a more sustainable yachting experience by eliminating usage of diesel generators on yachts while anchored and reducing dockside electrical grid requirements. While the yachting community has been pursuing the goal of boosting sustainability, much of the focus has been on fuel efficient hulls, green construction, and solar capture. Now, with this collaboration, there is a new category of sustainability via Hydrogen. “Hydrogen-powered ...

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MSC Cruises publishes its 2021 sustainability report laying the foundations for achieving zero impact operations

MSC Cruises has chosen World Oceans Day to publish its 2021 Sustainability Report. While the past year has again been marked by the challenges brought by the pandemic, MSC Cruises made significant progress in its sustainability practices. MSC Cruises’ Sustainability Action Plan, developed with the active engagement of employees and external partners, establishes six key workstreams across the business: transitioning to net-zero emissions, scrutinising resource use and waste, supporting our people, investing in sustainable tourism, building greener terminals, and procuring sustainably. Actions within the plan are accompanied by goals, with ...

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DNV signs MOU with Saronic Ferries on development of electric ferry concept in Greece.

At the Posidonia 2022 trade fair, classification society DNV signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Saronic Ferries designed to enable the development of an electric ferry for local deployment in Greece. The collaboration is targeted towards a fully electric concept for deployment on short sea passenger routes in the Argosaronikos area. The use of all-electric or hybrid vessels in the short sea ferry segment has surged in recent years as the benefits of the technology has been demonstrated in pilots and full-scale deployments. For ferries on fixed routes in ...

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Cruise Industry Working Group Seeks To Adopt Seahaven, The World’s Largest Inflatable Lifeboat

Global Survival Technology pioneer Survitec is teaming up with Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd (NCLH), Independent Maritime Advisors Ltd, and a major shipbuilder to deliver a cruise ship design incorporating Survitec’s Seahaven, the world’s largest inflatable lifeboat. The companies established the industry working group with a view to installing Seahaven, the award-winning advanced evacuation system (AES), as the primary means of evacuation onboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s next ground-breaking Prima-class of ships. The 1,060-person capacity Seahaven, a self-propelled inflatable lifeboat, marks a significant step forward in maritime safety. The system works ...

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MSC’s Journey Towards Net-Zero Emissions By 2050

Having made the pledge in 2021 to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, MSC Cruises is continuously exploring and investing in new technologies that are helping to decarbonize, some with very promising results. On this journey, minimising the impact of cruises ships on port communities and their environment while berthed is key. Shore power plays a role to this end; it enables ships to turn off their engines and connect to local electric power to run their onboard systems. With electricity travelling to the ship through a specially designed ...

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Environmental Protection Engineering (EPE) launches its sustainable Superyacht Division

EPE, the pioneering Greek manufacturer of global environmental protection solutions, has established EPE Yachting – a new division offering sustainable solutions for the superyacht market. The company offers water treatment and emissions abatement technologies as well as systems cleaning services. EPE is already a well-established marine sector company, defining environmental protection engineering since 1977, with a solid track record and expertise in oil spill response as well as the development of new environmental technologies. But as the business continues its ambitious global expansion plans, a standalone Division and complete green-solution ...

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Piraeus Port says Supreme Court Ruling Will Temporarily Halt Cruise Terminal Works

Following the Greek Supreme Court recent decision about Greece Port Planning and Development Committee’s former Port of Piraeus’ Master Plan approvals, which affect the Cruise Terminal Expansion Project by temporary pausing the construction operations, PPA SA would like to inform on the following: PPA is committed to implement its large-scale investment plan in the country, including any possible modifications deemed necessary, based on the decisions of the relevant administrative and judicial authorities and in full alignment with the Concession Agreement with the Greek State. As a trusted, reliable and long-term ...

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