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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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The Digital Differentiator For Passenger Ships

Cruise lines have long been at the forefront of shipping’s digitalisation revolution, and for many passengers connectivity is a key differentiator especially when it comes to facilitating the optimum experience onboard. Connected devices have become such an important part of our lives that passengers expect seamless access, all the time wherever they are. They want to be able to post their onboard journey to social media or make video calls without lag or long loading times. Many passengers are getting accustomed to using apps or wearables, such as you can ...

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Dynamic Start to the New Cruise Season in Thessaloniki

The arrival of the first cruise ship for 2022 at the Port of Thessaloniki marks the dynamic start of the new cruise season for ThPA S.A. Specifically, Viking Cruises vessel “Viking Sky”, inaugurates this year’s cruise season, on February 5, 2022, earlier than ever before. Viking Cruises as well as Azamara Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Celestyal Cruises, Croiseurope Cruises, Hapag Lloyd Cruises, Mano Cruises, Noble Caledonia, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, Silversea Cruises, have included Thessaloniki in their itineraries, recognizing the ongoing commitment of ThPA S.A. for the continuous upgrading of ...

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Meetings Between CLIA And Greek Government Underline The Cruise Sector Priorities For 2022

CLIA praised Greece for its leadership role in cruise resumption and presented the cruise sector priorities for 2022 at meetings held this week with the Greek Tourism Minister Vassilis Kikilias, and Minister of Maritime Affairs and Insular Policy Ioannis Plakiotakis. Assessment of cruise resumption in 2021, preparation for the 2022 cruise season including application of the recently revised Greek cruise protocol, and smooth port operations combined with responsible tourism and decarbonization are among the cruise sector priorities discussed. The meetings, which took place during the first visit to Greece by ...

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CLIA report addresses alternative fuels for cruise

The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) released last week its Global Cruise Industry Environmental Technologies and Practices Inventory together with an associated Environmental Report produced by Oxford Economics. The report, which demonstrates the industry’s commitment to responsible tourism practices and continued progress on the development and implementation of new environmental technologies, is published as CLIA ocean-going members commit to pursue net carbon neutral cruising by 2050. For the first time, the Oxford Economics Environmental Report also addresses the challenge posed by the need for new, alternative fuels and the steps ...

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DNV speaks with Captain Håvard Ramsøy, Vice President, Marine Operations and Safety, Genting Cruise Lines, about resuming operations and lessons learnt

Capt. Håvard, are you satisfied with the restarting of cruising operations? Our expectations have been exceeded in many ways. When we started to offer short domestic getaways around the islands in Taiwan and Singapore with Explorer Dream and World Dream last year, we immediately saw there is demand. Despite the pandemic, people still want to travel. Of course, we had to focus on the domestic markets first, because it wasn’t possible to go from country to country back then. This is changing now due to high vaccination rates, particularly in ...

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First flying electric daycruiser outsells combustion engine boats – just weeks after introduction

The Swedish tech company Candela has racked up more than 60 orders for its revolutionary, 290 000-euro electric boat, the Candela C-8. That makes the flying C-8 one of the fastest-selling 28-foot boats on the market. The Candela C-8 is the next-generation electric boat from the Swedish tech firm Candela. Using a new version of the company’s patented hydrofoil system, C-8 flies above the waves with greater range than any other electric boat, powered by a new, silent pod thruster – the Candela C-POD. Compared to the company’s first model, ...

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MSC Seashore Delivered With Thordon’s Compac As More Cruise Ships Embrace Seawater Lubricated Shaft Lines

The largest cruise ship to be built in Italy has been delivered with a COMPAC seawater lubricated propeller shaft system from Canada’s Thordon Bearings. The 170,400gt MSC Seashore, delivered from Fincantieri’s Monfalcone shipyard last week, joins the smaller 154,000gt Seaside-class vessels MSC Seaside and MSC Seaview, both of which were delivered with a COMPAC bearing system in 2017 and 2018 respectively. Anna Galoni, CEO, Thordon Bearings, said: “As the sector resumes service after a tumultuous 18 months, we congratulate MSC Cruises and Fincantieri on the successful and timely delivery of ...

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CCS steers into British waters with new UK operation

COLUMBIA Cruise Services (CCS) is proud to announce it is heading into British waters by launching CCS UK, a Southampton-based ship management and recruiting operation. The cruise vessel management business will continue running fleets for its existing UK shipping operators while aiming to attract new clients. CCS recently purchased premises in Southampton, England, which will serve as the company’s UK office. “We’ve set up a fully accredited UK subsidiary to better serve our existing clients and to prepare for future expansion,” said Olaf Groeger, who as Managing Director of CCS ...

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Holland America Line Takes Delivery of Highly Anticipated New Ship Rotterdam from Fincantieri

Holland America Line took delivery of Rotterdam today, July 30, 2021, officially making it the 11th ship in the fleet. A handover ceremony took place at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy the evening of July 29. The ceremony was attended by the ship’s master, Captain Werner Timmers, and Cyril Tatar, Holland America Group’s vice president of newbuilding services. Giuseppe Bono, CEO, Fincantieri, and several other executives also attended. Video congratulations were extended by Jan Swartz, president of Holland America Group, and Gus Antorcha, president of Holland America Line. “Rotterdam looks ...

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Australia’s bunker demand falls sharply as cruise tourism sails in choppy waters

Australia, a country with one of the highest penetration of any cruise market globally outside the US, has seen its bunker fuel consumption plummet due to restrictions on entry and sailings of cruise ships, pressuring the country’s refiners further as they grapple with demand constraints for other oil products due to the global coronavirus pandemic. VLSFO sales have dropped between 30% and 50% since the global coronavirus pandemic forced cruises to cease operations there from March last year, market sources told S&P Global Platts. The demand for HSFO bunker fuel ...

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Greece’s Piraeus port eyes promising cruise tourism season

Piraeus, Greece’s largest port and one of the biggest in the Mediterranean, is looking to a promising cruise tourism season, Piraeus Port Authority S.A. (PPA) Deputy CEO Captain Weng Lin told an industry conference in Athens on Tuesday, citing “very positive” trend in berth bookings. Addressing the biennial Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum, held online this year, Weng said that as of Tuesday, over 400 cruise arrivals have been planned for this year. “The trend in berth bookings from what we have in hand for this year is very positive, even ...

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