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Why More LNG-Powered Cruise Ships Are Being Built

Since cruise ships have been in business, they have been primarily powered by HFO (heavy fuel oil) in diesel engines and MGO (marine gas oil) for gas turbine engines. There are some locations that put a cap on a ship’s fuel emissions in order to preserve nature (primarily the Arctic regions). Starting in 2015, cruise lines began looking at better fuel alternatives, one of which is LNG (liquefied natural gas). In the years to come, many other cruise lines have a few LNG-powered cruise ships on order. What exactly is ...

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Sweden’s largest hybrid car ferry ready to enter operation

Danfoss Editron has provided the electric power equipment for Tellus, which will become Sweden’s largest hybrid-electric car ferry when it shortly enters passenger operations. The 100-metre ferry will be capable of transporting up to 297 passengers and 80 cars per journey on the 1.8km Gullmarsleden route linking Uddevalla to Lysekil. Commissioned by the Swedish Transport Administration, the Tellus ferry will mainly operate on fully-electric mode, bringing the government agency closer to achieving its target of becoming fossil-free by 2045. Tellus will operate on one of Sweden’s busiest maritime routes, with ...

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ForSea offers fast broadband with Nowhere Networks

The Danish/Swedish shipping company ForSea has chosen Swedish Nowhere Networks as a strategic supplier of radio-based broadband. Starting this summer ForSea can offer fast quality broadband to customers travelling between Helsingborg and Helsingør on its vessels Aurora, Hamlet, Tycho Brahe and Mercandia. “Fast and reliable broadband is of strategic importance to us. That is why we have chosen Nowhere Networks complete service consisting of both its innovative communication solution and its continuous around the clock operation of it. A complete solution like this suits us perfectly, the installation and implementation ...

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China’s CCS14 to Emphasize Port Development

The China Cruise and Yacht Industry Association (CCYIA) has announced that because of the accelerated development of cruise ports in China, it has upgraded its Cruise Port Roundtable Talk to the Cruise Port Forum at the 14th China Cruise Shipping Conference & International Cruise Expo (CCS14) taking place in Guangzhou Nov. 15 – 17, 2019. The CCYIA said that ports are important drivers for the economic development of port cities, and that there are 19 cities on the mainland coastline that have built or are planning to build cruise ports. ...

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Cruise Ship Nippon Maru Slated for Renovation – Marking 30th Anniversary of Its Launching with More Comfortable Cruises

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. yesterday announced that its group company Mitsui O.S.K. Passenger Line, Ltd. (MOPAS; President: Naohiko Yamaguchi; Head Office: Minato-ku, Tokyo) has scheduled a major renovation of its operated cruise ship, the Nippon Maru. The project will take about 50 days from mid-February through early April 2020. The Nippon Maru was renovated in 2010 when the ship marked its 20th anniversary. Additional cabins were constructed on the sixth floor, while the new Horizon Lounge and Spa & Salon were added. The hull was also repainted with the new ...

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Tersan Shipyard goes green for coastal cruise ships

Oslo-based TMC Compressors of the Seas (TMC) has signed a deal to deliver its energy efficient marine compressed air systems to two new cruise vessels Tersan Shipyard is building for Norwegian shipowner Havila Kystruten. TMC’s scope of work is to deliver a complete marine compressed air system consisting of energy efficient instrument air compressors and air dryers, to each of the two newbuild cruise ships – the Havila Capella and Havila Castor. The equipment will be delivered to Tersan Shipyard in Yalova, Turkey. TMC has not disclosed the value of ...

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Cyprus: Deputy Shipping Ministry aims for Cyprus-Piraeus ferry link by 2020

The Deputy Shipping Ministry aims to commence a ferry link connecting Cyprus with Piraeus by 2020, Phileleftheros reported. According to Deputy Shipping Minister Natasa Pilidou the link will take place once a week between May-September and once every two weeks during the rest of the year. The Ministry will soon submits an application for funding to the European Commission (EC) in order to finance the route. It aims to complete all required procedures by the summer of 2020, depending on when the EC will respond to the application and interest ...

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Tallink Grupp has signed the loan agreement for the new LNG powered fast ferry

AS Tallink Grupp’s subsidiary Tallink Superfast Ltd. and KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH have signed the loan agreement in the amount of EUR 197,6 million to finance the new EUR 247 million LNG powered fast ferry currently under construction in Rauma Marine Constructions Oy. The loan is arranged and long term financing is provided by KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH. Finnish Export Credit Agency “Finnvera” guarantees 95 per cent of this post-delivery buyer credit. The loan is secured by the mortgage on the new vessel and the corporate guarantee of AS Tallink Grupp. This ...

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Sichterman Yachts Reveals Interior Renders Of Its Fleet

Sichterman not only sets itself apart with its exterior aesthetics and technological innovations. With the mounting cost of furnishing and styling luxury yachts, Sichterman decided to disrupt the interior process as well. The Dutch boutique yacht builder has set up an interior program, which makes it possible to build yachts considerably faster than its competitors at a set price. Sichterman CEO Bart Rehe states: “We often see that prices of yachts from our competitors rise significantly once clients start furnishing their newly acquired yacht. In collaboration with Cor D. Rover ...

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Carnival connects entire fleet to STM

As part of the Sea Traffic Management STM Validation project Costa Crociere, part of Carnival Corporation, integrated Costa and Aida ships to exchange information with other actors, utilizing STM supported standardised formats and interfaces. After verifying operations with these initial ships, the rest of the Carnival Corporation fleet has now been added. Costa developed STM support as part of their Fleet Operation Center software Neptune. This new functionality in Neptune allows Carnival to interact with other STM services, ports and shore center operators, and to evaluate voyage optimization suggestions received ...

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Grimaldi Group completes installation of Corvus Energy ‘mega batteries’ in groundbreaking retrofit projects

Corvus Energy is pleased to announce that the company has completed the installation of a 5,5 MWh battery energy storage systems (ESS) for each of the two Ro-Pax cruise ferries “Cruise Barcelona” and “Cruise Roma” owned and operated by Italian Grimaldi Group. The ‘mega batteries’ will allow the Grimaldi cruise ferries to turn off the diesel engines and operate solely on battery power and with zero emissions for up to four hours during port stay. “The Corvus energy storage system is an important component in our vision for sustainable shipping,” ...

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DFDS ramps up campaign for STEM subjects

DFDS has thrown its weight behind a new national award as part of its commitment to promoting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects to young people and others to study. The leading ferry operator is sponsoring the STEM Award at the Maritime UK Awards, which take place for the first time in September. The move forms part of the company’s campaign to encourage more young people into STEM subjects and help build a future-proofed workforce for the marine industry. Gemma Griffin, Vice President, HR& Crewing at DFDS said: “DFDS ...

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Four Holland America Line Ships Set to Explore the Contrasting Landscapes of South America and Antarctica in 2019-20

The exciting lands of red-hot tango; ice-blue glaciers; and lush, green jungle come to life when Holland America Line’s Amsterdam, Koningsdam, Volendam and Zaandam head to South America and Antarctica in 2019–2020. From September 2019 through April 2020, the four ships offer cruises ranging from 14 to 48 days that cover the colorful cultures and stunning scenery of this vast continent. Guests will explore exotic and remote ports that offer once-in-a-lifetime experiences like sailing on the Amazon River, strolling the bustling streets of Buenos Aires, relaxing on the golden beaches ...

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PPA: Best Port from the East Med Region of MedCruise

Piraeus port was awarded as the best cruise port in the Eastern Mediterranean by MedCruise at an event hosted in Genoa. The award was received by the PPA Manager of Strategic Planning & Marketing Dept. Ms. Theodora Riga. It is the first edition of Mare Nostrum Awards this year and cruise companies and international press representatives voted for this category. In the jury participated also cruise industry experts and Cruise Line executives. MedCruise Association is the largest cruise port association in the Mediterranean, Black Sea, Adriatic Sea, Red Sea and ...

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First battery-powered cruise ship sails for the Arctic

The world’s first cruise ship propelled partially by battery power is set to head out from northern Norway on its maiden voyage, cruise operator Hurtigruten said. The hybrid expedition cruise ship, the Roald Amundsen, can take 500 passengers and is designed to sail in harsh climate waters. Named after the Norwegian explorer who navigated the Northwest Passage in 1903-1906 and was first to reach the South Pole in 1911, the ship heads for the Arctic from Tromsoe this week and will sail the Northwest Passage to Alaska before heading south, ...

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