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Port of Seattle seeks partnership for new cruise facility

The Port of Seattle Commission issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to secure a partner to develop and operate a new, single berth cruise facility at Terminal 46. Commissioners also adopted principles to ensure that a growing cruise business increases local economic benefit.

Utah Senator introduces bill to cancel the Jones Act

Michael Lee, Utah Senator, established the Open America’s Water Act of 2019, a bill that cancels the Jones Act and will allow all qualified vessels to take part in domestic trade between American ports. He commented that the restrictions in domestic trade have a crucial impact on American consumers and producers.

Maersk calms its customers on Brexit

Maersk published a statement that focuses on the issue of Brexit and what the Brexit means for those interested in the shipping industry. UK’s departure from Europe means that there will no longer be trade arrangements between the EU and foreign countries and that trade between the UK and those countries will be subject to general rules of the World Trade Organisation.

US Navy Budget focuses on less but modern ships

Concerning its FY2020 budget, the US Navy proposed to include a $10 billion top line increase, in comparison to the proposed reduction in projected fleet size. The Navy intends to prioritize more up-to-date vessels, retiring the carrier USS Truman two decades early and skipping the planned service life extension for the Ticonderoga-class cruisers. 

Australia may have a new lead for the lost WWII Destroyer

The search for the Australian Navy’s sunken World War II destroyer HMAS Vampire is currently ongoing off the coast of Sri Lanka, as navies of both countries contribute hydrographic assets to find the ship. Research carried out by both Australian and Sri Lankan hydrographers found that there is a strong possibility that HMAS Vampire’s final resting place has been located.

Italy considers joining Belt and Road Initiative

Italy is currently negotiating a preliminary agreement to participate in China’s ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ plan to boost trade. As the Junior Industry Minister Michele Geraci informed, if Italy manages to sign an agreement with China later this month on this issue, it would just be an initial framework, without a binding character.

Study: Cruise industry generates over 12,500 jobs in Baltic

The cruise industry supports over 12,500 jobs in the Baltic Sea region, according to a new Economic Impact Study by GP Wild. The region has been recently seeing a surge of cruise passengers, which is showing on the positive economic impact in the region.

Cruise industry opposes Australia’s Biosecurity Imports Levy

A proposal to hit cruise lines with a new tax will add an unfair burden to the industry and drive up costs for both operators and passengers, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia warned. The Association refers to Australia’s Biosecurity Imports Levy, to be implemented by July 2019. 

Asean called to cooperate for the establishment of a single shipping market

Asean member states must continue working to establish a single shipping market, Calvin Phua, deputy secretary of hub strategy at Singapore’s Ministry of Transport, highlighted. This will enable the free flow of Asean shipping services, which will drive the economic growth in the region. This will in turn lead to more trade and investment, as well as more economic opportunities for Asean.

White House eases ‘Military to Maritime’ transition

On March 4, US President Donald Trump signed the ‘Military to Maritime’ order that enables members of the armed forces to user their sea time and training to meet USCG merchant mariner licensing requirements, after leaving active duty.

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