Silversea unveiled new details of Silver Origin, the cruise line’s first ever destination-specific ship, which will sail the Galapagos Islands, starting from summer 2020. According to the company, the cruise ship is one of the most environmentally friendly cruise ships ever and designed entirely with these unique islands in mind.
Following remarks on IMO 2020 during his keynote speech at Connecticut Maritime Association’s 2019 Shipping Conference, Rear Adm. John Nadeau also gave attendees a rundown of some of the other initiatives and issues the US Coast Guard’s prevention program focused on in 2018.
Viking Cruises and China Merchants Shekou, representing China Merchants Group, signed a memorandum of understanding in light of a joint venture focused on building a cruise line for the Chinese cruise market. This collaboration will cover the sectors beginning from development, to sales and marketing.
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the largest cruise industry trade organisation globally, published its 2018 global cruise passenger statistics. An almost 7% increase was seen from 2017 to 2018 in the cruising industry, reaching the 28.5 million passengers. According to CLIA, North American travellers continue embracing cruising, with an annual passenger increase of 9% (14.2 million passengers) in 2018.
The Asia Cruise Cooperation (ACC) announced that the Asian cruise tourism has been identified as one of the most rapidly-developing sectors, concerning the tourism area. The cruise passengers are estimated to have reached the 33% on an annual average, from 775,000 in 2012 to nearly 4.26 million in 2018.
Global maritime leaders gathered at the Opening Ceremony of Sea Asia 2019, the 7th biennial conference and exhibition organised by UBM (Seatrade) and Singapore Maritime Foundation, as part of Singapore Maritime Week 2019.
The North Korean-flagged tanker Saebyol, which was transmitting as a fishing boat, was spotted alongside a vessel of unknown nationality on the high seas, conducting a prohibited ship-to-ship transfer as the Royal Navy reported.
IMO’s Facilitation Committee addresses the efficiency of shipping by dealing with all matters regarding the facilitation of international maritime traffic, including the arrival, stay and departure of ships, persons and cargo from ports. The Committee is meeting for its 43rd session, from 8 to 12 of April, coinciding with the entry into force of new requirements for all public authorities to introduce electronic exchange of information between ships and ports.
On April 8 in Singapore, the International Chamber of Shipping, the Asian Shipowners’ Association and the European Community Shipowners’ Associations signed a joint memorandum of understanding. The MoU enhances the level of co-operation that already exists between these international trade associations and provides a framework for their closer co-operation.
The level of satisfaction regarding container carriers among exporters, importers, and freight forwarders reduces marginally, according to the third annual shipper satisfaction survey of Drewry and the European Shippers’ Council. 249 shippers and forwarders who participated in the survey rated the service of container shipping lines with a score of 3.1 on average on a scale of 1 to 5.
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