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Panama Canal welcomes first cruise ship transit for new season

The Panama Canal announced its first transit for the 2019-2020 cruise season, marked by the Princess Cruises’ Island Princess, highlighting what the Authority expects to see a ‘busy cruise season’. The Island Princess departed from Vancouver, Canada and is heading to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in a 21-day voyage. 

Port of LA plans to develop Outer Harbor Cruise Terminal

The Port of Los Angeles announced a development opportunity for an Outer Harbor Cruise Terminal at Berths 46 and 50, as well as plans to launch a Request for Proposal (RFP) later this fall. The proposal targets cruise lines, terminal operators, and real estate developers, who want to create a new cruise terminal.

CLIA: Cruise industry invests $22 billion in green technologies

The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) published its 2019 Environmental Technologies and Practices Report, according to which cruise lines have provided up to $22 billion in vessels equipped with energy-efficient technologies and cleaner fuels. 

AIDAperla receives largest battery storage system

In light of the opening of Corvus Energy’s first production plant in Norway, Corvus inked an agreement with AIDA Cruises to electrify the first cruise ship of AIDA Cruises; AIDAperla will be the first ship to be equipped with lithium-ion batteries.

Viking Sun to set ‘world’s longest cruise’ record

Viking Sun, cruise ship, began the world’s longest cruise, lasting for 245 days, on a westward voyage starting and ending in Greenwich. Typically, the usual round-the-world cruises last three to four months, but Viking’s cruise will take more than twice as long.

Crewmember falls from Vision of the Seas cruise ship, found dead

According to local news, a crewmember from the cruise ship ‘Vision of the Seas’ fell from the vessel into the water, losing his life, at the port of Livorno Italy. After the search and rescue operation, the divers found the body of the crew member.

Australia’s Biosecurity imports levy delayed for a third time

The Australian governments is pressured to withdraw its plans for a biosecurity levy concerning all incoming vessels. The opposition Agriculture spokesman called the Government of deliberately delaying the biosecurity protections for agriculture.

Plans to transform Nassau Cruise Port revealed

Global Ports Holding, cruise port operator, announced that Nassau Cruise Port has signed a 25-year port operation and lease agreement with the Government of the Bahamas for the Prince George Wharf and related areas at Nassau cruise port.

Malta to face 122 port calls of ‘worst-polluting cruise ships’ in 2019

During 2019, NGO BirdLife Malta informed that there will be no less than 122 port calls to Malta by Europe’s ‘worst-polluting cruise ships’, according to the Cruise Ship Ranking for 2019 which has just been published. The list, compiled by NABU was presented in the past days, and regarding this year’s ranking, 90 vessels were checked on their emissions’ impacts, especially on contribution to air pollution levels.

Disney reveals name of its new cruise ship

On 25th of August, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Chairman Bob Chapek, unveiled the name of the fifth Disney Cruise Line ship, ‘Disney Wish’. The ship is planned to be delivered in late 2021 and is expected to set sail starting in January 2022.

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