Responding to a recent report by T&E critisizing the cruise industry’s emissions, CLIA said the results have been published without any academic scrutiny. It also cited significant investments in scrubbers and LNG over the last years, noting that the industry is fully committed to a zero emission future.
Norwegian Cruise Line announced that it is homeporting a ship in Amsterdam for the first time with the European debut of Norwegian Pearl. With this move, the brand expanded its presence to six vessels in the area. On June 8, Norwegian Pearl’s Captain, Paul von Knorring, and the ship’s officers were given a plaque and key to the city of Amsterdam.
The Norwegian Sun cruise vessel sailed back to Port Canaveral, June 7, some days after the US Department announced the ban of US cruise ships from making stops in Cuba. It was diverted on June 4, an hour after it had left Key West.
The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) released its annual Asia Cruise Industry Ocean Source Market Report, which analyzes the growth, demographics and trends of the top source markets in Asia. The report noted a record-breaking 4.24 million ocean-going cruise passengers in 2018.
As local sources report, the Columbus cruise ship unexpectedly changed its course and docked at the Felison Cruise Terminal in IJmuiden. While the cruise vessel departed from Amsterdam it hit something in the water. Thus, the Port of Amsterdam and the Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate were then on board for consultation and the exchange of information.
Corvus Energy, a Canadian manufacturer of energy storage systems, announced that it will launch a new battery for cruise ships, Ro-pax and ro-ro with unlimited capacity. According to the company, the Corvus Blue Whale is a fit to applications requiring low charge or discharge rate, in combination with high energy demand.
A survey by Maritime & Coastguard Agency gives a snapshot of disabled people’s experiences on cruise and ferry ships. The survey says that while ferry and cruise ship passengers are more likely to experience problems getting assistance if they have a disability that is not immediately visible.
A federal judge in Miami ordered Carnival Corporation to pay $20 million in fines regarding its cruise ship pollution, under a plea deal after the world’s largest cruise operator violated the terms of its probation from a 2016 criminal conviction. Before this decision, a US Federal judge threatened that she might block Carnival Corporation from docking cruise ships at ports in the US as punishment for a possible probation violation.
A live security drill at a cruise ship terminal in Mexico has given participants the opportunity to test their skills and assess where any improvements can be performed. The exercise, including a simulated bomb threat, was part of a workshop on Maritime Security Drills and Exercises.
An MSC cruise ship crashed into a pier and a tourist river boat on a busy canal in Venice, on June 2. According to local media, four people were injured due to the collision, with MSC explaining that the ship experienced mechanical problems.
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