cruise ships

‘Norwegian Encore’ to leave the dock within August

Norwegian shipbuilder Meyer Werft announced the imminent launch of Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest cruise ship, expected in the morning hours of 17 August 2019.  Once Norwegian Encore has left the dock, it will berth at the shipyard’s out-fitting pier to be fitted with its funnel cladding.

Genting Hong Kong sells 35% of Dream Cruises

Genting Hong Kong (GHK), cruise operator, agreed to sell a 35% of its interests in its cruise Brand, Dream Cruises. The cruise operator noted that the transaction would result to a USD 470 million gains, while in the meantime increase the net asset value of GHK shares by USD 5.5 cents.

Port of Cannes to impose a 0.1% sulphur cap for cruise ships calling

The French Mediterranean port of Cannes announced that it will implement a 0.1% sulphur cap on the fuel used by the cruise ships calling the port. Further the port issued four recommendations for ports calling in, to protect the environment from air and marine pollution. 

Port of Venice calls European ports to develop new sustainable cruising

The President of the North Adriatic Sea Port Authority, Pino Musolino, recently sent a letter to key European ports inviting them to meet in Venice to discuss the economic and environmental impact of the cruise industry and to draw up guidelines for a new sustainable approach to maritime tourism.

Shanghai to set up cruise demonstration zone

Shanghai will establish a demonstration zone for cruise tourism, approved by China’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the municipal authorities said Tuesday. This comes in line with the city’s plans to set itself as a hub for cruise tourism. 

Seafarers on cruise ships and ferries the most unhappy

Seafarers working onboard cruise ships and ferries are the unhappiest in the shipping industry, the latest Seafarers Happiness Index report reveals for the second quarter of 2019. Overall, seafarer happiness has slipped this quarter, down to 6.27/10 from 6.31. 

Watch: USCG medevacs child from cruise ship off Virginia

On July 7, a USCG MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew evacuated a seven-year-old girl, as she was suffering from abdominal pain, from the cruise ship Celebrity Summit. The helicopter hoisted the girl, which was then transported at the Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters in Norfolk.

Alaska’s cruise ship monitoring program to be restructured

The Alaskan state legislature is to restructure the Ocean Rangers program, monitoring cruise ship traffic in the vulnerable waters of Alaska, in opposition with a recently-imposed veto by Alaskan Governor Mike Dunleavy, announced a month ago.  

Roald Amundsen the first ship ever to be christened in Antarctica

Hurtigruten will be christening the world’s first hybrid electric-powered expedition cruise ship this fall in Antarctica. MS Roald Amundsen will become the first ship ever to be christened in Antarctica. MS Roald Amundsen features green technology. The hybrid electric-powered expedition cruise ship is using battery packs to support its low-emission engines and will reduce CO2 emissions.

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