On October 9, the cruise ship Braemar made history, as it became the longest ever ship to cruise through the Corinth Canal in Greece. The 24-meter-wide canal connectw the Saronic Gulf with the Gulf of Corinth. While transiting, the ship was close enough to the canal’s sides, that guests could almost touch the walls.
Key cruise ship companies operating in French waters joined forces to limit air pollution caused by their vessels. The measures agreed include use of shore power and low-polluting fuel when maneuvering in harbors, as well as other measures to reduce emissions.
As early as 2021, AIDA Cruises will be the first cruise company to test the use of fuel cells on a large passenger ship, under the ‘Pa-X-ell2’ research project on board of AIDAnova. The project aims to develop a decentralized energy network and a hybrid energy system with a new generation of fuel cells for use in oceangoing passenger vessels.
China’s first Cruise Tourism Development Demonstration Zone was launched in the Baoshan, in order for the latter to further develop for cruise and tourism operations. Shanghai considered the development of the cruise economy to be important, in order to be established as an international shipping centre.
Carnival Corporation has begun the construction of what it claims to be the cruise industry’s first cruise terminal in Japan, located at the port of Sasebo, planned to begin operations in summer 2020. Following the 20-year agreement that was signed in March 2018 with the of Sasebo and MLIT Japan, the cruise company will build and operate the new terminal.
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.
Viking Line’s M/S Mariella is making efforts in reducing food waste achieving an estimated 27 tonnes over a period of four months; According to the company, the amout of food they saved equals to approximately 70,000 meals.
Norwegian Cruise Line bought a three-acre waterfront lot in Juneau, Alaska for $20 million, and to use the site for a new cruise ship dock. In order to begin the construction of the newly-purchased lot, the company has to acquire the approval of Juneau’s city assembly and get a conditional zoning permit, as the Juneau Empire reports.
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.
In 2019 the Norwegian Fjords saw new regulations being implemented concerning the marine protection and sustainability, given that it was important to implement stricter measures to reduce the emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and sulphur oxides (SOx) in particular.
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