The Norwegian Epic cruise vessel sustained power loss during its current cruise to the Caribbean on February 12, requiring the NCL cruise ship to divert to San Juan, Puerto Rico. The cruise vessel was planned to voyage to Tortola, British Virgin Islands, and later on sail to St Thomas, US Virgin Islands and Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas on February 15th before returning to Port Canaveral on February 16th.
Royal Caribbean International marked the official start of construction by cutting the first piece of steel for its new Quantum Ultra ship, ‘Odyssey of the Seas’, on 1st of February at Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. The ship is expected to sail fall 2020 from the US.
Following announcement that it set a new container volume record in 2018, the Port of new Orleans (Port NOLA) now informed that it also saw a new record in 2018 with 1,182,111 cruise passenger movements, up 2.3% compared to a year ago.
Swedish Ports of Stockholm finished 2018 with a record reaching with stable freight volumes and a record number of cruise passengers. According to the Ports’ 2018 summary, a new revenue record of SEK 866 million (USD 94.9 million) was reached, meaning SEK 10 million more than the record set in 2017.
The Port of Barcelona closed fiscal year 2018 with record results in the main traffic indicators. It also enhanced its role as the main facilitator of export activity, aimed at increasingly diversified and further distant markets. The Catalan infrastructure channelled 67.7 million tonnes of traffic, including all cargo modes, representing a year-on-year increase of 10% and achieving a new record for the Port.
The US Coast Guard suspended the search for a missing Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas cruise ship crewmember 37 miles east of Hillsboro Inlet. Namely, a crewmember from the Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas cruise ship had gone overboard. Crews searched for approximately 24 hours covering 1,388 square miles.
Brittania P&I considers the benefits of CCTV cameras on board ships, as a number of visually recorded and publicised maritime incidents highlight the value of such recordings when investigating incidents and determine facts. Mainly, the recordings are of a big help when dealing with accidents that have occurred or have allegedly occurred. CCTV footage can make investigations easier, and also improve the possibility of more findings.
A new report commissioned by international environmental organization Stand.earth details findings of a two-year study, exposing extremely poor air quality on four cruise ships ‘that can be worse than some of the world’s most polluted cities including Beijing, China and Santiago, Chile’.
The US Coast Guard announced that it is searching from January 24, for an overboard crewmember from the Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas cruise ship. The crewmember went overboard 37 miles east of Hillsboro Inlet. The USCG deployed the cutter Paul Clark, a US Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin helicopter, and an Air Station Miami HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane.
NYK sold 50% of the shares of its subsidiary NYK Cruises, to Japan-based, Anchor Ship Partners (ASP). According to the agreement, which was announced on January 24, there will be a joint operation of the cruise business. The two companies did not reveal the price behind the deal, which is expected to be completed by the end of March 2019.
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