Carnival’s largest ship floated-out

Meyer Turku shipyard announced the float-out of the coming flag-ship of Carnival Cruise line ‘Mardi Gras’. The new ship will be the largest one in the Carnival fleet, featuring 180,000 GT. It will be delivered later in 2020.

Flex LNG extends time-charter agreement

The LNG carrier owner Flex LNG announced its extension of the time-charter agreement concerning the 173.400 cbm vessel, “Flex Enterprise”. According to the company, with this extension the firm period under the time charter will be until the end of the first quarter of 2021. 

LNG carrier for Yamal LNG Project, officially named

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) informed that named another LNG vessel carrier for Russia’s Yamal LNG Project. Specifically, the vessel was named “LNG Merak”, while the naming ceremony was held at Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding on 8 January, 2020.

Key trends shaping the cruise industry in 2020

CLIA issued its 2020 State of the Cruise Industry report taking an in-depth look at the impact of cruising and the trends across the industry. The cruise industry has cemented its role as a mainstream vacation choice with about 32 million guests expected to sail in 2020.

Singapore surpasses 95 million GT milestone

The Singapore Registry of Ships has crossed the 95 million gross tonnage milestone in 2019 and maintained its position among the top registries in the world. The milestone was announced during the ‘2020 & Beyond’, the SRS Forum held by Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) on November 8.

Carnival to launch four new ships in 2018

Carnival Corporation announced the launch of four new cruise ships in 2018 across four of its 10 global brands: Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Seabourn, and AIDA Cruises. AIDA Cruises’s ‘AIDAnova’ will begin operation in December 2018. AIDAnova will be the first cruise ship fully powered by LNG. 

CMA CGM's 22,000 TEUs to fly French flag

Rodolphe Saadé, General Director of the CMA CGM Group announced the company’s decision to register four of its 20,000+ TEUs, under the French Flag. The company has declared its intention to equip the ships with engines using LNG in order to comply with new environmental rules.

Shipping industry a priority for Cyprus

According to the Cypriot Transport Minister, Marios Demetriades, the Cyprus government has the shipping industry as a top priority. For that reason, the Cyprus government plan to create a self-standing Deputy Ministry of Shipping as from March 2018, the Minister noted.

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