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New Cruise Ship to Ply Yangtze River

According to a report on www.chinadaily.com.cn, a new cruise ship will soon set sail to the Yangtze River's Three Gorges Dam. The "Yangtze River No. 2," a 139-m, six-storey cruise ship, will embark on its maiden voyage from the southwestern Chongqing Municipality to the Three Gorges Dam in Hubei's Yichang City on August 29, www.chinadaily.com.cn reported, citing an official of Changjiang (Yangtze) Cruise Overseas Travel Co., the operator of the ship. Yangtze River No. 2, the third luxury cruise ship to set sail this year, is dubbed the largest river cruise ship. It can accommodate up to 452 people and has a swimming pool, a theater as well as luxury suites equivalent to a five-star hotel. Last year, a reported record of 310,000 people toured the Yangtze on luxury cruise ships, with projections of 450,000 to set sail this year. (Source: www.chinadaily.com.cn)


New NCL Ship Sets Sail in Hawaii

The AP has reported that NCL’s latest ship, Pride of Hawaii, has set sail in Hawaii. The Pride of Hawaii, the largest, most expensive U.S.-flagged luxury liner launched its scheduled service of weeklong voyages around the islands this week. This vessel completes Norwegian Cruise Lines' $1.4b plan to bring three new vessels to the islands. The new ship is the last in a series of U.S. cruise ships — joining the 1,900-passenger Pride of Aloha and the 2


Israel Warns it Will Stop Aid Flotilla

According to the Washington Post, the Israeli military served notice on June 16 that it will stop a flotilla of aid ships that is expected to set sail for the Gaza Strip this month and warned that if soldiers are met with violence, there could be casualties among the activists on board.   Source: The Washington Post  


Greece: Migrant Boat Sailing Safely Despite Distress Signal

A boat carrying about 200 migrants which had sent out a distress signal off Crete on Monday was spotted safe and sailing to Italy, the Greek coast guard said.   Greece had ordered a Greek-flagged tanker and a Panama-flagged freighter earlier on Monday to search for the 25-metre long fishing vessel after it sent out a mayday signal about 80 nautical miles south of Crete and 15 nautical miles within Libyan waters.  


China's First Deepwater LNG Pipe-Layer Sets Sail

Photo credit China Rongsheng

China's first 3,000 m deepwater pipe laying crane vessel 'Hai Yang Shi You 201; set sail for South China Sea operations China Rongsheng Heavy Industries Group has collaborated with China National Offshore Oil Corporation (“CNOOC”) to complete construction of a 3,000-meter deepwater pipe laying crane vessel (“DPV”) “HAI YANG SHI YOU 201.” The vessel has set sail for the “Liwan 3-1” gas field in the South China Sea today and will prepare for pipe


Fairmount Sherpa Delivers Rig in Egypt

Fairmount Marine’s tug Fairmount Sherpa has towed the semi-submersible drilling rig Noble Paul Romano from the Gulf of Mexico to Egypt. The tow was over a distance of close to 8,000 miles. When contracted by Noble Drilling the Fairmount Sherpa just has completed the installation of FPSO Skarv, offshore Norway. Fairmount Sherpa was mobilized first to Rotterdam for supplies and bunkers before it sailed to Jamaica for a rendez-vous with Noble Paul Romano


Peak Shipping Season Is Approaching For United Yacht Transport

Image: United Yacht Transport

 Spring is the busiest season for United Yacht Transport, the North American leader in boat transport. The international boat transporters are set to complete various shipments in the upcoming months.   In the beginning of the year, the company did an incredible job making a shipment in the Mediterranean region. As a result, they will now be setting sail on more voyages across the globe.   Some of the locations United Yacht Transport will be traveling to in the next few


Shell's Olympus Platform Sails for GofM

Olympus TLP: Photo credit Shell

Shell’s massive Olympus tension leg platform (TLP) sets sail from Ingleside, Texas for a 425 mile trek to its final home on the Mars Field in the Gulf of Mexico. For 10 days, tugboats will pull the over 120,000 ton platform to location where work will begin to secure the platform in place.  The Olympus TLP will be moored to the seafloor by tendons grouped at each of the structure's corners and will float in approximately 3000 feet of water.


Pacific Naval Exercise Fleet 2,000-Personnel Strong Sets Sail

Operation Kakadu Warships: Photo credit RAN

Fifteen ships with about 2,000 Defence personnel from seven Pacific nations set sail from Darwin Harbour for the military training Exercise Kakadu. Maritime elements from Australia, Brunei, Indonesia, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore and Thailand will focus on aspects of maritime warfare common to all the forces involved.  Over the 19 days of exercising, from 29 August to 14 September, graduated training activities and weapons practices are being conducted


This Day in Naval History: July 14

On July 14, 1813, LT John M. Gamble became the first marine to command a ship in battle. Forty years later, Commodore Matthew Perry held his first meeting with the Japanese in Uraga, Japan, and would go on to establish economic tries between the US and Asia. In 1882, sailors and marines from four U.S. ships landed in Alexandria, Egypt, and helped restore order. U.S. warships bombarded Kamaishi, Japan, on this day in 1945; and in 1950, U.S


Tradewinds Towing Returns to Laborde for Repowers

Photo: Laborde Products

In September of 2006, Dominique Smith of the then one tug company Tradewinds Towing came to Laborde Products, to look at the S12R engine for the repower of the Miss Lis, an Alaskan built low profile tug he planned on repowering. Later that same month, the deal was made, and shortly thereafter


Tauck to Double Small Ship Cruising Capacity

Tauck announced a four-year plan for doubling its small ship cruising capacity through strategic fleet expansion, deepened partnership programs and new itineraries.   “We’re destination explorers at Tauck and some destinations are best explored by both land and sea


Memorial Service Held 30 Years After Ferry Tragedy

More than 400 attend 30th anniversary service marking the Herald of Free Enterprise disaster    Grieving families affected by the Herald of Free Enterprise RO/Ro passenger ferry disaster gathered to mark the 30th anniversary memorial service in Dover on March 6.  


US Tanker Liberty Sails for Sea Trials

Liberty (Photo: NASSCO)

U.S. shipbuilder General Dynamics NASSCO said it has sent the newly built Jones Act tanker Liberty to sea for testing and trials.   The 610-foot-long Liberty set sail for the first time on Monday, February 20 to undergo sea trials before delivery later this year.  


SM Line's Maiden Voyage Next Month

Photo: S M Ship Management

 The new container carrier SM Line, owned by South Korean Samra Midas (SM) Group, will launch its first service in the second week of March.    The shipper which took over Hanjin's service network between Asia and the US, will also take over several of Hanjin's terminals in South


Containership Fire Extinguished in South Africa

Photo: Port of Ngqura

The joint effort undertaken by a Disaster Management team at the Port of Ngqura has helped to avert a potential maritime disaster and ultimately saved the container vessel APL Austria, which caught fire last weekend.    Transnet National Ports Authority, Transnet Port Terminals


Along For the Ride on Leeuwin

‘Ready to go’ Navy Cadets give the thumbs up as they depart HMAS Leeuwin. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 Early in January HMAS Leeuwin set sail from Cairns to begin a transit to conduct military data gathering operations in the Bass Strait.   A number of Australian Navy Cadets and family members for ship's company joined the ship for the first day of the deployment.  


Hapag-Lloyd Names 10,500 TEU Box Ship

(Photo: Hapag-Lloyd)

Container shipping company Hapag-Lloyd held the naming ceremony for its newest German flagged containership, the Cartagena Express, at the Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries shipyard in Samho, South Korea.   “With the Cartagena Express, yet another state-of-the-art ship of our 10


Reforma Pemex Now Under BSM Management

Reforma Pemex - Photo BSM

Following a two-year period of plan approval and newbuild supervision services provided by Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement’s project focused business, Schulte Marine Concept, BSM's Mexico based Ship Management Centre has commenced management of Reforma Pemex


Greater Cruise Sector Investment Expected in 2017

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According to its 2017 State of the Cruise Industry Outlook, trade association Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is predicting a steady pace of cruise travel interest and significant investment in the industry.   Increase in cruise travel is expected to continue throughout 2017


NCL's Norwegian Jade to Call Port Tampa Bay Home

Norwegian Jade. Photo: NCL Corporation Ltd

The Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) ship Norwegian Jade will set sail from Port Tampa Bay during the upcoming winter cruise season.   Port Tampa Bay officials welcomed the 2,402-passenger ship for the 2016-2017 fall/winter cruise season.  


Norwegian Cruise Line Approved to Sail to Cuba

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. announced that it has received approval from the government of the Republic of Cuba to operate cruises to Cuba, beginning March 2017.   All three of the company’s brands, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises


Twelve Damen Stan Pontoons and Tugs Arrive in Rotterdam

Photo: Damen

Damen has concluded its latest multiple vessel transport. The shipment of ready-for-delivery vessels contains Stan Pontoons 4113, 4111, 4512, 5211 and 6316 in addition to a number of ASD 2810 Tugs. From a client’s point of view, a transport such as this means that vessels are available at


Post-Brexit, Lawmakers Call for Royal Yacht's Return

(Photo: The Royal Yacht Britannia Trust)

As Britain sets sail in uncharted waters on the lookout for post-Brexit trade deals, lawmakers and a former diplomat have earmarked two key weapons: the Duchess of Cambridge and a new royal yacht.   Following the vote in June for Britain to leave the European Union


Capsized Migrant Boat: Egypt Arrests Crew Members

Photo: International Organization for Migration

Egyptian authorities have arrested four crew members of a boat carrying almost 600 migrants which capsized off Egypt's coast, killing at least 43, judicial sources said on Thursday.   The boat sank on Wednesday in the Mediterranean off Burg Rashid






 
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