Carnival Corp, the world's No.1 cruise company, said yesterday that it's planning to base a fifth passenger liner in Shanghai in 2017, adding to a foothold in China's fast-growing leisure cruise market.
The Miami-based company said the new Princess Cruises ship will be the first under the Princess brand to be based in China year round. It will also be the first full-time luxury international liner designed and built with Chinese travelers in mind.
Princess based its first ship in China last year when it deployed its Sapphire Princess to Shanghai from June to October.
The 3,600-passenger vessel, being built by Italy's Fincantieri shipyard, will have features aimed at Chinese tastes such as "ocean-view hot pot" dining, the company said.
Carnival also has three Costa-brand ships stationed in China, including the Costa Serena, which made its maiden voyage last month from Shanghai, its new year-round home port. Another ship, the Costa Atlantica, which was deployed to China in 2006, is in the middle of an 86-day round-the-world voyage carrying only Chinese passengers.
Rival Royal Caribbean will have three China-based ships when its Quantum of the Seas relocates there this summer.
Cruise companies are racing to expand in China, where growth is expected to outpace developed markets even as the country's economic expansion slows. Source: Shanghai Daily
German Rail Strike Tightens Bunker Supply at Hamburg
A train drivers' strike in Germany has affected the availability of bunker supply in Hamburg, Platts reports.
According to unnamed sources, the strike is expected to last until at least Saturday.
"We have more and more issues on the avails side...there is a railroad employee strike until the coming weekend or maybe even longer so supplies haven't been able to reach Hamburg," said a trader.
Traders who receive supplies by sea have reportedly not been as affected by the strike, though a recent storm in Hamburg purportedly had some impact on supply Tuesday.
Early this year, the Port of Hamburg was also reported as bracing itself for a Russian shipping slump as the country suffered from the fallout of crashing oil prices. shipandbunker.com...
The cargo m/v "SF Carrier" ran aground off Muelle Loney Pier in Iloilo province lon May 4, 2015. The ship was entering the Iloilo River when strong currenst caused it to drift and run aground at a shallow area during low tide.
The "SF Carrier", manned by 17 crew, was to unload 1,787 metric tons of soya beans in Muelle Loney Pier when the incident occurred. No one was reported injured. The Coast Guard Iloilo station deployed a response team to inspect the area and to advise the captain, Reynaldo Balgos, to hire a tug to refloat the ship. It also advised Balgos to secure a certificate of seaworthiness from the Maritime Industry Authorit.
India to sign port deal with Iran, ignoring U.S. warning against haste
(Reuters) - India will push ahead this week with plans to build a port in southeast Iran, two sources said, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi keen to develop trade ties with Central Asia and prepared to fend off U.S. pressure not to rush into any deals with Iran.
India and Iran agreed in 2003 to develop a port at Chabahar on the Gulf of Oman, near Iran's border with Pakistan, but the venture has made little progress due to Western sanctions on Iran.
Now, spurred on by Chinese President Xi Jinping's signing of $46 billion of energy and infrastructure deals with Pakistan, Modi wants to swiftly sign trade agreements with Iran and other Gulf countries.
"Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari will travel on a day-long tour to Iran to sign a memorandum of understanding for development of Chabahar port," a Shipping Ministry source with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters. The deal will be signed on Wednesday, he said.
Encouraged by the prospect of a deal between world powers and Tehran by June 30 on Iran's nuclear programme, after which sanctions could be eased, India recently sent a delegation to Iran to scout for trade, energy and infrastructure deals.
The United States cautioned India and others last week against strengthening ties with Iran ahead of a final agreement. But Indian officials said New Delhi could not ignore its national interest and noted a report that a U.S. energy delegation was visiting Iran. Read more at: https://uk.news.yahoo.com/india-sign-port-deal-iran-ignoring-u-warning-201834316.html#PrLTkMt
Giant shipping cranes from South Korea arrive at Houston port
A ship is shown in the Houston Ship Channel transporting four electric Super Post-Panamax Ship-to-Shore wharf cranes to the Barbours Cut Container Terminal Tuesday, May 5, 2015, in Mogan's Point. The cranes the largest ever built by Konecranes in Mokpo, South Korea, are 289 feet high with a lift height of 204 feet. Four 30-story high cranes arrived at the Barbours Cut Container Terminal in the Port of Houston Tuesday afternoon, completing a more than 70-day journey from South Korea.
The cranes are part of a bigger $700 million revamp of the terminal as the port sees bigger container ships with more cargo.
Two years ago, the port commission approved a $50 million contract to buy and ship the cranes from South Korean manufacturer Konecranes.
According to a statement from the Port of Houston Authority, the new cranes will be able to load and unload ships at 295 feet per minute, almost twice as fast as the current cranes at the terminal.
While the old cranes could reach across ships that were 13 containers wide, the new cranes will be able to reach across those that are 22 containers wide, said Bill Hensel, an authority spokesman. Read more at: www.chron.com/new...
Mexico building first cruise-ship home port in Rocky Point (Puerto Penasco)
ROCKY POINT, Sonora – The sound of heavy machinery scraping against rocks and an overwhelming smell of diesel fuel invade an otherwise serene desert beach where Mexico will spend roughly $100 million building its first cruise-ship home port.
The Mexican government chose to build the port in the sleepy beach town of Puerto Peñasco, better known as Rocky Point, because of its proximity to the United States and potential as a future international tourism destination.
"It is the most important project the city has ever had," said Miguel Guevara, director of promotion and international affairs for the city.
Construction workers spend their days dumping rocks, making concrete blocks and placing them along the breakwater to prepare the port for a January 2017 opening.
Officials said they hope the roughly mile-long port will tap into the growing cruise-ship industry by offering passengers an opportunity to explore the Sea of Cortez.
Proponents said the port could attract 3,000 new weekly visitors and transform the city's economy. Read more at: www.azcentral.com...
Ferry service to Cuba may return to the Florida Straits
Ferries carrying both passengers and cargo may soon ply the Florida Straits between Florida and Cuba for the first time in more than a half century.
The U.S. government granted licenses Tuesday to at least five companies — Airline Brokers Co. of Miami, Baja Ferries USA, Havana Ferry Partners, United Caribbean Lines and America Cruise Ferries of Puerto Rico — to begin offering ferry service.
Some of the companies said they could begin to offer service within weeks but the plans of others are still in development. Among the departure ports being considered: Key West, Miami, Port Everglades and Tampa-area ports.
In the 1950s before the Cuban Revolution, ferries frequently plied the waters between Miami, Miami Beach, Key West and Havana, carrying Cubans on shopping excursions and Americans on getaways to sample Havana’s nightlife and explore the city. Today, the Cuban government is interested in improving access for its rapidly growing visitor industry.
Before any service can begin, the U.S. Coast Guard must approve the potential Cuban ports of entry and the companies must negotiate matters such as dock access with the Cuban government, said attorney Robert Muse, who represents Baja Ferries USA.
Read more here: www.miamiherald.c...
Abu Dhabi attracts record number of cruise visitors
Abu Dhabi welcomed a record number of passengers during its cruise season from October 2014 until May 2015, with the last ship, Seven Seas Voyager, calling at Zayed Port on May 2, 2015, according to a statement from Abu Dhabi Port.
Abu Dhabi’s 2014-2015 cruise season welcomed a record 200,407 passengers and 94 ship-calls, of which the majority are from Europe and America, the statement said.
Europeans in particular are attracted to the Gulf region by its culture and the winter sun, with half of the visitors originating from Germany and the next two biggest groups coming from Italy and the UK.
A survey conducted by the Abu Dhabi Ports this year on the activities of cruise tourists when they are in the emirate revealed that more than 61,000 visited the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and 70,028 chose to go shopping at the malls. A further 43,700 explored the Heritage Village while others took Big Bus tours, visits to Al Ain or trips to the Arabian Nights Village.
The NSRI was urging fishermen and vessels at sea off the Cape Peninsula and False Bay Coast to be cautious and aware of a large capsized vessel floating semi-submerged last known to be 9.8 nautical miles due South of Cape Point at 4 p.m. on May 1. The NSRI became aware of the floating wreck after being alerted at 2 p.m. by a fisherman who happened upon the capsized vessel. The NSRI Simonstown have attached life-jacket strobe lights onto the wreck in an effort to make the wreck more visible to passing traffic. Our greatest concern is fishermen departing to go to normal fishing grounds South of Cape Point before sunrise and returning after sunset as the floating wreck is barely visible. It was unknown what vessel this is or where it originated. A Marine Biologist who is an NSRI Hout Bay volunteer and who accompanied NSRI Simonstown today suspects that, judging by barnacle growth on the wreck, she may be about two months old. Telkom Maritime Radio Services posted a Maritime Navigational Hazard for vessels in the area to be on alert. The NSRI attempted to monitor future sightings to track progress of the floating wreck.
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Biggest Ever Cruiseship to Dublin Port In Advance of Dun Laoghaire's Largest Passenger Call
Dublin Port is to have the biggest ever ship of any type to call when cruiseship MSC SPLENDIDA of all 137,926 gross tonnes is to make her Irish debut instead of anchoring firstly offshore of Dun Laoghaire Harbour, writes Jehan Ashmore.
According to Dublin Port Company CEO Eamon O'Reilly, who was speaking at the recent Dublin Bay Conference which was held in the Gibson Hotel overlooking the site of the proposed €30m cruise terminal, the MSC Splendida is to call on 11 May, the same day original scheduled for her anchorage call off Dun Laoghaire. It is not known why the huge 18-deck 'Fantasia' class 333m long cruiseship has swapped ports, though there are many variables in the shipping industry over the re-scheduling of vessels.