The Chinese line Hainan PO Shipping has seen its idled container ship fleet sold to Chinese scrapyards and other shipowners. On 12 May, the 1990-built Xin Ying Wan were taken over by Tianjin Tianma Ship-scrap Engineering for CNY26M ($4M) , a statement of the Shanghai Shipping Exchange said yesterday.
The Chinese line Hainan PO Shipping has seen its idled container ship fleet sold to Chinese scrapyards and other shipowners. On 12 May, the 1990-built 2,900teu Shen Tou Wan was taken over by Zhoushan Changhong International Ship Recycling for CNY25M ($4M), a statement of the Shanghai Shipping Exchange said yesterday.
The Queen Elizabeth arrived for her first scheduled drydock on May 15, 2014 at Blohm + Voss in Hamburg.
The overhaul of the 2010-built ship will include the inspection and modification of the propulsion systems (two Azipods) as well as a scrubber installation. To improve the electric power supply onboard, a generator set will be exchanged. All 16 tenders and lifeboats will be examined for serviceability and if required, maintenance work will be carried out. Several cabins will be refurbished, some restaurant areas will be modified and new carpets will be laid. A new hull coating in traditional Cunard-style Federal Grey as well as routine maintenance work and inspections by the class society. The ship is scheduled to sail for Southampton on June 1.
TUI Announces Party for All for Mein Schiff 3 Christening
TUI Cruises is inviting all Mein Schiff fans to celebrate the new Mein Schiff 3 in the St. Pauli fish market in Hamburg, starting at 7 pm on June 12, featuring an outside concert. The party follows the christening by Godmother Helen Fischer. The theme of the party will be “diamond meets pearl,” diamond referring to the ship and the pearl being Hamburg. The high-energy Hamburg band Sarajen will play, followed by a one-hour performance by Helen Fischer.
At 9 pm, Men Schiff 3 will leave the pier and sail alongside the fish market where the fireworks start at 10:30 pm.
Norwegian Jewel Completes Drydock Before Alaska Season
Norwegian Cruise Line has announced that Norwegian Jewel will re-enter service on May 17, 2014 following a two-week dry dock where the ship received numerous enhancements before her summer season in Alaska. The Jewel will sail from Houston, starting October 11. Norwegian Jewel is the first ship to be retrofitted with the O’Sheehan’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill (first introduced on Norwegian Epic and also on Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway). In addition, the ship’s Moderno Churrascaria, the Brazilian-style steakhouse, was relocated to Deck 13 and the Sugarcane Mojito Bar, first introduced on Norwegian Getaway, was added adjacent to the new restaurant.
Silversea Cruises has modified the itineraries for four Black Sea voyages originally scheduled to call in Yalta, Sevastopol, or Odessa this year, taking into account the unsettled situation in Ukraine, according to the cruise line. The Silver Spirit's July 21 seven-day sailing will remain entirely a Black Sea itinerary with Trabzon replacing Odessa, while three new nine-day voyages will focus on destinations in Greece and Turkey, but also retain the original Black Sea ports of Constanza and Nessebur.
The "Saga Sapphire" with 1,008 Persons, among them 589 passengers on board was stranded off the Isle of Mull after an electrical fire on May 16, 2014. An emergency was declared after the fire broke out at about 10:00 a.m. knocking out the ship's power supply. The fire was quickly and professionally dealt with by the crew. Coastguard crews provided support while the ships own crew dealt with the problem. The liner was expected to resume its voyage on May 17 following repairs. There were no reports of injuries. The ship was currently anchored, in fine weather, off the Isle of Mull whilst the damaged electrical panel is repaired and tested.