Third-largest shipping line CMA CGM and French wooden toys manufacturer VILAC have created a co-branding partnership and have together launched a wooden ‘My First Containership’ toy for children over the age of 3. This beautiful item was created according to large CMA CGM container ships. It was designed by CMA CGM, produced and sold by VILAC.
This wooden toy will be widely distributed in more than 12 countries including France, the USA, Italy, the UK and Indonesia. It is available to order worldwide through VILAC distributors’ shops and on their websites.
My first container ship is an educational toy to teach children how to stack shapes, and the first container transportation themed wooden toy.
It was designed according to CMA CGM large container ships and was produced by VILAC – the French leading wooden toys manufacturer since 1911.
This co-branding partnership between VILAC and CMA CGM is a new step in its brand notoriety reinforcement.
Fact File: CMA CGM, founded and led by Jacques R. Saadé is a leading worldwide shipping group. Its 470 vessels call more than 400 ports in the world, on all 5 continents. In 2014, they carried 12.2 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units).
CMA CGM has grown continuously, and has been constantly innovating to offer its clients new sea, land and logistics solutions. With a presence in 160 countries, through its 655 agencies network, the Group employs 22,000 people worldwide, including 2,400 in its headquarter in Marseilles. https://www.porttechnolog...
Royal to welcome back Pullmantur ship as Empress of the Seas
U.S. travel agents will get an additional Royal Caribbean International ship to market in 2016, though not one with a lot of novel new “wow” features and premium-priced staterooms.
The ship is the 25-year-old Empress, which is now sailing for the Spanish brand Pullmantur. It will be rebranded as the Empress of the Seas and returned to the Royal Caribbean fleet.
Moving the 2,020-passenger ship to “right size” the Pullmantur fleet reflects the prolonged troubles that have afflicted the Spanish brand since the 2008 economic slump.
Royal’s parent, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCCL), said it would take a $400 million impairment charge to reflect the decline in Pullmantur’s value. The brand will be refocused on Spain after several years of primarily being marketed in Latin America. www.travelweekly....
Livestock exporter Landmark International is confident that a fire on the Awassi Express has not caused structural damage to the livestock carrier and will not result in significant delays to its operations.
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Hurtigruten has announced a major renovation initiative for 2016 with all four of its mid-1990s-built ships are being upgraded with new interiors and furnishings.
The Norwegian shipyard Fosen Yards has won the contract to do the work.
The four ships will be rotated through the shipyard with work expected to take a little over three weeks for each of the four ships: the MS Polarlys (completed by Feb. 2); MS Kong Harald (Feb. 7); MS Nordkapp (April 19); and MS Nordnorge (Nov. 18). The new MS Spitsbergen, undergoing a more major upgrade to fit in with the current fleet, will launch in the Spring.
“As we continue to reinvent the Hurtigruten experience by combining tradition, innovation and sustainability, our ship upgrades aim to ensure our position as an innovator and leading force in nature-based explorer travels in polar waters,” said Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam.
The updated look for these ships has been named "New Arctic Interior." www.cruiseindustr...
Saint-Petersburg welcomes back barque Kruzenshtern
Training tall ship Kruzenshtern has completed the international commemorative expedition of the Federal Fishery Agency’s tall ships dedicated to the 70-year anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War, the Ageny’s press center says. In the navigation period of 2015, the Kruzenshtern made three voyages, visited 11 states having called at 16 foreign and 7 Russian ports. All in all, the barque covered over 29,000 nautical miles. For most of the year (more than 250 days) she was sailing between the Arctic and the Middle East. The welcoming ceremony was held on November 4 at LieutenantShmidt embankment in Saint-Petersburg. The four-masted tall ship was built in 1926 at Geestemünde in Bremerhaven, Germany and named after the Italian city the Padua. She was surrendered to the USSR in 1946 as war reparation and renamed after the early 19th century Baltic German explorer in Russian service, Adam Johann Krusenstern (1770–1846). The sail training ship is homeported in Kaliningrad. The ship is owned by the Baltic Fishing Fleet State Academy (State Technical University of Kaliningrad). The famous four-masted barque Kruzenshtern will celebrate her 90th anniversary next year.
Second LNG-powered OSV chartered from Harvey Gulf takes to the water in the Gulf of Mexico
he new LNG-powered Offshore Supply Vessel (OSV) "Harvey Power", chartered from specialist company Harvey Gulf International Marine. This is the second in the region OSV (along with "Harvey Energy") that will run on both Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and diesel fuels, Shell said in a press release. The ‘Harvey Power’ will run on 99% LNG fuel. In addition to using LNG as a fuel, the OSV will also use high efficient Gadinia 40 as its engine oil. It will load from Harvey Gulf’s LNG bunkering facility currently under construction at their terminal at Port Fourchon, Louisiana’s southernmost port, with more than 600 oil and gas drilling rigs and platforms located within a 40-mile radius. From there the ‘Harvey Power’ will go to Shell’s platforms, such as the new Olympus production platform, bringing equipment and drilling fluids. Both the Harvey Energy and Harvey Power vessels will meet the stringent requirements of the ABS “ENVIRO+, Green Passport” notation, making them the most environmentally friendly Offshore Supply Vessels in Gulf of Mexico.
FLEVOBORG’s cargo of wooden pellets on fire at Port of Tyne
Wooden pellets were found smoldering in hold or holds of general cargo vessel FLEVOBORG when holds were open, in the morning Nov 5. Vessel is docked in Port of Tyne, UK, arriving from Tallinn, Estonia, loaded with 11000 tons of wooden pellets. Several fire fighting teams and firefighting boat were engaged in fire fighting. Some 100 tons of pellets were offloaded. It is understood, that fire is already extinguished, or put under control.