Vessels in port
Environmentalists don dolphin, polar bear outfits to protest dirty fuel
SEATTLE - Protesters unhappy with Carnival Cruise Line's type of fuel gathered at the Seattle cruise ship terminal Sunday. The environmental group says Carnival's climate pollution has increased 20 percent over the last decade. The small band of environmentalists featured protesters in penguin and polar bear costumes. They staged the demonstration in front of multiple cruise ships, all owned by Carnival Cruise Line. "These ships are going up to Alaska, people are seeing some of the most beautiful places in the world," one protester said. "And they're burning some of the dirtiest fuel available." They called for the company to meet or beat standards set out in the Paris agreement and to stop powering ships with what the groups say is some of the dirtiest fuel in the world. KOMO News reached out to Carnival Cruise Line for comment but has not received a call back, as of Sunday night. http://komonews.com/news/local/protesters-don-dolphin-polar-bear-costumes
New terminal brings more cruise ships, passengers to Seattle
Representatives from the Port of Seattle and Norwegian cruise lines celebrated on Tuesday the opening of the newly renovated Bell Street Cruise Terminal at Pier 66. The renovations were needed to make room for what will be the largest cruise ship on the West Coast, the 4,000 passenger Norwegian Bliss. The upgrades include a VIP lounge, elevated passenger boarding bridge, and passenger check-in area. The ship will begin serving Seattle in 2018. Port of Seattle officials said the upgrades cost an estimated $30 million. Norwegian agreed to split the cost with the Port as part of their 15-year lease agreement. The cruise business in Seattle currently leads all cruise homeports on the West Coast, according to Port officials. The Port estimates cruise ship passengers will be responsible for over $500 million in economic impact, 4,000 jobs, and $18.9 million in taxes in 2017.
Carnival Corp. Opens Seattle Fleet Operations Center
Miami-based Carnival Corporation has opened its second Fleet Operations Center in Seattle that will be used to provide real-time support for the company’s 102-ship fleet. Carnival’s first Fleet Operations Center is located in Hamburg, Germany. A third will be added later this year when construction is scheduled to be complete on a Miami facility at the company’s headquarters. The new Fleet Operations Centers, a first in the commercial maritime industry, will utilize a state-of-the-art tracking and data-analysis platform that enables real-time information sharing between Carnival Corporation ships and specialized onshore teams designed to support fleet operations. The proprietary system is intended to significantly improve communication from ship to shore and provide new capabilities for the safe passage of ships at sea, as well as help improve operational efficiencies and support overall environmental initiatives at Carnival Corporation. http://gcaptain.com/carnival-corp-opens-seattle-fleet-operations-center/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Gcaptain+%28gCaptain.com%29Upload News