Lost containers stranded 13.000 passengers
The "Quantum of the Seas" and the "Costa Serena" had to interrupt their approach to the Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal on May 11, 2017, after 37 containers loaded with waste paper scrap fell from the deck of the cargo m/v "Shungang 19" into the Yangtze River near Shanghai’s Wusongkou port in the night of May 10, blocking the waterway and stranding 13.000 passengers. The boxes overturned and dropped into the river at 9:57 p.m. while the "Shungang 19" loaded a total of 129 containers. Six containers have been salvaged after the rescue center with the Shanghai Maritime Safety Administration dispatched 11 salvage ships, six tugs and 11 patrol boats to search, position and salvage the containers from the river. Two survey boats including the "Haixun 1668" from the center were scanning the waterway near the Wusongkou port to ensure the safety of other ships and boats in the Yangtze and Huangpu rivers. The waterway for cruise liners has been closed temporarily at the Wusongkou port due to the accident. The "Quantum of the Seas" and the "Costa Serena" had to anchor about two kilometers away. Some 13,000 passengers were scheduled to arrive or leave the terminal with the cruise ships. The terminal has been organizing the stranded passengers to rest and wait for the reopening of the waterway. Other passengers were suggested to wait for updated information before heading to the terminal. All the lost containers were expected to be removed in the run of the day. Report with photo: http://www.shanghaidaily.com/metro/Containers-fall-off-stranding-cruise-ships-and-passengers/shdaily.shtml
Costa Serena celebrates maiden call at the Shanghai Wusongkou Cruise Terminal
The long-awaited Costa Serena celebrated its maiden call at the Shanghai Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal on April 24. The launch event was attended by Buhdy Bok, President of Costa Asia, Costa Cruises Pacific & China, and distinguished guests from the local government, trade partners and media. Costa Serena’s arrival iincreases capacity in the region by 74 percent, satisfying the rapidly growing demand and further remaining as a leader in Chinese market. “The addition of Costa Serena reinforces Costa Cruises’ leadership position in China’s fast-growing cruise market. After 9 years of successful operations and explicit support and encouragement from the Chinese government, Costa Cruises will continue to expand its offerings and satisfy the demands of the China market, ” said Michael Thamm, CEO of Costa Crociere S.p.A.
Carnival Forms Cruise Industry Strategic Partnership in China
Miami-based Carnival Corporation (nyse/lse:CCL), the world’s largest cruise ship company, has announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with China Merchants Group (CMG) outlining the potential for two joint ventures in support of China’s cruise industry ambitions and to meet escalating demand for cruises amongst Chinese travelers. Specifically, the first joint venture will include a Ship-Owning Joint Venture, where Carnival Corporation and CMG will explore a joint venture that would own and operate its own cruise ships as part of the first-ever domestic Chinese cruise line specifically targeted to the Chinese market. The joint venture would explore the possibility of sourcing new ships that are designed and built in China, along with the possibility of acquiring existing cruise ships. The second joint venture will be for Port & Destination Development, where CMG and Carnival Corporation would collaborate to develop turnaround and transit ports within and around China beginning with a flagship port currently being developed by CMG called Prince Bay Cruise Terminal in Shekou, located in Shenzhen. Carnival Corporation already has two of its cruise brands offering sailings in China – Costa Cruises and Princess Cruises. In April, Costa Cruises will be adding its fourth ship, the Costa Serena, to the list of ships homeported year-round in China, joining Costa Atlantica, Costa Victoria and Sapphire Princess.Upload News