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Princess Cruises Announces a Voluntary and Temporary Pause of its Global Ship Operations for 60 Days

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SANTA CLARITA, Calif., March 12, 2020:  In proactive response to the unpredictable circumstances evolving from the global spread of COVID-19 and in an abundance of caution, Princess Cruises announced that it will voluntarily pause global operations of its 18 cruise ships for two months (60 days), impacting voyages departing March 12 to May 10.

“Princess Cruises is a global vacation company that serves more than 50,000 guests daily from 70 countries as part of our diverse business, and it is widely known that we have been managing the implications of COVID-19 on two continents,” said Jan Swartz, president of Princess Cruises. “By taking this bold action of voluntarily pausing the operations of our ships, it is our intention to reassure our loyal guests, team members and global stakeholders of our commitment to the health, safety and well-being of all who sail with us, as well as those who do business with us, and the countries and communities we visit around the world,” added Swartz.

Those currently onboard a cruise that will end in the next five days will continue to sail as expected through the end of the itinerary so that onward travel arrangements are not disrupted. Current voyages that are underway and extend beyond March 17 will be ended at the most convenient location for guests, factoring in operational requirements. Princess will do everything possible to return each guest home with the greatest amount of care possible. During this time, our operations and medical teams across the fleet will remain vigilant in their care and service for guests and crew onboard.

For those who are impacted by this business decision, Princess is offering guests the opportunity to transfer 100% of the money paid for their cancelled cruise to a future cruise of their choice. To add a bonus incentive for guests to accept this offer, the company will add an additional generous future cruise credit benefit which can be applied to the cruise fare or onboard expenses. In addition, Princess will honor this offer for those guests who had made final payment and cancelled their booking on or after February 4, 2020. The future cruise credit can be used on any voyage departing through May 1, 2022.

Princess will protect travel advisor commissions on bookings for cancelled cruises that were paid in full and for the total amount of the future cruise credits, in recognition of the critical role they play in the cruise line’s business and success.

If the future cruise credit option does not work for some guests, they will be able to complete an electronic form on Princess.com to request a cash refund. Princess asks guests not to call the Reservation Call Center due to the possibility of high call volumes and the potential of long on-hold wait times due to this unprecedented action. Guests and their travel advisors will be sent communications on how to manage cancellations and desired compensation. Information and instructions for requesting a refund are available online at Princess.com

In a video posted on YouTube, Jan Swartz shares that “while this is a difficult business decision, we firmly believe it is the right one and is in alignment with our company’s core values. Rest assured the long-serving and dedicated professionals at our company will make best use of this time to prepare Princess Cruises’ fleet of cruise ships for a successful return to operation to serve our guests by delivering an exceptional vacation experience.”

Loyal guests, employees, travel advisor partners and business partners around the world have asked what they can do support Princess Cruises and its more than 35,000 team members in these challenging times. The answer is simple – book a cruise with Princess and bring your family and friends along. The company offers over 180 itineraries to popular and exotic destinations around the globe.

Princess Cruises plans to be back in operation beginning with cruises departing May 11, 2020.

The Joint Forces Command of the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen: Thwarting a Terrorist Attack Targeting an Oil Tanker in the Arabian Sea

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Riyadh, March 04, 2020, SPA — Statement by the Official Spokesman of the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen COL Turki Al-Malki
“An imminent terrorist attack that was aiming to target an oil tanker in the Arabian Sea 90 nautical miles Southeast of Yemeni Nishtun port was thwarted and foiled.

The failed terrorist attempt was carried out at (1439) on Tuesday 03 March 2020 during the sail of the oil tanker headed to Aden port. The attempt was carried out using (4) boats and attempting to bomb the oil tanker using one of the unmanned, remote-controlled exploding boats.

The naval threat to the global energy security, Sea Lines of Communication and international trade has evolved into a strategic threat to international security with the widening of terrorist organizations’ threats to sea straits from the Southern Red Sea, Bab-El-Mandeb strait and the Gulf of Aden to the Arabian Sea and the Strait of Hormuz.

The Joint Forces Command of the Coalition will continue to implement all necessary measures and procedures to neutralize and eliminate any naval threats in the Coalition’s naval area of operations, as it calls on international partners to consolidate and intensify international efforts to neutralize these threats against international security.”

–SPA

All aboard!!! Stena Estrid to set sail on Monday

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Stena Line’s newest ferry to start service on Holyhead to Dublin route on Monday morning

STENA LINE has confirmed that its newest ferry Stena Estridwill start service on the Holyhead to Dublin route on Monday morning (January 13).

The ship’s maiden voyage will be the 8.55am crossing from Holyhead, while its first Dublin departure will be the 2.50pm sailing from Dublin Port.

Stena Estridwill make two daily return trips on the route, as below:

Ex-Holyhead Ex-Dublin
0855hrs 1450hrs
2030hrs 0215hrs

A crossing time of three hours and 15 minutes will pass very quickly with a range of facilities on board for passengers to enjoy, including the ship’s spectacular Sky Bar, two Happy World children’s play areas, a relaxing Hygge reclining lounge, Stena Plus lounge, two movie lounges, bigger Truckers lounge, Taste restaurant, and a bigger better shopping experience.Described as one of the most modern ferries in the world, Stena Estridis the first of three new next generation ferries that will operate on the Irish Sea as part of a multi-million-pound investment in the region. Sister ship Stena Edda is expected to commence operations from Liverpool to Belfast this spring, with a third vessel Stena Embla to be introduced on the same route in early 2021.

At 215 metres in length, Stena Estrid isone of the most advanced vessels in operation and larger than today’s standard RoPax vessels, with space to carry 120 cars and 1,000 passengers, and a freight capacity of 3,100 lane meters, meaning a 50 per cent increase in freight tonnage.

The name Estrid is connected to Stena Line’s Scandinavian heritage. It is an Old Norse eastern-Nordic version of the name Astrid. Estrid is commonly found on old runestones and means ‘divinely beautiful’.

Stena Line is the largest ferry operator on the Irish Sea, offering the biggest fleet and the widest choice of routes between Britain and Ireland including Holyhead to Dublin, Fishguard to Rosslare, Cairnryan to Belfast, Liverpool to Belfast, and Heysham to Belfast routes, a total of 232 weekly sailing options. Stena Line also offers a direct service between Rosslare to Cherbourg with three return crossings a week.

STENA ESTRIDFAST-FACTS

Builder AVIC Weihai Shipyard Co (Weihai, China)
Type Ro-Pax ship
Ferry route / homeports Dublin-Holyhead
Operator STENA LINE
Speed 22 kn / 41 kph / 25 mph
Length (LOA) 215 m / 705 ft
Beam (width) 28 m / 92 ft
Gross Tonnage 41,671 gt
Lane Metres 3,100
Passengers 1,000
Cars 120
Freight vehicles 210
Cabins 175

 

Bulk Carrier AMIS TREASURE Delivered

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Tokyo, January 6, 2020 — Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. announced today that it delivered the bulk carrier AMIS TREASURE, with a capacity of 61,000 DWT (Kawasaki hull No. 8040, DACKS hull No. DE065), for TROBIAN WISDOM S.A. at the Dalian COSCO KHI Ship Engineering Co., Ltd. (DACKS), which is located in Dalian City, China and operated jointly with China COSCO Shipping Corporation Limited (China COSCO Shipping).

The vessel has a flush deck with a forecastle and five holds that are designed for optimum transport of grains, coal, ores and steel products. Four 30-ton deck cranes are installed along the center in between the hatch covers to enable cargo loading and unloading in ports that lack cargo handling facilities.

The vessel employs various technologies to achieve maximum fuel economy, including an energy-saving, electronically-controlled main diesel engine, a bow designed to reduce wave resistance, high propulsive efficiency propellers, and the Kawasaki rudder bulb system with fins (RBS-F) and semi-duct system with contra fins (SDS-F), which all contribute to the vessel’s enhanced propulsion performance.

Delivery, principal particulars, and features of the vessel are as described below.

Delivery January 6, 2020
Principal Particulars
Length overall 199.90 m
Length between perpendiculars 197.00 m
Molded breadth 32.24 m
Molded depth 18.60 m
Molded draft 13.00 m
Gross tonnage 34,657
Deadweight 61,125 t
Hold capacity 77,539 m3
Main engine One set of MAN B&W 6S50ME-B9.3 diesel engine
Maximum continuous output: 8,130 kW at 108 rpm
Speed Approx. 14.5 kn
Complement 25 people
Classification American Bureau of Shipping (ABS)
Country of registration Liberia

The vessel incorporates various energy saving technologies, which reduce both fuel consumption and emission of carbon dioxide (CO2), thereby complying with the EEDI* Phase 2 requirements.

* Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI). An amendment to Annex VI of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (“MARPOL,” one of the IMO treaties), became effective from January 2013, requires new ships to meet energy-efficiency levels based on the EEDI, an indicator of the amount of CO2 (in grams) emitted per metric ton of freight and per nautical mile of transportation. The energy efficiency requirement is tightened incrementally from Phase 0 to Phase 3, with the baseline being determined by the dates that the ship was contracted and/or delivered. By Phase 2, bulk carriers are required to achieve a 20% reduction in CO2 emissions.

Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Signed a Contract with MOL for the First LNG-Fueled Ferry Built in Japan: Two Vessels to Be Successively Completed and Delivered by 2023

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Tokyo, December 27, 2019 – Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., a Group company of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) based in Yokohama, has concluded a contract with Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) to build two LNG-fueled ferries, the first such project in Japan. These vessels will be built at the Shimonoseki Shipyard & Machinery Works, with successive completion and handover scheduled for the end of 2022 to early 2023. Ferry Sunflower Limited based in Oita, will operate the ferries on its Osaka-Beppu route.

The ferries will be about 199.9m long and 28.0m wide, with gross tonnage of approximately 17,300 tonnes. They will have maximum prescribed capacity for 763 passengers, and carrying capacity for around 136 13-meter trucks and 100 passenger cars. The main power plant will be a high-performance dual-fuel engine able to operate on both liquefied natural gas (LNG) and A‐type heavy oil, the first for a Japanese ferry. These engines will provide exceptional environmental performance, with a 20% reduction in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions compared to existing vessels and virtually eliminating sulfur oxide (SOx) emissions, reducing the environmental load.

Carrying capacity for trucks has also been significantly increased compared to existing vessels, with an expanded driver’s lounge and more area per passenger. The ferries will meet the need for a modal shift in transportation and represent an evolution in casual cruising, with relaxed and open public spaces including an expanded bath and restaurant, and an atrium extending through three floors.

Going forward, Mitsubishi Shipbuilding will continue to construct passenger‐cargo ships and transport vessels to support the steady operation of customers, and by providing technologies to reduce the environmental load will work together with its customers to solve their diverse challenges, vitalize maritime transportation, and contribute to environmental protection.

Carnival Cruise Line Revises Delivery Date For Mardi Gras

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Carnival Cruise Line has been informed by officials at the Meyer Turku shipyard that delivery of Mardi Graswill be delayed and is advising booked guests and travel advisors that the first revenue sailing of the ship will be Nov. 14, 2020.

With this new schedule, Carnival will now take delivery of the ship in late October and its first revenue sailing will depart from Port Canaveral on Nov. 14, 2020.  Consequently, the first eight sailings that were scheduled starting Aug. 31 have been cancelled, including European, transatlantic and New York-based itineraries and four Port Canaveral itineraries.

Carnival said that the guest notification process began promptly after the notice by Meyer Turku so that impacted guests could begin to make alternative vacation plans.  As a gesture of goodwill, Carnival is offering these guests a 25 percent future cruise credit (FCC), in addition to the full refund of their cruise fare (and applicable fees and taxes and other pre-purchased cruise components), as well as assistance with non-refundable airline and hotel reservations already booked. In addition, if guests rebook their cruise vacation using their 25 percent FCC by Feb. 18, 2020, they will be credited with an additional $100 per person onboard credit for that cruise.  Carnival has also communicated guidelines to travel advisors regarding commission protection.

“We have been working closely with Meyer Turku executives to keep the Mardi Gras delivery on schedule, and while we deeply regret disappointing our guests, this change in the delivery date is required to make sure all of the ship’s systems, features and technology will be fully operational, so that we can give our guests the vacation they expect. Our commitment is to deliver a great and innovative ship, and Mardi Gras will definitely be that when it arrives in North America,” said Ben Clement, Carnival Cruise Line’s senior vice president of newbuild.

MARINE POLLUTION: THOUSANDS OF SERIOUS OFFENCES EXPOSED IN GLOBAL OPERATION

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Europol supported this multi-agency transcontinental approach to tackling pollution crime

A global law enforcement operation involving 61 countries has identified thousands of illicit activities behind severe marine pollution as well as hundreds of violations and exposed serious cases of contamination worldwide.

Codenamed 30 Days at Sea 2.0, the month-long (1-31 October) operation gathered more than 200 enforcement authorities worldwide for concerted action across all continents.

Illustrating the severe global extent of marine pollution crime, preliminary operational results have already revealed more than 3,000 offences detected during 17,000 inspections.

The offences – such as illegal discharges at sea, in rivers, or in coastal areas – were found to have been committed primarily to avoid the cost of compliance with environmental legislation.

SAFEGUARDING SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND PUBLIC HEALTH

As part of Operation 30 Days at Sea 2.0, INTERPOL hosted an Operational Command Centre (OCC) in Singapore to focus on the illegal trade in plastic waste, a key threat to marine environment security. The OCC brought key countries together to trigger investigations into cases of illegal export or import of plastic waste.

“Plastic pollution crime threatens the food chain, ecosystems, economies, public health and sustainable development,” said INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock.

“INTERPOL has a powerful role in coordinating effective global multi-agency action to help countries tackle this serious form of pollution crime.

“We have already seen significant results from the action days but the work will and must continue to identify those behind these crimes who are making a profit at the cost of our environment,” added the head of INTERPOL.

TRANSNATIONAL AND INTERAGENCY COOPERATION: A STRONGER RESPONSE

The European leg of 30 Days at Sea 2.0 was coordinated in cooperation with Europol and Frontex – the European Border and Coast Guard Agency.

“With incidents of maritime pollution increasing significantly over the last decade, and as Europol considers maritime pollution to be a priority environmental crime area, we are proud to coordinate this operation within the EU Member States in active cooperation with our colleagues from INTERPOL and Frontex,” said Europol Executive Director Catherine De Bolle.

“The nature of maritime pollution requires a coordinated and multi-agency approach on a global scale : the impressive results of the second edition of ‘Operation 30 Days at Sea’ illustrate once more what can be achieved when law enforcement agencies work together with the support of the EU and global organisations,” added the Europol Chief.

“We are proud that we helped track down severe maritime pollution as part of Operation 30 Days at Sea 2.0 because we take the protection of our seas very seriously,” said Frontex Executive Director Fabrice Leggeri.

“Frontex helped monitor and patrol the Mediterranean with its various services and planes and ships taking part in Frontex maritime joint operations,” added Mr Leggeri.

The operation also served to trigger new and stronger working partnerships between national agencies in some countries, which in turn boosted operational results and sustainable cooperation mechanisms

In Nigeria, INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau in Abuja coordinated the action of 18 authorities through a task force created to conduct inspections into illegal oil refineries, found responsible for severe oil leakages polluting the country’s waterways.

Information exchanged between Malaysia and The Netherlands permitted authorities to identify the source country of seven containers of plastic waste being illegally shipped into Malaysia from Belgium via Hong Kong, and to initiate their repatriation.

As part of the operation, some countries increased collective commitment to tackling plastic pollution crime through awareness campaigns in addition to enforcement actions.

Ecuador conducted a plastic waste collection campaign in the World Heritage site of the Galapagos Islands, resulting in the removal of more than 600 kg of refuse.

Indonesian authorities launched a public awareness campaign on national law enforcement’s newly strengthened approach to tackling marine pollution.

INTERPOL is now working with more than 100 enforcement agencies worldwide on investigations triggered by Operation 30 Days at Sea 2.0.

Follow the hashtags #PollutionCrime and #30DaysatSea on Twitter for further information on the operational successes.

Semcon develops AI-driven data management for Stena Line

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Combining the latest in AI, data mining and information architecture means that Semcon is now assisting the Stena Line shipping company with a new pilot project for development of a unique data management solution. This solution is paving the way for new digital, sustainable and profitable services at Stena Line.

“Stena Line is embarking upon a fantastic data transformation initiative, and we are very pleased to have the opportunity to join them on their journey,” says Carl-Johan Aldén, Global Business Director Digital Solutions at Semcon.

Stena Line is focusing widely on digitisation – throughout all parts of the business. As part of a new pilot project, Semcon has been tasked with developing a smart solution for managing all the data required for new digital offerings and additional AI projects for the shipping company going forward.

“This is an exciting project that is really coming together at just the right time. At Semcon, we have a unique combination of expert skills relating to information management and AI. This means we are able to create smart data management solutions that allow new digital services to be implemented,” says Carl-Johan Aldén.

As part of this project, AI teams and experts on semantics and information structures at Semcon and Stena Line have joined forces to develop a dynamic and scalable semantic layer. This means that all existing data in all the different systems is linked in a smart, effective way with anyone or anything requiring access – whether it is a human or another advanced AI solution.

“Stena Line’s ambition is to be the world’s first cognitive ferry operator using AI throughout the entire organisation. To succeed in this, we need to structure all our data and intelligence and make it available. This may involve financial and operational data, for example. It will be exciting to see what new values we can create together with Semcon,” says Dr Lars Carlsson, Head of AI at Stena Line and Visiting Professor at the Centre for Machine Learning Research, University of London.

Find out more about Semcon’s AI offering.

Photographer: Sören Håkanlind Stena Line

New and largest DFDS ro-ro ship ‘Hollandia Seaways’ sails between Gothenburg and Ghent in North Sea Port

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DFDS is now also using the new ro-ro ship ‘Hollandia Seaways’ on the line between Ghent and Gothenburg in Sweden. On Thursday 5 December, DFDS’s largest ship was officially inaugurated at the Mercatordok Multimodal Terminal in Ghent, North Sea Port.

The naming ceremony for the Hollandia Seaways cargo ferry was held in Gothenburg on Friday. The ship can carry 450 trailers, representing a cargo capacity of 6,700 line metres. It has a length of 237.4 metres. With an ‘extra floor’ for trailers, this new ship will immediately catch the eye when in the lock in Terneuzen or on the Ghent-Terneuzen Canal. The ferry is not only larger than the three DFDS ships which currently sail between Ghent and Gothenburg six times a week, it will be by far the largest ship in the entire DFDS fleet. This larger vessel will take the place of one of the three existing ships on the route. As a result, capacity will increase by some 600 trailers per week.

More trailers loaded and unloaded in the same amount of time

The Hollandia Seaways features a unique stern ramp system: it has three independent stern ramps which allow trailers to be loaded and unloaded at the same time, significantly shortening the time in port. So even though this ship is much larger, the loading and unloading time remains eight hours but now for 450 trailers instead of 290. The mooring infrastructure and capacity of the gates at the terminal have been adapted for this purpose.

Scrubbers and shore power

Due to the vessel’s large cargo capacity, energy consumption per transported trailer will decrease significantly. The ferry is also equipped with a system that ‘scrubs’ the exhaust gases in order to reduce sulphur oxide emissions. In addition, the ship can be connected to shore power in the port.

Mega freight ferries made in China

Danish shipping company DFDS is preparing for future growth by having six mega freight ferries (roll-on-roll-off) built at the Jinling Shipyard in China. The first two ships were delivered during the course of 2019 and have been taken into service between Turkey and the EU to meet the growing demand for shipping capacity from logistics companies. The cargo ferry Hollandia Seaways is the third ship in this series and is being used on the North Sea.

Costa Smeralda delivered from Meyer Turku shipyard

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The 180 000 GT beauty is one of the most innovative ships ever built in Turku

Costa Smeralda was today delivered to Costa Cruises from Meyer Turku shipyard and will sail towards Barcelona tomorrow afternoon. The ship is one of the most innovative, and some would claim, the most beautiful ships ever built at Turku shipyard.

“Costa Smeralda will be a further boost to the use of LNG in cruise ships, a technology we were the first to believe in, setting a new course in the cruise sector. Our Costa Group has invested in the construction of five new LNG ships as part of our leadership in sustainable tourism. It is an innovation in the cruise and overall shipping industries, destined to mark a step change as it guarantees a significant reduction in our environmental impact without compromising the safety aspects that are an essential priority for us”. – said Neil Palomba, President of Costa Cruises. “Costa Smeralda is a significant product innovation as well, with Italian hospitality remaining a fundamental and distinctive element of our brand, able to enchant and excite not only new cruise passengers but also more experienced ones”.

Costa Smeralda is leading the LNG revolution in cruise ships, being part of the first LNG-powered cruise ship class in the world. The usage of LNG as fuel will cut down all small-particles and sulfur oxide emissions and significantly reduce nitrogen oxide and CO2 emissions of the ship.

Costa Smeralda is a breakthrough project featuring creative Italian design and innovative spaces for the guests to enjoy.

“We have used all our knowledge, skills and imagination to design and build this ship. I would especially like to mention the Colosseo, a three-deck open area in the middle of the ship with state-of-the-art audio-visual technology inside which required a specific design and building capabilities. We are looking forward to the passengers enjoying some exceptional shows and performances there”, CEO of Meyer Turku, Jan Meyer, states.

“We trust that the passengers will very much appreciate the design, quality and features of the ship during their coming holidays. The exceptional upper deck areas and the Spanish stairs in the aft of the ship will be a treat in warm Mediterranean weathers”, Jan Meyer envisions.

Costa Smeralda is truly a traveling “smart city”. Apart from the major innovation of liquefied natural gas, the ship incorporates a series of cutting-edge technological innovations designed to further reduce environmental impact. The daily water requirement is achieved directly from the sea thanks to the ship’s desalination systems.  Energy consumption is reduced to a minimum by using LED lights, recovering the heat generated by the engines, the particular shape of the hull designed to significantly reduce drag in the water, and new- generation elevators that recover energy by re-introducing it into the electricity system.

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