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18,000-TEU container ship CMA CGM BENJAMIN FRANKLIN will make its first U.S. call at the Port of Los Angeles in late December

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CMA CGM, a leading worldwide shipping Group, is pleased to announce that the CMA CGM BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, an 18,000-TEU vessel named in honor of one of the United States’ founding fathers, will call at the port of Los Angeles on December 26, 2015. It will be the largest container ship of this capacity ever to call at any port in the United States. The vessel will later call at the Port of Oakland on December, 31.

Jacques R. Saadé, Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, decided to deploy an 18,000-TEU capacity vessel to the U.S.: the Group will be the first carrier to call at a U.S. port with vessels of this size. With this call, CMA CGM is furthering its strategy of providing customers with the reach of a global network combined with the convenience of a personal service. It also reflects CMA CGM’s faith in the long-term growth potential of the U.S. economy, and its commitment to increasing its U.S. market share.

A pioneer in deploying large-capacity vessels to the U.S., the CMA CGM Group has been working closely with the Ports of Los Angeles and Oakland to ensure there is sufficient infrastructure to support an 18,000 TEU vessel. The Group looks forward to working with other ports throughout the U.S. as they begin similar assessments of their infrastructure.

CMA CGM is today the third largest container shipping company in the world offering innovative sea, land and logistics solutions on all 5 continents. CMA CGM entered the US in 1997 and today has an active and growing presence. It now offers 23 shipping lines connecting the U.S. to the rest of the world and employs more than 800 people in the country through its subsidiary CMA CGM (America) LLC.

The CMA CGM BENJAMIN FRANKLIN will be deployed on the Pearl River Express, a service connecting the main China ports, including Xiamen, Nansha and Yantian, with the U.S. West Coast ports. The vessel, built with state-of-the-art technology, was delivered on December 4, 2015.

Seven New Cruise Ships to Launch in 2016: Cruise Critic shares new ships to watch in 2016, including five lines introducing their biggest-ever ships

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Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas, launching June 2016 (Photo Credit: Royal Caribbean International) (PRNewsFoto/Cruise Critic)
Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas, launching June 2016 (Photo Credit: Royal Caribbean International) (PRNewsFoto/Cruise Critic)

EWING, N.J., Dec. 14, 2015 / — Cruise Critic®, the world’s leading cruise reviews site and online cruise community, highlights seven cruise ships launching in 2016, along with new onboard features hitting the seas in the upcoming year. Among the new ships, five will be largest-in-fleet and four will be inaugural ships in brand new ship classes.

“For travelers considering a cruise, 2016 is a great year to give it a go,” explained Carolyn Spencer Brown, editor-in-chief of Cruise Critic. “With a majority of the ships being largest-in-fleet, first-in-class – or both – cruise lines are introducing products and offerings that will shape the course of the industry moving forward. Beyond the flashy, fun-to-have experiences, we’re seeing thoughtful amenities directly addressing the needs of cruise’s expanding audience – technological advances, increased family offerings and expanded culinary options, to name a few.”



New ships in 2016 include:

Holland America Line – Koningsdam: Holland America’s largest-in-fleet and first in its new Pinnacle Class
Launch Date: April 2016
New Features: Solo and family cabins, new dining venues, and farm-to-table dinners in the Culinary Arts Center

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line – Ovation of the Seas: The third ship in Royal Caribbean’s Quantum Class
Launch Date: April 2016
New Features: Quantum Class features redesigned specifically for the Asian market

Viking Ocean Cruises – Viking Sea: Viking’s second ocean-going vessel
Launch Date: April 2016
New Features: Popular elements from the line’s first ocean ship – Viking Star – will be incorporated, including The Kitchen Table (a hands-on cooking experience), complimentary beer and wine at lunch and dinner, and some complimentary shore excursions

Carnival Cruise Line – Carnival Vista: Carnival’s largest-in-fleet and first in its new Vista Class
Launch Date: May 2016
New Features: First-at-sea IMAX theater, onboard brewery, and dedicated family cabin area with a family lounge and family concierge

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line – Harmony of the Seas: Royal Caribbean’s largest-in-fleet and third Oasis Class ship
Launch Date: June 2016
New Features: Royal Caribbean’s first-ever waterslides, an aqua park for kids, a 10-story slide, and full-length productions of the Broadway hit Grease

Regent Seven Seas Cruises – Seven Seas Explorer: Regent’s largest-in-fleet and a brand new ship layout
Launch Date: July 2016
New Features: All-suite, all-balcony cabins; two new specialty restaurants; and the line’s first culinary center, the Culinary Arts Kitchen

Seabourn Cruise Line – Seabourn Encore: Seabourn’s largest-in-fleet
Launch Date: December 2016
New Features: All-suite cabins with private balconies; a new restaurant from world-renowned chef, Thomas Keller; and expanded public areas

For additional details on 2016’s class of new ships, visit Cruise Critic’s round-up of New Cruise Ships in 2016.

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Holland America Line Details Inaugural Season of Newbuild in Second ‘Countdown to Koningsdam’ Video

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Ship to visit 36 countries in the Mediterranean, northern Europe and Caribbean

SEATTLE, Dec. 9, 2015 /CNW/ — Holland America Line debuted its second “Countdown to Koningsdam” video on its website with details about the ship’s inaugural season Europe and Caribbean itineraries. The video series was created to share product and construction updates as anticipation builds for ms Koningsdam delivery in April 2016.

Hosted by Jonathan Rogers, Koningsdam‘s inaugural cruise director, the second video, “Countdown to Koningsdam Episode 2,” features Holland America Line’s Vice President Deployment and Tour Marketing Linda Springmann talking about the ship’s inaugural year itineraries. Springmann details Koningsdam‘s cruises in the Mediterranean, northern Europe and Caribbean, offering itinerary highlights and fun facts about the ship’s maiden sailing season.

“Fans keep asking for more Koningsdam details, and these short videos are a great way for us to communicate the latest updates and provide a glimpse into the ship’s progress,” said Orlando Ashford, Holland America Line’s president. “The newest video outlines the inaugural season itineraries which have been very popular. So for those interested in sailing on Koningsdam next year, we recommend booking now.”

Each “Countdown to Koningsdam” video features one of the ship’s officers or a Holland America Line executive who shares ongoing developments onboard the line’s newest vessel, currently being built at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy.

“Countdown to Koningsdam Episode 1″ featured Hotel Director Stan Kuppens, who showed off the progress of ship’s atrium, spoke about his move to the yard and what’s coming next for his team. Future videos include Deputy Director of Interior Operations My Nguyen chatting about the ship’s staterooms, including the new family and single options; Senior Vice President of Guest Experience Product Development Michael Smith, who will reveal details about The Dining Room; Director, Mariner Society Gerald Bernhoft speaking about the perks of Holland America Line’s loyalty program; and Director of Entertainment Bill Prince, who takes guests on an entertainment extravaganza at World Stage, the ship’s theater that surrounds the audience with a 270-degree LED projection.

About ms Koningsdam
When Koningsdam sets sail on its Premier Voyage April 8, 2016, the vessel will debut several innovative concepts and new public venues while still featuring popular amenities guests associate with Holland America Line.

Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy fine dining in several alternative restaurants including Sel de Mer, a new French seafood brasserie; a new immersive farm-to-table dinner experience in the Culinary Arts Center presented by Food & Wine magazine; a redesigned casual Lido Market with themed serving stations; a stunning main dining room; and favorites such as Pinnacle Grill, Canaletto Italian restaurant and pan-Asian Tamarind. The ship also will feature Holland America Line’s first purpose-built staterooms for families and single staterooms among its 1,331 guest accommodations.

Onboard entertainment will be taken to a new level with the energetic Music Walk area featuring all genres of music showcased in venues including Lincoln Center Stage, offering chamber music nightly; Billboard Onboard, where live musicians rock the crowd with chart-topping hits; and the popular B.B. King’s Blues Club in the Queen’s Lounge, bringing the best of Memphis music to sea. World Stage brings 270-degree LED projection to the main show lounge, enabling new concepts for show-time performances and immersing the audience in panoramic visual and sound effects.

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Princess Cruises Reunites “The Love Boat” Cast to Celebrate 50th Anniversary

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Princess Cruises President Jan Swartz, left, and everyone's favorite captain, Gavin MacLeod, accept a proclamation from the City of Santa Clarita Mayor Pro Tem Bob Kellar declaring December 3, 2015 "Princess Cruises Day" in honor of the cruise line's 50th anniversary. (PRNewsFoto/Princess Cruises)
Princess Cruises President Jan Swartz, left, and everyone’s favorite captain, Gavin MacLeod, accept a proclamation from the City of Santa Clarita Mayor Pro Tem Bob Kellar declaring December 3, 2015 “Princess Cruises Day” in honor of the cruise line’s 50th anniversary. (PRNewsFoto/Princess Cruises)

Los Angeles County and City of Santa Clarita Proclaim December 3 “Princess Cruises Day” to Honor World Famous Cruise Line

SANTA CLARITA, Calif., Dec. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — It all began on this day 50 years ago with a cruise to Mexico on a single cruise ship, Princess Patricia. Today, Princess Cruises celebrated its 50th anniversary aboard Pacific Princess in the Port of Los Angeles with a special appearance by the original “Love Boat” cast before setting sail on a throwback cruise, recreating the very first itinerary to the iconic Mexican Riviera.

The Love Boat cast reunited aboard Pacific Princess in the Port of Los Angeles to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Princess Cruises. From left: Bernie Kopell (Doc), Fred Frandy (Gopher), Ted Lange (Isaac), Gavin MacLeod (Captain Stubing), Cindy Tewes (Julie) and Jill Whelan (Vicki Stubing). (PRNewsFoto/Princess Cruises)
The Love Boat cast reunited aboard Pacific Princess in the Port of Los Angeles to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Princess Cruises. From left: Bernie Kopell (Doc), Fred Frandy (Gopher), Ted Lange (Isaac), Gavin MacLeod (Captain Stubing), Cindy Tewes (Julie) and Jill Whelan (Vicki Stubing). (PRNewsFoto/Princess Cruises)

Now 50 years later, Princess Cruises is the third largest cruise line in the world with a fleet of 18 cruise ships and a recognized leader in taking 1.7 million travelers each year to some of the most fascinating cruise destinations around the globe.

The original “Love Boat” castGavin MacLeod (Captain Stubing), Fred Grandy (Gopher, the chief purser), Ted Lange (Isaac, the bartender), Bernie Kopell (Doc, the ship’s doctor), Lauren Tewes (cruise director, Julie) and Jill Whelan (Vicki, the captain’s daughter) celebrated the role the show played in Princess Cruises’ five-decades-long history introducing the cruise line – and cruise vacations – to millions of people around the world.

The County of Los Angeles and the City of Santa Clarita, the hometown of Princess Cruises world headquarters, also marked the occasion by proclamation declaring December 3 “Princess Cruises Day”.

“We’ve had so much to celebrate this year – from our first-ever float in the iconic Rose Parade on New Year’s Day, to our exciting new partnerships with Broadway legend Stephen Schwartz, award-winning chef and restaurateur Curtis Stone and the introduction of our Discovery at Sea program,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises president. “Today, it’s fitting that ‘The Love Boat’ cast is here with us to celebrate our 50th anniversary since they played a key role in the success of our company.”

The pilot episode of “The Love Boat” was shot aboard the 730-passenger Sun Princess, with Pacific Princess and Island Princess then becoming the primary floating stars of the show. Later episodes and specials were filmed aboard many other Princess cruise ships in destinations around the globe. The show, which aired from 1977 to 1986, went on to become one of the highest-rated and longest-running and beloved shows on television, introducing viewers to modern day cruising and, in the process, making Princess Cruises and its ships synonymous with vacations at sea.

“People always ask us why ‘The Love Boat’ was so popular and I always say it’s because it gave people something to dream about,” said Gavin MacLeod. “They could dream about being out on the open seas on a cruise and discovering the world’s greatest destinations, dreaming about love and of course happy endings since the shows always ended on a high note. I’m proud to have played a role in the growth of the cruise industry – to see where these ships have come from the days we filmed aboard the original Pacific Princess to now experiencing the 18 magnificent ships in the fleet.”

Today more than 30,000 employees both ashore and at sea continue to offer guests enriching vacation experiences by connecting them with each other, different cultures and nature in a brand new way.

“We celebrate our successes over the last 50 years and I know our future is bright as we chart a course for the next 50 years,” added Swartz.

Princess Cruises has been celebrating its 50th anniversary all year long with an incredible lineup of new dining, shopping and entertainment aboard its ships. The festivities will continue through April 2016.




Investigating bodies of the Far Eastern Transport Investigations Directorate of the Russia’s Investigative Committee have opened a criminal investigation in a crime under part 1 of article 263 of the RF Penal Code (violation safety standards for traffic and operation of sea transport) following a procedural check in the wreckage of the Nadezhda oil tanker.

Investigators have revealed that on 28 November 2015, the Nadezhda oil tanker which was on the roads was grounded by a storm in the port of Nevelsk.

At the moment of the wreckage there were 8 crewmembers and 300 tons of mazut and 200 tons of low-viscous fuel aboard the ship owned by OOO Akvatoria registered in the town of Nakhodka, Primorye Territory.

No-one was hurt. One of the tanks was damaged and there was an oil spill.

Nevelsk precinct suffered large damage due to pollution of the sea near the port of Nevelsk and the nearby water and shoreline by oil spill.

At present, during the initial investigation there are investigative operations underway to find out what happened. The investigation is ongoing.

Photo: TASS


European Community Shipowners’ Associations: EU shipowners want IMO leadership in efforts to reduce GHG emissions from shipping

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As world leaders from 147 countries gather in Paris for the long-awaited UNFCCC COP 21, European shipowners reiterate their support for the EU Member States’ negotiating position adopted in September.

“We fully support the idea that shipping has to contribute to global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions” commented Patrick Verhoeven, ECSA Secretary General, adding: “EU Member States gave a vote of confidence to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) in its ability to address as soon as possible and in an effective manner greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping. We believe this is the right approach as it would be the logical continuation of steps already taken at EU level. After all, the IMO is the shipping industry’s global regulator.”

The EU made headway towards contributing to the IMO process following the adoption of the EU MRV Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2015/757) on the monitoring, reporting and verification of CO2 emissions from maritime transport. The Regulation is intended to be the first step of a strategy geared towards a global solution, by helping ascertain the real contribution of shipping to global CO2 emissions, starting in 2018.

The IMO has for its part a noteworthy track record in developing technical CO2 energy efficiency measures for the maritime sector. Two such measures, the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) and the Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP), both adopted in 2011, made shipping the first industrial sector to have a binding global regime in place to reduce its CO2 emissions. Entered into force in 2013, these measures require a gradual improvement of energy efficiency for newly built ships through intermediary targets, culminating in the requirement that all ships constructed after 2025 be 30% more efficient that those built in the 2000s. These measures also require shipowners to develop best practices and energy efficient operations. The shipping industry has strongly supported these standards, as they can provide meaningful and lasting improvements in energy efficiency and reduce the amount of fuel required for operation.

The IMO is also making good progress towards the development of global CO2 reporting system for individual ships, mirroring the EU MRV system. The issue of CO2 emissions reduction actually remains firmly on the IMO agenda and will be considered again at the next meeting of the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee in April 2016. The shipping industry supports the establishment, as soon as possible, of a mandatory system of data collection from individual ships, understanding that the possibility of further market based measures might be revisited after an IMO analysis of the data submitted by ships.

“With the EU MRV Regulation and the efforts at IMO level, a clear course has been plotted for the shipping industry, ultimately leading to the reduction of its Green House Gas emissions” said Benoit Loicq, Director of Maritime Safety and Environment at ECSA.

“When combined with the industry technical and operational measures, as well as new technology, shipowners are very confident that the world fleet will be considerably more efficient by 2050” he added, referring to a recent commitment made by the International Chamber of Shipping, representing the global shipping industry, to a 50%reduction in CO2 by 2050.

“We therefore hope that discussions in Paris will take full account of the progress made so far and will build on the work done at industry, regional and global level” concluded Mr Loicq.

The ICS brochure is available here

The Conclusions of the EU Council are available here

High-efficiency MacGregor cargo handling system optimises payloads for UASC’s ultra-large container vessels

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United Arab Shipping Company’s first ultra-large container vessel has entered service equipped with a MacGregor high-efficiency cargo handling system, which is designed to maximise payload potential and operational efficiency and reduce environmental impact by minimising emissions per TEU carried.

Delivered by Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries’ (HSHI) Mokpo shipyard on 8th May, Barzan is the first in a series of six 18,800 TEU container carriers for United Arab Shipping Company (UASC), designed to set new standards in fuel and energy efficiency.

“We are increasingly servicing environmentally-aware customers across the globe,” says Jørn Hinge, President and Chief Executive Officer at UASC. “We push the boundaries of eco-efficiency standards to ultimately ensure that our customers can achieve higher levels of environmental sustainability.”

Barzan‘s optimised MacGregor cargo handling system comprises hatch covers, a comprehensive lashing system and its Lashmate software program. The vessel also benefits from MacGregor’s support service in taking use the full potential of the cargo system, including a compatibility check of all equipment and software and trainings for the personnel to use the equipment correctly. Further, a five-year extended MacGregor Onboard Care (MOC) agreement is included.

A fundamental element of delivering vessels with optimised payload potential is that the cargo system design steps in at an early stage of the ship project, before any restrictive decisions have been made.

“MacGregor is striving to elevate the status of the cargo handling system so that it is at the forefront of modern shipbuilding processes,” says Tommi Keskilohko, Director at MacGregor’s Customer Solutions for Cargo Handling business. “Our work with UASC demonstrates that substantial improvements to a ship and its cargo system design can be achieved with an open dialogue and close co-operation between all parties at a very early stage.

“Personnel at all levels must understand the system for it to be effective. We supported UASC through a pre-delivery training programme, and training will continue with the vessel in operation.”

“To verify the benefits of MacGregor’s optimised solution and to maximise the utilisation of the system’s potential, we will conduct cargo system performance analysis of the vessel in service,” adds Mr Keskilohko.

In addition to the six ULCCs, UASC has ordered eleven 15,000 TEU vessels also benefiting from optimised MacGregor cargo handling systems. The first was delivered in late 2014 with three more delivered up to May 2015.

Clean Marine EGCS for two SHI-built shuttle tankers successfully installed and approved

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The 120,000 dwt. tankers “Eagle Barents” and “Eagle Bergen,” delivered from Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI), are fitted with Class and Flag State approved exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS) provided by Clean Marine.
Measurements of exhaust gas emission and washwater criteria are well below the limits required by the IMO, ensuring the vessels’ compliancy with the 0,1% sulphur limit in ECAs which has been in force since 1st of January this year. The vessels are also compliant with the stricter US EPA requirements of a pH above 6 in washwater, measured at the outlet.

The vessels’ Class Society DNV GL, on behalf of the Bahamian Flag, has confirmed that the EGCS complies with “Scheme B – EGC System Approval, Survey and Certification Using Continuous Monitoring of SOx Emissions” of the  IMO Resolution MEPC.184(59), 2009 Guidelines for Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems.

The approved EGCS will enable the new shuttle tankers to comply with current and future legislation relating to sulphur emissions without switching to more expensive fuels.

The two sisterships are owned by AET Sea Shuttle AS, and will operate on a long-term contract with Statoil  in the harsh conditions of the Barents and North Sea. Both vessels will be technically managed by OSM Maritime Group, which specialises in offshore and ship management activities in the Norwegian continental shelf region.

Clean Marine’s “Allstream” exhaust gas handling system onboard the sister vessels will clean both sulphur oxides (SOx) and particulate matter emissions from two main engines, five auxiliary engines, and three boilers.  In total, each single Clean Marine EGCS unit will manage 10 exhaust sources and clean 220.000 kilograms of exhaust per hour.

The system is a hybrid type which can operate seamlessly in both Open Loop and in Closed Loop (zero discharge mode) and provides near-neutral pH in washwater discharged in Open Loop – hence the ‘futureproof’ lable.

Heejun Park, Research Engineer at the renowned Korean yard Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI), said:

“SHI is proud to be a leader in the integration of eco-friendly technologies to vessels; in particular installation of EGCS and building tanker vessels to the highest technological and environmental standards available.

The hybrid EGCS provided by Clean Marine is a cost-efficient and futureproof solution which enables vessels to trade in all waters and ports well within IMO and local regulations. All engines, including the boilers, are integrated in one single scrubbing unit, without any back pressure, due to a patented gas recirculation technology. This “Allstream” feature makes the system a preferred choice for tanker vessels with many exhaust sources and large oil-fired boilers.

We are confident that EGCS will play an important role in moving the shipping industry to comply with the current sulphur regulations in ECAs, as well as with the global cap in 2020, in a cost competitive manner.

Through this first hybrid scrubber project to a newbuilding with a state-of-the-art EGCS, we have gained valuable technological knowledge and experience. We are now experienced in the arrangement design, installation, integration and operation of EGCS,  including commissioning and sea trials.

We are very pleased with the cooperation with Clean Marine during planning, delivery and commissioning of the systems onboard the Eagle Barents and Eagle Bergen, and look forward to a growing future cooperation between Clean Marine and SHI.”



Following the publication of the Cruise Casino Regulations by the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA), wherein cruise liners are to obtain prior approval from the MGA, cruise liners will now be able to operate their onboard casinos while berthing in Malta and its territorial waters. These Regulations are a result of the policy announced by Government last November during the 2015 Budget speech. The Regulations aim to regulate casino operations on board cruise ships, which are either berthed in Malta, Gozo or within Maltese territorial waters.

The MGA’s Executive Chairman, Joseph Cuschieri said that the MGA introduced the Cruise Liner Casino Regulations to ensure that fair play and player protection processes on board cruise ships are in place.

“Through the Cruise Liner Casino Regulations, we will be able to safeguard both the interests of passengers on board cruise ships, as well as those of the Maltese gaming industry. Cruise ships that are issued with the necessary approval by the MGA will be able to operate their casinos in line with the stipulated conditions whilst berthed here,” added Mr Cuschieri.

“Valletta Cruise Port welcomes the publication of the new casino regulations, following our instigation of the process in recent years. These regulations make Malta a more attractive proposition for cruise liners particularly those who do opt to call at Malta for an overnight stay. This is undoubtedly an incentive to encourage cruise liners to include both Malta and Gozo in their Mediterranean itinerary.  Valletta Cruise Port has already starting promoting these regulations, and feedback from the cruise liner industry has been positive,” commented Stephen Xuereb, Chief Executive Officer of Valletta Cruise Port.

The Parliamentary Secretary for Competitiveness and Economic Growth Hon. Dr. José Herrera stated that through the introduction of these regulations the Government has taken into consideration the private sector to incentivise these two industries: gaming and the cruise liners. This measure being implemented by the Government was announced during the last budget. As such this secretariat has already accomplished three important propositions from their announcement in the budget: the Authority’s branding, the launch of GamingMalta and the new regulations for the cruise casinos, said Jose’ Herrera.

José Herrera praised the Malta Gaming Authority’s commitment that is increasing being pro-active in its efforts to promote job opportunities and investment on our shores.

“Through the implementation of these new regulations, cruise liner operators can apply for approval to operate their onboard casinos. The Authority will be assuring the best principles of fair play and player protection. Therefore the need to regulate arises, to ensure that we build upon the good reputation that our jurisdiction holds,” said the Parliamentary Secretary.

The government reiterates its commitment to improve these industries to create more quality job opportunities for our country.

The Regulations lay down that a formal application for this purpose must be submitted to the MGA, which, in turn, issues such approval once it is satisfied that gaming on board the cruise liner casino shall take place in accordance with the fundamental principles established by the Authority. Once approval is granted, cruise liner casinos will be allowed to operate for the duration of their stay, in line with the conditions stipulated in these new regulations. The conditions attached to the approval, stipulate, for instance, that only those persons listed on the passenger manifest of that particular voyage can gamble at the vessel’s casino, and that the casino is only operated during the time window specified in the MGA approval.

Wärtsilä to deliver scrubber systems to clean the exhaust from two Dutch RoRo carriers

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Royal Wagenborg, the Dutch ship owner and operator, has ordered Wärtsilä scrubber systems to clean the exhaust emissions from two of its RoRo carriers, the ‘Balticborg’ and ‘Bothniaborg’. These will be Wärtsilä’s first deliveries of its scrubber systems to Royal Wagenborg. The contract was signed in March.

“We have enjoyed a successful business relationship with Wärtsilä for many years and have selected Wärtsilä solutions for many vessels in our fleet. This relationship was one of the reasons that we decided that Wärtsilä would be the supplier for these scrubber systems,” according to Egbert Vuursteen, CEO of Royal Wagenborg.

By installing Wärtsilä scrubber systems, the vessels will comply with the regulations covering emissions of sulphur oxides (SOx) while using conventional residual marine fuel (HFO). The Balticborg and Bothniaborg are employed on a long term freight contract with Smurfit Kappa for the weekly shipment of paper products between Haraholmen, Bremen, Sheerness and Terneuzen. These operating routes fall within the Baltic and North Seas’ Sulphur Emission Control Areas (SECA). The retrofitting of these systems will take place in the autumn of this year.

The systems chosen for these vessels are Wärtsilä Hybrid Scrubbers, which enable the use of either closed or open loop technology to remove SOx from the exhaust. When operating in open loop mode, exhaust gases enter the system and are sprayed with seawater. The sulphur oxides in the exhaust react with the water to form sulphuric acid. Chemicals are not required since the natural alkalinity of seawater neutralizes the acid. When operating in closed loop mode, the natural alkalinity of seawater is boosted by an alkali. The hybrid approach enables operation in closed loop mode when required, for instance whilst in port and during manoeuvring using NaOH as a buffer. When at sea, the switch can be made to open loop using only seawater.

“Wärtsilä’s experience in scrubber systems for marine applications is unmatched and our reference list is extensive. We have worked closely with Royal Wagenborg for many years, and have clearly demonstrated our capability to deliver a reliable technical solution that will enable these vessels to comply with the most stringent environmental legislation,” says Juha Kytölä, Vice President, Environmental Solutions, Wärtsilä Ship Power.

The ‘Balticborg’ and ‘Bothniaborg’ are both powered by Wärtsilä 46 main engines. The vessels have 1A super Ice Class classification and are designed to operate in temperatures of up to minus 25°C. The ability to operate in these extreme conditions was also included in the specifications for the scrubber systems.

Royal Wagenborg operates some 180 vessels, of which 70 are fully owned by the company.

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