Category archives for: Ferry & Cruise News

Sewol Owner’s Cause of Death a Mistery

Sewol Owner’s Cause of Death a Mistery

The South Korean state forensic agency has reported that it was impossible to determine the cause of death of Yoo Byung-eun, the fugitive shipping tycoon allegedly responsible for April’s Sewol ferry disaster, due to the state of progressed decomposition of the body, according to Yonhap.   The body of the 73-year-old billionaire, owner of Chonghaejin Marine Co., operator […]

Royal Caribbean’s Overall Business Solid

Royal Caribbean’s Overall Business Solid

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. reported that yields for the second quarter were up double digits in Europe and China offsetting the Caribbean’s softness.   As explained by the company, “this was at the high end of the company’s guidance driven by strong close-in booking trends for European and China sailings despite continued softness in the […]

Update: Slowly but Surely Concordia Convoy Pushes Ahead

Update: Slowly but Surely Concordia Convoy Pushes Ahead

After approximately 30 hours of navigation, the Concordia has travelled for 63 nautical miles at an average speed of 2 knots. At the moment, the convoy is located between Isola d’Elba and Corsica, the salvage team informed last night.   The sea was said to be calm, accompanied by a North/North East wind with a […]

EMSA Bankrolled for Marine Pollution Response

EMSA Bankrolled for Marine Pollution Response

The European Council has adopted a regulation to finance the actions of the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) in the field of response to marine pollution caused by ships and oil and gas installations in the years 2014 to 2020.   The final adoption of the legislative act by the Council follows an agreement reached […]

Cargo Cruises aboard Giants of the Seas

Cargo Cruises aboard Giants of the Seas

CMA CGM Group is now offering genuine cruises aboard its biggest vessels, the new 16,020 TEUs container ships, such as the Marco Polo or the Alexander von Humboldt.   These giants of the seas (365 meters long, which is equivalent to more than 4 soccer fields), are among the largest vessels of their kind in the […]

VIDEO: Costa Concordia under Tow

VIDEO: Costa Concordia under Tow

The final voyage of the ill-fated wreck of Costa Concordia has kicked off and the wreck is being moved at the walking speed toward its final destination, scrapping yard in Genoa.   The project is the largest and one of the most technically complex maritime salvage jobs ever done. The slow and precise tow of […]

Cruise Liners Scratching Israel off Itineraries

Cruise Liners Scratching Israel off Itineraries

Following the recent surge of violence in the Gaza Strip, sister companies Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Oceania Cruises have decided to steer clear of Israel, Asia Cruise News reports.   The decision is also based on the close shave the German AIDAdiva had when caught amidst a rocket attack at the Israeli Port of Ashdod, with […]

EU Adopts Maritime Activities Planning Legislation

EU Adopts Maritime Activities Planning Legislation

The EU’s General Affairs Council has adopted legislation to improve the planning of maritime activities. The new Maritime Spatial Planning Directive will help Member States develop and coordinate various activities taking place at sea so that they are as efficient and sustainable as possible.   Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Maria Damanaki welcomed the […]

VIDEO: Quantum of the Seas Staterooms Taking Shape

VIDEO: Quantum of the Seas Staterooms Taking Shape

Building a cruise ship involves so many aspects, aside to just construction of the ship’s steel structure.   One of them is putting the final touches inside the vessel, bringing a dash of luxury to the guests at the same time. Go behind the scenes at Meyer Werft’s cabin factory where Royal Caribbean International’s Quantum […]

Update 1: And the Tow Begins

Update 1:  And the Tow Begins

The departure of Costa Concordia has begun and the wreck is being towed to Genoa at two knots. The four day journey began at around 11 a.m. this morning, the salvage team informed.   Preliminary activities for Costa Concordia’s departure maneuvers began at 6 am, this morning. The arrival in Genoa is planned at the […]

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