Category archives for: Ferry & Cruise News

Finland Proposes Reduction of Fairway Dues

Finland Proposes Reduction of Fairway Dues

The Government of Finland has proposed temporary acts for reducing fairway dues and removing the track tax. The changes will be included in the 2015 budget proposal, a governmental press release read. According to the statement, fairway dues will be halved for the period 2015-2017. During the same period, no track tax will be levied […]

Image of the Day: Blending with the Sea

Image of the Day: Blending with the Sea

The image shows Princess Cruises’ MS Royal Princess steaming her way to the next adventure as the sunset-lit sky embraces the sea. The ship was built in 2013 by Fincantieri at their shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy.   World Maritime News Staff, September 18, 2014; Image: Princess Cruises   Follow @worldmaritimene

Seaspovill Orders Second Damen Fast Ferry

Seaspovill Orders Second Damen Fast Ferry

South Korean operator Seaspovill signed its second contract for a Fast Ferry with the Netherlands-based shipbuilder Damen Shipyards Group. The Fast Ferry 4212 – to be named SEA STAR 5 – will operate between Mookho and Ulleung-Do at the East-coast of South Korea. The ferry is a high-speed catamaran passenger ferry. The Damen Fast Ferry […]

First Non-Russian Cruise Ship Traverses Northeast Passage

First Non-Russian Cruise Ship Traverses Northeast Passage

The Hanseatic, one of the two expedition ships of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, has become the first non-Russian cruise ship to navigate the Northeast Passage successfully. After a total of 6,032 nautical miles, the ship, which has the highest ice class for passenger ships, sailed into port at Bodö/Norway on Wednesday, September 10, 2014, Hapag-Lloyd says in a release. […]

Holland America Reveals Name of Its Largest Ship

Holland America Reveals Name of Its Largest Ship

Holland America Line revealed the name of its new 99,500-ton cruise ship slated for delivery in February 2016 will be ms Koningsdam. “In choosing the name Koningsdam, we are honoring our rich Dutch heritage while reflecting that we’re entering a new era as a company,” said Stein Kruse, chief executive officer of the Holland America Group. “This […]

Global Demand for Cruising Almost Doubled

Global Demand for Cruising Almost Doubled

New data released by the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) show that the North American cruise industry continued to expand in 2013, generating employment, income, and other economic benefits throughout the U.S. economy. Christine Duffy, CLIA President and CEO noted that on a global basis, over the ten years from 2003 to 2013, demand for cruising […]

Steel Cut for Viking Sea

Steel Cut for Viking Sea

Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri has held the steel-cutting ceremony for Viking Sea at its Marghera shipyard. Viking Sea is the second ship in order of acquisition that Fincantieri is building for Viking Ocean Cruises. Fincantieri is also building Viking Star, with delivery scheduled in Marghera in spring 2015, and Viking Sky, which will be delivered in Ancona in […]

Three Confirmed Dead after Philippine Ferry Sinks

Three Confirmed Dead after Philippine Ferry Sinks

Over one hundred people have been rescued from a ferry that listed and sank late Saturday having been caught up in rough weather in the central Philippines, according to the country’s Coast Guard. Rescuers recovered at least three bodies from M/V Maharlika II, Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) officials said on Sunday. Search and rescue efforts […]

Russia Sanctions Cause Concern for Swedish Trade

Russia Sanctions Cause Concern for Swedish Trade

Swedish trade may suffer a huge blow as a result of ever more tense relations between Russia and the EU that have been further tightened by the most recent wave of economic sanctions targeting Russian companies and officials. The latest batch, published on September 12th in the EU Official Journal, banned debt financing for three Russian companies […]

Safer Seas 2013 to Be a Sobering Reminder

Safer Seas 2013 to Be a Sobering Reminder

The National Transportation Safety Board has released “Safer Seas 2013: Lessons Learned From Marine Accident Investigations,” a compilation of accident investigations that were published in 2013, organized by vessel type with links to the more detailed accident reports. The introductory message from Tracy Morrell NTSB Director, Office of Marine Safety says that the goal of the report […]

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