Category archives for: Ferry & Cruise News

Update 3: Families’ Worst Fears True – at Least 28 Dead

Update 3: Families’ Worst Fears True – at Least 28 Dead

The worst fears come true as the death toll from the capsized South Korean passenger ferry rises to 28 with more than 270 people still unaccounted for. Today the ferry Sewol disappeared completely from sight at around noon (local time), as of 2 p.m. 28 people had been confirmed dead, while 179 had been rescued, […]

‘Quantum of the Seas’ Adopts Shanghai as Her Homeport

‘Quantum of the Seas’ Adopts Shanghai as Her Homeport

Royal Caribbean International announced that its newest ship, Quantum of the Seas, will make its home port in Shanghai (Baoshan), China, bringing the company’s most innovative ship to the world’s fastest-growing cruise market. The ship will reposition to China in May 2015, following her inaugural winter season sailing out of New York Harbor to the […]

LMU Presents Cruise Industry’s Corporate Social Responsibility Report

LMU Presents Cruise Industry’s Corporate Social Responsibility Report

New research by Leeds Metropolitan University reveals that the cruise industry isn’t going far enough in their corporate social responsibility towards the environment, society and the destinations they visit. The study, published this month in the journal Tourism Management, analyses the industry’s lack of corporate social disclosure and ranks companies through analysis of their corporate […]

Arctic Shipping Risk Case Studies

Arctic Shipping Risk Case Studies

Shipping activities in Arctic areas are certain to increase in the years to come and, as the Arctic is a challenging and diverse environment, knowing how to manage its risks will be crucial. Through case studies, DNV GL has estimated that the risk is nearly 30 per cent higher for a cruise ship and almost […]

M/V OSCAR B Ready for Construction

M/V OSCAR B Ready for Construction

Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) has designed a steel hull, aluminum superstructure vessel which will be built by Nichols Bros Boat Builders (NBBB) for Wahkiakum County. The 115ft. x 47 ft. 6 in 23‐Car, 100 passenger ferry, named the M/V OSCAR B after former skipper and owner Oscar Bergseng, will run between ferry terminals in […]

AIDAcara’s Arrival in Kiel Opened Cruise Shipping Season (Germany)

AIDAcara’s Arrival in Kiel Opened Cruise Shipping Season (Germany)

This year’s cruise shipping season in Kiel opened on Saturday April 5th when the first cruise ship of the year, the ‘AIDAcara’, berthed in the port after sailing through the Kiel Canal. During this year’s season, which will last until mid October, 22 different cruise ships are scheduled to visit Kiel a total of 125 […]

Knud E. Hansen Nabs 2013 ShipPax Award

Knud E. Hansen Nabs 2013 ShipPax Award

At this week’s 12th Annual Ferry Shipping Conference sailing on board ‘Romantika’ between Stockholm & Riga, Danish Naval Architects, KNUD E. HANSEN A/S, were awarded the 2013 ShipPax Award. The award was presented in recognition of the efficient and innovative design of internal cargo arrangement of the Saudi-owned deep-sea Ro-Ro vessel, Bahri Abha. “For a […]

Crisis Management Drill Held onboard MSC Lirica (Oman)

Crisis Management Drill Held onboard MSC Lirica (Oman)

MSC Cruises organised a crisis management drill on board MSC Lirica as she was cruising off the coast of Oman, on Monday 31 March. The drill saw the involvement of close to 2,500 people between the crew members, the employees ashore and the passengers on board the ship. This was an unannounced emergency drill, in […]

Tallinn Shipyard Completes Modernisation of ‘Flekkeroy’ (Estonia)

Tallinn Shipyard Completes Modernisation of ‘Flekkeroy’ (Estonia)

Modernisation of passenger ferry Flekkeroy ordered by Norwegian company M Hjorteseth Shipping has been finished. During the time that the ship spent in Tallinn Shipyard, it has passed through a complete makeover: the hull was rebuilt, the interior was fully renovated and the vessel freshly painted. After modernisation is completed, the ferry will be used […]

Austal to Build Two High Speed Ferries for ADNOC

Austal to Build Two High Speed Ferries for ADNOC

Austal Limited (Austal) has been awarded a contract from the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) to design and construct two 45 metre high speed catamaran ferries. The contract is valued at approximately $30 million. The high speed ferries will be designed and constructed at Austal’s Philippines shipyard. Construction will commence in the current quarter, […]

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