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P&O Cruises to expand scope, Oceana to Arabian Gulf in spring 2019

  • Written by Kari Reinikainen

P&O Cruises, the UK focused contemporary market unit of Carnival Corporation & plc, said it would operate the 77,441 gross ton Oceana in the Arabian Gulf in the spring of 2019.

This the first time the company will have a ship based in the region in the modern time. In the time of passenger liner services, its ships served the region. As for Oceana, the ship currently operates year-round in Europe. The ship will operate a series of 11 night fly cruises, based at Dubai, between January and March, plus positioning voyage to and from Europe via the Suez Canal.

Ports of call are Bahrain, Sri Ban Yani Island, Abu Dhabi, Khor al Fakkan, Khasab, Muscat and Salalah, the company said on its website.


Chinese ban of travel to South Korea includes cruises - report

  • Written by Kari Reinikainen

Chinese tourism authorities have ordered a total ban on tours, including package tours, to South Korea starting from March 15th. “Online travel agencies were also ordered not to sell South Korean tour products and cruise ships were banned from calling at South Korean ports,’ Korea Broadcasting Service (KBS) said on its website.

“The South Korean embassy in Beijing has launched an emergency task force to minimize damage on Korean residents and businesses caused by China's intensifying retaliation over Seoul's pending deployment of a U.S. missile defense system,” the report stated.

“The embassy held the first task force meeting on Friday and discussed ways to ensure the safety of South Koreans in China including students and tourists, and also examined potential damage Korean companies could suffer,” KBS concluded.

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines looks at newbuildings

  • Written by Kari Reinikainen

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, the UK based destinational operator of four ships, is looking at newbuildings, Travel Weekly reports.

Fred. Olsen Junior was quoted as saying: “Just over ten years ago in 2005 we looked at having a new ship but in terms of finances it didn’t make sense at the time. We are looking at it again and we have ships on the drawing board. Any new ships we do produce in the future will be smaller ocean ships which is what we want as a brand and what our customers want.”

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is fully owned by Bonheur ASA, a company listed in Oslo that the Olsen family control.

Mike Rodwell, Managing Director of the cruise line said: “We look at opportunities all the time and a new ship is of course an aspiration of ours but it has to make financial sense.”

The company’s present fleet was built between 1972 and 1993. They range in size from about 25,000 to 45,000 gross tons.

American Cruise Lines to build five new modern riverships

  • Written by Teijo Niemelä

American Cruise Lines, the largest U.S. cruise company, has announced details for the first of a new class of five modern riverships destined for America’s rivers. "These will be the first to combine the modern styling of a European rivership with the premium comfort for which American Cruise Lines is known," the company said in a statement.

The first in the series is scheduled to begin passenger service in 2018 and will carry 200 guests. The new rivership will feature the largest staterooms in the United States, with private balconies, and hotel-size bathrooms. At 345 feet long, the new rivership will include all the finest modern design features that today’s travelers have come to expect.

“For over a decade, we have led the way with ship innovation in the United States and we continue to raise the bar with this new class of modern riverboats,” says Timothy Beebe, Vice President of American. “American Cruise Lines has consistently pursued its new build program, as it considers refurbished boats unable to meet the modern expectations of today’s river cruise passengers.”

Construction has already begun on the new modern riverboat at Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, MD. In addition to the new class of modern riverboats, American is building two additional cruise ships at Chesapeake Shipbuilding. American Constellation, has a capacity of 170 passengers and is scheduled to begin cruising in May of 2017 and its sister ship will begin cruising in 2018.

Carnival Corporation's Exhaust Gas Cleaning technology installed on 60% of fleet

  • Written by Teijo Niemelä

Carnival Corporation & plc has announced it has completed the installation and certification of Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (EGCS) on an industry-leading 60 ships across its brands. Representing a $400 million investment to date, the company is on track to develop and deploy its systems on more than 85 vessels across its global fleet through 2020 – significantly improving the quality of air emissions from its ships and reinforcing its environmental commitment.

First announced in 2013, the company broke new ground in engineering a proprietary technology to successfully function in the confined spaces of a cruise ship to reduce sulfur compounds and particulate matter from a ship’s engine exhaust at any operating state of a ship – at sea, during maneuvering and in port. The systems enable Carnival Corporation to meet international regulations that place a cap on sulfur content of fuel oil at 0.1 percent. In addition to mitigating costs for low-sulfur fuel, the systems further the company’s sustainability goals to continue reducing the intensity of carbon emissions while improving the overall quality of emissions.

“Our Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems represent advanced environmental technology, and underscore our company’s strong commitment to responsible sustainability practices,” said Mike Kaczmarek, vice president of corporate marine technology for Carnival Corporation. “Due to the success we have had with improving air quality with our systems, we have expanded our commitment to install and deploy this technology from an original 32 vessels to over 85 through the end of 2020. This is part of our ongoing focus on evaluating new technologies, employing new shipbuilding techniques and implementing energy-saving initiatives throughout our fleet to protect the health and vitality of the oceans, seas and communities in which we operate.”

Carnival Corporation’s Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems, known for their ability to clean – or “scrub” – exhaust from high-sulfur fuel, are currently installed and certified on 17 Carnival Cruise Line vessels, 13 Holland America Line vessels, 10 Princess Cruises vessels, seven Costa Cruises vessels, five AIDA Cruises vessels, four P&O Cruises UK vessels, three Cunard vessels and one P&O Cruises Australia vessel. The installation schedule for the remaining vessels will be forthcoming.

Carnival Corporation pioneered adapting a proven land-based exhaust gas cleaning technology into a marine system that is suitable for the restricted spaces available on cruise ships, leading to a significant development in shipboard environmental technology.

The sulfur reduction program is in line with other proactive steps Carnival Corporation has taken to reduce its carbon footprint, including the adoption of LNG – the world’s cleanest burning fossil fuel. In 2015, AIDAsol from the company’s AIDA Cruises brand was the first cruise ship in the world to be supplied with power by an LNG Hybrid barge and, last year, the newly delivered AIDAprima became the first cruise ship to routinely use LNG with a dual-fuel powered engine while in port. By 2019, with the introduction of the first of seven fully LNG-powered vessels, Carnival Corporation will be the first cruise company in the world to use LNG to power cruise ships both while they are in port and on the open sea.

“With the International Maritime Organization, the Cruise Lines Industry Association and various government organizations all calling for improved efficiency in clean operations, we see the installation of exhaust cleaning systems and use of clean fuels as steps to future-proof our fleet,” said Kaczmarek. “We are proud to be ahead of the curve in meeting the upcoming regulations and guidelines.”