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2018-09-03 14:20:25

Azamara Pursuit, the latest fleet addition of the Azamara Club Cruises, a brand of Royal Caribbean Cruises, has been christened in Southampton, U.K., marking its official debut.

“Since the announcement of Azamara Pursuit in September 2017, we have eagerly awaited this special moment to celebrate the ship's debut,” said Larry Pimentel, President & CEO of Azamara Club Cruises.

"Azamara Pursuit's two godmothers both have a fearless dedication to adventure, and we could not be more pleased for them to lead us in this ceremony.”

Namely, Azamara Pursuit's two Godmothers are Ellen Asmodeo-Giglio and Lucy Huxley.

Azamara Pursuit will now journey from Southampton, U.K. to Barcelona, Spain on a 13-Night Wine & Romance Voyage.

The ship is one of the four new cruise ships joining Royal Caribbean Cruises this year aside to Symphony of the Seas, Mein Schiff 1, which have already been delivered, and Celebrity Edge, to be delivered later this year.

It is the third ship in Azamara Club Cruises's fleet, joining Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest, which are designed for approximately 700 guests.  The 180-meter ship was built in 2011 for Renaissance Cruises. It was acquired by Azamara Club Cruises back in September 2017, and following an extensive refurbishment, has joined the brand, boosting its fleet capacity by over 50 pct.

2018-09-03 13:58:19

The world's first cruise ship that can be powered by low-emission liquefied natural gas (LNG) both at sea and in port, AIDAnova, was christened on Aug. 31 at Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg.

The 180,000-ton vessel was floated out from Meyer Werft's building dock on Aug. 21. Featuring a length of 337 meters and a width of 42 meters, AIDAnova will be able to accommodate 6,600 passengers.

"We are delighted that we were able to stage the AIDA Open Air in Papenburg at the Meyer Werft shipyard, so that we could share our enthusiasm about our new ship with so many people. At the same time, this event was a thank-you to our partners, to the Meyer Werft shipyard, and to the many thousands of people who have helped make AIDAnova what is already the eighth AIDA cruise ship to be built on the Ems," said AIDA President Felix Eichhorn.

For the first time, it was not just one godmother who named the ship but rather an entire family:  Sonja (31), Asad (33) Mirza, and their children Sophia (2) and Adrian (3) from Hanau.

At the end of September, AIDAnova will be going on its first short trip, setting sail for Eemshaven in the Netherlands for final fit-out and sea trials. AIDA will take over the new ship from the Meyer Werft shipyard on Nov. 15, 2018, in Bremerhaven.

Two further AIDA ships of this new generation will be built by 2023 by the Meyer Werft shipyard.

2018-08-29 17:51:49

Australian shipbuilding company Austal has rolled out Molslinjen's next-generation catamaran ferry from its Henderson yard.

After the hull and superstructure left the construction halls, the superstructure was lifted and joined to the hull.

The 109-meter-long Express 4 is now undergoing final fit out and will commence sea trials shortly, according to Austal.

The Auto Express high-speed vehicle/passenger catamaran commenced construction in April 2017. It has been designed and built at Austal's Henderson shipyard in Western Australia.

Featuring a design with optimized hull form to minimize fuel consumption and Austal's Ride Control System for superior sea-keeping and comfort, the vessel supports over 1,000 passengers, 425 cars, and will operate at speeds up to 40 knots.

Austal has also commenced construction of an Auto Express 109 for Fjord Line of Norway, and the first of two 117-meter trimarans for Canary Islands-based Fred.Olsen S.A.

2018-08-29 17:39:53

Cruise company P&O Cruises Australia will be bidding farewell to one of its older vessels, Pacific Jewel, as part of its commitment to refresh the fleet.

As informed, Pacific Jewel's final cruise will be on February 24, 2019, before being transferred to a new operator following its sale.

The 1990-built vessel will leave the P&O Cruises fleet in March 2019, by which time it will have served the brand for almost ten years.

The company said that it will welcome a second Grand Class ship to its fleet. Carrying more than 3,100 passengers, Star Princess will join its sister ship, Golden Princess, in the P&O Cruises Australia fleet from the end of 2021.

Star Princess will replace the considerably smaller Pacific Jewel which can carry around 2,000 passengers and crew.

Sture Myrmell, President of P&O Cruises and Carnival Australia, said welcoming two Grand Class ships — Star Princess and Golden Princess — was part of the evolution of the P&O Cruises fleet. In September last year, P&O Cruises announced its plan to renew its fleet over time.

Myrmell said P&O Cruises would continue to base ships year-round in its key homeports of Sydney and Brisbane as well as offering seasonal sailings from other Australian states and New Zealand.

A transformed Golden Princess will join the P&O Cruises fleet in October 2020 while its sister ship, Star Princess, will join P&O Cruises at the end of 2021.

2018-08-29 17:25:48

South Korean shipping company Pan Ocean has ordered a pair of Ultramax bulkers from Chinese New Times Shipbuilding.

Under the contract, Pan Ocean has an option for one more 64,000dwt bulk carrier.

In addition, the two vessels have been earmarked for delivery in 2020.
  

2018-08-28 14:13:13

German bulk carrier owner and operator Oldendorff Carriers has signed an integrated coal transport and transhipment deal for a new power station project to be built in the North of Vietnam at Nghi Son.

Under the contract, the company will transport around 100 million tonnes of coal over 25 years for Nghi Son 2 Power Limited Liability Company (NS2PC), a consortium between Marubeni Corp of Japan and Korea Electric Power Corporation (Kepco).

To support the project, Oldendorff Carriers said it would build two transhipment vessels in China, with the first ship being ready to tranship and deliver coal cargoes in 2021.

The ships will feature a length of 145m, a beam of abt 34m with about 27,000dwt on 8.5m draft. They will be equipped with 2 heavy-duty cranes for self-loading from the Capesize vessels at anchorage, and a gravity feed self-unloading system for discharging the coal at the NS2PC jetty.

There will be about two Capesize deliveries per month and each vessel will have on board up to 2 grades of coal, the company explained.

Oldendorff said it plans to open an office in North Vietnam in order to perform the transhipment operations together with Vietnamese partners.

NS2PC started construction this year on 2 x 600 MW power generation units on the coast of Nghi Son Province in North Vietnam. Both units will be completed in 2021 and are expected to consume about 4 million tonnes of coal per year.

The coal will be mainly imported from five ports in Indonesia; Balikpapan anchorage, Samarinda anchorage, Adang Bay anchorage, Muara Jawa anchorage and Muara Berau anchorage, in Capesize bulkers.

2018-08-28 14:00:59

A subsidiary of Singapore's containership operator Pacific International Lines (PIL) has named its newest boxship newbuilding in China.

As informed, the naming ceremony for Southern Pearl (TK1301) took place at Taizhou Kouan Shipbuilding yard in China on August 14.

The 600 TEU feeder vessel is the first to be owned by PIL's subsidiary Pacific Direct Line (PDL), the company said.

Ordered in 2016, the Federmax has a length of 110 meters and a width of 22.3 meters. Currently, the ship has a market value of USD8.34 million, according to data provided by VesselsValue.

Southern Pearl will be delivered to PDL in September and will ply the South Pacific island trade.

PDL provides liner shipping services from New Zealand and Australia to the Pacific Islands and feeder services for international airline operators.

In 2006, 51% of PDL's business was acquired by Pacific Shipping. The company is upgrading and expanding its fleet to meet container transshipment needs to the South Pacific.

2018-08-27 11:00:18

Taiwanese container shipping company Wan Hai Lines has placed an order for up to twelve 1,900teu containerships with two shipbuilders.

Japan Marine United has been chosen to build six firm plus two optional units, while CSSC Huangpu Wenchong Shipbuilding has been entrusted with building four firm containerships, with an option to build two more, data from Asiasis shows.

As disclosed, the ships will be built in accordance with IMO's Tier II specifications and are scheduled for delivery in 2020.

The order is being reported one year after Wan Hai Lines scrapped a shipbuilding contract for eight 1,900teu feeder vessels, ordered from Japanese shipbuilder Naikai Zosen. The feeders were scheduled to join the company's fleet in 2018.

The deal was cancelled due to changes in newbuilding rules and environmental regulations, Wan Hai explained.

At the time of the contract signing, Wan Hai said that the order was worth between USD212 million and USD326 million.

2018-08-27 10:53:48

Greek shipowner Enesel has returned to South Korea with an appetite for two more tankers, however, this time it has picked a different shipbuilder.

Namely, Enesel has been linked to an order for two 114,000dwt tankers at Daehan Shipbuilding scheduled for delivery in 2020.

The Greek shipowner will be paying around 114 million for the two IMO Tier III compliant Aframaxes.

Daehan Shipbuilding has already built two Aframaxes for Enesel, which were delivered in 2017, the Maltese-flagged Kyrakatingo and Antonis.

According to data from VesselsValue, the company has four very large crude carriers on order at Hyundai Heavy Industries. Three 319,000dwt VLCCs are set for delivery later this year and one in 2019.

The ships were contracted in en bloc order in February 2017 for a total of USD332 million, around USD83 million apiece.

2018-08-22 17:47:31

The keel of Crystal Endeavor, the world's largest polar-class expedition yacht, was laid in MV Werften Stralsund shipyard on August 21.

The yacht features 20,000 gross tons with just 200 guests.

"We are pleased that after two years of design, we are now able to celebrate the keel laying of the Crystal Endeavor, the most valuable ship to be built at the Stralsund shipyard so far," Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, Genting Hong Kong's Executive Chairman, CEO, said.

The first steel cut for Crystal Endeavor took place in January. The delivery is set for the end of 2019 or early 2020 for a series of charters and Crystal Endeavor's inaugural season will kick off after the Tokyo Olympics in August 2020.

"The construction of this sophisticated ship is progressing as planned," said Peter Fetten, CEO of MV Werften.

"Around 500 employees will be involved in the construction of Crystal Endeavor at the Stralsund site. In addition, around 500 skilled subcontractors will be brought in from outside of the company – creating sustainable value for the region."

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