cruise ship allure of the seas

6.39 million European passengers had a cruise holiday during 2014

1. The number of Europeans taking a cruise holiday has reached an all-time high

• In 2014, a record 6.39 million Europeans took a cruise, 30,000 more than in 2013.
• This marks a 0.5% growth of Europe’s source market compared to the

msc splendidOn 18 March, MSC Splendida called the port of La Goulette, Tunis for its weekly call performed during the season from 17 December2014 to 15 April 2015. The ship arrived with 3,714 guests and 1,267 crewmembers aboard.
As it is the case every time the ship calls Tunis, a shore excursion offered MSC Cruises’ guests the opportunity to visit the famous Bardo National Museum. During the visit at the museum, some of MSC Cruises’ guests

cruise ship smoke

Cruise lines that sail Alaska waters are installing new pollution-control equipment. It’s aimed at clearing the air — and meeting new regulations. But it’s also dodging some stronger, more expensive measures.

The stuff that comes out of cruise ship smokestacks can cloud the air, leaving a haze over port cities, and plumes along their routes.

But it’s more than unsightly. Sulfur


More than 587 vessels are expected to be built in Southeast Asia this year, according to data from IHS Maritime & Trade.
The figures are still some way behind the 2011-12 level of around 800 ships, but point to a rebound despite over-tonnage concerns since 2008 according to Robert Willmington, new construction analyst at IHS.

Shipbuilding in the region this year is projected to exceed 4.8 million gt.

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Last 5th March, during the 23rd Annual Supplier of the Year awards ceremony held at the Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan, the Grimaldi Group was named once again a General Motors Supplier of the Year.

This year GM recognized 78 of its best suppliers from around the world for going above and beyond GM’s requirements, designed to provide customers with the most innovative technologies and the industry’s best quality vehicles.

cargo ship under bridge

Prioritizing inland waterway projects as part of a sustainable transport policy

EU member states need to prioritise inland waterway projects as part of a sustainable transport policy, according to a report by the European Court of Auditors (ECA).
However, progress in shifting freight traffic in Europe from roads to inland waterway transport has

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Setel Hellas reports that its SeeMBox-V solution for remote performance monitoring has been successfully integrated with Cisco technology.

SeeMBox-V, which enables analysis of onbard equipment from shore-based offices, is now available via the Cisco 2911 and 2951 operating system and machine architecture.

Setel says the integration with Cisco will help to significantly reduce total cost of ownership for maritime users, as well as adding increased

harmony of the seas

Royal Caribbean has released new details on its next vessel, announcing that the third iteration of its Oasis-Class vessels will be named Harmony of the Seas.

When complete, the latest behemoth aims to be the largest cruise ship in the world, measuring 2.15 meters longer, 5.5 meters wider, and 2 418 gross tons heavier than the current titleholder, sister ship Allure of the Seas, reports trade blog Cruise Fever.

falkland islands

A Taiwanese ship, carrying 49 crew, has vanished in the South Atlantic Ocean, near the Falkland Islands.
The Hsiang Fu Chun, a 700-tonne squid fishing vessel, was 1,700 nautical miles from the Falklands when it last contacted its company at 3am on 26 February.
At the time the ship’s captain reported that the ship was taking in water.
There are 11 Chinese, 21 Indonesian, 13 Filipino, two Vietnamese and two Taiwanese including the captain on