Fincantieri launches latest cruise ship for Chinese market

Majestic Princess, the third Royal Princess-class unit built by Fincantieri for the shipowner Princess Cruises, a brand of the Carnival Group was delivered at the Monfalcone shipyard in the presence of the Italian Prime Minister, Paolo Gentiloni.

  • Published in Cruise

FEATURE: Piracy resurgent off Somalia?

Following more than four years with no reported piratical attacks off the  Somalian coast , the hijacking of the Comoros-registered, UAE-owned bunkering tanker Aris 13  on March 13, sent shock waves through the shipping community.

The 1,200-tonne ship, with a crew of eight Sri Lankans, was on passage from Djibouti to Mogadishu when it was seized as it approached the Socotra Gap, which lies between Socotra Island and Somalia. The hijacking was carried out by a group of about 30 armed pirates in at least two fast boats. The pirates are reportedly connected with the powerful Marten/Siwaaqroon sub-clan, and are led by Jacfar Saciid Cabdulaahi, reputedly a notorious pirate.

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Norway's Stad ship tunnel to proceed

The Stad Ship Tunnel, which has yesterday received approval to proceed from the Norwegian Government, will be a 1.7-kilometre-long, 37-metre-high and 26.5-metre-wide tunnel under mountainous terrain between fjords, which will be able to allow ships the size of Hurtigruten cruise ships to navigate more safely through the very exposed Stadhavet Sea. Work on the 2.7 billion krone (US$320 million) project will begin next year, and is due for completion in 2029. 

OPINION: Is CITES failing humanity?

Two meetings of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) will always be memorable to me because of the lessons they taught every delegate and participant – and, like CoP 17, they both took place in Southern Africa.

America's first Tier IV, SCR tug delivered

Earl W. Redd, the first tractor tug in America to enter service in compliance with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Tier IV environmental standards by use of a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system, was christened in February by owner Harley Marine Services of Seattle.

PHOTO OF THE DAY: Art piece on River Thames burnt to mark Great Fire anniversary

A massive replica of London was set alight on the Thames on September 3, 2016 to mark the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London. Fireboats constantly sailed close to the inferno to "mist" the flames – which made the blaze burn brighter. Once the 120-metre-long structure had completely burned to the ground (barge deck), the boats extinguished the fire.

PHOTO OF THE DAY: ECO tanker Liberty on sea trials

The Liberty is the third and final ship to be constructed as part of the ECO-class tanker program for SEACOR. On Monday, February 20, NASSCO shipbuilders took the Liberty to sea for the very first time for tests and trials. Designed with increased fuel efficiency and optimised performance in mind, once delivered the Jones Act ship will join the ranks as one of the most environmentally-friendly product tankers in the world.

VESSEL REVIEW: Engey RE91 – Fishing on ice

Soon to arrive in Reykjavik, in time for the northern summer, is the 55-metre steel fishing trawler Engey RE91 from Turkish yard Celiktrans. Built to handle the rough and cold conditions of the Arctic and North Sea, she will be capable of not only catching fish, but processing it aboard as well.

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