Spectrum of the Seas is Most Anticipated Future Cruise Ship

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There is still a bit of a wait but readers have already decided on their “Most Anticipated Future Cruise Ship” in this year’s Cruise Ship Awards.

Spectrum of the Seas is a future cruise ship which is currently under construction for Royal Caribbean at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany. Cruise Hive readers voted the ship as the “Most Anticipated Future Cruise Ship in the 2017 Cruise Ship Awards.

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Damen’s Ballast Water Treatment Service Available in Eight European Ports

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By MarEx

12/29/2017 10:34:12

Shipowners are now able to treat their unmanaged ballast water or load cleaned ballast water in eight different Northern European ports using Damen’s unique IMO certified InvaSave ballast water management system. In a cooperation between Damen Green Solutions and Damen Shiprepair & Conversion (DSC), this ballast water reception/bunkering service will be available in Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Brest, Dunkerque, Vlissingen, Den Helder, Stellendam and Harlingen.

 

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Home-grown aircraft carrier tops list of major additions to China’s navy in 2017

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China celebrated the 90th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Liberation Army in 2017 with a massive military parade in Inner Mongolia.

President Xi Jinping has made modernising the world’s biggest armed force – which comprises about 2 million personnel – a priority. And on July 30, as he inspected 12,000 assembled troops standing amid row upon row of missile launchers, tanks and personnel carriers, while squadrons of bombers and jet fighters soared overhead, he must have felt pretty pleased with himself.

The only thing missing from the July parade was a naval presence, but that was probably more to do with topographical issues than anything else.

China’s armed forces told to be loyal to party at show of military muscle to mark 90th anniversary

Indeed, amid rising tensions on the Korean peninsula and the ever present concern of being “contained” by the United States and its allies off its east coast, China has been keener than ever this year to grow and show its maritime muscle.

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Ship pilot has safely guided more than 4000 military vessels

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Ship pilot Richard Willette was bringing the USS Seawolf to the Naval Submarine Base one February day. The submarine was just north of Electric Boat in the Thames River, and approaching the railroad bridge. Willette knew that when the electric bar on the bridge slid back, the bridge would open in 60 seconds.

“I see the slide bar go. I pick up speed. Next thing I know, here comes a guy running across the bridge with a sledgehammer,” he said.

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Pilot Error Led to Swiss Crystal Crash

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By MarEx 2017-12-30 15:21:27

Shipowner Scylla has announced that the pilot of the Swiss Crystal cruise ship made a steering error resulting in the vessel hitting a bridge last Tuesday on the River Rhine near Duisberg, Germany. 

The company announced the conclusion, saying action would be taken to avoid future accidents, reports local media agency SWI.

The 101-meter-long (330-foot) vessel struck a supporting pillar of the A42 autobahn on the Rhine River near Duisburg. Local media reports indicate that the water level was high at the time of the incident, and the pillar is usually on land.

There were 129 people on board at the time of the incident. Three passengers remain in hospital with another 25 suffering minor injuries.

The Swiss Crystal was heading towards the Netherlands and is now in a shipyard there for repairs to its damaged bow.

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Schools of Robots Are Mapping the Unknown Features of the Deep Sea

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Unknown Planet

If Planet Earth were the back of our hand, we’d disprove the truism about knowing it well pretty quickly. The problem: 71 percent of our planet is covered by ocean, and only about 15 percent of the features under the deep sea have been accurately mapped. These unknowns pose a problem for creating safe navigational charts for boats and underwater vehicles, inhibit scientists from identifying habitats that could host unknown or endangered biodiversity, and even affect our estimates of how the oceans are influencing climate change.

Leaders in science and industry are rallying to remedy this imbalance. In June 2017, Japan’s grant-making Nippon Foundation and the General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO) announced a joint project to map the deep sea, and gave the scientific community a deadline: 100 percent of the ocean floor mapped by 2030.

To that end, Shell is holding the Ocean Discovery XPRIZE, a $7 million competition that challenges participants to create new technologies that allow fast, autonomous, and high-resolution ocean exploration and mapping. Presently, 19 semifinalist teams — hailing from Germany, Ghana, India, Portugal, France, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, and Japan — are in the process of Round 1 Testing for their products in the waters of their choice.

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USS McCain’s Sailors Reported Fatigue

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By MarEx 2017-12-29 21:48:40

According to an internal survey, the crew of the destroyer USS John S. McCain gave their vessel poor marks the year before the warship collided with the merchant tanker Alnic MC.

The 2016 survey, which was reported Friday by UPI, revealed general dissatisfaction with shipboard conditions. Nearly 80 percent of the 140 sailors surveyed said that they felt “mentally worn out,” and over half reported that they were “physically worn out” or “emotionally worn out.”

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Thessaloniki Port Sale to German-led Venture Announced

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Although delayed for a few days, the announcement concerning the privatization of the Thessaloniki port came late on Thursday, by the country’s liquidation fund.

The Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund has announced the sale of its 67% stake in Thessaloniki Port to Deutche Invest Equity Partners, Belterra Investments and CMA CGM’s ports division, Terminal Link.

The German-led joint venture – called South Europe Gateway Thessaloniki (SEGT) – beat out bids from International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) and DP World to win the concession agreement.

HRADF had asked the bidders to improve their first-round offers in April, and SEGT’s proposal came out ahead.

The price of the shares acquisition was $275 million, and the contract requires a further $215 million investment in the port within the next seven years, along with concession revenues. In total, the agency estimates that the agreement is worth $1.3 billion.

“The exploitation of the Thessaloniki port along with the positive impact the successful conclusion of the exploitation agreement of Piraeus Port already has, form an axis of growth and development that crosses vertically our country, further enhancing the role of Greece as the European gateway to international companies for trade and cruise,” said HRADF chairman Aris Xenofos.

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