Juneau begins 2024 season restrictions on cruise ships visits

With the first cruise ship to arrive soon, Juneau, Alaska has brought in its first daily cap on the number of cruise ships that can call at the port – part of a 2023 agreement with the industry while talks continue for more extensive restrictions. Starting this season, the number of cruise ships is capped…

Carnival Corp anticipates up to $10m hit as cruises relocate from Baltimore

While much of the focus on the recovery for the Port of Baltimore and its impact on shipping and the economy focuses on the cargo operations. While Baltimore is the country’s largest RoRo port, it is a small cruise port, yet it is already having an impact on the cruise industry. For the past 15…

Carnival says Baltimore return could be in time for late April

Carnival Cruise Line over the weekend advised passengers on one of its cruise ships that it was hearing that the channel would be available for the April 21st arrival of the Carnival Pride (IMO 9223954). If not, the company plans to bus passengers from Norfolk, Virginia to the Baltimore-Washington area airports. While much of the…

Luxury cruise ship becomes a floatel

The floating life of cruise ships is in several cases being extended by turning them into “floatels”, or floating hotels. Canada-based Bridgeman Services Group has bought a 1974-built 8,200 gt former luxury cruise ship (known in its time as Song Of Flower and Le Diamant) to expand its service of “floatel” accommodations. These to meet…

Netherlands authorities head to Bahamas to investigate cruise ship deaths

Authorities from the Netherlands were sent to the Bahamas to investigate the fatal accident on board the Nieuw Amsterdam (IMO 9378450) on March 22nd, which left two crew members dead (see IMN March 26th). The ship warranted a response from the Dutch Safety Board (OVV), said that The Dutch Safety Board, noting that it was…

Two cruise ship crew members killed in maintenance accident

Two crew members of cruise ship Nieuw Amsterdam (IMO 9378450) died on March 22nd when the ship was moored at Half Moon Cay, a private island of the Holland-America Line in the Caribbean. The accident happened in the engine room when two crew members, Joseph Terrado, Third engineer and Wawan Gusnawan, wiper were installing filters….

International cruise ships return to China homeport after four years

The effects of the Covid pandemic continue to echo faintly around the international shipping industry. China, which maintained its belief that a zero-covid policy was possible long after the rest of the world had realized that it was a lost cause, has reopened its mainland ports for the first time since the pandemic for homeporting…

Viking Sky should not have sailed, NSIA says

Five years ago the cruise ship Viking Sky (IMO 9650420) lost power during a storm when off the coast of Norway and came within a couple of hundred metres of a disastrous grounding (IMN, March 26th 2019 and several subsequent dates) before the emergency services arrived. Had that grounding occurred, evacuating the crew and passengers…

RINA gains contract to carry out future-strategy study

Italian classification society and technical consultancy RINA has been awarded a contract by the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) to carry out a comprehensive Global Investment Plan Study aimed at steering the cruise sector towards a sustainable future. The research will provide a worldwide scenario focused on the cruise sector, mapping real-time energy needs, infrastructure…

Howden fully launches xTrade Cargo; 20 participant carriers

UK-based international insurance broker Howden has launched xTrade Cargo, which it described as “the first end-to-end digital trading platform dedicated to the oldest specialty class in the London market, which today has taken a significant step forward in binding its first risk in the open market”. This initiative launched as a proof of concept in…