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  • Crystal to launch first North American large ship...

    Crystal Cruises announced definitive plans to resume service on the first of its large, ocean-going cruise ships which may also become the first large cruise ship to return to service in North America since the pandemic caused the cruise industry to suspend operations in March 2020. The luxury cruise brand, which is owned by Genting Hong Kong, will operate a summer cruise program within the Bahamas.

     

  • MSC plans to expand Italy cruises with second ship

    Efforts are continuing seeking to restore more cruise operations before the traditionally busy summer travel season. MSC Cruises, which has been operating one of its cruise ships since August 2020, announced plans to expand operations in Italy while the cruise line also continues to seek permissions to resume its eastern Mediterranean cruises.

     

  • Newport news lays off employees for the first...

    Newport News Shipbuilding, one of the U.S.’s oldest shipbuilders today focused on the U.S. Navy, announced that it is laying off 314 salaried employees as well as taking other steps to control costs. While the number of employees impacted is only a small percentage of the total workforce, it marked the first time in five years the shipbuilder has taken steps to reduce its workforce.

     

  • Hurtigruten reports passenger data exposed in...

    Hurtigruten is reporting a breach of consumer information in the recent cyberattack the shipping company experienced in December 2020. At the time, it was believed to be a significant attack. The company had taken systems offline while it investigated.

     

  • Meyer transfers first large cruise ship in a year...

    Meyer Werft completed a key step in the construction of its newest large cruise ship transferring the ship from the building yard in Papenburg, Germany to the North Sea. The ship, which was approximately six months behind schedule, also marks a turning point for the shipyard which is working to reorganize its operations to remain competitive for the cruise industry that continues to face the challenges of the pandemic.

     

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Maersk Boxship stopped in Pacific awaiting repair crew and parts

A Maersk operated containership remains stopped in the Pacific awaiting the arrival of a service technical crew that is being dispatched along with replacement parts for the vessel’s main engine. Unlike other recent incidents, Maersk reports no loss of containers saying that the crew and the container cargo have remained secure and that the vessel is maintaining power to its refer boxes.

 
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Royal Caribbean and Celebrity will resume summer Mediterranean Cruises

The Royal Caribbean Group is continuing to move forward with its plans to resume cruise operations further expanding its international cruises. Two of the company’s brands added summer cruise programs in the Eastern Mediterranean. The company has now announced plans for seven cruise ships to be operating during the summer months.

 
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Aluminum shipbuilder All American Marine sold to Bryton Marine Group

Bellingham-based All American Marine (AAM) has been sold to Bryton Marine Group, a family-owned holding company with six well-known aluminum boatbuilding brands. AAM is a leader in aluminum vessel design and manufacturing, and its vessels are a familiar presence on the West Coast waterfront and beyond. 

 
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Royal Caribbean bases ship in Bermuda to resume North American Cruises

Continuing its efforts to resume cruise operations, Royal Caribbean International will homeport a cruise ship in Bermuda offering 7-day cruises that combine Bermuda with a call at the company’s private island destination in the Bahamas. The program, which will be the first time a major cruise line has homeported a cruise ship in Bermuda, marks the fourth cruise ship the line plans to have in operation this summer and the second operating targeted to the North American cruise market. 

 
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CMV's former Columbus is latest cruise ship headed to Indian scrappers

Another classic cruise ship from the 1990s, and the fourth vessel previously operated by the UK’s Cruise & Maritime Voyages, has departed for the scrapyards of India. Introduced in 1989 and having spent the last three years sailing for CMV before the pandemic, the ship which was last known as the Columbus was renamed Colus departing Oman bound for the beaches of India.

 
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China's container availability and prices are improving for exporters

After months of crippling shortages, container availability and pricing is finally improving in China, according to Container xChange’s Container Availability Index (CAx). The index draws from data on the container leasing and trading platform Container xChange to track the availability of containers in major seaports.

 
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