The Cruise industry briefing
Havila Kystruten has attempt to insure Havila Capella rejected
10 May | Vessels
The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has rejected Havila Kystruten’s attempt to insure the ship Havila Capella through an application for an exemption
The vessel was put out of service due to its insurance being impacted by sanctions against Russia for its Ukraine offensive. Subsequently, on 26 April, Havila Kystruten was granted an exemption to operate Havila Capella for six months.
However, this did not include the right to insure the vessel, as insurance would suggest that the vessel has been made available to the registered owner.
Havila Kystruten CEO Bent Martini said: “As the sanctions are set up, any insurance payment will not benefit the ship’s registered owner.
“In the event of a total breakdown, other parties will receive the insurance payment. We can do nothing but accept the authority’s assessment, but disagree with the decision.”
As a result, Havila Kystruten has cancelled Havila Capella’s next roundtrip along the Norwegian coast. The ship was expected to set sail from Bergen on 15 May.
Passengers will be able to rebook tickets and sail with Havila Castor instead or receive a refund. Havila Castor will sail from Bergen on 10 May at 8.30pm on its maiden voyage.
17 May| ports
Carnival breaks ground on new Bahamas cruise port
Carnival Cruise Line, part of Carnival Corporation, has broken ground on a new cruise port destination on Grand Bahama Island.
The new port destination is being built on the south side of the island, in cooperation with the Grand Bahama Port Authority and The Government of The Bahamas.
Slated to open by the end of 2024, the new cruise port destination will act as a gateway to Grand Bahama.
As part of the cruise port development, a pier will be constructed to accommodate up to two Excel-class ships simultaneously.
Through the shore excursion dock, guests can explore the Grand Bahama by sea. The ground transportation hub will also allow exploration of the island by land.
Additionally, the cruise port will include an area specified as a nature reserve and an interior pool. It will also offer multiple Bahamian-operated retail, food and beverage options for guests.
3 April | Vessels
Shadowcat announces new Launch and Recovery concept
Support yacht developer Shadowcat, and designer Triton Submarines, have announced a new commercial Launch and Recovery concept, named Shadowlark Pro.
The Shadowlark Pro was developed alongside design company Tillberg Design of Sweden while Incat Crowther provided the platform’s naval architecture and marine engineering plans.
Designed for the luxury tourism industry, the 50m Shadowlark Pro accommodates a larger submarine – the Triton DeepView with a capacity from 12 to 66 guests.
The submarine was built with acrylic pressure hulls, almost 360 degree views and ergonomic interiors. With a 14-metre beam, and a draft of 2 metres, Shadowlark Pro also offers greater capacity for up to 10 crew.
There is stowage over three decks for reception lounges, post-dive lounges, large transport tenders and a dive boat. There is also space for dive and jet-ski centers and water toy storage.
25 April | Environmental
Wärtsilä to provide decarbonisation modelling service to Carnival
Finnish technology company Wärtsilä has collaborated with British-American cruise operator Carnival for a fleet decarbonisation programme.
Under the programme, Wärtsilä will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions across the fleet by providing its new Decarbonisation Modelling Service to Carnival.
The decarbonisation modelling will use multiple machine-learning algorithms, including those supporting Wärtsilä’s Carbon Intensity Indicator (CII) Insight, which enables the prediction of a vessel’s compliance with CII as well as an understanding of the impact of alternative tools.
The companies will initially work on setting up an optimal decarbonisation path for Carnival’s Regal Princess cruise ship, before moving on to model solutions for use across the cruise operator’s entire fleet.
Yara to provide shore power for Stena Ferries
Yara Marine Technologies has secured a contract to deliver shore power solutions for four of Swedish firm Stena Line’s ferries.
Chantiers de l’Atlantique delivers new ship to Celebrity Cruises
France-based Chantiers de l’Atlantique has handed over a new cruise ship, Celebrity Beyond, to Royal Caribbean Group’s wholly-owned subsidiary Celebrity Cruises.
Holland America Line ship to shelters Ukrainian refugees
A Rotterdam-class cruise ship, Volendam, which belongs to Holland America Line, will provide shelter in the Netherlands for refugees from Ukraine.
Chinese electric cruise ship embarks on first voyage
The electric cruise ship Yangtze River Three Gorges 1 has set sail on its first voyage from Hubei province, China.
Royal Caribbean’s Wonder of the Seas embarks on first voyage
Royal Caribbean International’s Oasis-class cruise ship, Wonder of the Seas, has set sail on its first voyage from Florida, US.
Mitsubishi Shipbuilding launches MOL’s Sunflower Kurenai LNG ferry
Mitsubishi Shipbuilding has conducted a christening and launch ceremony for the first of two large liquefied natural gas-powered ferries that are being constructed for Mitsui OSK Lines.
RMC begins construction of Spirit of Tasmania’s LNG-powered vessels
Finnish shipbuilder Rauma Marine Constructions has commenced the construction of the first of two Ro-Pax car and passenger ferries for Australian firm Spirit of Tasmania.