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  • Viking Grace celebrates 10 years of service

    Viking Grace celebrates 10 years of service

    16th January 2023

    The popular ferry Viking Grace, which has already carried more than ten million passengers, celebrated ten years of service on 13 January 2023. Grace, built at the Perno shipyard in Turku, was one of the world’s first passenger ships to…

  • Ultramax bulk carrier changes hands

    Ultramax bulk carrier changes hands

    15th January 2023

    The 60,309dwt Ultramax bulk carrier STH New York, built in 2015 by Tokyo-headquartered Japan Marine United (JMU), has been acquired by Diana Shipping of Greece and renamed DSI Aquila. Its purchase brings the Greek company’s fleet up to 40 ships…

  • Sembcorp Marine Delivers Third and Final Zero-Emission Ferry

    Sembcorp Marine Delivers Third and Final Zero-Emission Ferry

    14th January 2023

    Singaporean shipbuilder Sembcorp Marine delivered the last of three fully battery-operated roll-on/roll-off passenger ferries for Norwegian ferry operator Norled in early January 2023. The vessel, Leikanger, is the third and final Ropax unit built for Norled by Sembcorp Marine, and…

  • Matson orders three container ships

    Matson orders three container ships

    13th January 2023

    Honolulu-headquartered Matson has contracted Pennsylvania’s Philly Shipyard to build three 3,600TEU Aloha Class LNG-fuelled container ships for delivery in 2026-27 at an aggregate price of approximately $1 billion. Once delivered, the Jones Act-compliant vessels will join two other Aloha class…

  • Stena Ebba named in Karlskrona

    Stena Ebba named in Karlskrona

    12th January 2023

    The all-new ferry Stena Ebba was in the spotlight during a well-attended naming ceremony on 11 January 2023 in Karlskrona, marking the launch of Stena Line’s second E-Flexer ferry on the Karlskrona-Gdynia route. Stena Ebba was named during the ceremony…

  • Celebration for Carnival Celebration

    Celebration for Carnival Celebration

    11th January 2023

    Arriving in Miami on 20 November 2022 after a 14-night crossing from Southampton, Carnival Cruises’ new flagship Carnival Celebration docked at PortMiami’s Terminal F. With an investment of $170 million, the facility is the line’s third terminal at the port…

  • Virgin Voyages’ ships to the rescue twice

    Virgin Voyages’ ships to the rescue twice

    10th January 2023

    In early January Valiant Lady assisted a boat of refugees near Cuba, the cruise line’s second such encounter in less than a week. Unlike the first encounter by Scarlet Lady on New Year’s Eve, however, the refugees from the latest…

  • KESS sell two of their small car carriers

    KESS sell two of their small car carriers

    9th January 2023

    K-Line European Sea Highway Services (KESS) have sold two of their quartet of small car carriers. Main Highway and Neckar Highway have been sold to South Korean owners Samjoo Maritime (managers Doriko Ltd). The four vessels were constructed by Detlef…

  • Container operators soften contract conditions for shippers

    Container operators soften contract conditions for shippers

    8th January 2023

    Ocean carriers are offering a wide range of new, flexible, long-term contract options this year, after shippers complained of being “burned” by committing to rigid, highly elevated contracts a year ago. Last year, shippers were presented with ‘take it or…

  • Cruises cancelled for cruise ship Ambience

    Cruises cancelled for cruise ship Ambience

    7th January 2023

    Christmas travel misery continued for passengers on board the cruise ship Ambience with the cancellation of two Christmas cruises on the Ambassador Cruise Line’s ship because of maintenance issues. While the ship was being prepared to sail on 18 December,…

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