Chandris Celebrity Cruises' luxury liner SS Meridian recently arrived in New York following a major $55-million reconstruction at West German builder Lloyd Werft-Bremerhaven's shipyard. "The vessel was totally redesigned to support the new Celebrity product level," commented Harry A.
San Diego Shipbuilding & Repair, Inc. of Chula Vista, Calif., recently completed the dinner cruise/excursion vessel William D. Evans for the Bahia Resort Hotel on Mission Bay, San Diego. Built to look like a 19th century riverboat, the 600-passenger vessel,
The new 150-passenger vessel Jean Nicolet was recently launched and delivered by Skipperliner Shipyards, Inc., LaCrosse, Wis., to owners Robert and Marlys Falkner of Bomar Cruise Lines of Sturgeon Bay, Wis. The vessel, which is currently in Stuart, Fla.
There has been a lot of discussion in the marine industry over the past year with regard to "bad" aluminum. To briefly recap, a number of boat builders purchased aluminum from a supplier that met the requirements of ASTM 5083 H321. This alloy is
Aqua Signal AG of Bremen has developed a new computer-controlled lighting system which permits comprehensive, centralized control and dimming of the illumination on board seagoing vessels. The system makes it possible to create a tailor-made atmosphere— which
Hawaii Superferry and Austal USA last month signed an agreement that could result in new passenger-vehicle catamarans for Hawaiian waters to create a commercial high-speed interisland ferry service. Hawaii Superferry plans to use Austal USA-built,
"Is the small passenger vessel industry still a growth market?" This is an interesting question and it could be posed by prospective boat owners and their lenders, commercial developers, municipalities, tour and charter brokers, and certainly, by shipbuilders.
While many facets of the maritime market remain stuck in the doldrums, the passenger vessel end of the market is one which should continue to expand robustly through the coming year and far beyond. The cruise ship market continues its stampede forward,
Friede Goldman Halter (FGH) has signed nine contracts with a combined value of more than $52 million, excluding options. The contracts are detailed as follows: FGH has agreed with Foss Maritime for the construction of a 98-ft. (29.8 m) harbor tug,
Moody's Investors Service downgraded Royal Caribbean's senior unsecured debt ratings reflecting higher than anticipated debt levels associated with the company's shipbuilding program, and a weaker price environment that may continue given the