Fincantieri has agreement for majority stake in STX France

Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri has reached a deal for two thirds of STX France, the company announced on 6 April. Final terms of the agreement have not been concluded, but the deal will coincide with increased industrial co-operation between Fincantieri and DCNS. "Fincantieri will continue to work with its counterparties to negotiate and conclude the final agreements," the company said in a press release.The remaining third of STX France is owned by the French government, who also owns a majority stake in DCNS. source : Janes

May 19-2017 Fincantieri has confirmed it has signed a share purchase agreement for the acquisition of 66.66 percent of the share capital of STX France from its current shareholder STX Europe. The financial advisor supporting Fincantieri for this transaction is BNP Pariba

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For building big size cruiseships is due to this deal a lack on competition. Only Meyer Yard in Germany and Finland. and Fincantieri in Italy and France.
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Stena Line maakt duurzaamheidsdoelstellingen waar!

Hoek van Holland, 11 april 2017 Stena Line’s toenemende focus op duurzaamheid en milieuvriendelijke verbeteringen van de afgelopen jaren werpt zijn vruchten af. Belangrijke ijkmomenten hebben laten zien dat het brandstofverbruik en de emissieniveaus in lucht en op zee beiden zijn gereduceerd. De resultaten zijn samengevat in een nieuwe publicatie van Stena Line, ‘A Sustainable Journey’, dat ook informatie verstrekt over de ambitieuze doelstellingen die het bedrijf zichzelf heeft gesteld met het oog op een duurzame toekomst.“We zijn een van ’s werelds toonaangevende ferry companies met 27.000 afvaarten per jaar op 20 routes. Gezien de omvang van ons bedrijf en de schaal waarop wij opereren, zijn we ons volledig bewust van onze verantwoordelijkheid om zo duurzaam mogelijk te werken.Wij geloven dat een beperkte milieubelasting ook essentieel is voor winstgevendheid op de lange termijn. Daarom hebben wij duurzaamheid opgenomen als een van de belangrijkste pijlers in onze strategie en hebben wij ons ambitieuze doelen gesteld op het gebied van duurzaamheid”, aldus Stena Line’s CEO Niclas Mårtensson.
Stena Line heeft veel ervaring in het investeren in energiezuinig transport. De introductie in 2015 van ’s werelds eerste ferry varend op methanol, de Stena Germanica, is hiervan een goed voorbeeld. Een ander voorbeeld is dat de schepen zijn voorzien van walstroom aansluitingen.
Dit zijn echter maar twee voorbeelden van zo’n 300 initiatieven, die Stena Line heeft geïmplementeerd om brandstofverbruik en de emissieniveaus in lucht en zee  te reduceren, met betrekking tot hun 35 schepen. Een samenvatting in de publicatie ‘A Sustainable Journey’ laat zien dat het Stena Line tussen 2013-2016 gelukt is om haar brandstofverbruik met 6,5% en de zwaveluitstoot met 6.2% per zeemijl te verminderen.
Stena Line zet nu koers richting een nog duurzamere toekomst. De focus op duurzaamheid is uitgezet in vier belangrijke strategische gebieden, gebaseerd op de gezamenlijke doelstelling van de VN voor een duurzame ontwikkeling – Schone Energie, Duurzame Consumptie, Leven Onder Water, alsmede Gezondheid en Welzijn. Binnen elk aandachtsgebied zijn een aantal ambitieuze doelstellingen bepaald voor de korte en lange termijn, waaronder:
Ø  Schone energie…reduceer zwaveluitstoot per zeemijl met 2.5% per jaar en in totaal 35% in de periode 2010-2030.
Ø  Duurzame consumptie… vervang wegwerp items en plastic tassen aan boord van onze schepen van 2017-2018.
Ø  Leven onder water… halveer het gebruik van sterke chemicaliën voor 2020 en stop het gebruik hiervan geheel voor 2030.
Ø  Gezondheid en welzijn… continue reduceren van werk gerelateerde incidenten naar de doelstelling van 1.2 LTIF (Lost Time Injury Frequency) 2017.
“Dit geeft ons een sterke basis en geeft richting aan onze toekomstige duurzaamheidsdoelstellingen. In het komende jaar zullen we een aantal belangrijke projecten starten, met name op het gebied van schone energie en duurzame consumptie. Testen op batterijstroom op een van onze schepen en biologische afbreekbare tassen aan boord zijn slechts twee boeiende projecten, die nog in de pijplijn  zitten”, zegt Eric Lewenhaupt, Stena Line’s Sustainability Manager.
In de herfst van 2017 start in China de bouw van Stena Line’s nieuwe RoPax schepen. De verwachte leverdatum van de nieuwe schepen is tussen 2019-2020. Het zullen een van de meest brandstof-besparende RoPax schepen ter wereld zijn. De huidige schepen zullen ook voorbereid worden op het varen op gas, alsmede scrubbers- en katalytische reductie systemen.

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Nautilus is supporting a new European river cruise campaign protesting against social dumping

Nautilus is supporting a new European river cruise campaign protesting against social dumping in the river cruise industry, according to the group.
The joint river cruise campaign 2017, being organised by the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) and the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), will kick off on Wednesday April 5 in Amsterdam — where more half of annual European port calls are made.
Nautilus international officer and president of the ETF/ITF inland waters section Nik Bramley said the campaign will see an intensive week of ship visits in the major river cruise ports of call, with teams visiting vessels in Belgium, France, Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Bulgaria and Switzerland.
Bramley said the launch event would provide an overview of the river cruise campaign and the current state of social dumping in the river cruise business. A personal testimony from a former river cruise captain will provide insights into the risks arising from fatigue, stress and substandard living and working conditions. these issues are the ‘hard reality for the more than 14,000 crew members who sail on the 335 river cruise vessels, whilst also ensuring first class services to their passengers, he noted.
Throughout the coming cruise season information will be circulated to crew members and passengers to raise awareness about the issues, Bramley said.
In Switzerland, the focus will be on long working hours – which in many cases are not being properly compensated for, and which are depressing already modest wages. There is also concern about the alleged tendency of river cruise companies to circumvent Swiss social security law by outsourcing employment contracts.

5 April 2017 Vakbond Nautilus International en de Europese Transport Werkers Federatie (ETF) hebben locoburgemeester en wethouder Economie Kajsa Ollongren van Amsterdam in een open brief opgeroepen iets te doen aan de slechte arbeidsomstandigheden op riviercruiseschepen.
 
Geachte mevrouw Ollongren,
 
U maakt zich er de laatste maanden hard voor dat de cruiseterminal weg moet uit de binnenstad, aangezien de massatoeristen die vanaf de cruiseschepen naar de binnenstad wandelen voor teveel overlast in de Amsterdamse binnenstad zouden zorgen
 
Wellicht zou het u ook sieren u hard te gaan maken voor betere arbeids- en leefvoorwaarden voor werknemers aan boord van de riviercruiseschepen. U faciliteert immers al jaren de booming riviercruise-industrie in de haven van Amsterdam. Goed voor de lokale economie ook. Daar is niets mis mee. Waar echter wel veel mis mee is, zijn de ronduit slechte arbeids- en leefvoorwaarden van de hardwerkende medewerkers in deze industrie.
 
De neerwaartse trend op dit gebied de laatste jaren:
 
steeds minder personeel moet steeds meer passagiers bedienen;
 
overbezetting van bemanningshutten; met soms wel drie bemanningsleden in één kleine hut;
 
steeds harder werken en steeds langere werkuren;
 
verschillende lonen voor verschillende nationaliteiten (sociale dumping);
 
gebrek aan medische en andere sociale (verzekerde) voorzieningen.

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Not only in the sea cruise, but also in the river cruise crew exploited.

SunStone, China group to build 4+6 expedition cruise ships in Shanghai

Miami-based SunStone Ships and China Merchants Industry Holdings signed a framework agreement to build four expedition ships with options for six more
The 104-meter vessels will be constructed in Shanghai, with the design, equipment and management supplied by Norway's Ulstein Design & Solutions.
The ships will hold 80 to 95 passenger cabins and be rated Ice Class 1A or Polar Code 6
They will be part of the SunStone fleet and chartered to new and existing clients, according to president/ceo Niels-Erik Lund, who declined to disclose the charterers, saying that it's up to them to announce their new ships. The value of the order is not being disclosed.The first delivery will be in August 2019, with one vessel to follow every six months after.
According to Ulstein, the inverted bow is less subject to vertical motions induced by the waves, so the ship continues on course more smoothly, while maintaining its speed and using less fuel to get through the waves.  We are building in China but with Norwegians providing the entire equipment package and supervising the building and Finland building the interiors. So we're sure it will be first class,' Lund said
The newbuilds will be 18.2 meters at the beam, with a draft of 5.1 meters. T
hey'll be able to operate at a speed of 15 knots. The classification society is Bureau Veritas and the ships' registry will be the Bahamas
SunStone's current fleet numbers 10 small cruise vessels on charter to companies within the expedition market, and this order positions the firm as the leading tonnage provider in the segment.
'We've been working on this [a newbuild project] for years,' Lund told Seatrade Cruise News. 'It is great to see this happening.
'May2017 The first order is placed by Australian Aurora Expedition Cruises..


American Cruise Lines

March 1-2017 - American Cruise Lines said it will build five new modern riverboats for service in the United States.
"These will be the first to combine the modern styling of a European riverboat with the premium comfort for which American Cruise Lines is known," said the company, in a statement.
The first in the series is scheduled to begin passenger service in 2018 and will carry 200 guests.
“For over a decade, we have led the way with ship innovation in the United States and we continue to raise the bar with this new class of modern riverboats” says Timothy Beebe, Vice President of American. “American Cruise Lines has consistently pursued its new build program, as it considers refurbished boats unable to meet the modern expectations of today’s river cruise passengers.
Construction has already begun at Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, MD. In addition to the new class of modern riverboats, American is building two additional cruise ships at Chesapeake Shipbuilding. American Constellation, has a capacity of 170 passengers and is scheduled to begin cruising in May of 2017 and its sister ship which will begin cruising in 2018. Source: Cruise news.


Carnival Corp. newbuilds in China

Febr. 22- 2017 Agreement formalized at signing ceremony in Beijing, attended by Chinese President Xi Jinping and Italian President Sergio Mattarella. Company's cruise joint venture in China agrees to order two new cruise ships to be built by China-based shipbuilding joint venture, with an option to order four additional ships. World's first China-built cruise ships to join the cruise joint venture's multi-ship fleet, with the first of these ships expected for delivery in 2023.   Today announced that its cruise joint venture in China has signed a new memorandum of agreement (MOA) to order the first-ever cruise ships built in China for the Chinese market.The agreement updates the terms of an initial shipbuilding MOA announced in September 2016, further expanding the cooperation between Carnival Corporation and China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC), China's flagship company in shipbuilding.


Color Line and Ulstein finalize contract

Feb 17 2017 FerryThe contract between Color Line and Ulstein Verft for the construction of the world’s largest plug-in hybrid ferry has now been finalized and signed.


Background of Viking River and Ocean cruises.

“We give great value. We have the best value of any line. In reality, you get a luxury product at a (premium) price. That sells, people like value,” Torstein Hagen, founder and chairman of Viking Cruises, told Cruise Industry News.“We have been fortunate. We believe in selling an all-inclusive product that has sold well on the rivers. Of course, our river growth has been phenomenal. We know how to operate small ships,” Hagen, said. “We are focused clearly on what we are and the number of things we are not.” Thus, the ocean-going ships, which will number six by 2020, have no casino, no photographers, no art auctions and just about everything is included in the price.
There was big news in 2016 when Viking took on two large investors. TPG Capital and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board put up $500 million for a combined 17 percent stake in MISA Investments Limited (parent company to Viking).“Previously we have funded ourselves in the U.S. bond market. Now we have two equity investors. As long as we have good projects we will have good financing too,” Hagen said.
Hagen has navigated Viking into the world’s largest market nimbly. Eighty-eight percent of the passengers will come from North America this year, he said. Sales and marketing are run out of Los Angeles, and the operations from Basel, Switzerland


Swan Hellenic/G Adventures

Febr.1-2017 G Adventures, a Toronto-based tour adventure travel firm, has acquired the brand and intellectual property for the Swan Hellenic cruise brand. The company already operates expedition voyages and intends to start up the Swan Hellenic brand by 2018, according to media reports.The acquisition did not include the Minerva ship or the chartering of the vessel.
The UK is the largest global outbound market for G Adventures and acquiring Swan Hellenic further diversifies G Adventures’ portfolio of brands, adding boutique small ship cruising to its existing adventure travel, adventure cruising, and new touring businesses. This acquisition follows the recent purchase of established pioneering British escorting touring names Travelsphere and Just You.