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
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.See also previous articles concerning this item in the World of Cruises and Cruise Ships
Stena Line maakt duurzaamheidsdoelstellingen waar!
Holland, 11 april 2017 Stena
Line’s toenemende focus op
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
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.
Persbericht: Stena Line
Nautilus is supporting a new European river cruise campaign protesting against social dumping
supporting a new
dumping in the
according to the
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.
Amsterdam in een
te doen aan de
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.
Not only in the sea cruise, but also in the river cruise crew exploited.
Some 1.36m passengers cruised on Europe’s rivers in 2016
Some 1.36m passengers cruised on Europe’s rivers in 2016, up 2.7% from the previous year. The North American source market provided the greatest share of guests, corresponding to 38.7%, followed by Germany with 28.4%.The 435,586 German river cruise passengers in 2016 represented a 2.8% year-on-year increase, according to satistics released this week by IG RiverCruise and the German Travel Association (DRV).The German market gerenated a turnover of €448.7m, up 3.1% from 2015 and the average daily rate increased by 4.1% to €149, while the average cruise price remained almost unchanged at €1,030 compared to €1,027 in 2015.
The average cruise duration continued to fall in the river cruise sector, corresponding to 6.9 nights, 3.8% fewer than in 2015. In comparison, the average length of an ocean cruise sold on the German market last year was 8.94 nights.
Most popular destinations for German river cruisers are the Rhine with a 35.5% share and the Danube with 34.4%. Both rivers, though, lost some of their market share, 2.7 basis points in the case of the Rhine and 3.6 basis points for the Danube. These shares were taken up by new destinations and less frequented rivers, for example, in France. Not least, the revival of paddlewheel propulsion helped to develop niche destinations such as the Loire River.
The main challenge faced by the industry last year was security following the terrorist attacks in Paris in November 2015 as well as in Brussels in March 2016. As a result, the season picked up slowly, but it eventually recovered to normal levels.
Looking at 2017, more than 80% of operators in the German market are optimistic as the addition of new ships continues to slow, both on Europe’s rivers and beyond. Last year, 31 new river ships were inaugurated, including 22 on European rivers. This year, only 20 new ships are expected, including 17 destined for Europe.The majority of new tonnage on Europe’s rivers is targeted at overseas passengers. According to IG River Cruise and DRV, close to 14,000 jobs are provided on board river ships in Europe. In addition, the industry generates about 3,540 jobs in its shoreside organisations, along with another 11,000 indirect jobs at yards, in ports, with suppliers, etc.
SunStone, China group to build 4+6 expedition cruise ships in Shanghai
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
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- 2017Agreement 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
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.
12 Expedition Ships Ordered in Last 9 Months
Is the expedition cruise ship market
booming? It would appear hopes are
high, at least according to orders
from a number of existing cruise
lines and one new market entrant
placed since last March. These 12
orders include Hurtigruten (two
ships), Oceanwide (one ship), a new
market entrant (one ship),
Hapag-Lloyd (two ships), Ponant (four
ships) and Crystal (three ships).
The 2017-2018 Cruise Industry News
Annual Report will feature updated
statistics on the expedition market
and growth projections through 2025.
The ordering frenzy started last
March and appears to be continuing
with the latest news that Vard had
snagged yet another ship order, this
time to an undisclosed buyer.
Industry sources expect more to
Check out the complete current cruise ship orderbook here. The average passenger capacity is 266 guests, pulled up by Hurtigruten’s twin 600-passenger ship order, with an option for two more.There is also Scenic, which takes delivery of the SCENIC ECLIPSE next summer, ordered in late 2015
Another new cruise line plans to enter the industry as Norwegian Cruise Company
Another new cruise line plans to enter the industry as Norwegian Cruise Company intends to start operations in 2019 with a purpose-built ultra-luxury 180-passenger ship.The brand and product messaging: an ultra-luxury adventure cruise line that will offer the experience of a mega yacht. The project planning started last year, according to Ulf Henrick Wynnsdale, CEO.“The research we have seen in the market points toward smaller ships,” he toldCruise Industry News.“It will be a more adventurous product, and at the same time, the ultra-luxury part of that segment doesn’t have a lot of capacity.” Initial plans call for the building up to six ships between 2019 and 2020.
COLOR LINE SIGNS LOI ON THE WORLD’S LARGEST HYBRID VESSEL
jan. 2017 - Color Line and Ulstein Verft have agreed on a Letter of Intent (LOI) for the construction of the largest hybrid vessel of the world."This is an important milestone for us, and we are very pleased that we have been chosen as partner in this very exciting project. We are looking forward to the further cooperation with Color Line," states CEO Gunvor Ulstein at Ulstein Group. The vessel will be designed by Fosen.The vessel is planned to service Sandefjord-Strömstad from summer 2019. The ferry is a plug-in hybrid, where the batteries are recharged via a power cable with green electricity from their own shore facilities or recharged on board by the ship's generators.The vessel, with the working title "Color Hybrid", will have almost double capacity as M/S "Bohus", which is scheduled to be phased out when the new ferry will be put into operation. The ship will have full battery power into and out of the fjord to Sandefjord. It will therefore not give emissions of harmful greenhouse gases or nitrogen and sulphur compounds in this area. "The signing of the LOI represents a significant step to realize the world's largest plug-in hybrid ship. It is very gratifying that the Norwegian shipbuilding industry has proven its competitiveness internationally," says Trond Kleivdal at Color Line. The natural environment is an accelerator to Color Line, whose company has installed shore power facilities in Oslo, Larvik and Kristiansand. With shore power in Sandefjord installed, all Color Line Norwegian ports will have shore power facilities. "Our ambition is to be a leader in European short sea shipping and "Color Hybrid 'is a new proof of this, says Kleivdal. Color Line is currently the only company in the international passenger and freight traffic to and from Norway with ships registered in the Norwegian Ship Register and with Norwegian headquarters. "The focus on a new vessel with new green technology happens partly because the company, through the Government's maritime strategy, has received approximately identical conditions as their competitors in the Nordic region," says Trond Kleivdal.The world's largest plug-in hybrid ferry will be 160 metres long and have a capacity of 2,000 passengers and about 500 cars. The ship will provide significantly increased capacity on the route between Norway and Sweden, and will represent expanded and improved services on board and therefore a new and better travel experience. Sales manager Rolf Petter Almli and managing director Kristian Sætre at Ulstein Verft together with managing director Eva Kristensen at Ulstein Design & Solutions when signing the LOI with Color Line.Sales manager Rolf Petter Almli and managing director Kristian Sætre at Ulstein Verft together with managing director Eva Kristensen at Ulstein Design & Solutions when signing the LOI with Color Line.
HAL and US Health Inspection:
Jan. 5, 2016
earned a perfect
score of 100 on
conducted by the
U.S. Centers for
April 2016 in
Europe and made
its maiden visit
to the United
Koningsdam's first unannounced U.S.P.H. inspection was held Dec. 20, 2016, during a call at San Juan, Puerto Rico, in the middle of a 10-day Caribbean cruise.
"A new class of ship means many firsts for our crew in managing operations on board, and we couldn't be more proud of everyone on Koningsdam who worked diligently to earn a perfect score for the ship's first public health inspection in the United States," said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line. "We're doing very well on our U.S.P.H. inspections, and we're going to continue to focus on maintaining the highest standards across our fleet. Congratulations to the officers and staff of Koningsdam for this well-earned accomplishment."
In 2016 five additional Holland America Line ships previously received perfect scores, including ms Maasdam, ms Veendam, ms Noordam, ms Eurodam and ms Westerdam. Four ships earned scores of 99, including ms Nieuw Amsterdam on Dec. 22. Eurodam was the first ship in company history to receive 10 consecutive perfect USPH scores when it received its inspection last March.
CDC inspections are part of the Vessel Sanitation Program, which was introduced in the early 1970s and is required for all passenger ships that call at a U.S. port. The inspections are unannounced and are carried out by officials from the United States Public Health Service twice a year for every cruise ship. Health Canada's Cruise Ship Inspection Program harmonizes with the United States' CDC Vessel Sanitation Program, and inspections are conducted once a year when cruise ships visit Canadian ports.
The score, on a scale from one to 100, is assigned on the basis of a checklist involving dozens of areas of assessment, encompassing hygiene and sanitation of food (from storage to preparation), overall galley cleanliness, water, shipboard personnel and the ship as a whole.
Source: Carnival Corp.
France will ensure STX shipyard conditions
Dec. 31-2016France may intervene in the sale of the Saint-Nazaire shipyard by bankrupt South Korean shipbuilder STX if the French government's conditions are not met, Industry Minister Christophe Sirugue said. "The government is fully mobilised and will not hesitate to use all of the levers at its disposal," Sirugue told French daily Les Echos in an interview published on Friday. The French state, which owns a third of STX France and its western Saint-Nazaire shipyard, has a right of refusal on the sale of STX Offshore & Shipbuilding's majority stake once a winning bid has been selected, which is expected next week. Italy's Fincantieri is the sole bidder for the French assets, a source said on Dec. 27, and the Seoul bankruptcy court said only one offer had been received. The court is expected to rule on the offer on Jan. 3 Paris wants state-controlled military shipbuilder DCNS to take a minority stake in STX France, Sirugue reiterated, under a broader ownership structure that could include minority holdings for customers such as MSC Cruises or Royal Caribbean."Our immediate priority will be to hold discussions with the designated buyer, so that its offer can be reworked to take account of our conditions," the minister said. Source : Reuters (Reporting by Laurence Frost; editing by David Clarke)
Note webmaster: Had the Dutch government so smart been by selling major Dutch companies such as KLM - Nedlloyd and Fokker just to name a few!
Today (December 27) only one bid has been received, said the Korean Court. The bid comes apparently from the Italian Fincantieri Group, but this has not been confirmed.
Other candidates were the Genting Group, Damen Shipyards and French state-controlled naval shipbuilder DCNS.
STX France has been put on sale by the Korean court on October 19.
On January 3 we could know if the bid is accepted, or rejected.
If rejected, a new round will be launched.
CDC INSPECTIONS 2016
ratings from the
score of 100 for
and Maasdam --
during the year,
joining the 29
that passed the
no black marks.
The CDC inspects all ships that sail in or out of a U.S. port twice a year. Ships must earn a score of 86 or higher to pass. In 2015, 32 cruise ships received perfect scores.
Celebrity earned the most perfect scores, with six ships receiving 100: Celebrity Reflection, Celebrity Solstice, Celebrity Eclipse, Celebrity Millennium, Celebrity Silhouette and Celebrity Equinox.
Royal Caribbean had four ships with perfect scores, including Grandeur of the Seas, Allure of the Seas, Radiance of the Seas and Freedom of the Seas. Carnival Cruises had three - Carnival Elation, Carnival Victory and Carnival Breeze - as did Princess Cruises, with Emerald Princess, Regal Princess and Royal Princess.
Both Norwegian Cruise Line and Disney Cruises had two ships that scored 100: Norwegian Getaway and Norwegian Spirit; and Disney Fantasy and Magic, respectively.
Within the luxury category, Sea Dream II, Crystal Serenity, Oceania's Regatta and Silver Shadow all earned top scores.
Conversely, three cruise ships failed the inspection in 2016, including Royal Caribbean's Empress of the Seas, Ponant's Le Soleal and P&O's Oceana.
When a ship receives a grade of 85 or under, it is usually re-inspected within 30 to 45 days, if still sailing in U.S. waters. Unless the violations pose an imminent health risk, the ship is permitted to continue sailing.
Empress of the Seas received a failing score of 80 on June 3, but then received a 97 on its follow-up inspection on July 9. Neither Le Soleal, which received an 85 on July 28 or Oceana, which scored 82 on March 1, have been re-inspected.