The IMO deadline for fitting new ships with Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) is less than one year away. After July 1, 2002, all newbuilds over 300 grt must be equipped with an approved AIS transponder system. Leica Geosystems, one of the pioneering companies in AIS technology,
Last month MR hopped aboard Costa Fortuna, currently under construction at Fincantieri's Sestri Ponente yard in Genoa. The 105,000-gt ship will be the largest cruise ship to ever fly the Italian flag, and the largest — in 30 years — to be built
In the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA), signed into law on November 25, 2002, Congress directed the U.S. Coast Guard to. among other things, establish a vessel security plan requirement for appropriate vessels operating in United States waters.
The 99th Congress was sworn into office in 1985 with perhaps its primary challenge to control the spiralling federal deficit. Members of the House of Representatives and Senate, both Democrats and Republicans, and the President, expressed their
The Coast Guard is attempting to simplify and improve the licensing regulations for all commercial vessel personnel. The proposed amendments in CGD81-059 offer a license structure with career patterns for persons serving on all waters and on all kinds of vessels,
Avondale Industries, Inc. recently announced that its Boat Division has been appointed the U.S. licensee for the API-88 amphibious hovercraft. The API-88 is a high-speed passenger hovercraft and freightcarrying air-cushioned vehicle designed by the British Hovercraft Corporation.
Carnival Cruise Lines has signed a contract with Kvaerner Masa- Yards for construction of an additional 70,000 gross-registered-ton SuperLiner. The new vessel, to be named Fascination, will cost in excess of $315 million and will be a sister ship
Litton Ingalls kicked off the construction process of the first cruise ship to be built in the U.S. in 40 years, with a pre- July 4th ceremony at the yard's Pascagoula, Miss, headquarters celebrating the vessel's hull fabrication. Located among
Bulkfleet, Inc., the Texas-based marine company that introduced heavy fuel-burning deep-notched vessels to the United States, has consolidated its interests, including a first-class passenger cruise line, under the name Signet Corporation, J. Barry Snyder,
The U.S. one-day market is one of the fastest growing segments of the North American cruise industry; the Baltic luxury ferry market is one of the most well-developed cruise markets in Europe. Why do Scandinavians purchase 27 times more short