New York correspondent, Seatrade Maritime News
Barry Parker is a New York-based maritime specialist and writer, associated with Seatrade since 1980. His early work was in drybulk chartering, and in the early 1990s he moved into shipping finance where he served as a deal-maker and analyst with a leading maritime merchant bank. Since the late 1990s he has worked for a group of select clients on various maritime projects, also remaining active as a writer.
Cruise shipping, like other maritime sectors, is capital-intensive, notes Peter Shaerf, managing director at the New York based shipping finance specialist AMA Capital Partners.
Last year at Seatrade Cruise Global, the talk was all about liquefied natural gas-powered cruise ships and ‘chickens and eggs’ - whether a wider pool of cruise brands would start to choose LNG for newbuilds in the absence of infrastructure and supply chain.
From the top level of the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science in downtown Miami, the cruise terminals on Dodge Island and the headquarters of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. are clearly visible. So it was fitting that this venue, the Vista, was the site of RCL’s annual media kickoff to Seatrade Cruise Global.
The shipping industry generally has made great strides when it comes to matters of cyber security industry experts agreed at a focssed panel discussion at Seatrade Cruise Global.
Seatrade Cruise Global’s session on Innovations in Environmental Stewardship - moderated by CLIA’s Bud Darr, svp technical and regulatory, posed one question which resonated throughout the entire hour-long panel.
The onset in 2020 of reductions on maximum sulfur emissions is certainly the biggest factor driving the cruise industry’s actions on all fronts related to energy consumption and alternative fuels – the focus of a panel on the opening day of Seatrade Cruise Global.