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Blu Marine wins Queen Elizabeth refurb contract

Specialist marine outfitting company, Blu Marine, has been awarded a contract to carry out refurbishment works on Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth.

ALMACO wins provision stores contracts for RCI trio

ALMACO has been awarded several provision stores contracts including 2,000sq mtr for Royal Caribbean International’s Quantum of the Seas, to be delivered by Meyer Werft in 2015, and Anthem of the Seas, expected in 2016. Also, ALMACO will be delivering 2,600sq mtr of provision stores to STX France for Oasis 3 in 2016.

Overhaul planned for Semester at Sea’s Explorer at Lloyd Werft

Floating university at sea, Explorer, is due to visit Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven for an overhaul from May 4-16, 2014.

Massive Lone Star state flags draped Navigator of the Seas on its return to Galveston Wednesday following a 24-day docking at Grand Bahama Shipyard that included the installation of 'virtual balconies' to 81 inside staterooms. The vessel also added 81 new accommodations.

Fincantieri cuts first steel for MSC Armonia's new 25mtr mid-body section

Fincantieri’s Palermo shipyard has cut the first steel for a 25mtr long mid-body section for MSC Armonia, the first of four Lirica-class ships due to be lengthened and upgraded under the line’s €200m ‘Rinascimento’ program.

Costa Concordia removal operations resumed Monday following the diving accident on Saturday afternoon that claimed the life of salvage worker Israel Franco Moreno, 41, of La Coruña, Spain.

Monday update: Costa Crociere provided a psychologist from its care team to assist the family of the fatally injured diver and brought in two experts in post-traumatic shock from the Spanish association of psychologists to counsel workers in Giglio.

A diver working on the Costa Concordia wreck died Saturday afternoon following an underwater accident. According to wire service reports from Italy, he is believed to have cut his leg on an underwater metal plate and bled to death.

Oceania donates proceeds of Kravet fabric line to St. Jude

Oceania Cruises said proceeds from its namesake fabric collection created by Kravet Inc. for its ships and available to the interior design trade will be donated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

American Queen gets steam plant renovation, other technical, cosmetic work

Work during American Queen's annual scheduled layup, under way at New Orleans’ Boland Marine Shipyards, includes renovation of the steam plant and other engineering and cosmetic enhancements in preparation for the start of the paddlewheeler's third season on Feb. 21.

Visual Connection completes major upgrade of Eurodam's theatre lighting

Visual Connection Ltd, the UK-based visual technology concept and installation company, has completed a major upgrade of theatre lighting on board Eurodam, including the installation of a full rig of LED moving lights for Holland America Line.

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