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COSCO’s shipyard in Zhoushan, China has secured the contract to convert the QE2 into a luxury floating hotel.

The Chinese shipyard contracted to convert QE2 into a floating hotel will be revealed October 15 in Shanghai.

Costa Crociere has secured the availability of a heavy lift ship that could raise Costa Concordia once it has been refloated and carry it to a location for breaking. Lifting the wreck, instead of towing it, provides one of the possible options for removal, Costa said.

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises' Europa emerged from its Hamburg drydocking with refurnished suites, updated public areas, new carpeting and flooring, pool area improvements and fresh hull coating.

Singapore's Sembawang Shipyard was awarded the upgrading of 115,875gt Diamond Princess and the long-term business of Princess Cruises under parent company Carnival Corp. & plc's Favoured Customer Contract.

As the winter nears, efforts to increase Costa Concordia's stability are in progress at Giglio. Last week's adverse weather and marine conditions—which caused minor movements of the wreck atop its artificial seabed platform—confirmed the need to further stabilize the ship for the winter.

Divers have located the remains of two bodies near the Costa Concordia wreck, according to news reports from Italy.

Oceania Cruises published 'The Oceania Cruises Art Collection,' detailing the art and artists featured on board Marina and Riviera. More than 2,000 works adorn the ships.

Reasons to be cheerful on newbuilds and refurbs

'Positively cheerful' is how Paivi Haikkola, head of research & development, Deltamarin Ltd, describes her mood for the shipbuilding and refurbishment market.

Costa Concordia captain blames helmsman for the grounding

Costa Concordia Capt. Francesco Schettino faulted his helmsman for misunderstanding his command and turning the wrong way, causing the ship to strike the rocks off Giglio.

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