Capt. Paul 'Chip' Jaenichen, former administrator of the US Maritime Administration, joined HMS Global Maritime as chief operating officer. HMS owns and operates the American Queen Steamboat Co. and 85 other US-flag vessels.

V.Group, owner of the world’s largest ship manager V.Ships, which manages over 1,000 vessels including cruise ships has been sold to Advent International.

Ship management company V.Ships has chosen Wärtsilä to provide maintenance services for its long term client Phoenix Reisen's cruise vessel Artania.

KD River Invest, a company under the umbrella of Basel-based River Advice, is acquiring Cologne-based Köln-Düsseldorfer Deutsche Rheinschiffahrt (KD).

Logistics company Ship Supply International launched a new division, The Small Ship Group, to focus on the needs of smaller ocean, expedition and river cruise operators.

New US riverboat operator French America Line engaged Hebron, Kentucky-based Inland Marine Service to handle marine operations for the 150-passenger Louisiane.

55,000gt Thomson Dream has received a new shipwide tank gauging system manufactured by PSM under commission from the vessel's shipmanager, Columbia Cruise Services (CCS).

Haimark Line, charterer of the coastal ship Saint Laurent, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Colorado. This does not involve Haimark Travel's nine river vessels, which continue operating.

Four Danish investors, including International Shipping Partners veteran Niels-Erik Lund, acquired FleetPro Leisure from the FleetPro Group. Renamed CMI Leisure, it will continue hotel management services for the seven vessels under contract.

Columbia Cruise Services is confirmed as the technical manager of Thomson Discovery, due to join the Thomson Cruises’ fleet in spring 2016.

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