A remarkable transformation of three vessels is taking place at Gulf Island Shipyards in Houma, Louisiana. There, a paddlewheeler is being built for American Queen Steamboat Co. (AQSC), and the two coastal vessels of Victory Cruise Lines are being refurbished under the new ownership of AQSC.

Technical work completed during Queen Elizabeth's drydock at Damen Shiprepair Brest included the installation of twin exhaust gas cleaning systems (scrubbers) which, along with all the pipe and ducting work, involved the removal of two staterooms to accommodate the additional equipment.

Scanship said it has entered into a contract with one of the major European shipyards for delivery of advanced wastewater purification systems for two mega-cruise newbuilds. The contract also includes supplies for two optional vessels.

SpecTec’s Cruise Business Unit will deliver its AMOS asset management technology across the Virgin Voyages fleet ahead of its launch in 2020 with first ship Scarlet Lady.

The Schulte Group, through its Singaporean affiliate Schulte Maritime Services, acquired a majority stake in YPI Crew, the Antibes-based yacht crew recruitment agency.

John Gunner joined Windstar Cruises in the newly created role of VP expansion projects, and Capt. Michael Ross as director of marine & safety operations. This comes as the line continues to add destinations and expand its programs, notably, the recently announced $250m 'Star Plus Initiative' ship lengthenings starting in October 2019.

Hurtigruten's 2007-built expedition ship Fram is set for a makeover with updated cabins and suites, new restaurants, a high-tech Science Center and more environmentally friendly engines.

One of Europe's most advanced welding plants was put into operation at MV Werften in Rostock today. It is specially suited to build Genting Hong Kong's Global-class cruise ships.

Norwegian Jade, currently alongside at the Port of San Juan, has a mechanical issue that will cut short the 10-day cruise that sailed from PortMiami on Friday.

Meyer Werft said the hand-over of AIDAnova—the first cruise ship to be powered by LNG—has been further delayed. The yard is 'working hard' to wrap up the finishing touches and testing by Nov. 30.

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