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.

More comfort, cutting-edge 'green' technology and better views are goals of the Richard With makeover begun this week at Norway's Fosen yard. It is the largest ship upgrade in Hurtigruten's history.

Another expedition ship newbuild has been delayed. The 176-passenger World Explorer, expected from Portugal's WestSea Viana Shipyard this month, is now set to arrive in summer 2019.

Kanesville Queen, a former gaming vessel built in 1995, has been cut in half at Gulf Island Shipyard in Houma, Louisiana, in preparation for the addition of a midsection to create the new riverboat American Countess.

Scanship has entered into a contract with Carnival Cruise Line to support the company's ongoing commitment to advanced watewater purification systems in accordance with IMO's MARPOL MEPC 227(64). The deal pertains to a ship in operation.

Navigator of the Seas has been cleared to sail from Vigo, Spain, following an unscheduled stop for repairs and inspection due to a mechanical issue involving one of the stabilizers.

Meyer Werft and AIDA Cruises confirmed the delivery of AIDAnova is delayed. As a result five 'sneak preview' cruises between Nov. 15 and Dec. 2 have been canceled, however the new ship is still scheduled to depart for its maiden voyage from Hamburg to the Canary Islands on Dec. 2.

Silversea Expeditions' Silver Explorer is back in service following an upgrade at Seaspan's Vancouver Drydock.

At Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., EVP maritime Harri Kulovaara has recently beefed up his team with a trio of VPs in newly created roles—Bo Cerup-Simonsen (newbuild strategy and portfolio), Tor Svensen (maritime technology) and Constantin Ionesco (fleet modernization).

Shipbuilding veteran Raimon Strunck has been named to the newly created role of chief technology officer at MV Werften. His responsibilities include project management, design, planning as well as procurement and logistics.

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