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.
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.
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.