Lloyd’s Register has been awarded recognized organization status by the Italian flag administration and is now authorized to issue statutory certification on its behalf to all seagoing ships sailing with the Italian flag.

Meyer Werft laid the keel for Royal Caribbean's fifth Quantum-class ship, Odyssey of the Seas, during festivities at its Neptun Werft yard in Warnemünde on Friday. There, the engine room unit will be produced prior to further ship assembly in Papenburg.

Meyer Werft delivered the first Quantum-Ultra ship, Spectrum of the Seas, to Royal Caribbean International in Bremerhaven. This vessel is customized for the China market.

Investigators believe low engine pressure led to Viking Sky's engine failure on Saturday when the ship was in stormy weather off the coast of Norway.

Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA) inspectors are carrying out investigations on board Viking Sky, berthed in Molde following a loss of engine power in stormy seas on Saturday that led to a partial evacuation of the ship by helicopter.

The LNG-powered Costa Smeralda will eliminate most particulate matter and sulfur oxide emissions, while significantly reducing nitrogen oxides and carbon dioxide, contributing to Costa Cruises' sustainability goals, president Neil Palomba said. What's more, its sister ship will test a fuel cell, he disclosed Friday.

DNV GL has been awarded a contract for the classification of Sea Cloud Spirit, under construction at Metalships & Docks in Vigo, Spain.

Finnish shipbuilder Meyer Turku Shipyard and DNV GL have signed a contract for the classification of Royal Caribbean International’s new Project Icon vessels.

MSC Cruises is the first cruise line to receive the 8 Golden Pearls notation from international classification society Bureau Veritas for sustainable and environmental stewardship and covering quality, health, safety and environmental (QHSE) management on board MSC Meraviglia.

Ponant announced an order for two additional newbuilds from Fincantieri's Vard, which will expand its fleet to 12 ships with 2,000 crew members and 460 departures by 2021.

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