A 50% reduction in cruising's carbon footprint is realistic in the near future, according to Tom Strang, SVP maritime affairs, Carnival Corp. & plc. At Seatrade Europe in Hamburg Strang, who chairs CLIA Europe's Environment, Safety & Security Committee, also called for a strong cooperation within the industry to address sustainability issues.
While Brexit continues to generate uncertainty and many questions, cruise industry experts are generally optimistic that the trade to British ports and operations of UK cruise vessels to European Union ports will continue largely unchanged.
A speed cap to safeguard highly endangered North Atlantic right whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence is just the latest whale-related protocol involving cruise ships. Stakeholders are asking if successful practices from elsewhere could help mitigate the financial impact of this restriction on St. Lawrence ports and cruise lines.
Cruise the Saint Lawrence is calling for a long-term solution to protect the highly endangered North Atlantic right whale that avoids economic impact on communities and cruise lines resulting from a recently mandated 10-knot speed cap.
US Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao has sworn in Rear Adm. Mark Buzby, a retired Navy officer, as the administrator of the Maritime Administration. Prior to his appointment Buzby served as president of the National Defense Transportation Association, a global association of transportation and logistics professionals.
Florida's Port Canaveral hosted a briefing led by Federal Maritime Commissioner William Doyle regarding the use of liquefied natural gas as a maritime transportation fuel.
The French state is exercising its pre-emptive right to acquire the remaining share capital in STX France, buying time to continue negotiations with Italy. This is a temporary move that will cost France about €80m.
French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire on Wednesday said the state is prepared to exercise its pre-emptive right to nationalize STX France if Italy doesn't accept its offer of a 50-50 share of the Saint-Nazaire shipyard.