MSC Cruises celebrated two milestones in its newbuild programme at STX France yard in St Nazaire on Wednesday - the coin ceremony and keel laying for MSC Bellissima as well as the cutting of the first steel and name reveal for MSC Grandiosa, the first Meraviglia-Plus class ship.

What's touted as the Nordic region's tallest crane at 120 meters/394 feet was raised at Meyer Turku Sunday. It's also the most visible part of the shipyard's €185m in recent investments.

Palumbo Malta Shipyard has completed the two-month conversion of Silversea Cruises' original ship, Silver Cloud, into an ice-class expedition vessel.

The keel laying of Hanseatic inspiration, the second of Hapag Lloyd Cruises‘ new expedition ships, was held on Wednesday at the Vard shipyard in Romania.

Since China’s Huarun Dadong Dockyard (HRDD) ventured into cruise ship drydocking and repair at the start of 2015, the yard has been making steady headway in this growing segment.

Schulte Marine Concept (S.M.C), the project management arm of international maritime services company Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM), working together with Bernhard Schulte Cruise Services (BS Cruise), has won its first cruise ship contract with Portugal-based Mystic Cruises.

NIT has signed engineering and design turnkey contracts with Meyer Turku for some of the passenger and crew areasfor Costa Smeralda and sister ship - Costa Cruises' pair of LNG-powered newbuilds arriving in 2019 and 2012.

Construction of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises' second new expedition ship, Hanseatic inspiration, is underway at Vard's shipyard in Tulcea, Romania.

The keel of new Mein Schiff 2 was laid today at Meyer Turku shipyard. The ship is the sixth build by Meyer Turku for TUI Cruises and is due for delivery in early 2019.

Dario Deste, chairman of Fincantieri Australia, has confirmed the  company will open an office in Adelaide next Tuesday.

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