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Articles from 2003 In February


SeaDream taps DePerro for Northeast US

SeaDream taps DePerro for Northeast US

She will be active in SeaDream sales along the Northeastern seaboard from Maine through Pennsylvania and will report to Bob Lepisto, vp worldwide sales and marketing.

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Last night in Miami ...

Last night in Miami ...

Georg Angell-Hansen, executive director of Cruise Norway, told the gathering that cruise ships call at 35 ports in his country, with 1,300 visits during the summer season.

'The revenues are very good. We draw an upper scale, older segment of the market. The number of people going on shore excursions is higher than anywhere else in the world,' Angell-Hansen said.

Twenty of Cruise Norway's 48 shareholders were on hand -- including newest member, Port of Drammen -- and provided 'Viking-style' raffle prizes such as hand-crafted wooden bowls, smoked Norwegian salmon, Radisson SAS hotel stays, pewter Aquavit cups and Hadeland crystal. Winners included NCL's Jan Erik Andersen and Kjell Hjortnes, Fred. Olsen's Tim Moore, RCCL's Lars Ljoen, itinerary/deployment consultant Rick Strunck, Orient's Agnes Mathiesen and numerous others.

Cruise Norway is exhibiting at Booth 515 at Seatrade Miami.

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Fire report erroneous, Cunard says

Fire report erroneous, Cunard says

A senior marine and technical exec for the line was informed by yard officials that a smoky but minor blaze in an aft dock -- not on the liner -- was quickly extinguished.

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Cruise names among worldapos;s wealthiest

Cruise names among worldapos;s wealthiest

Forbes puts Arison's net worth at $3.2bn. That's down from $3.6bn last year when the Carnival chairman was at No. 103 and from $4.1bn in 2001 when he held 96th place. Sister Shari Arison of Israel this year occupies 158th place with $2.4bn.

Others on the list who have cruise ties include Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud, who in 1997 put $20m into NCL Holdings (then parent of Norwegian Cruise Line). The Saudi prince in 2003 is the world's fifth wealthiest person with a fortune of $17.7bn (down from $20bn last year).

Thomas Pritzker, at 32nd place with $7.6bn, is a Royal Caribbean director, and the Pritzker family are major shareholders in the world's No. 2 cruise line. Fellow Royal director Eyal Ofer is the son of Sammy Ofer of Israel, who is at 256th place with $1.6bn, and the Ofer family own a sizable chunk of RCL shares through their company, Cruise Associates. Marilyn Carlson Nelson of the Carlson Companies (a division of which owns Radisson Seven Seas Cruises) is at No. 348 with $1.2bn.

Topping Forbes' list for the ninth consecutive year is Microsoft maven Bill Gates -- no known cruise connections -- with a fortune of $40.7bn, down from $52.8bn in 2002.

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Westfaliaapos;s bilge water separator for small vessels

Westfaliaapos;s bilge water separator for small vessels

The regulations require oil content in effluent discharged at sea to be below 15ppm; but Westfalia recognise that this will be lowered in the future.

Bilge water is difficult to separate into its constituents says Westfalia. It's mainly water with fuel oil, lube oil, cooling water and cleaning materials in suspension. Some oil is emulsified in the water. The WTC2 separates the oil, water and solids allowing the oil to be sent to the waste oil collecting tank for subsequent disposal, the solids to be collected for easy disposal and the water to be discharged safely to the ocean.

The intelligent control and monitoring system allows unmanned operation, round the clock. It also ensures that only water with an oil content below 15ppm (the legal limit) can be discharged overboard.

Bilge water systems are supplied as Compact Units to fit easily into confined spaces. The units include the WTC2 MiniMaxx separator, pump/pre-heater, filter and control unit. Under normal conditions, and without the use of chemical dosing or absorption filters, the unit will provide clean water with a residual oil content of 10-12ppm.

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Tanzania raises its profile

Tanzania raises its profile

, Zanzibar Port Corp. and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority.

The delegation will seek to draw attention to Tanzania as an emerging cruise destination with varied attractions like Mt. Kilimanjaro, the wildlife-rich Serengeti plain and Ngorongoro Crater, historic Daar es Salaam with its picturesque harbor; Zanzibar's Swahili culture, beaches, spice and slave route history; and Saadani, the country's newest national park and its only coastal wildlife sanctuary. Six spots around the country are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites with the architectural gem of Bagamoyo under consideration as a seventh.

At Seatrade, Tanzania will sponsor the coffee break on Tuesday, March 4, prior to the State of the Industry debate, and the delegation will be at Booth 1261 of the trade show.

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Norwalk news summary to air

Norwalk news summary to air

A Seatrade Miami session on health and sanitation at Monday's World Cruise Tourism Summit will summarize Norwalk coverage in a newsreel prepared by the Internatonal Council of Cruise Lines. Communications director Molly McPherson whittled down more than 500 news clips into a 10-minute video.

'The media portrayed this as a cruise ship virus when in reality, it was a land-based virus that people brought onto the cruise ships,' McPherson says. The news reel opens with samples of the early, often sensationally inaccurate footage then traces the gradual transition to more balanced reporting. 'By the end,' McPherson adds, 'the media was accurately reporting what was a virus that also affected land-based facilities such as schools, nursing homes and hospitals.'

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Gwyn Hughesapos; parachute jump for charity

Gwyn Hughesapos; parachute jump for charity

Hughes, who suffers from vertigo, claims he is 'overweight and slightly insane', is free falling in support of the Richard House Hospice for Children in London which has just opened a residential care unit and needs to raise a seven figure sum to cover running costs.

Hughes has lost two stone in weight in order to undertake the parachute jump and is hoping that the weather is fine on Sunday so the jump goes ahead. If not, it will happen at a later date. Anyone wishing to sponsor Gwyn can send a cheque to him but made out to the Richard House Trust and dated March 30 (with a cheque guarantee number on the reverse) at P&O Princess Cruises plc, 11-12 Charles II Street, London SW1Y 4QU.

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Dover set for busiest season

Dover set for busiest season

Cruise calls are expected to rise by 30% as new customers such as Oceania, Royal Olympia and Swan Hellenic join established lines Celebrity, Fred Olsen, HAL, NCL and Saga.

Commercial director John Turgoose says the port continues to modify and improve its two dedicated terminals in line with customer requirements. 'For example last year an increasing number of passengers drove to the port to take advantage of quayside parking. We have increased the number of spaces by 80 to 700, 250 of which are covered.'

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QM2 pods under investigation

QM2 pods under investigation

During the testing of the fourth pod at Nancy, a technical issue was identified. The Mermaid consortium decided that, as a precautionary measure, additional checks should be made on the other three pods. ALSTOM decided that for the first two pods, which were already in St Nazaire, the most suitable facility for this work is Rolls-Royce's Ulsteinvik site in Norway. Pods 3 & 4 will remain in ALSTOM's Nancy factory until all checks have been completed.

ALSTOM Marine confirms: 'The original delivery date for QM2 remains as planned and ALSTOM's top priority is to ensure that the equipment fitted to the ship is of the highest quality.' A spokesman for Rolls Royce told Seatrade Insider, 'We take all issues relating to the performance of pods very seriously and we fully investigate any problems in a comprehensive manner working closely with the shipowner and the shipyard.'

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