Cruise Spesialisten, ScanNautic join forces

Cruise Spesialisten, ScanNautic join forces

Bergen-based Cruise Spesialisten handles incoming, sales and consulting with a special focus on shore excursions. ScanNautic, with headquarters in Oslo and branches in Bergen, Hammerfest and Spitzbergen, provides ship handling and clearance but also offers brokerage services, bunkers, supply, transport and logistics.

Together the two companies say they can serve existing and new clients in a more effective, efficient and economical manner. ScanNautic's Bergen location has moved to the offices of Cruise Spesialisten at Lille Markevei 1, 5005 Bergen. The cooperation does not involve any change in ownership or financial conditions and is headed by ScanNautic's Ida-Cathrine Løken.

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Light dues reduction: a step in the right direction

Light dues reduction: a step in the right direction

The Shipping Minister, David Jamieson has also introduced a 40,000 net tonnage ceiling, through a maximum charge of £16,000, 'to reduce the light dues falling on the largest vessels that often do not benefit from the exemption that applies after seven visits are made in any one year,' he commented.

The dues reduction will please those UK ports with cruise business as light dues, or their equivalent, are not charged to visiting ships in other North European ports. John Turgoose, Dover's general manager of shipping, calls it 'a small step in the right direction' and told Seatrade Insider, 'we look forward to UK ports being made competitve with our Continental rivals in this respect.'

However the 40,000 net ton ceiling will do little to assist the smaller to medium sized cruise vessels which call UK (many of which come less than seven times a season and therefore do not qualify for the multi-visit ceiling). For example HAL's Statendam-series ships at 30,000 net tons would pay £12,000 light dues per UK port visit, in addition to the normal port fees such as harbour and passenger dues, pilotage, moorings and fresh water. Ports are quick to point out they do not receive any revenue from light dues which go to Trinity House Lighthouse Service, the Northern Lighthouse Board and the Commissioners of Irish Lights and are used for the provision and maintenance of aids to navigation.

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New details of Japanese Grands

New details of Japanese Grands

The model demonstrates that the Japanese-built ships are very different to the company's existing Grand-class vessels built by Fincantieri, he says, notably incorporating an entirely new design for the funnel (housing the vessel's GE-supplied gas turbine) with wraparound discotheque to the aft.

The vessel, P&O Princess's largest to date, is meanwhile due for launch in May, with first sea trials expected in October; delivery is slated for July 2003. Steel cutting on sister Sapphire Princess began in November with keel-laying due in early March.

Earlier this year Seatrade visited the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries yard in Nagasaki where the ships are under construction, interviewing Haslam-Jones and yard boss Sakao Fukuda about vessel characteristics and building techniques. The results appear exclusively in the latest issue of Seatrade Cruise Review, to receive bonus distribution at the Seatrade Cruise Shipping Convention in Miami taking place next week.

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S. Pacific flavour to Australasian stand

S. Pacific flavour to Australasian stand

Christophe Boe, the Noumea-based deputy director of New Caledonia Tourism.South, is part of the Cruise Down Under team led by regular panellist Mike Bartlett. The Southern Province of New Caledonia, which includes the popular cruise ports of Noumea and Isle of Pines, is the first South Pacific tourist office to join CDU (Seatrade Insider 30/08/01).

Other newcomers to the CDU stand are Michelle Robinson, manager of Sapphire Coast Tourism which promotes the southern New South Wales port of Eden and Cruising Geraldton's Jackie Healy.The rest of the A (for Aussie) team are Tourism Victoria's Melbourne-based Kylie Lethbridge and Los Angeles-based Margaret Sparrow and LA-based Vivien Flitton (Australian Tourist Commission) Matt Guy (South Australian Tourism Commission) and Linda Zaklikowski (Tourism Queensland), as well as two representatives of opal specialist Gemtec.

Cruise New Zealand, which shares the CDU stand, will be represented bychairman Craig Harris, md of McKay Shipping Limited who has attended every Miami convention since 1995, Andy Mitchell of ID Tours in Auckland and New York-based Anna Synnott of Tourism New Zealand.

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MonoSpace elevator needs no machinery room

MonoSpace elevator needs no machinery room

In a MonoSpace elevator, KONE's EcoDisc motor fits within the elevator trunk itself, removing the need for a machinery room providing space, weight, cost and energy savings, and reduced noise levels.

The first generation of MonoSpace elevators have already been used in land-based applications and can cover lifting capabilities up to 1,500kg and 1.6m/s travelling space. Space savings for cruise ships are calculated between 250 and 400 cu mtr (approximately 15 cu mtr per elevator) and weigh savings of about 15% compared with conventional elevators.

The first marine elevators taking advantage of KONE's new EcoDisc drive motor were installed on Costa Atlantica in a concept called MiniSpace requiring only a limited space for machinery compared with conventional elevator technology. MiniSpace elevators have already been ordered for 10 cruise ships.

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Kvaerner Masa elects new board

Kvaerner Masa elects new board

Board members are KMY president and ceo Jorma Eloranta; Aker Kvaerner evp's Karl Erik Kjelstad and Oddvar Slettevold and Kvaerner ASA cfo Trond Westlie. Aarne Ukkola and Jorma Malinen continue as personnel representatives.

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Deilmann sees rise in river bookings

Deilmann sees rise in river bookings

The firm markets and sells the 10 European riverboats operated by Germany's Peter Deilmann Reederei (which also owns the ocean-going Deutschland, Berlin and Lili Marleen). While the news is encouraging, the total volume of bookings is still below that of 2001 as Deilmann, like other lines, works to fill the post-September 11 bookings hole. And while Americans used to plan European vacations six to nine months in advance, now the booking window is more like three to seven months.

'There was a big dearth of bookings from September to Thanksgiving. But it started to pick up at Thanksgiving and has really taken off since the first of the year,' Santangelo tells Seatrade Insider. The American moood about travel 'has changed 180 degrees' since the New Year, he adds, 'and there really is a lot of enthusiasm for going to Europe.' Santangelo expects to send 10,000 Americans to the Continent this summer aboard Deilmann's 1,196-berth river fleet.

As earlier reported, Deilmann this month launches its 10th river cruiser, the 79-passenger Frederic Chopin, which will sail between Amsterdam and Prague and on the Oder River through Eastern Germany and Poland. Currently, Deilmann's top selling river routes for Americans are the Venice programmes on Casanova, the 96-passenger vessel introduced last year. Santangelo also says the Danube (where Deilmann operates two ships totalling 400 berths) is 'coming back very strong' following weak sales after the war in Serbia.

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Translation provider makes industry push

Translation provider makes industry push

'We'd like to be the global communications provider for as many cruise lines as we can,' says Iverson spokesperson Jean Tikusis. The Milwaukee-based firm, with offices in Portland (Oregon) and Seattle, employs a staff of 21 plus hundreds of freelance language experts. Services include translating signage, advertising and marketing materials and websites; simultaneous interpretation for meetings and conferences, video production and consulting. Iverson can supply more than 100 languages.

The company is inviting industry executives to a seminar titled 'Translation for the Cruise Line Industry' from 8:30-10:30 am Friday at the McLamore Executive Education Centre at the University of Miami. The cost is $30. Topics will include how to obtain faster turnaround times for translation projects and how to reduce costs. Attendees will also learn about the latest translation technology. For information/registration: contact Hélène Wimmerlin at 800-261-1144 ext. 19. For general company background, see www.iversonlang.com.

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AAPA schedules media briefing on security

AAPA schedules media briefing on security

AAPA president Kurt Nagle will provide information on how ports have responded to the 'new normalcy' following September 11, what security measures they have taken and what they expect to do in the future. Tampa port director George Williamson, chairman of the AAPA Cruise Committee, will focus on the cruise port perspective, discussing such issues as how Florida security legislation has served as a model for the Hollings Bill (S.1214), currently being weighed by Congress. A number of AAPA cruise port directors will also be on hand for the briefing at 4:30 pm on Tuesday, March 12 in Room D235-236, Hall D of the Miami Beach Convention Centre.

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Royal Caribbean and SeaSupplier team up on e-procurement

Royal Caribbean and SeaSupplier team up on e-procurement

The SeaSupplier system has been developed in the past six years and started as a communications link to suppliers of the Stolt parcel tankers fleet. 'This is the first contract we have signed in the cruise sector,' Terry Kearney, coo of SeaSupplier told Seatrade Insider. Although reluctant to disclose the length of the contract, Kearney revealed, 'it is less than five years but more than one.'

Kearney says the cruise industry requires a product quality level that is higher than in other areas of shipping and it also has the advantage of knowing in advance where the ship is located in order to execute a rapid supply exchange. He notes that just under 40% of all marine purchasing transactions are flawed due to incorrect specification, wrong product in the wrong place and invoice inaccuracies.

The SeaConnect system will provide electronic connectivity between RCCL and key vendors responsible for supplying up to 80% of RCCL's marine goods and services. It will integrate with RCCL's J D Edwards purchasing system and provide electronic and standardized transactions with marine suppliers to eliminate imprecise, paper-based activities.

RCCL expects to reduce its marine procurement costs (which Michael Allsup RCCL, vp supply chain management told Seatrade Cruise Review this time last year amount to around $600m annually) by 15-20%. The current project will go live in April and will be fully operational by late July.

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