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Articles from 2003 In June


US enacts tough maritime security rules

US enacts tough maritime security rules

Ports around the US will also be strongly impacted.

The regulations build on a comprehensive port security strategy directed by President George Bush after 9/11 and implement significant portions of the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002. Developed using risk-based methodology, the regulations focus onsectors of the maritime industry that 'have a higher risk of involvement ina transportation security incident,' including large passenger vessels and the ports that serve them. The regulations require security measures that have three scalable levels. They also call for the installation of an Automatic Identification System (AIS) on large passenger ships, among others.

The interim final rules became effective today. They will bereplaced by final rules by Oct. 25. The US Coast Guard is acceptingwritten comments on the regulations for 30 days and will hold a publicmeeting to discuss all the final rules on July 23 in Washington, DC.

Ted Thompson, executive vp of the International Council of Cruise Lines, told Seatrade Insider his organization is analyzing the 130 pages of documents published today with the goal of getting preliminary comments to member lines by July 8. After members have studied the comments, ICCL will schedule a conference call with them to formulate feedback for the Coast Guard by mid-July.

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AAPA warns of security apos;Achillesapos; heelapos;

AAPA warns of security apos;Achillesapos; heelapos;

Under the regulations, ports are required to quickly initiate formal assessments to identify unresolved security needs, develop detailed security plans based on the assessments' conclusions and submit their plans to the US Coast Guard for review by Jan. 1. Once the Coast Guard approves the plans, ports will beeager to set them in motion before the July 1, 2004, deadline, the AAPA said.

However, the ports association warned that 'the plans' muscle may be challenged by a potential Achilles' heel -- insufficient funding.'

The AAPA points out that the Coast Guard estimates ports will be required to invest $1.125bn in the first year alone to implement necessary security measures, with a total of $5.399bn needed for security over 10 years. Presently only $100m is included for port security in theFY'04 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill recently approved by theHouse of Representatives. AAPA supports the Senate's budgetresolution calling for $610m for the Transportation SecurityAdministration's port security funding grant program in the FY'04Homeland Security Appropriations bill.

Since June 2002, the Department of Homeland Security has provided $337.3m for port security funding, and the Office of Domestic Preparedness has provided $75m. Another $105m is expected to be released by DHS for port security later this summer. But the AAPA noted that before any of these funds became available, US ports had tightened security at their own expense, and they continue to divert millions of dollars to fund additional measures. Association president Kurt Nagle cautioned that the expenses of implementing new regulations are often 'beyond the ports' resources.'

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Spanish Cruise Line duo boosts Valencia

Spanish Cruise Line duo boosts Valencia

Homeported in Valencia from June until Oct. 27 and offering seven-day itineraries to Marseille, Leghorn, Civitavecchia, Palermo, Tunis, Ibiza and back to Valencia, Crown is managed by V.Ships on behalf of the Norwegian disponent owners, Actinor Shipping. The vessel is on charter to Spanish Cruise Line for this summer with options for extension, but as far as Seatrade Insider understands the charterer has not yet declared an option for extension. Bolero is chartered to SCL until the end of 2003 with an option for a further two years.

Port of Valencia's commercial manager, Antonio Crespo, reports the Spanish Cruise Line two-ship operation is 'going extremely well,' and the port is delighted with its new $8.5m multi-functional cruise/ferry terminal opened last year and operated by SCL partner, Trasmediterranea.

In addition to the SCL homeport business, Valencia will receive another 40 cruise calls this year by ships belonging to fleets including Seabourn, Festival, MSC, Seetours, P&O Princess, Silversea and Fred Olsen. Crespo notes there is a rise in the number of calls in the last quarter of the year, 'especially in October and November due to the good weather conditions in our area.'

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MSC Melody in Brazil

MSC Melody in Brazil

13, Melody will resume MSC's winter series of 14 Brazilian cruises from Rio, replacing Rhapsody on Dec. 19.

The new MSC Lirica will head to the Caribbean on Dec. 27 (celebrating New Year's Eve in Madeira) and starts 12-day/11-night cruises from Port Everglades on Jan. 13, with two alternating itineraries: 'Windward Islands' and 'The Cortez Route.'

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Taylor moves up at Landry & Kling

Taylor moves up at Landry & Kling

She will manage both the sales administration and proposal development departments with responsibilities including developing and implementing the company's annual marketing plan, establishing marketing programs and overseeing external communications. Taylor joined L&K in 1999 as marketing and communications manager. Earlier, she served as marketing & communications associate at BalletMet Columbus, a professional ballet company.

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Savings on Central America sailings

Savings on Central America sailings

6 and 15, and the Dec. 6 sailing of the seven-night 'Gems of Costa Rica.' Both programs are aboard the 100-passenger Pacific Explorer. An additional $150 per person savings is offered when cabins are booked and paid in full three months before departure.

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Crystal launches meetings, incentive program

Crystal launches meetings, incentive program

The 2004 departures are spread across three Crystal ships, including the new Serenity, which will be christened this week by Julie Andrews in Southampton.

Crystal's new meeting & incentive package offers complimentary bottled water, soft drinks and specialty coffees, in-stateroom bar, wine served with dinner and onboard gratuities.

Michael von Wittenau, the line's director of groups, charters and incentives sales, said that by tailoring itineraries to meet the needs of meeting and incentive planners, Crystal can offer exceptional value and a host of on-board amenities 'at a fraction of what it costs to host a similar program on land.'

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Carman to exit Delta Queen

Carman to exit Delta Queen

He has been serving the dual role of chief operating officer and head of marine operations for the New Orleans-based line.

Carman was among a core group of executives who stayed at Delta Queen after American Classic Voyages' post-9/11 bankruptcy and worked to find a new owner for the company. Delaware North acquired the line in 2002.

Over more than a decade, Carman has held various key positions at Delta Queen. He also was AMCV's senior vp of marine operations based in New Orleans and executive vp of American Hawaii Cruises in Honolulu. A naval architect and marine engineer, he directed the design of the American Queen paddlewheeler, which entered service for Delta Queen in 1995.

A company spokeswoman told Seatrade Insider that Carman is leaving to pursue other opportunities and 'We're very sorry to see him go.' She said there are no plans to fill the chief operating officer position and 'we haven't had time to explore what options there are on the marine operations side.'

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Workshop tells how to implement ISPS Code

Workshop tells how to implement ISPS Code

The workshop provided detailed information about the far-ranging new IMO code which establishes a standard global security framework and becomes mandatory for ship operators and ports in July 2004. Stan Deno, ICCL's director of operations, told Seatrade Insider that attendees got the message from both IMO and US Coast Guard officials that 'without a doubt, there will be no extension of this compliance date.'

The workshop's goal was to provide practical steps for implementing the code, according to Ted Thompson, ICCL's executive vp. ICCL is interested in helping the Caribbean -- the No. 1 cruise destination with an almost 47% capacity share -- meet the consistent security levels required. Cruise operators can provide expertise on many ISPS angles, as they already deploy company and ship security officers and they operate under the three levels (normal, medium and high) of security as outlined by the code. They also deal almost daily with the US Coast Guard, which will reinforce the new requirements.

But when it comes to one point -- how will ports pay for the costs of implementing the ISPS Code? -- nobody has any answers. 'That's the question on everyone's lips,' Thompson said. And not just in the Caribbean.

Presentations from the workshop are posted at www.iccl.org under Press Room.

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Costa to unveil apos;benchmarkapos; Savona terminal

Costa to unveil apos;benchmarkapos; Savona terminal

Designed by Ricardo Bofil of Spain, the EUR11bn three-storey Palacrociere in the Italian port of Savona aims to be a synthesis between a palace and a cruise terminal.

The multifunctional structure provides Savona with aconference centre and an exhibition hall located in the historic port area at Le Vele quay. Fitted with 1,400 seating capacity, Palacrociere will be operated by Costa for a 22-year term. The Italian subsidiary of Carnival Corp is funding a third of the investment, or around EUR4bn, with the remainder paid by the Savona Port Authority.

'Palacrociere sets a new European standard,' noted Costa chairman Pier Luigi Foschi. 'It is a place where passengers can find the same environment they are accustomed to onboard our ships. I believe that most of the European and Mediterranean port authorities and terminal operators should study Savova and make it a benchmark for their terminals. This is what the industry needs.'

A 528mtr berth alongside can accommodate two large ships. The84mtr long, 55mtr wide building has a 8,600 sq mtr covered area. Features include an Internet Cafe, child and teen club, VIP rooms and a conference centre. The waiting areas are fitted with 24 large flat TV screens. Palacrociere is also fitted with a number of original artworks from local Savona artists as well as a fountain designed by Paolo Parini and two mosaics by Adriano Bocca.

Palacrociere Savona will be officially inaugurated in November when the105,000gt Costa Fortuna, newly delivered by the nearby FincantieriSestri Ponente shipyard, will leave for her maiden voyage.

Costa is increasingly using Savona as a home port alternative to Genoa,which is located some 40 km east. This year Costa will call 91 times inSavona (+65%) with an expected throughput of 225,000 passengers (+115%). These figures are set to increase again in 2004 when Costa Fortuna homeports yearound.

As reported by Seatrade Insider on Friday, Costa may replicate a 'Palacrociere' at the Spanish port of Barcelona, making it the main west Med homeport for the Carnival brands.

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