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RCIapos;s Norsworthy tapped as Universal evp

RCIapos;s Norsworthy tapped as Universal evp

Norsworthy's upcoming departure is not related to RCI's downsizing, according to a source with knowledge of the matter who said the company is sorry to see her go.

RCI president and ceo Adam Goldstein told Seatrade Insider a decision has not been made on how the position will be filled.

Norsworthy has been with Royal Caribbean since October 2005. She is credited with gaining wide exposure for the introduction of RCI's three Freedom-class ships, starting in spring 2006, and most recently has been driving the marketing of the 220,000gt Oasis of the Seas, entering service in December next year.

After undertaking a comprehensive advertising agency review in late 2007, Norsworthy tapped a new brand communications team, WPP, comprised of JWT and Mindshare of New York and RMG Connect of Miami.

Before RCI, she spent a number of years with Disney, most recently as svp business integration, products and services, responsible for the development of new products and services for Walt Disney World Resorts.

One of her earlier positions was vp marketing for Disney Cruise Line.

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EPA ruling raises complex discharge issues

EPA ruling raises complex discharge issues

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals this week upheld a District Court ruling that the Environmental Protection Agency should not have exempted vessels' operational discharges from the Clean Water Act.


That means, for the first time, commercial vessels operating in U.S. waters will be required to obtain a permit that covers 28 discharges including ballast water, graywater, bilge water, deck runoff and engine cooling water.


The EPA has until Sept. 30 to issue final rulemaking for the permits. A comment period closes Aug. 1.


Michael Crye, evp of the Cruise Lines International Association, told Seatrade Insider CLIA is working 'very seriously' on its comments.


'We would hope that the EPA could harmonize the permit with existing International Safety Management Code requirements to avoid duplication of record keeping requirements,' Crye said.


The proposed permitting program has been called 'unprecedented' in its breadth.


During a 'town hall meeting' sponsored this week by Washington, D.C.-based law firm K&L Gates, the complexity of the issues and the need for comments to guide the EPA in its rulemaking were underscored by a range of parties.


Kathy Metcalf of the Chamber of Shipping of America voiced concern that data is lacking on the negative environmental impact for a number of discharges listed in the rule. She also raised the possibility of conflicts with international law and federal/state issues.


Metcalf further asked how shipowners are going to integrate the new rules into operating procedures within a period of weeks. Training crew to meet the requirements in such a short period would be 'near impossible,' she said.


K&L Gates attorneys pointed out that some EPA proposals are ambiguous, such as a notation that 'not all biodegradable soaps are appropriate.' They also stressed it's not enough for ships to operate properly: they must adhere to stringent recording, reporting and certification requirements.


Cost is an issue, too. According to Bivan Patniak of the U.S. Coast Guard, an economic impact analysis of ballast water treatment systems found that those which effectively prevent the release of potentially dangerous organisms range from hundreds of thousands of dollars to several million dollars per ship.


If industry has it tough, so does the EPA. Deborah Nagle, chief of the industrial branch of the Water Permits Division, Office of Wastewater Management, said the comment period is short, adding that her agency will have a 'hellacious' time responding by the Sept. 30 deadline for final rulemaking.


Plans for enforcement and inspection have not been worked out, Nagle said. She expects the EPA will seek a memorandum of understanding with the U.S. Coast Guard.


Vessels found in violation of the Clean Water Act are subject to fines of $32,000 per day.

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UK law firm outlines risks of working in enclosed spaces

UK law firm outlines risks of working in enclosed spaces

This incident is currently under investigation by the MAIB.

The law firm points out the Merchant Shipping (Entry into Dangerous Spaces) Regulations 1988 defines a dangerous space as an enclosed or confined space that may be exposed to vapours or is depleted of oxygen and would risk the health and safety of crew. This includes cargo holds, pump rooms, ballast tanks, cofferdams, bunker tanks and fresh water tanks.

Lester Aldridge urges shipowners, employers and managers to take heed of the relevant regulations and ensure proper procedures are in place to guarantee those crew with authorised access have the proper experience, training and equipment.

The penalties for breach of the regulations vary depending on the severity, Lester Aldridge says. Whilst a minor breach may result in a £500 fine, failing to ensure safe procedures are in place and to enforce those procedures may result in a fine of £2,500 on summary conviction and/or imprisonment for two years. It is a defence to show all reasonable precautions were taken and due diligence exercised to avoid the breach occurring, the firm notes.

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Hapag-Lloyd increases bilingual cruises

Hapag-Lloyd increases bilingual cruises

Both Hanseatic and Bremen have the highest ice class ranking for passenger vessels (E4) as well as shallow drafts enabling them to chart waters larger ships cannot reach. The German luxury operator also gives the master the freedom to follow an unconventional course and spontaneous landings which, says the company, means no expedition cruise is ever the same.

Highlights of 184-passenger Hanseatic's 09/10 programme include an 18-day Alaska voyage from Vancouver in August, a 23-day Northwest Passage from Nome to Reykjavik in September plus two 23-day Antarctica cruises at the turn of 2010. Spring 2009 sees Hanseatic on a 25-day expedition to the Solomon Islands, from New Caledonia to Bali, with highlights including Komodo dragon watching and snorkelling.

The 164-passenger Bremen will sail in the Arctic and Antarctica, plus a 21-day South America and Panama Canal voyage next April followed by a 20-day Amazon cruise from Belem, Brazil, to Iquitos, Peru.

Meanwhile, Europa's bilingual programme features themed cruises including golf, music and gourmet visiting more than 35 countries next year with new ports Asau (West Samoa), Nanjing (China), Haiphong (Vietnam) and Sorrento (Italy). During the first three months of 2009 Europa will sail in the South Pacific and Asia offering three bilingual cruises before sailing west from Singapore to Dubai in April. Two Europe cruises in the summer cover the Baltics and the Med with a 10-day Barcelona to Canaries and Africa voyage in November.

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Carnival Fantasy to turn around in Mobile

Carnival Fantasy to turn around in Mobile

Fantasy's next voyage will also sail from Mobile.

The river has been closed since an oil tanker and a fuel barge collided near New Orleans on Wednesday. On Friday afternoon, the U.S. Coast Guard began allowing some limited traffic to proceed.

Disembarking Carnival Fantasy passengers will be given free motorcoach transportation back to the Port of New Orleans or the New Orleans airport. Passengers embarking on Saturday will get free motorcoach transport from New Orleans' Erato Street cruise terminal to Mobile.

Carnival is instructing embarking passengers to proceed to the Port of New Orleans to board a motorcoach to Mobile because at the end of the cruise, the Fantasy is expected to return to New Orleans.

The exception is individuals who are being dropped off and not leaving a car and prefer to proceed on their own to Mobile.

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Bank adjusts Ambassadorsapos; line of credit

Bank adjusts Ambassadorsapos; line of credit

revised its Sept. 1, 2006 loan agreement with Ambassadors International. The amendment reduced Ambassadors' line of credit from $12.5m to $7.5m, according to a filing.

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P&O Cruises trio going smoke free

P&O Cruises trio going smoke free

As of October two family-friendly ships, Oceana & Ventura, andadult-only Artemis will be no smoking in all inside spaces. There will beallocated outside smoking areas on all ships, and passengers will be able tosmoke on their cabin balconies.


P&O Cruises managing director, Nigel Esdale, said: 'Since Britain wentsmoke free in July 2007 the British public has become accustomed to beingin a smoke free environment.' He continued, 'We hope that becoming smoke free will give all ourpassengers, especially children, a cleaner and more pleasant environment inwhich at enjoy their holiday on board.'

According to Esdale, Ventura and Oceana which are bothchild friendly, could between them have more than 1,000 children on board atany one time, 'therefore we want to ensure they are breathing clean air onboard as well as clean ocean air out on open deck,' he remarked.

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Variety Cruises taps fulfillment partner

Variety Cruises taps fulfillment partner

Beginning Aug. 4, travel agents will be able to order the new Variety Cruises brochure from Todd Travel Promotions' InfoCentre at www.ordericworld.com, according to Dave Randon, vp sales and marketing for the cruise provider.

Randon said Todd Travel Promotions' InfoCentre program will provide U.S. agents with a single source for sales and promotional materials.

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NCL hires senior hotel operations exec

NCL hires senior hotel operations exec

Nau has been with Marriott since 1985 and most recently served as vp global brand management - full service brands, with responsibility for the JW Marriott, Marriott Suites and Nickelodeon Resorts.

Other roles included gm of Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort and Spa and hotel manager and gm of the New York Marriott Marquis and the New York Marriott Eastside. In addition, a number of senior regional positions overseas involved operational responsibility for as many as 55 properties.

'The appointment of Dennis Nau to our most senior hotel position, taken together with the recent creation of the role of chief product officer filled by Andy Stuart, underlines the importance we place on delivering our newly upgraded Freestyle 2.0 cruise experience consistently, to the highest standard, every day to every guest,' said NCL president and ceo Colin Veitch.

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Walesapos; First Minister steps on board

Walesapos; First Minister steps on board

He heard how member ports and partners of Cruise Wales, of which Milford Haven is a founding member, are pro-actively working to increase the country's profile in the cruise market.

Responsible for the development and marketing of cruise initiatives, Cruise Wales consists of four port authorities (Milford Haven, Holyhead, Swansea and Cardiff), a number of destination partners, as well as local and national government working under the auspices of the Welsh Assembly Government's International Business Wales (IBW).


Cruise Wales is currently trying to establish better links with Irish ports. This project aims to develop a marketable 'Celtic Wave' brand that will focus on attracting a sustained level of cruise calls, addressing greater levels of interest in short-steam, multi-destination voyages.


Maasdam is the largest cruise ship to visit Milford Haven, carrying just under 2,000 passengers and crew, many of whom took part in a variety of on-shore excursions around Pembrokeshire before heading on to Ireland.


Morgan said: 'Cruise tourism is one of the fastest growing segments of the global tourism industry and Cruise Wales are working hard to get a bigger piece of the action. Maasdam is the largest and the first trans-Atlantic cruise vessel to visit Milford Haven. I hope we will see many more cruise ships visiting Welsh ports in years to come, which will bring huge benefits for the local economy and the tourist industry.'

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