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Articles from 2003 In August


China 2008 on the horizon

China 2008 on the horizon

Gary Sharman, svp international sales and marketing for the Star Cruises Group, says the port of Tianjin is only an hour-and-a-half by train from the Olympic capital and is ideally located for an international flotilla, like the one heading for Piraeus next year with QM2 as flagship.


Speaking to Seatrade Insider at last week's Cruise Down Under agm in Tasmania, Sharman said Star Cruises is positioned to take a leading role with its presence in China and the vicinity of its Asian fleet, although 'nothing has been firmed up at this stage.'

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ecruising.com.au moves up in the world

ecruising.com.au moves up in the world

com.au's md Brett Dudley with a framed illustration of QM2 at a cocktail party last Friday to celebrate the opening of his new Sydney CBD office. Dudley, who pioneered online cruise technology in Australia three years ago with a staff of two and has a database of more than 400 fly/cruise packages, has not moved out of his former address in Clarence Street. He has moved up from the ground floor to a bigger area on the second floor to accommodate more terminals and his staff of 10.


Wiltrans Australia proprietors James and Diane Patrick; P&O's Ross Regan, director of sales Australia and New Zealand; P&O NSW sales manager Robyn Duffy and Paul Higgins, Royal Caribbean International's regional business development manager, were among industry guests who also admired the Travel Agent of the Year 2003 trophy Dudley received from ICCA which was the showpiece of the evening.


Dudley, who launched ecruising4kidz.com.au in June, told Seatrade Insider he is now planning Sydney's fourth annual cruise Sale Day to be held at Wharf 8 Darling Harbour next February.

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EUR500m rights issue for Costa

EUR500m rights issue for Costa

According to Costa, the new cash will be used to back the company's newbuilding plan including the 105,000gt Costa Fortuna which is currently undergoing sea trials and her twin Costa Magica, slated for delivery in fall 2004. Costa's current fully paid capital is EUR189,689,777.

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Pellicari joins MSC

Pellicari joins MSC

Though Pellicari left his Costa desk in July, he effectively held the position of svp sales & commercial for the company until end August.

Talking to Seatrade Insider, a spokeswoman for MSC Cruises denied reports that Pellicari was to be appointed general manager of MSC Cruises, starting September 1. However, she said that 'Pellicari is a consultant of MSC Holding in Geneva.'

MSC Cruises is a subsidiary of Geneva-based MSC (Mediterranean Shipping Company), the world's second largest container operator and owned by Italian-born Gianluigi Aponte.

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Wärtsilä warns against low-sulfur fuel switch

Wärtsilä warns against low-sulfur fuel switch

The bill, sponsored by the Blue Water Network environmental group, would require the use of only federal low sulfur diesel fuel when sailing within 25 miles of the California coast by Jan. 1, 2005. Additionally, it calls for banning on-board waste incineration within 20 miles of shore by Jan. 1, 2004.

Wärtsilä told lawmakers that switching from one fuel quality to another could cause engine shutdown, which might have serious consequences in highly frequented waters. The engine manufacturer further warned that while low sulfur fuel would reduce nitrogen oxide emissions, it would increase soot and carbon dioxide.

Because of the risks associated with switching fuel quality, Wärtsilä stated it always recommends 'the same fuel quality from pier to pier, meaning that the engine is starting, operating and stopping on the same fuel.' In light of the issues raised, Appropriations Committee staff on Friday noted the proposed bill may result in additional costs to address public safety or air emissions issues.

The bill is one of several being considered by California lawmakers that would regulate cruise ships visiting state ports. The International Council of Cruise Lines says the proposals 'do little to advance the shared goal of clean coastal waters and air, and ignore the cruise lines' progressive efforts to preserve the environment with new technologies and operating practices.'

The bills single out an industry that represents just over 1% of all ships calling on California ports, ICCL says. It also points to the 2003 Pew Oceans Commission report and studies by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Natural Resources Defense Council that identify land-based sources as the main threat to ocean waters, e.g., run-off waste and pesticides from farms, and waste and stormwater run-off from cities.

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Crystal partners with Parsons

Crystal partners with Parsons

The courses will be offered on selected sailings. Parsons will also provide lecturers for the line's Crystal Visions Enrichment Program.

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RCL hits 52-week high

RCL hits 52-week high

15, up 56 cents and a gain of 1.83%. RCL's previous 52-week high, $30.60, was recorded during trading yesterday.

Carnival shares traded as high as $34.72 today before closing at $34.59, up 40 cents (+1.17%). CCL recorded a 52-week high of $36.04 on Aug. 22.

Volume for both cruise stocks was well below average heading into the three-day US Labor Day weekend holiday.

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Carnival addresses probation allegation

Carnival addresses probation allegation

Under an agreement reached this week with a federal court judge, the cruise operator also agreed to hire more environmental auditors and to fund environmental projects. The moves follow a probation officer's complaint that Carnival failed to stick to the terms of a 2002 settlement related to allegations of lying to the US Coast Guard about oily discharges in the waters off Florida and the Caribbean.

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Amcham honours Cruise NZ

Amcham honours Cruise NZ

The award 'to celebrate success and innovation in business relationships with the United States of America' was presented to Craig Harris by New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark at a glittering dinner in Auckland this week.


Amcham NZ executive director Mike Hearn said the annual event is about 'recognising and honouring entrepreneurship and achievement in creating mutually beneficial and rewarding relationships that will help accelerate growth in bilateral trade.' Hearn said that two-way trade between New Zealand and its largest trading partner is currently pegging at more than NZ$9bn.


Since Harris founded Cruise New Zealand in 1994 direct spend by the cruise sector in the country has increased from NZ$17m to NZ$178m.

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Milford Havenapos;s success to continue

Milford Havenapos;s success to continue

The German cruise ship Astor, with 600 passengers, was the last cruise ship to call at Milford Haven this summer in what has been the Port Authority's first full season in the cruise market.

Some 1,700 cruise passengers have passed through the Pembrokshire port this year. As Astor left her berth - having stayed on past her due departure time to catch a firework display in the town put on as part of a weekend festival - Milford Haven Port Authority's chief executive Ted Sangster confirmed that Sea Cloud II, which brought a party of American golfers to play nearby Tenby Golf Course in 2002, would again be calling at Pembroke Port in August 2004.

'We are also finalising detailed negotiations with a number of other operators, and will be attending Seatrade Hamburg in October, so we are confident that we will have another good year in 2004,' he said. 'Our German visitors were particularly impressed with the breathtaking coastline here, and with the Haverfordwest male voice choir that we arranged to greet them on the quayside.'

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