Royal Caribbean Orders Fourth Quantum-class Cruise Ship

Royal Caribbean's newest ship, Anthem of the Seas, was delivered in early April.  Photo: Meyer Werft

*+-Royal Caribbean Cruises (NYSE, OSE: RCL) has announced that it has entered into an agreement with Meyer Werft in Germany to order a fourth Quantum-class ship for delivery in 2019. The Quantum-class was first introduced with the delivery of the 168,666 gross ton Quantum of the Seas in November 2014, followed by the Anthem of […]

Record Build for Ulstein Verft Reaches Milestone

Illustration courtesy Ulstein Group

*+-A big milestone for a record build at the Ulstein Verft shipyard in Norway. Last month, the prefabricated aft section of newbuild Yno 302 arrived at the yard following an eleven day tow from the Crist yard in Poland. Yno 302 is an SX165 design offshore construction vessel that will be jointly owned by Norway-based […]

Helix ESG’s Q5000 Delivered from Jurong Shipyard [IMAGES]


*+-Helix ESG accepted delivery of the Q5000 from Jurong Shipyard this week following sea trials. This DP3 well intervention rig is an upgraded version of its smaller, yet hugely successful sibling, the Q4000.  She will soon be heading to the Gulf of Mexico via Mauritius, Walvis Bay and Curacao where, upon arrival, will conduct some work for various […]

MSC Makes the Leap into Social Media

Delivered in November 2014, MSC Oscar has a nominal capacity of 19,224 TEUs. Photo courtesy DNV GL

*+-MSC Mediterranean Shipping Group, a Geneva-based and family-owned company which has historically shied away from communicating with the public about their operations, while maintaining a rather uninteresting website, has changed tack this year. In January, the company relaunched their global website, and yesterday, officially announced a new partnership with Orca Social – a company […]

Working at the Forefront of Global Maritime R&D in Singapore


*+-ClassNK’s new Global Research and Innovation Center (GRIC) in Singapore is the Tokyo-based class society’s first research center outside Japan, and it represents a milestone in the continuing global expansion of their organization’s vast research and development activities. The GRIC’s opening in February of this year coincided with a new Memorandum of Understanding with the […]

U.S. Approves LNG Exports from Cove Point Terminal


*+-The U.S. Energy Department announced Thursday today that it given final authorization for LNG exports from the Dominion Cove Point LNG Terminal located on the Chesapeake Bay in Lusby, Maryland. The authorization allows for the export of up to 770 million standard cubic feet per day of domestically produced natural gas from the terminal to countries […]

SBM Offshore to Cut 300 More Jobs

File photo: SBM Offshore

*+-SBM Offshore said on Thursday it was cutting 300 jobs in addition to the 1,200 redundancies it announced last year, saying the low oil price had led clients to postpone investment decisions.