China Tests New “Island Builder” Dredge

MANILA, Nov 6 (Reuters) - The Philippines expressed concern on Monday about China's testing of a massive dredging ship, saying it would track its activities closely, despite Beijing's assurances it would not develop areas where it has competing claims with Manila. China, which has poured billions of dollars into building artificial islands to strengthen its sovereignty … [Read more...]

Royal Caribbean Jettisons Balconies And Adopts RFID Tracking In New Celebrity Edge Class Design

by Nikki Ekstein (Bloomberg) Richard Fain, the chief executive officer of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., is willing to bet $5 billion that he can take everything you know about cruising and flip it upside down. Or at least outside in. On Monday, he and Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, CEO of Celebrity Cruises—one of three brands in the Royal Caribbean family—announced a new class of ship … [Read more...]

China Launches Titanic Replica Project

by Tom Phillips (TheGuardian) He was one of the key salesmen of New Labour, a Westminster wheeler-dealer whose backstage machinations and silver tongue saw him nicknamed Britain’s svengali of spin. Now, Tony Blair’s former communications chief Peter Mandelson is pushing a rather different project: the New Titanic, a 1bn yuan (£116m) bid to rebuild the doomed … [Read more...]

Philly Shipyard Delivers Jones Act Tanker To Kinder Morgan

Philly Shipyard, Inc. (PSI) today delivered the American Endurance, the first of four next generation 50,000 dwt product tankers that it is building for American Petroleum Tankers (APT), a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan, Inc. This delivery is the 25th vessel built by PSI (formerly known as Aker Philadelphia Shipyard, Inc.). The next generation 50,000 dwt product tanker … [Read more...]

Petrobras Cancels 17 Tanker Orders

By Marta Nogueira (Reuters) - The transportation unit of Brazil's state-controlled oil company Petrobras said on Thursday that it planned to cancel orders for 17 tankers and other vessels designed to upgrade the largest shipping fleet in the Americas. "We decided to revoke the contracts for those ships," Antonio Silvino, head of Transpetro, told reporters during a … [Read more...]