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Quark Expands Arctic Cruise Offerings
by The Maritime Executive
Friday, February 08, 2019

Expedition travel company Quark Expeditions has expanded its portfolio of Arctic voyages to include voyages to hard-to-access remote regions, such as the Russian Arctic. A new purpose-built expedition ship, the World Explorer, will be making its Arctic debut in 2020, and the company will offer a cruise to the North Pole in that year too.

World Explorer

The steel cutting ceremony took place at the shipyard and museum of Quark Expeditions’ build partner, Brodosplit. The 13,500 gross ton vessel is 128 meters long, with a beam of 21.5 meters. She was designed by LMG Marin and will accommodate up to 200 passengers. She features an interior Zodiac hangar and four embarkation points, state-of-the-art dual helicopters with simultaneously operable helidecks and a 70-day operational range.

The ship will feature 13 fully redundant critical systems, twin propellers powered by four engines in two separate engine rooms and also a fully operational emergency bridge.

The ship’s innovations will also minimize its environmental footprint to an extent previously unseen for a vessel of comparable size, including a sophisticated water treatment system, state-of-the-art waste handling,  a leading-edge heat recovery system that recycles excess energy back into the ship, and the use of entirely recyclable materials to construct her. The dynamic positioning technology will also mean no need to anchor – avoiding damage to sensitive seabed ecosystems.

Voyage to the North Pole

Credit: Samantha Crimmin

The 14-day voyage to the North Pole will be undertaken by the 50 Years Of Victory. The vessel will crush through multiyear ice, to offer hot-air balloon rides at 90º N and sightseeing of walruses, seals, whales and polar bears via helicopter.

Quark says that interest in the north pole is growing. Travelers have different interests and motivations for reaching the North Pole. It could be on their bucket list or a remarkable destination for photographers. For some, it’s a once in a lifetime feat but for others, the North Pole calls them back over and over. 

50 Years of Victory is one of six nuclear-powered Arktika-class icebreakers. She has a spoon-shaped bow, capable of breaking through ice up to 2.5 meters (9.2 feet) thick. 20 in the making, she is one of the world’s largest, most-powerful nuclear icebreaker. The ship can host up to 128 guests and 140 crew members. All cabins have exterior views, private facilities and TV’s. The vessel has a gym, basketball court, two saunas and a small plunge pool. 

As one of only two operators offering trips to the North Pole, Quark Expeditions’ last trip to North Pole was in summer 2018.




Ocean Exchange Announces its 2019 Event in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
by The Maritime Executive
Friday, February 08, 2019

The ninth annual Ocean Exchange, to be hosted in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, will feature twelve innovative, sustainable worldwide solutions that demonstrate the ability to generate economic growth and increase productivity while reducing the use of nature’s resources. In its first year in Fort Lauderdale, Ocean Exchange announces its partnership with the Marine Research Hub of South Florida. The event will be held on October 28-30, within the timeframe of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. 

“Wallenius Wilhelmsen proudly continues as a global sponsor of Ocean Exchange as it moves to Fort Lauderdale and partners with the Marine Research Hub. These exciting developments will further grow Ocean Exchange as a world-class sustainable innovation event.  In keeping with the changes, our Orcelle® Award, which Ocean Exchange hosts, is taking on a definition based on the six United National Sustainable Development Goals applicable to our business,” noted Ray Fitzgerald, chair of the Ocean Exchange board and COO of Wallenius Wilhelmsen Solutions.

The Marine Research Hub, headquartered in South Florida, is a 501(c)(3) formed to solidify collaboration among four university oceanographic research centers, three economic development organizations, and the Marine Industries Association of South Florida to establish the region as a global leader in oceanographic research and increase the likelihood of research projects reaching completion in the form of commercialization and technology transfer to benefit the earth and positively impact the human condition.

Bob Swindell, president of the Marine Research Hub and CEO of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, is thrilled with the Ocean Exchange partnership and is already working to ensure a smooth transition of the annual event to Fort Lauderdale, “The Marine Research Hub is extremely proud to partner with such a successful and prestigious organization as Ocean Exchange and excited to host the event during the spectacular Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. We believe that the combination of university research, economic development, and start-up funding will become a successful model for the country as we strive toward finding marketable solutions to the world’s most challenging problems.”

Ocean Exchange will continue to offer its two $100,000 cash awards to innovative solutions for the Wallenius Wilhelmsen Orcelle® and the Ocean Exchange Neptune Awards. Additionally, during the event, Ocean Exchange will hold its fifth annual collegiate competition for a $10,000 prize.




Oil Tumbles Again Due To An "Overemphasis" Of A Global Recession
by Ship Bunker
Thursday, February 07, 2019

Traders seem fixated on bad news despite many bullish developments.




NOAA Announces Change in Channel Depths on Raster Charts
by The Maritime Executive
Thursday, February 07, 2019

NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey recently announced plans to change the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) maintained channel depth values on raster nautical chart products, which include paper nautical charts and the corresponding digital raster navigational charts (NOAA RNC®). Minimum depths (also called controlling depths) are collected during periodic USACE sonar surveys of channels. In the past, these depths were provided on raster charts, but controlling depths will now be replaced with the original channel design dredging depths used by the USACE (called project depths). Standardizing depth presentation on these products will improve data consistency and overall safety. Implementation begins in early 2019.

NOAA’s suite of electronic navigational charts (NOAA ENC®) are not affected by these changes. Mariners are encouraged to use NOAA ENCs for critical safety information as these products are typically updated up to one month ahead of raster products.

Why the change?

The USACE makes the depth information from recent surveys publicly available on their website before NOAA nautical products are updated and published. NOAA prioritizes making updates to ENC over RNC products. This often results in RNC products not accurately reflecting the most current controlling depth values (as represented on NOAA ENC and the USACE website). To eliminate inconsistencies among controlling depths, NOAA will only show project depths on raster chart products in the future. The Initial implementation of this change will focus on deep draft shipping channels where the primary product used for navigation is the ENC. 

How will mariners be notified?

NOAA first publicized the concept of charting project depths in the National Charting Plan released in February 2017. As the changes are made on individual charts, NOAA will include a note on each chart directing mariners to review the USACE website and use NOAA ENC to access the latest controlling depths. Additionally, a statement drafted jointly by Coast Survey and the U.S. Coast Guard is being published weekly in the Coast Guard’s Local Notice to Mariners.

For detailed information on these changes, please visit https://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/updates/?p=171708.




Steel Cut for Odyssey of the Seas
by The Maritime Executive
Thursday, February 07, 2019

Royal Caribbean International has marked the official start of construction of its 27th ship, the new Quantum Ultra ship Odyssey of the Seas at Meyer Werft in Germany.

Sister ship to 4,246-passenger Spectrum of the Seas, she is the fifth ship for Royal Caribbean International within the last few years. Completion is planned for fall 2020, and she will sail from the U.S. Spectrum of the Seas is expected to be delivered this year.

Royal Caribbean took delivery of Quantum of the Seas, Anthem of the Seas and Ovation of the Seas in autumn 2014, spring 2015,spring 2016 and in spring 2019. Odyssey of the Seas is anticipated to be slightly larger than these vessels: 168,800 gross tons versus 168,666 gross tons.

Additional details on Odyssey of the Seas will be revealed later this year.

In December 2018, for the 16th consecutive year, Royal Caribbean International was named “Best Cruise Line Overall” and “Best Cruise Line in the Caribbean” in the Travel Weekly Readers’ Choice Awards. The line was also awarded “Best Cruise Line Sales & Service” for the 11th year in a row. In addition, Royal Caribbean won “Best Entertainment” ande Harmony of the Seas won “Best Overall Individual Cruise Ship” – both honors received for the second consecutive year.

Also in December 2018, Royal Caribbean International won the “Best Cruises” category of the 2018 National Geographic Traveler Awards Russia. It is the second time in three years that the cruise line has won the award. The National Geographic Traveler Awards is National Geographic Traveler magazine’s annual awards, based on an all-Russian vote for the best tourist destinations among the most popular types of vacation. 

Royal Caribbean International also launched a Russian-speaking service on board Symphony of the Seas in 2018, which means the Cruise Compass and menus of all on board restaurants are translated into Russian. This program will expand this year on European itineraries of Oasis of the Seas as well as Dubai itineraries on Jewel of the Seas.




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