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Carnival Cruise Lines set a one-week reservations record between Feb. 7-13, 2011. It booked 165,308 guests, eclipsing the previous one-week reservations record set nearly four years ago.Bookings were at unprecedented levels across the line's fleet.…
Classification society Bureau Veritas and COPPE/UFRJ, the ocean engineering department of Brazil's Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, are to set up a joint development center. The move  is intended to speed the development of…
The U.S. Department of Transportation's FY 2012 budget request includes just $358 million for all U.S. Maritime Administration activities. However, the request for Marad's Operations and Training is $162 million, an increase of $12 million…
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has changed its position on providing armed security guards to protect merchant ships against pirates. The ICS Executive Committee, representing national shipowners' associations from over 30 countries, met in…
Maersk Drilling has signed a contract with Keppel FELS Ltd in Singapore for the construction of two ultra harsh environment, high capacity jack-up drilling rigs. The first rig is scheduled for delivery from the shipyard…
A Safety Alert (Alert 02-11) issued by the U.S. Coast Guard addresses safety issues relating to air receivers on Uninspected Towing Vessels (UTV), but may apply to air receivers on any vessel. The alert says…
BOEMRE Director Michael R. Bromwich may face a tough time in getting House Republicans to just give him the $358.4 million the Obama is seeking for his agency as part of the Department of the…
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates today unveiled the president's fiscal year 2012 budget request for the Department of Defense. It includes a base budget request of $553 billion, and an overseas contingency operations request for…
ABS President and Chief Operating Officer Christopher J. Wiernicki will assume the duties of Chief Executive Officer of ABS following the classification society’s annual meeting in April 2011. Robert D. Somerville, currently Chairman and CEO…
The Department of Homeland Security has released some initial details of its FY 2012 budget It seeks. among other things. to push ahead with recapitalization of the Coast Guard and to fund efforts to find…
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