Wednesday, June 6,
Celebrity Cruises President Richard E. Sasso said: "We built a cushion into our schedule and, up until today, we were assured this cushion would be sufficient."
Sasso explained that the primary cause of the delay is the completion of some staterooms. He is confident that this work can be accomplished in time for Millennium to enter service on July 1.
Due to delay-delivery penalties to be paid
by the yard, the financial impact on Royal Caribbean is expected
to be about $.01 per share.
Marine unit christens new U.S.-built
Constructed entirely on-site by Sun State
Marine Services, Inc., the
"The landing craft has a reinforced hull that allows use of unimproved landing sites such as beaches or boat ramps by actually grounding the forward part of the vessel," notes Robert J. Coppedge, VP of Sun State Marine Services, Inc. "This 'ability-with-stability' gives the operator tremendous flexibility in accessing a wider diversity of service areas."
Christened the M/V Caribbean Express , the vessel was built for G & G Marine, Inc., a Dania Beach-based ocean freight carrier located adjacent to Port Everglades in Southeast Florida.
Steven Ganoe, president and CEO of G &
G Marine, said: "We're proud of the fact that we've added
a new U.S.-built vessel to our freight service, but this particular
ship design is also extremely practical with a ramped bow for
G & G Marine, Inc. services fifteen ports in the northern Caribbean and Bahamas.
In addition to new vessel construction, Sun State Marine Services also offers ship repair services with a 1,000-ton marine railway and three dry docks that can handle vessels up to 300 and 600 tons. By combining drydock resources, the facility has the ability to handle vessels as large as 300 feet and 960 tons.
In a separate operation, Sun State operates nine push tugs and seventeen oil barges in the Jones Act market, making it one of the largest oil barging companies in the southeast United States.
Specifications of Caribbean Express
Entech and Associates, Houma, Louisiana
Two 720 horsepower Caterpillar 3412 DITA main diesel engines
Marine and Unitor form alliance
U.K.-based BP Marine and Unitor ASA of
Norway said they have agreed to form a marketing alliance that
will offer their combined range of products to ship
"New members will be actively encouraged to participate, in order to bring even greater benefits to our customers," said Unitor's president, Frode Berg. "In principle, all product and service transactions to a ship could ultimately be co-ordinated in a single operation, resulting in better service for customers and cost savings for everyone."
Called "The Marine Alliance," the initiative will be rolled out to the 18,000 vessels currently supplied by BP Marine and Unitor during the remainder of 2000. Deliveries are being co-ordinated through Unitor's existing global logistics system which covers over 80 countries around the world.
The IT systems of BP Marine and Unitor
will be integrated to provide a technical platform for seamless
transactions, from order to payment, and deliver synergies
The alliance also intends to offer tailored service 'packages' that meet the distinctive technical and commercial requirements of different shipowners, with a flexibility that reflects the rapidly changing nature of the marine market.
"The Marine Alliance will provide
a distinctively different offer for the marine market,"
says BP Marine's chief operating officer, Steve Wright. "Our
approach is not only to provide improved efficiency and savings
but also to work with our customers to enhance their own business
repairer moves into conversions
ST Marine's successful bid for this project
represents a significant feat for the yard as this will be the
first dredger jumboisation project in the shiprepair industry
in Singapore. Despite the stiff competition which ST Marine faced
from several local big yards in the bidding process, ST Marine
has emerged as a prominent forerunner in a market which the yard
views as possessing great potential as the massive reclamation
project at Jurong Island is underway.
In recent months, ST Marine has successively completed several major conversion projects for a whole host of world-renowned, international customers. These projects include the jumboization of a livestock carrier, Bison Express for Vroon B.V. and similiarly for Western Tug & Barge's general ore and fuel oil carrier, Western Star. The yard is currently in the process of completing the lengthening of a second vessel, Western Flyer, for Western Tug & Barge. All these projects, including the most recent for Ham B.V. and Van Oord ACZ B.V. total over S$20m - a significant achievement for ST Marine, a medium-sized yard, in the shiprepair industry in Singapore.
"ST Marine has successfully moved
into higher value-added commercial repairs and conversion. Although
our yard's physical capacity may be much smaller than our major
competitors here, we are able to differentiate our products and
services and re-position ourselves in the highly competitive
market. This is made possible by leveraging on the company's
expertise in the design and construction