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February 23, 2001

US Lines cruise ship returns to Honolulu for repair
United States Lines, a subsidiary of American Classic Voyages Co. , today announced that its 1,212-passenger Patriot, returned to its home port of Honolulu, Hawaii, on Tuesday, February 20, so that a thrust bearing in the vessel’s generator drive train could be replaced.

The Patriot had departed Honolulu on Saturday, February 17, for its weekly 7-night cruise of the Hawaiian Islands, and passengers visited Nawiliwili, Kauai, on Sunday night and Monday as scheduled. Port calls at Kahului, Maui, and Hilo and Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii were canceled.

"While safety was never in question, our onboard management team responded properly and returned the vessel to its home port of Honolulu," said Roderick K. McLeod, president and chief operating officer for AMCV. "Over the past two days, our crew and contractors worked diligently to repair the vessel. We apologize for the inconvenience this caused to our passengers."

The company notified passengers that they would receive a full refund of their cruise fare and port charges. In addition, all passengers on the cruise will receive a voucher for a 50 percent credit toward the purchase of any cruise operated by AMCV. The refunds are expected to total approximately $1.4 million.

Passengers have been notified that they are welcome to remain aboard the ship until Saturday morning, the scheduled debarkation date, and that the vessel’s normal hotel and dining services, as well as onboard activities and entertainment, will continue to be available.

Repairs to the vessel have been completed and the Patriot will depart on its regularly scheduled 7-night cruise from Honolulu on Saturday, February 24.

Queen Mary 2 weathers virtual storm
Tank tests conducted on a scale model of Cunard's newbuilding, Queen Mary 2, resulted in a "triumph" for the new hull and propulsion design, says Carnival Corporation's Cunard unit.

The 15-foot, self-propelled model weathered simulated hurricane conditions with its raked prow splitting the waves perfectly and her wake straight astern.

Designers, engineers and executives are all extremely pleased with the results of the testing, which was undertaken last week at MARIN, Wageningen, Netherlands.

"We are delighted that the design performed as well as we had hoped it would,” said Pamela Conover, Cunard Line president and COO. “It’s always a big step to actually put a model in the water and see the design become real. Transatlantic service calls for speed, safety, reliability and comfort. We designed a hybrid vessel with classic lines above the water and very modern and innovative features below, and the design met or exceeded all our expectations.”

QM2 will be the first vessel to be propelled by four podded propulsion units beneath the hull. The two forward pods are fixed and the two aft pods are steerable. Utilizing this steering system, the model performed maneuvers in compliance with standards for similar vessels using different propulsion and steering systems. Two sets of stabilizers likewise performed perfectly.

After the maneuvering tests, a series of seakeeping tests were performed to discern the hull’s performance in different sea conditions. Once again, says Cunard, the model "brought smiles to the faces" of the naval architects and designers, as it breasted a simulated 12-meter swell at a forward speed of 18 knots with almost no water over the bow.

"That’s a hurricane condition," said Gerry Ellis, Manager of Newbuildings and Special Projects for Cunard Line. "She parted the sea perfectly. Absolutely brilliant!" .

MARIN maneuvering consultant Serge Toxopeus said: "Overall, it can be concluded that after completion of the hydrodynamic studies, a reliable and feasible design was obtained."

BP opts for SPAR FPSO's for Gulf deepwater developments
Coflexip Stena Offshore's Houston-based CSO Aker Maritime, Inc. has been awarded a contract for delivery of multiple SPAR floating production platforms for BP's deepwater developments in the Gulf of Mexico.

CSO Aker Maritime, Inc. will deliver the SPAR hulls and mooring systems under a program calling for up to 5 SPARs. This award is the largest in scope and value for the CSO Group.

CSO Aker Maritime, Inc. will be responsible for the engineering, procurement, fabrication and delivery of the complete hulls and mooring systems.

The program contract calls for the first SPAR delivery in 2003. The contract arrangement includes options for delivery of additional hulls and mooring systems for BP operated deepwater prospects in the Gulf of Mexico in water depths ranging from 1,220 to 1,830m (4,000 to 6,000 feet). Options for additional SPARs are to be exercised in line with BP's operational requirements.

The "truss" SPAR platform solutions to be provided are based on CSO Aker Maritime Deepwater Division's (CSO Aker Maritime) licensed SPAR technology.