Arctic jostling

September 18, 2012

Arctic ice cap 2012, source Scientist are announcing a record low level of ice coverage in the arctic during this past summer. Words like “staggering“, “collapse” “record minimum” are being used to explain the extensive loss of sea ice in the arctic region. The arctic polar ice cap is important to regulate the planet’s temperature, significant ice loss delivers proof that the planet is indeed much warmer than it used…


Another giant hits the waves

October 30, 2010

1,364th ship has been delivered to its owners by STX Europe, from its birthplace in Turku, Finland. 1,364 is better known to the rest of the world as the Allure of the Seas. The new cruise ship for Royal Caribbean International is now in her first full day of transit across the Atlantic to her home port of Port Everglade, in Fort Lauderdale. Allure of the Seas is the sister…


Check, please…

October 29, 2009

The 28th of October, 2009, was a special day. Not only was it my brother’s birthday, Happy Birthday Bros ! But it was also the day that STX Europe got a very big check from Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. That’s right, the line’s newest ship, the Oasis of the Seas, also the world’s biggest passenger ship, ever, has been officially delivered to its new owners by the Turku Yard of…


Not that size matters, but…

June 22, 2009

Oasis of the Seas is out on sea trials reports STX Europe’s website. The ship is pictured on June 09, 2009 leaving STX Europe’s Finnish yard in Turku. Oasis is by far, the largest passenger ships ever built, and is due for delivery to owners, Royal Caribbean International, and will be based in Ft Lauderdale starting in December 2009. You can find more pictures at RCI’s ship specific marketing website….


Joint CIMarE – SNAME all day event

April 28, 2009

It only happens once a year or so, but it is always well worth it and well attended. What is it ? Its the joint meeting of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineer (SNAME)- Northwest Branch and the Vancouver Island Branch of the Canadian Institute of Marine Engineers (CIMarE). The full day of interesting discussion held this past weekend in Victoria BC, was topped off with a guided…


The Allure of an Oasis of the seas

August 19, 2008

Royal Caribbean has named its two new Genesis class ships, or ULPS (Ultra Large Passenger Ship as I will call them), currently under construction at Aker Finnyards‘ Turku shipyard in Finland. The first ship, Oasis of the Seas, is due in Sept 2009 and will trade in the US starting December 12, 2009. It will service the Caribbean cruise market with one week in the Eastern Caribbean, the other week…


Royal Caribbean news

March 4, 2008

Aker Yards denies rumours of delays in Genesis cruise projectsCraig Eason, 19 February 2008 Lloyds List BELEAGUERED Nordic shipbuilder Aker Yards has denied reports that its cruiseship projects are behind schedule, in particular the prestigious and lucrative Genesis vessels whose late delivery would trigger millions of euros in late payment fees, writes Craig Eason. Royal Caribbean Cruises commissioned the two ships, agreeing to a record €900m ($1.32bn) for the first…


Korean built cruise ships coming soon

December 3, 2007

The Korean industrial group STX has purchased a 39% stake in Norway’s Aker Yards in late October 2007. The large Korean shipbuilding conglomerate seems to be going after the “specialized” shipbuilding European yards. Aker Yards operates 18 ship yards across Europe and Brazil, and has a workforce of about 20,000 people. They are responsible for building the worlds largest passenger ship, the Freedom Class of ships, for Royal Caribbean. Aker…