A few tons here, a few tons there

August 18, 2009

Some long time followers of The Monitor, might remember a little blurb quite a few years back, on Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s plans to install a Wartsila 12V46 auxiliary engine on their Radiance Class ships. These ships were solely powered by two gas turbines when they came out of the Meyer Werft yard in the early 2000’s, making them environmentally friendly and ahead of their time, but unfortunately, not very…


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….


A Star under the Lions’ Gate

June 1, 2009

The MV Norwegian Star will be a floating hotel in the Port of Vancouver during the 2010 Winter Olympics, to held in Vancouver, Canada, local media reports. The ship will be based at Kinder Morgan Terminal’s Vancouver Wharves for twenty days, from February 16th to March 2, 2010. The berth is situated opposite picturesque Stanley Park and just inside the first narrows of Burrard Inlet where the Lions Gate Bridge…


Swine flu goes to sea

May 28, 2009

The business boon that coastal Western Canada has been enjoying of late, is coming to an end. Since the end of April, major cruise operators, RCCL and Carnival, have diverted several ships from Mexican ports to BC ports amid the H1N1 (Swine Flu) outbreak, centered in the Mexico City region. Mariner of the Seas, (the bridge pictured to the right) one of the largest passenger vessels in the world, call…


Don’t think mooring lines are dangerous…

March 11, 2009

Here is the brand new MSC Fantasia, in Palma de Mallorca Spain, when the bollards failed due to high wind load on the ship and mooring lines, sending them flying. What a fascinating sight to see. A passenger was thrown in the water and four dedicated crew jump in after him. Good on them. MSC Fantasia crew rewarded for braveryTuesday, 10 Mar 2009 11:05, Travel bites Four crew members who…


Quiet loo

February 14, 2009

Its not everyday that you get news of commode developments. These should of course come as a great step forward in human development; after all no, matter what color or creed your are, these developments affect us all. And on a ship, flushing a vacuum toilet can sometimes disturb a sleeping coworker, or even ruin hopes of going back to sleep quickly after a drowsy trip to the loo. I…


“Ma” Green’s ghost to roam no more

October 30, 2008

Majestic America Line is force to say goodbye to a long time river queen. The Delta Queen, with a wooden superstructure, up until this year, had been granted an exemption to operate by the USCG and sail with overnight guess, which was granted every ten years, since 1968. The line’s website host some other articles and information on the ship and its fate. Below is an article that provides a…


NCL F3 Grounded

October 11, 2008

News of yet another grounding, of sorts, as hit my email box this week. Looks like the new “owners” of Miami based Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) have perhaps gotten a case of the credit blues; seems a common problem these days in the good ‘ol US of A. Aker Yards in France has issued a stop work order on NCL’s first new mega ship, dubbed the F3. At 150,000GT and…