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Joe Palermo appointed Director, Ship Refurbishments for Holland America and Seabourn

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Joe Palermo has been appointed to the newly created position of director, ship refurbishments for Holland America Line and Seabourn. He is responsible for overseeing the lines' shipboard renovation program, managing all major dry-dock projects and supporting the Fleet Operations department to develop process improvements.

Most recently, Palermo was director, corporate services, with oversight of the company's crew wage and administration budgets, as well as facilities and administrative services. In this capacity, he also managed dry-dock projects, including Oosterdam's cabin expansion refit in 2009 and most recently Volendam's 2011 dry-dock in Singapore.

"Joe's blend of his operations, technical and customer service experience will aid him well in meeting the challenges of this role," said Dan Grausz, executive vice president, fleet operations. "He is an effective leader who will use his new position to help our combined fleet meet the high expectations of our guests."

Palermo joined Holland America Line in 2004 as project director, Signature of Excellence, taking the program from conception to implementation. Prior to that, he was with Cunard in New York and also served as general manager at JFK airport for America Airlines. He reports to Grausz.

Palermo earned a degree in industrial engineering from Columbia University.

Carnival joins Monalisa project led by Swedish Mar Ad

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The Monalisa project, led by the Swedish Maritime Administration (SMA), has attracted considerable international interest and the world’s largest cruise company, Carnival Corporation & plc, is now joining an extension of the project, SMA said in a statement.

The Swedish Maritime Administration will, in collaboration with Carnival Corporation & plc, extend the current test area from the Baltic Sea to include the Mediterranean Sea.  A number of Europe based ships from various Carnival Corporation & plc brands are expected to participate in the initial pilot phase of Monalisa 2.0.

 The Monalisa project aims at improving quality of maritime transport, safety at sea and exchange of maritime data. This is done through development, demonstration and dissemination of e-navigational services. Monalisa 2.0 is a direct result of the positive response that the Swedish Maritime Administration has received concerning the development of a new concept of dynamic and proactive route planning.

 The European Commission has highlighted the importance of developing strong measures to create safer navigation routes and avoid future disasters by enhancing traffic control in congested waterways.

 The Swedish Maritime Administration has now initiated an extension of the ongoing Monalisa project, called Monalisa 2.0, through a renewed application to the European Commission's TEN-T program.  The project is a computerized tracking system that offers a continuous at-a-glance view of ship traffic in specific regions. It is designed to provide cruise and cargo operators with information that enables them to operate their business in the safest and most efficient manner possible.

“ Due to Sweden's geographical position we are dependent on a strong and efficient infrastructure to a greater extent than other countries. The Swedish Maritime Administration is very proud to lead a project aimed at making a concrete contribution to creating efficient maritime routes, enhancing maritime safety and to reducing the environmental impact. The project has attracted a considerable international interest, which also confirms that we are on the right track,” says Jonas Vedsmand, Marketing Director at the Swedish Maritime Administration.

“Carnival Corporation & plc is pleased to have been invited to participate in the second phase of what we see as a very interesting and impactful project.  We look forward to working with the other partners in order to develop a comprehensive coherent European sea traffic control capability that will deliver benefits in a number of areas,” says Andrew Paul, Manager, EU Projects, at Carnival Corporation & plc. 

Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific conference announces speakers

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Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific  conference and trade show focusing on the emerging Asian-Pacific cruise industry  today announced details of the speakers for its second edition, taking place September 17-18, 2012 at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. This conference, from the organizers of Cruise Shipping Miami, the premier event for the cruise industry, will focus on the rapid boom of the cruise sector in the Australasian region and the rich potential offered by this expanse.

Growth in the Asia-Pacific region is making the region one of the fastest growing cruise tourism sectors in the world. With the International Cruise Terminal (ICT) set to open later this year in Singapore, the zone is expected to bring in some of the world's largest ships. The Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific conference will look into how to capitalize on this flourishing economic opportunity.

The high-level conference will feature world-renowned speakers such as: Ann Sherry, CEO of Carnival Australia, Gianni Onorato, President, Costa Crociere, Roberto Giorgi, President, V.Ships, and Rama Rebbapregada, Associate Vice President, International Charters, Consumer Outreach & Business Development, Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited and Chairman of the Asia Cruise Association speaking on the key drivers for industry growth.

Presenting in sessions on cruise strategy within the market will be industry-leaders including: Barbara Muckermann, CMO of MSC Cruises, Betsy O'Rourke the SVP Global Marketing, Royal Caribbean International, Naohiko Yamaguchi, Director, Group Leader Onboard Service Management Group, Mitsui OSK Passenger Line, and Richard Doyle, Head of Sales & Marketing, Captain Cook Cruises.

Delegates to the Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific conference will learn from Buhdy Bok, VP  Asia Pacific & China, Costa Crociere, Brett Jardine, General Mgr, International Cruise Council of Australia, and Ted Blamey, Principal Consultant, Chart Management Consultants Pty Ltd.

Featuring 4 key plenary sessions: The State of the Asia-Pacific Cruise Industry Terminal Design & Development: how New Facilities will Impact Deployment, Destination Planning and Development and Identifying and Marketing to the New Asian Source Market. The 8 masterclasses include topics such as: Examining Progress toward Relaxing Visa Restrictions, Designing Shore Excursions that Really Work and Localising the On-Board Experience & Revenues.

All Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific conference delegates will be invited to the international trade show floor, social programs and travel agent training. Business matching opportunities are also open to exhibitors on a first come first served basis.

Holland America and Seabourn make key promotions in finance department

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In a move to further strengthen the resources of their aligned finance departments, Holland America Line and Seabourn recently promoted five employees and hired another team member.

"These well-deserved promotions and appointment are going to help us capitalize on the strengths of the finance team," said Larry Calkins, senior vice president, finance and information technology, chief financial officer. "All of these individuals have demonstrated strong leadership skills and their work has assisted our business in improving operations and profitability."

Keith Johnson was named treasurer and director of financial reporting and enterprise risk management. He has more than 10 years of service, having been hired in 2001 as director, audit services. Most recently Johnson lead the company's Profit Enhancement Program and significantly improved the line's profitability and return on invested capital.

Monica Desimone was appointed senior director of financial systems and cash management. Her most recent role was director of tour accounting and administration and she also assisted the finance and other departments become more efficient with their accounting procedures. Monica will continue in the role as well as lead all IT initiatives for the finance department. Desimone has been with the company for nearly 13 years.

Jim McShane was named senior director of cruise accounting. McShane has been employed with Holland America Line for more than 29 years, serving most of that time as director of cruise accounting. An invaluable resource, he most recently integrated Seabourn into the financial reporting procedures.

Paul del Rosario was promoted to senior director of budgets, planning and Profit Enhancement Program. Most recently Del Rosario headed the budget and planning group. He has nearly 10 years of service with the company.

Filling the position of controller, budgets and planning is Jason Ross, who most recently served as senior manager, voyage accounting. With more than eight years at the company, Ross will focus his attentions on applying enhanced analytics and financial performance measures to the budgets and planning process.

Derick Courson joins the company as deputy director, cash management. He has more than 10 years of combined shipboard and analytical experience with Disney, serving both Disney Cruise Line and Disney Parks and Resorts. Courson will bring an enhanced focus on leadership through key performance metrics and shipboard integration to all cash management processes.

TUI Cruises’ both ships in first meet

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Mein Schiff 1 and Mein Schiff 2, the two vessels of Hamburg based premium market cruise operator TUI Cruises, have met fopr the first time.

The 77,000gross ton vessels met in Palma de Mallorca over the past weekend in a party that was attended by some 4,000 passengers and more than 1,500 crew members. Prominent members of the business community and politicians joined the event that was hosed by the senior management of TUI Cruises on board Mein Schiff 2.

 Fireworks in the evening completed the event and next time the two ships will meet will be on 13 October 2013 in Malta.