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Viking River Cruises pulls out of two ship deal with STX France

  • Written by Kari Reinikainen
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STX France says it has been informed by Viking River Cruise that they have decided to withdraw from further discussions concerning the previously announced project for two luxury cruise vessels announced on 21 December 2011. The question was about two 888 berth vessels of 35,000 gross tons each and STX France said in December that final agreement between the two companies was subject to financing. 

The Global Coalition of Cruise Ports Associations launched

  • Written by Teijo Niemelä
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The Global Coalition of Cruise Ports Associations was created during the recently ended 2012 Cruise Shipping Miami Trade Show and Conference, after one year of conversations about this initiative that started during last year's show.

The founding members of the Global Coalition are:

- ACTON (Asia Cruise Terminal Operators Network),
- Cruise Canada New England Alliance
- Cruise Baltic
- Cruise Norway
- Cruise the West
- MedCruise, the Association of Mediterranean Cruise Ports

As of this date the Global Coalition consists of 6 Cruise Ports Association from all over the world, who confirmed during the meeting in Miami their commitment to cooperate for the common interest of their ports at a global level.

The object of the coalition is to discuss common policies on various matters concerning cruise ports and related industries and to share best practices and information to help the members assist their member ports and clients to improve their facilities and services.

During the meeting the members gave the final approval of the Association By-laws, which had been presented and discussed in previous meetings. Stavros Hatzakos, President of MedCruise, was appointed as the first Chairman of the Global Coalition. A website for the Global Coalition of Cruise Ports Associations will be created in order to provide communication on the most important issues under global discussion.

Updated: Texan judge issues arrest warrant against Carnival Triumph - Bloomberg

Updated: According to Galveston Daily News, the Carnival Triumph set sail only 45 minutes late for its scheduled 4:00 pm departure time.


An arrest warrant was issued yesterday for the Carnival Triumph, a 2,758-passenger cruise liner based in Galveston, Texas, that is owned by the same company that owns the Costa Concordia, according to the lawsuit also filed yesterday in federal court in Galveston by the family of Siglinde Stumpf. Carnival Triumph provides year-round service from the Houston area to multiple ports in the Caribbean and Mexico, according to Carnival’s website.

A Carnival Cruise Lines' cruise ship was ordered held in a Texas port by a U.S. judge in a $10 million lawsuit filed by the family of a German tourist who died aboard the Costa Concordia shipwreck off the Italian coast, the Bloomberg news agency reports.

"The court finds that the conditions for an attachment of defendants’ joint and collective property within this district, mainly the MS Carnival Triumph, appear to exist upon an admiralty and maritime claim," U.S. Magistrate Judge John Froeschner of Galveston said in the warrant.

The Carnival Triumph will be allowed to unload passengers and cargo and move between berths within the port until a "prompt hearing" can be scheduled, at which "the plaintiff shall be required to show why the attachment and garnishment should not be vacated," according to the order.

Carnival Cruise Lines is part of the Carnival Corp & plc group that also owns Costa Crociere. Carnival Triumph, which is of 101,509 gross tons, was built in Italy in 1999.