July 2015 - Kemplon Engineering

IMO’s New IGF Code for Safety of Gas and Low-Flashpoint Fuels Propelled Ships

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^ Bit Viking: World’s First Vessel to Convert to LNG Fuel (Source: http://www.lngworldnews.com/wartsila-completes-bit-viking-conversion-finland/)

Gas Fuels on IMO’s Radar

Come January 1, 2017, and ships using gases and other low-flashpoint fuels will have to abide by the new IGF code finalized by the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO’s) Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) at its 95th session held at the IMO’s headquarters in London between June 3 and 12, 2015. Read More

North America’s First LNG-Powered Ferry

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Introducing the NM F.A. Gauthier: North America’s First LNG-Powered Ferry, commissioned in Canada.

Last April, the new ferry NM F.A. Gauthier launched from famed shipyard Fincantieri in Naples, Italy and headed to Canada. Its destination – Matane, Quebec, where it is set to traverse the Matane-Baie-Comeau-Godbout ferry service for the Societe des traversiers du Quebec (“STQ”).

The liquefied natural gas (“LNG”)-powered NM F.A. Gauthier can accommodate 800 passengers and 180 vehicles, while meeting Emission Control Area (“ECA”) sulfur regulations and even having the capability to cut through sea ice. Extra features include shops, passenger lounges, a children’s game room and a bistro, cafeteria and bar. Read More

How Justified is the Hysteria Around 3D Printing?

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^ 3D Printing: The Third Industrial Revolution? (Source: http://www.economist.com/node/21553017) 

Work in Progress

Many including The Economist tout Additive Manufacturing (AM) or 3D Printing, as the Third Industrial Revolution because it promises to create groundbreaking technical, social, and economic changes. Skeptics will of course point to the technology’s multiple limitations. Read More

Machining Composites, Unconventionally

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^ Cross Section of a Composite Blade (Source: http://classroom.materials.ac.uk/caseRoto.php)

Optimal Blend

Are two heads are better than one? Well, only so long as too many cooks do not spoil the broth. Composite Materials or Composites perfectly manifest this precarious balance. A combination of two or more separate materials, composites possess properties distinct from those of its components. And yes, most composites include only two elements. Read More

Carnival is Headed to Cuba Too!

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MSC Cruises set the tone earlier this month by announcing it is homeporting the MSC Opera in Havana for the winter season (see related article, “MSC Opera Finds A Home in Cuba for the Winter”). Now, Carnival Corp. is exploring its own opportunities for cruising to Cuba.

Ever since the historic thawing of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States late last year, and the consequent rise of potentially lucrative opportunities for travel here, Cuba is becoming bigger and bigger news in the cruising world lately. Also big news in the cruising scene? Carnival Corp.’s recent announcement about a new brand, “fathom,” which will be focusing on volunteer vacations starting April, 2016 (see “Cruise for a Cause? Carnival Corp.’s “Social Impact” Travel”). Put these two big news items together though, and what do you have?

One of cruising’s hottest new brands, backed by a cruise industry power player, headed to a long-awaited destination: fathom is on the way to Cuba!

Due to the standing U.S. trade embargo against Cuba, there are heavy limits on trade with the country, and only a few categories of travel is considered as falling within a legal visit. ‘Cruising’ as it is envisioned by Carnival’s fathom, however, may be considered as educational, people-to-people travel – which in effect paves the way for traveling to Cuba. The company has reportedly already secured approvals from the U.S. Department of Treasury and U.S. Department of Commerce, but approval from the side of Cuban authorities is still pending.

If all necessary approvals are secured, plans are for the 710-passenger Adonia to operate 7-day, culture-heavy Cuban itineraries beginning in May, 2016, shortly after the fathom brand’s initial, “voluntourism” offerings to the Dominican Republic rolls out in April. Specific details on where the ship will call in Cuba are still being ironed out.

Interested in developments going on in the ultra-dynamic cruising industry? Check out our blog for more articles like this, and on other topics related to the maritime community.

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References:

^ “Carnival Corp. receives approval for cruises to Cuba.” Trade Only Today, 10 Jul 2015. Web. 17 Jul 2015. http://www.tradeonlytoday.com/2015/07/carnival-corp-receives-approval-cruises-cuba/

^ Faust, Chris Gray. “Carnival Corp.’s fathom Line to Offer Volunteer Cruises in Cuba.” Cruise Critic, 07 Jul 2015. Web. 17 Jul 2015. http://www.cruisecritic.com/news/news.cfm?ID=6436

^ Richinick, Michele. “Carnival Will Cruise to Cuba In May.” Newsweek, 09 Jul 2015. Web. 17 Jul 2015. http://www.newsweek.com/carnival-expects-be-cruising-cuba-may-351676

^ Sampson, Hannah. “With U.S. approval, Carnival Corp. is bound for Cuba.” Miami Herald, 07 Jul 2015. Web. 17 Jul 2015. http://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/tourism-cruises/article26631376.html

^ Sloan, Gene. “Cruise giant Carnival Corp. to launch sailings to Cuba.” USA Today, 07 Jul 2015. Web. 17 Jul 2015. http://www.usatoday.com/story/cruiselog/2015/07/07/carnival-cruise-fathom-cuba/29805319/

Tourism and The Greek Financial Crisis

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Lately, it seems as if the news has been flooded by the debt crisis unfolding in Greece. Photographs of protests and long lines at ATMs, news of shortage of money, bank closures, and standoffs in negotiations, have all been hounding the headlines. The country has just come to an agreement with its European creditors, but specific details and possible outcomes are still unknown.

Given everything that has been going on and all the speculation, it’s almost easy to forget that we are still talking about one of the world’s most beautiful and storied travel destinations, a place millions in the planet still dream of visiting one day. So… how is the tourism industry, particularly cruising, holding up amidst the crisis, and how much should tourists have to worry about traveling to the country at this time?

Tourism in Greece is a major contributor to the national economy. In 2014, the sector reportedly brought in $32.7 billion, accounting for 17% of GDP and 9.4% of total employment – staggering numbers, especially for a country in desperate need of revenues. A slowdown in tourism would be a bad blow for Greece.

Thankfully, they are doing what they can to keep tourists coming and to keep them from being adversely affected. For example, it has been reported that while there are ATM withdrawal limits imposed on Greek citizens, this will not apply to foreign credit or debit cards. Cruising, for one, appears to be unaffected so far. Cruise lines are watching the situation closely, but there is no news yet on any itineraries stopping in Greece being affected by the country’s economic turmoil. According to a June 30th USA Today article (see “Cruise lines react to financial turmoil in Greece”), no changes have been announced by Prestige Cruises, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., or Silversea Cruises at the time.

That said, it is still important for tourists to be wary of changing conditions and scenarios that could unfold, and they are advised to be proactive in seeking current information on the fluid situation.

The withdrawal limits, for example, may not be applicable to foreign cards – but lines for ATMs can be long, and many have been found to be emptied of cash, while some merchants have refused credit cards. The British Government, for one, had already issued a travel advisory on Greece, specifically on traveling with enough cash for everyday expenses and emergencies, and on being cautious against theft. Other people have also expressed concerns about civil unrest, or disruptions in supplies and important services like transportation. The situation is fluid, with uncertain outcomes, demanding vigilance and caution for travelers intending to continue on with their plans of visiting Greece during this time.

Did you find this article interesting? Our blog has plenty of similar content on to news and developments relating to the maritime industry.

We at Kemplon Engineering have been providing a wide range of engineering services to our marine and industrial customers – on time and on budget – since 2005. Got ideas for a project or engineering issues you need solutions for? Explore our website and see what we can do for you. From welding and fabrication, precision machining, pipe fitting, laser cutting, and more, we have a wide range of capabilities and a team ready for a challenge. Contact us for queries and quotes at info@kemplon.com, or by phone at (877) 522-6526. 

References

^ Bergman, Jamey and Chris Gray Faust. “UK Issues Advisory for Travel to Greece, Cruise Schedules Remain Unchanged.” Cruise Critic, 30 Jun 2015. Web. 12 Jul 2015. http://www.cruisecritic.com/news/news.cfm?ID=6427

^ Harpaz, Beth J. “Tourists in Greece worry about ATMs and credit cards but most holidays unaffected.” Toronto Sun, 30 Jun 2015. Web. 12 Jul 2015. http://www.torontosun.com/2015/06/30/tourists-in-greece-worry-about-atms-and-credit-cards-but-most-holidays-unaffected

^ Kanter, James and Andrew Higgins. “Deal on Greek Debt Crisis Is Reached, but Long Road Remains.” The New York Times, 13 Jul 2015. Web. 13 Jul 2015. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/14/world/europe/greece-debt-plan.html?_r=0

^ “Largely shielded from crisis, tourists still enjoying Greece.” Tampa Bay Times, 09 Jul 2015. Web. 12 Jul 2015. http://www.tampabay.com/news/business/tourism/largely-shielded-from-crisis-tourists-still-enjoying-greece/2236839

^ Pager, Tyler. “Greece tourism unaffected by financial crisis.” USA Today, 01 Jul 2015. Web. 12 Jul 2015. http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/2015/06/30/greece-tourism-unaffected-financial-crisis/29520879/

^ Stieghorst, Tom. “Cruise lines react to financial turmoil in Greece.” USA Today, 30 Jun 2015. Web. 12 Jul 2015. http://www.usatoday.com/story/cruiselog/2015/06/30/cruise-lines-greece-economy-reactions/29507813/

^ White, Martha C. “Traveling to Greece? Great Prices, Big Problems.” NBC News, 30 Jun 2015. Web. 12 Jul 2015. http://www.nbcnews.com/business/travel/traveling-greece-great-prices-big-problems-n384376