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Maritime Industry News 2016: The Year in Review

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Kemplon Engineering looks back at the whirlwind year that was 2016 – which was, for all its strokes of bad luck and bold brilliance, certainly a year for the history books. Here are a few of the news and major issues that grabbed maritime industry headlines over the last twelve months:

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INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS.2016 had started off with a proverbial bang, with January seeing the apprehension of American sailors who had inadvertently strayed into Iranian territorial waters. The situation was rapidly diffused amid improvements in U.S. – Iran relations.

Diplomacy is not faring very well on the other side of the world too, with China’s Territorial Ambitions running afoul of its neighbors’ economic and sovereign interests. Just like the previous years (territorial disputes in Asia is no stranger to our Year in Review lists), rightful ownership of small islands is contested by various country claimants, with incredible stakes – national pride, for one, but also exclusive economic zones for fishing, control over crucial shipping routes, strategic military outposts, and a potential wealth in untapped natural resource deposits.Far less rosy is the picture of United States – Russia relations. The tumultuous year saw a number of tense, Cold War era-type interactions between the two superpowers, among them a June encounter between Russian Navy frigate Yaroslav Mudry and the United States’ USS Gravely and USS Harry S. Truman, on top of failed efforts to cooperate and help end the civil war in Syria. 2016 ends with sanctions and the expulsion of Russian diplomats, amid allegations of interference in the United States’ November elections. This situation is still developing.

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Monthly Maritime News Roundup: November, 2016

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November, 2016 may have already come and gone, but this month’s dramatic events signal changes that have just begun. Kemplon Engineering takes a look back at some of the industry’s major news and developments, in this edition of the Monthly Maritime News Roundup:

November kicked off with the surprise victory of Donal Trump as president-elect of the United States of America. With his campaign promises slanted toward protectionism – championing local manufacturing, railing against the outsourcing of jobs to cheaper foreign markets, criticizing international trade agreements like the NAFTA, calling for China to be labeled as a currency manipulator, etc. – there may be some uncertainties on the horizon for the maritime industry, notably with shipping which is impacted by trade, as well as in defense which is impacted by foreign policy. Read More

NSafe®-Hull & the Promising Bulwark of Energy Absorbing Steels

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^ The Sinking of the RMS Titanic: A Tragedy of Epic Proportions

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Of Disasters & Techno-Administrative Evolutions

Some disasters leave behind vast and permanent imprints on human conscience. The sinking of RMS Titanic in April 1912 for example spurred the convening of the first International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS). Another such epoch maker was the Exxon Valdez oil spill.

Four minutes past midnight on the fateful, 24th day of March 1989, an oil tanker named Exxon Valdez struck the Bligh Reef of Prince William Sound in the Gulf of Alaska. What followed was the second most disastrous oil spill in U.S. waters in terms of volume of spilled oil. Read More

Disney Cruise Line Announces the Addition of Two New Ships

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The Walt Disney Company, Disney Cruise Line has announced their agreement with the Meyer Werft shipyards in Germany to build two new ships to its fleet of family cruise ships. They are scheduled to launch in 2021 and 2023. The names, design details and itineraries for the new ships are not yet announced and are still in development.

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Maritime Industry News 2015: The Year in Review

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^As 2015 comes to a close, Kemplon Engineering looks back at some of the news and issues that captured maritime industry headlines this year.

The Migration Crisis is one of the most pressing issues of 2015… and a defining one for global humanitarian aid. The year saw a particularly large number of migrant fatalities at sea. Thousands of people from Africa and the Middle East lost their lives while crossing treacherous waters to European entry points like Italy and Greece, all in a desperate attempt to flee war or hardship.
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More Cruise Brands Headed to the Chinese Market

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The world’s second largest consumer market – China – continues to be an exciting source of potential opportunities for the cruise industry, in spite of the country’s recent economic woes. Kemplon Engineering has been following news of how the big names are making big plays here (see related articles, “Cruise Shipping Miami 2015: Highlights”; and “MSC Cruises’ Debut in China”), and in this latest development, Carnival Corp. & PLC steps up its presence in the country via the introduction of two more lines, and a joint venture to launch a Chinese cruise brand:

The Chinese market is appealing to the cruise industry for its prosperous and growing middle-class, a government willing to invest in related infrastructure, , and a growing demand for leisure travel. Particularly for cruising, industry watchers have noted that from the years 2012 to 2014, mainland Chinese passengers reportedly grew by 79% a year.

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International Voices vs. Rising Seas and Climate Change

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In the prelude to the upcoming United Nations Conference on Climate Change this winter in Paris, advocates and stakeholder nations – many of them in real danger from rising seas stemming from climate change – are ramping up their campaigns to be heard, and for unified and binding international action to be taken to protect the environment. Kemplon Engineering takes a look at some of the recent news and developments in the international battle to combat climate change.

During his much-publicized visit to the United States this September, Pope Francis spoke before the United Nations on various issues, including care for the environment – a topic he has consistently expressed concern for, as in June of this year upon the release of his encyclical Laudato Si, which tackled pollution and climate change. At the UN, he called for concrete and immediate steps to preserve the environment, given the magnitude of the current situation and its toll on human lives. “Any harm done to the environment … is harm done to humanity,” he reportedly said. Read More

Polar Cruising and Tourism

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Followers of news on business, international relations and the maritime industry would have heard of the so-called “Cold Rush” – optimism for potential opportunities in the Arctic in the fields of oil and gas drilling, faster shipping routes, and tourism. In the wake of hefty costs, risky operations, falling oil prices, an uncertain regulatory environment, negative public perception and environmental advocacies, however, some companies have since had to ‘cool down’ their activities and expectations in the region.

We have seen exits and project suspensions from the likes of Chevron, Rosneft, Statoil, Total and most recently, Royal Dutch Shell, for example. But if there is one segment of the maritime industry that is still making a heavy play for the region, that would be travel and tourism via cruising. Read More

‘Miracle Baby’ Born on Cruise Ship

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‘Miracle Baby’ Born on Cruise Ship

A family of three boards Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas ship for what was supposed to be a relaxing a vacation – and leaves with a newborn member, when the expectant mother gives birth to a premature baby in the middle of a 7-day cruise.

28-year-old Emily Morgan of Utah was 23 weeks into an uneventful pregnancy and cleared for cruise travel by her physician. She, along with her husband Chase and three-year-old daughter Chloe, had boarded a seven-day Eastern Caribbean cruise on the Independence of the Seas in celebration of Chloe’s birthday. To their surprise, they would be celebrating another birth – that of their new baby Haiden. Read More