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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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Norwegian Cruise Line on Weekly TV Travel Series

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As the saying goes, it’s not just about the destination, it’s also about the journey – and this is truer than ever when it comes to modern-day cruising. Ship amenities and attractions often go above and beyond when it comes to wowing their passengers with onboard entertainment. The available options can be so expansive as to include Broadway-caliber shows, waterparks, casinos, spas, theme parties, and lectures – on top of shore excursions to breathtaking destinations. For an even more exciting twist on entertainment, however, some cruise lines are introducing innovative programs that blend shipboard fun to the modern-day phenomenon of reality TV – turning some of their guests into “celebrities” in the process.

Princess Cruises, for example, recently announced a singing contest in the pattern of NBC hit show “The Voice,” to be held on a number of sailings. “The Voice of the Ocean” will be making onboard stars out of talented passengers in a competition open to guests 16 years of age or older, for auditions, mentoring and live performances (see related article, “Princess Cruises Seeks “The Voice of the Ocean””). Read More

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

Engine Room Fire on Cruise Ship Carnival Liberty

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A dream cruise vacation was cut dramatically short for thousands of passengers, when Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Liberty had an engine room fire last September 7th.

The Carnival Liberty is a 10-year old, 952-foot, Conquest-class ship based in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The cruise ship left its homeport on the 6th of September for a 7-day, Caribbean cruise. On board were 3,346 guests and 1,150 crew. The next day, while docked at St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands on a scheduled port call, the cruise ship’s engine room sparked a small fire, which would eventually be extinguished by automatic fire suppression systems. The accident caused no injuries to any passengers or crew. The ship also retained power and had ability to sail, with hotel services and activities still available to the passengers. Read More

Cruise Ship Emissions Ranking

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A long-running environmental organization ranks upcoming cruise ship new builds based on planned emission abatement technologies… and takes some heat from the cruise industry for the results.

Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (“NABU”), having been founded in 1899, is one of Germany’s oldest environmental associations. With 560,000 members and sponsors, it is also one of the largest. Their objectives include conservation of habitats and biodiversity, and to promote sustainable practices and climate protection. Read More

Luxe Expedition Ship For Arctic Tourism

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While rising sea waters and the diminishing habitats of local wildlife are undoubtedly negative impacts of the world’s warming climate, inextricably, there are also opportunities presented by greater access to the once-forbidding Polar Regions. The maritime industry is particularly abuzz with excitement for the promises the Arctic could hold – including shorter shipping routes, and opportunities for leisure travel and education through tourism and expeditions. Read More

The Caribbean’s Hot, New Cruise Port: Carnival’s Amber Cove

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Competition in the cruising industry is fierce, with major players always on the lookout for the latest ‘wow’ factor to please their passengers and bring in the crowds. In the last few months alone, we’ve seen everything from mega-ships with breathtaking attractions (“’Escape’ to the Largest Water Park at Sea”), fresh and imaginative new themes and itineraries (“Cruise for a Cause? Carnival Corp.’s “Social Impact” Travel”), new access to once-inaccessible destinations (“A Controversial Cruise To Disputed Islands”; “Carnival is Headed to Cuba Too!”), unprecedented levels of luxury (“$100,000 Cruise – Almost Sold Out?”), and applications of high and green technology (“Carnival’s Next-Gen “Green” Ships: Powered by LNG”) – just to name a few!

If you follow Kemplon Engineering’s blog or if you are an avid fan of cruising, you would know that one particular line is quite often at the forefront of the industry’s hot, new developments – Carnival Corp. This time around, they are developing a destination in the Caribbean in an $85-million port project: Amber Cove.

Amber Cove is a 25-acre, private port set on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic. It is described as a quiet gateway to the Caribbean, with places for lounging like pools and bars, and great sites for dining, shopping and adventure, with activities like ziplines, speed boating, snorkeling, and swimming with dolphins. The cove is so named for its location on the Amber Coast, an area known for having an abundance of the namesake stone.

The port, which will have two berths that can ultimately see almost 8,000 passengers at the same time, is set to start receiving calls by this fall, starting with the Carnival Victory in early October. The expected turnout for the first year of operations is 350,000 passengers from multiple Carnival brands like Aida, Holland America, Carnival Cruise Line and P&O. This is a far cry from Amber Cove’s quiet past, which has not had a regular cruise call in some three decades.

Carnival has previous experience with developing ports, like Grand Turk and Roatan in Honduras.

If you liked this article or if you are a fan of cruising, check out our blog for more on this, and other topics relating to the maritime industry. You may also want to explore our website and learn more about Kemplon Engineering. We provide a wide range of engineering services to marine and industrial customers and have been in business since 2005. From welding and fabrication, precision machining, pipe fitting, laser cutting, and more, we have an expansive range of service offerings, not to mention a team ready and willing to provide solutions. If you have an engineering project in mind, contact us for queries and quotes at, or by phone at (877) 522-6526.


“Amber Cove Cruise Port.” Cruise Critic. Web. Accessed 13 Sep 2015.

Carnival Cruise Line. “Amber Cove, Dominican Republic.” Web. Accessed 13 Sep 2015.

Sloan, Gene. “First look: Inside Amber Cove, the Caribbean’s newest cruise port.” USA today, 03 Sep 2015. Web. 13 Sep 2015.

Stieghorst, Tom. “Amber Cove to bring more variety to Carnival’s Caribbean cruises.” Travel weekly, 07 Sep 2015. Web. 13 Sep 2015.

 Image: Screen capture, from Carnival Cruise Line. “Amber Cove, Dominican Republic.” Web. Accessed 13 Sep 2015.