DOLPHIN EXTENSION AT OGDEN POINT CRUISE TERMINAL TO SUPPORT VANCOUVER ISLAND TOURISM AND ECONOMIC GROWTH 

Investing in trade and transportation infrastructure is critical to boosting tourism, helping businesses move their goods to domestic and international markets efficiently, and building a strong economic future for all Canadians.

Marco Mendicino, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities and Sonterra Ross, Chief Operating Officer of the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority to announce more than $6.8 million in joint funding for a dolphin extension project in Victoria.

The project involves extending the dolphin structure at Ogden Point port in Victoria by more than 55 metres and adding two breasting dolphins on each side of the main pier structure to accommodate larger vessels.The new structure will be able to dock quantum-sized cruise ships that are increasingly being used by cruise lines, allowing this popular hub on Vancouver Island to accommodate more passengers while supporting tourism and economic growth for the region as a whole. To read the full news release visit gvha.ca, November 29,2018

PORT OF SEATTLE APPROVES $350M WATERFRONT PLAN 

As part of a new five-year budget blueprint, the Port of Seattle’s commission has approved a $350 million plan for upgrades to the city’s waterfront. It includes a new cruise ship terminal for Seattle’s booming cruise industry, new light industrial facilities in Interbay, and upgrades for Fishermen’s Terminal near Ballard, among other maritime and economic development projects. The plan is accompanied by a small property tax increase for King County. 

Specific highlights of projects in the five-year budget blueprint include:

– $100 million for a new Elliott Bay cruise terminal, with a 50 percent tenant cost share
– $39 million for development of uplands at Terminal 91, the multipurpose/cruise/fishing pier at Smith Cove
– $35 million for berth replacement at Terminal 91
– $30 million for bringing electrical power to the waterfront, which will improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from cruise vessels at berth
– $23 million for the Fishermen’s Terminal Gateway Building, a new marine sales and services/warehouse building for the Alaska fishing fleet
– $17 million for habitat restoration at Terminal 117, a cleanup area within the Lower Duwamish Superfund Site
– and installation of solar power systems at the port’s Pier 69 building.

To read the full story visit maritime-executive.com, November 29,2018

VANCOUVER FRASER PORT AUTHORITY COMMUNITY AWARENESS CAMPAIGN

To view the Port of Vancouver media segment click on the video below:

CLIA-NWC is proud to have been a part of the VFPA community awareness program by bringing together the people and opportunity featured in this segment. This is one in a series of port authority ads that aims to create awareness among local communities of port activities and the many individuals who are involved in various port operations and initiatives.

GOVERNMENT OF CANADA TAKES ADDITIONAL STEPS TO SUPPORT RECOVERY OF THE SOUTHERN RESIDENT KILLER WHALES IN THE SALISH SEA

Canada has the longest coastline in the world, serving as home to rich biodiversity and precious ecosystems. The Government of Canada is building on its historic Oceans Protection Plan and taking immediate action to preserve and restore marine ecosystems to help endangered whale populations recover.

In June 2018, the Government of Canada announced the $167.4 million Whales Initiative, which increases Transport Canada’s research and monitoring of underwater noise and vessel movement. Today, the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, announced additional measures to support the recovery of endangered whale populations. A contract for an underwater listening station with “hydrophones” will be awarded shortly to a Canadian firm for approximately $9.5 million. This state-of-the-art hydrophone station will be deployed in the Southern Resident Killer Whale’s critical habitat, at Boundary Pass in the Salish Sea. To read the full news release visit canada.ca, November 29,2018

KELLY CRAIGHEAD APPOINTED AS CRUISE LINE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT & CEO 

CLIA has announced the appointed Kelly Craighead as President and Chief Executive Officer effective January 1, 2019. Craighead will be taking over the role previously held by Cindy D’Aoust.

Craighead has spent over 15 years in the public and private sectors, recently serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Travel and Tourism in the U.S. Department of Commerce where she advanced travel and tourism priorities within the Administration and with Congress.

“I am extremely pleased that Kelly will be joining CLIA to support the global cruise industry during this golden age of cruising.  Her extensive experience in the hospitality and travel industries, combined with her leadership skills and passion for results, are second to none. This is an exciting time for our industry, steeped in opportunity and I look forward to working with Kelly in the years to come,” said Arnold Donald, Global CLIA Chairman and President & CEO of Carnival Corporation & PLC. To read the full press release visit cruising.org, November 28, 2018

THREE ROYAL CARIBBEAN SHIPS IN ALASKA FOR 2020

Royal Caribbean International announced it will have three ships in Alaska for the 2020 season with the Ovation of the Seas sailing alongside the Serenade and Radiance, for its biggest season yet.

The Ovation will return for its second consecutive season on seven-night itineraries from Seattle.

For the first time since 2009, the Serenade of the Seas will head west as it repositions to Vancouver, making 2020 Royal Caribbean’s first summer season with three ships in Alaska. Serenade will sail seven-night itineraries from Seattle, calling on Ketchikan, Juneau and Icy Strait Point, Alaska. To read more visit cruiseindustrynews.com, November 07,2018

CARNIVAL CRUISE LINE CUTS STEEL ON FIRST LNG-POWERED SHIP 

Carnival Cruise Line has cut the first steel and revealed the new livery for its 180,000-ton XL vessel that will be the first-ever ship operating in North America to use LNG. The vessel will be the line’s largest vessel to date and the first to be powered by LNG.

The steel-cutting ceremony was held at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland, and the vessel is expected to be delivered in 2020. A second XL ship will start construction in 2020 and be delivered in 2022 to mark the 50th anniversary of Carnival Cruise Line’s founding. For the full story visit maritime-executive.com, November 17,2018

2018 CRUISE SEASON – MONTREAL SURPASSES THE 100,000 PASSENGER MARK 

During this year’s cruise season, Montréal welcomed 101,504 international and domestic passengers, surpassing the 100,000-passenger mark for the first time; 10% more than in 2017. In addition, 25,383 crew members visited Montréal, up 11.8% from 22,888 in 2017. In total, 127,087 passengers and crew members converged in Montréal this year, for an overall improvement of 11%.

The season’s highlights include the inaugural sailing on July 27 of the Victory II, operated by Victory Cruise Line, which specializes in river cruises. Other celebrations at the Port of Montreal included welcoming AIDA Cruises’ 80,000th passenger in Montreal, the inaugural visits of the AIDAvita, and visits by Star Pride (Windstar Cruises) and Silver Spirit (Silversea Cruises). To read more visit newswire.ca , November 16,2018

HAVRE-SAINT-PIERRE: TEN SHIPS TO CELEBRATE 10 YEARS OF CRUISE PORT ACTIVITIES 

On October 10th, Havre Saint-Pierre culminated a tenth season of cruise port activities with visits by a grand total of ten cruise ships, confirming the 2018 cruise season as the best in the past ten years.

Since 2008, Havre Saint-Pierre has welcomed into port the ships of 17 different cruise lines for an aggregate total of some 40 000 passengers and crew. Of the ships with scheduled stopovers, several were operated by cruise lines ranked among the most luxurious in the world, proof positive of an offer of substance by the smallest of the Saint Lawrence ports of call. To read the full press release visit cruisesaintlawrence.com, November 20,2018

A RECORD SEASON FOR CRUISE BAIE-COMEAU!

The cruise industry in Baie-Comeau set a new record for its 12th year of operation, with a total of 17 stopovers between May 27 to November 2, 2018; the longest cruise season to date. No less than 11 ships from 10 cruise lines visited, reaching a total of 80 stopovers with the last ship of the season.

Baie-Comeau marked inaugural stopovers for five ships, the CTMA Vacancier, Marco Polo, Silver Wind and Spirit, not to mention the majestic Disney Magic. The long-awaited September 25 and 30 calls were very successful. To read the full press release visit cruisesaintlawrence.com, November 21,2018.

VIDEO-CELEBRITY EDGE ARRIVES IN PORT EVERGLADES

Click on the video below to watch the Celebrity Edge arrive at Port Everglades’ Terminal 25 (T25) in Hollywood, Florida, following the ship’s first transatlantic crossing

Celebrity Edge embarked on the 15-day, 4,000-mile transatlantic voyage from the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France, on November 4, 2018. Along the way, the new ship visited ports in both Azores, Portugal, and Freeport, Bahamas. To read the full story visit maritime-executive.com, November 20,2018.

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