Yachting Boating World: P&O Cruises has announced that it has ordered the next generation of mega ship. It will eclipse the British cruise line’s current 3,637-capacity flagship, Britannia.
This is 1,563 more than its current flagship, Britannia, which was officially launched by The Queen in Southampton in March 2015.
P&O’s parent company, Carnival Corporation, which is based in the US, announced that it had signed the deal to build the new ship earlier this week.
It is expected to be delivered in 2020 and will be built by Meyer Werft at its shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.
Based on Carnival Corporation’s next-generation “green cruising” ship design, the new vessel will be part of the first generation of cruise ships to be fully powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG).
The company claims using LNG both in port and on the open sea will significantly reduce the ship’s exhaust emissions.
It added that LNG is “the world’s cleanest burning fossil fuel”.
The new P&O 180,000-tonne cruise ship is one of seven LNG-powered vessels being built for Carnival Corporation.
The first of these ships is expected to be in service for AIDA Cruises and Costa Cruises in 2019.
CEO of Carnival Corporation, Arnold Donald, said: “We are proud to be at the forefront of introducing LNG-powered ships to the cruise industry, working with our partners to achieve shipbuilding breakthroughs like this that will help us produce the most efficient and sustainable ships we have ever built”.
He continued: “This is also an important step in our fleet enhancement plan that enables us to execute on our long-term strategy of measured capacity growth over time, while delivering innovative new ships that further elevate our already great guest experience.”
“Every time we launch a new ship, we have a new opportunity to create excitement and show consumers why cruising is a great vacation at an exceptional value, especially for those who typically consider land-based vacations,” added the chief executive.
Managing partner of Meyer Werft, Bernard Meyer, said the company was excited to welcome P&O Cruises back to Meyer Werft in Germany.
“These new ships will be built in our most modern and environmentally friendly facilities, and we are very proud to design, build and deliver these ships that provide breakthroughs in innovation and for the environment,” he said.
As part of its fleet enhancement plan, Carnival Corporation has already taken delivery of three new ships in 2016 for its AIDA Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line and Holland America Line brands, and plans to launch the all-new Seabourn Encore in December 2016.
Carnival Corporation has a total of 18 new ships scheduled to be delivered between 2016 and 2022.
Yachting Boating World: The Marine Accident Investigation Branch has launched an investigation after a 22-year-old man died while fishing with his family off Hartlepool Marina.
Cleveland Police said the man was setting lobster pots in the early evening with his brother, nephew and a woman when his foot got tangled in the ropes of the fishing net and he fell into the sea.
He was in the water for a very short time before being recovered. The incident happened about half a mile off the Heugh Pier.
The Humber Coastguard tasked Hartlepool RNLI to attend the incident. Both the Atlantic 85 Inshore lifeboat and the all-weather lifeboat responded.
A spokesman for Hartlepool RNLI said: “An RNLI volunteer crew member was transferred onto the fishing boat and he began medical treatment on the casualty.”
“The all-weather lifeboat arrived moments later and Hartlepool RNLI’s doctor was transferred to the fishing vessel and took over the CPR,” continued the spokesman.
“The fishing boat was escorted to Hartlepool Lifeboat Station while the medical care continued on the casualty. He was transferred to the pontoon where the all-weather lifeboat is moored and further efforts were made to revive him,” said the spokesman.
The 22-year-old man was then transferred to the care of paramedics with the Great North Air Ambulance.
Hartlepool RNLI operations manager, Mike Craddy, said: “This was a multi agency incident and despite the best efforts of all concerned we were unable to save the gentleman. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends at this sad time.”
In a statement, the Marine Accident Investigation Branch said it had “started an investigation into the fatal man overboard from a UK registered 8.2m fishing boat Pauline Mary (WY 845), east of Hartlepool, England, on 2 September 2016”.
Yachting Boating World: Called Maritime Autonomy Surface Testbed (MAST), the drone boat has undergone sea trials ahead of the Unmanned Warrior exercise in the autumn.
The 32-foot drone boat is one of over 40 Autonomous Systems taking part in Unmanned Warrior 2016 in October, off West Wales and North West Scotland and the Western Isles.
MAST, which is based on the innovative Bladerunner hull shape, is being developed by Portchester-based ASV Ltd, under research funding from the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstlis).
It is designed to reach high speeds. Various levels of autonomy include basic remote control up to autonomous navigation.
The boat senses other vessels in the immediate vicinity and is programmed to avoid them in a safe manner.
The Royal Navy said the avoidance algorithms are designed to comply with internationally mandated collision regulations.
When operating on a busy waterway, such as the River Thames, the craft is operated with a coxswain on board ready to take control.
First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Sir Philip Jones, said: “The growing scale of Unmanned Warrior is a clear demonstration of the Royal Navy’s ambition to lead and win through technological innovation.”
“Unmanned maritime systems will change how we operate, but they’re just the start. Our pursuit of new technologies and ideas – from big data to 3D-printing – will ensure we remain one of the most capable and successful navies in the world,” added Sir Philip.
MAST does not carry weapons, but is designed to explore autonomous capabilities and support non-lethal surveillance and reconnaissance roles.
The work is funded through Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, which conducts research on behalf of the Royal Navy and the other UK armed forces.
The work is being conducted by civilian manufacturers ASV Ltd & Roke Manor Research, with support from Cambridge Pixels, Seebyte and Chess Dynamics.
Fleet Robotics Officer Commander, Peter Pipkin, said: “This is a chance to take a great leap forward in Maritime Systems – not to take people out of the loop but to enhance everything they do, to extend our reach, our look, our timescales, our efficiency using intelligent and manageable robotics at sea.”
During Unmanned Warrior in October, engineers and scientists will be able to demonstrate state of the art technology to the Royal Navy and representatives from other NATO countries.
The Royal Navy says it is the biggest event of its kind, and will explore the ideas that “will help shape the future of Naval Warfare for decades to come”.
It is linked with the regular Joint Warrior fleet Exercise and aims to test systems in an operational environment.
Yachting Boating World: Sunseeker International has announced a £50 million investment plan after the company revealed it was back in to profit in the second quarter of 2016.
The Poole-based luxury boat builder also announced a massive £50 million of investment to be spent across new products, improved shipyard facilities and the continued recruitment of people over the next five years.
This follows other positive announcements by the company earlier this year.
In March, Sunseeker International announced it was recruiting a record number of apprentices at its sites at Poole and Portland.
In April, it opened Sunseeker Portugal on the Iberian Peninsula.
The company is attributing the reversal in fortune to a period of significant change and restructuring within the business.
This was led by Sunseeker’s new executive team, and saw investment in new products, shipyards, growth in its global dealer network, and the recruitment of skilled staff and apprentices.
Sunseeker also ensured better efficiencies throughout the business. Orders year-on-year for 2016 are also up by 24%.
These include the 131 Yacht, 95 Yacht, Manhattan 52, 116 Yacht and Predator 68 MK II, securing over £220 million of orders at retail value to date.
These multiple model launches are set to continue as part of a long term product plan that will see new model introductions across the size range over the next five years.
The executive team’s plan to invest in long term profitable growth is backed by majority shareholder Wanda Group, which has underwritten the investment to support the plan.
As well as the significant investment, Sunseeker also made huge financial progress in 2015, reducing losses by 67% to £13.6 million and paving the way for the company to return to profit in 2016.
The CEO of Sunseeker International,Phil Popham said: “I am delighted with our performance. 2016 has been a defining year for Sunseeker and we are confident of achieving strong, profitable and sustained long term growth as we continue to invest in the business for the future.”
“This was just the start of our journey, we will continue to invest heavily over the next five years in new product development, shipyards and our people,” he continued.
“All this, underpinned by a strong forward order book, means we are very excited for the future of this business,” concluded the CEO.
Yachting Boating World: Boaters are being encouraged to check if the waterway they want to cruise over winter is open as the Canal & River Trust publishes its winter maintenance schedule.
It has just published its maintenance list for the season, to ensure boaters have plenty of time to plan their cruises during the colder months.
Some of the work may require the closure of waterways or towpaths.
As this involves boaters and other towpath users, the trust says it has consulted with these two groups.
It adds that the final list, which lists 229 towpath and navigation closures and navigation restrictions, takes into account two rounds of feedback.
The head of boating at the Canal & River Trust, Mike Grimes, said: “The work we carry out every winter lies at the heart of our maintenance programme and ensures that the waterways are kept as shipshape as possible.”
“We know that closures can affect boaters’ plans and so we’ve listened and incorporated boaters’ comments into our final list,” he continued.
“If you are a boater and you’re thinking of taking advantage of cruising over the traditionally quieter – and often stunning – winter season, do take a look at the programme to make sure your chosen route will be open,” advised Grimes.
Every year, the Canal & River Trust spends millions of pounds on essential work to repair the wear and tear on the waterways it runs.
Yachting Boating World: Southampton Boat Show organisers have announced the names of the Rio Olympics medal winners and athletes who will appear at this year’s show.
Gold Medalists Giles Scott (Men’s Finn), Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark (470 Dinghy) and Silver Medalist Nick Dempsey (Men’s RS:X windsurfer) will make an appearance at this year’s Southampton Boat Show.
They will be joined by a number of other proud olympians fresh from their inspiring performances at the Rio Olympics 2016. The other athletes attending the show include:
- Nick Thompson (double Laser World Champion)
- Alison Young (reigning Laser Radial World Champion)
- Luke Patience and Chris Grube (470 Dinghy)
- Dylan Fletcher and Alain Sign (Men’s 49er skiff)
- Charlotte Dobson and Sophie Ainsworth (Women’s 49er FX skiff)
- Ben Saxton and Nicola Groves (Mixed Nacra 17 multihull)
- Bryony Shaw (Women’s RS:X windsurfer)
Other stars to appear at Southampton Boat Show include TV actress Michelle Keegan, who’ll be sure to wow the younger crowds.
This year’s event will see plenty of new yachts being launched and a new site layout which was unveiled last week.
Sunseeker, Spirit Yachts, Ancasta, Beneteau, Jeanneau and Fairline Yachts are just some of the brands showcasing their new models.
Southampton Boat Show 2016 takes place from 16-25 September at Mayflower Park.
Yachting Boating World: The Royal Welsh Yacht Club will offer guided tours to the public throughout September as part of the government Open Doors programme.
Established in Caernarfon, the Royal Welsh Yacht Club is the oldest in Wales.
Throughout September it will open its doors to the public with a series of talks and guided tours about its history and famous past members.
The RWYC was established in 1847 in Caernarfon under the patronage of the Dowager Queen Adelaide, the widow of King William IV. Its headquarters are situated in Porth-Yr-Aur (the Golden Gate), built around 1284 as the historic West Gate, or Watergate, of the walled Royal Town of Caernarfon.
The Royal Patronage was carried on by Albert Edward, Prince of Wales when he was only 18 years old, and confirmed by him when he acceded to the throne as King Edward VII.
His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, is the Royal Welsh Yacht Club current patron.
The event is organised by Cadw and is part of the Welsh Government’s Open Doors programme.
More than 300 Welsh buildings will open their doors to the public and offer free visits during the month of September.
Talking of the Open Doors event, Commodore Barrington Powell said: “This is a truly remarkable club with a fascinating history and we are delighted to be sharing our story and giving visitors a rare glimpse of our yacht club, as part of this year’s Open Doors.
“We currently have over 250 members which shows that the Club is an important part of the local community. We are very thankful to Cadw for supplying us with a grant to renovate the club so it continues to thrive and bring in new members.
“Wales boasts a unique blend of historic sites, from fairy-tale castles to local miners’ institutes, all of which demonstrate our rich and diverse heritage.
“Through free access, unique events and special guided tours, there is plenty to encourage people to embark on adventures of their own this September.” .
Yachting Boating World: The New York based Gill Schmid Design has just unveiled its latest superyacht – the 110 metre Halycon. The vessel makes the most of floor to ceiling one-way glass.
Renders from Gill Schmid Design show a use of white and reflective glass, which provides maximum privacy for the owner of the 110 metre superyacht and their guests.
The white, one-way glass is transparent from the inside and opaque looking from the outside.
The white glass panels on the observatory deck above the wheelhouse and on bridge deck above the VIP suits blend in seamlessly with the white superstructure, giving an overall monochromatic effect.
“The idea is to blend superstructure and glazing into one entity,” explained Gill Schmid Design.
Some of the key features of Halycon are the two glass bottomed swimming pools, one on the main deck and one staggered in sections on the upper deck.
They are connected with a waterfall flowing between the two levels, which is framed by a generous rectangular opening in the deck. This creates the effect of terraced aft deck spaces.
This space is further enhanced by the louvered ‘gill’ glass doors on the main deck, creating a deep inside/outside space around the main pool area.
Further features of this unique vessel, besides the expansive and unique outdoor deck spaces, are the large owner suite with his and hers saunas, six guest and two VIP suites.
There are also two hull infinity jacuzzis, a casino, front facing formal dining with panoramic views, a sky lounge and a cocktail bar with panoramic lounge spaces.
A retractable front facing glass facade on the observatory deck also highlights the unique use of glass on board.
The expansive beach club has open-able hull doors offering visual and physical access to the sea. There is also a gymnasium, sauna, plunge pool and massage areas.
The fully equipped tender garage has enough space for two 10 metre tenders, icon aircraft, submarine storage plus multiple toys.
Halycon comes with full helicopter landing on the observatory deck, plus an additional retractable touch and go helicopter landing on the main deck aft between the two jacuzzis.
The superyacht can accommodate 18 guests and 37 crew in generous quarters.
The unveiling of the Halycon project also marks the re-branding of the New York Design studio, which is run by Alistair Gill and Veronika Schmid.
Known previously as Impossible Productions Ink, Gill and Schmid have now combined their names to create Gill Schmid Design.
Yachting Boating World: With just over two weeks to go before the Southampton Boat Show 2016 kicks off, a site map of the show has been released.
Following unprecedented demand from exhibitors for undercover space, a new show layout has been revealed for 2016.
Ocean Hall and Windward Hall will be merged with an additional 550 square metres of space added to create a new look Ocean Hall for 2016.
Enhancements to the layout will also see Beneteau and Jeanneau move from their historical space on the land to a much bigger display on the marina.
Sunseeker International will showcase its 95 Yacht at this year’s Southampton Boat Show.
The 95 Yacht is as spacious and striking as its successful sister, the 28 Metre Yacht and it combines a superyacht feel with all the practical advantages of a yacht in this size category.
A standout feature is its unique main deck layout with a special master cabin triplex configuration for even greater flexibility and space from a class above. With the luxurious master stateroom berth on the main deck, a forward staircase leads to a mid-level dressing area and sumptuous en-suite.
The raised pilot house offers greater flexibility contributing to the more expansive main deck layout, remarkable for this size of yacht. Above deck, the spacious flybridge is well equipped with a second helm, bar, optional hot tub and plenty of seating for guests to be entertained in style. As with all Sunseeker’s new models in 2016, the 95 Yacht is based on the classic deep V hull with performance at its heart.
Yachting Boating World: The pair were on a two month cruise from England to Australia via several other countries when they were caught with the cocaine.
The pair documented their fabulous trip on MS Sea Princess by posting pictures of their travels on Instagram.
However when they arrived at Sydney harbour on Sunday, 28 August, they were stopped by the Australian Federal Police and found with 200 pounds worth of cocaine in their suitcases, for a value of almost £17m.
Another Canadian man, André Tamine, 63, who was travelling on the same cruise, was also stopped and cocaine was found in his luggage too. It’s unclear whether he was travelling with the women.
The police are trying to determine when the drugs were brought on to the ship, which went through ports in North America, South America and the Caribbean.
The arrests was the result of a cooperative investigation between the Australian, Canadian and American authorities.
Lagacé and Roberge’s documentation of their trip on Instagram helped the police track them down seven weeks into their dream cruise.
The trio, all from Quebec, are now facing life in prison, the maximum sentence in Australia for drug smuggling.