A fire caused by welding broke out on Deck 15 of Costa Smeralda at Meyer Turku shipyard. It has been extinguished, with two people undergoing checks for 'slight injuries' and approximately 10 experiencing smoke inhalation, according to the yard.

The stern of the new riverboat American Countess was stubbed to the bow and mid-body section at Gulf Island Shipyard in Houma, Louisiana. This key step in the construction was completed 13 months before the vessel’s planned christening.

The LNG-powered Costa Smeralda will eliminate most particulate matter and sulfur oxide emissions, while significantly reducing nitrogen oxides and carbon dioxide, contributing to Costa Cruises' sustainability goals, president Neil Palomba said. What's more, its sister ship will test a fuel cell, he disclosed Friday.

Glory Sea, owned by Diamond Cruise International Co., Limited, was placed under arrest by Shanghai Maritime Court due to unpaid crew wages.

MSC Cruises and Fincantieri inked contracts for the construction of four previously announced luxury ships, a deal worth €2bn. The 64,000gt vessels will each carry 962 passengers.

Meyer Turku shipyard floated out Costa Smeralda, the 180,000gt, LNG-powered ship for Costa Cruises, during festivities on Friday.

The first steel was cut Wednesday for Holland America Line's third Pinnacle-class ship at Fincantieri's Marghera yard.

Seabourn is calling its first purpose-built expedition ship Seabourn Venture in a nod to the far-flung destinations planned and the Ventures by Seabourn excursion program.


Seabourn eked out a few more details on its expedition newbuilds, which have the ability to sail to far-flung destinations. They'll be able to travel farther north and south than any ship in Carnival Corp. history.


Fincantieri and Genova Industrie Navali (GIN)—the holding company founded in 2008 from the merger of two historical Genoa shipyards, T. Mariotti and San Giorgio del Porto—have reached a cooperation agreement covering areas ranging from newbuildings, to ship repair, conversions and outfitting.

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