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Revitalizing its image
The new racing themed water park on the Carnival Sunshine includes Carnival’s longest water slide
Rights to the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The goal is to have the bill formally recognized worldwide and make it applicable under IMO’s authority. You can
The success of the cruise shipping industry is ruled by public perception. With that in mind, cruise lines have made it their mission to not only regain customer trust by enhancing safety standards on board, but also seeking to entice passengers by promising luxurious, entertainment-filled experiences and exciting new features. To that end, several cruise lines are bringing the latest and greatest on board across entire fleets. Aside from its safety enhancement program, Carnival is also in the midst of it Fun Ships 2.0 initiative. Launched in 2010, the $500 million Fun Ships 2.0 upgrade program transforms public spaces and adds additional staterooms and entertainment features on to existing members of Carnival Cruise Lines’ 24-ship fleet. With it out of service due to the engine fire, the Carnival Triumph underwent its’ Fun Ships 2.0 renovation last month. The ship left BAE’s Mobile, AL shipyard in early May under its own power to Grand Bahama Shipyard, Freeport, Bahamas, where it was to
have final repairs and shipboard operating enhancements completed, says Carnival. The down time afforded Carnival the opportunity to add Fun Ships 2.0 features onto the ship. “With the ship temporarily out of service for repairs, we decided to take the opportunity to add a host of new dining and bar venues that are part of our tremendously popular fleetwide Fun Ship 2.0 enhancement program,” says Cahill. Another Carnival ship to undergo the Fun Ship transformation was the Carnival Sunshine. Previously named the Carnival Destiny, the ship was transformed into the Carnival Sunshine after a massive $155 million transformation in just 49 days at Italy’s Fincantieri shipyard. The 3,006-passenger Carnival Sunshine includes an additional 182 staterooms, a reconfigured floor layout that made room for venue space and Fun Ship 2.0 dining, bar and entertainment features, such as The Shake Spot, where guest can enjoy hand-crafted milkshakes and floats; Guy’s Burger Joint, where those at poolside can enjoy free handcrafted burgers and fries; an Alchemy Bar, which Carnival describes as a vintage-themed cocktail “pharmacy. (Cont. on pg 42)
The OPA 90 Vessel Response Plan regulatory package outlining requirements for nontank vessels trading in U.S. waters was accepted for review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the last hurdle in a process which started approximately 8 years ago. While the final rules for tankers were issued in December 2008, the nontank regulations have been slowly moving through regulatory review. The OMB typically completes such reviews within 90 days, at which point, the final rule could be published to the Federal Register sometime in 2013. Approximately 15,000 nontank vessels will be subject to the new requirements which will undoubtedly present an administrative challenge to vessel operators, U.S. Coast Guard and resource providers alike.
“Our team is in place armed with the lessons learned from the tank vessel implentation and we are ready to assist our nontank clientele through the process”, says DeeAnn McMillen, Director, Vessel Services. T&T Salvage, as a Primary Salvage and Marine Firefighting Resource Provider, is ready to support the nontank vessel response plan community with the goal of minimizing administrative burden while providing the highest level of emergency response in the industry. With a leading nationwide OPA 90 salvage salvage system, the largest inventory of salvage equipment in the U.S. and a proven team of professionals, T&T Salvage is commited to providing the most flexible and efficient service in the industry.
June 2013 MARINE LOG 39