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CRUISE NEWS

  • The Port Authority of the Cayman Islands and the national government continue to mull over plans to build a dedicated cruise berth at George Town. At present, cruise ships anchor off George Town and passengers are brought ashore by tender. Like many other small Caribbean islands, Grand Cayman faces a dilemma. The terminal project is only financially viable if the island can attract around 2.4 million passengers a year – a 45 per cent increase on the 1.71 million who arrived in 2016. But many on Grand Cayman believe that key visitor attractions such as Stingray City are already at saturation point during peak season and the prospect of another 700,000-plus passengers is too many for the island to handle.

  • Dominica expects to record a solid 2017/2018 cruise season with around 420,000 passengers expect to visit the island. Benoit Bardouille, chief executive of Dominica Air & Sea Ports Authority, said: “We expect that a lot of work will go on to ensure that we can continue to provide an increased quality service to our passengers because we have not had that increase since 2008/2009. So that means that we are beginning to make new inroads into the industry and we would like our passenger experience to be second to none in terms of the port calls that the vessels will be making.”

Largest vessel transits canal

In August the CMA CGM vessel ‘Theodore Roosevelt’ become the largest ship so far to transit the expanded Panama Canal locks.

The neopanamax containership transited the canal eastbound en route to the US East Coast.

With an overall length of 365.9 meters and a breadth of 48.2 meters, the ‘Theodore Roosevelt’ has a total TEU allowance of 14,855.

The ship is deployed on the new OCEAN Alliance’s weekly South Atlantic Express service. The SAX service is provided by 11 vessels ranging in capacity from 11,000 to 14,000 TEU.

CMA CGM T heodore Roosevelt NY Harbor

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New post for PR Manager

Dimitri Cloose, former commercial, marketing and public relations manager at Curaçao Port Authority, is now director at the National Archaeological Anthropological Memory Management in Willemstad.

 

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