Shipyards around the world are facing increasingly stringent environmental rules and regulations, adding additional expense to a business sector with an already reputed thin bottom line. Nonetheless, to stay in business shipyards must continuously enhance their capabilities and compliance,
Bragging rights for the title of most prolific cruise ship builder has lately centered on Italy and Finland, Fincantieri and Kvaerner Masa Yards to be exact. While the Italian contingency has pulled ahead of late, the Finnish shipyard located in
Birka Line Ab and Wartsila Marine have signed a contract for a new $135-million luxury cruise vessel to be delivered in the autumn of 1990. The 32,000-gross-registered-ton vessel, with accommodations for 1,700 passengers, will be built at the Turku Shipyard.
In a working partnership between Carnival Corp. and the Finnish marine power systems supplier Wartsila Corp., the new 86,000-ton cruise ship Carnival Spirit will be fitted with the cruise industry's first smokeless diesel engines. The Carnival Spirit,
A new concept for powering large passenger vessels, the combined diesel-electric and diesel-mechanical (CODED) system, is the latest outcome of a broader co-operation between leading lights in the Finnish maritime industries. CODED has been developed
Carnival Cruise Lines, Miami, Fla., recently paid about $550 million to four shipping companies to acquire majority shares in both Admiral Cruises Inc. and Royal Caribbean Cruise Line (RCCL). The deal makes Carnival the world's largest operator of cruise ships.