October 21, 2020
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Here are some of the news articles we are following:
- Pence Tells Top Cruise CEOs He Supports Their Return to Sea
- Positive Signs Emerge for Future of Cruising
- Pence and Cruise Lines Note Positive Call; Restart Optimism High
- Readout from the Vice President’s Call with U.S. Cruise Industry
- Top cruise line executive: We may never bring back the buffet
- Royal Caribbean trials ‘cruises to nowhere’ with ships sailing in circles from Singapore
- 'The tools are there' for cruise sector to adapt to pandemic's new normal
- Jalesh Cruises Is Shutting Down
- CDC’s role in helping cruise ship travelers during the COVID-19 pandemic
- COVID-19 impacts on global cruise industry
- Passenger vessels' path to a digital, secure, and sustainable future
- Carnival canceling November cruises from Port Canaveral, Miami
- MSC Cruise Ship Earns Notation for Infection Risk Mitigation
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Pence Tells Top Cruise CEOs He Supports Their Return to Sea
"Vice President Mike Pence told cruise-industry executives that he supports their goal of returning to the seas and applauded their efforts to develop new safety protocols."
Positive Signs Emerge for Future of Cruising
"A series of positive signs has emerged for the cruise line industry, including an optimistic forecast from MSC Cruises North America chairman Rick Sasso. “Our ambition is to be fully operational by October (of 2021), even as soon as next summer,” Sasso said during a panel discussion at Seatrade Cruise Virtual, an online version of the cruise industry’s annual meetup, according to the travel blog The Points Guy. Sasso spoke during the session entitled “This Time Next Year: A No-Holds-Barred Look into the Crystal Ball from Some of Cruising’s Most Forward-Thinking Leaders.” Much will depend on the virus itself, Sasso said’ “This will evolve, and it will evolve quicker than we would have assumed even a month ago,” he said. “It certainly will be a gradual, staggered, evolving deployment schedule.” "
Pence and Cruise Lines Note Positive Call; Restart Optimism High
"Cruise industry executives had a key conference call with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Friday afternoon, as momentum builds towards a cruise restart in the United States before year's end. The cruise industry's proposal to resume operations in the U.S. will now be presented to the coronavirus task force in order to provide a recommendation to President Donald J. Trump with regard to next steps on the CDC’s No Sail Order, which expires on Oct. 31. Other factors include COVID-19 cases in Florida and the progress of the industry restarting in Europe and Asia, according to sources. Pence led the call with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Robert Redfield; Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar; former Utah Governor and HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt of the Healthy Sail Panel; and cruise executives (listed below). HHS Secretary Azar and CDC Director Redfield noted the work that produced the Healthy Sail Panel’s 74 recommendations, and the U.S government’s support of the industry "to safely and responsibly sail again, but cautioned that the cruise industry would have to backstop their venture to resume operations," according to a statement."
Readout from the Vice President’s Call with U.S. Cruise Industry
Top cruise line executive: We may never bring back the buffet
"Could the cruise ship buffet be on the way out forever? It seems almost unthinkable, given its hallowed place in cruising over the years. But one of cruising’s most respected leaders is mulling over the possibility.
“The pandemic put a large bead on certain things,” AmaWaterways co-founder and president Rudi Schreiner said Monday during a virtual press conference. “Right now, my entire thinking is about going totally away from buffet servings.” "
Royal Caribbean trials ‘cruises to nowhere’ with ships sailing in circles from Singapore
"New safety measures mean passengers won’t be able to enjoy faraway lands but can experience the facilities, food and weather onboard. Royal Caribbean International and Genting Cruise Lines, two of the world’s largest cruise lines, will start sailing again out of Singapore, but instead of whisking passengers to faraway lands, guests will pay thousands of dollars to go around in circles. Ships have now been given the green lights to sail from the city-state’s port, after permission was granted by authorities in Singapore."
'The tools are there' for cruise sector to adapt to pandemic's new normal
"If it is to survive, cruise shipping has to learn to mitigate the risk posed by Covid-19, according to experts at Riviera’s The Covid-19 proofed passenger ship: interior design for health and safety on board
Covid-19 is having a huge impact on newbuild and refurbishment projects, with many postponed and some cancelled. Webinar panelists including David McCarthy, Marine Development Director, AD Associates; Lawrence Rapp, Principal Consultant, Cruise Line Newbuilding & Operations, Seawise Consulting Group; Andreas Ullrich, Global Market Leader, Passenger Ships & Ferries, Bureau Veritas; Frank Weber, SVP - Hotel Operations, Virgin Voyages; and Fernando Pou Feliu, Senior Assessor in Unit Safety and Security, EMSA gauged views from the passenger ship industry about the impact on construction and drydock schedules, how these might be transformed following the pandemic and how innovations within the design, layout and technology used on ships will be developed to keep passengers safe, for both this pandemic and potential future virus outbreaks. The webinar was part of Riviera’s Passenger Shipping Webinar Week and was put on in partnership with Cruise Ship Interiors Expo Europe. Mr Pou Feliu said companies are encouraged to develop a plan with measures that can be implemented on both the port and vessel side. Bureau Veritas (BV) global market leader for passenger ships and ferries Andreas Ullrich said the company has published a guideline that focuses on the cruise sector with an emphasis on management. “We need training, training and training” said Mr Ullrich. The goal is to mitigate risk and get the crew to coordinate with passengers to have an efficient operation. Mr Ullrich added that the cruise sector should adapt to a changing regulatory environment."
Jalesh Cruises Is Shutting Down
"According to a statement citing the owners of the MV Karnika, the company will suspend its operations.
The ship is operated by Jalesh Cruises and targeted at the Indian source market. "The owners of MV Karnika states that it is not in a position to start the operation as the ports in India has not given the date by which cruise ships can start its operations due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic," the statement said.
"This sector has been devastated by COVID-19. It's predicted that 120 million jobs are at risk, with economic damage likely to exceed over $1 trillion according to the report released by the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres that draws on UNWTO data to quantify the devastating impact that the coronavirus pandemic has had on global tourism." The company has also said there are mounting debts and it has appealed to various government authorities in India for assistance to provide fuel, power and basic supplies to the 60 crew members that are on the ship."
CDC’s role in helping cruise ship travelers during the COVID-19 pandemic
"Outbreaks of infectious diseases can happen on cruise ships because people spend time close together and with travelers from many countries. The current scientific evidence suggests that cruise ships pose a greater risk of COVID-19 transmission than other settings because of the high population density onboard on ships, which are typically more densely populated than cities or most other living situations. While this is one contributing factor, CDC’s surveillance data show that drastically decreasing population onboard does not end transmission. Other factors likely contributing to onboard transmission are crew living and working in close quarters in a partially enclosed environment where social distancing may prove challenging, even with a limited number of people onboard. Additionally, mild illnesses and asymptomatic infections make case detection and isolation and quarantine practices based on clinical presentation alone challenging."
COVID-19 impacts on global cruise industry
"How is the cruise industry coping with the COVID -19 crisis?
Until recently, cruises were the fastest growing sector of the travel industry. In the past five years, the demand has increased by 20.5 percent. Statistics show that in 2017 around 26.7 million people chose to go on a cruise, followed by 28.5 million in 2018 and an estimated 32 million in 2020. In 2018, it was estimated that the world cruise industry is worth approximately $150 billion."
Passenger vessels' path to a digital, secure, and sustainable future
"The maritime industry is undergoing a period of unprecedented change and disruption, while digitalization and decarbonization are impacting the future of the industry at an increasing pace. As the implementation date of IMO2021 draws near, it is clear that operators of passenger vessels must rethink their attitudes to technology. Just as all shipowners that want to maintain their competitive position and improve efficiency need a plan for digitalization and sustainability, they will need one for cyber compliance too. Shipping is experiencing the rapid adoption of digital tools and services for understandable reasons - any technology that promises greater efficiency and reduced costs will gain traction - but challenges must also be faced."
Cruise Lines Bringing Back Crew Members
"Add one more hopeful sign that the cruise industry is ready to set sail again. According to a CNBC broadcast report, cruise lines are starting to bring crew members back to the U.S. in anticipation of the current no-sail order expiring on Oct. 31. The revelation apparently came during a meeting earlier this week between cruise company executives and Vice President Mike Pence, who was said to be instrumental in overruling the Centers for Disease Control’s wishes to extend the no-sail order through the end of the year."
Carnival canceling November cruises from Port Canaveral, Miami
"Carnival Cruise Lines announced on Monday that it will be canceling cruises out of Port Canaveral and Miami through November. The company had previously said that following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s extension to the no-sail order for cruise ships, all cruises from all U.S. home ports except Port Canaveral and Miami would cancel through December. The statement issued on Monday said cruises out of the two ports in December are remaining on the schedule. The cruise industry shutdown has led to huge losses and job cuts in Port Canaveral. The port’s major source of money, cruise ship revenue, is expected to drop by almost two-thirds in the next fiscal year. The port has already laid off 115 of its total work forces of 263, a 43% cut in the number of port employees. That doesn’t count the thousands of cruise ship employees out of work."
MSC Cruise Ship Earns Notation for Infection Risk Mitigation
"The first MSC cruise ship to resume service, MSC Grandiosa, has received RINA’s Biosafe Notation for the health and safety protocols that the cruise line implemented when cruises restarted. RINA had previously verified that the MSC Cruises health and safety protocol met the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) and European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) Joint Guidance, which incorporates additional health standards including those from the EU Healthy Gateways Joint Action. This verification that the protocol is aligned with the guidance of the two key European authorities was a crucial part of the process to enable the August restart of operations in the Mediterranean."
Disclaimer: The views expressed in the articles above are those of the authors' and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of this e-Newsletter
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