Top Cruise Trip Secrets To Know Before You Sail

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Going cruising for the first time? Wonderful!! Get ready to have the vacation of a lifetime. A cruise trip over mesmerizing waters can be a special experience. Are you feeling overwhelmed as a first-time cruiser? Then, keep reading to know some of the top cruise trip secrets that can help you have a great cruising time at sea.

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Deadly islands around the world

Sailors and wannabe globe trotters many a times get stuck on inhospitable islands which are inhabitable or are filled with wild animals. But, what if the island is beautiful and filled with nature’s bounty, but the people are as deadly as any wild animal? Here are some of the islands around the world where you have to write your will the first thing before venturing any further.

1) North Sentinel Island- India

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A Relief For Boaters

LightSquared, a private company had asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for permission to build 40,000 cell phone ground stations across the country. According to the company, it could expand broadband cellular telephone service. Tests done by the National Telecommunication and Information Administration indicated that the network and handset transmissions could interfere and hamper the GPS signals. Continue reading

Guns in turbulent seas

The Somali pirate attacks in the waters of East Africa has left merchant ships no choice but to arm themselves to protect their crew and precious cargo. However, posting armed guards on turbulent waters carries it’s own worries. In spite of the frequent international maritime patrol, these waters remain a threat to merchant vessels. The attacks by Somali pirates remain bold and undeterred. Currently there is a huge demand for armed guards on ship. Continue reading

Japan Builds PMA Approved New Vessel

Nissho Shipping Co., Ltd. will own a new vessel that is being built at Japanese shipyard Naikai Zosen Corporation. The vessel is going to be the first one to get approval from PMA – the Panama Maritime Authority.

Technical assistance from ClassNK helped to obtain the certificate which was issued for a new 27,200 dwt open-hatch bulk carrier that will be delivered to Nissho Shipping in the fall of 2012.

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Emerging hotbed of piracy – West Africa

 

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A Cyprus tanker disappeared recently near the waters off West Africa. Almost 18 vessels have been hijacked in these waters in this year, while no such cases were indicated last year. Statistics suggest that it is fast emerging as a hotbed of piracy. Continue reading

India looking for “greener” shores

The Indian government is braced to go all ‘green’ on its shipping ports and is taking measures for it to actually become a reality. To lower green house gas emissions, ships docking on Indian ports will be assessed on fuel consumption and gases emitted such as carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide. Green ships docking at Indian ports will be given discounts based on their performance at the International Environmental Ship Index. Continue reading