…As Fincantieri Marks Triple Milestone for Princess Cruises***
Ocean Network Express (ONE) has broken the last reported world record for the largest amount of cargo ever stowed – carrying over 19,100 TEU on board the MOL Tribute.
Using Navis’ StowMan vessel stowage planning software to optimize the ship, the record load surpasses the record previously announced by Maersk at 19,038 TEU, achieved in August 2018.
The MOL Tribute, with a total capacity of 20,146 TEU achieved the new record on February 11, 2019. Prior to the latest achievement, ONE completed two additional record stows on board the MOL Trust and MOL Tradition in its last two calls at PSA Singapore.
“As vessel sizes increase, so too do the complexities associated with safe and effective stowage planning,” said Captain Kunihiko Nishimura, General Manager Global Vessel Operations, ONE. “With the help of Navis and PSA Singapore, we were able to accomplish a tremendous feat – not only planning, but successfully executing a vessel call with more than 19,100 containers on board.”
ONE partnered with Navis leveraging its StowMan solution on a vessel also equipped with the MACS3 loading computer for the most recent voyage. ONE was able to optimize the cargo load based on accurate vessel profile information, resulting in higher utilization and fewer restows. Navis plans to expand these results to other terminals. Currently, 50 carriers and logistics providers with approximately 3,000 users worldwide stow their vessels with StowMan.
In the meantime, Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri celebrated three construction milestones for cruise line Princess Cruises, a brand of Carnival Corporation & plc, on February 14.
The milestones were held for three Royal class ships, currently in different construction phases.
Fincantieri started the day with a steel cutting for Princess Cruises’ sixth and last Royal-class ship, still unnamed, from the shipyard of Castellammare di Stabia, Naples. The section, once completed, will be transported by sea to the yard in Monfalcone, where the ship will be completed in 2022.
Additionally, in Monfalcone, the parties held a keel laying of Enchanted Princess, the fifth unit of the same class to be delivered in 2020.
Fincantieri’s Monfalcone yard also floated out the Sky Princess, the cruise line’s fourth unit after Royal, Regal, and Majestic. The ship is set to join the fleet by the end of the year.
At the conversion into contracts of the Memorandum of Agreement announced in July 2018, the partnership between the Monfalcone yard and Princess Cruises will continue with two next-generation cruise ships.
These will be the largest built so far in Italy with a gross-tonnage of 175,000 tons, expected to be delivered at the end of 2023 and in spring 2025. The vessels will accommodate around 4,300 guests and will be the first of the ship owner’s fleet to be dual-fuel powered primarily by liquefied natural gas (LNG).
Maritime Executive with additional report from World Maritime News