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The 'Allure of the Seas', the second
Oasis-class vessel under construction at
STX Finland's Turku Shipyard, was
launched on November 20.
The 'Allure of the Seas' is the second in
a series of large cruise ships built at the
Turku Shipyard. The first vessel in this
series, the 'Oasis of the Seas', was handed
over to its owner, Royal Caribbean, USA,
at the end of October.
The 'Allure of the Seas' will be delivered
to the owners towards the end of 2010.
The 'Allure of the Seas' has a length of
361 metres, a beam of 66 metres and a
height from sea level of 72 metres. The
gross tonnage of the vessel will be
225,000GT. At full capacity, the 'Allure of
the Seas' will accommodate 6,320
passengers and a crew of 2,100. It will
have 16 passenger decks and 2,704 cabins.
Excluding some colour and material,
'Allure of the Seas' is the twin of the 'Oasis
of the Seas', said Toivo Ilvonen, Project
Manager of the Oasis class.
Mr Ilvonen and Martin Landtman,
CEO of STX Finland, received the Finnish
Quality Innovation award for the design
and construction of the 'Oasis of the Seas'.
Giant cruise ship 'Allure of the Seas' launched at STX Turku
'Allure of the Seas', second Oasis-class cruise vessel, is following fast on the heels of its celebrated elder
sister 'Oasis of the Seas', the largest cruise vessel in the world
The Managing Director of Chemring Marine, Robert Hill, raised
the issue of the call for a single Maritime Minister to provide a
coordinated approach to the industry at a UK House of
Commons lunch with major shipbuilding industry figures.
He joined UK Ministers Ian Lucas, Nick Brown and MP
Chris Mullin, along with other key maritime policymakers at
the Shipbuilders' and Shiprepairers' Association (SSA)
"We believe there is a need for a coordinated UK approach to
the maritime industry, similar to the aviation sector, and
requested that the government give consideration to a single
Minister for Maritime, covering vessel legislation, equipment
regulation and coastal infrastructure," Mr Hill said.
The issue has also been discussed by many attendees at the
recently-formed Marine Industries Leadership Council (MILC), of
which Mr Hill is a delegate because of his role as Chair of the
Marine Sector Advisory Group (MSAG).
He leads the International and Export contribution to the
strategy document, which is due to be presented to Business
Secretary Peter Mandelson before the end of the year.
Minister for Business and Regulatory Reform, Ian Lucas MP,
and Alan Johnston, CEO of BAE Surface Fleet, co-chair the
MILC, with the aim of developing a coherent UK marine
"The SSA looks to Her Majesty's Government to offer
support to a sector which contributes significantly to the UK's
engineering expertise," said SSA President Alan Dickinson.
"The industry is at the cutting edge of technology with
successful contracts in place for new warships for the UK and
"The overall turnover in the SSA sector alone is in excess of
£1billion (US$1.67 billion) with a future order book of £5billion
"Currently there are more 10,000 people employed in the UK
with over 400 apprentices now in training throughout the UK,"
UK shipbuilding industry calls for a British Maritime Minister
Photo: Graham Flack
Five students and two professors were
presented with Norden scholarships and
awards by Singapore's Minister of
Finance and Transport, Lim Hwee Hua,
at a dual event held in Shanghai, China.
The event also celebrated the naming
of the vessel 'Nord Delphinus', the first of
16 post-Panamax bulk carriers, four of
which are to be built for Norden by
Shanghai Shipyard and China State
Shipbuilding Corp (CSSC).
Shanghai Maritime University (SMU) is
one of China's largest institutions for higher
maritime education. The collaboration
between Norden and SMU began in 2005
and encompasses two programmes: a
scholarship programme for students and
an award programme for professors
"This is the fifth year that Norden has
awarded scholarships to five outstanding
students from Shanghai Maritime
University (SMU) and two excellent
educators from this distinguished
institution," said Carsten Mortensen, CEO
and President of Norden.
This year the scholarships were
presented by Ms Lim, Second Minister for
Finance and Second Minister for
Transport in Singapore.
Five students from multidiscipline
maritime majors will receive an amount of
US$2,195 per student per year. Two
professors each receive an award of
US$1,170 each year.
Students and professors receive their Norden
bursaries and awards at an event which
also celebrated the naming of the Shanghai
Shipyard-built 'Norden Delphinus'
Norden awards scholarships at Shanghai Maritime University
Managing Director of Chemring Marine, Robert Hill
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