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EPA cracks down on sulphur emissions

Cruise lines operating around the US and Canada will be punished if they fail to comply with new emissions regulations.

Two cruises cancelled as Queen Victoria heads for early refit

Cunard has dropped two sailings from Queen Victoria’s schedule in order to carry out maintenance work on the ship’s propulsion system.
The Carnival Spirit-class vessel has had to enter dry dock nearly a year earlier than previously intended in order to have a bearing replaced in time for a world cruise beginning 20 January 2015.

Aurora debuts new P&O new livery after £26m revamp

Aurora will feature P&O Cruises’ new look following a £26 million re-fit this winter. The 2,000-passenger vessel will be the first of the fleet to be decked out in a “contemporary version of the Union Flag” on the bow and blue funnels with rising sun designs.

National Geographic refits expedition ship

The National Geographic Orion’s public spaces are to be renovated during dry dock this autumn. Refurbishments to the main lounge will include 20% extra space for seating following the removal of the library; a “circle of truth” area for presentations and discussions; a new bar, refreshed furnishings and a new audio-visual system.

Hong Kong cracks down on smoky visitors

Ships sailing in Hong Kong waters have a new incentive to keep their engines and fuel systems in good repair.
Any international vessel caught emitting smoke as dark, or darker than, shade two on the Ringelmann chart for three minutes or more at a time will now be subject to a hefty fine, according to the Hong Kong Marine Department’s Notice No. 92 of 2014.