Tianjin Targeting 800,000 Passengers in 2017

The Ovation of the Seas in Tianjin

With four berths, Tianjin expects around 800,000 passengers this year, and through the first six months of 2017, traffic was up some 102.4 percent.

Customs and border protection has been further refined, reducing clearance times to 10 seconds in some instances with automated terminals.

Earlier this year, the port signed a MOU with Costa to build a supply and distribution center, with Costa committing to year-round voyages from Tianjin through 2019.

Also of note, the MSC Lirica sailed from Tianjin in February, offering a new “Around China” itinerary with interporting in Zhoushan, Hong Kong and Xiamen, as well as calls to South Korea and Japan, according to Da Wu, vice general manager of Tianjin International Cruise Terminal.

Wu hopes his port will offer more diversified products, including cruises to nowhere, to attract new passengers

Zhengdong Zhang, general manager, added: “Similar to MSC’s model, we are exploring opening domestic routes to Dalian, Yantai, Qingdao, Rongcheng and Weihai, creating a product in which passengers only need their national identification card to travel.”


MSC Cruises launches new man-overboard detection technology

MSC Cruises launches new man-overboard detection technology

Over time, similar integrated systems will be deployed across MSC Cruises’ fleet (MSC Cruises)

MSC Cruises has worked with Bosch and Hewlett Packard Enterprises to launch a new video surveillance system that provides greater security onboard its cruise ships.

The new system consists of a series of optical and thermal video cameras which provide constant surveillance to the relevant areas of the ship. All video images are streamed in real-time to a central security room where it is monitored with the other inputs onboard the ship.

When the alarm is triggered, an acoustic signal and light will alert the ship’s security officer in the central security room who can immediately connect to the system and acquire all images and data. The security officer has direct access to the ship command at the bridge to allow for immediate action.

“The security and safety of our guests and crew onboard has always been our highest priority,” said Pierfrancesco Vago, MSC Cruises’ executive chairman. “Therefore – as innovation has been from day one central to the way in which we operate and develop new features for our ships – we have developed a highly innovative solution that, through the use of military-grade technology, will allow ship command to take immediate action if needed. While a ship at sea is a challenging environment for accurate video security monitoring and operating high-tech equipment, our teams have managed to successfully develop a system that is at the same time accurate, stable and reliable.”

MSC Cruises’ security department and experts from Bosch and Hewlett Packard Enterprise have worked to ensure the system is highly resilient to weather conditions at sea, and programmed to provide reliable and accurate data. The system has been confirmed as 97% accurate following 25,000 hours of video analysis, extensive software testing and continuous algorithm updates.

The system is already operational on MSC Meraviglia and over time, similar integrated systems will be developed and deployed across MSC Cruises’ fleet.

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises Completes EUROPA 2 Redesign

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises Completes EUROPA 2 Redesign