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Cruising China the World.

Fincantieri, China State Shipbuilding Cor- poration (CSSC) and Carnival Corporation & plc signed a binding Memorandum of

Agreement (MoA) for the construction of two cruise ships, with an option for addi- tional four, the ? rst units of the kind ever built in China for the Chinese market.

The deal to build the ? rst China-built cruise ships was inked in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, on the occasion of the fourth Italy-China Business Forum, attended by Italian President Sergio Mat- tarella and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

The new ships will be built at the SWS yard, a facility of CSSC Group. val-orders-cruise422382

Photo: Fincantieri

Arctic HFO Ban

Expedition cruise ship operator Hurtigruten has joined international environmental organizations in efforts aiming to spearhead the protection of Arctic communities and ecosystems from risks posed by the use of marine heavy fuel oil (HFO) to power ships.

At the Arctic Frontiers conference in Tromsø, Norway, Hurtigruten

CEO Daniel Skjeldam signed the Arctic Commitment along with Dr.

Sian Prior of the Clean Arctic Alliance, lead advisor to the Clean

Arctic Alliance, an international coalition of environmental organiza- * Statistics as of 2/14/2017 tions campaigning for a ban on heavy fuel oil use in the Arctic.

Photo: Ester Kokmeijer / Hurtigruten

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