Disney, Norwegian & Princess Cruises – Port of LA 'AMP' Clients

By George Backwell at March 06, 2011 02:50
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Disney Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, and Norwegian Cruise Line ships have all been provided with 'Alternative Maritime Power' (AMP)  while berthed in the Port of Los Angeles over the past few weeks according to a Port correspondent on 24, February 2011, who also quoted Mayor Villaraigosa's proud statement that: "The use of AMP at our World Cruise Center [located in San Pedro] reduces emissions not just at the Port, but improves the quality of air throughout the Los Angeles region".It sounds as if something noteworthy is afoot in sunny San Pedro, but coincidentallly the AMP concept is still widely known by another term with roots in the maritime past. Alternative Maritime Power (AMP) – 'Cold Ironing'AMP is known colloquially among many seafarers as 'Cold Ironing', a term stemming from the early steamship days when coal-fired boilers supplied steam to drive reciprocating and steam-turbine main engines. Once in port these boilers would be shut down to become literally  'c... [More]

Disney Cruises Disney Dream – 'Lego' Built, Diesel-electric Propulsion

By George Backwell at December 20, 2010 02:55
Filed Under: General
Disney Dream, Disney Cruises latest Caribbean cruise ship of 128,000 GT and 4,000 passenger capacity was delivered by German builders Meyer Werft on 15, December 2010 and is scheduled to make the transatlantic crossing for a maiden cruise departure on 26, January 2011 from home base Port Canaveral, Florida.  A Disney publicity department staffer described the cruise liner as offering guests, "A perfect blend of elegant Art Deco style and fun-filled Disney whimsy to create one of the most spectacular ships afloat." Yet apart from the hype, which is forgivable considering competition in the growing cruise marketplace, there has been little mention of the state-of-the-art construction of this huge liner, the biggest ever built in Germany, and of its hi-tech propulsion.Laser and 'Lego' Shipbuilding Disney Dream first began taking shape early 2009 using 'Lego' building principles in a totally enclosed weather-proof building hall enclosing the dry dock at Meyer Werft's shipyard at Pap... [More]

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