Italy proved to be the cruise shipping powerhouse of 2000, delivering a plethora of technically advanced, style-leading ships. While that lead will be surely challenged in 2001 and beyond, particularly by France's Chantiers de 1' Atlantique which
American President Lines has announced plans to build five large new vessels for delivery in mid-1988. The ships are part of a three-year capital program of approximately $500 million to significantly improve efficiency and expand the company's
Two large crane barges are to be built to Lloyd's Register class by Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding Co. for the Heerema Group. A design appraisal will be carried out by the Society's Offshore Services Group, and the barges will be built under survey at the Mitsui Shipyard.