Carnival launches ‘voluntourism’ cruise brand

Greg Miller IHS

05 June 2015

Carnival Corp has unveiled a new cruise brand called 'fathom' geared towards travellers wanting to make a 'social impact' through combing voluntary work with tourism, an activity increasingly known as 'voluntourism'.

Fathom will be launched in April 2016, sailing seven-day voyages from Miami to the Dominican Republic. The 710-passenger, 2001-built Adonia will be redeployed from Carnival Corp's P&O Cruises brand for the start-up. "Fathom will cater to a growing market of consumers who want to have a positive impact on people's lives and aren't always sure where to begin," said Carnival Corp CEO Arnold Donald on 5 June.

According to fathom president Tara Russell, "Because fathom will bring hundreds of travellers to a destination on a regular basis, [it] can achieve

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Volatility of global spot freight rates rose this year, says Drewry





21 May 2015

 The volatility of global spot freight rates has continued to increase this year over 2014, Drewry Maritime Research has revealed.

Drewry stated that this growth in spot freight rates is based on the assessments on 11 routes gathered by the World Container Index (WCI).

The monthly volatility on Asia to Europe routes has increased 43% on average, in comparison with last year.

"Many non-contract shippers are not currently equipped to cope with huge volatility in their freight costs."

WCI director Richard Heath said: "The two most volatile routes among the 11 we track are Shanghai-Rotterdam and Shanghai-Genoa, with weekly rate increases of $1,000 or more seen during some weeks and monthly volatility of over 40% since the start of

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Qué hacer por Grecia




Ahora que el Gobierno Tsipras parece empezar a moverse mejor, tocaría al resto actuar con mayor rapidez

12 MAY 2015 - 00:00 CEST

No preguntéis solo qué puede hacer Grecia por Europa; preguntaos qué podemos hacer los demás europeos por los griegos.

Sirva este eco de la investidura del presidente Kennedy, enero de 1961, como celebración. ¿De qué? De la primera reunión en casi tres meses —desde el 20 de febrero— entre los ministros del Eurogrupo, el griego Yanis Varoufakis incluido, sin resultados antipáticos.

El cónclave de ayer amenazaba tormenta. Algunos auguraban que el Gobierno de Tsipras amenazaría con suspender el pago al FMI de 750 millones de euros debidos para hoy, con el objetivo de obtener golpecitos en la espalda que

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China's LPG imports hit record high in 1Q15




Crystal Chan

14 May 2015
Gas Crystal is one of the VLGCs that has delivered LPG to China. Photo: Dietmar Hasenpusch

China imported a record high 2.085 million tonnes of LPG in the first quarter of 2015, a sign that its propane dehydrogenation (PDH) plants are finally having an impact on LPG trade.

China began establishing these plants in 2013 to meet its requirement for propylene, a plastic-making ingredient.

High-grade propane imports are feedstock for the plants.

IHS Energy's Waterborne Commodity Intelligence, which tracks seaborne LPG movements, said in a recent report that while China's import volume for April has not been officially released, figures for the month could be close to 950,000 tonnes.

IHS Energy said, "When measured against April 2014 import volumes,

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La naviera francesa CMA CGM gestionará un centro logístico en Mariel






Contenedores del armador francés CMA CGM.

El armador francés CMA CGM se convertirá en la primera firma extranjera en gestionar una plataforma logística en el puerto de Mariel junto a una empresa local. La naviera con sede en Marsella, la tercera a escala mundial en el ámbito del transporte marítimo de contenedores, firmó el pasado lunes

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