zoom Costa SerenaCarnival Corporation cruise company has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) to explore the possibility of a joint venture aimed at accelerating the development and growth of the Chinese cruise industry, with a focus on building the first-ever cruise ships constructed in China.China is expected to be one of the largest cruise markets in the world with 4.5 million passengers by 2020, according to the Chinese Ministry of Transport (MOT).The MOU outlines the framework for exploration of a partnership between Carnival Corporation and the CSSC that includes the possibility of forming a shipbuilding joint venture that could become a three-way arrangement involving Fincantieri of Italy, the world’s largest cruise ship building company, in support of the Chinese government’s plans to grow the cruising industry in China and meet escalating demand for cruises from Chinese travellers.In the past year, the Chinese Ministry of Transport has expressed its desire to transform China into a leading global cruise market, including investments in infrastructure and developing a strong domestic cruise presence to help spur growth in cruising as a key component of the expanding tourism industry in China.The MOT projects China to be the second largest global cruise market after the U.S. in the next several years based on economic growth, increased spending power of Chinese consumers and growing demand for cruise vacations in China.Carnival Corporation just recently announced its plans for immediate capacity growth in China in 2015 to meet growing demand. With Costa Cruises adding the Costa Serena to its fleet in China in April of next year, Carnival Corporation will have four ships homeported in China, growing the company’s market presence by 140 percent from 2013 – 2015. Costa Serena joins Costa Atlantica, Costa Victoria and Sapphire Princess already homeported in China.The MOU also includes the exploration of other possible joint venture opportunities with CSSC including the potential to form a domestic cruise company, port development, talent development and training as well as supply chain and logistics. Press Release, October 15, 2014; Image: Costa Cruises
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related300 Guyanese scholars returnAugust 2, 2013In “Health”“Put your cell phones down…” Minister Roopnaraine urges new batch of doctorsAugust 31, 2017In “Health”40 Cuban-trained medical students to complete internship at regional hospitalsAugust 17, 2016In “Health” The 2018 batch Cuba-trained Medical DoctorsA batch of Cuba-trained doctors, on Saturday, August 25, 2018, was sworn into the medical profession. These doctors underwent six years of theoretical training in Cuba after which they would have completed one year internship in Guyana.Among the graduates, four were from St. Kitts and Nevis, three from Antigua and St. Lucia and one from Malaysia. While the Guyanese and other Caribbean state graduates were eager to serve their home countries, the lone Malaysian has excitedly indicated her interest in remaining in Guyana and serving.Dr Marlene Raphael, a Malaysian, said she has enjoyed her period of internship in Guyana and is keeping her fingers crossed for the opportunity to provide medical service to Guyanese through the public health system.She noted that initially the plan, as instituted by scholarship agreement, was to submit herself to learning then to return to her home country and help in the building and sustaining of her home country’s health sector. However, she has since decided to render her services further afield.“It’s been an amazing experience in both Cuba and Guyana and I am really thankful to both the Governments of Cuba and Guyana for giving me this opportunity. For now, I have graduated, I really enjoyed my stay here and I am hoping to continue working here if God is willing,” Dr Raphael noted.The newly-minted medical graduate, who aspires to specialise in Gynaecology, has noted the difference between the healthcare systems in the two countries. “Switching systems, coming from Cuba which is a completely government-run healthcare system to coming to Guyana and seeing the differences how the public system merges with the private healthcare, it’s been an interesting contrast… something I have learnt is that public health is really the cornerstone of any health care system.”Dr Raphael hopes to be granted time to work in Guyana to be a part of the modernising of the local health care system.Meanwhile, Dr Sodavie Naraine, the Valedictorian of the 2018 graduating batch of doctors, reflected that she has willed herself to be trained in this area in order to return to Guyana and serve.Dr Naraine, like colleague Dr Raphael, has embraced the charge of service which lies ahead and encouraged her colleagues to be the best at what they have been trained to do. She remarked to her colleagues that this is just the beginning of the journey to becoming great medical professionals.“We should ask ourselves constantly, what are we doing to better ourselves,” Dr. Narine explained adding that, “we (doctors) shouldn’t get accustomed to the sufferings of the patient, instead we should treat every patient with compassion and in the end, we should be able to relieve the pain, suffering and anxiety of the population in general.”The graduation ceremony was held at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre (ACCC) Liliendaal, Guyana.Officials representing the Cuban Government, Ministry of Presidency’s Department of Public Service and the Ministry of Public Health, all attended the brief ceremony which saw the review of the batch’s period of study.Also, the ceremony saw remarks from Guyana’s Ambassador to Cuba, Halim Majeed, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Karen Boyle and Vincent Alexander who gave the feature address on behalf of the Public Service Minister, Dr Rupert Roopnaraine.The newly accredited doctors were reminded to display humility as they take up the mantle of senior health professionals. Further, they were encouraged to take advantage of Continuing Medical Education sessions which will contribute to their professional development.Moreover, the doctors were reminded of their responsibility to communicate with their patients and always be cognisant of the fact they are not just preventing or curing an illness or medical abnormality but rather they are actually saving lives.