In anticipation of the 2019 cruise season, Southeast marine pilots have been testing megaships in virtual reality. They’re concerned about one of the vessel’s maneuverability in tight spots and low speeds.
Some of the largest cruise ships in the world will be making regular port calls in Southeast Alaska in 2019. Before they arrive, Southeast marine pilots are running simulations to assess their performance through narrow straits and rough weather.
Cruise lines that sail Alaska waters are installing new pollution-control equipment. Scrubbers are aimed at clearing the air — and meeting new regulations. But it’s also dodging some stronger, more expensive measures.