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Wednesday, February 26, 2020 

The Republic of the Marshall Islands Registry has announced that the Marshall Islands-flagged Regent Seven Seas cruise ship 'Seven Seas Splendor' is beginning operations, following a christening ceremony in Miami.

According to RMI, the vessel is the first newbuild cruise vessel to be delivered from the shipyard by a female Master and includes various innovative technologies. Seven Seas Splendor is the 16th cruise ship to be flagged with the RMI Registry and sails alongside sister ship, Seven Seas Explorer, also under the RMI flag.

“We’re proud to have such an incredible and beautiful vessel in our Registry. Like Regent Seven Seas Cruises, the RMI Registry is known worldwide for our high-quality standards and client focused experience; we look forward to working with her officers and crew,” said Bill Gallagher, President of International Registries, which provides administrative and technical support to the RMI.

Seven Seas Splendor is helmed by Capt Serena Melani, the company’s first female Master. “Captain Melani has distinguished herself as a trailblazer in the maritime and cruise industries,” said Jason Montague, President and CEO of the cruise line. “She is an international role model and admired by our guests and crew. We are proud to appoint Captain Melani as the industry’s first female captain to deliver a new cruise ship and look forward to her many future successes leading Seven Seas Splendor in the years ahead.”

The ship employs new technology, such as Fincantieri Research Centre’s CETENA Safe Return to Port (SRtP) ASSIST, an electronic digital solution that is equivalent to the Safe Return to Port Operations Manual required by SOLAS. The software reduces potential for errors during emergency situations, reduces the environmental footprint of the paper manuals, and ensures any changes made are updated to the central database immediately. It is the first time such technology has been approved by a flag State administration for use on board a ship, thanks in large part to the approval by Lloyd’s Register, which has admitted the vessel into its Class.

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