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Hornblower Hybrid Sails into NY Harbor

Hornblower Hybrid, the first vessel powered by diesel, hydrogen, batteries, wind and solar energy.

Hornblower Hybrid, the first vessel powered by diesel, hydrogen, batteries, wind and solar energy, arrived in New York Harbor. After nearly two years of construction and the work of more than 300 individuals, the Hybrid will service New York City upon completion of United States Coast Guard sea trials and certifications.  The innovative vessel reduces emissions, uses minimal diesel, and features several recycled and reclaimed materials, LEED-certified carpet and energy-efficient LED lighting. Marking its public debut, the Hybrid will participate in the Statue of Liberty’s 125th Anniversary Flotilla on Oct. 28 at 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. from Pier 40 to the Statue.  It will exhibit in the parade of ships in honor of the Statue’s original dedication from France on Oct. 28, 1886.  Next year, the Hybrid will run harbor cruises with close-up views of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. “As a concessionaire to the National Park Service, we constantly strive to help conserve and protect the parks we serve,” said Terry MacRae, CEO of Hornblower Cruises & Events. “The Hybrid marks a milestone in sustainable maritime transportation. What better time to unveil it to the world than on the anniversary of one of America’s most iconic national parks and landmarks


Hornblower Employees Lead Fleet Week

Hornblower Cruises & Events' employees have led a movement among San Francisco's sailing and boating community to celebrate Spirit of Fleet Week in lieu of the cancellation of this weekend's events. Bringing together historic and recreation vessels, a Parade of Ships is planned for October 6 and 7 at 3:00 p.m. After learning the fate of this year's Fleet Week, Hornblower employees searched for another venue to express their appreciation to America's Armed Forces and raise money for the


Hornblower Marine Appoints Corporate Director

Hornblower Marine Services has elected Marc C. Cruder as director of Vessel Construction, Compliance and Safety. Cruder recently retired from the U.S. Coast Guard after 21 years of service of field experience, particularly in Marine Inspection. It was in his capacity as a traveling inspector that he was first involved with Hornblower Marine Services during the construction of Sassacus and Tatobam, the first U.S. Flag high-speed ferries built to the IMO High Speed Craft Code.


Hornblower Uses Fast Craft to Enhance Service

Hornblower Cruises & Events will introduce an improved Lake-to-Ski package this season, transporting passengers in the morning aboard the fastest boat on the Lake, the Meteor, and in the evening on the 500-passenger Tahoe Queen for an after-ski party. The 60-ft. Meteor, previously used as a thrill-ride in Seattle, was built in 1993 and reaches speeds up to 30 miles per hour. Coast Guard certified for 124 passengers, Hornblower remodeled the vessel to accommodate 90 passengers in addition to


NYC Ferries: A Collaborative Approach

Photo: Metal Shark

Innovative boats, unusual collaboration: Hornblower, Horizon, Incat Crowther and Metal Shark team up on one of the most significant newbuilding projects of the year.   When New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio earlier this year announced the selection of Hornblower to operate as many as 20 ferries to connect a similar number of New York City neighborhoods, the magnitude of the award immediately outweighed the details of the contract


Citywide Ferry by Hornblower Takes Center Stage

Cameron Clark, Corporate VP, Development and Special Projects, Hornblower (Photo: Hornblower)

The construction of up to 20 new ferries for New York City is arguably the most exciting maritime new construction project in the U.S. this year. Last month we visited with Cameron Clark, Corporate Vice President, Development and Special Projects, Hornblower, the project manager for the new Citywide Ferry by Hornblower fleet, who discussed the challenges and opportunities ahead.   Hornblower has, in the span of 36 years, become the force in the U.S


FEV Teams with EPA on Clean Ports Project

FEV announced the second application of a hydraulic hybrid powertrain system in conjunction with a project led by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Port Authorities of New York and New Jersey. The project incorporates an EPA-patented hydraulic hybrid propulsion system into terminal tractors used in moving freight containers in port terminals. The hydraulic hybrid system was first used in an in-service UPS truck, which was displayed in the FEV


Annand Named Chairman of PVA Subcommittee

Hornblower Marine Services (HMS) is pleased to announce that William Bill Annand, its Director of Marine Operations for Hawaii Superferry, has been appointed Chairman of the Passenger Vessel Association (PVA) High-Speed Subcommittee. Members of the PVA’s High-Speed Subcommittee include operators, designers, builders, equipment suppliers and regulators of high-speed craft. As Director of Marine Operations for Hawaii Superferry, Annand presides over the Alakai


Hornblower Names Stanionis New Ferry General Manager

Hornblower Marine Services (HMS) has named Stephen P.J. Stanionis as General Manager of the Oklahoma River Cruises.  This new ferry service operated by HMS, in partnership with the Central Oklahoma Transportation and Parking Authority, was created to boost riverfront economic development as well as tourism.In November 2007, Hornblower Marine Services landed a 3-year contract to operate Oklahoma River Cruises, which cover a 7-mile stretch along the linking the hotel and restaurant-rich


Metal Shark tapped to build new NYC Ferries

(Photo: Metal Shark)

Metal Shark was selected by HNY Ferry Fleet, LLC (a Hornblower company), operator of New York City’s Citywide Ferry Service, to build 26-m149-passenger aluminum high-speed ferries.   Metal Shark will produce a series of ferries at its Franklin, Louisiana shipyard, a  25-acre waterfront facility which recently received a Small Shipyard Grant from the United States Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) to expand its facilities and shipbuilding


ABS Advises on Hybrid Electric Power Systems

ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki (Photo: ABS)

ABS has published the ABS Advisory on Hybrid Electric Power Systems to help marine and offshore owners and operators make decisions about energy generation and storage. “ABS continues to lead industry safety with the first comprehensive Advisory to address the latest hybrid electric


Peak Gasoline Demand Looms with Engine Efficiency Gains

Demand for gasoline in the United States, which accounts for a tenth of global oil consumption, is expected to peak next year as engines become more efficient, WoodMackenzie analysts said. Global demand for gasoline, which accounts for more than a quarter of the world's oil consumption


Metal Shark Puts First Two Citywide Ferries on the Water

(Photo: Tony Broussard – Berard Transportation)

Louisiana-based shipbuilder Metal Shark said it has put the first two passenger vessels for New York's new Citywide Ferry Service on the water, having splashed the new builds at its Franklin, La. shipyard late last week.   At 7:30 a.m


Marine News Boat of the Month: March 2017

Image: AAM

Red & White Taps AAM for Hybrid Electric U.S.-Built Passenger Vessel   All American Marine (AAM) in February announced a deal for the construction of a new hybrid electric, 600 passenger aluminum monohull vessel to be delivered to the Red and White Fleet of San Francisco, Calif


Asia's First Hybrid Electric Ferry Heralds Cleaner Sea Travel

Photo: Visedo OY

The Taiwanese harbor city of Kaohsiung has launched a new hybrid electric ferry, which aims to curb greenhouse and diesel emissions for marine passenger transport across the region.   Kaohsiung recently re-launched the Cijian Island passenger ferry


Scandlines new ferries on Rostock-Gedser route

The new ferry Photo Scandlines

On Sunday evening 5 February 2017, the two new hybrid ferries M/V Berlin and M/V Copenhagen went into ordinary service on the Rostock-Gedser route.   In May and December 2016, Scandlines inserted two new ferries on the Rostock-Gedser route


Wärtsilä joins battle against ocean plastics

Seabin prototype V4 Photo Wartsila

The Finnish technology group Wärtsilä has signed an agreement with the Seabin Project to join their global pilot programme, which addresses the worldwide littering problem affecting our oceans. The project aims at approaching the challenge from multiple angles with a key emphasis on


AAM Wins Hybrid Passenger Vessel Contract

Photo: AAM

All American Marine, Inc. (AAM), inked a deal for the construction of a new hybrid electric passenger vessel to be delivered to the Red and White Fleet of San Francisco, California.  The contract for the new 600 passenger aluminum monohull was signed during the recent annual Maritrends


30 Kalmar Hybrid Shuttle Carriers for APM Terminals Tangier

Image Kalmar hybrid straddle carrier Photo Cargotec

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has signed a contract with APM Terminals to deliver 30 Kalmar Hybrid Shuttle Carriers with high level of automation readiness as well as the related service and support to the customer's MedPort Terminal in Tangier, Marocco


World’s Largest Plug-in Hybrid Vessel Ordered

Image: Ulstein

Color Line and Ulstein sign a firm contract on construction of the world’s largest plug-in hybrid vessel.    Ulstein said it has won a contract to build Color Line’s new hybrid passenger vessel to service Sandefjord – Strømstad from summer 2019


Color Line, Ulstein ink hybrid vessel Deal

Color Line hybrid vessel for construction at Ulstein Verft Courtesy Ulstein Verft

It has now been decided that Ulstein Verft will be constructing Color Line’s new hybrid vessel. The environmentally sound ship will be servicing Sandefjord – Strømstad from summer 2019. Ulstein won the contract in competition with several other yards.


Building the Ship of the Future

(Photo: Eltorque)

Ships of the future will have to be lighter, smarter, cleaner, more reliable, more efficient and safer.    Sounds like a tall order, but that’s where the industry is headed. Experts like DNV GL and Rolls Royce concur: technologies available today will combine with those just


Modus unveils Saab Sabretooth for cost effective survey, inspection

Modus Seabed Intervention has successfully completed trialling one of the subsea industry’s first commercially available hybrid unmanned underwater vehicles. It will be one of the first autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) to feature the capabilities and characteristics of a remotely


‘World’s Greenest Cruise Ship’ Construction Underway

Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam (right) officially started the construction of MS Roald Amundsen at Kleven Yards, Norway. Kleven CEO Ståle Rasmussen (left). (Photo: Hurtigruten)

Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam pressed the button to officially kick off the construction of hybrid expedition cruise ship MS Roald Amundsen – “the greenest cruise ship the world has ever seen,” according to the ship owner.  


Räsänen Joins Foreship

Jan-Erik Räsänen (Photo: Foreship)

Foreship has appointed Jan-Erik Räsänen as its Head of New Technology effective from March 1, 2017. The new role expands Foreship’s energy-saving consulting services at a time when the cruise industry is considering the best way of harnessing fast-emerging hybrid






 
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