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ex-Hawaai Superferry to be Re-named 'USNS Guam'

ex-Hawaai Superferry: Photo credit Austal

One of two sister ships — either the Alakai or the Huakai — will be named after the island of Guam. These high-speed ferries were built by Austal, later acquired by the Maritime Administration and sold to the Navy. Both ferries will be used to move military troops and equipment from Okinawa to training areas around the Asia-Pacific region. Each ferry can carry 288 cars and 866 passengers. The two catamaran, aluminium hulled, high-speed ferries were originally built by the private company Hawaii Superferry, but were acquired by the Maritime Administration after being withdraw from their intended inter-island commercial service and were sold to the Navy for $35 million. Guam Delegate Madeleine Bordallo said: “The U.S. Navy has been integral to the history of Guam and remains an important presence in our community. I thank (Navy Secretary Ray Mabus) for his decision to rename this military transport high-speed ferry in honor of the Navy’s long-standing relationship with our island.”    

Ferry Service Resumes

WSDOT Ferries Division announced that ferry service will resume on the Point Defiance/Tahlequah route starting with the first scheduled sailing on Thursday, March 6. The 34-car Hiyu will provide service on the route until the route’s regular vessel, the 48-car Rhododendron, is ready to return to service later this week. The Hiyu has been in the shipyard for maintenance and repair since December and is scheduled to begin service on the San Juan Islands inter-island route on Monday

Greek Coastguard Rescues 2,500 over Three Days

Greece's coastguard has rescued about 2,500 migrants and refugees off the country's eastern islands over the past three days, authorities said on Monday, as the flow of people trying to cross into Europe continued unabated. After a hiatus of a few days last week, Greek authorities resumed ferrying Syrian refugees to the mainland by ship on Saturday and the latest group of 2,500 refugees arrived at the port of Piraeus earlier on Monday

MN 100: Blount Boats, Inc.

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The Company: Over time, the Blount shipyard has built 363 vessels, including such iconic designs as the 130-foot, 600-passenger Miss Liberty. Built in 1952, the vessel is believed to have carried more total passengers than any other vessel in the world. Hull number 93, built in 1955, the “Blount 65’ made its debut and was an immediate success with ferry, commuter and excursion operators. Just under 65’ long

WETA Awarded Blue & Gold Fleet Five-Year Contract

Water Emergency Transportation Authority Awards Ferry Operating Contract to Blue & Gold Fleet. At its October 6 Board of Directors meeting, the San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) awarded Blue & Gold Fleet ("B&GF") a five-year contract for the operation of WETA's San Francisco Bay Ferry services. San Francisco Bay Ferry, which recently assumed operation of the Alameda/Oakland and Harbor Bay Ferries

WFSA Ferry Design Competition: University Team Wins

Winning entry rendering: Image WFSA

The World Ferry Safety Association (WFSA) has announced the results of its Second Annual international student design competition for a Safe Affordable Ferry. The top prize of $5,000 is to be awarded to the student team from the Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada, details as follows: The goal of the design competition is to elicit new approaches for ferry design in the developing world as well as to encourage designers to enter this arena for which there is a need and a developing

Port Authority Of NY and NJ to Build a Permanent Ferry Terminal

The Port Authority will build a new permanent ferry terminal in Battery Park City in response to an increase in ferry service in the New York-New Jersey region. The Board of Commissioners approved a contract with Spearin, Preston and Burrows of Staten Island, N.Y., to build a larger, more comfortable ferry terminal that will offer additional seating, an expanded waiting area, restrooms and concessions. The terminal will replace a temporary facility used by more than 7

Trinidad and Tobago Order Ferry Fleet

Photo courtesy Austal

In its third significant commercial order for the year, Austal will design and construct four 134.5 ft high speed passenger catamaran ferries for the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Designed to carry 405 passengers at a speed of approximately 37 knots, the aluminium vessels are intended to help reduce road congestion in Trinidad and Tobago by establishing a water taxi service between San Fernando and Port of Spain in southwest Trinidad.

WESMAR Thrusters Important Equipment For Alaska Ferry

For years the citizens of Prince of Wales Island in southeast Alaska were only able to commute to the Island of Ketchikan on a weekly basis, leaving them frustrated and isolated. In January of 2002 the 150 passenger car/ferry Prince of Wales entered service providing a much awaited daily transportation link between the two islands, and providing the 5,000 residents of the remote southeast Alaska region with a critical link and regular, reliable service—something they had long been without.

Custom Steel Boats Builds New Ferry

Custom Steel Boats, Inc. of Merritt, N.C. announced the signing of a contract with the Chatham Area Transit Authority located in Savannah, Gia. The contract is for the construction of a 67-ft S-Class 150 passenger ferry. The project is scheduled for completion in September 2011 and will be delivered to Savannah for use in transporting passengers to and from the International Trade and Convention Center located on Hutchinson Island.

Danish-South Korean Co-operation Strengthened

Headquarters in Sejong City

  The Danish-South Korean Green Growth Alliance met for roundtable talks yesterday. The Minister for Business and Growth's meeting with the South Korean Minister of Oceans and Fisheries is important for further developing the close co-operation.

Friendship to Green Ships

Image: Danish Maritime Authority

 Korea and Denmark both have ambitious national plans for a transition to greener and more energy efficient economies.    The Danish-South Korean Green Growth Alliance met for roundtable talks. The Minister for Business and Growth’s meeting with the South Korean Minister of

Damen's Third Ferry for South Korea

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  All good things come in threes as Damen delivers the third vessel of the year, from the Damen Fast Ferry (DFFe) series to South Korean operators. Having already delivered the SeaStar 5 to existing customer Seaspovill earlier this year

Regulations for Singapore's Kusu Pilgrimage Season

Kusu Island - A Pilgrimage Visit Courtesy Singapore Tourism

  The 2015 Kusu Pilgrimage season will commence on 13 October 2015 and end on 11 November 2015. During this period, many ferries and harbour craft carrying passengers would cross the East Keppel Fairway when plying between the MSPand Kusu Island (Pulau Tembakul)

Monitoring for Efficiency, Safety

“... since the monitoring network was installed, we have recorded a sudden drop in temperature of 8°C in just 5 minutes at the port of Armadale on the Isle of Skye, and a maximum wind gust of 96 knots at Castlebay on the Isle of Barra.”

Ferry masters operating off the west coast of Scotland traditionally would have to sail to a port and on arrival visually assess the weather and tide conditions before deciding whether it was safe to berth alongside the pier or quayside: a process which wasted time and fuel

Texas Orders Diesel-electric Ferry

Image: EBDG

Southwest Shipyard awarded contract to build new generation of EBDG-designed ferries for Port Aransas, Texas   Southwest Shipyard of Houston, partner of Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG), has been selected by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to build the third vessel in a new

Will Opening of Expanded Panama Canal Be Delayed?

Photo: Panama Canal Authority

 Though cracks were detected in the concrete walls of one of the locks of the newly expanded Panama Canal last month, the  Panama Canal Authority (ACP) is maintaining an April 2016 start date for the revamped inter-oceanic waterway, reports Fox News.  

Six New Ferries for Sydney Harbor

Image: Incat

Six new ferries to operate on Sydney’s Inner Harbor have been ordered from Australian shipbuilder Incat Tasmania’s Hobart Shipyard, who was awarded the contract to prepare detailed designs and build the new vessels.   Announcing the result of a competitive tender process the NSW

Boston Harbor Cruises Named a Top Small Business

This summer, BHC’s high-speed catamaran Salacia, known as the Provincetown Fast Ferry, made its maiden voyage after undergoing a $2.6 million engine refit. (Photo: BHC)

The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce has named passenger vessels operator Boston Harbor Cruises (BHC) as the 2015 Small Business of the Year Awards top honoree.    The Small Business of the Year Awards recognizes Greater Boston’s smaller for-profit companies

Nele Maersk Spills Oil off Spain

Punta Mayor Courtesy Salvage

  Last night, Nele Maersk container ship, bound for Genoa with 21 crew on board, informed Spanish Maritime Safety Agency (Salvamento Maritimo) that there had been an accidental spillage of fuel during a routine operation of fuel transfer between tanks

Migrants Scrap with Greek Authorities on Lesbos

About 200 unregistered migrants trying to board a ship scuffled with police and coastguard officials on the Greek island of Lesbos on Friday, a coastguard spokesman told Reuters. Police used teargas to disperse the migrants, a reporter at the scene for the Greek news channel ANT1 said.

Historic Steamship Towed to Buffalo for Restoration

Photo: Great Lakes Towing Company

A 113-year-old “Boblo Boat” SS Columbia is being towed from Toledo, Ohio to Buffalo, N.Y., where the historic vessel will be docked for the next year for restoration.   A towing contract was awarded to The Great Lakes Towing Company from nonprofit organization The SS Columbia

MPA Leads Ferry Emergency Exercise

Photo: MPA

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) held a half-day emergency preparedness exercise, codenamed 'FEREX 2015' August 21. The annual ferry exercise (FEREX) aims to test the readiness of various agencies to respond to ferry mishaps in the Port of Singapore.  

Design Competition for Safe Affordable Ferries

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  Registration opened for Third annual International Student Design Competition for Safe Affordable Ferries. Today the Worldwide Ferry Safety Association (WFSA) announced its latest competition for a Safe Affordable Ferry, with entries being sought from naval architectural students from

Greece Moves Refugees to Mainland, Crush Builds on Border

Greece Refugees Photo Information Resource Center Athens

  Greece ferried hundreds of refugees to its mainland on Friday to relieve the pressure on outlying islands that have been overwhelmed by thousands of people arriving by boat to flee Syria's civil war. At the same time, crowds of migrants massed on the Greek border with Macedonia

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