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Capilano Designs 23-Car Ro-Ro Ferry

Illustrations courtesy of John Farmer

Capilano Maritime Design Ltd. has been awarded the design contract for a 23-car, 149-passenger Ro-Ro Ferry to replace the Bob Ellis currently being utilized by the Ketchikan Gateway Borough in Ketchikan Alaska. The vessel will be built at Alaska Ship & Drydock, Inc., also located in Ketchikan. The new ferry will be delivered to the State of Alaska in 2011. Principal Particulars: Overall Length    116.5 ft Breadth        48 ft Depth    12 ft Design Draft    8 ft Passengers    149 Vehicles    23 AEQ Capilano Maritime is a naval architecture and marine engineering design firm based in North Vancouver, BC, Canada. The firm is co-owned by Chris Mulder, P.Eng, and Mark Mulligan, P.Eng. They have a combined work experience of more than 50 years in naval architecture design, towing company operations, and ship building. Capilano Maritime specializes in the design of commercial workboats including tugs, barges, crewboats, marine construction vessels and small ferries, as well as providing general consulting services to the marine industry.

NOAA Awards Grants for Community-Based Debris Projects

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration awarded $1,029,368 in grants for 12 community-based marine debris prevention and removal projects. These projects are funded by the NOAA Marine Debris Program and administered by the NOAA Restoration Center. The program provides financial and technical assistance to local groups to clean-up marine debris, and prevent its introduction into coastal environments. The Marine Debris Program awarded $333

Coast Guard Conducts Law Enforcement in Southeast

Coast Guard boarding teams from the Coast Guard cutter Naushon and Coast Guard Stations Ketchikan and Juneau terminated the voyages of two fishing vessel and intercepted an intoxicated boater in Southeast. A Coast Guard cutter Naushon boarding team conducted a random safety boarding aboard the 32-foot fishing vessel Tsunami, based out of Seattle, Saturday in Clarence Strait. During the boarding it was discovered that the vessel had the correct number of survival suits onboard but two of

Elliott Bay Design Group Opens Office in Alaska

Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG), the naval architecture and marine engineering firm based in Seattle and New Orleans, has established an office in Ketchikan, Alaska, to meet growing customer demand in that region. EBDG said it is the preferred service provider for a number of Alaska-based companies with which it shares long-standing relationships. EBDG is a member of the Ketchikan Marine Industry Council and shares that body's commitment to expanding Ketchikan's marine industrial capacity

CTruk Sets Plans for Expansion

Image courtesy of CTruk

More than 120 new jobs in the cards if Advanced Composite Technology Center project receives grant funding support CTruk signed the lease on a 6,400m² site on the Colne Estuary, a few miles upriver from its current Brightlingsea base. The company plans to use the Fieldgates site in Haven Road, The Hythe, East Colchester to build the larger vessels required for offshore wind farm projects further out to sea.

USCG Rescue Woman Near Tongass Narrows, Alaska

Coast Guard Rescue Woman

  The Coast Guard assisted a 26-year-old woman from Metlakatla, Alaska, who was reported to have fallen out of her canoe and swam to shore near Tongass Narrows, Sunday. A Station Ketchikan 25-foot Response Boat – Small crew picked up the survivor and transferred to her family in Annette Bay. Coast Guard Station Ketchikan watchstanders were notified by Ketchikan Police Department that a woman had fallen out of her canoe near South Pennock Island in Tongass Narrows and was able

Fish Tender's Voyage Terminated

USCG law enforcement officers terminated a vessel's voyage for a federal safety violation. Officers from USCGC Naushon boarded Wild Salmon, a 74-ft. fish tender, near Ketchikan. The USCG personnel found Wild Salmon didn't have a survival craft aboard as required by law. The officers ordered Wild Salmon's skipper to take his vessel to Ketchikan and keep it there until he acquired a survival craft.

Coast Guards Conduct Oil Spill Training

The U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards and other state and federal agencies completed a three-day international training exercise Thursday in Ketchikan. The exercise was designed to refine and test the joint emergency response procedures of the United States and Canada during a major pollution incident on waterways shared by both nations. The scenario presented to the group simulated the grounding and discharge of oil into the river from a large merchant vessel

M/V Taku has Mechanical Problem

The Alaska Marine Highway System announced that the MV Taku has not been able to leave Ketchikan, due to mechanical problems. The Taku was expected to sail from Ketchikan Monday night to fill in for the MV Columbia, also stuck in Ketchikan with a mechanical problem. Passengers who anticipated taking the Taku north or south from Juneau will not be able to do so at this time. “We had expected to be able to bring the Taku on-line in fairly short

Multi-Purpose Common User Facility At DP World London Gateway


  In another milestone in the development of its London Gateway Logistics Park, DP World has announced Buckingham Group has been awarded the contract to build the Common User Facility (CUF).   Following a period of ground preparation and development of key infrastructure by DP World, Buckingham Group is now mobilising to start construction, with the new logistics centre planned for completion in Q1 2015. The 375

APM Terminals Pipavav Launches Double Stack Rail Service

Keld Pedersen, Managing Director of APM Terminals Pipavav  Photo APM

  APM Terminals Pipavav (Gujarat Pipavav Port Ltd) one of western India’s fastest growing gateway ports, has commenced a new weekly double stack rail service to the industrial center in Faridabad in north India’s Haryana State, near the Indian Capital City of New Delhi.  

Cadmatic Used for Alaska Ferry Design

The Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) has awarded the Alaska Class Ferry project to Vigor Alaska shipyard in Ketchikan, Alaska, where construction is currently underway. Providing production design for the ferry is Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering consultancy Glosten

Vesper Marine Debuts New AIS Transponder

XB-6000 (Image: Vesper Marine)

Marine safety products manufacturer Vesper Marine has released a new Class B Automatic Identification System (AIS), the XB-6000. The black box transponder includes a built-in NMEA 2000 gateway and GPS antenna that integrates AIS, GPS and NMEA instrument data to display vital safety information on

Alaska Buys TransCanada AK LNG Stake

Alaska LNG project. Photo by

 The State of Alaska has finalized a deal with TransCanada to buy out the pipeline company's share in the proposed Alaska liquefied natural gas export project for nearly $65 million.   Alaska has completed the buyout of TransCanada’s interest in the Alaska LNG project

APM Terminals Pipavav Handles 10,000 TEU vessel

Pic: Gujarat Pipavav Port Ltd

 Gujarat Pipavav Port Ltd (APM Terminals Pipavav) announced the successful berthing of the largest container vessel with capacity of approximately 9,971 TEUs in the history of the port.   Maersk Saltoro is the largest container ship (981 feet long) ever to call at APM Terminals

Fugro to Install Cables for Rampion Wind Farm

The Fugro Symphony cable-lay vessel (Photo: Fugro)

Geotechnical, survey, subsea and geosciences services firm Fugro informs it has secured a contract for the installation and burial of array cables at the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm being built in the English Channel, 13 kilometers off the Sussex coast, by E

Dubai World Launches Rotterdam Terminal

 RWG celebrated its official opening. Photo: Rotterdam World Gateway

 DP World, together with joint-venture partners APL, HMM, MOL and CMA-CGM, has officially opened the Rotterdam World Gateway (RWG) terminal, providing the global supply chain with the most innovative and automated container terminal in the world.  

Greeks Despair over Drowned Refugees

 * Thirty-four drown, including 15 children  * Coastguard rescues 1,429 migrants in three days  * Figures show Greece is main refugee gateway to Europe   Greek divers trawled the Aegean Sea on Monday for survivors of the country's worst maritime accident involving refugees

GOST Marine Security Video Recording Device

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GOST (Global Ocean Security Technologies) released its next generation security video solution, the GOST Watch HD Internet Video Recorder (IVR). The new video recording system features a four terabyte hard drive – designed to capture and store video on a modern yacht – that is capable

Ivory Coast Starts Construction of Abidjan Port Upgrades

Ivory Coast began construction on Tuesday of a four-year, 560 billion CFA franc ($962 million) project to build a second container terminal and widen the canal leading to its main port in the commercial capital Abidjan.   Among the busiest in sub-Saharan Africa, the port serves Ivory Coast

US Leads Arctic Search and Rescue Exercise

The United States Government, led by the United States Coast Guard, the Department of Defense (USNORTHCOM and Alaska Command), and the Department of State, held Arctic Zephyr, an international Arctic Search and Rescue table-top exercise, at the University of Alaska Anchorage from October 19-22

UPS Plans $184 Mln Facility at London Gateway

Photo: DP World London Gateway

UPS announced plans to construct a new 32,000-square-meter package sorting and delivery facility at the DP World London Gateway logistics site in the south east of England. At close to $184 million, this project constitutes one of UPS’s largest infrastructure investments outside of the

UPS to Build Facility at DP World London Gateway

Latest aerial shot of the park showing the Logistics Centre, joint venture building and port Photo by DP World

  DP World London Gateway and UPS today announced plans to build a new 32,000 square metre package sorting and delivery facility at the logistics site in the south east of England. At close to £120 Million, the project is one of UPS’s largest infrastructure investments outside of

Ferry Firm Bags Contract for MoD Port

Image: CalMac Ferries Limited

 David MacBrayne Ltd (DML) and global logistics firm GBA (Holdings) Ltd, operating as Solent Gateway Ltd, have won a contract to run one of the UK’s busiest military ports as part of a joint venture.   The Gourock-based firm has been awarded a 35-year deal to manage military

Canada to Ban Oil Tankers on Northern BC Coast

Photo: Transport Canada

Canada will push ahead with a moratorium on oil tanker traffic along the northern coast of British Columbia, effectively slamming the door on a controversial pipeline project that was already facing massive development hurdles. In a letter released on Friday

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