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Seatruck supports Mersey shiprepair

Heysham-based Seatruck Ferries has drydocked its freight ferry MV Moondance with newly formed North Western Ship Repairers, using Birkenhead's Bidston dock. The dock is not far from the Camell Lairds facility, and North Western is led by John Syvret (ex-MD of Camell Lairds. Seatruck is the first company to use North West for a full drydocking. Kevin Hobbs MD of Seatruck, says, "We are delighted that North Western has stepped in to offer the quality service that we require. Merseyside has once again proved itself as a center of excellence for ship repair and conversion. There is a real need for this type of facility in the North West." Seatruck welcomes the new facility that is well placed to provide for its needs on their Irish Sea route. "Our priority is to ensure minimum downtime for our freight ferry service between Heysham and Warrenpoint," says Hobbs. "We are seeing growing demand on the route and we want to use local facilities so that the ship is out of service for the minimum time possible. We have a lot of confidence in the skill bank available here. They have done a great job and we are getting back in service on time and on budget today." Previously Seatruck had drydocked both its vessels with Camell Lairds who also undertook major conversion work to both freight ro/ro ferries. Seatruck Ferries is part of the U.K.-based Crescent Group. It operates a freight only service between the UK and Ireland on the Heysham-Warrenpoint route.


State Unveils Future for Ferries

Washington State Ferries officials presented their idea of what the future holds for the Kingston ferry terminal. Ridership on the Kingston-Edmonds route is expected to increase by 70 percent in the next 25 years. Although vehicles will play a role in that increase, passenger-only service will likely see an even greater boost, the North Kitsap Herald reported. A third boat will be added to the Kingston-Edmonds route in the summer of 2010 and year-round in 2012


B.C. to replace 3 Ferries

The B.C. Treasury Board on March 22 approved an agreement that will allow the long-awaited purchase of replacements for the vessels on northern routes. The Treasury Board meeting was previously scheduled, and it was a coincidence that it was on the day that the passenger ferry struck a rock and sank off the north coast of the province. The terms of the agreement, under which the province will pay increased service fees to B.C. Ferries, have not been made public


Transas Chosen for Ferry Newbuilds

Transas signed a contract with Uljanik shipyard, Croatia, to equip four ferry new buildings with its onboard navigation systems. The contract will be implemented before the 2006 and the first ferry is scheduled for commissioning at the beginning of 2005. Each ferry will be fitted out with GMDSS equipment, ARPA/Radar system, Automatic Identification System, autopilot, gyro- and magnetic compasses, log, echo sounder, Global Positioning System (GPS) and Ship Security Alert System (SSAS).


North Island Princess Undergoes Modifications

The MV Nimpkish will be brought on to the Texada – Westview route today as the temporary replacement vessel while BC Ferries’ North Island Princess undergoes modifications to its propulsion control system. The North Island Princess, which has recently been fitted with new engines and a new propulsion control system, suffered an engine stall and a hard docking at Westview terminal on Sunday, Nov. 2. Detroit Diesel Allison, the manufacturer and installer of the new engines inspected the


UK Ferries Carried a Million More Last Year

UK ferry routes: Map courtesy of Discover Ferries

Annual 2013 figures show more passengers, cars and coaches carried by the UK ferry industry, compared with 2012, according to figures released by industry body, ‘Discover Ferries’. Britain’s ferry industry showed growth across all its travel sectors last year, with passenger numbers up 2.6% overall to 38 million, all cars carried up 1.1% to 8.37million, and coaches up overall  4.1% to 158,470 -  according to 2013 “Ferrystat” figures


Halter Marine to Build Ferries for State Transportation Department

A $10.7 million contract was awarded to Halter Marine Group for construction of two passenger ferries for North Carolina's Department of Transportation. The 180 ft. ferries, being built at Halter's shipyard in Moss Point Marine are scheduled for delivery to Havelock, N.C. in March 2000 and Southport, N.C. in July 2000. Two Caterpillar 3412 diesel engines will power the ferries with a minimum of 475 hp at 1,200 rpm. The all-steel


Couple Feared Dead in Ferry Sinking

Two people are now feared dead after an ocean-going ferry sank when it smashed onto a rocky island on Canada's Pacific coast on March 22. Police have begun a missing persons investigation for the couple, whom witnesses reported seeing on shore with the 99 others rescued from the ferry Queen of the North, but who have not been heard from since. According to Reuters, BC Ferries now fears those witness reports were wrong and that the couple from the town of 100 Mile House, British Columbia


U.K. Orders Six RoRo Ferries; Four Amphibious Ships

The British government placed much-anticipated contracts for six RoRo ferries with two going to UK yards, and four going to a German shipyard. Defense Secretary Geoff Hoon also announced he would place orders for four amphibious landing ships, split between the Swan Hunter shipyard in North-East England and the Govan yards in Glasgow. Two of the ferries will be built by Belfast's Harland & Wolff yard, which built the ill-fated Titanic and is owned by Norway's Fred Olsen Energy


Antoniazzi Named Sales Director, MAN Diesel & Turbo

David Antoniazzi (Photo: MAN Diesel & Turbo)

MAN Diesel & Turbo North America President, Robert Burger has appointed David Antoniazzi as Director Sales – Cruise, Ferry and Merchant. In his new capacity, he is responsible for promoting and selling MAN Medium Speed Engines and aft ship products in North America. In the Cruise, Ferry and Merchant market he will lead the promotional sales of MAN medium speed marine diesel engines and related ship propulsion and auxiliary machinery components including reduction gears, propellers


Voith Schneider Propellers for New Irish Ferry

The new MV Strangford again relies on the VSP propulsion concept (Photo: Voith)

Northern Ireland relies on Voith Schneider propellers for new double-ended ferry on Strangford Lough   The double-ended ferry MV Strangford has been in operation for more than 45 years, connecting the two towns of Portaferry and Strangford in the northern part of the Irish Sea


Scottish Ferry Workers on Strike

Photo: CalMac Ferries Limited

 Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union members at the ferry operator CalMac go on strike over the future of services of Scotland’s west coast as two thirds of CalMac routes have been suspended.   CalMac will operate a third of its Clyde and Hebrides ferry services


Tanker Converted to LNG-electric Propulsion

Photo: Bergen Tankers

Bergen Tankers’ 95-meter-long chemical and product tanker Bergen Viking has returned to service following its conversion from diesel-electric to liquefied natural gas (LNG)-electric propulsion.    Delivered in 2007, the Rolls-Royce powered vessel supplies diesel and petrol along


Ferry Workers Block Calais Port Again in Dispute

Employees of a ferry service recently sold by Eurotunnel renewed a blockade of the northern French port of Calais on Monday after a court rejected their bid to extend the service's charter contract with Eurotunnel.   Access to the boats on the docks was not possible in the afternoon


High-tech Car Ferry Debuts: It’s Electric

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Norwegian Car Ferry Debuts World’s First All-Electric Propulsion System Norled Ampere, the world’s first all-electric car ferry, began service this year carrying up to 120 cars and 360 passengers across the 4.2-mile (6.8 km) Sognefjord channel that separates Norway’s villages of


Rolls-Royce LNG Engines Reach 25 Million Operating Hours

Photo: Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce engines powered solely by liquefied natural gas (LNG) have completed 25 million hours of operation on land and at sea, since their introduction in 1991.   More than 650 Bergen lean burn gas engines are in service today, with a power output up to 9,600kW


Thordon Bearings Bags Alaska Ferry Contract

Photo: Thordon Bearings

Thordon Bearings has received an order to supply its COMPAC system to two Alaska Ferry newbuilds under construction at the Vigor Industrial shipyard in Ketchikan, Alaska. The Canada-based company, a supplier of seawater-lubricated propeller shaft bearings


BC Ferries Joins Green Marine

Photo: BC Ferries

BC Ferries achieved its first certification from Green Marine. BC Ferries joined Green Marine this year and was certified on May 28, 2015,  after having its results reviewed by an independent verifier. Green Marine is a globally recognized, voluntary


Canada Approves Pipeline to Feed Pacific LNG Plant

The Canadian government has approved TransCanada Corp's proposed C$1.7 billion ($1.38 billion) North Montney Mainline natural gas pipeline that would connect natural gas fields in northern British Columbia with a Pacific Coast export terminal.  


Washington State Ferries Ramp Up Summer Service

The new ferry M/V Samish undergoing sea trials in April 2015 in Seattle (Photo: Washington State Dept of Transportation)

The Washington State Ferries (WSF) summer 2015 sailing schedule will take effect Sunday, June 14, with a new Olympic Class vessel, additional sailings, vehicle reservations to the San Juan Islands and increased service hours on many routes, the state’s transportation department announced.


North Korea Fires Anti-Ship Missiles

Photo: Korean Central News Agency

 North Korea has test-fired newly deployed anti-ship rockets -  three short-range KN-01 type missiles - with a reported range of 120km just weeks after the country claimed it tested a submarine-launched ballistic missile, , the North's media said.  


Supertankers Set to Take North Sea Crude to Asia in June

As many as four VLCC tankers could take North Sea crude oil to Asia this month, shipping fixtures show, after an Atlantic Basin supply glut forced prices to multi-year lows. The Samco Europe, Bunga Kasturi Empat, Britanis and Starlight Venture VLCCs - very large crude carriers - have been lined


Battery System Selected for Largest Electric Ferry

Swiss battery manufacturer Leclanché was selected as a battery system supplier to the world’s largest battery operated ferryboat to be built by Danish shipbuilder Søby Shipyard Ltd. The ferry will enter service in June 2017 to transportation of vehicles and passengers between


SeaKing Bags Mersey Ferries Framework Agreement

Dave Gillam (Photo: SeaKing)

Birkenhead based SeaKing Electrical has been appointed to a four-year framework agreement for Mersey Ferries. The maritime firm, which has supported the ferry fleet for many years, has been formally accepted onto the marine engineering consultants framework for Mersey Ferries until 2019.


DeepOcean Secures BG Group IMR Deal

Image: DeepOcean

 DeepOcean has secured a contract with BG Group for inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR) work on the British operator’s subsea assets off the UK and Norway.   The Norwegian contractor will use vessels from its North Sea-based fleet to carry out work under the five-year deal






 
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