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Blount Barker Signs Contract For South Ferry Vessel

Blount Barker Shipbuilding signed a contract with South Ferry of Shelter Island, N.Y. to build a 101-ft. double-ended ferryboat. The vessel designed by South Ferry and Dejong & Lebet, Inc. is being built to service the half-mile crossing of partially protected inland waters between Shelter Island and the South Fork of Long Island. The 101' x 39’ x 10’-5” ferryboat designed with one open deck and one side island for crew and passengers will be built to USCG Sub Chapter ‘T’ Rules and Regulations for 149 passengers. The ferryboat is scheduled for delivery in June 2002. The all-welded steel ferry to operate on protected inland waters will be powered by two 400hp Detroit Diesel Series, Six Cylinder DDEC Main Propulsion Engines with Twin Disc MG-516 gears (4.5:1). The vessel will be equipped with two 54" x 40” right hand Bird Johnson, Ice Class, four-blade propellers.

Commercial Icebreaking on Lake Erie

The U.S. Coast Guard is warning residents of southern Lake Erie islands that commercial icebreaking operations are scheduled to take place Monday, and possibly Tuesday, between South Bass and Catawba islands. Operations are scheduled to begin Monday at about 1 a.m. when the tug Ohio departs Cleveland and transits to South Bass Island between Kellys and Middle islands. At about 10 a.m., the Ohio will then depart South Bass Island from Put-in-Bay, Ohio

Low Sales Activity of Significant Ferries in 2000

Within the ferry industry, 50 secondhand vessels were sold in 2000, representing a total value of $317 million. The information, provided in a market report by ShipPax Information in its latest publication GUIDE 01, reveals that most of the activity took place within the South East Asian market, which bought more than half the numbers, or 26 of the ferries. Fourteen of them came from Japan, 6 from Europe and another 6 were bought within the region

Captain of capsized S Korean Ferry Arrested

Arrest of S. Korean ferry Captain

The captain of a South Korean ferry that capsized, leaving 29 people dead and 274 others missing, was arrested on Saturday, the country's Yonhap news agency said. Yonhap said Captain Lee Joon-seok, 69, faced five charges including negligence of duty and violation of maritime law. Investigators had said earlier that Lee was not on the bridge at the time the Sewol ferry started to list sharply on Wednesday, with a junior officer at the wheel

Police Kill 2 Kenyans Suspected of Planning Ferry Attack

Kenyan police said on Friday they shot and killed two armed men suspected of planning an attack on a ferry in the port city of Mombasa after one of them tried to hurl a grenade at approaching police. Mombasa and the coastal region has been struck by a series of attacks that have killed dozens of people in recent months. The worst shootings have been on the north coast, but Mombasa has been hit by several bomb attacks.

S. Korea Prosecutor to Appeal Ferry Crew Verdicts

Photo: South Korea Coast Guard

A South Korean prosecutor said on Tuesday his team would appeal against court rulings on the 15 crew of a capsized ferry who were given prison terms ranging from five to 36 years. The captain of the ferry, which sank killing about 300 people, mostly children, was acquitted of homicide but was found guilty of negligence by family members of the victims, many of whom were teenage children on a school trip. He was sentenced to 36 years in jail.

Strike Idles Ferries

Norwegian commuters sat in bigger traffic jams than usual on Monday, after a nationwide ferry strike halted service on routes that usually carry thousands of passengers. Oslo was among the hardest hit, after all ferry service from the suburban Nesodden peninsula was suspended over the weekend. An estimated 10,000 commuters use the Nesodden ferries every day, and many were forced to make the long drive south along the peninsula and then north again to Oslo.

Nichols Brothers Boat Builders Looks at Expanding

According to a report from the South Whidbey Record, Nichols Brothers Boat Builders is looking at expanding its operations into Oak Harbor, Wash. in order to have a larger role in building ferries for Washington state.   Source: South Whidbey Record

UPDATE -Survivors still alive on South Korean ferry

Several people appear to have survived in an air pocket of a capsized South Korean ferry, the father of one of the school children aboard the boat told a Reuters reporter accompanying families out to the scene of the disaster on Thursday. About 290 people are still missing out of 450 passengers on the Sewol ferry, which capsized in still-mysterious circumstances off the Korean peninsula on Wednesday in what could be the country's worst maritime accident in 20 years.

South Korea Votes to Disband its Coast Guard

Photo: South Korea Coast Guard

South Korea’s national assembly has voted to pass legislation effectively disbanding its coast guard after the organization fell under heavy criticism in wake of April’s Sewol ferry capsizing which killed more than 300, most of whom were high school students. South Korean police will take over the coast guard’s responsibilities as a new safety agency is formed. Extensive criticism targeted the coast guards’ rescue efforts as public opinion deemed its performance

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)

Damen's Third Ferry for South Korea

Damen Fast Ferry Daezer Shipping - Sunrise

  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

Floating Pep Rally to Set Sail for Seahawks

Photo: WSF

Monday night football brings additional ferry service and onboard fun For its first ever "floating pep rally" Washington State Ferries will provide some pomp with its extra ferry sailings as the Seahawks take on the Detroit Lions Monday in Seattle.

Vehicle Aboard Charleviox Ferry Catches Fire

A vehicle burns aboard the passenger vessel Charlevoix, a 50-foot, four-car cable ferry, while the vessel is moored in Ironton, Michigan, on Lake Charlevoix Oct. 2, 2015.

  The crew of U.S. Coast Guard Station Charlevoix and Boyne City, Michigan, Fire Department responded to a fire aboard a Charlevoix ferry Friday afternoon on Lake Charlevoix. All passengers and crew were safely escorted off the vessel with no reported injuries.

Ferry Capsizes in Maldives

Photo credit: Brian McMorrow

 A ferry enroute to South Ari Atoll (Alif Dhaal atoll) Maamigili from the capital Male has capsized leaving all the passengers onboard stranded at sea.   Around 80 passengers had reportedly been on-board including women and children

Collaboration Key in MV Smart Wreck Removal

(Photo: North P&I Club)

Titan Salvage, now a part of Ardent following completion of the merger of Titan and Svitzer Salvage, has completed the removal of the wreck of the cape-size MV Smart coal carrier in South Africa, an especially challenging project due to weather conditions that prevail on the South African coast

EU Funds Scandlines' Green Initiatives

Scandlines green initiatives blue stamp is also on the Gedser-Rostock

  Scandlines is expected to be awarded EUR 6.3 million from EU for the installation of scrubbers and hybrid system on the two new vessels for the crossing between Rostock-Gedser and for environmentally friendly infrastructure in both port facilities.  

Hansa Heavy Lift Opens Office in Monaco

Press release - Hansa Heavy Lift has opened a regional office for the South European market covering France, Italy and Spain based in Monaco as part of ongoing global expansion plans. The office is managed by Walter Prosetti, Head of South Europe, Hansa Heavy Lift

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

All Set for Hong Kong - Macau Yacht Races


  Yacht races between Hong Kong and Macau will take place on 26 September (Saturday) and 28 September 2015 (Monday). About 25 sailing boats are expected to participate in the races. The outbound trip from Hong Kong to Macau will start at 1000 hours on 26 September 2015 in an area

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

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

China Hooked to South China Sea

Map by Transatlantic Academy

 Despite US President Barack Obama’s warning  thatthe land reclamation work in the strategically important South China Sea would affect peaceful resolution of maritime disputes in the area, China might press on, reports SCMP.  

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

First SA Cargo Ship Registered

Photo: SAMSA

 Three South Africa youths made history in South Africa’s maritime economy sector at the weekend when they boarded the country’s first registered cargo ship since the dawn of democracy.   Similarly, the city of Nelson Mandela Bay also marked its name in the country’s

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