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Feature: Leaving Home

For many years the fortunes of the Great Lakes-based shipbuilders and naval architects was based solidly on the building level of the owners who were also based on the 94,000 sq. mi. of water that makes up the five Great Lakes. That is no longer as true a statement as it once was. While there are many projects in this area designed and build by Great Lakes firms for owners in the area, an impressive number of significant commercial market projects as varied as Staten Island, New York ferries and Gulf of Mexico crew/supply boats were designed and or built on the Great Lakes. The Big Ferries The Kennedy Class of double ended auto/passenger ferries is one of the most recognizable images of New York City. Every weeknight millions of people see one during the opening of the David Letterman Show. So when a contract came out to build three additional ferries of this class, the competitive fires within the U.S. boatbuilding market were stoked. When the dust settled, the contract was awarded to The Manitowoc Marine Group, the largest shipbuilder on the Great Lakes headquartered in Manitowoc, Wisc. The vessels are being built at the company's Marinette Marine facility in Marinette, Wisc. Manitowoc is building three of these 4,400 passeneger/30 auto ferries to replace the three built in the mid-1960's. Each will measure 310 by 70 ft. wide with a 13.6-ft.-draft.


Training to Test Response to Ferry Hijacking

On December 16th, the U.S. Coast Guard, Washington State Patrol, and Washington State Ferries will be conducting a joint agency training exercise in Yukon Harbor, southwest of Blake Island. The drill scenario incorporates a multi-agency response to a simulated ferry hijacking. Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams from the Seattle Police Department, Kitsap County Sheriff’s office, and the Washington State Patrol along with the Washington State Ferries, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S


Mukilteo Dock/Cathlamet Investigation Report Finalized

Washington State Ferries announced the results of the investigation into the Cathlamet incident at Mukilteo on June 1st. At approximately 5:44 a.m. that morning, the Washington State Ferry MV Cathlamet, sailing from Clinton (on Whidbey island) to Mukilteo hit the north wingwall at over seven knots, causing $139,000 damage to the ferry and over $1 million in needed terminal repairs. Port Captain Mark McElwaine, lead investigator into the incident


Great Lakes Shipyard Reconstructs Put-In-Bay

Photo courtesy The Great Lakes Towing Company

Great Lakes Shipyard, a division of The Great Lakes Group, has completed all work required under contract with Miller Boat Line, Put-in-Bay, Ohio, to fabricate and install a new 40-ft mid-body extension in the passenger/vehicle ferry Put-in-Bay. The contract was awarded on August 17, 2009, and all work was completed at Great Lakes Shipyard facilities on the South Bank of the Old River Channel, on Cleveland's Cuyahoga River.


BC Ferries Order WESMAR Thruster

BC Ferries MV Tachek

WESMAR to supply BC Ferries, with a  dual prop, counter-rotating, bow thruster for the  T-Class Passenger/Car ferry 'M/V Tachek'. M/V Tachek transports cars and passengers among the popular Gulf Islands and the WESMAR Model V2-24, 150 HP AC system will enhance the 162-foot ferry’s maneuvering and docking capabilities, in the waters off Vancouver Island, where the growing traffic of pleasure and commercial vessels crowd the waters, particularly during tourist season.


State leaders christen first Olympic-class ferry at Vigor

Vigor Ferry web.jpg

State elected, transportation and manufacturing leaders were on hand today to celebrate the christening of the state’s first 144-car Olympic Class ferry, the M/V Tokitae, at Vigor Industrial’s shipyard in Seattle. Lynn Peterson, Washington’s Secretary of Transportation, served as the ship’s sponsor and broke a bottle to christen the new ferry before a crowd of more than 200 people. Speakers at the ceremony explained that the vessels will ensure safe


USCG: Old Ferry Removed for Inspection

Washington State Ferries (WSF) is performing additional hull inspections on the 80-year-old Steel Electric Class vessels, which will temporarily affect the San Juan inter-island run. The 59-car Illahee has temporarily been removed from service awaiting the additional inspection, so the 87-car Evergreen State has taken its place serving the San Juan inter-island route. Starting July 15, the 34-car Hiyu will operate on the inter-island route for 1 week while the Evergreen State is at the


Major Ferry Design Projects for EBDG

Elliott Bay Design Group LLC (EBDG) has a number of major ferry design projects in progress with clients from across the country, including many repeat customers. In early 2008 the Texas Department of Transportation (DOT), Corpus Christi District selected EBDG to design a new 28-car ferry for service between Port Aransas and Harbor Island.  This short route forms the continuation of Texas State Highway 361 across the Corpus Christi Channel


Construction of Second New WSDOT Ferry

Construction of the state’s second Kwa-di Tabil Class (64-car) ferry officially got underway April 19 at Todd Pacific Shipyards (Todd) in Seattle. Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Secretary Paula Hammond and Assistant Secretary for Washington State Ferries (WSF) David Moseley were on hand to help Todd officials commemorate the event. Secretary Hammond struck the first arc weld on the keel signifying the start of construction of the second vessel of the class.


Tall Ships in Great Lakes Battle Bicentennial

Battle of Lake Erie: Painting reproduced courtesy of Miller Boat Line

18 Tall Ships from around the world to navigate into the Western Basin of Lake Erie for 'The Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial,' Aug. 29, 2013. From Norway to Duluth, Minnesota, the tall ships of the past now call ports from all over the world home.  With large crews, constant upkeep and a host of other responsibilities, unveiling these pristine wooden vessels is a massive undertaking. Floating on the horizon with what looks like a scene out of the film Master and Commander


Rough Waters for Washington State Ferries

The process of installing the superstructure built by Nichols Brothers Boat Builders onto the hull of the M/V Tokitae at Vigor’s yard, March 2013.

Improved funding and management changes have the nation’s largest ferry system on a course to better times. Challenges remain, but WSF tackles each one in turn. Unlike the citizens of British Columbia, which pays a German shipyard to build its ferries


N.Korean Navy Incursion Draws Warning Shots

A North Korean patrol boat crossed into South Korean waters early on Monday and retreated after the South Korean navy fired warning shots, a South Korean military official said. The incursion came amid heightened tensions on the Korean peninsula


PVA Elects 2016 Leadership

Margo Marks (Photo: PVA)

During the PVA Annual Convention at MariTrends 2016 held January 23-26 in Crystal City, Va., members of the Passenger Vessel Association (PVA) elected Margo Marks of Beaver Island Boat Company, Beaver Island, Mich. as PVA President for 2016.   


US, India Consider Joint Patrols in South China Sea

U.S. Navy file photo of USS Lassen (DDG 82), Mar. 2015.

The United States and India have held talks about conducting joint naval patrols that a U.S. defense official said could include the disputed South China Sea, a move that would likely anger Beijing, which claims most of the waterway.  


This Day in U.S. Navy History: December 30, 2015

1920 - USS John D. Ford (DD 228) is commissioned. It serves in both the Atlantic and the Pacific during World War II and receives a Presidential Unit Citation, specifically honoring her "extraordinary heroism in action" during the Java Campaign, Jan


USCG Assists Fish and Wildlife Departments Patrol Crab Opening

A Coast Guard aircrew aboard a HC-130 Hercules airplane patrols the Pacific Northwest crab fishing fleet prior to the pre-soak opening for commercial crab season, Jan. 1, 2016. Photo USCG

  The Coast Guard assisted representatives of the Washington and Oregon Departments of Fish and Wildlife patrol the waters of the Pacific Northwest during the pre-soak period of the commercial Dungeness Crab season, which opens Jan. 4, 2015.  


Wärtsilä Ferry Concept Features Zero Emissions

Wärtsilä New Ferry Concept Courtesy Wartsila

  A complete concept for a series of innovative and cost effective shuttle ferries, featuring zero or low emissions, is being launched by Wärtsilä. The concept has been developed in line with the Norwegian government's new environmental regulations for ferries emphasising the


Tourists rescued from blazing boat off NZ

The Pee Jay V. Photo: White Island Tours

 A passenger ferry, Pee Jay V,  carrying 60 people caught fire off the coast of New Zealand on Monday, officials say, but all those on board were rescued safely.   The incident began at about 3:45 p.m. local time on Monday when a call came in from a White Island tour boat in the


FRS Acquires Clipper, Plans North American Expansion

Photo: Clipper

FRS and Clipper to combine expertise to deliver new ferry services and open new hubs in Vancouver, Florida, and Cuba; company also plans to expand travel products    FRS has acquired a majority interest in Clipper. FRS is a global ferry and shipping group


Ferries: An Economic Driving Force

Serge A. Buy

While most people know that ferries are a method of transportation, few have a good understanding of the nature of the sector and its importance. In Canada, ferries transport more than 55 million passengers, over 19 million vehicles, billions of dollars’ worth of goods and they employ close


Happy Reunion with CMA CGM

Photo: CMA CGM

 CMA CGM is offering more Reunion Island services as it positions the French department to be its hub in the Indian Ocean.   CMA CGM presented its new strengthened services offer linking the Reunion Island during the inauguration of the Group’s new offices, on Tuesday 26th January


Incat Crowther Delivers Passenger Ferry to Honduras

Photo: Incat Crowther

Incat Crowther has announced the delivery of Utila Dream, a 244-passenger 30m Catamaran Passenger Ferry, built by Midship Marine in Louisiana. Utila Dream was recently delivered on its own bottom to Honduras where she has commenced operation between the island of Utila and the mainland city of La


All-Electric Ferry Development Underway

(Image: Art Anderson Associates)

Art Anderson Associates and partner EESImarine have been developing concepts for an all-electric ferry and are now teaming to generate funding for the implementation of the concept for Skagit County’s Guemes Island-Anacortes passenger and car ferry replacement.  


SailSafe: A SEA Change for the Better

British Columbia Ferry Services

BC Ferries has improved its safety record, operational practices – and at the same time, its bottom line. In 2007, British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. (BC Ferries) initiated a union-management joint endeavor to create a world-class safety culture


China: U.S. Seeks "Hegemony" after South China Sea Sailing

China accused the United States on Monday of seeking maritime hegemony in the name of freedom of navigation after a U.S. Navy destroyer sailed within 12 nautical miles of a disputed island in the South China Sea. China claims most of the South China Sea






 
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