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$42M in Grants for Ferry Docks & Facilities

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced more than $42m in grants to improve ferry service and build new docks and facilities in 15 states and Puerto Rico.  Congress authorized the Federal Highway Administration’s Ferry Boat Program was created to fund ferry boat projects that provide critical access to areas that lack other means of transportation where high passenger demand already exists.  Program funds can be used for capital improvements to existing ferry operations which could increase the number of riders, relieve congestion or address environmental or significant operational concerns.  The projects include funding for the rehabilitation of the Hoboken ferry terminal in the New Jersey/New York City metropolitan area and the construction of a new ferry terminal in the Oyster Point Marina in south San Francisco.  Both projects have the potential to help reduce congestion on other highways and boost the number of riders.  Washington State also received several grants to improve service in the Seattle area. FHWA Ferry Boat Discretionary Grants: State     Project    Grant Amount New Jersey    Hoboken Terminal Ferry Slip Rehabilitation    $3,000,000 Puerto Rico     Fajardo – Vieques – Culebra public ferry    $3,000,000 California     South San Francisco Ferry Service    $3,000,000


Iconic Star Ferry in Move to New Wan Chai Pier

A Star Ferry: Photo courtesy of the owners

With effect from the first departure on Saturday 30 August 2014, Hong Kong's “Wan Chai – Tsim Sha Tsui” ferry service will operate from the new Wan Chai Ferry Pier. The existing Wan Chai (East) ferry Pier will be closed simultaneously, informs the Star Ferry Company. Star Ferry The Star Ferry's ferry crossings at Victoria Harbour are acclaimed as an important part of the commuter system between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon, and essential journeys for visitors


Second WSF 144-car Ferry in Progress

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Construction will begin in December on a second 144-car ferry. The Ferries Division of the Washington State Department of Transportation and shipbuilder Vigor Industrial signed papers this morning to make the second new vessel a reality for customers of the state ferry system.   “This has been a tremendous event for Washington state and our ferry system,” said David Moseley, assistant transportation secretary, Ferries Division


Study: Puget Sound Ferries Terror Target

The Puget Sound ferry system is believed to be the most likely target of maritime terrorism in the country, The Herald reported. The FBI's Threat Monitoring Unit examined thousands of incidents reported around boats, ports and other maritime facilities between September 2004 and September 2005, according to a Justice Department report released in March. The greatest concentration of alarming incidents happened on ferries in the Seattle area, followed by oil tankers off of the Gulf Coast


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


Four Ferries Commissioned in Istanbul

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In reaction to the increasing commuter traffic on the Bosporus, the municipal ferry enterprise IDO in Istanbul has commissioned four doubleended ferries with two Voith Schneider Propellers each. The four ferries operate on the route between the European ferry terminal Sirkeci and the Asian terminal Harem. With the increased number of ferries on this route, the transport capacity was boosted from 2,500 vehicles to approx. 10,000 vehicles per day


New Ferries for Clyde Crossing

Photo: Cammell Laird

Cammell Laird Shipyard built a pair of 45-car ferries and recently launched them into the River Mersey at Birkenhead. The sister ferries are the first complete vessels built at the yard in 20 years. The MV Sound of Soay and MV Sound of Seil continue the tradition of their owners, Western Ferries, of naming vessels after Scottish Sounds. Once interior details are finished and sea trails completed, the twin ferries will enter service on the company’s 2


Fincantieri To Build Ferry For SNCM

Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri has signed a contract with France's SNCM to build a 44,500 gt ferry to be used mainly on the Marseilles to North Africa routes. The new vessel will be 574 ft. (175 m) long and able to transport 2,200 passengers in 470 cabins and 320 pullman seats. The ferry will also accommodate 700 cars, a Fincantieri spokesperson said. No financial details were given, but industry sources said the contract was worth around $126 million.


Construction Begins on Next-Generation Ferry

Rendering of Washington’s new 144-car ferry.

The first arc welds on the keel of Washington’s new 144-car ferry will be made later this month by the leaders of the state Legislature transportation committees, Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen of Camano Island and Rep. Judy Clibborn of Mercer Island.   The two legislators will join Washington State Ferries officials and ship workers at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 29, to commemorate the moment when the vessel’s keel is laid in place at Vigor Industrial’s Harbor Island


EBDG to Design New Class of Staten Island Ferries

Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG), a naval architecture and marine engineering firm with offices in Seattle, New Orleans and Ketchikan, Ala., has been selected by the New York Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) to design a new class of ferries that will operate between the boroughs of Staten Island and Manhattan. The project scope consists of a complete design package, including contract drawings, specifications and other documents for vessels to replace the existing Barberi and Kennedy


All American Marine Delivers Ferry to Seattle

   The maiden voyage of the MV Sally Fox (photo courtesy of All American Marine)

All American Marine, Inc. (AAM) today announced the delivery of a new passenger ferry that will serve the city of Seattle.    The vessel, MV Sally Fox, was dedicated at a ceremony on Vashon Island on Saturday. The Sally Fox is the first of two new ferries ordered by King County’s


Methanol Powered Ferry Launched in Baltic Sea

 The Stena Germanica (Photo courtesy of Stena Line)

Swedish ferry operator Stena Line has announced that it has converted the Stena Germanica to run on methanol, an industry first.   The company spent $24 million on converting the ship to methanol. The ferry re-entered service on March 26, serving its route on the Baltic sea between Kiel


Scandlines Ferry Back in Service by End June

the Remontowa yard in Gdansk, Poland, together with Scandlines’ on-site team has now started repairs of the Scandlines ferry MV Prinsesse Benedikte

  The damaged Scandlines ferry M/V Prinsesse Benedikte is being repaired at the Polish shipyard Remontowa and is expected to be ready before the end of June 2015.   Following extensive clear-up and inspection, the Remontowa yard in Gdansk, Poland


Washington State Ferry Tacoma Returns to Service

M/V Tacoma (Washington State Department of Transportation)

Washington State Ferry M/V Tacoma will return to work on the Seattle/Bainbridge Island route starting March 28 after suffering electrical damage last summer.   The Tacoma lost power and suffered significant damage to its electrical switchboard system transiting from Seattle to Bainbridge


Greek Ferry Still Stuck

  The Greek ferry that ran aground just outside of port on the Aegean Island of Kassos Wednesday night is still stuck. The 227 passengers and 55 crew aboard the Vitsentzos Kornaros are facing the prospect of a third night stuck on the ferry


Greek Ferry Runs Aground in the Aegean

  A Greek ferry ran aground on the Aegean island of Kassos overnight, the AP is reporting.      None of the 227 passengers and 55 crew were injured and a tug boat was sent from the Cycladic island of Mykonos to conduct the rescue operation, the Greek coastguard said. 


Working Harbor Committee to Screen "Liemba!"

 The MV Liemba (Photo courtesy of the Working Harbor Committee)

  The Working Harbor Committee is presenting a screening of the documentary film "Liemba!" on Tuesday, March 31 at the Community Church of NY. The screening will feature special guest speaker James Wong, Director of Ferries, NYC Economic Development Corp.  


Condor Sets Sail from Weymouth for the Last Time

Condor Liberation by Condor Ferries

 Condor Ferries have made their final sailing from Weymouth. Cross-channel ferry services from Weymouth have come to an end with the final sailing to Guernsey.   Condor is to operate a new and larger ferry on a single service from Poole instead as Weymouth's port is deemed too small


New Study to Provide Insight into Passenger Ship Comfort

Rob Grin

Comfort is considered to be a crucial factor on board passenger ships as it largely determines passenger satisfaction, on board expenditure and passenger return levels. However, comfort is subjective as people are very different. Where one passenger complains about discomfort


Ferry Building: A Model of Efficiency

One of the two assembly lines.

With an array of about 20 boats being built in assembly-line-like manner, the Guangdong Bonny Fair Heavy Industry shipyard (formerly known as Guangdong New China Shipyard) is a model of efficiency.    Three ferries are fitting out alongside


LNG-powered Fjord Line Ferries 'World's Cleanest'

Image Credit: Fjord Line

 Fjord Line's liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered newbuildings have claimed a new title as the 'world's cleanest ferries'. The Bergensfjord and Stavangerford have won the respective first and second places on the World Ports Climate Environmental Ship Index (ESI)


ABB to Power Tallink's LNG Ferry

Photo courtesy of Tallnik

ABB has won an order to deliver complete electric power plant, electrical propulsion systems and an energy management solution for Estonia-based Tallink Grupp´s new liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered fast ferry. The large-scale ferry will be built at Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland for


Management Software Chosen for Fast Cruise Ferries

The 2,200-passenger 29 knot fast cruise ferry Moby Aki will be fitted with RINA InfoSHIP management software. (Photo courtesy of RINA)

Italian cruise ferry operator Moby S.p.A. has chosen the RINA InfoSHIP software suite for managing maintenance and purchase processes across its entire 13-ship fleet.   RINA InfoSHIP Maintenance and Purchase Module (MP), developed in cooperation with IB Software and Consulting


USCG Responds to Grounded Ferry near Ocracoke Inlet, NC

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The Coast Guard responded to a ferry that ran aground Saturday approximately one mile south of Ocracoke, North Carolina. The captain of the Silver Lake, a 220-foot passenger and vehicle ferry, contacted Coast Guard Sector North Carolina watchstanders via mobile phone at approximately 5 p.m


Coming soon: German LNG-powered Ferries

An animated sequence of the AGA Seagas LNG fueling vessel by Bomin Linde LNG GmbH

 Germany’s AG-Ems is preparing to put two liquefied natural gas-diesel dual fuel ferries into operation for the summer season in the North Sea for the first time. They both are powered by Wärtsilä 20DF engines, with fuel to be supplied by Bomin Linde.  






 
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