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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

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

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

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

Passengers Transferred from Stranded Ferry

Passengers were transferred from Indonesia-registered Sea Prince after the ferry struck a floating object after leaving the Nongsapura ferry terminal in Batam late on November 29.   All passengers are accounted for, and the ferry is in stable condition.   According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) , the ferry was in Indonesian waters at the time of the incident and was heading for Singapore with 97 passengers, including 51 Singaporeans and seven crew.

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

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.

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

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

Rolls-Royce Inks Landmark Automatic Ferry Crossing System Deal

The vessels are due for delivery in 2017 and will begin operation of 1st January 2018.

Rolls-Royce has signed a deal to supply its first automatic crossing system to Norwegian ferry company Fjord1. The system, the first of its kind, will control two new double-ended battery ferries as they cross between Anda and Lote on the 1330 km long E39 which connects communities along the

Rolls-Royce to Power New York's Newest Luxury Ferry

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Rolls-Royce has won a contract to supply power and propulsion to New York’s newest and largest high-speed luxury ferry.   The catamaran, operated by New Jersey based Seastreak, will carry up to 600 passengers between Monmouth County, N.J

Death Toll Hits 73 in Myanmar Ferry Disaster

The death toll in a Myanmar ferry sinking has reached 73, authorities said on Friday, as they wrapped up a week-long search and rescue operation for survivors and prepared to launch an inquiry into the cause of the disaster. Marine accidents are common in Myanmar

Astican & Astander Continue to Invest

(Photo: Astican & Astander Shipyards)

Astican & Astander: pair of privately owned Spanish yards continue to invest in facilities and equipment   Astander and Astican are the two busiest privately owned shipyards in Spain carrying out heavy repairs and special conversion projects with a boutique style attitude towards

Siemens Bags Electric Ferry Propulsion Contract

Image: Multi Maritime

 Siemens said it has secured a contract to supply propulsion systems for two new The all-electric battery ferries to be operated by Fjord1 on the E39 Anda-Lote route on the west coast of Norway.   Both vessels will have a cargo capacity of 120 cars, 12 trailers and 349 passengers

Telenor Maritime Acquires Satpoint AB

Telenor Maritime has acquired SatPoint AB, a firm with a strong position in the Baltic Sea with more than 125 maritime broadband installations on ferries, merchant vessels, and floating accommodation units. The merger is dependent on approval from competition laws.  

PBES Lithium Energy Storage for HH Ferries

Photo: PBES

Plan B Energy Storage (PBES) said it has secured the energy storage supply contract for the two largest battery-powered ferries in the world. Each of the two Scandlines Helsingborg-Helsingör ferries will have 4.16 MWh batteries to provide power for primary propulsion.   

Incat to Build RoPax Vessel for Virtu Ferries

3D artist impression of the 110 meter ferry (Image: Incat)

Incat has been selected by Virtu Ferries of Malta to design and build a 110 meter vehicle passenger RoPax ferry.   The new wave piercing catamaran will become the 15th fast ferry Virtu has acquired, it will be the largest high speed catamaran in the Mediterranean and with a service speed up

Gibdock Performs Quick Freight Ferry Repair

Photo: Gibdock

Gibdock has redelivered the Seatruck Ferries container/ro-ro vessel Clipper Point on-time, after a fast turnaround 11-day renewal project for the Clipper Group-owned operator. The ship has subsequently been introduced to Seatrucks’ Irish Sea operations.  

UK’s Wight Shipyard to Build Two Fast Ferries

Photo: Wight Shipyard Co

The largest fast passenger ferry order for a U.K. shipyard in over 25 years has been confirmed by MBNA Thames Clippers. Two new 170 capacity passenger boats will be built at the Wight Shipyard Co on the Isle of Wight, and will join London’s growing river transport network in summer 2017.

Damen, NSTC offer Crew Training in Philippines

Damen and NSTC have developed a training course for the Philippines-based ferry crew. Photo Damen

To mark this year’s Interferry Conference in Manila, the Philippines, Damen Shipyards Group has teamed up with Netherlands Shipping Training Centre (NSTC), Managed by the international maritime education and training organisation STC-Group

Wärtsilä to Power Mediterranean's First LNG Ferry

Baleàrias new RoRo passenger ferry (Image: Wärtsilä)

Wärtsilä said it has signed a contract with Construcciones Navales del Norte SL (LaNaval) shipyard in Sestao, Spain for the design and supply of the LNG power and propulsion installation for a new RoRo passenger ferry being built for Spanish owner Baleària

MOL to Launch Biannual Vessel Safety Campaign

Photo: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd

 Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) has announced the launch of its biannual safety campaign to begin on October 15, targeting all MOL group-operated vessels.   MOL views safe operation as a social commitment and gives it the highest of priorities in all of its business activities

Myanmar Ferry Sinks, 32 Dead, Scores Missing

A ferry sank in a river in northwestern Myanmar, killing at least 32 people with scores missing, a rescue official said on Monday. About 150 people had been rescued from the Chindwin river in the Sagaing region after the ferry capsized on Saturday, said Sa Willy Frank

New Port in Stockholm Inaugurated

Today the new Port of Värtahamnen and Värta Terminal were officially inaugurated. Photo Ports of Stockholm

Ports of Stockholm has expanded Stockholm by 85000 square metres, and built a new pier and passenger terminal. Värtahamnen has been under reconstruction since 2013. The rebuilding is part of the development of a completely new city district in Stockholm, the Stockholm Royal Seaport

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