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Minoan Flying Dolphins To Order Three Ferries

Minoan Lines subsidiary Minoan Flying Dolphins will reportedly order three more high speed ferries at a cost of $150 million, bringing its total newbuildings to eight. The three new ferries will have a cruising speed of 30 knots and are expected to be delivered in Summer 2001, doubling the company's fleet of high speed ferries. Each of the ferries will be 459 ft. (140 m) long and have a capacity of 1,800 passengers and 250 cars, or 40 trucks and 100 cars.


Minoan Buys Four Ferries

Minoan Flying Dolphins acquired four ferries operating on routes to the Cyclades islands and the Argosaronic gulf. The vessels, which link the port of Piraeus with Paros, Naxos, Ios and Santorini with route extensions to Sikinos, Astypalea and Folegandros are expected to contribute about $7.9 million in revenues to the firm's total turnover. The latest purchases bring the company's total fleet to 67 vessels.


Minoan Lines Expects 58% Profit Increase In 1999

Minoan Lines expects its group 1999 profit to grow 58 percent to $49.4 million. Company officials said that revenues from its Greece to Italy routes in the first 10 months of the year were up 15.1 percent to $71.9 million. Total revenues in the same period from its international routes were up 9.5 percent to $90.9 billion. "Based on the 10-month results, Minoan Lines managed to achieve significant revenue growth despite the Kosovo crisis which affected the first half results


Minoan Ferry Sinking Cited as Worst Maritime Disaster in 35 Years

Rescuers pulled bodies from the Aegean sea on Wednesday as the death toll from Greece's worst maritime disaster in 35 years climbed to at least 62. The ferry Express Samina ran into a rocky islet off the holiday isle of Paros and sank in gale-force conditions late on Tuesday. Hundreds of Greek and foreign passengers were hurled into the rough waters. Twenty-nine people were missing, the Greek Merchant Marine Ministry said.


New & Notables

Derecktor Delivers Catamaran Ahead Of Time Derecktor Shipyards delivered its 299 ft. (91 m) high speed catamaran, Flying Cloud, to Woods Hole & Martha's Vineyard Steamship Authority. Completed one week ahead of schedule, the vessel will be used for year-round passenger and vehicle ferry service to the islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. Attaining an excess of 39 knots during sea trials, Flying Cloud demonstrated high stability and ride comfort due to its dynamic ride control


HFD to Get Another Austal Fast Ferry

Austal Ships today announced a contract to build an 85 metre vehicle-passenger ferry for Greek operator Hellas Flying Dolphins (HFD). The catamaran is the fifth fast ferry HFD has ordered from Austal Ships, demonstrating ongoing confidence in Austal’s capabilities. HFD is Greece’s largest domestic ferry operator, transporting approximately 7 million passengers, 200,000 trucks and 800,000 cars every year. Due for delivery for the 2005 European summer and to be named “Highspeed 5”


DFDS Seaways Orders Fast Rescue Boat

Danish ferry operator DFDS Seaways has ordered Dolphin Safe Rescuer for their fleet of RoRo passenger vessels from Sea Safe Boats Sweden. DFDS has selected the Dolphin Safe Rescuer, which meets all IMO requirements coming into force prior to July 1, 2000, for its maneuverability, quick and safe rescuing, and superior protection for crew and rescued passengers. Approved by Lloyd's Register of Shipping, Dolphin Safe Rescuer meets requirements as a combined fast rescue boat/lifeboat for 18 persons


Greek Ferry Exec Plunges To His Death

A senior executive at the shipping company which owned a Greek ferry that sank in September killing 80 people, plunged to his death from the sixth floor of his office building on Wednesday, Reuters reported. Police said Pantelis Sfinias, vice president of the board of directors of Minoan Flying Dolphins, a subsidiary of Minoan Lines, was seen by passers-by and employees stepping off the building in the port of Piraeus


Navy Donates Research Sub to San Diego Maritime Museum

From Naval Sea Systems Command Public Affairs The U.S. Navy officially transferred the decommissioned research submarine ex-Dolphin (AGSS 555) to the Maritime Museum of San Diego (MMSD) during a donation contract signing ceremony Sept. 18 in Washington. The ceremony took place in the Washington office of U.S. Rep. Susan Davis. Ex-Dolphin was decommissioned in 2007 after more than 30 years of service supporting naval research activities from her homeport in San Diego.


Russian Navy Take Over Crimea Combat Dolphins

Combat dolphins: Image Russian Navy

The combat dolphin program in the Crimean city of Sevastopol will be preserved and redirected towards the interests of the Russian Navy, according to a report by official news agency RIA Novosti. The program, dating to the 1960s, was previously scheduled to be disbanded by the Ukrainian navy in April, but the facility and the dolphins themselves have now become Russian following the recent reunification of Crimea with Russia.


USCG Rescues 5 Off Oahu

A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium from Station Honolulu is anchored 250 yards offshore Laie, Oahu

  A Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat-Medium anchored off Laie Point after becoming disabled has been removed and is being towed to Coast Guard Station Honolulu, yesterday. A RB-M boat crew from Station Honolulu removed the disabled RB-M from its anchorage and towed it to the Coast Guard


US Navy Lays Keel for PCU Indiana

A welder carves the initials of ships sponsor Diane Donald on a metal plate during the keel laying ceremony for the future Virginia-class attack submarine Indiana (SSN 789). (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Huntington Ingalls Industries by Ricky Thompson)

The U.S. Navy held a keel laying ceremony for the Virginia-class submarine Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Indiana (SSN 789) at Huntington Ingalls Industries, Newport News Shipbuilding, May 16.   The initials of the submarine's sponsor, Diane Donald


Dolphin die-off Spurred by BP Oil Spill

Dolphins are seen swimming through the oil spilling from the Deepwater Horizon oil well at the height of the spill in 2010. (Credit:NOAA)

A record dolphin die-off in the northern Gulf of Mexico was caused by the largest oil spill in U.S. history, researchers said on Wednesday, citing a new study that found many of the dolphins died with rare lesions linked to petroleum exposure.  


Fisherman Medevaced Off US West Coast

Screenshot of a U.S. Coast Guard video courtesy of Air Station North Bend

A fisherman who had reportedly lost consciousness and was suffering from chest pain was medevaced by a U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) helicopter crew 30 miles west of Crescent City, California, Tuesday.   An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station North Bend, Oregon


Spain Investigates Sinking off Canary Islands

Spain launched an investigation on Thursday into the sinking of a Russian ship off the Canary Islands, as coastguards battled a six-km (3.7-mile) oil slick close to tourist beaches.   Environmentalist group Greenpeace criticised authorities for towing the burning fishing vessel out to sea


USCG Medevacs Injured Mariner Near SW Pass

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  A Coast Guard helicopter rescue crew medevaced a man south of Southwest Pass, at around 12 p.m., Tuesday. The crew of an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans was dispatched approximately four miles south of Southwest Pass to pick up a mariner who had


Trelleborg's Fender System Patented

Photo courtesy of Trelleborg

Trelleborg’s marine systems operation has received a patent for its innovative ‘slide in, slide out’ or ‘SISO’ marine fender system, which is now in operation in Dampier, Western Australia, in addition to a number of other sites across the region.  


Bulker Aground in St. Marys River

The motor vessel Mississagi sits aground in the lower St. Marys River near De Tour Village, Mich., April 22, 2015. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City)

A 603-foot bulk carrier ran aground in the St. Marys River near De Tour Village, Michigan, early Wednesday.   The motor vessel Mississagi, a Canadian-flagged bulk carrier with a load of stone, was transiting downbound the St. Marys River from Bruce Mines, Ontario


USCG Responding to Vessel Aground in St. Marys River

The motor vessel Mississagi sits aground in the lower St. Marys River near De Tour Village, Mich., April 22, 2015. U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Air Station

  The Coast Guard continues to monitor the 603-foot bulk carrier Mississagi which ran aground in the St. Marys River near De Tour Village, Michigan early Wednesday. The motor vessel, a Canadian-flagged bulk carrier with a load of stone, was transiting downbound the St


USCG Searching for Mariner off Hawaii

U.S. Coast Guard rescues one, searching for another mariner off Lanai   The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) rescued one man and is still searching for another after the 34-foot fishing vessel Munchkin ran aground on the rocks about one half a miles west of Lanai, Hawaii 12:12 a.m. today.  


USCG Searching for Missing Boaters in Mobile Bay Area

USCG search for missing Boaters

  The Coast Guard continues to search for at least five people in the Mobile Bay area Sunday. Rescuers searched throughout the night for the missing boaters and have covered a total of 1,773 square miles as of 11:00 a.m., Sunday.


USCG Suspends Search for Missing Mariner off Lanai

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  The Coast Guard suspended the search Monday for a missing mariner after the fishing vessel he was aboard capsized approximately one mile west of Lanai. “Following extensive efforts by sea, air, and land we have decided to suspend the search.” said Capt


Tactical Response Vessel Delivered to NYPD

Photo: Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding

Having delivered its third 61 ft. patrol/rescue boat for the New York City Police Department (NYPD) last year, Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation, announced it has delivered the first of two 70 ft. Tactical Response vessels for the department’s Harbor Patrol Unit.  


Marine Accident on the Saginaw River

The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating the cause of an accident in the Saginaw River, Friday afternoon.   At 10:30 a.m., a search-and-rescue controller at Coast Guard Sector Detroit received a report of a man clinging to a buoy in the Saginaw River near Veterans Memorial Park in Bay City


Crew Winched to Safety Near Skegness

Two people have been winched to safety after their vessel suffered engine failure and began to take on water, the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency reported.   The call came in as a Mayday to Humber Coastguard Operation Centre at 7:36 a.m






 
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