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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.


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


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


Minoan Profits Fall 82 Percent

Greek ferry operator Minoan Lines said profit in 2000 fell 82 percent to 3.0 billion drachmas versus 16.8 billion in 1999. "The difference in the level of net profit this year is due to the extraordinary gains from the sale of old ships in 1999 which added around 8.5 billion drachmas," Minoan said. Sales in 2000 reached 46.6 billion drachmas against 46.3 billion in 1999, it said. - (Reuters)


Minoan Lines Orders Ferry From Samsung

Passenger shipping firm Minoan Lines has reportedly placed an order for a third ferry with Korean shipyards Samsung, to be delivered in May 2001. The vessel will enter service on the Piraeus-Chania route. The ferry will have a full-weight cruising speed of 28.25 knots and a capacity of 1,500 passengers and 1,000 cars or 150 lorries, it said in a statement. It will cruise between Piraeus and Chania in five hours.


Fire On Greek Ferry

A fire in the engine room of a Greek ferry carrying 531 passengers and 111 crew from Venice to the Greek port of Patras left the vessel out of control near the Italian coast, the Merchant Marine Ministry said. It said no one on the ferry Aretoussa, owned by Greece's Minoan Lines, was injured in the fire, which was quickly extinguished by the crew. - (Reuters)


EU Double Hull Legislation Signed

The President of the European Parliament, Hans-Gert Pöttering, officially signed a European Parliament and Council Regulation that represents an important response to offshore tanker accidents and will lead to better protection of the seas and the environment. Under the new regulation, oil tankers transporting heavy oils will only be allowed to fly the flag of a European Union member state if they are double hulled. In addition, regardless of what flag they are flying


Today in U.S. Naval History: April 15

USS Chester (Photo courtesy NavSource)

Today in U.S. Naval History: April 15 1885 - Naval forces land at Panama to protect American interests during revolution 1912 - USS Chester and USS Salem sailed from MA to assist RMS Titanic survivors 1918 - First Marine Aviation Force formed at Marine Flying Field, Miami, Fla.


Cruise Industry Disappointed by Findings of Critical LMU Report

Cruise ship file photo CCL

New research by the UK's Leeds Metropolitan University (LMU) claims the cruise industry is ignoring its responsibility to the environments and societies it visits. The research has provoked a strong response from the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) according to shipping trade


Report: Russian Fighter Jet Makes Close Pass on U.S. Navy Ship

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) transits the Dardanelles en route to the Black Sea. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Edward Guttierrez III/Released)

The Associated Press has posted a story which quotes a U.S. military official as saying that a Russian fighter jet -- which apparently was unarmed -- made several close-range fly bys near the US Navy's USS Donald Cook (DDG 75), which is operating in the Black Sea.


RS Class: Unique Trawler Joins Russian Fleet

Up-to-date fishing vessel Taurus has entered service under the survey of Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS). The ship was built to the dual RS/DNV class and registered under the flag of the Russian Federation. The ordering customer and shipowner is ZAO TAURUS of Murmansk.


Robotic Submarine Begins Flight MH370 Search

Bluefin 21 on deck: Image courtesy of Bluefin Robotics

 An international search has focused on waters west of the Australian city of Perth, with teams racing against time to detect signals before the flight recorder batteries – which last about one month – run out, are to send down a [Bluefin Robotics manufactured] Bluefin 21 AUV


The Midas Touch: US Navy Researchers Convert Seawater into Fuel

Researchers: Photo NRL

Researchers at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) say they have developed technology to extract carbon dioxide from seawater while simultaneously producing hydrogen, and then converted the gasses into hydrocarbon liquid fuel. NRL engineers consider the breakthrough to be a potentially


Private Equity Boosts Liberia Shipping Market

Scott Bergeron

The Liberian Registry says the entry of private equity funding into the ship finance market is helping to sustain its continued growth. Scott Bergeron, CEO of the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR), the U.S.-based manager of the Liberian registry, said


Senator Landrieu Defends Jones Act

Source: wikimedia.org

The United States should strengthen a century-old law designed to protect the domestic shipping industry, rather than relax it under pressure from the energy industry, the chair of the Senate Energy Committee said on Tuesday.   The 1920 Jones Act restricts the delivery of goods between U.S


US Flies Italian Exec to Florida in Extradition

The United States has extradited a former executive of an Italian marine hose manufacturer to face price-fixing charges in what the Justice Department said was its first extradition on antitrust charges. Romano Pisciotti, a former executive with Italy's Parker ITR SRL


New Authorities Delegated to RS by Slovakia

Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) and the Ministry of Transport, Construction and Regional Development of Slovakia have signed a new agreement on the delegation of authority for the statutory survey of ships flying the flag of Slovakia.


Liberia Authorizes Croatian Registry of Shipping

The Liberian Registry has authorized the Croatian Registry of Shipping (CRS) to act on its behalf in connection with the survey, audit, certification and plan-review of Liberian-flag ships and the companies which operate them.  The Liberian Registry adopts a proactive approach to the


Today in U.S. Naval History: March 25

USS Essex, Artist: Joseph Howard (Courtesy U.S. Naval Academy Museum Collection)

Today in U.S. Naval History - March 25 1813 - USS Essex takes Neryeda, first capture by U.S. Navy in Pacific 1898 - Assist. SECNAV Theodore Roosevelt proposes Navy investigate military application of Samuel Langley's flying machine, beginning naval aviation


Australian Navy Supports Rescue Near Mallacoota

The Royal Australian Navy reported that its assets on both sides of Australia were active last night in search and rescue operations. As HMAS Success continued her mission searching for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, a Navy Seahawk helicopter from 816 Squadron was sent to assist in


Oman Children Get Taste for the Sea Aboard GAC Pindar

Oman children aboard GACPindar: Photo GAC

Ship service company, GAC, inform that 5 boys and girls from Oman Childcare Centre joined the GAC Pindar crew on board their 40ft racing catamaran on Day 2 of the Extreme Sailing Series. The children's visit to the boat was part of GAC’s continuing support for the local communities that


USN Continues to Help in Search for Missing MH370

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eric A. Pastor

A U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon patrol aircraft completed its transition from Kuala Lumpur to Perth March 18 to continue the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean.   "The search has expanded to the southern portions of the Indian Ocean and the P-8A has the


 
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