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Aker Finnyards Delivers Largest Vessel In Bore Fleet

Aker Finnyards' most recent newbuild, the 11,000-dwt RoRo carrier for the Dutch company, Bore Sky BV, was christened as Norsky by Mrs. Marianne Barnabo, spouse of Mr. John Steele, non Executive Board member of P&O SN Co. The vessel, which was delivered by Aker to Bore Sky before the ceremony, will begin regular service between Continental Europe and the U.K. on the route Zeebrugge - Teesport, operated by British P&O North Sea Ferries. Designed for transporting trailers, trucks and containers, Norsky provides fast loading and unloading and is equipped with two stern ramps.


UK Ferries Among Least Safe In Europe, Survey Finds

A safety survey has found that three of the four worst performing ferries in Europe sail from British ports. The survey of 26 ferries by European motoring organizations gave the lowest rating to P&O European Ferries' "Pride of Rathlin", which sails from Cairnryan in Scotland to Larne in Northern Ireland. P&O Portsmouth's "Pride of Hampshire", which connects Portsmouth and Cherbourg, and SeaFrance's "SeaFrance Monet", which sails from Dover to Calais


AKER FINNYARDS

Based in Rauma, Aker Finnyards recent history is indicative of the changes, which continue to sweep the Finnish maritime scene. Finnyards is owned 100 percent by Norwegian interests, part of Aker Yards, an international shipbuilding group comprising Aker Finnyards together with a German and two Norwegian shipyard groups. Aker Yards is owned by Aker RGI. Aker Finnyards' main activities are construction of specialized ships, vessels for oil and gas production and heavy offshore structures


Seatruck supports Mersey shiprepair

Heysham-based Seatruck Ferries has drydocked its freight ferry MV Moondance with newly formed North Western Ship Repairers, using Birkenhead's Bidston dock. The dock is not far from the Camell Lairds facility, and North Western is led by John Syvret (ex-MD of Camell Lairds. Seatruck is the first company to use North West for a full drydocking. Kevin Hobbs MD of Seatruck, says, "We are delighted that North Western has stepped in to offer the quality service that we require


Transas Chosen for Ferry Newbuilds

Transas signed a contract with Uljanik shipyard, Croatia, to equip four ferry new buildings with its onboard navigation systems. The contract will be implemented before the 2006 and the first ferry is scheduled for commissioning at the beginning of 2005. Each ferry will be fitted out with GMDSS equipment, ARPA/Radar system, Automatic Identification System, autopilot, gyro- and magnetic compasses, log, echo sounder, Global Positioning System (GPS) and Ship Security Alert System (SSAS).


UK Ferries Carried a Million More Last Year

UK ferry routes: Map courtesy of Discover Ferries

Annual 2013 figures show more passengers, cars and coaches carried by the UK ferry industry, compared with 2012, according to figures released by industry body, ‘Discover Ferries’. Britain’s ferry industry showed growth across all its travel sectors last year, with passenger numbers up 2.6% overall to 38 million, all cars carried up 1.1% to 8.37million, and coaches up overall  4.1% to 158,470 -  according to 2013 “Ferrystat” figures


Damen, Doeksen Environmentally Friendly Ferry

Damen has been tasked with developing the first environmentally friendly ferry design for the Dutch shipping company Rederij Doeksen. Based in Harlingen, Rederij Doeksen operates passenger and car ferries between Harlingen and the Dutch Wadden islands of Vlieland and Terschelling. This will be the first time Gorinchem-based Damen has specifically designed a ferry aiming at a sustainable solution and this is the first ferry of this type for Doeksen.


Interferry: low-sulphur timetable ‘mission impossible’

Johan Roos, executive director of EU and IMO affairs

Trade association Interferry says that ferry operators in northern Europe face a near-impossible choice in trying to meet the 2015 deadline for ultra-low sulphur emissions from bunker fuel.   The association also warns that the low-sulphur legislation will prompt an environmentally damaging modal shift from short-sea to overland transport and pose severe financial implications for the overall European economy. Under pending IMO and soon to be agreed European Union (EU) environmental


Wärtsilä to Supply Full LNG Package for New Ferry

Wärtsilä 20DF

Wärtsilä said it will will provide a complete dual-fuel propulsion and LNG equipment package for a new passenger ferry being built for the Germany based Reederei Cassen Eils GmbH. The contract was signed in October 2013 with Fr. Fassmer GmbH, the shipyard responsible for the vessel's construction. The new ferry will operate between Cuxhaven and the island of Helgoland in Germany. This route will take it close to the Lower Saxon Wadden Sea national park


High-Tech Fincantieri Ferry For Quebec

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  Fincantieri shipyard in Castellammare di Stabia (Naples) saw the launching today of the "F.-A.-Gauthier", the latest generation ferry that Fincantieri is building for Société des traversiers du Québec (STQ), a Québec Government Corporation that operates in maritime passenger transport. Fincantieri won the order in July 2012, beating the very top international competitors.


France: Job-Saving Offer in Bid to End Port Crisis

The French government unveiled proposals on Thursday to save local ferry jobs and end a stand-off in the port of Calais in northern France that has repeatedly disrupted traffic in the Channel Tunnel. Some 500 workers at ferry service MyFerryLink have blocked traffic around the port in a protest


US Slaps Sanctions on Singapore Shipping Firm over North Korea Links

Image: Senat Group

 The United States imposed sanctions on a Singapore-based shipping firm and its president, alleging they are supporting illicit arms imports into North Korea.   The Treasury Department said that Senat Shipping Company was providing extensive support to Ocean Maritime Management Company


NMDC Completes New Suez Canal

Egyptian President Attends NMDC’s Presentation. Photo credit: National Marine Dredging Company

 National Marine Dredging Company (NMDC), the UAE's leading dredging and marine construction company, has announced the completion of the New Suez Canal project following its successful trial run on Saturday (July 25).    A total of six container ships from around the world


Calais DFDS Ferries to Restart Tuesday; Talks to Reconvene

Photo: DFDS Seaways

DFDS Seaways Calais-Dover ferry service, suspended by a workers' blockade of Calais port during the weekend, will resume on Tuesday morning, Transport Minister Alain Vidalies said after talks with the parties involved.   Ferry workers, industry executives


NBKB Surveys for Inland Vessels

Photo: BMT Group

Jaco Osseweijer of Verweij & Hoebee, a subsidiary of BMT Group, is an expert on inland navigation vessels. As Chairman of the technical committee of the Netherlands Bureau for Inspections of inland navigation vessels (NBKB) he is involved in the mandatory inspection regime for these vessels


First LNG-fuelled Ferry in North America Commissioned

Image: Gaz Métro LNG L.P.

 Gaz Métro, a large LNG distributor, has commissioned the first ferry in North America to run on LNG, the NM F.-A.-Gauthier, through its subsidiary, Gaz Métro LNG L.P.    The vessel was commissioned in Québec, Canada


Oaktree Capital Pumps $25 mln into Harkand

John Reed (Photo: Harkand)

Harkand's key shareholder Oaktree Capital Management has reaffirmed a strong commitment with an additional $25 million of funding which will allow the company to expand its footprint in new and existing regions. As well as maintaining its operations in current market conditions


South Korea Chooses Shanghai Salvage-led consortium to Lift Sewol Ferry

 South Korea has chosen a consortium led by China’s state-run Shanghai Salvage Co. as the preferred bidder to raise the Sewol passenger ferry which sank off Jindo Island on April 16, 2014, the country’s Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries (MOF) said in a statement.  


Russia, US Agree on Arctic Fishing Ban

Photo: NOAA

Five nations set moratorium on fishing near North Pole; no fish there now, but thaw is drawing stocks north. The United States, Russia and other Arctic nations signed an agreement deal on Thursday to bar their fishing fleets from fast-thawing seas around the North Pole


CMA CGM Group Upgrades African Service

Photo: CMA CGM

The CMA CGM Group announced changes to its African service, upgrading its EURAF 4 service to directly connect West Africa to the West Mediterranean markets each week starting July 18, the group announced. Up until now, the EURAF 4 service has been calling the following ports: Tangiers, Lome


Washington Maintain Service with Back-up Ferries

Photo: WSDOT

 In order to meet demand and keep the system moving, all available back-up Washington State Ferries vessels will be called into service while two larger ferries are out for emergency repairs between Monday, July 20, and Wednesday, July 22.


WSDOT Ferry Fleet Banks on Back-up Vessels

Olympic Class (144-Car) Ferries Samish. The states newest ferry, Samish, officially joined the AnacortesSan Juan Islands route on June 14, 2015.

  In order to meet demand and keep the system moving, all available back-up Washington State Ferries vessels will be called into service while two larger ferries are out for emergency repairs between Monday, July 20, and Wednesday, July 22.


China Conducts 8-day Naval Drills in Yellow Sea

Chinese Peoples Liberation Army Naval Fleet. Photo by Idrw

 China has launched regular military exercises in the Yellow Sea and the Bohai Strait, says the Chinese People's Liberation Army's Daily, the Chinese military's official newspaper.   The China's military newspaper reported that eight days of "military missions" had begun on


US Navy Launches Undersea Drone

USS North Dakota (U.S. Navy Photo)

A U.S. Navy submarine has become the first to launch and recover an underwater drone used in a military operation, reports AP.   The attack submarine USS North Dakota returned to its base in Groton, Connecticut, on Monday following a nearly two-month deployment.   


Commandant Discusses Coast Guard’s Role in the Arctic

Coast Guard Cutter Healy patrols the Arctic Ocean during a Coast Guard Research and Development Center joint civil and federal search and rescue exercise near Oliktok Point, Alaska, July 13, 2015. The Healy is a 420-foot icebreaker homeported in Seattle. (USCG photo by Grant DeVuyst)

U.S. Coast Guard Commandant, Adm. Paul Zukunft presented at last week’s 6th Symposium on the Impacts of an Ice-Diminishing Arctic on Naval and Maritime Operations in Washington, DC. Summarizing Adm. Zukunft’s speech, Maritime Commons has provided highlights of the






 
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