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New Water Taxi to Connect for Old Town Alexandria

A new water taxi service will link Old Town Alexandria with National Harbor, the mile-and-a-quarter-long waterfront development under construction just south of the Wilson Bridge in Prince George's County. Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille, Willem Polak, president of Potomac Riverboat Company and Milt Peterson, founder and chairman of Washington, D.C.-area developer, The Peterson Companies, which is developing the mixed-use project, announced today that the Potomac Riverboat Company will begin seven-day-a-week water taxi service between the two riverside destinations in April 2008. Two newly-commissioned 99-passenger boats, which are yet-to-be named, will run initially on the half-hour between 10 A.M. and 10 P.M., providing 50 one- way trips daily between the Alexandria City Marina and the Commercial North Pier at National Harbor. The crossing is expected to take 20 minutes. In addition to a new pier that will be constructed in Old Town, the maritime construction at National Harbor will be considerable and include two 700-ft. piers.


Canal Boats Delivers Texas Water Taxi

Canal Boats, Inc. has delivered six 50-passenger water taxis for service on The Woodlands Waterway in Texas. Texas Water Taxi has a contract with The Brazos Transit District to provide waterborne transit service along the 1.25 mile corridor. The corridor services a regional mall, offices, residential, a concert pavilion and a convention center. The 35-ft. fiberglass boats have a beam of 11.5 ft., draft of 2.5 ft. and are built to USCG plans


Report: Taxi Accident Preventable

The National Transportation Safety Board met in Washington to consider the final report of its investigation into the fatal water taxi accident two years ago this week in Baltimore's Inner Harbor. A water taxi capsized and killed five people in Baltimore Harbor in 2004 because excessive passenger weight made the boat too unstable to withstand a sudden gust of wind, the government said on March 7. The National Transportation Safety Board concluded that the Coast Guard underestimated the


NTSB Investigates Fatal Water Taxi Accident

Immediately following the capsizing of a water-taxi, the Lady D, in Baltimore's Inner Harbor on Saturday, March 6, 2004, National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Ellen Engleman Conners launched a Go Team to the site of the accident to conduct the on-scene phase of the investigation. The Safety Board is leading the investigation and receiving assistance from several parties. The National Transportation Safety Board's Investigator-In- Charge, Bill Woody


Ivory Coast Urban Water Transport Opened to Outside Investors

Ivory Coast abolished a state monopoly on passenger traffic on the lagoon surrounding the commercial capital Abidjan, the government announced on Wednesday, clearing the way for outside investors.   Abidjan, a city of around 6 million inhabitants, straddles the Ebrie Lagoon. The SOTRA urban transportation company, majority-owned by the state with a minority interest held by Italian bus manufacturer Iveco, runs several water-taxi lines.  


Torqeedo Launches Commercial-grade Cruise Motor

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Torqeedo has updated its electric outboards with a new design to meet the demands of commercial users.   Available in comes in 5 hp and 8 hp equivalents, the Cruise is an electric solution for pontoon boats, sailboats, small boats, workboats, water taxis and users on lakes that limit the use of combustion motors since its introduction in 2008.    The redesigned line now features an aluminum lower housing which protects against impact damage and provides increased mechanical


NTSB Issues Accident Report for 2004 Water Taxi Incident

On March 6, 2004, the small passenger vessel Lady D, a pontoon water taxi with 2 crewmembers and 23 passengers on board, was en route from Fort McHenry to Fells Point, Maryland, when it encountered a rapidly developing storm with high winds. The pontoon vessel began to roll in the waves and eventually continued over onto its starboard side and capsized. Personnel from the Naval Reserve Center Baltimore, a Navy training installation adjacent to Fort McHenry, witnessed the capsizing


Derecktor Shipyards Premieres Passenger Ferry to NYWT

New York Water Taxi has accepted the delivery of Mickey Murphy - the first in a series of 53-ft. (16.1 m) passenger ferries constructed by Derecktor Shipyards. The bright yellow boats, which sport a black and white checkered trim, they will enhance waterborne transportation for New York City residents, as well as the millions of tourists that visit the major attractions on the West Side, Lower Manhattan and Downtown Brooklyn Waterfront each year.


Art Anderson Associates Designs Charter Fishing Vessel

Art Anderson Associates is designing a 36 ft. Stolkraft fishing boat for use in Cuttyhunk, Maine. The Stolkraft hull form has been used in a variety of high-speed ferries, water taxis and workboats around the world. The vessel will be powered by twin Cummins 370 hp marine diesel engines, with Kodiak waterjets providing a service speed of 35 knots.


Boston Harbor Cruises Named a Top Small Business

This summer, BHC’s high-speed catamaran Salacia, known as the Provincetown Fast Ferry, made its maiden voyage after undergoing a $2.6 million engine refit. (Photo: BHC)

The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce has named passenger vessels operator Boston Harbor Cruises (BHC) as the 2015 Small Business of the Year Awards top honoree.    The Small Business of the Year Awards recognizes Greater Boston’s smaller for-profit companies, with annual gross revenues of more than $1 million, who display strong financial performance, achievement in management, workplace excellence, product innovation and community and social responsibility.  


Ferry Tales: Having a Ferry Good Time

At the most basic level, all new construction projects should offer an improved customer experience. While there are many challenges for designers and builders, complying with the latest ADA accessibility guidelines is a given. Likewise, customers have an elevated level of expectation for improved technology to augment their ride. WiFi, power ports, automated ticketing or counting systems, and onboard information displays are all fast becoming necessities, rather than amenities. (Courtesy: Vigor

Despite of some of the lowest fuel prices experienced in the last eight years, demand for ferry construction is at a seemingly all time high. The focus on building new ferries kicked off in early 2013 and the sustained interest is the continued result of an unleashing of pent up demand


Chao Phraya: A Floating Food World

Dinner cruise boat owned by Supatra Co. Ltd., 18 by 5-meters, 66-guests main, 24-guests upper deck, Cummins 6BTA-M 5.9-liter 150 HP, 7 knots, built by a contractor in Ayutthya. (Photo: Haig-Brown/Cummins)

For many years, the Supatra River House on the Chao Phrya River, has been a favorite with Thai and foreign dinners. Situated on the Thonburi side of the river, the most favored approach to the restaurant is by boat. To that end, the owner, Khun Supapan maintains a fleet of beautifully restored


Moose Boats Bags Order from Westar Marine

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San Francisco Bay boat designer and manufacturer Moose Boats said it has been awarded a contract to construct multiple 75-foot semi-displacement USCG Subchapter-T passenger catamarans for Westar Marine Services in San Francisco, Calif. The first vessel will commence production in the spring of 2017


Already Strong on the US West Coast, Scania Looks East

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Go east, young man, go east: Scania’s market reach grows with a key workboat contract. The reasons why are easy enough to see.   When Scania announced its recent deal with Potomac Riverboat Company, part of the Entertainment Cruises family, to deliver eight, EPA Tier 3


MN 100: All American Marine, Inc.

President /CEO: Matt Mullett

The Company: All American Marine Inc. was founded in 1987 and specializes in the construction of custom tailored aluminum boats from 30 to 150 feet LOA. Today, the company has become a leading builder of high speed passenger catamarans, survey craft, and research vessels


Mercury Marine, FPT Partner for Diesel Engine Launch

Mercury Marine informs it has signed a supply agreement with FPT Industrial to make the FPT 6.7L mechanically fuel injected NEF engines available for sale in global markets.   Martin Bass, Mercury Marine vice president of global category management, said


18 New Ferries Needed for New NYC Ferry Service

 San Francisco-based Hornblower is well-established in the NYC market. Pictured is Hornblower Infinity. (Photo: Hornblower)

NYC Awards New Ferry Service Deal to Hornblower New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the Citywide Ferry Service is on track to launch in 2017, with the selection of Hornblower, Inc. as its operator. The new service, which will include up to 20 boats and connect 21 New York City


Volvo Penta Debuts New Diesel Engine and IPS

The new D8 and IPS15 package. (Photo: Volvo Penta)

Volvo Penta's concerted push into the commercial marine market continues with the introduction of the D8 diesel engine and the new IPS15 propulsion system   Ever since the global financial meltdown of 2008 briefly crippled the world leisure boat market


Canada's Largest Electric Tour Boat Launched

Queen Elizabeth Dr. (Photo: Torqeedo)

A new, emission-free electric tour boat now plies the Rideau Canal, powered by two 80 horsepower Torqeedo electric motors.    The 75-foot, 100-passenger vessel Queen Elizabeth Dr. is the first of two planned vessels to offer guided tours and host events on the canal


Next Generation Workshops Set for Southampton

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A unique program of three specialist events for the sub IMO / sub 24 meter professional sector is being held ‘back to back’ at the Grand Harbour in Southampton, U.K. this October. The fast moving workshop style program brings together an international group of experts armed with the


Video: Tanker Crewman Medevaced near Oahu

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Ron Green

An ailing crewmember aboard an oil tanker was medevaced by the U.S. Coast Guard roughly 12 miles south of Oahu, Hawaii, Wednesday.   The crewman, a 45-year-old citizen of India, was said to be suffering from heart attack symptoms when personnel aboard the ship contacted watchstanders at the


Damen to Launch Composite Water Bus

(Photo: Damen)

Damen said it is set to launch its first composite Water Bus as the prototype undergoes sea trials in the next few weeks.   According to the shipbuilder, the new vessel offers reduced fuel consumption, less maintenance, no corrosion or fatigue problems and is very robust


On-demand Water Taxi for Sydney's Bay Precinct

Launch and delivery of Cockle Bay and Blackwattle Bay Photo Incat Crowther

A pair of newly launched 12m ferries, Cockle Bay and Blackwattle Bay, are the first vessels in a new class of small low impact ferries that respond to a need for transport to serve Sydney’s rapidly developing Bays Precinct. Designed by Incat Crowther for low capital and operating cost


New Water Taxis Get Scania Power

(Image: Potomac Riverboat Company / Scania USA)

Scania announced a deal with Potomac Riverboat Company, part of the Entertainment Cruises family, which will take delivery of eight DI13-liter engines in 2017 to power its high-speed, low-wake water taxis as part of The Wharf neighborhood in Washington D.C. 


Lake Assault to Build 43 Barges for San Antonio

The identical river barges are 27-feet long and nine-feet wide. Each can be configured and modified in a range of floor plans to support touring, dining, commuting, entertaining and other applications. (Photo: Lake Assault Boats)

Lake Assault Boats said it has secured a $6.5 million contract to build 43 river barges for the City of San Antonio, Texas. The versatile and reconfigurable craft will become a component of San Antonio’s River Walk experience that connects retail stores, restaurants






 
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