Derecktor-built Ferry to be Christened

Tuesday, December 07, 2004
The wife of Alaska’s senior senator Ted Stevens, is scheduled to christen Alaska's latest fast ferry at the Derecktor Shipyard in Bridgeport, Conn.

The ship -- M/V Chenega -- is scheduled to begin service in Alaska’s Prince William Sound in late spring. Designed by Nigel Gee and built by Derecktor Shipyard, the vessel is the second aluminum passenger and vehicle carrying catamaran built for the state.

Once it is put into service, it will provide daily service between its homeport of Cordova and the surface highway accessible communities of Valdez and Whittier -- at travel times of almost half those of most Alaska Marine Highway vessels.

“The addition of the Chenega will continue to change our system,” noted Tom Briggs, Deputy Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Transportation and Director of Marine Operations. “While we’ve done a good job of providing regular service to Cordova, Valdez and Whittier, the Chenega will greatly improve access by providing these communities with daily service.”

Captain John Falvey, General Manager, noted the system began using fast ferries last year with the introduction of the M/V Fairweather, and that the learning curve is steep. “We’ve gotten to the point where the crew is comfortable navigating the Fairweather and traveling at more than 30 knots – a major accomplishment, especially during the winter, “ he said. “While we now have crew trained for the Inside Passage, we are going to have to adapt that knowledge to Prince William Sound.”

Gavin Higgins, COO of Derecktor Shipyard, noted the importance of the vessel's construction to the shipyard, as well. "The Chenega, like its sister ship, the Fairweather, utilizes the latest technology in building techniques and equipment. We’ve learned a great deal from the Fairweather’s performance and have applied that to the Chenega. It’s a great vessel, a true prototype for 21st century ferry travel, and one that will provide Alaska with another great, “state of the art” ship.”

Maritime Reporter September 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Offshore

Ocean Installer Enters Australian O&G Market

Ocean Installer’s said that it has established office in Perth, Australia to meet demand for subsea construction services.  “This is the beginning of our presence

Nordic Wins with Noble

Nordic Maritime, a leading offshore service operator, today announced a five year time charter for its DP2 IMR Subsea vessel, Mokul Nordic, which has been awarded by Noble Energy,

Pemex Suspends Eviction of Workers in Campeche

Due to the behavior shown by the low pressure system in the Gulf of Mexico, whose career was diverted in the last hours, the Technical Analysis Group Emergency

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Security Naval Architecture Offshore Oil Pipelines Port Authority Salvage Ship Electronics Ship Repair Ship Simulators
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1371 sec (7 req/sec)