Catamaran Ferry Delivered to Hyline Cruises
Incat Crowther has announced the launch of Grey Lady IV, the fourth catamaran ferry designed by Incat Crowther and built by Gladding Hearn for Hyline Cruises of Hyannis, Massachusetts. The new vessel was commissioned in response to increased ridership and a passenger preference for a fast service with better amenity, and is an evolutionary step from the three previous vessels from the designer / builder collaboration. The 47m catamaran is the largest in the fleet with additional passenger capacity, an increased luggage space and a VIP lounge.
Damen to Launch Composite Water Bus
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. The new Water Bus has also been designed to limit noise and vibrations, making it more comfortable for passengers. “This is a prototype for the first of the new generation Damen Water Bus,” said Marcel Elenbaas, Damen Design & Proposal Engineer - Fast Ferries.
Cruising To New Horizons
During the summer, the cruise ship fleet surged past half a million berths of total capacity. The cruise industry is continuing to expand its horizons, and has seen strong newbuilding investment this year, says Clarksons Research. Whilst many of the new ‘mega-ships’ will likely be heading to sunny climes, there have been developments at the small end of the sector too, for ships venturing forth to remote and often chilly destinations. Arctic navigation was once the preserve of intrepid explorers.
Gladding-Hearn Delivers Fast Ferry to Hyline Cruises
Hy-Line Cruises, a division of Hyannis Harbor Tours, Inc., Hyannis, Mass., has taken delivery of Grey Lady IV, a new 493-passenger, high-speed catamaran from Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, the Duclos Corporation. The fourth Incat-Crowther fast ferry built by the Mass.-based shipyard for the Cape Cod passenger ferry company is larger and more stylish in design than previous vessels. The new ferry will provide year-round passenger service between Hyannis and Nantucket Island. The new…
ALMACO to Build Cabins, Galleys for Rhine Class Ships
German shipyard MV WERFTEN has awarded ALMACO Group a contract to build the luxury suites and galley areas for Crystal River Cruises’ four Rhine Class luxury river yachts, which will be delivered in 2017 and 2018 from Wismar. The scope of work involves a total of 220 luxury suites and corresponding corridors as well as the visual turnkey delivery of the main galley and pantries, including galley equipment and lining for all four river ships. ALMACO previously refurbished the crew accommodation and catering areas onboard Crystal River Cruises’ Crystal Mozart earlier in 2016…
US Boatbuilding: Sink or Swim
Navigating interesting times has the nation’s shipbuilding industry searching in unusual places. The answers could be blowing in the wind. Conducting commerce and forecasting the future for shipyards is akin to setting out in uncharted waters. For some, the voyage might prove to be easy sailing with favorable winds. Other times, it can be a rough ride, forcing long and unprogressive diversions. In the worst cases, one might run aground temporarily, hit rock bottom, capsize belly up, or be forced to turn around and give up.
Hornblower Flagship Retrofits with Thordon's Shaft Seals
Thordon Bearings’ US West Coast Distributor, Pacific Marine Equipment has successfully completed the installation of a pair of TG100 mechanical propeller shaft seals to Hornblower Cruises & Events’ 1000-passenger capacity twin screw flagship, Inspiration Hornblower. Hornblower, one of the leading river cruise operators in the U.S., operates a fleet of 70 sightseeing and dinner cruise vessels in several cities across the Golden State, the United States and Canada. Todd Terry, President, Pacific Marine Equipment, Thordon Bearings’ U.S.
Cross-Bay Ferry Plan Unveiled
With anticipation high for a St. Petersburg/Tampa ferry service, organizers of the project today announced an exciting set of launch events, including a series of runs for supporters to “Test the Waters,” plus a striking new logo and a formal name: The Cross-Bay Ferry. Beginning today, potential passengers and partners can now go right to the source for more information about the ferry at CrossBayFerry.com. “Everywhere I go, people ask me about the ferry,” said St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, an early supporter of the project.
Crewboat Delivered to Caspian Marine
Built Built by Austal Ships, Rashid Behbudov, sistership to the Muslim Magomeyev and the second Incat Crowther 70m Catamaran Fast Crew Boat, has been delivered for Caspian Marine Services. Muslim Magomayev, the first of this design developed by Incat Crowther, was built by Incat Tasmania and delivered to CMS in 2014. Both Muslim Magomayev and Rashid Behbedov are engineered for the Ampelmann walk-to-work system, which transfers crew to offshore platforms in day-to-day operation as well as in emergency situations.
Panama Canal Readies for Cruise Season
Cruise ship Coral Princess is slated to transit the Panama Canal on a voyage from Los Angeles, Calif., to the U.S. East Coast on October 4, 2016, officially kicking off the canal’s 2016-2017 cruise season, which according to the Panama Canal Authority will see more than 230 cruise ships pass through the Panama Canal. “We expect the major cruise lines will use the Panama Canal route during the cruise season, which lasts until April 2017,” said international trade specialist Albano Aguilar of the Vice Presidency for Planning and Business Development.
Indonesia Ferry Blast Kills Two
An explosion on a speedboat carrying 35 foreign passengers and four crew members in Bali, Indonesia has left two people dead and 18 other tourists injured. According to the local police, the boat was ferrying tourists from Bali to Lombok and exploded enroute, leaving two people dead and 13 others injured. According to AFP, an Austrian woman was killed along with a second female foreigner, whose nationality was still being verified. Two German citizens were injured while nationals from Britain, France, Italy, Portugal, Ireland and Spain were also among the passengers.
New Ferry Designs Answer Asia Specific Challenges
Challenges of the Asian ferry market include large regional variations in cargo volume and composition, huge economic pressure on operators and unsatisfactory safety records especially in the developing countries, according to ship design company Deltamarin, who has answered these with its DeltaSAFER design family unveiled at the SMM 2016 exhibition in Hamburg. DeltaSAFER is a family of safe and affordable new-built ro-pax ferries, Deltamarin said. The design combines cost-effectiveness…
Wärtsilä Funa Creates Speical Look for Genting Dream
Wärtsilä is supplying a special external lighting system for a new cruise ship currently under construction at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. The 150,000 GRT vessel, the "Genting Dream", has been ordered by Dream Cruises, part of Genting Hong Kong, a global leisure company, based in Asia. The ship will be delivered in October. The order with Wärtsilä was placed in the first quarter of 2016. The Dynamic Exterior Lighting concept developed by Project International Lighting Designers provides a stunning visual effect to the ship's exterior profile.
Vision of the Fjords: 2016 Ship of the Year
Vision of The Fjords, a futuristic carbon fiber tourist vessel operated by The Fjords DA, has won the Ship of the Year 2016 accolade at SMM in Hamburg. The 40-meter-long, 399-passenger-capacity hybrid craft, which was completed by Brødrene Aa this summer, scooped the award for its unique approach to sustainable, sensitive and high quality operations in the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Nærøyfjord. Vision of The Fjords looks, and operates, like nothing else on the water. Designed with lines that resemble the zigzagging mountain paths of the Western Norwegian fjords it traverses…
Danish Ferry Equipped with Wärtsilä 31 Engines
A new 158-meter-long car and passenger ferry being built for Danish operator Mols-Linien will be powered by two eight-cylinder Wärtsilä 31 main engines. The ship is being built at the Rauma Marine Constructions (RMC) shipyard in Finland. The Wärtsilä 31 was introduced to the market in 2015 and has been recognized by Guinness World Records as being the world's most efficient four-stroke diesel engine. This high efficiency was cited as being a key consideration in the award of this contract to Wärtsilä, the engine manufacturer said.
Port Everglades Beats Cruise Passenger Record
Broward County’s Port Everglades is experiencing record cruise passenger growth in 2004 and just nine months into the current fiscal year already surpassed 2003’s total number of passengers. Just one month later, the South Florida cruise port powered past its all-time annual high mark, which was set in 2002. By the end of this year, Port Everglades expects to top the four million annual passenger milestone for the first time. “Broward County has become the hub of the cruise industry and this year’s phenomenal passenger growth demonstrates that Port Everglades’ appeal continues to grow,” said Ken Krauter, Port Director. In June, just nine months into the current fiscal year, Port Everglades hosted 3,409,116 cruise passengers, surpassing last year’s 12-month total of 3,375,671 passengers.
Incat Designed Catamaran Ferry for Seaspovill
Incat Crowther announced contract to design a 50m Catamaran Passenger Ferry for South Korean operator Seaspovill. The vessel will join the operator’s existing fleet which runs from the mainland ports of Donghae and Gangneung to the island of Ulleung-do, a renowned destination for outdoor activities such as hiking. Incat Crowther worked with Seaspovill to develop the design of the vessel, and then assisted in the preparation of a preliminary design package and the selection of Austal Philippines to construct the vessel.
Incat Crowther Designs another Ferry for Seastreak
In response to significant growth in passenger volume, New York ferry operator Seastreak has contracted Incat Crowther to design a 45-meter catamaran passenger vessel for its fleet, thus increasing its number of Incat Crowther designed vessels to eight. Incat Crowther has worked with Seastreak to provide an operational advantage in a competitive market. The new vessel will continue this approach and be based on the fleet’s largest ferries, Seastreak Wall Street, Seastreak Manhattan, Seastreak Highlands and Seastreak New York. Passenger capacity is increased to 600.
Passenger Vessel Association Opposes Bill Allowing Foreign-Flagged Ships to Compete with U.S. Passenger Vessels
Alexandria, VA:The Board of Directors of the Passenger Vessel Association (PVA) yesterday unanimously voted to oppose enactment of a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that would allow foreign-flagged passenger vessels to directly compete with their American-flagged counterparts. The PVA Board action reaffirmed support of the Passenger Vessel Services Act (PVSA) which reserves the commercial carriage of passengers between U.S. ports for vessels that are U.S.-flagged, U.S.-owned, U.S.-built, and U.S.-crewed. The legislation (H.R. 2460) was introduced by Congressman Blake Farenthold of Texas on July 7, 2011. The proposed Farenthold…
Toronto Port Authority Welcomes new passenger/vehicle ferry
The Toronto Port Authority welcomed its new passenger and vehicle ferry in latter part of 2006. Built at a cost of $5M it will serve passengers and vehicles going to and from the new passenger transfer facilities built for Toronto City Centre Airport (YTZ).The new pasenger facilities built to accomodate the increase in passenger traffic flying on Porter Airlines. Porter are flying daily to several destinations in Canada and soon to the US. The ferry can hold 100 passengers and up to 15 cars or combination of trucks and buses. cameras elevated passenger ramps that take passengers directly to the upper deck passenger cabin, and a new vehicle ramp which locks the ferry to it and moves with any wave action in the sometimes choppy West Gap of Toronto Harbour.
Corvus Energy to Power UK Hybrid Ferry
Corvus Energy Inc. has announced that Wärtsilä, provider of ship machinery, propulsion and maneuvering solutions, has selected Corvus Energy as the supplier of the lithium ion based energy storage system (ESS) for a new hybrid ferry being built for UK based Wightlink Ferries. Corvus Energy will supply its Orca Energy ESS solution to compliment a comprehensive range of modern Wärtsilä equipment and systems, which will deliver industry leading environmental efficiency with this new vessel. The new ferry, entering into service in 2018, will serve the crossing between the Isle of Wight and the English mainland 20 times per day, holding up to 178 vehicles and over 1000 passengers.
Record Year for Valletta Cruise Port
A total of 668,277 passenger movements were recorded on 306 cruise vessels calling Valletta in 2015, equating to an increase of 150,683 passengers, or a 29.1 percent increase on the previous year. The year’s record figures surpassed the port’s previous best of 608,786 passenger movements set in 2012. As per NSO statistics, which exclude embarking passengers, the 2015 landed passengers amounted to 600,156, up sharply from 471,554 in 2014. This also exceeds the previous record of 562,812 from 2012, by about 6 percent.
Cruise Industry Adopts Passenger Bill of Rights
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has announced that its Board of Directors approved the adoption of a Cruise Industry Passenger Bill of Rights detailing CLIA members' commitment to the safety, comfort and care of guests in a number of important areas. The CEOs of CLIA North American member cruise lines are each immediately verifying in writing that they have adopted the Passenger Bill of Rights, which is a condition of membership in the Association. CLIA also will submit the Passenger Bill of Rights to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), requesting formal global recognition and applicability under the IMO's authority over the international maritime industry. The Passenger Bill of Rights will be effective immediately for U.S.