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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

CIRCLE LINE STATUE OF LIBERTY FERRY

Circle Line to go Solar

Last year, Circle Line unveiled a state-of-the-art solar and wind powered hybrid electric ferry named Miss Statue of that it predicts will join their Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island fleet and will bring a green revolution to waterborne transportation in .   Circle Line, the New York City ferry operator that provides millions of visitors with trips to the both the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island each year, unveiled a model of the solar and wind powered hybrid vessel, which uses a solar sail covered in solar panels to collect energy from both the sun and wind and emits almost no noise, vibration or fumes. The solar vessel is being constructed in partnership with 's Solar Sailor Holdings, Ltd.   The vessel is like a hybrid car that you can "plug in" and so has the ability to recharge its batteries over night. Like the hybrid car when high speeds are required it uses fossil fuels in an efficient way. It will not only reduce water pollution, but will reduce overall air emissions and give zero emissions at slow speeds and at the wharf. The vessel will be able to achieve a maximum speed of 13 knots, roughly the same speed of many of Circle Line's current ferries, and will be able to seat as many as 600 passengers.   Solar Sailor Holdings Ltd (SSHL) is an Australian unlisted public Company founded in 1999 with over 130 shareholders

Disney Cruise Liner Arrives for NY Christening

Disney Fantasy: Credit Disney

Disney Cruise Line ship Disney Fantasy sails past Statue of Liberty for Christening Ceremony The Disney Fantasy, newest ship of Disney Cruise Line, arrives in New York after traveling nearly 3,800 miles across the Atlantic Ocean from Bremerhaven, Germany. The 4,000-passenger Disney Fantasy will be christened in New York on March 1, then sail to her home port of Port Canaveral, Fla. With a maiden voyage on March 31

Cruise Vessel Drifts Away

On April 16, a cruise ship known as The Spirit of Perth Amboy was untied and drifted about a mile from the Carteret dock into the Arthur Kill where it had become stuck in the mud near Staten Island. The incident occurred just hours before a noon Easter Sunday brunch cruise was scheduled to set sail, cruising past landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty and South Street Seaport. The ship was not damaged, and the Sunday holiday cruise, with 150 people, mostly families along with the crew

Senesco Marine Signs Contract For 140,000-Barrel DH ATB

In a move that will change Senesco Marine’s focus and provide continuous work for the next three years, officials at the shipyard announced they have signed a contract with New Jersey based U.S. Shipping, LLC (USSHIPLLC), the largest American Flagged petroleum/chemical carrier in the United States, to build a 140,0000-barrel double-hulled chemical AT/B with tug that can double as a 150,000-barrel double-hulled petroleum AT/B. U.S

NY Waterway Christens New Ferry

Gloria Bennis, wife of the late Coast Guard Admiral Richard E. Bennis, USCG Captain Craig Bone and NY Waterway President Arthur E. Imperatore, Jr., christen The Admiral Richard E. Bennis, NY Waterway’s newest high-speed ferry, tomorrow at the Coast Guard Building next to the Staten Island Ferry Terminal. After the traditional champagne christening, Mrs. Bennis will take the helm of the new ferry for a 10-minute cruise past the Statue of Liberty

Grand Circle Cruises Buys 'MV Corinthian'

MV Corinthian: Photo courtesy of Grand Circle

Vince Cook, CEO of Grand Circle Cruise Line, informs that the company has acquired the 'M/V Corinthian', a 98-passenger, ocean-going vessel that currently operates in Antarctica.  They had chartered the ship for the past year and intend to expand the Corinthian's operations with the launch of three new small ship cruise itineraries in 2015. The ship was acquired for an undisclosed price from Travel Dynamics International, an operator of educational programs aboard small cruise ships

Carnival Chooses Name

Carnival Cruise Lines chose the name Carnival Liberty for its new 110,000-ton SuperLiner scheduled to enter service in fall 2005. The fourth in the line's 110,000-ton Conquest-class series, the massive 2,974-passenger 'Fun Ship' will be constructed by Italian shipyard Fincantieri Cantieri Navali Italiani S.p.A.. Carnival Liberty's homeport and itinerary have yet to be announced. The 952-ft. Carnival Liberty will be among the largest passenger vessels

Central Gulf Lines Seeks Transfer Authorization

Central Gulf Lines, Inc., has requested the necessary permissions to transfer one authorization granted under Section 615 of the Merchant Marine Act, 1936, as amended, to a wholly owned subsidiary. Central Gulf’s subsidiary intends to acquire a ship construction contract to be entered into between Liberty Shipping Group Limited Partnership and Oshima Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., for the construction of one 52,200 DWT multipurpose bulk ship

Anti-Terrorism Drill in NY Harbor

An anti-terrorism response drill was held in New York Harbor Tuesday. The Maritime Safety and Security Team (MSST) 91106 will conduct a scenario where they will confront and apprehend a boat of terrorist's attempting to sabotage the Statue of Liberty. The team, created in direct response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks two years ago, is a domestic mobile unit with specialized training and capabilities to perform a broad spectrum of port safety and security operations. The team is

New York Cruise Lines Appoints of New President, CEO

Gus Markou, President & CEO

New York Cruise Lines, parent company of internationally celebrated tourism companies Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises, The Beast and World Yacht today announced the appointments of Gus Markou to President and Chief Operating Officer reporting to Samuel Cooperman, Chief Executive Officer. Promoted from Vice President of Operations, Mr. Markou is a 25 year veteran of New York Cruise Lines and has been instrumental in the growth of Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises, The Beast and World Yacht

ABS Joins Green Award Certification Network

Left to right: Jan Fransen, Executive Director, Green Award Foundation; Christopher J. Wiernicki, Chairman, President and CEO, American Bureau of Shipping (ABS); Capt Dimitrios Mattheou, Chairman, Green Award Foundation (Photo: ABS)

ABS has joined the Green Award certification network. As an incentive provider, ABS offers Green Award Certificate holders discounts on software and training courses to encourage high safety and environmental standards in shipping.    “ABS is proud to join forces with the Green Award to improve shipping safety and environmental performance,” said Christopher J. Wiernicki, ABS President, Chairman and CEO

Reducing Onboard Water Consumption

Many ship lines, including privately and government-owned ferry systems, have become members of Green Marine. The goal of this organization is to help these carriers reduce their environmental footprint, with an emphasis on 12 key performance indicators.    These key performance indicators include taking steps to reduce fuel emissions, which contribute to greenhouse gases; lowering energy consumption, both onboard and at land office locations; developing an array of recycling

MOL Names Newbuilding LNG Carrier 'Energy Liberty'

MOLs LNG carrier Papua. File Photo: MOL

 Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has announced that on October 16, a naming ceremony for a newbuilding LNG carrier, jointly owned by MOL and Tokyo LNG Tanker, was held at the Tsu Shipyard of Japan Marine United Corporation.  Among the crowd of well-wishers on hand for the ceremony were Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd. President Michiaki Hirose, who gave the name Energy Liberty to the vessel, after which his wife cut the rope.  

Interferry Conference Reviews Issues with Financial Impact

The challenges and opportunities posed by alternative fuels, safety management and social media dominated Interferry’s 42nd annual conference in Split, Croatia, where a record 370 delegates shared insights on ship technologies, safety issues including cyber security and the customer experience.   Attendance at last week’s conference represented 210 ferry operators and suppliers from 27 countries. Outlining the trade association’s key focus on best practice

Liberty House Eyes ABG Shipyard

Photo: ABG Shipyard

 UK-based global metals and engineering firm controlled by billionaire Sanjeev Gupta Liberty House Group is planning to buy-out India's debt-laden ABG Shipyard.   According to a report in the Business Standard, Liberty House has proposed a new business model to the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) as part of its acquisition plan of ABG Shipyard.    The plan includes a ship breaking facility, along with the existing shipbuilding and repair space.  

MEBA, Liberty Maritime Spat Heats Up

The Liberty Promise, another car carrier in the Liberty Maritime fleet. (Image CREDIT: Liberty Maritime)

Liberty Maritime responds to MEBA’s ‘Informational Picket’ against the U.S. flag operator.   Coinciding with Liberty Maritime’s reflagging ceremony in the Golden Triangle; The Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association (MEBA) this week staged what they characterized as an ‘informational picket’ today against Liberty Maritime Corp., to include Liberty Global Logistics (Liberty)

CMA CGM Theodore Roosevelt to Inaugurate New Bayonne Bridge

Image: CMA CGM

 On July 26, 2017, the new CMA CGM Theodore Roosevelt began its voyage by leaving Asia’s shipyards to begin its rotation on the South Atlantic Express Service (SAX) from Hong Kong to Shanghai.   Making its way to the port of Panama City, where the Panama Canal opened new locks last summer, the ship stopped over on August 21st before reaching the port of Colón a day later on August 22nd.   

CMA CGM Theodore Roosevelt Breaks Panama Canal Capacity

Photo: CMA CGM

 The Panama Canal welcomed the largest capacity vessel to ever transit the Expanded Locks, the CMA CGM Theodore Roosevelt.    CMA CGM Theodore Roosevelt  became the largest container ship ever to cross the new canal. Leaving the Port of Yangshan on July 28th, the CMA CGM giant crossed the new Panama Canal on August 22th.    "Today's transit not only represents the growing success and adoption of the expanded canal

Austal Confirms Fjord Line Order for Catamaran Ferry

The 109m high-speed vehicle passenger ferry to be built by Austal for Fjord Line of Norway (Image: Austal)

 Austal Limited confirmed a new contract valued at 73 million Euro to design and build a 109 meter high-speed vehicle passenger ferry for Fjord Line of Norway.   The all-aluminium catamaran, designed by Austal Australia, will be the eighth large high-speed commercial ferry (over 100 meters in length) to be built by the company.   “This valuable export contract will create outstanding opportunities for our design, production and project management teams here in Australia

LGL Brings US-flag RO/RO into Service

Liberty Global Logistics LLC (LGL) said its newest U.S.-flag Roll-On/Roll-Off (RO/RO) vessel, the M/V Liberty Peace, has commenced service. The flag of the vessel was transferred from Norwegian flag by the captain of the M/V NOCC Baltic to Jeffrey M. Raider, the U.S. Captain of the vessel.   The M/V Liberty Peace was delivered to its owners in March 2017. The pure car/truck carrier (PCTC) will proceed to the U.S

'K' Line Collaboration Eyes Japan’s First LNG-fueled Ferry

Kawasaki Kinkai Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” Line Kinkai) and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” Line) have agreed to work on joint study for “K” Line Kinkai’s newbuilding passenger ferry being fueled by LNG, whose study includes specifications, engine types and any related technical verifications for LNG handling.   “K” Line Kinkai has been studying introduction of a ferry fueled by LNG

K Line to Develop Japan’s First LNG-Fueled Ferry

Photo: Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd

 Japan's shipper giant Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) and Kawasaki Kinkai Kisen Kaisha (K Line Kinkai) will work on a joint study for what would be Japan’s first LNG-powered ferry.   "K Line Kinkai and K Line) have agreed to work on joint study for K Line Kinkai’s newbuilding passenger ferry being fueled by LNG, whose study includes specifications, engine types and any related technical verifications for LNG handling," said a statement from the company.

Kelvin Hughes Rolls Out Its New ECDIS

(Image: Kelvin Hughes)

Kelvin Hughes has introduced its latest Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) designed for commercial ships as well as naval and coastguard patrol vessels.   Available as a standalone ECDIS or as part of a truly multifunction bridge display network with multiple operator positions, the new ECDIS is type approved to meet the latest International Hydrographic Office (IHO) and International Maritime Organization (IMO) standards

Interferry Conference to Spotlight Issues with Bottom Line Benefits

© Paul Prescott / Adobe Stock

Trade association Interferry stages its 42nd annual conference in Split, Croatia, next month with an agenda highlighting the income and savings potential in three key areas – the customer experience, ship technologies and safety issues including cyber security.   The event runs from October 7-11 and is on course for record attendance with some 300 delegates already registered among member and non-member operators and suppliers

Wärtsilä Tests Wireless Charging for Hybrid Coastal Ferry

Wärtsiläs wireless charging system is the first in the world to operate successfully with a coastal ferry.  (Photo: Wärtsilä)

Wärtsilä informs it has tested its automatic wireless induction charging system on a hybrid powered commercial coastal ferry, the first in the world operating with high power wireless charging capability for its batteries.   The tests were carried out in Norwegian during the end of August and early September on the 85 meter long MF Folgefonn owned by Norled, one of Norway's largest ferry operators waters.  

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