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Vancouver Considers Bringing Back Fast Cat Ferries

The CEO of the Washington Marine Group is downplaying environmental concerns as he considers the idea of bringing back the Fast Cat ferries to work a Vancouver to Nanaimo run, CKNW News Talk reports. The vessels would be run at a slower speed than previously, and officials say that improvements have been made since they were first introduced and that the Fast Cats wouldn't do any environmental damage that isn't already being done by current service. Washington Marine could have an answer within six weeks on whether to go ahead with this plan. Source: CKNW News Talk


Why Attend the Ferry Safety & Technology Conference?

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The Worldwide Ferry Safety Association (WFSA) will host its upcoming Ferry Safety and Technology Conference May 11 and 12 in downtown New York. Besides the awards to winners of the Ferry Design Competition, there are many reasons to attend the conference. Below are a dozen.   1 - Learn about innovative new ferry systems in Africa, Asia and North America – ferry systems from which we can learn and that will need safety, communications, IT, training – equipment and services.


Austal to Build Diesel-Powered Catamaran

Australian shipbuilder Austal Ships will design and build the world’s most powerful diesel-powered catamaran for Canadian American Transportation Systems (CATS). The contract represents a major milestone for the Austal Group in the North American market. With a speed of 42 knots, the 86 metre vehicle-passenger ferry will be the first of its type on the Great Lakes. It will operate on Lake Ontario between the cities of Rochester in New York State, USA and Toronto in Canada


Diesel Electric Propulsion – CAT Starts Brazil Genset Production

Diesel electric propulsion generators for offshore users now in full production at Caterpillar's new Brazil facilty Caterpillar says their 3500C Diesel Electric Propulsion (DEP) generator sets have entered full production at the Piracicaba, Sao Paulo manufacturing facility, delivering on a commitment to offer superior Cat power solutions products to the burgeoning Brazilian offshore market. Within the past year, the company has achieved significant milestones in Brazil


Caterpillar To Launch New CAT® CG137-8 Generator Set

CG137-8 Gas  Engine

Caterpillar Oil & Gas will unveil the new Cat CG137-8 natural gas generator set  at the Bismarck Civic Center in Bismarck, North Dakota during the 2014 Williston Basin Petroleum Conference  now in progress from May 20 – 22nd. The new Cat CG137-8 generator set provides 282 ekW (352 kVA), 60 Hz @ 1800 rpm of rated power, offering customers an additional power node to complement existing Cat power solutions in land production applications


Damen Hosts 'Workboat Festival' for Clients and Partners

Damen Workboat Festival (Photo: Damen Shipyards)

Damen Shipyards Gorinchem, which is also the headquarters of the Damen Shipyards Group, opened its doors to customers and industry partners alike for the first Damen Workboat Festival. More than 200 guests arrived for the one-day event, taking the opportunity to inspect a wide range of Damen vessels and experience some of them out on the water. The vessels on display included Multi Cats, a wide range of Stan Tugs, high-speed RHIBs, Pilot boats, Fast Crew Suppliers


Incat Crowther Designs Another Fast Cat Ferry

Photo courtesy Incat Crowther

Incat Crowther announced a contract to design a third 121.3-ft Catamaran Passenger Ferry for Coastal Fast Ferries in Tanzania, Africa. To be built by Richardson Devine Marine (RDM), Kilimanjaro III will build on the experienced gained in the operation of sisterships Kilimanjaro I and Kilimanjaro II, previously designed by Incat Crowther for Coastal Fast Ferries. Kilimanjaro I and II are significantly larger vessels than any fast ferries that have been deployed on the Zanzibar – Dar


Caterpillar Acquire Berg Propulsion

Caterpillar Marine has acquired Johan Walter Berg AB, whose core brand, Berg Propulsion, is a leading manufacturer of mechanically and electrically driven propulsion systems and marine controls for ships. As a result of the acquisition completion, all Berg Propulsion products will be rebranded as Caterpillar. The new Cat® Propulsion System for optimized bundles and propulsion packages includes controllable pitch propellers, transverse thrusters, azimuth thrusters


Caterpillar to Launch Re-Manufactured Popular Marine Engines

Image courtesy of Caterpillar

Caterpillar Marine is to launch the Cat Reman 3116, 3126 and 3126B propulsion engines for yachts at the 2014 Miami International Boat Show.  Re-manufactured using only 100% Caterpillar re-manufactured or genuine new parts, the economical Cat Reman engines will enter production in summer 2014. Caterpillar explain that these propulsion engines will be available in ratings of 304 - 456 mhp and are ideal for pleasure craft as well as fishing vessels


Louisiana Cat: A ‘Gold Level’ Cat Propulsion Dealer

Erika Hamrick, Cat Marine Regional Sales Manager Americas (left), officially recognizes Robert “Bobby” Webb, CEO at Louisiana Cat, as the first Cat Propulsion Dealer in the Americas (center). Also pictured is Mike Jennings, General Manager (right). (Photo: Louisiana Cat)

Erika Hamrick, Cat Marine Regional Sales Manager Americas officially recognizes Robert “Bobby” Webb, CEO at Louisiana Cat as the first Cat Propulsion Dealer in the Americas (left) Official document signing at the Reserve, La headquarters by Erika Hamrick and Bobby Webb. Also pictured is Mike Jennings, General Manager (right)   An official signing of the Cat Propulsion Dealer Agreement with Louisiana Cat commenced on August 22, 2016


Wärtsilä to Optimize Performance for Songa Offshore Drill Rigs

Photo: Wärtsilä

The technology group Wärtsilä has signed a five-year technical management and services agreement with Songa Offshore for four Cat-D type semi-submersible drilling rigs operating in the North Sea. Through the partnership with Wärtsilä


Tradewinds Towing Returns to Laborde for Repowers

Photo: Laborde Products

In September of 2006, Dominique Smith of the then one tug company Tradewinds Towing came to Laborde Products, to look at the S12R engine for the repower of the Miss Lis, an Alaskan built low profile tug he planned on repowering. Later that same month, the deal was made, and shortly thereafter


Louisiana Cat Expands in New Iberia

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and General Product Support Manager Troy Matherne of Louisiana Machinery Company announced the company will add 60 jobs and expand its New Iberia operations. Known as Louisiana Cat, the company rebuilds and services engines and related equipment for marine


ECO Affiliates Ink 5-Year Deal with Shell for IMR Vessel

Island Enforcer (Photo: ECO)

Two affiliates of Louisiana-based Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO) have signed a five-year contract with Shell Brazil for light subsea construction, and inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR) services from the M/V Island Enforcer, a 402-ft. subsea installation and construction vessel.


Tersan Shipyard Orders Deck Equipment

Courtesy PALFINGER MARINE

PALFINGER MARINE and Harding Safety recently signed a contract to provide lifesaving equipment and cranes for two fishing vessels being built in Tersan Shipyard. Each vessel will be equipped with two PALFINGER MARINE knuckle boom cranes, one A-frame fast rescue boat davit, and one fast rescue boat


Miraejet Launches Damen Fast Ferry in Busan

Damen Fast Ferry 4010 (Photo: Damen)

Miraejet Co. Ltd. named its Damen Fast Ferry 4010 JET MV Nina at an official launching ceremony held at the Busan International Ferry Terminal in the Republic of Korea on October 6th. Nina was named after one of the ships deployed on Christopher Columbus’ first voyage to the West Indies.


Caterpillar Gains Approval for Analysis Software

Caterpillar Marine has received Type Approval certification from DNV GL for Cat Asset Intelligence (Cat AI) software, demonstrating Caterpillar’s commitment to quality and customer focus.  Caterpillar provides Cat AI advanced predictive analytics and expert advisory services to ship


Cat EPA Tier 4 Engines for McAllister Tug Duo

Horizon Shipbuilding is in the process of installing the first production EPA Tier 4 certified units of its 3516E EPA CAT Marine engines, on a pair of tugs it is building for McAllister Towing & Transportation Co., Inc.   The pair of 100 foot azimuth stern-drive (ASD) escort and rescue


Majestic Fast Ferry Chooses Perkins Aux Engines

Photo courtesy of Perkins

Perkins 4.4TW2GM auxiliary engines have been selected by Majestic Fast Ferry Pte Ltd in Singapore to power the generators on board three new 33m catamaran fast ferries being used for comfortable travel to Batam and Tanjung Pinang Island.  


Fincantieri-led Team Submits Army MSV-L Proposal

Fincantieri MSV(L)’s reference design vessel (L‐CAT) going ashore during U.S.‐hosted multinational littoral warfare exercise Bold Alligator. (Photo: Fincantieri Marine Group)

Fincantieri Marine Group said it has submitted its proposal for the U.S. Army Maneuver Support Vessel - Light.   Fincantieri leads an industry team comprised of CNIM, the designer of the Catamaran Landing Craft (L-CAT); Oshkosh Defense


ExxonMobil inks patent agreement with Pason Systems

Photo ExxonMobil

ExxonMobil has awarded to Pason Systems, Inc. the first global license of its patented Drilling Advisory System, a key component of the company’s Fast Drill technology suite. The licensing agreement accelerates the technology’s commercialization by combining Pason’s expertise in


Marine Jet Power Awarded Repeat Order for Korean Navy

Photo: MJP

Marine Jet Power has been awarded a repeat order to supply waterjets to another 3 units Patrol Killer Experimental (PKX-B) fast attack craft for the Korean Navy. Last year, South Korean shipbuilder Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction (HHIC) launched the first unit which is currently


Harley’s Latest tug begins service

MV Earl W Redd, Photo Harley Marine 2017

The latest addition to the Harley Marine fleet is now completing sea trials and preparing to enter service. The “M/V Earl W. Redd” will be operated under the flag of the Olympic Tug & Barge unit of Harley. The 120 foot tractor tug, built by Diversified Marine Inc


Herman Senior Orders Damen Workboat

Damen MultiCat 2712 Panda (Photo: Damen Shipyards)

The Dutch family-owned tug and workboat company Herman Senior BV has ordered its 12th Damen vessel, a Multi Cat 2712. Given the very short delivery time, the new vessel will be officially launched and christened Panda on March 23. Herman Senior has a tradition of naming its ships after famous bears


Ferry Safety and Technology Conference 2017

CREDIT: Mitch Waxman

There is a convergence of new advances in technology for ferries AND quantum leaps in ferry operations in Asia, Africa and North America.   Can operating a ferry be made better safer and cheaper? Yes, says technology. What’s exciting about this year’s Ferry Safety and






 
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