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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

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C-Job Designs Amsterdam's New Ferries

Photo courtesy of C-Job Naval Architects

C-Job Naval Architects said it has delivered the concept design of a series of five sustainable car and passenger ferries to the City of Amsterdam. The vessels will operate 100 percent on electricity, thus providing an emission-free urban transport solution. The fully electric ferries are designed to recharge their batteries during the unloading and loading of passengers and vehicles. In order to maintain efficiency of service and a quick turnaround, this charging process will take place during a timeframe of a maximum of four minutes.

D-Day Ship Turned Ferry Repowered

Photo: Twin Disc

As part of the June 6, 1944 Normandy landings, the USS LST-510 (landing ship for tanks) delivered 200 GIs, and 70 tanks and jeeps to Omaha Beach. She then anchored offshore to serve as an impromptu hospital ship for the over 150,000 Allied wounded. For three months following the invasion, she ferried injured soldiers back to England and supplies back to the front, evading German U-boats and dive bombers. She was awarded a Battle Star for her meritorious participation. Thought to be the last D-Day ship still in active service…

Cooperation is the Key to Ferry Industry's Future

© KANVAG / Adobe Stock

Interferry CEO Mike Corrigan explains how the trade association’s ‘stronger together’ mission is helping to shape outcomes on the pressing issues of safety, security and the environment. Last April, I took the helm of Interferry after 14 years in leadership positions with Canada’s BC Ferries – the last five as president and CEO. The past ten months in my new role have reinforced a core conviction forged during my previous experience in the industry. Both as an operator and long-time Interferry director…

It’s Electric: Charging Asia’s First E-ferry

(Photo: Cavotec)

Innovative charging technologies connect Asia’s first e-ferry to electrical power, eliminating emissions and dramatically reducing operating costs. The retrofitted passenger ferry, which operates between the island of Cijian and the port of Kaohsiung in Taiwan and that entered service last year, is fully electrically powered. This follows the introduction of a hybrid ferry earlier in 2017. The charging solution was supplied by Swiss based engineering firm Cavotec, who said the technology ensures safe, fast and efficient connection of the ferry to electrical power at the Kaohsiung berth.

Washington State Ferries Ridership at a 15-year High

(Photo: Washington State Dept of Transportation)

Washington State Ferries, the nation’s largest ferry system, carried nearly 24.5 million passengers in 2017, its highest ridership since 2002. Ridership increased for the ninth consecutive year and was up by more than 250,000 over 2016. “We expect our ridership to continue to grow as more people move to Western Washington,” said WSF head Amy Scarton. “As part of the state highway network, the ferry system is a critical link between more affordable housing on the west side of the sound and key employment centers on the east side.

Washington State Christens New Ferry Suquamish

Washington State’s new ferry Squamish was christened at Vigor's Harbor Island Shipyard in Seattle, on January 4. (Photo: WSDOT)

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) christened Suquamish, its fourth Olympic Class auto/passenger ferry, to serve passengers on the Mukilteo/Clinton route beginning in 2019. The christening ceremony was held at Vigor's Harbor Island Shipyard in Seattle, where the new 144-car ferry has entered the final stages of construction and preparation ahead of sea trials starting in mid-2018. In addition to summer operations on the Mukilteo/Clinton route, the new ferry will also serve as a maintenance relief vessel in the winter, filling in when other vessels are out of service.

DNV GL Approves Kongsberg Engine Room Simulators

Kongsberg Digital - K-Sim ERS DEDF Cruise Ferry  (Photo: Kongsberg)

Kongsberg Digital has received DNV-GL statements of compliance for two of its newest Engine Room Simulator models designed to provide in-depth training on the K-Sim Engine simulator platform. The DNV GL-ST-033 March 2017 Maritime Simulator Systems certification, which is based on the requirements of STCW Convention, Regulation I/12, was awarded to the DEDF Cruise Ferry and L11 MAN 6S70 ME SCC K-Sim Engine models in December 2017. Now commercially available to all K-Sim Engine users…

Irish Ferries Orders New Ship for Dublin-Holyhead Route

Irish Continental Group plc (ICG) said it has ordered a new cruise ferry set to be the world’s largest in terms of vehicle capacity, due for delivery in 2020. The new €165.2 million ($199.4 million) cruise ferry is being built by German shipbuilder Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesselschaft & Co.KG (FSG), specifically for Irish Ferries’ Dublin - Holyhead services. It is expected to replace the schedule of the MV Ulysses, which in turn will replace the chartered-in vessel MV Epsilon. This will allow for the deployment of the W.B. Yeats (arriving mid 2018) full-time on the direct Ireland - France route alongside the MV Oscar Wilde. ICG said the new 67,300 gross ton cruise ferry will increase Irish Ferries’ freight and tourism carrying capacity on the fast-growing Dublin - Holyhead route.

Boreal Orders Electric Ferry at Vard

Boreal’s new car and passenger ferry will sail on fully electric battery power from January 2020 (Image: Mult-Marine)

Shipbuilder Vard Holdings Limited said it has been awarded a contract to build a new car- and passenger ferry due for delivery to Norwegian public transport operator Boreal in the third quarter of 2019. The vessel will ply the Norwegian fjords powered by a fully electrical battery solution for continuous electric operations. Vard said the vessel’s hull will be constructed at one of its Romanian yards, Vard Braila, and final delivery will take place from Vard Brevik in Norway.

Coast Guard, Partner Agencies Respond to NYC Ferry Grounding

File Image: CREDIT NYC Ferry

Coast Guard and partner agency crews responded to a ferry aground with 27 people aboard near Rockaway Inlet, New York, Wednesday evening. The Flyer, an 80-foot New York City Ferry became stuck on a sandbar after departing from the Rockaway terminal at 5:15 p.m., en route to Wall Street’s Pier 11 at approximately 5:30 p.m. Boatcrews from Coast Guard Station New York, and Station Sandy Hook arrived on scene with New York City Fire Department (FDNY) and New York City Police Department (NYPD) marine units. Due to shallow water, Coast Guard crews were unable to safely approach the ferry.

Norsafe Enters the Cruise and Passenger Ferry Market

Photo: Norsafe

Lifeboat manufacturer Norsafe has developed a new partially enclosed lifeboat (PELB) for passenger vessels: the SOLAS compliant Minima 88, a compact 8.8m long boat with a width of 4.25m for 150 persons. Norsafe said it has received an order from Chinese shipbuilder Xiamen Shipyard to provide six of its new Minima-88 lifeboats with compatible LHD-200 davits for Finland based operator Viking Line. The ferry newbuild is due to enter service in 2021 on routes across the Baltic Sea between Turku, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden.

$42M in Grants for Ferry Docks & Facilities

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced more than $42m in grants to improve ferry service and build new docks and facilities in 15 states and Puerto Rico. Congress authorized the Federal Highway Administration’s Ferry Boat Program was created to fund ferry boat projects that provide critical access to areas that lack other means of transportation where high passenger demand already exists. Program funds can be used for capital improvements to existing ferry operations which could increase the number of riders, relieve congestion or address environmental or significant operational concerns. The projects include funding…

Iconic Star Ferry in Move to New Wan Chai Pier

A Star Ferry: Photo courtesy of the owners

With effect from the first departure on Saturday 30 August 2014, Hong Kong's “Wan Chai – Tsim Sha Tsui” ferry service will operate from the new Wan Chai Ferry Pier. The existing Wan Chai (East) ferry Pier will be closed simultaneously, informs the Star Ferry Company. The Star Ferry's ferry crossings at Victoria Harbour are acclaimed as an important part of the commuter system between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon, and essential journeys for visitors. The National Geographic Traveler named the ferry crossing as one of 50 places of a lifetime.

Fleet of 14 Ferries Sold

New World Development Co has agreed to buy a fleet of 14 ferry vessels, a depot and ancillary assets from Hong Kong Ferry (Holdings) for HK$155 million. The purchase accompanied the transfer of ferry licenses for eight Hong Kong ferry routes to New World from Hong Kong Ferry. New World said it would fund the purchase from internal resources. Hong Kong Ferry said it would focus on property development and investment after the end of its licensed passenger ferry services.

Second WSF 144-car Ferry in Progress

Construction will begin in December on a second 144-car ferry. The Ferries Division of the Washington State Department of Transportation and shipbuilder Vigor Industrial signed papers this morning to make the second new vessel a reality for customers of the state ferry system. “This has been a tremendous event for Washington state and our ferry system,” said David Moseley, assistant transportation secretary, Ferries Division. “This is another important step toward revitalizing our aging fleet. The Legislature funded a second 144-car ferry during the last session.

Passengers Transferred from Stranded Ferry

Passengers were transferred from Indonesia-registered Sea Prince after the ferry struck a floating object after leaving the Nongsapura ferry terminal in Batam late on November 29.   All passengers are accounted for, and the ferry is in stable condition.   According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) , the ferry was in Indonesian waters at the time of the incident and was heading for Singapore with 97 passengers, including 51 Singaporeans and seven crew.   The ferry operator, Batamfast, immediately activated two ferries to transfer all the passengers to the Nongsapura ferry terminal.  

CoCo Yachts Wins Order for Three Ferries

In the same week of the launching of fast ferry Peng Xing 15, the first Coastal Cruiser 200 designed by CoCo Yachts and built by AFAI Southern Shipyard, Peng Xing ferry company decided to sign the contract for another three Coastal Cruiser 200 fast ferries. The new contract was signed on January 10, 2014 in the main office of the Peng Xing Group. The fast ferries shall be delivered to Peng Xing Ferry company in 2015, and shall be deployed to run services in the Pearl River delta between Shenzhen – Zhuhai – Hong Kong – Macau P.R.

Snohomish is Launched

Washington State Ferries' newest ferry Snohomish was launched last month. It is now undergoing last-minute installations and sea trials before officially entering service on the Seattle/Bremerton route. The sleek ferry is the sister ship of Chinook, already in service on the Seattle/Bremerton route. With a few minor exceptions - the biggest being a new bow configuration so it can front load at auto ferry slips - Snohomish is a replica of Chinook. According to Snohomish County Councilman Rick Larsen, the ferry's name comes from one of the region's Native American tribes, symbolizing a connection to the past. And as a passenger-only ferry, it represents the commitment to a regional transportation system, particularly to practical alternatives to driving alone.

U.S. Ferry Systems Investment Act Introduced

On April 29, 2009, members of Congress introduced the United States Ferry Systems Investment Act of 2009, proposing a significant expansion of federal attention to ferry transportation. S. 930 is sponsored by Senator Patti Murray of Washington and cosponsored by Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. In the House of Representatives, H.R. 2172 is sponsored by Representative Rick Larsen of Washington. The legislation features a big increase in funding for the existing Federal Ferry Boat Discretionary Grant Program. This program provides competitive federal grants for up to 80 percent of the capital expenditures for ferry vessels, terminals and other shoreside infrastructure, and maintenance facilities. To be eligible, a ferry must be publicly owned or operated.

UK Ferries Carried a Million More Last Year

UK ferry routes: Map courtesy of Discover Ferries

Annual 2013 figures show more passengers, cars and coaches carried by the UK ferry industry, compared with 2012, according to figures released by industry body, ‘Discover Ferries’. Britain’s ferry industry showed growth across all its travel sectors last year, with passenger numbers up 2.6% overall to 38 million, all cars carried up 1.1% to 8.37million, and coaches up overall  4.1% to 158,470 -  according to 2013 “Ferrystat” figures, quoted by industry body, ‘Discover Ferries’.

Canada’s Ferry Industry Sets Course for Success

A Canadian Ferry underway in light ice conditions. (Courtesy of CFOA)

Our country’s past and its future are fundamentally linked to the transportation of people, vehicles and goods over our lakes, rivers and sea. Ferries have always been an integral part of Canada’s transportation infrastructure. Today, the geo-political relevance, the economic impact and the environment footprint of ferries continue to show that the sector is a crucial part of Canada’s infrastructure. Nationally, nearly 50 million people and more than 18 million vehicles travel on Canada’s ferries each year.

PricewaterhouseCoopers To Advise BC Ferries

British Columbia Ferry Corp. (BC Ferries) has elected PricewaterhouseCoopers as its exclusive advisor and manager for the sale of the PacifiCat fast ferries. A Crown Corporation of the Provincial Government, BC Ferries' subsidiary - Catamaran Ferries International (CFI) - was established in 1996 to construct the PacifiCats for BC Ferries. It was this past March that the Government proclaimed its intent to denounce CFI and sell the PacifiCats. The vessel trio, known as PacifiCat Explorer, PacifiCat Discovery and PacifiCat Voyager, are among the largest passenger/vehicle fast ferries internationally. Fully loaded, these 400 ft. (122 m) vessels can transport 1,000 passengers and 250 automobiles at a speed of 34 knots.

PricewaterhouseCoopers To Advise BC Ferries

British Columbia Ferry Corp. (BC Ferries) has elected PricewaterhouseCoopers as its exclusive advisor and manager for the sale of the PacifiCat fast ferries. A Crown Corporation of the Provincial Government, BC Ferries’ subsidiary – Catamaran Ferries International (CFI) – was established in 1996 to construct the PacifiCats for BC Ferries. It was this past March that the Government proclaimed its intent to denounce CFI and sell the PacifiCats. The vessel trio, known as PacifiCat Explorer, PacifiCat Discovery and PacifiCat Voyager, are among the largest passenger/vehicle fast ferries internationally. Fully loaded, these 400 ft. (122 m) vessels can transport 1,000 passengers and 250 automobiles at a speed of 34 knots.

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