Ferry Services News

26 Nov 2019

Kalmar Signs Pact with Baja Ferries

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Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has signed an agreement with Mexican ferry operator Baja Ferries to supply 20 terminal tractors for use in RoRo port operations.The order, which was agreed through Kalmar’s Mexican distributor Tracsa/Sitsa, was booked in Cargotec's 2019 Q3 order intake, with delivery scheduled to take place during Q1 2020.Baja Ferries is a leading provider of cargo and passenger ferry services in Mexico, offering integrated and multimodal logistics solutions. The company’s…

17 Nov 2019

Essar Completes Ferry Terminal at Hazira

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India's Essar Bulk Terminal Ltd (EBTL) said it has completed work on the Passenger Ferry Terminal that has paved the way for a cruise-based passenger ferry service, commencing 15 November 2019, between Hazira Port in Surat and Bandra-Worli Sea Link in Mumbai.The Essar Ports company said in a press note that Hazira-based terminal will also lead to ferry services being offered on other routes in the future, revolutionizing coastal transportation in India.Phase I of the terminal project will focus on the movement of passengers between Hazira in Surat to India’s financial capital…

15 Nov 2019

Brittany Ferries Consortium Buys Condor

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Condor Ferries, an operator of passenger and freight ferry services between UK and France, has been sold to a consortium including the French shipping company Brittany Ferries.Brittany Ferries, in consortium with the Columbia Threadneedle European Sustainable Infrastructure Fund (ESIF), has reached an agreement to acquire 100 percent of Condor Ferries from Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA).Contracts have been signed and the deal is expected to be executed following scrutiny by relevant regulatory authorities.

11 Nov 2019

Damen Snags Ferry Order from B.C. Ferries

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Damen Shipyards Group has won a repeat order from B.C. Ferries for four additional Damen Road Ferries 8117 E3, also known as the “Island Class vessels”. The diesel-electric hybrid ferries follow two such vessels that the client ordered from Damen in 2017. The four new vessels will provide inter-island ferry services between Vancouver and Vancouver Island.“The fact that Damen had designed the original two island class ferries for BC Ferries, positioned us well to start building very quickly," said Leo Postma, Sales Manager, Damen.

08 Nov 2019

BC Ferries Orders 4 Hybrid-Electric Vessels

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Canadian ferry owner and operator British Columbia Ferry Services Inc (BC Ferries) has made a further order of four additional electric-battery hybrid Island Class vessels from a major European shipyard.The ferry corporation announced that Damen Shipyards Group of the Netherlands has been awarded the contract to build the new vessels.Project cost for the four latest Island-class vessels is about $200 million, including financing and project-management.According to a release, BC Ferries’ procurement process resulted in 18 bids from international shipyards…

13 Oct 2019

German Ports Aim Cleaner Air

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Germany's Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy  Peter Altmaier and coastal states agree package of measures for shore-generated power.Instead of burning fossil fuels to generate shipboard electric power, in future vessels in port should be using renewable shore-based energy. The German government is now launching appropriate measures to promote shore-generated power.Along with the premiers of Schleswig-Holstein and Hamburg and representatives of the state governments of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania…

09 Oct 2019

CMP, DFDS to Set Up Shore Power in Copenhagen

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Copenhagen Malmö Port (CMP) and Danish shipping and logistics company DFDS have reached an agreement to establish a shore power facility in Copenhagen, which means that the Crown Seaways and Pearl Seaways vessels will be able to receive electricity from land.A shore power facility will reduce emissions of air contaminated particles such as NOx, SOx and particulate matter, which goes hand in hand with the ambitions of both CMP and DFDS to actively contribute to a greener Copenhagen.CMP and DFDS are engaged in a joint effort…

29 Aug 2019

BC Ferries Endorses BC Safety Charter

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British Columbia Ferry Services (BC Ferries) informed that its President & CEO Mark Collins is the latest executive to join the BC Safety Charter, a move that highlights the company’s commitment to improving and promoting workplace safety.The signing ceremony took place this morning at BC Ferries’ head office in Victoria, British Columbia, said a press release from the provides all major passenger and vehicle ferry services for coastal and island communities in the Canadian province of British Columbia.“Safety is our highest value.

27 Aug 2019

Scotland to Power Ferries with Hydrogen

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Ferries serving the Western Isles and West Coast of Scotland could soon be powered by hydrogen generated from onshore island wind power, according to a newly published feasibility study.The Scottish Western Isles Ferry Transport Using Hydrogen (SWIFTH2) project, which was led by the Point and Sandwick Trust in collaboration with seven industry partners including Wood, was part-funded by the Scottish Government’s Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme.The project team also included Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy…

15 Aug 2019

FTA Awards $32.8Mln to U.S. Passenger Ferry

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Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced approximately $32.8 million in project selections to improve the safety and reliability of America’s passenger ferries and enhance mobility for ferry users across the United States.A total of nine projects in nine states will receive funding from the FTA’s Passenger Ferry Grant Program."These federal grants invest in marine infrastructure to improve mobility and enhance safety for passenger ferry services across our nation," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.U.S.

30 Jul 2019

India Plans to Start Low Cost Ferry Services

Minister of State for Shipping (Independent Charge) Mansukh L. Mandaviya. Photo: PIB

Indian shipping Minister Mansukh Mandaviya has said that the government is keen to start the navigation in inland waterways and passenger transportation in the rivers in the North Eastern states of the country.The public sector company Water and Power Consultancy Services Limited (WAPCOS) is preparing a model Detailed Project Report (DPR) for running low-cost ferry services in the inland waterways in these states.The Shipping Ministry, in a release, said the model DPR can be adopted…

26 Jul 2019

India, Maldives Sign MoU for Ferry Services

Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and President of Maldives Ibrahim Mohamed Solih. Photo: PIB

India and Maldives signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Passenger and Cargo Services in Male, Mansukh Mandaviya, the Minister of State for Shipping said in the Parliament.The objective of the MoU is to improve people to people contact between the two countries by providing an alternate, direct and less expensive means for transport for passengers and goods. It also aims to advance economic, social and cultural ties between the two countries.Mandaviya informed  that the…

19 Jul 2019

Another Damen ASD Tug 2813 in Service

The Damen built ASD Tug 2813, Vincenzino O., underway. IMAGE CREDIT: Damen

On 18 July 2019, Moby held a naming ceremony for their new Damen ASD Tug 2813, Vincenzino O. in Cagliari as part of the company’s plans to upgrade its fleet.Moby’s CEO Achille Onorato says: “We are very proud to welcome this new tug to our fleet. The vessel, which carries the name of my son, Vincenzino O., introduces the sixth generation of our family to the sea and is a clear demonstration of our commitment to the community of Sardinia. We have enjoyed an excellent cooperation…

03 Jul 2019

India - Maldives Ferry Services Soon

The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi meeting the President of Maldives, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, in Male, Maldives on November 17, 2018. Photo: Press Information Bureau

The Indian Cabinet gave its approval ex post facto to the pact signed between India and the Maldives to start passenger and cargo services through the sea route.The memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between India and Maldives on June 8, during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the island country.The MoU will pave the way for ferry services between the Maldives and India, said a statement from the ministry of shipping, India. The proposed ferry service would contribute in a big way to promote people to people contact and to boost bilateral trade.Male…

16 May 2019

Northern Sea Wolf to Cover Central Coast route

The Northern Sea Wolf while conducting sea trials.

The new ferry between Bella Coola and Port Hardy will be starting up on Saturday, said the British Columbia Ferry Services Inc (BC Ferries)According to a news release , the Northern Sea Wolf will begin service on the Central Coast route on May 18, after finishing sea trials and dock fits during April and May.Built in 2000, the vessel was bought in Greece in 2017 after the province announced it was reviving the route that had been cancelled in 2013.The corporation says the Northern Sea Wolf has finished sea trials and dock fits successfully in April and May in Port Hardy…

13 May 2019

Stena Lines Implements Sustainability Strategy

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Artificial intelligence (AI) assisted vessels to save fuel, Battery power propulsion, huge reduction of single use plastic on board, continued low level of crew and passenger accidents and an increased rate of female leaders.The European ferry services has  released its third sustainability review “A Sustainable Journey” describing initiatives, improvements and challenges in the operations from the sustainability perspective as well as results on their ambitious sustainability targets.The review also highlights the main initiatives the company has worked on during the past year.

27 Mar 2019

Scot Govt Takes Over Two Freight Ferries

Pic: Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL)

The two freight ferries serving the Northern Isles have been bought by the Scottish government. Vessels MV Helliar and MV Hildasay will join the Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL) fleet, having previously been chartered from Fortress.The sister vessels operate on the lifeline routes from Aberdeen to Kirkwall, Orkney and Lerwick, said a press note from CMAL, which owns 26 piers and harbours around Scotland.Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands, Paul Wheelhouse, said: “Our ferry services are iconic transport links that play a vital role for our island economies…

20 Mar 2019

Marine Hybrid quietly arrives … positioned to explode

The Harbor Harvest under construction (CREDIT: Robert Kunkel)

Hybrid is not only here, it is growing, and with that growth it will soon reach far beyond coastal applications.For those who were around for the arrival of Y2K, you will remember the anticipation, preparation and perspiration as the maritime world waited for the failure of communications, navigation, security and machinery associated with the digital change of the clock. The forecasts, now historical urban legend, left the world without a digital catastrophe.We wait now for 2020 and the advent of the IMO maritime emissions regulations.

14 Mar 2019

B.C. Ferries Going on Building Spree

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Canadian ferry owner and operator British Columbia Ferry Services Inc (BC Ferries) will be building up to five new ferries to replace four existing vessels.The provider of all major passenger and vehicle ferry services for coastal and island communities in the Canadian province of British Columbia said in a press release that it invites customers and communities to join conversations about the new vessels and to provide input that will help shape their future onboard experience."The…

07 Mar 2019

Port of Kiel: More than 2.2 mln Passengers This Year

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The economic importance of nautical tourism for Schleswig-Holstein is continuing to increase. More than 2.2 million passengers are expected in the port of Kiel alone this year, forecasting record numbers like 600,000 cruise passengers and 1.6 million ferry travelers.Last year, passengers generated a turnover of about 68 million Euros in Kiel. The consumer spending of the port’s ferry passengers amounts to more than 53 million Euros. These are complemented by another 15 million Euros spent by cruise passengers and the crews.

05 Mar 2019

Pyxis Joins Bay Area Ferries

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The San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) has welcomed Pyxis, a new 445-passenger ferry, into the San Francisco Bay Ferry fleet.Pyxis is the first new vessel added to Vallejo ferry service in some 15 years, said a release from the public transit passenger ferry service in the San Francisco Bay.Pyxis is the fifth new ferry WETA has added to its San Francisco Bay Ferry fleet since 2017. Carina, a 400-passenger ferry, entered service in February 2019.

18 Jan 2019

IRClass Signs MoU with Government of Assam

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The Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) and the Government of Assam, a key state in India’s north-east, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to further enhance the state’s inland water transport (IWT) system to improve commuter safety.The MOU follows the funding agreement between the Government of Assam and the World Bank to modernize and transform inland water transport in the state which has the largest network of navigable inland waterways in India. Plans include…

04 Jan 2019

Thousands Flee as Tropical Storm Nears Thailand Coast

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Thailand's first tropical storm in three decades, packing winds of up to 80 kph (50 mph), is expected to make landfall on Friday evening, sending thousands of people flocking to shelter inland and shutting down a major airport.The winds accompanying tropical storm Pabuk churned up high waves and gusts in the Gulf of Thailand, ahead of its arrival in the southern province of Nakhon Si Thammarat.Weather officials warned of torrential downpours and strong winds in 15 provinces in the Thai south…

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