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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Water Taxi News

A Post-casualty Rush to Judgment Can be Costly

© Peter Vandenbelt / Adobe Stock

It was a warm and sunny early summer morning in an increasingly popular and typically busy domestic harbor. And, not surprisingly, the water and waterfront were crowded with commercial and private vessels of every description. From a slowly moving tug/barge combination, a working dredge and a small tanker delivering fuel on the more industrial side of the harbor, to numerous water taxis, sightseeing boats and larger catamaran ferries, the harbor was buzzing with activity.All of these commercial vessels were operating in close quarters with a fleet of small yachts…

Dubai Marine Transit Ferry 7 Million Riders in 1H 2018

Photo: Roads and Transport Authority, Dubai

Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) revealed that the total ridership of marine transit modes in Dubai has clocked 7,182,435 riders during the first half of this year. Abras (boat) accounted for the biggest number of commuters ferrying as much as 6,867,348 riders. “Serving 7,182,435 riders in six months by marine transit means is indicative of the public uptake of marine transit modes, which offer users enjoyable and convenient rides,” said Ahmed Bahrozyan, CEO of RTA’s Public Transport Agency.

On-demand Water Taxi for Sydney's Bay Precinct

Launch and delivery of Cockle Bay and Blackwattle Bay Photo Incat Crowther

A pair of newly launched 12m ferries, Cockle Bay and Blackwattle Bay, are the first vessels in a new class of small low impact ferries that respond to a need for transport to serve Sydney’s rapidly developing Bays Precinct. Designed by Incat Crowther for low capital and operating cost, the vessels also generate extremely low wash. The size of the vessel was selected to perform the role of a water taxi, offering services on a more on-demand basis than can be performed by larger, traditional ferries.

Interview: Dave Anderson, President, Passenger Vessel Association

Dave Anderson

Dave Anderson is the President of the Passenger Vessel Association (PVA). He also serves as General Manager/Director of Operations of Fire Island Ferries, Inc., Bay Shore, N.Y. on Long Island. The company has provided passenger service, freight service and water taxi service to Fire Island communities since 1948. The firm operates 23 subchapter T and K vessels ranging from six to 400 passengers. Anderson, an honors graduate from CW Post Long Island University where he earned his BA in Communication Arts in 1984, also holds a 100 ton Masters license which he earned in 1983.

New Water Taxis Get Scania Power

(Image: Potomac Riverboat Company / Scania USA)

Scania announced a deal with Potomac Riverboat Company, part of the Entertainment Cruises family, which will take delivery of eight DI13-liter engines in 2017 to power its high-speed, low-wake water taxis as part of The Wharf neighborhood in Washington D.C. The 88-foot vessels will carry 149 passengers and will be built by Louisiana-based Metal Shark, to specifications from BMT Designers and Planners. Potomac Riverboat Company and Entertainment Cruises run a combined fleet of 38 boats in a wide range of cities…

Lake Assault to Build 43 Barges for San Antonio

The identical river barges are 27-feet long and nine-feet wide. Each can be configured and modified in a range of floor plans to support touring, dining, commuting, entertaining and other applications. (Photo: Lake Assault Boats)

Lake Assault Boats said it has secured a $6.5 million contract to build 43 river barges for the City of San Antonio, Texas. The versatile and reconfigurable craft will become a component of San Antonio’s River Walk experience that connects retail stores, restaurants, office buildings and tourist attractions throughout the city. City officials visited Lake Assault facilities on December 6 and 7 for preproduction meetings. At that time, a ceremony was held where John Jacks, interim director for the City of San Antonio…

Ferry Tales: Having a Ferry Good Time

At the most basic level, all new construction projects should offer an improved customer experience. While there are many challenges for designers and builders, complying with the latest ADA accessibility guidelines is a given. Likewise, customers have an elevated level of expectation for improved technology to augment their ride. WiFi, power ports, automated ticketing or counting systems, and onboard information displays are all fast becoming necessities, rather than amenities. (Courtesy: Vigor

Despite of some of the lowest fuel prices experienced in the last eight years, demand for ferry construction is at a seemingly all time high. The focus on building new ferries kicked off in early 2013 and the sustained interest is the continued result of an unleashing of pent up demand. Fleets have been aging and infrastructure needs to be built up in order to accommodate the future demand for commuter ferry travel once fuel prices return to and surpass their once familiar norms.

Torqeedo Launches Commercial-grade Cruise Motor

Image: Torqeedo

Torqeedo has updated its electric outboards with a new design to meet the demands of commercial users. Available in comes in 5 hp and 8 hp equivalents, the Cruise is an electric solution for pontoon boats, sailboats, small boats, workboats, water taxis and users on lakes that limit the use of combustion motors since its introduction in 2008. The redesigned line now features an aluminum lower housing which protects against impact damage and provides increased mechanical support for the propeller shaft.

Boat of the Month: Moore Shallow Shuttle 23

Moore Boat LLC recently delivered the first of three all new aluminum Moore Shallow Shuttle 23 RIB’s to Seacrets, Jamaica USA after the vessel’s successful completion of various sea trials and the U.S. Coast Guard’s final simplified stability test. Designed in house with the assistance of CDI Marine’s Band Lavis Division, the Shallow Shuttle is a unique water taxi with a Coast Guard small passenger (subchapter T) approved capacity of fourteen (twelve passengers, Captain and one Mate).

All American Marine Delivers Ferry to Seattle

   The maiden voyage of the MV Sally Fox (photo courtesy of All American Marine)

All American Marine, Inc. (AAM) today announced the delivery of a new passenger ferry that will serve the city of Seattle. The vessel, MV Sally Fox, was dedicated at a ceremony on Vashon Island on Saturday. The Sally Fox is the first of two new ferries ordered by King County’s Marine Division as replacement vessels for their scheduled water taxi service. All American Marine was awarded the contract and issued the Notice to Proceed for the identical vessels at the start of 2014. Sally Fox is the first U.S.

Moose Boats Bags Order from Westar Marine

Image: Moose Boats

San Francisco Bay boat designer and manufacturer Moose Boats said it has been awarded a contract to construct multiple 75-foot semi-displacement USCG Subchapter-T passenger catamarans for Westar Marine Services in San Francisco, Calif. The first vessel will commence production in the spring of 2017. The aluminum catamarans will be equipped with Twin Volvo D13 turbo diesel engines with Volvo IPS3 drives, achieving a service speed of 25 knots and exceptional close quarters maneuverability.

Already Strong on the US West Coast, Scania Looks East

(Photo: Scania)

Go east, young man, go east: Scania’s market reach grows with a key workboat contract. The reasons why are easy enough to see. When Scania announced its recent deal with Potomac Riverboat Company, part of the Entertainment Cruises family, to deliver eight, EPA Tier 3, 500 HP DI 13-liter engines in 2017 to power its high-speed, low-wake water taxis in Washington, DC, it marked the beginning of what is so far a good year for the San Antonio-based engine manufacturer. The 88-foot vessels will carry 149 passengers and will be built by Louisiana-based Metal Shark…

18 New Ferries Needed for New NYC Ferry Service

 San Francisco-based Hornblower is well-established in the NYC market. Pictured is Hornblower Infinity. (Photo: Hornblower)

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the Citywide Ferry Service is on track to launch in 2017, with the selection of Hornblower, Inc. as its operator. The new service, which will include up to 20 boats and connect 21 New York City eighborhoods for the price of a single subway ride ($2.75) is scheduled to be fully operational by 2018, and is estimated to carry 4.6 million trips per year across six routes. “For the price of a single subway ride, tens-of-thousands of New Yorkers are going to have a new public transit option linking them to jobs…

Navatek, NEB Launch Sea Blade 35

The Sea Blade 35 is put through its paces on Narragansett Bay, May 29, 2015 (NavatekNEB photo).

Navatek, the naval research and design company based in Hawaii and Rhode Island, and NEB, a leading builder of high-tech composite and aluminum boats based in Portsmouth, R.I., announce the launching of the Sea Blade 35, a 35-foot rigid hull inflatable boat (RIB) with a top speed of 60 knots. The Sea Blade line of powerboats features a patented hull form designed by Navatek founder and Chairman Steven Loui, a native of Hawaii. The stabilized monohull design has a slender center hull with two stabilizing amas, which form entrapment tunnels between the main hull and amas.

DMCA Briefs ‘Sea Dubai’ Initiative

Photo: Dubai Maritime City Authority

Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) praised the ‘Sea Dubai’ initiative launched by the Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA). He described the initiative as instrumental to leveraging the cooperation between key stakeholders in the maritime business in public and private sectors towards boosting the competitiveness of Dubai as a prominent global maritime leisure destination. Receiving Amer Ali…

Canada's Largest Electric Tour Boat Launched

Queen Elizabeth Dr. (Photo: Torqeedo)

A new, emission-free electric tour boat now plies the Rideau Canal, powered by two 80 horsepower Torqeedo electric motors. The 75-foot, 100-passenger vessel Queen Elizabeth Dr. is the first of two planned vessels to offer guided tours and host events on the canal. The second, Colonel By, is expected to enter service in the spring of 2017. “Torqeedo's high-power Deep Blue system was the obvious choice to propel Canada's largest electric passenger vessel because of its comprehensive safety systems,” said Robert Taillefer, owner of The Queen Elizabeth Dr. and operator of Ottawa Boat Cruises.

MN 100: All American Marine, Inc.

President /CEO: Matt Mullett

All American Marine Inc. was founded in 1987 and specializes in the construction of custom tailored aluminum boats from 30 to 150 feet LOA. Today, the company has become a leading builder of high speed passenger catamarans, survey craft, and research vessels. AAM’s vessels feature the Teknicraft Design signature hull shape and hydrofoil technology, which aid in high speed travel with excellent fuel efficiency, producing lowest wake levels and minimal underwater noise. All American…

Video: Tanker Crewman Medevaced near Oahu

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Ron Green

An ailing crewmember aboard an oil tanker was medevaced by the U.S. Coast Guard roughly 12 miles south of Oahu, Hawaii, Wednesday. The crewman, a 45-year-old citizen of India, was said to be suffering from heart attack symptoms when personnel aboard the ship contacted watchstanders at the Coast Guard Joint Rescue Coordination Center at 11 a.m. Saturday requesting assistance. The vessel was 1,438 miles from Oahu at the time headed toward the U.S. from Southeast Asia and elected to divert their course toward Honolulu.

Interview: John C. Pfeifer, President - Mercury Marine

ohn C. Pfeifer, President - Mercury Marine. Photos: Mercury Marine

Mercury Marine was in New York City earlier this year offering test drives for select engines and control systems. While in town, John C. Pfeifer, President - Mercury Marine, sat down with Maritime Reporter & Engineering News to discuss marine technology development that is driving his company further, faster into emerging commercial growth opportunities globally. Barreling down the Hudson River at nearly 80 mph in a 39-ft. Cigarette boat powered by four 350-hp Mercury Marine Verado outboard engines tends to leave an impression. More impressive?

Electric & Hybrid Drives Are Gaining Steam on the Waterfront

Image: Torqeedo

Demand for electric mobility is sweeping across the globe, and it’s rapidly gaining traction in the marine industry. The electric mobility revolution is largely being driven by the land transportation sector. Industry statistics predict that electric vehicle sales will surpass combustion engine vehicles within the next 20 years. Many countries in Europe and Asia have already adopted aggressive deadlines to phase out sales of combustion-powered vehicles, and some cities such as London are planning to banish them from their roads entirely.

Interview: Alison Nolan, GM, Boston Harbor Cruises

Alison Nolan, General Manager and a fourth-generation owner of Boston Harbor Cruises (Photo: BHC)

Alison Nolan is General Manager and a fourth-generation owner of Boston Harbor Cruises (BHC), a company that moves more than 2.5 million passengers annually on its fleet of 60 vessels with more than 600 daily departures seven ports and more than 30 facilities. But the story of BHC and Alison Nolan transcends raw numbers; as the company and passenger vessel industry are in her DNA, more of a lifestyle than a career. She spoke with Maritime Reporter & Engineering News recently to address the rewards and challenges inherent in her position.

P&R Water Taxi Signs with MobileOps

(Image: MobileOps)

MobileOps, Inc. has signed a deal with P&R Water Taxi, LLC, a vessel operator in the Hawaiian Islands. The MobileOps Platform is a cloud-based subscription solution that includes both a Web Application and an offline-capable iPad application called Voyager.

SeaBubbles: ABB Electric Water TaxiTested

ABB Ability for innovative electric water taxi Photo ABB

A futuristic, zero-emission new design of water taxi, called SeaBubbles, was successfully demonstrated today on Lake Geneva in Switzerland. The vehicle represents a milestone in the development of new forms of transportation that do not impact the environment or place any burden on urban infrastructure. The water taxi will soon be equipped with the ABB Ability Marine Advisory System – OCTOPUS, a software solution that helps vessel operators gather and analyze all relevant data to optimize water travel.

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