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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

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New York Water Taxi Orders Two

New York Water Taxi, whose bright yellow water taxis shuttle passengers between locations on the New York Harbor, is adding two new vessels to its six-boat fleet. Next spring, the water taxi service will take delivery of two 72-foot catamarans, under construction at Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation. The new vessels are classic Incat Designs-designed ferries -- offering simplicity and efficiency, reliability, low sound level, and low wake. The water taxis are designed to reach the same 26-knot speed and with the same crew size as New York Water Taxi’s current vessels…

New York Water Taxi Takes Delivery

After delivering a new passenger catamaran for New York Water Taxi in June, Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding has delivered her sistership, the Sam Holmes, for shuttle service on New York Harbor. The bright yellow, all-aluminum water taxi measures 72 feet (22 m) long and 27.3 feet (2.3 m) abeam, and draws 4 feet (1.3 m). It is USCG-certified to carry 149 passengers but is limited to only 100 passengers when operating at New York City water taxi docks. The vessel is powered by two U.S. EPA Tier 2-compliant Cummins QSK 19-M diesel engines, each rated at 800 Bhp at 2100 rpm. The engines drive 5-bladed Ni-BR-Al (nickel-bronze-aluminum) Bruntons propellers via Twin Disc MGX 5145SC “Quick Shift” gearboxes and EC-300 control systems to improve the vessel’s maneuverability and safety when bow landing.

NY Water Taxis Out of Service

The U.S. Coast Guard put six of New York Water Taxi's nine ferries out of service last week after they failed spot safety inspections following an engine fire on one of the boats, says a Star-Ledger report. No one was hurt in the November 7 fire that was caused by a leak in the boat's oil filter. The reason for the failed inspections is not clear, but flaws in the engines’ cooling systems are suspected. The problem has forced the temporary shutdown of the taxi routes on the East River in New York and curtailed its service between Jersey City and Manhattan. Over the next several days, the company will make short-term repairs so the boats that failed the inspections can return to service, and during the winter, the company will install new engines in boats, according to the report.

All American Marine to Build Two Seattle Catamaran Ferries

Water Taxi rendering courtesy of King County Ferry District

The King County Ferry District, whose ferries link the communities that ring Lake Washington and Puget Sound, has contracted with Bellingham-based All American Marine to design and build two new 'water taxis' to replace its pair of 25 year-old leased vessels. The operators explain that the new vessels will each carry 250 passengers, 78 more than the vessels they will replace. That added capacity means more passengers will be able to use the water taxis during the busiest weekday commute periods.

Cargotec Equipment to Norway

Cargotec supplies MacGregor floating terminals for water taxis to Norwegian municipalities and a hydraulically operated MacGregor vehicle shore ramp to Grenland Havn. The Norwegian municipalities of Vikna, Leka and Nærøy are jointly  procuring four MacGregor floating terminals for water taxis, each comprising a pontoon and shore walkway. Passengers will be able to access a water taxi at all states of tide without needing to negotiate steps. All of the terminals are due to be opened for service on 17th May 2012 Grenland Havn is upgrading the port in Langesund to accommodate the new vessels which are being built for Fjord Line service between Norway and Denmark. Cargotec has been assigned delivery of a hydraulically operated vehicle shore ramp, which is 27m wide by 14m long.

Gaynor Controller of Salem Water Taxi

Lynn resident, Michael Gaynor, has been named as Controller for Salem Water Taxi in Salem, MA., one of the area’s launch and mooring providers. In his role as controller of Salem Water Taxi, Gaynor will be responsible for the financial operations and assist with policy making. In addition he serves as the pension plan administrator. Gaynor brings more than 20 years of experience as a Controller at an international corporation and with private companies to his position with Salem Water Taxi. Gaynor joined Hawthorne Cove Marina four years ago as Controller and will continue in that role.

New Water Taxi to Connect for Old Town Alexandria

National Harbor, the mile-and-a-quarter-long waterfront development under construction just south of the Wilson Bridge in Prince George's County. Riverboat Company and Milt Peterson, founder and chairman of Washington, D.C.-area developer, The Peterson Companies, which is developing the mixed-use project, announced today that the Potomac Riverboat Company will begin seven-day-a-week water taxi service between the two riverside destinations in April 2008. Two newly-commissioned 99-passenger boats, which are yet-to-be named, will run initially on the half-hour between 10 A.M. and 10 P.M., providing 50 one- way trips daily between the Alexandria City Marina and the Commercial North Pier at National Harbor. The crossing is expected to take 20 minutes.

NY’s New ‘Taxi Driver’

If you want to call yourself a taxi in New York, you've got things to live up to. Take tradition. A New York taxi always beat everybody to the punch. It was the first away when the light changed, weaving through otherwise orderly rows of cars and trucks, just in time to beat the next light. The ride not only was fast, it looked fast. The driver, all the while, dispensed worldly wisdom on any theme, and if you asked, could name the best oyster bar in the entire city. He spoke New Yorkese - an "R," (if pronounced at all) could be a "W" or a "V" - but it was English. Etched in his mind was the map of the five boroughs, and all their one-way streets. He was friendly, considerate, and caring - waited until you were indoors when he dropped you off, before cruising away for the next fare.

Derecktor Builds More Taxis

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5th Incat for New York Water Taxi

Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation, has delivered its fifth high-speed water taxi, Gene Flatow, to New York City-based New York Water Taxi. Like the four sisters before her, the bright yellow, all-aluminum catamaran, designed by Incat Crowther, measures 72 ft long and 27.3 ft abeam, and draws 5 ft. The water taxi is USCG-certified to carry 149 passengers but limited to only 99 passengers when operating at the City’s “water taxi” designated docks. The vessel is powered by twin Cummins QSK 19-M diesel engines, each rated at 800 Bhp at 2100 rpm.

Charleston Gets New Water Taxi

The Charleston Water Taxi is in business. The taxi started running earlier Monday, shuffling commuters between Mount Pleasant and Charleston. The trip costs $5 one way, $8 round trip or $12 for a day pass. Docking at the Charleston Harbor Marina and the Maritime Center, the water ride makes 12 stops a day. It's owners say their goal is to help commuters avoid traffic and parking problems downtown. The boat can hold 49 passengers and in the Springtime the taxi hopes to add more stops to it's commute. Source: ABC

Gladding-Hearn Starts Construction of Fourth NY Water Taxi

Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation, has started construction of a fourth water taxi for New York City-based New York Water Taxi. Delivery is set for next April when the commuter ferry will begin passenger service between Yonkers, N.Y., and downtown Manhattan. Like the three sisters before her, the bright yellow, all-aluminum catamaran, designed by Incat Crowther, will measure 72 feet (22 m) long and 27.3 feet (8.3 m) abeam, and draw 5 feet (1.5 m). It will be USCG-certified to carry 149 passengers but limited to only 99 passengers when operating at New York City water taxi docks. The vessel will be powered by two Cummins QSK 19-M diesel engines, each rated at 800 Bhp at 2100 rpm.

Canal Boats Delivers Texas Water Taxi

Canal Boats, Inc. has delivered six 50-passenger water taxis for service on The Woodlands Waterway in Texas. Texas Water Taxi has a contract with The Brazos Transit District to provide waterborne transit service along the 1.25 mile corridor. The corridor services a regional mall, offices, residential, a concert pavilion and a convention center. The 35-ft. fiberglass boats have a beam of 11.5 ft., draft of 2.5 ft. and are built to USCG plans. They are powered by twin 5 hp Ray Electric Outboard motors and provide a service speed of up to 7 mph. The battery banks are replenished by 60-volt, 40-amp, electronic battery chargers powered by an Onan 21 kW diesel generator, which also powers the five 15,000 BTU Coleman air conditioners.

New York Water Taxi Orders Fifth Incat

Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation, has taken another order for a high-speed water taxi from New York City-based New York Water Taxi. Delivery is scheduled for July 2008. Like the four sisters before her, the bright yellow, all-aluminum catamaran, designed by Incat Crowther, measures 72 feet (22m) long and 27.3 feet (8.3m) abeam, and draws 5 feet (1.5m). The new vessel will be USCG-certified to carry 149 passengers but limited to only 99 passengers when operating at the city’s “water-taxi-designated” docks. The vessel will be powered by twin Cummins QSK 19-M diesel engines, each rated at 800 Bhp at 2100 rpm. The EPA Tier-2-compliant engines will drive 5-bladed Ni-BR-Al Bruntons propellers via Twin Disc MGX 5145SC “Quick Shift” gearboxes and EC-300 control systems.

Water Taxi Capsizes

A water taxi capsized on March 6 in the inner harbor of Baltimore, Md. According to reports, three of the 25 people who were aboard the pontoon boat when it capsized about a mile from shore are missing and presumed dead. Then National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is launching a Go Team to investigate the accident. Investigator-in-Charge Tom Roth-Roffy will lead the NTSB team. Chairman Engleman-Conners will serve as principal spokesperson. Board Member Richard Healing and two Public Affairs Officers, Lauren Peduzzi and Terry Williams will also accompany the team. The team in Baltimore will release information on the progress of the investigation.

Report: Taxi Accident Preventable

The National Transportation Safety Board met in Washington to consider the final report of its investigation into the fatal water taxi accident two years ago this week in Baltimore's Inner Harbor. A water taxi capsized and killed five people in Baltimore Harbor in 2004 because excessive passenger weight made the boat too unstable to withstand a sudden gust of wind, the government said on March 7. The National Transportation Safety Board concluded that the Coast Guard underestimated the tippiness of the 36-foot Lady D pontoon boat because it had conducted the wrong stability test on the wrong vessel. The Coast Guard also assumed the average weight per passenger was 140 pounds, a standard that hasn't changed since 1942, the safety board said.

Water Taxi Allision at Seattle’s Pier 50

U.S Coast Guard and multiple Seattle-area rescue agencies responded to a water taxi allision in Seattle at Pier 50 on Sept. 26. The King County water taxi Rachel Marie allided with the pier at approximately 11:30 a.m. with 78 passengers and crew onboard. Two 41-ft utility boat crews from Coast Guard Station Seattle, along with the Seattle Fire Department and Seattle Police Harbor Patrol crews responded to the scene and are transporting the passengers and crew off the vessel. One person fell into the water and was immediately recovered.  The remaining 77 people were removed from the vessel.  Approximately five people were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. The cause of the allision is unknown.  Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound is investigating the accident.  

Ivory Coast Urban Water Transport Opened to Outside Investors

Ivory Coast abolished a state monopoly on passenger traffic on the lagoon surrounding the commercial capital Abidjan, the government announced on Wednesday, clearing the way for outside investors. Abidjan, a city of around 6 million inhabitants, straddles the Ebrie Lagoon. The SOTRA urban transportation company, majority-owned by the state with a minority interest held by Italian bus manufacturer Iveco, runs several water-taxi lines. Government spokesman Bruno Kone said the waterways had been under-utilized. "This will allow other entities to make major investments," Bruno said after a cabinet meeting. He also announced the approval of an agreement between the transportation ministry and Rainbow Ferry Lines…

SeaKits for Boston’s Best Cruises

Photo courtesy Chesapeake ProCon

SeaKits, the developer and provider of the Marine Maintenance System (MMS), has signed an agreement with Boston’s Best Cruises to provide the company’s two workboat fleets with their turnkey MMS Fleet Solutions. SeaKits and Boston’s Best Cruises met at the Passenger Vessel Association meeting in February and began discussions of implementing Fleet Solutions into their Boston and Ft. Lauderdale based fleets. The Boston fleet’s maintenance program will begin operations with MMS by the end of April.

NTSB Investigates Fatal Water Taxi Accident

Immediately following the capsizing of a water-taxi, the Lady D, in Baltimore's Inner Harbor on Saturday, March 6, 2004, National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Ellen Engleman Conners launched a Go Team to the site of the accident to conduct the on-scene phase of the investigation. The Safety Board is leading the investigation and receiving assistance from several parties. The National Transportation Safety Board's Investigator-In- Charge, Bill Woody, has designated the following parties to the investigation of the Lady D capsizing in Baltimore Harbor: the U.S. Coast Guard; Living Classrooms Foundation (owner of the Lady D); and the City of Baltimore Fire Department.

Water Taxi Lawsuit Planned

Two insurance firms representing the company whose water taxi overturned in Baltimore's Inner Harbor in 2004, killing five people, plan to sue the U.S. Coast Guard, alleging that the maritime service certified the vessel for too many passengers. The companies, which paid confidential settlements to the victims on board the Lady D after it capsized in a sudden storm between Fort McHenry and Fells Point, said the vessel was not properly tested for stability by the Coast Guard before it was put to use. And, the lawsuit is expected to say, it never should have been permitted to carry 25 people. If successful, the suit could shift at least some attention for the accident away from the captain…

NTSB to Meet on Water Taxi Capsizing

The National Transportation Safety Board will hold a public Board meeting Tuesday, March 7 in Washington, D.C. There are two items on the agenda. a pontoon water taxi with two crewmen and 23 passengers on board, was traversing Baltimore Harbor when it encountered a rapidly developing storm with high winds. The vessel capsized, killing 5 of those aboard. Press contact: Lauren Peduzzi, peduzzi@ntsb.gov. helicopter crashed into the Gulf of Mexico, killing all 10 persons aboard. Press contact: Ted Lopatkiewicz, lopatt@ntsb.gov. A summary of the Board's final reports, which will include findings, probable causes and safety recommendations, will appear on the web site shortly after the conclusion of the meeting. The entire reports will appear on the web site several weeks later.

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.

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