Industry News

Ferry Sinks on Lake Tanganyika

Dec 14, 2014

BBC News Africa

At least 129 bodies have been recovered from Lake Tanganyika in the Democratic Republic of Congo, after a ferry capsized on Friday. Local transport minister Laurent Sumba Kahozi said the search for survivors was continuing. Rescue workers found passengers in the water on Sunday, clinging on to petrol cans and other objects.

Correspondents say such accidents are fairly common in the region as ferries are often overloaded. Life jackets are also often missing and many people cannot swim. Boats in the region are often overcrowded and accidents are common

Officials in Katanga province said strong winds and overloading caused the boat, the MV Mutambala, to capsize. A number of women and children were among the victims in the disaster, which happened in the early hours of Friday morning. The number of survivors stands at 232, mostly men, the provincial minister for transport said.

LNG ferry for Tallink

Dec 12, 2014

Shippax Information

According to a press release, Tallink and Meyer Turku (formerly STX Finland) have signed a letter of intent for a LNG powered ferry. The ship will cost around MEUR 230 and will be built at Turku shipyard. It will be LNG-fuelled and delivered at the beginning of 2017. Approximate length is 212 m with GT of 49,000. The ship will operate between Helsinki (Finland) and Tallinn (Estonia). It is planned to carry 2,800 passengers. Over the next few months Tallink Grupp and Meyer Turku will work towards the shipbuilding contract and financing arrangements.