Laos Ferry Sinks

At least 10 school children travelling on a boat in the Nam Ngum River in Laos are feared to have drowned after the overcrowded ferry capsized on Tuesday. The ferry was carrying about 35 elementary school students and four teachers on the major Mekong tributary, about 60km from the country’s capital, Vientiane. The students, all fifth-graders, were …read more

The Weakest Link

Total losses of ships have fallen to a historic low, yet danger still threatens from container blazes and the difficulty in fighting fire on ro-ro and ro-pax ferries. There are the few really appalling incidents to confront, and major problems with mass drownings on ferries in the developing world, but the raw statistics do reveal …read more

Zero Emission Air-Supported Commuter Ferry

A team in the E.U. is building a zero emission air supported commuter ferry capable of a speed of 30 knots. The ferry will be powered by a lithium titanate battery system, an alternative to lithium ion batteries that are faster to charge.  Partly funded by the European Commission in a project called BB GREEN, …read more

Bureaucracy and Short Sea Shipping

Twelve months on and even after exciting celebrations like the recent European Shipping Week, no fewer than nine European maritime organisations have published a joint letter noting the disappointing lack of progress in any moves to encourage the growth of shortsea shipping. The letter is well crafted and worth reading, pointing out the impediments to …read more