New Interferry CEO to make funding call at European Shipping Week

Mike Corrigan, the incoming CEO of global trade association Interferry, is to advocate greater European Union involvement and investment in the ferry sector during an address on the opening day of European Shipping Week, which takes place in Brussels from February 27-March 3. Interferry is hosting a reception that immediately follows a short sea shipping …read more

Order for First Cruise Ships Built in China

Fincantieri, China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) and Carnival Corporation have signed a deal for the construction of two cruise ships, with an option for another four. They will be the first large cruise ships ever built in China for the Chinese market. Chinese President Xi Jinping attended the signing ceremony for the $1.5 billion deal …read more

Midship Marine delivers Incat Crowther cat to Ultramar

Midship Marine’s Harvey, LA, shipyard has delivered the Ultramar, a 48 m high capacity catamaran passenger ferry, to Mexican operator Ultramar. Designed by Incat Crowther specifically for the operator’s busy but relatively short Playa de Carmen – Cozumel run and carrying 844 passengers, the ferry is optimized for a very fast turnaround with multiple boarding …read more

The Jones Act Under Attack

With the Jones Act again coming under scrutiny, it is timely to remember that those most directly affected by the act are seafarers.  Over the years, lawmakers and presidents have proposed making somewhat controversial changes to the Jones Act. Some have gone so far as to recommend repealing it entirely as Senator John McCain did …read more