Industry News

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

CLYDE Ferry Routes Are Busiest As CalMac Carry More Than Five Million Passngers

CALEDONIAN MacBrayne’s official carrying statistics for 2016 show that the west coast ferry operator passed five million passengers for the first time since 1997. The company, which has its headquarters in Gourock, operates the UK’s largest ferry network, with 32 vessels carrying out more than 136,000 individual sailings annually across an area which extends 200 …read more

Vega Faces Penalty for U.S. Ballast Water Release

The U.S. Coast Guard has initiated civil penalty proceedings against the operator, Vega Reederei GmbH & Co. KG, after an investigation into ballast water discharge violations by the bulk carrier Vega Mars. Investigators found that around January 29, 2017, while moored in Tacoma, ballast water was discharged from the 580-foot Liberian-flagged vessel without the use …read more

Cavotec names Mikael Norin as new CEO

The Board of Directors of Cavotec SA is pleased to announce that Mikael Norin has been appointed CEO of the Cavotec Group. Mikael Norin will join Cavotec on May 1, 2017 and will, after a transition period, assume full responsibility as CEO on July 1, 2017. He will be based at the company’s headquarters in …read more

Bridge Layout Contributed to Ro/Ro Collision

The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch has issued its final report into the collision of the car carrier City of Rotterdam and the cargo ro/ro Primula Seaways. It concluded that the incident was due to the pilot’s loss of situational awareness (disorientation) and the bridge team’s failure to intervene, plus one strange contributing factor: a semicircular …read more

Insurers Warn on Ro-Ro Fires

The International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI) has voiced concern over fires on ro-ro passenger vehicles and issued recommendations ahead of an IMO review.  Marine underwriters have witnessed an increase in the frequency of fires in the car/ro-ro passenger vessel segment and say it is currently twice that of most other vessel types. More than …read more

Take Politics out of Ferry Discussion

The re-established ferry in Yarmouth has been a point of contention for Nova Scotia’s opposition Conservatives since the contract was signed, but Yarmouth Mayor Pam Mood says the parties should be working in tandem to make the project work. Mood says the ferry service caused a “complete turnaround” for tourism and the economic well-being of …read more