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Incat Wins More Passenger-Only Orders

May 4, 2015

ABC News Australia

Hobart-based catamaran builder Incat has won contracts to build four new fast ferries for the Manly run in Sydney. The order is for two 24-metre fast catamarans and two 33-metre ferries. Two will be used for passengers within the harbour and the other two will be capable of going beyond the Sydney Heads for whale watching.

Incat is also building two 35-metre cats for Thames Clippers in the UK.

Video of Fire-Gutted Spanish Ferry

Apr 30, 2015

Shippax Information

This link shows the damage caused by the recent fire on the Trasmed ferry SORRENTO:

Another Car Deck Fire

Apr 28, 2015

The Guardian

A fire broke out on a ferry off Spain’s Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean on Tuesday, forcing the evacuation of 156 passengers and crew in lifeboats and injuring three crew members, officials said. The ferry operated by Trasmediterranea was travelling from Palma de Mallorca to Valencia when the blaze broke out in its garage for still unknown reasons, the company said in a statement.

Passengers and crew abandoned the Sorrento ferry in lifeboats after it became clear that the fire could not be brought under control with the means on board. Four crew members were rescued from the Sorrento by helicopter while the rest of the crew and passengers, including a baby, were picked up by another ferry which was in the area at the time.

Port authority officials said the abandoned ferry could sink because of the damage suffered in the blaze. The 186-metre ferry can carry up to 1,000 people and 150 vehicles. The ferry belongs to Italy’s Atlantica CSPA di Navigazione but is operated by Trasmediterranea, a unit of Spanish infrastructure firm Acciona.

IMO Ferry Safety Conference

Apr 28, 2015

Maritime Executive

The IMO Conference on the enhancement of safety of ships carrying passengers on non-international voyages, held in Manila, the Philippines, on 24 April 2015, has adopted guidelines to aid the process of reducing the mounting toll of ferry accidents. The Manila Statement, adopted by the Conference, addresses the question of whether a ship is fit for purpose in its intended role. It acknowledges the urgent need to enhance the safety of ships carrying passengers on non-international voyages in certain parts of the world.

Speaking at the closing session of the conference, which was hosted by the Government of the Philippines, IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu said that domestic ferry operations played a crucial role in the movement of people and goods, and sometimes represented the only possible or reasonably affordable means of transport. “The public expects safety standards on domestic passenger ferries to be as strong as those on international vessels,” Sekimizu said.

Darrell Bryan Retires from Clipper Navigation

Apr 25, 2015

Darrell Bryan has announced his retirement after serving as CEO at Seattle-based Clipper Navigation since 1986. Founder of the company, Meredith Tall will assume the leadership of the business as the CEO and Chair. Darrell continues to be a co-owner and will assist the business as an advisor. For the foreseeable future, Darrell will work on transition projects and Clipper’s new ventures, and assist Merideth with specific initiatives.

Darrell has also been a leader in the industry. He has served on the Boards of both the US Passenger Vessel Association and Interferry. In 2001 Darrell was President of Interferry and hosted a very successful Interferry conference in Seattle, despite the challenge of having the event two weeks after 9/11. He was also instrumental in the transition from the old International Marine Transit Association to the new Interferry.

Clipper Navigation runs a fleet of three passenger-only catamarans with service to the San Juan Islands and Victoria, British Columbia. Clipper Vacations offers tours, excursions and packages throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Second Stena HSS to be Scrapped

Apr 24, 2015

Shippax Information

HSS DISCOVERY, the catamaran formerly operating between Harwich and the Hook of Holland as STENA DISCOVERY, has been sold to Turkish interests for USD2.1m after being put up for auction in Curacao where it had been lying since November 2011.

Last of three HSS 1500 craft to be completed at Finnyards in Rauma and delivered to Stena Line BV in April 1997, the 1,500 passenger/375 car craft operated on the England-Holland route until January 2007. Powered by four gas turbines with a 40 knots top speed, STENA DISCOVERY was laid-up in Belfast until bought by a Venezuelan company in May 2009. It never entered service in Venezuela.

Sister craft STENA VOYAGER, used between Belfast and Stranraer, was broken-up at Landskrona last year while STENA EXPLORER, operated between Holyhead and Dun Laoghaire until autumn 2014, now lies idle at the Anglesey port.

In May HSS DISCOVERY will be towed from Curacao to Turkey for scrapping, a voyage of almost 5,400 nautical miles expected to take about 37 days.

Ferries to Cuba?

Apr 23, 2015

Lloyd’s List

United Caribbean Lines is among a handful of companies that have applied for a licence to restart ferry services between the US and Cuba in the belief that thawing relations between the two countries will shortly lead to official approval for the resurrection of regular passenger links by sea. There have been no ferry crossings for more than 50 years, since the once-popular service was stopped shortly after the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis.

The company, which is the new vehicle of two iconic names of the international cruise and ferry businesses, plans to offer ferry services from Florida starting in the autumn of 2015, according to a preliminary web page. Advertising the intention to launch the service — and later on links with Cancun and the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico — UCL says it will follow all US regulations in effect for travel to Cuba, observing the 12 categories of travel currently approved by Washington.

Danish Naval Architect Expands

Apr 17, 2015

OSK-ShipTech A/S

OSK-ShipTech A/S has acquired consulting naval architects A/S Jørgen Petersen who have more than 40 years of experience in ship design and consulting in the marine industry. OSK has in recent years developed a strong business within large passenger vessels while Jørgen Petersen are specialists in smaller passenger ferries.

Anders Ørgård Hansen of OSK-ShipTech said, “The acquisition of A/S Jørgen Petersen and their portfolio of smaller passenger vessels is an important complement to our client base currently consisting of nearly 100 passenger vessels all in excess of 100m length.” He added, “We will push the evolution of hybrid technologies from smaller ferries into larger ferries as battery technology matures. Hybrid technology is a very strong competence within OSK today.”

Meyer Werft Takes 100% of Turku Shipyard

Apr 17, 2015

Shippax Information

German shipbuilder Meyer Werft and the Finnish government acquired Turku shipyard from STX Europe in September 2014 with Meyer taking a 70% share and Finland 30%. Meyer Werft has now obtained 100% ownership.

Jan Meyer, CEO of Meyer Turku said, “At the time of the purchase Meyer was only operating shipyards in Germany and therefore going to invest in Finland was a big and strategic step for us – which we carefully considered from different angles. Our well-coordinated acquisition with the Finnish Government made it possible for us to implement this strategic move, and I am sincerely grateful for the government for its valuable contribution. In general, I hope that our decision to buy all the shares is received as a sign of confidence that we can make Turku shipyard a long term shipbuilding success.”

Thailand Ferry Fire

Apr 9, 2015

Bangkok Post

A 12-year-old Israeli girl trapped inside a bathroom died as other frightened passengers and crew were rescued from a blazing tourist ferry near Phuket in southern Thailand.

The captain of the Ao Nang Princess 5 ferry said there were 104 passengers and crew onboard. When the vessel was about seven to eight kilometres from Railay beach near Ao Nang he heard the explosion from the engine room. He immediately ordered everyone to don life jackets and prepare to abandon ship.

The fire quickly engulfed the ferry and burned it to the waterline before it sank off Krabi's Noppharat Thara beach. A swift rescue effort from nearby fishing trawlers and pleasure craft saw all of those on board except the Israeli child plucked safely from the sea. No injuries were reported. The vessel was 35-metre long and 4.5-metre wide and was operated by Ao Nang Travel and Tour Co.