Mar 9, 2014
The Philippine Star
In the Philippines the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said a private ferry service along the Pasig River will be operational by the last week of April. The MMDA chairman said he expects at least eight ferries owned by private firms to be operating on the river daily. A previous ferry service on the river stopped in 2011 after typhoon “Ondoy” damaged most of the terminals. The ferry system is seen as an alternative solution to Metro Manila’s expected massive traffic jams caused by 15 major infrastructure projects across the Metro. It is also aimed to boost Metro Manila’s tourism.
The MMDA has tested a prototype of its "bus ferry" on the Pasig River. Three tugboats were converted into "bus-ferries" by attaching the bodies of mini-buses on top of the 20-foot tugboat. The yellow-colored MMDA boats can ferry at least 40 passengers.
Mar 5, 2014
The University of Strathclyde in Scotland had awarded to Stuart Ballantyne (Sea Transport Solutions, Australia), the honorary degree of Doctor of Science. The award recognises his achievement in the field of naval architecture and his work in providing safer, more economic and environmentally-compelling commercial vessel designs.
Feb 28, 2014
Stena Line has acquired the Irish-owned Celtic Link ferry service which operates from Rosslare-Cherbourg. Celtic Link currently provides a three times weekly service between Ireland and France with the 2006 Visentini built CELTIC HORIZON.
Michael McGrath, Stena Line’s COO commented: “This investment represents an important milestone for Stena Line as for the first time in our history we will be able to offer a direct ferry link between the Republic of Ireland and the Continent.”
Final details are currently being concluded around the acquisition and Stena Line hopes to be in a position to take over the running of the service with effect from Monday 31st March 2014.
Feb 27, 2014
British Columbia Ferry Services Inc.
Canadian operator, BC Ferries, announced today that Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards has been awarded the $15 million contract for the construction of a new cable ferry to service the Vancouver Island–Denman Island route.
“The cable ferry provides substantial cost savings of over $80 million over the 40-year life of the project compared to the current service” said Mark Wilson, BC Ferries’ Vice President of Engineering.
The 78.5 metre cable ferry will accommodate 50 vehicles and 150 passengers. It is expected to be in operation by the summer of 2015. Contracts for the new terminal infrastructure to accommodate the cable ferry system will be awarded shortly.
Feb 7, 2014
Work Boat World
After being almost dormant for nearly two decades, the global ferry building market is showing definite signs of activity. The fast ferry sector, in particular, has seen considerable action of late but all sectors, except perhaps large European Ro-Pax ferries, are seeing new orders materialise.
Of course, this improvement has started off a very low base. The few surviving nineteen-nineties-era shipyards are leading the way. However, it should be noted that less than twenty per cent of the yards that were actively building fast ferries in the mid-nineties are still operating. The numbers of builders of large European style ferries have reduced even more.
While some builders, such as Tasmania’s Richardson Devine, Damen and Aluminium Boats Australia have pretty much maintained their flow of new buildings through the downturn, others such as Incat and Austal slowed dramatically. Many others, of course, departed the scene altogether.
Feb 4, 2014
Seattle-based, Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG), has been awarded a multiple-phase project to design a new freight and passenger ferry for the Massachusetts-based Woods Hole, Martha's Vineyard & Nantucket Steamship Authority.
“We are looking to replace our oldest vessel, the M/V Governor, with a more versatile vessel by the spring of 2016," says Wayne C. Lamson, General Manager for The Steamship Authority. The Governor was built in 1954, but only joined The Steamship Authority's fleet in 1998, after stints in San Diego, Seattle and New York.
The Steamship Authority's new single-ended vessel will have a length of 235 feet, and a total passenger capacity of between 384 and 512, and a car deck that will accommodate 50 standard vehicles or 10 tractor-trailer vehicles. The ferry will have a target speed of 16 knots and will provide service between the Massachusetts mainland, Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard.
Jan 31, 2014
Scandlines, backed by international investor 3i, appointed Steve Ridgway as Chairman with immediate effect. Ridgway brings over 30 years experience from Virgin Atlantic Airways, most recently as Chief Executive. Søren Poulsgaard, CEO of Scandlines, commented: "His knowledge and experience will be invaluable as we pursue our growth strategy, continually enhance our customer experience and modernise our fleet."
Jan 28, 2014
Croatian shipbuilder Uljanik has recently launched the 'Berkarar', the first of two contracted Ro-Pax ferries for Turkmenistan. Built for Turkmenistan's State Service of Maritime and River Transportation, the vessels will be used for the transportation of passengers, trucks and other vehicles on the Caspian Sea. The vessel measures 155.8 metres in length, 17.5 metres in width. It will transport 54 trucks on two closed decks plus 200 passengers and is equipped with 30 double and four single cabins.
Jan 27, 2014
An overcrowded ferry with 45 passengers, most of them tourists, keeled over and sank off Viper Island, 500 metres from the dockyards in Port Blair in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands, killing at least 21 people around 4pm on Sunday. The diesel-run tourist boat Aqua Marine had covered a distance of barely two nautical miles from where it started on Ross Island when it sank. The vessel took in water rapidly after the plank broke, according to sources. There were only 25-odd life jackets on board, and many passengers didn’t even have these on when the ferry listed. Government sources said the privately-owned boat had a capacity to carry 25 people, but was carrying 45 passengers.
Jan 26, 2014
Andrew Banks, the managing director of Pentland Ferries has been made an OBE (Order of the British Empire) in the New Year Honours lists for “services to transport and the community”. Mr Banks has been responsible for the development of Pentland Ferries’ car and passenger service linking Gill’s Bay in Caithness and St Margaret’s Hope in Orkney. The OBE is awarded to individuals “for having a major local role in any activity, including people whose work has made them known nationally in their chosen area”.