Dec 6, 2013
The Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Government has awarded Damen Shipyards Group an order for a state-of-the-art, 80 m Ice Class ferry, which will operate on the Fogo Island - Change Islands service. Scheduled for delivery in September 2015, the 14-knot ro-ro ferry will be able to carry up to 200 passengers and 60 vehicles. The ferry was designed by Canadian engineering firm Fleetway.
Bay of Fundy
Transport Canada has issued a “Public Notice of Ferry Purchase” in order to find a replacement vessel for the 1971-built PRINCESS OF ACADIA. Traveling the 70 kilometers between St-John, New-Brunswick and Digby, Nova Scotia, she operates on a year-round basis carrying passenger and commercial traffic. The service is operated by Bay Ferries.
The tender closes December 20, 2013. Details can be found at https://buyandsell.gc.ca/procurement-data/tender-notice/PW-MC-028-24146
Dec 2, 2013
Incat Tasmania Pty Ltd has signed a contract with Japanese ferry operator Sado Kisen for the construction of an 85 metre Wave Piercing Catamaran for operation on the 39 nautical mile route from Naoetsu Port in the Niigata prefecture to Ogi, the southernmost port of Sado Island.
The 85 metre wave piercing catamaran will comfortably transport 700 passengers to Sado Island and has capacity for 7 large trucks and 98 cars, or in car only configuration including mezzanine decks, it will carry 173 cars.
Sado Kisen is a long standing and respected operator in Japan, with origins from the Sado Steam Ship Company. The company has a fleet of conventional car ferries and jet foils, however with an operating speed of 30 to 34 knots the new Incat Hull 068 will be Sado Kisen’s first high-speed vehicle and passenger ferry.
Incat Chairman Robert Clifford commented : “This is yet another positive foray into the growing Asian market, with continued interest in fast and economical ferries. We are excited to be working with a new client in Japan, and look forward to building their ship through 2014 for delivery in 2015”.
Nov 22, 2013
Societe Nationale Maritime Corse Mediterranee (SNCM), the French ferry operator partly owned by Veolia Environnement SA, must repay an extra 220 million euros ($296 million) in illegal subsidies, regulators said. France must recoup the money -- a mix of capital increase, social payments and a “negative price” paid when it was privatized in 2006 -- because the aid harmed competition, the European Commission said. This adds to the regulators’ order in May that SNCM should repay grants since July 2007 to operate ferry routes between Corsica and Marseille during peak periods. The sum brings total aid SNCM must repay to 440 million euros.
The dispute is holding up Veolia’s efforts to withdraw from their transport unit Transdev, which owns the ferry operator. Europe’s largest water company is seeking to extricate itself from the public transit business as part of their turnaround plan to lower debt and sell assets.
The European Union checks whether large government subsidies give a company an unfair advantage over others and can take a state to court to demand it recoup any illegal aid.
Nov 20, 2013
Förde Reederei Seetouristik
Weisse Flotte, member of the FRS Group, has won a tender from the Berlin city transport authority for four ferry lines utilizing solar powered electric driven passenger vessels beginning in January 2014. With their EU-wide tender the Berlin transport authority sought shipping companies with the capability to reduce pollution in Berlin with innovative and environmentally friendly solutions.
With sufficient solar radiation the ferries operate only by solar energy. In gloomy weather the overnight charged batteries provide the ferries with energy. For these emission-free ships a diesel engine is not needed. The light aluminium construction features a large passenger area with space for up to 35 passengers as well as at least two wheelchairs and ten bicycles.
Weisse Flotte currently operates seven passenger ships and six car ferries as well as two water taxis in northeast Germany.
Nov 16, 2013
The New Zealand Herald
New Zealand Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee announced that a year-long Transport Ministry investigation found the construction of a privately-funded Clifford Bay terminal would not be viable. The South Island ferry terminal will remain at Picton - dashing hopes for a reduced travelling time between the North and South islands.
The Transport Ministry investigation estimated the travel time between Wellington and Christchurch for road-ferry travellers would have been reduced by almost an hour and a half, and nearly two hours for rail passengers. The report estimated a terminal at Clifford Bay could have been delivered by 2022 at a cost of $525 million - but the Government would have been required to fill a funding shortfall for private investors to proceed with the project. The Minister cited this cost, as well as the risks associated with a Clifford Bay terminal and "the lack of a compelling constraint at Picton" for not proceeding with the Clifford Bay Terminal.
Nov 15, 2013
Wärtsilä is to retrofit an exhaust gas cleaning system to TT-Line's Ro-Pax vessel Robin Hood. The retrofit is part of the German-Swedish ferry operator's Green Ship strategy. Wärtsilä's turnkey delivery responsibility covers full engineering, pre-fabrication, installation, classification, project management, and construction site management. The contract was signed in October 2013 and delivery and installation will take place during summer 2014.
The ferry operates in the Sulfur Emission Control Area (SECA) between Travemünde, Germany and Trelleborg, Sweden, and will be fitted with four Wärtsilä Hybrid Scrubber Systems designed to reduce sulfur oxide (SOx) and particulate emissions from the ship's exhaust. The Wärtsilä systems will enable compliance with the SECA regulations and with anticipated future legislation.
"The retrofit project is co-financed by the European Union through the TEN-T MOS 'Green Bridge on Nordic Corridor' project," said Hannes Conzen, CEO of TT-Line.
Nov 14, 2013
Western Australia headquartered shipbuilder Strategic Marine has launched the Shanna, the first of two 45-m Ropax catamaran ferries for Oman's National Ferries Company. The vessel is the first of its kind built by Strategic at its Vietnam shipyard. The sister vessel, the Jawharat, will be delivered at the end of November. Strategic Marine also has operations in Singapore and Western Australia.
Designed by Sea Transport Solutions of Australia, the vessels can carry 294 passengers (154 internal) and 38 cars or four trucks and 24 cars. Each has four Caterpillar main engines and can achieve speeds of 18 knots (15 knots at maximum load). Both vessels will operate on the busy Shanna-Masirah route from the mainland to the northern tip of Oman's largest island.
Nov 12, 2013
Amendment 36-12 of the IMDG Code will be mandatory from 1 January 2014. Interferry member Exis Technologies is a provider of software systems for the management of dangerous goods in sea transport. Exis is offering a free three-month trial of Hazcheck Online – a web-based subscription service to check a shipment against the IMDG Code (including stowage, segregation and packaging) and automatically produce a dangerous goods note. Click here for details: http://www.hazcheck.com/products.asp?np=hazonl
Trials also available for other Hazcheck Systems – see full list of systems here: www.hazcheck.com
Nov 5, 2013
London-based investor 3i Group has bought out Allianz Capital Partners, its co-owner of Baltic ferry operator Scandlines, for €165m ($223m). The announcement comes after the owners failed to find any external buyers for the ferry operator. Danish ferry operator DFDS dropped out of talks in the summer after its offer was rejected.
The two investors originally bought the former state-owned German-Danish ferry operator in 2007 along with Deutsche Seereederi, but bought out the German partner in 2010. The owners then implemented major changes at Scandlines, reshuffling its management, streamlining its operations and selling some longer-distance routes to Stena Line. This left the company with three key routes, sailing between Denmark and Germany and on a much shorter route between Denmark and southern Sweden.
Nov 3, 2013
A tourist ferry capsized and sank near the popular seaside resort of Pattaya on Sunday, killing seven tourists, including four Thais, two Russians and a Chinese, police said.
The double-decker ferry, carrying about 200 Thai and foreign tourists, left Lan island for the 30-minute trip to Pattaya's Bali Hai pier on Sunday evening. Shortly after the boat departed, an engine problem sent the passengers on the first deck rushing to the second floor, causing the ferry to flip on its side and eventually sink.
"Witnesses said there were neither enough tubes nor life vests on the ferry. Some of those who cannot swim had to cling onto coolers or ice containers until rescuers came," a police spokesman said. He also said the ferry was operating over its capacity of about 130 to 150 passengers.