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New Ferries Planned for Sydney Harbour

Apr 18, 2014

Baird Maritime

Australian State Minister for Transport in New South Wales, Gladys Berejiklian, has announced the commencement of the design process for the new fleet of ferries for Sydney Harbour. Local naval architects One2three have been appointed to prepare concept designs for six new ferries before a major construction tender goes out later this year. The new ferries will be designed to carry up to 400 passengers and will operate in the inner harbour.

“The government is providing new ferries in 2016 as part of a 20-year plan to modernise and expand Sydney’s ferry network,” Ms Berejiklian said. "Titled 'Sydney’s Ferry Future', the plan is our blueprint to expand the ferry network and cater for future growth with new ferries, upgraded wharves, additional routes, improved travel times and more services.”

Interferry Media Statement

Apr 17, 2014

Ferry Accident in South Korea

As the ferry industry’s trade association, Interferry wishes to express its deepest condolences to everyone affected by the recent tragedy in South Korea. Fatal ferry accidents are rare in developed countries such as this but that does not diminish the industry’s ongoing commitment to advancing safety measures even further. Interferry stands ready to assist the relevant authorities in understanding the causes and then communicating the results to ensure any necessary modification of equipment, design, operational procedures, training, regulations or enforcement are implemented.

Although Interferry has no members in South Korea, we are always concerned about ferry safety matters in any part of the developed or developing world. We have been working in partnership with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for a number of years on efforts to improve ferry safety in developing countries where most of the accidents occur. The government of South Korea has provided assistance in these efforts in Bangladesh and Indonesia.

Update: South Korean Sinking

Apr 16, 2014

Lloyd’s List

More than 300 people are missing after a South Korean ro-pax ferry capsized and sank today near Jeju Island with more than 400 passengers on board. South Korean officials earlier said 368 people had been rescued but have now revised that figure down to 164, amid conflicting reports about the status of the ongoing rescue, with 34 naval and civilian ships and 18 helicopters looking for survivors. Four people have been confirmed dead.

The Japanese-built Sewol was carrying 325 high school students, 15 teachers, 89 non-student passengers and 30 crew members. The 1994-built, 3,794 dwt ferry — called Ferry Naminoue until October 2012 — has capacity to carry 900 people. It is owned by Chonghaejin Marine, based in Incheon, having been built by Hayashikane Shipbuilding & Engineering in Nagasaki.

South Korean Ferry Sinks

Apr 16, 2014


A South Korean ship with hundreds of passengers on board has sunk off the country's southwestern coast. Among the passengers, around 320 were students who were traveling with several teachers to the resort island of Jeju. In total there were 447 passengers and 27 crew on the ferry, a total of 474 people. The Coast Guard has confirmed that there is at least two deaths.

The distress signal was received from the ferry, identified as the Sewol, around 9 AM (local time). The South Korean Ministry of Security and Public Administration has confirmed that 180 passengers have been rescued.

One student said that he heard a loud bump, which was quickly followed by the ship beginning to sink. He jumped into the sea before swimming to a rescue vessel. The ship listed badly, leading to authorities ordering all remaining on the stricken ship to jump into the sea. The water is 12.6 degrees centigrade (55 degrees Fahrenheit). The ferry is now almost completely submerged.

Nils-Erik Eklund awarded Finnish Maritime Prize

Apr 4, 2014

Viking Line

Nils-Erik Eklund, former CEO of Viking Line, has been awarded with the Maritime Theme Prize 2014. The prize is awarded to a person who has worked to improve conditions for the maritime sector, contributed to enhance appreciation of the sector, developed cooperation within the sector and furthered external visibility of the maritime sector. The winner is selected by a jury consisting of seven representatives from various maritime organizations in Finland.

Nils-Erik Eklund has had a long career within the Finnish maritime sector, dating back to 1963 when he worked as a washer-up on the vessel Ålandsfärjan. He became CEO of Viking Line in 1990, a position he held until 2010.

“I had the opportunity to work with highly competent and pleasant people during my 20 years as CEO of Viking Line. I am accepting the Maritime Theme Prize on behalf of everyone that I’ve had the pleasure to work with”, Eklund said in his thank you speech.

Another Incat Crowther Design for UltraMar

Mar 24, 2014

Baird Maritime

Australia's Incat Crowther has announced it is designing a fourth vessel for UltraMar of Cancun, Mexico. The 48-metre catamaran passenger ferry will be built at Midship Marine in Louisiana, USA, and will operate on UltraMar’s busy Playa de Carmen-Cozumel route. High on UltraMar’s priority list is the loading and disembarking more than 800 passengers, upgraded cargo handling and a robust platform fit for high turnaround frequency and exposed dock facilities. The vessel will capable of a service speed of 24 knots and a maximum speed of 28 knots.

Change of leadership at Viking Line

Mar 21, 2014

ShipPax Information

Viking Line's Board of Directors and its President and CEO, Mikael Backman, have decided to go their separate ways. The Board is of the opinion that in recent years, Mr Backman has implemented changes that are important to the Company, but that the future will require different leadership in facing the coming challenges.

"The Board is of the opinion that Jan Hanses, currently Deputy CEO, is very suitable to take on these challenges," says Ben Lundqvist, Chairman of the Board. At the same time, the Board has appointed Andreas Remmer, Chief Financial Officer, as Executive Vice President and Deputy CEO. These organizational changes go into effect on March 20, 2014.

Head of Washington State Ferries Resigns

Mar 18, 2014

KING5 News

The head of Washington State Ferries resigned Tuesday, an announcement made in his weekly update. His last day will be April 15. David Moseley has run WSF since 2008. Moseley says it is his decision to leave his post and that he was not forced out. He said he is not retiring but does not know what his next professional move will be.

[David Moseley has served on the Board of Directors of Interferry since 2011.]

Condor Orders Wartsila Ballast Water System

Mar 18, 2014

Marine Log

U.K. based Condor Ferries is taking advantage of Wärtsilä's new Aquarius Ready solution to retrofit two RO/RO ferries with ballast water management systems (BWMS). The vessels have been prepared for BWMS installation, but the actual equipment installation and commissioning will take place at a time convenient to the owners following ratification of the IMO Convention.

The Aquarius Ready concept has been developed by Wärtsilä to prepare vessels for the fitting of BWMS, while minimizing vessel downtime, thereby enabling more efficient operations. The contract with Condor Ferries was signed in February 2014 and the final equipment delivery will take place within 12 months from the ratification of the IMO Ballast Water Convention.

Condor Ferries operates ferry services between mainland England, the Channel Islands, and France

Car Falls into Sea While Loading on Istanbul Ferry

Mar 16, 2014

Hurriyet Daily News

A five year-old girl was killed and three women were injured when a car fell into sea while boarding a ferryboat in Istanbul on March 15. The accident took place at around 3.20 p.m. at Istanbul’s Sirkeci port, as the last vehicle - carrying four people and boarding the ferry traveling to the Harem port - dropped into the water while boarding.

According to eyewitnesses, the last car onboard the Sirkeci-Harem ferry was on the hatchway when the ship started to move. However, the hatchway was not closed properly and the car slid back, hanging from the lid [ramp] for some time before falling into the sea.

Two women managed to escape the car before it completely sank. The child and her grandmother were rescued after divers arrived at the scene. However, although the child was alive when divers took her from the water, she lost her life after being taken to hospital.

The Transport Minister has announced that an investigation has been launched. The Istanbul Fast Ferries Co. Inc. (IDO) has released a statement extending its condolences to the family.