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Friday, July 19, 2019

Car Ferry News

Photo: Cowes Harbour Commission

Kingston Wharf Site Up for Rent

An opportunity for marine industry on the River Medina has arisen at the Cowes Harbor Commission (CHC) owned Kingston Wharf site in East Cowes, for the rental of 1.5 acres of prime waterfront storage land with all-tide deep-water access and wharfage.The availability of this marine employment site has come about as a result of the decision by current tenant Isle of Wight Aggregates to consolidate their operations at Medina Wharf.Harbor Master Capt. Stuart McIntosh, said: “The Commission…

Photo: Maritime CleanTech

Fjellstrand's Rolls Out Environmental Ferry

Norwegian ship yard Fjellstrand AS has signed a contract with Norwegian ferry operator Fjord1 for the building of a new ZeroCatTM 120 car ferry. Fjellstrand was also responsible for building the car ferry MF Ampere which wrote history in 2015 as the world’s first full electrical ferry. The yard had a central position in the introduction of new battery technology in the ferry market. The new ferry is a further development of the MF Ampere and will be equipped for higher speed and longer range.

(Photo: Leclanché)

New Marine Battery System from Leclanché

The Leclanché MRS will be used on the E-ferry in Denmark, the world’s largest 100 percent electric ferry by battery capacity, equipped with a 4.3 MWh Leclanché Lithium-ion battery and scheduled for launch later this year. “There is a huge opportunity for marine vessels across the world to reduce their harmful emissions and cut their operating costs by leveraging battery storage technology,” said Anil Srivastava, CEO of Leclanché. “This is why we developed the MRS and we are delighted that it is the world’s first such solution to receive type approval from DNV-GL.

Artists impression of the ‘Hrönn’. (Photo: Automated Ships Ltd.)

World First: Unmanned Autonomous Boat for Offshore Ops

While talk of autonomous operations in the maritime sector have swirled for years, the talk becomes reality as Automated Ships Ltd. (an M Subs Ltd subsidiary) and Norway’s Kongsberg Maritime signed a Memorandum of Understanding to build the world’s first unmanned and fully-automated vessel for offshore operations. In January 2017, Automated Ships Ltd will contract the ‘Hrönn’, which will be designed and built in Norway in cooperation with KONGSBERG. Sea trials will take place…

Courtesy Corvus Energy

Corvus Energy Opens Office in Bergen

Corvus Energy, a supplier of Type-Approved energy storage systems (ESS) for the commercial maritime industry is proud to announce the opening of Corvus Norway AS. Corvus Norway AS is at the forefront of a new trend in the marine industry, the adaptation of hybrid-electric propulsion technology. Hybridized vessels provide ship owners with a rapid return on investment with immediate savings in fuel and maintenance costs and significantly reduced emissions. These benefits, along…

Tord Helland, Finance Director at Norled (right), together with Stephen Bligh (left), Head of Shipping Advisory UK at DNV GL, received the Ship Efficiency Award

Fully Electrical Ferry Wins Efficiency Award

The first purely battery-driven car and passenger ferry Ampere has won the Ship Efficiency Award in the category Environmental Technology. The award recognizes innovative solutions which have contributed to reducing the environmental impact of shipping operations. The 80 metre long DNV GL classed vessel is one of three ferries operated by the Norwegian shipping company Norled between Lavik and Oppedal and is able to carry 120 cars and 360 passengers. “Ampere is trading in Sognefjord…

Eleftherios Venizelos

Migrants brawl on Greek island as refugee ship lies empty

Migrants desperate to get off the Greek island of Kos fought each other on Saturday while nearby a passenger ship chartered to house and process refugees lay empty 24 hours after it had arrived. Outside the island's main police station, about 50 migrants from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran threw stones and exchanged blows as tempers boiled over in the intense mid-summer heat. Riot police stood by without intervening. The migrants have little chance of getting aboard the ship, the Eleftherios Venizelos…

The vessel Norman Atlantic is seen in this photo taken on September 26, 2014.

Rescuers Struggle to Reach Burning Ferry in heavy Seas

Passengers aboard a car ferry that caught fire off the coast of Greece early on Sunday pleaded for help as rescue vessels struggled to approach the burning vessel in high winds and rough seas. The Norman Atlantic, carrying almost 500 passengers and crew and more than 200 vehicles, was 44 nautical miles northwest of the island of Corfu when it sent a distress signal after a fire started in the lower deck, Greek coast guard officials said. close. "We are burning and sinking, no one can save us," Nikos Papatheodosiou told Greek TV by telephone. "Please help us!

Aquarius MAS CPUAGU being installed on Delos

Aquarius MAS with Marine Solar Power Installed on Delos

Eco Marine Power together with strategic partners has installed an Aquarius Management & Automation System (MAS) integrated with a marine solar panel array on-board the Blue Star 'Delos'. The Aquarius MAS has been installed as part of a joint renewable energy project with Blue Star Ferries and the approximately 2kW trial solar array on-board the vessel is now in operation and providing a source of renewable energy for the ship. This important milestone for EMP means that the company…

Coastal Inspiration (Photo courtesy of BC Ferries)

For Ferries, Commercial Light at End of Regulatory Tunnel

A review of the ferry industry’s latest challenges and opportunities attracted a record 340 delegates to Vancouver last week for the 39th annual Interferry conference. The global trade association event exposed a string of concerns – notably over punitive safety and environmental regulations – but also highlighted the financial potential of new routes, onboard shopping incentives and the use of LNG fuel. Alongside sessions on the future of the industry, Canada-based CEO Len Roueche outlined a vision for maintaining Interferry’s influential lobbying role among politicians and regulators.

Impression of Aquarius MRE System on Eco Ship

Eco Marine Power Short-Listed for Ship Efficiency Awards

Eco Marine Power is pleased to announce that it has been named as a finalist in two categories of the inaugural Ship Efficiency Awards 2014. The Ship Efficiency Awards 2014, hosted by Lloyd's Register and organised by Fathom, will recognise and celebrate the organisations and individuals within the maritime sector that excel in efficient operations, implement fresh thinking, offer proven efficiency benefits and technological innovation. Eco Marine Power has been short-listed in…

BC Ferries MV Tachek

BC Ferries Order WESMAR Thruster

WESMAR to supply BC Ferries, with a  dual prop, counter-rotating, bow thruster for the  T-Class Passenger/Car ferry 'M/V Tachek'. M/V Tachek transports cars and passengers among the popular Gulf Islands and the WESMAR Model V2-24, 150 HP AC system will enhance the 162-foot ferry’s maneuvering and docking capabilities, in the waters off Vancouver Island, where the growing traffic of pleasure and commercial vessels crowd the waters, particularly during tourist season. The M/V Tachek,  built in 1969, is undergoing an upgrade project estimated to extend her operating life  and save fuel.

Propulsion Machinery Damage 'Walla Walla': Photo credit WSDOT

Engine Damage Knocks Ferry Out of Service

Washington State Ferry 'Walla Walla' suffers part engine meltdown in shiprepair yard putting it out of service indefinitely. A failure in one of the drive motors on the 188-car ferry, Walla Walla, has left parts of the ferry near the engine melted and charred, and the vessel is inoperable and out of service indefinitely. The incident happened while the vessel was in for routine, regularly scheduled maintenance work on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012; work which included inspection of electrical drive motors, overhauling the boiler and pre-checks for U.S. Coast Guard annual inspections.

Vigor Industrial’s CEO, Frank Foti (Photo courtesy Vigor Industrial)

Vigor Industrial: A Rising Star in Shipbuilding in the Pacific Northwest & Alaska Arctic

“There is a resurgence of the marine industry in the Pacific Northwest we haven’t seen for 20 to 30 years now,” said Vince Piscitello, Vice President of Business Development for Vigor Industrial LLC. “The oil and gas industry is really new to our area,” he said, although he expects to see it grow significantly with Shell’s exploration of the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas off Alaska’s northern coast. State run ferry operations in Washington and Alaska are at a point where they must renew fleets built in the 50s and 60s.

Donjon Marine’s 1000-ton capacity Derrick Barge Chesapeake 1000 works to refloat the 277-foot Ex-Staten Island NY Car Ferry Gov. Herbert H. Lehman, which sank in the Hudson River while in layup in Newburg, NY.

Donjon Refloats NY Car Ferry

Donjon Marine Refloats car ferry GOV. HERBERT H. LEHMAN. After a competitive bidding process, in late March 2012 Donjon Marine was awarded a job to refloat the 277-foot Ex-Staten Island, NY car ferry Gov. Herbert H. Lehman. The vessel sank in the Hudson River while in layup in Newburg, NY. After almost four weeks of patching and test-pumping the submerged hull, and with the use of Donjon’s 1000-ton capacity Derrick Barge Chesapeake 1000 to stabilize the vessel during refloating, the ferry was successfully refloated and returned to owners.

Ferry Safety Forum for Developing Nations

A blueprint for safer ferry operations in developing nations has been drawn up at the inaugural Regional Forum on Domestic Ferry Safety - organised by the IMO and trade association Interferry under their ongoing joint project to stem ferry fatalities in the developing world. Aimed at national maritime administrations and ferry operators in south-east Asia, the event was hosted by Indonesia in Bali on December 6-7 and attracted 74 participants. After two days of presentations and debate…

Yakima Ferry Removed from Service for Repairs

The Yakima ferry was immediately removed from service this morning after maintenance crews discovered signs of abnormal wear on the journal bearing, which supports the propulsion shaft. Ferry riders in the San Juan Islands should expect delays through the weekend and next week with the 144-car ferry out of service. Washington State Ferries is moving vessels to maintain service on the route. The available vessels have less capacity and are slower than the Yakima and will not be able to keep the regular schedule. Starting Saturday, Oct.

Washington State Ferry Depiction

Glosten Completes Study for WSF

The Glosten Associates announces completion of a feasibility study for Washington State Ferries (WSF) on converting its 144-car ferry design to liquefied natural gas (LNG) propulsion. Glosten’s study, which investigated design, economic, regulatory, and environmental issues, concluded that the conversion is both technically feasible and cost effective, although technical and regulatory challenges remain. To support the study, Glosten developed a preliminary design for both dual fuel and single fuel (LNG only) engines.

Construction of Second New WSDOT Ferry

Construction of the state’s second Kwa-di Tabil Class (64-car) ferry officially got underway April 19 at Todd Pacific Shipyards (Todd) in Seattle. Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Secretary Paula Hammond and Assistant Secretary for Washington State Ferries (WSF) David Moseley were on hand to help Todd officials commemorate the event. Secretary Hammond struck the first arc weld on the keel signifying the start of construction of the second vessel of the class.

MOL President Akimitsu Ashida (Photo courtesy MOL)

MOL President’s 2010 New Year Message

A Happy New Year to all in our MOL Group companies. There is a Japanese saying, “ichiyo-raifuku” (the return of spring), meaning that “the winter has left and the spring has come”. It also means that “after a series of unfortunate things happened, things finally turning for the better”. I would like to celebrate the beginning of a new year together with all of you by rewording slightly this saying for MOL to “ichiyo-KENfuku”, which alters the meaning to: “do not wait passively for favourable turn of situations, but rather be proactive to seize better opportunities through our own endeavours”.

WSDOT Awards Bid for Additional 64-Car Ferries

Washington State Department of Transportation’s Ferries Division (WSF) announced on Oct. 13, that it is awarding a contract to Todd Pacific Shipyards to build two additional 64-car ferries. Todd Shipyards submitted a $114m bid on Thursday, October 8 to build two more 64-car ferries. With the contract award, Todd will begin constructing the second and third ferries in this new class of vessels. WSF awarded a contract to Todd to construct the first 64-car ferry in December 2008.