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Sydney’s Newest Ferry Begins Operations

The 27-meter catamaran passenger ferry Nancy Wake has been delivered to the Australian Public Company Sealink for operations on Sydney Harbor (Photo: Incat Crowther)

A newbuild 27-meter catamaran passenger ferry has been delivered to the Australian Public Company Sealink, and has commenced operations on Sydney Harbor.   Designed by Incat Crowther and built by Aluminium Marine, Nancy Wake is a 280 passenger vessel accommodating 198 passengers inside and 82 outside.

First Mobile MTU Gas Engines for Rederij Doeksen

The two catamarans are currently being built by Strategic Marine’s shipyard in Vietnam for the Dutch shipping company Doeksen. (Photo: Rolls-Royce)

The first two preproduction units of the new mobile MTU gas engine from Rolls-Royce have completed performance tests and were accepted by the customer at the beginning of December.   MTU delivered the first two of a total of four 16-cylinder Series 4000 gas engines, each with an output of 1,492 kW, for two new catamarans.

Austal, JR Kyushu Jet Ferry Developing New Vessel Concept

Render of the proposed 80 meter trimaran high speed passenger ferry concept for JR Kyushu Jet Ferry, announced in Japan (Image: Austal)

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Austal Australia and JR Kyushu Jet Ferry will see the two firms develop a new high speed trimaran passenger ferry concept for JR Kyushu Jet Ferry’s South Korea to Japan service, one of Japan’s busiest international routes.   The companies will design and

Ferry Operations: A Tragedy Averted

Kevin Suarez, a Dock Attendant for Statue Cruises (Credit: David Handschuh)

Training and attention to detail saves lives. Kevin Suarez at Statue Cruises is the living embodiment of that maritime metric.   For any first time visitor to the Big Apple, the trip probably wouldn’t be complete without seeing the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. To that end, Statue Cruises’ main

Partners Launch Zero Emissions Ferry Project

Norwegian Coastal Administration Shipping Company’s multifunctional vessel OV Bøkfjord is equipped with an environment-friendly hybrid system (Photo: Rolls- Royce)

By combining existing technologies in a new way, it is possible to build ferries that represent a quantum leap for the environment. That is the idea behind a new R&D project involving four major players in the maritime sector: Rolls-Royce, Color Line, Norled and the Norwegian Coastal Administration.

NYC Ferry Grounds

According to multiple New York television news reports the NYC Ferry MV Zelinsky, loaded with passengers headed for the Rockaways, ran aground just off of lower Manhattan on Monday night. The cause of the stranding, which reportedly happened about 100 feet from Pier 11 according to local TV news reports, is under investigation.

Austal Opens Up Trimaran Deal with Fred Olsen

Left: Two 117m high-speed vehicle passenger ferries to be built by Austal for Fred Olsen SA of Spain (Image: Austal). Right: The 127m Benchijigua Express was the world’s first and largest trimaran hull vehicle passenger ferry, designed and built by Austal for Fred Olsen SA in 2005. (Image: Austal)

 Austal’s latest contract announcement for two 117 metre high speed vehicle passenger ferries, for Fred Olsen SA, not only sends a strong signal to the international market that ‘fast ferries are back’, but confirms Austal’s proven trimaran hull design as the most cost effective and highly capable vessel

Wärtsilä to Power Viking Line Ferry

Viking Line ferry. Photo: Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä will supply the engines, the navigation system and a broad scope of other products and systems for a new luxury and environmentally friendly ferry being built for the Finland based operator, Viking Line.    The ship is being built at the Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry yard in China and there is an option for a second vessel.

Strategic Marine: Innovative Quality

(Image: Strategic Marine)

As ferry operators search for efficiency to reduce pollutants and operating costs, the importance of design, quality construction, and efficient propulsion become ever more important. Such is clearly the case with the Netherlands-based ferry operator Rederij Doeksen, whose two BMT Nigel Gee designed

Australia Names 'Ferry McFerryFace' to Crew's Dismay

(Image: NSW Transport)

Australia “brings a smile” with Ferry McFerryface, but not everyone gets the joke.   In the grand tradition of Britain’s Boaty McBoatface, Australian authorities are christening one of the ferries crossing Sydney’s world famous harbor Ferry McFerryface, but some union workers aren’t amused.   The

New Passenger Ferry for Seychelles’ Inter Island Express

Photo: Incat Crowther

A new 30-meter aluminum passenger ferry Isle of la Digue built by Richardson Devine Marine is the latest vessel designed by Incat Crowther for the Seychelles operator Inter Island Express.   The catamaran newbuild, which required a very shallow draft to afford access to the operator’s confined harbor berth,

Pilot, Captain Prosecuted for River Humber Collision

 A former captain and marine pilot have each been given four months suspended sentence after pleading guilty to causing a head-on collision between a car transporter ship and a ferry on the River Humber in December 2015.    Gehan Sirimanne, marine pilot, now retired and Ruslan Uromov, former captain

Interferry: Diverse Operations Common Successes

The attendees were delighted with the good-humored sparring of two Australian heavy weights of the ferry world: Austal’s Mike Wake and Incat’s Bob Clifford. Clifford, an icon of the industry and dressed in casual Aussie attire, made the case for the efficiency of “two long skinny hulls” while Wake, with an impressive video, argued for the sea kindliness of a third central hull. (Photo: Alan Haig-Brown)

In October the world’s ferry operators gathered in Split Croatia for the Forty Second Annual Interferry Conference. The 470 or so delegates represented 210 operators and support companies from 27 countries. A trade show included firms from around the world including shipbuilders, naval architects, equipment suppliers,

Damen Inks Deal for Three Ferries

Image: Damen

At the Europort 2017 exhibition in Rotterdam, Damen Shipyards Group and Belgian ferry operator Aqualiner signed a contract for the delivery of three more Damen Waterbus 2407 vessels, for operations on the Scheldt in Antwerp. At the signing were Gerbrand Schutten (CEO Aqualiner), Maurice Swets (CEO Aqualiner),

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