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Monday, September 25, 2017

Wärtsilä Tests Wireless Charging for Hybrid Coastal Ferry

Wärtsilä's wireless charging system is the first in the world to operate successfully with a coastal ferry.  (Photo: Wärtsilä)

Wärtsilä informs it has tested its automatic wireless induction charging system on a hybrid powered commercial coastal ferry, the first in the world operating with high power wireless charging capability for its batteries. The tests were carried out in Norwegian during the end of August and early September on the 85 meter long MF Folgefonn owned by Norled, one of Norway's largest ferry operators waters. The project, partially funded by Innovation Norway, represents a breakthrough in the evolution of plug-in electrically operated vessels, Wärtsilä said.

Ferries Eligible for Millions in Canadian Funding

Ferry operators across Canada applaud new changes made by the federal government that will allow infrastructure projects related to ferries to be eligible for funding under the New Building Canada Fund, according to the Canadian Ferry Operators Association (CFOA). The original eligibility criteria for the fund, established in 2014, excluded most projects related to ferries, meaning very few operators have been able to apply for infrastructure projects. The CFOA and provincial governments have worked together urging Transport Minister Marc Garneau and Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi to revise the criteria to include ferries and ferry operators.

CFO Welcomes EU Trade Agreement for Fleet Newbuildings

The Canadian Ferry Operators Association (CFOA) voiced its support for the agreement in principle on a comprehensive trade agreement between Canada and the European Union. Under the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), the current Canadian tariff of 25% on ferries shorter than 129 metres will be eliminated over a period of 7 years. "We applaud the Harper government’s efforts in establishing a free trade agreement with the European Union,"” said Serge Buy, CEO of CFOA. Ferries form an essential part of Canada’s transportation infrastructure and ferry operators make key contributions in driving Canada’s economy. Continued to provide a safe and environmentally friendly means of transportation by investing in cleaner technologies and more efficient vessels…

Canada’s Ferry Industry Sets Course for Success

A Canadian Ferry underway in light ice conditions. (Courtesy of CFOA)

Our country’s past and its future are fundamentally linked to the transportation of people, vehicles and goods over our lakes, rivers and sea. Ferries have always been an integral part of Canada’s transportation infrastructure. Today, the geo-political relevance, the economic impact and the environment footprint of ferries continue to show that the sector is a crucial part of Canada’s infrastructure. Nationally, nearly 50 million people and more than 18 million vehicles travel on Canada’s ferries each year.

Actera, Esas Buying UN Ro-Ro from KKR

Turkish investment firms Actera Group and Esas Holding have signed an agreement to acquire ferry operator UN Ro-Ro from private equity firm KKR & Co LP, the Turkish companies said in a statement on Tuesday. UN Ro-Ro, KKR's sole investment in Turkey, is among the largest such ferry operators in the Mediterranean basin, the statement said. Actera and Esas did not disclose any financial details of the deal. KKR bought 97.6 percent of UN Ro-Ro for 910 million euros ($1.22 billion) in 2007. Reporting by Ece Toksabay

Keeping Canada Moving: A New CFOA Report

CFOA Survey Report

The Canadian Ferry Operators Association (CFOA) officially released 'Keeping Canada Moving', an industry report that highlights the ferry sector’s significant economic contributions and that demonstrates the need for further government investment in marine transportation infrastructure. "“Ferries form an essential part of Canada’s transportation systems, and ferry operators provide vital economic connections for Canadians across the country,"” said Serge Buy, CEO of CFOA. “"While…

Canadian Ferry Operators Welcome Government Financial Plan

Ferry: Image courtesy of BC Ferries

The Canadian Ferry Operators Association (CFOA) has said it welcomed Prime Minister Harper’s announcement of the framework for the New Building Canada Plan (NBCP). Details were also released on the New Building Canada Fund (NBCF), the $14-billion component of the NBCP that will support infrastructure projects of national, regional and local significance that promote job creation and economic growth. “The Harper government has clearly demonstrated its commitment to developing and renewing Canada’s transportation infrastructure through this $53 billion investment,” said Serge Buy, CEO of CFOA.

UK Chamber Warns Against Scrapping Le Touquet Treaty

Pic: UK Chamber of Shipping

Emmanuel Macron, the newly-elected French President, vowed during his election campaign to renegotiate the Le Touquet agreement which enables British border officials to carry out checks in France. The treaty provided for France and Britain to erect juxtaposed border controls in Channel ports. "Under international rules, agreed by the International Maritime Organisation, it is ports, not ferry operators, who are responsible for ensuring that only passengers with tickets are able to get near a ship.

Britain’s Cenargo To Buy Norse Irish Ferries

Cenargo International Plc has reportedly made an offer to buy Ireland-based ferry operator Norse Irish Ferries Ltd.

CFOA Welcome 2013 Canadian Budget Provisions

The Canadian Ferry Operators Association (CFOA) expresses approval of industry-related budget measures. “This government continues to demonstrate its commitment to transportation infrastructure,” said Serge Buy, CEO of CFOA. Ferries are an integral part of Canada’s transportation system. Collectively, CFOA’s members: Run a fleet of almost 140 ferries Employ approximately 7,400 people Carry over 40 million passengers and nearly 17 million vehicles annually. “In many parts of Canada, ferries are a crucial part of our transportation system,” adds Mr. Buy. The Canadian Ferry Operators Association is the national voice of ferries in Canada. Its members operate with the highest professional and operational standards and promote the safe operation of ferry services in Canada.

Kvaerner Masa-Yards Signs $300 million Cruise Ferry Deal

Kvaerner Masa-Yards, the Finnish shipbuilder, has signed a contract with Color Line AS, the largest ferry operator in Norway, for the construction of a 74,600-gt cruise ferry. The 2,800-passenger cruise ferry, the largest in the world, is valued at approximately $329 million. The vessel will be built at Kvaerner Masa-Yards Turku shipyard for delivery in December 2004. The contract immediately affects the workload at the yard's design departments and, from late spring 2003, also the production departments. Intended to start sailing between Kiel and Oslo for the Christmas season 2004, this new ship will set new standards in ferry design, confirming Color Line's position as one of the leading European cruise ferry operators.

Attica Completes Purchase Of Strintzis

Ferry operator Attica Enterprises has completed its purchase of shares in Strintzis Lines, after a block of 14,431,090 shares were transferred on the Athens bourse at a price of 2,900 drachmas ($9) per share. The total value of the transaction reached 41.8 billion drachmas ($130 million). Following the transaction, ferry operator Attica Enterprises has a 40.22 percent controlling interest in Strintzis Lines. The two companies have a fleet of 16 ships, of which four are Superfast ferries. By the end of 2001, their combined fleet will total 28 ships, with 12 large car and passenger ferries currently under construction.

Rolls-Royce to Power Zhuhai Ferries

Photo courtesy of Zhuhai

Rolls-Royce has been selected to supply waterjets and high speed MTU diesel engines to power two new aluminium catamaran fast ferries for Chinese ferry operator Zhuhai High-Speed Passenger Ferry Co Ltd. The ferries will be some of the first to feature the highly efficient Rolls-Royce Steel S71-4 waterjets signifying the company’s growing presence in the marine market of South China. Richard Wang, Rolls-Royce, Senior Vice President – Commercial Marine, said, “These waterjets are developed specifically to meet the reduced speed requirements of many high-speed ferry operators.

Corsica & Sardinia Ferries Award Onboard Communications Contract to MCP

Maritime Communications Partner (MCP) has strengthened its foothold in the Mediterranean through a major turnkey telecommunications contract with Corsica & Sardinia Ferries, one of Italy’s most prestigious ferry operators. The five-year contract covers Mobile Telephony, Mobile Internet, WiFi and VSAT for eight passenger ferries and plays a key role in supporting Corsica’s ongoing aims to provide crew and passengers with competitive wireless communications backed by a highly reliable quality cellular network.Corsica & Sardinia Ferries are one of the biggest operators on the Western Mediterranean Sea transporting about 3.5 million passengers annually aboard their ferries running to and from France and Italy to Corsica and Sardinia.

Canada's Ferry Operators Highlight Safety

As Canadians remember the tragic sinking of the Korean ferry, MV Sewol, one year ago today, Canada’s ferry operators remind Canadians of the notable safety track record of its sector. Through a short video posted online, the Canadian Ferry Operators Association (CFOA) showcases how its ferries are among the safest modes of transportation in the world and adhere to high safety standards. “Canada’s transportation system is one of the safest in the world,” said Serge Buy, CEO of CFOA. According to the Transportation Safety Board (TSB), there have been no accidents resulting in fatalities in the ferry sector in the past seven years. In 2013, TSB reported only 13 accidents involving ferries in 2013, a reduction of 48% from 2011.

Role of Canada's Ferry Sector Discussed with Government

A Canadian Ferry: Image credit CFOA

Canadian Ferry Operators Association CFOA Board of Directors & Senior Management meeting joined by government officers. During this meeting, representatives from the Board of Directors met with Senator Dennis Dawson, Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Transport and Communications and M.P. Larry Miller, Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities. These productive meetings focused on the role of the ferry sector in Canada.

Fjord Ferry Equipped with RFID Technology

With their new ferries Fjord Line is the first ferry operator using RFID technology for their cabin locks, setting a new world record, the company reported. They are also the first ferry operator to serve their passengers with contactless RFID boarding control. Carus have taken full project responsibility for providing the software, the handheld RFID scanners and the implementation of the solution that enables Fjord Line passengers to board and disembark using contactless RFID cards.

Davie Shipbuilding Launches Ferry Replacement Push

Photo: Davie Shipbuilding

Recent changes to Canada’s Federal government’s New Building Canada Fund, announced by Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi, will enable significant investments in infrastructure systems, including ferry replacement and refits. Ferry operators across Canada will have access to the Fund that may inject billions of dollars in transportation infrastructure projects, providing the proposed projects be completed within a three year timeframe. Under the program the federal government also plans on funding projects delivered as “Public-Private Partnership” (P3).

CFOA Joins Green Marine

Canadian Ferry Termina:Image credit CFOA

The Canadian Ferry Operators Association (CFOA) has joined in 'Green Marine', a joint Canada-U.S. environmental initiative. “Canada’s waterways are the lifeblood of our members,” said Serge Buy, CEO of CFOA. Green Marine was founded in 2007 by major marine industry associations, ports and shipping companies in Canada and the U.S. and its voluntary environmental program encourages participants to improve their environmental performance by undertaking concrete and measurable actions.

Struggling SNCM Ferry Operator to Order 4 Ships

Photo: SNCM

Reuters - Loss-making France-Corsica ferry operator SNCM, which is partly owned by French water and waste group Veolia Environnement, plans to order four new ships, an SNCM spokesman said on Friday. The spokesman said the board had approved deals for four new ferries, two of them firm orders and two of them purchase options, to renew the fleet as part of a restructuring plan for the firm. He did not provide details on the vote or explain how the ferry operator plans to finance the purchases, with each ship estimated to cost 150 million to 170 million euros.

Passengers Transferred from Stranded Ferry

Passengers were transferred from Indonesia-registered Sea Prince after the ferry struck a floating object after leaving the Nongsapura ferry terminal in Batam late on November 29.   All passengers are accounted for, and the ferry is in stable condition.   According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) , the ferry was in Indonesian waters at the time of the incident and was heading for Singapore with 97 passengers, including 51 Singaporeans and seven crew.   The ferry operator, Batamfast, immediately activated two ferries to transfer all the passengers to the Nongsapura ferry terminal.  

Interferry Conference to Spotlight Issues with Bottom Line Benefits

© Paul Prescott / Adobe Stock

Trade association Interferry stages its 42nd annual conference in Split, Croatia, next month with an agenda highlighting the income and savings potential in three key areas – the customer experience, ship technologies and safety issues including cyber security. The event runs from October 7-11 and is on course for record attendance with some 300 delegates already registered among member and non-member operators and suppliers. “I think the high level of interest is a response to the pace of change in our industry,” suggests Interferry CEO Mike Corrigan.

Coast Guard Tours Rochester Ferry

The target date for the fast ferry to leave Rochester for good is still April 10. On April 4, the city and U.S. Coast Guard began preparations for the boat's departure. The Coast Guard along with an agent from a maritime inspection firm toured the ferry. According to WHEC-TV, an official inspection will come later and that there are two potential buyers of the ferry. NAVMED, a ferry company in England and Transmed, a ferry operator in Spain. (Source: WHEC-TV)

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