Western Ferries, the independent Clyde ferry operator, is looking to expand its route network across the West Coast.
The privately-owned company that has operated a scheduled service between Gourock and Dunoon since 1972 - without subsidy - is looking at possible new services to Arran, Islay and Mull as well as a new link between the Cowal peninsula and Bute.
Speaking yesterday at the opening of its new berthing facilities at Gourock and Dunoon, managing director Gordon Ross called on the new Scottish Executive to loosen Cal-Mac's monopoly on Clyde and Western Isles ferry routes.
The Jacksonville Port Authority is interested in taking over operations of the St. Johns River Ferry, but will look for financial help from the communities that benefit from the ferry as it plies the river between Mayport and Fort George Island.
The city asked the port last month to consider taking over the service after the mayor decided Jacksonville had to stop subsidizing the money-losing operation. The ferry will run a $738,000 deficit on a $1.8 million budget this year, with the city making up the difference. Next year, the ferry is expected to lose about $1.05 million.
Fares will double if Sydney Ferries is privatised by the NSW government, the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) warns.
MUA national secretary Paddy Crumlin says most participants at the Special Commission of Inquiry into Sydney Ferries have acknowledged it would be difficult for private operators to take over the ferry service.
The average ferry fare would have to rise from $3.25 to $7.20 to deliver a financial return for any private operator, Mr Crumlin said.
CEO of HD Ferries blasts Condor's statements that HD1 is unsuitable
After the HD1 was in collision with a Condor ferry for the second time, the boss of Condor Ferries, Rob Provan took a swipe at the lower cost rival, HD Ferries, and claimed their vessel was not suitable for current operations, he even went as far as to say the vessel's builders Incat of Australia had said this.
The M/V Carmela sank more than six years ago, but families of victims who died in that tragedy have yet to receive justice–as the case remains aground in the Makati Regional Trial Court.
Instead of waiting for the case to finish, Rep. Antonio T. Kho of Masbate is pressing for compensation for the families of the 211 passengers who died aboard that ferry.
MAYPORT, Fla. -- The state's last publicly owned auto ferry has been given a reprieve after the Jacksonville Port Authority decided to take over operation of the 59-year-old boat that makes dozens of daily crossings of the St. Johns River.
The ferry from Mayport to Fort George Island was scheduled to stop service on Oct. 1 after Gov. Charlie Crist vetoed a $396,000 subsidy approved by the Legislature.
At a hearing today at Dartford Magistrates, the Lower Thames and Medway Passenger Boat Company Limited was fined a total of £18,000 plus £9,000 costs for allowing their vessel to carry more passenger than was allowed for by the vessels certification.
A special commission of inquiry examining Sydney Ferries has been extended by two months.
Commissioner Bret Walker SC was due to hand his report on the ferry service to the NSW government on August 31, but an extension has been granted until October 31.
Ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne is advising customers using the Islay service at the beginning of September that one of the island's two ferries will be temporarily withdrawn for essential maintenance.
The CalMac service to Islay from Kennacraig between Thursday 6 September and Tuesday 11 September will be operated by mv ISLE OF ARRAN while mv HEBRIDEAN ISLES is in dry-dock.
A senior ferryman was Wednesday sentenced to eight years in jail and his son to three years for violating river traffic regulations and causing an accident in which 19 school children died last year.
NEW YORK: The company that has operated the ferries that take sightseers to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island for over half a century is holding off on switching the boats to their new operator until a less busy time, the National Park Service announced Wednesday.
Circle Line's handover of the boats to Statue Cruises LLC has been postponed from Oct. 2 to Jan. 1, the National Park Service announced Wednesday.
The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) recently released its final investigation report (M05W0111) into the June 30, 2005 loss of propulsion and grounding of BC Ferries' vessel Queen of Oak Bay.
The TSB investigation found inadequacies in BC Ferries' procedures on safety-critical maintenance tasks and on ship handling during berthing operations.
Ministers have confirmed that ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne has been awarded the contract to run the Clyde and Hebrides services.
It formally marks the end of the previous Scottish Government's controversial tendering process.
State-owned CalMac, which already operates the services, was forced to tender for the routes in a bid to satisfy European competition rules.
The first of two Multi-Purpose Auto Express 65 metre high speed ferries built for the Sultanate of Oman was launched at the Austal Image Henderson shipbuilding facility today. With a top speed in excess of 50 knots (93 km/hr), the vessels will be the fastest diesel powered vehicle ferries ever built.
Scheduled for delivery in 2008, the two catamarans will provide a new tourism service to Oman’s magnificently rugged Musandam Peninsular and will be the flagship in the Sultanate’s expanded marine transport network.
Although operating a fast-ferry service from Sicily to Gozo will have a high economic return in the long run, it will be very difficult to find an operator to start it off due to the high risks involved in the venture, the results of a feasibility study have found.
The Malta Maritime Authority, in collaboration with the Port Authority of Catania, Sicily yesterday hosted a workshop that presented the results of a feasibility study on the development of direct ferry links to Gozo from Catania.
The study, launched last year by the Malta Maritime Authority and Catania Port Authority, forms part of Project Cavalgo and concerns the development of direct links to Gozo using a fast ferry or catamaran service, which will enable both passengers and vehicles, including trailers, to depart from Gozo directly to destinations in Europe via Sicily.
U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, who championed $452 million in federal funding for Alaska’s notoÂ¬rious “bridges to nowhere,” has championed an experimental U.S. Navy-funded ferry that will serve a little-used port in a remote area of his home state.
The high-speed ferry will conÂ¬nect Anchorage to Port MacKenzie in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough at an estimated $84 million cost to taxpayers, including $58 million in defense spending. The project folÂ¬lows the same route as one of the two bridges, which the nonpartiÂ¬san Taxpayers for Common Sense and others spotlighted in 2005 as examples of wasteful projects proÂ¬moted by members of Congress that benefit few people.
The three-mile ferry route will turn a 2Â½-hour drive into a 15-minute trip to Port MacKenzie, which has two businesses that emÂ¬ploy about 40 people combined. The borough, known as Mat-Su, will own and operate the passenÂ¬ger-vehicle ferry and give the Navy data on its operation as a possible ship-to-shore transport vessel.
MAYPORT - While many residents remain fearful of a potential cruise ship terminal being built in Mayport, Jacksonville Port Authority officials are stressing their main priority in the historic village is turning the Mayport ferry into a money-maker.
JPA Chief Financial Officer Ron Baker attended the Mayport Waterfront Partnership meeting Tuesday and he was verbally assailed by about two dozen residents who worry a proposed cruise ship terminal will wipe out the enclave of fishing families.