Ferry boats


kevin johnson

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have you seen the ferry balmy days that runs
between boothbay harbor and monhegan she is 60 feet long and has diesal power and a sail.kinda cool looking
 

kevin johnson

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hows this for aferry ride the Prince of Fundy
cruises ltd ferry the Nova Scotia takes 10 and a
1/2 hours to go from Portland maine to Yarmouth nova scotia she holds 250 cars and 1500 passengers costs $36 and has a cafeteria dining
room restrooms english pub overnight cabins gift
shop and films bingo video horse racing not bad
 
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This old folder looks to be as good as any for general ferry discussions and news so here's one from The Herald.uk:

Ferry operator aims to expand route network
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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.
More at http://www.theherald.co.uk/business/news/display.var.1510115.0.0.php
 
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From Jacksonville.com:

Port may rescue Mayport ferry
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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.
Story at http://www.jacksonville.com/tu-online/stories/072407/bus_186460186.shtml

Comment: Hmmmmmmmmm...as much as I hate seeing any business go under, is this really a good idea? Generally, there are two reasons why businesses fail, one of them being mismanagement, the other being that the customers no longer want what's being offered. The first at least is curable, but if the second applies, then what these people are proposing is to throw good money after bad.
 
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From The Sydney Morning Herald:

Private ferries would be 'rough water'
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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.
More at http://www.smh.com.au/news/National/Dont-privatise-Sydney-Ferries-union/2007/08/02/1185648038086.html

Comment: Looks like some battle lines are being drawn here. Perhaps somebody who lives in Sydney could shed some more light on this.
 
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From The Shipping Times:

Extraordinary war of words between Jersey ferry rivals
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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.
For the rest, go to http://www.shippingtimes.co.uk/item824_hd1.htm

Comment: (Sigh) Somebody break out the popcorn.
 
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From The Manila Times:

Legislator seeks settlement in 2001 Quezon sea tragedy
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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.
For the rest, go to http://www.manilatimes.net/national/2007/aug/13/yehey/top_stories/20070813top4.html
 
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Just caught this story on the Mayport ferry on the Miami Herald.com:

Jacksonville Port Authority taking over Mayport ferry
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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.
Full story at http://www.miamiherald.com/775/story/202824.html

Comment: Will this ultimately be a permanent reprieve or is this just a stay of execution? Time will tell, but since the first thing happening is that the rates will go up, I'm wondering if the locals will simply stay with alternative means of getting around.
 
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From BYM Maritime news:

UK. Gravesend to Tilbury ferry owner fined for overloading
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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.
More at http://www.bymnews.com/news/newsDetails.php?id=13866

Comment: Fortunately, they got caught before one of these trips came to a bad end.
 
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From The Shipping Times:

Calmac to reduce Islay service to one ferry to permit repairs to ship
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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.
More at http://www.shippingtimes.co.uk/item859_hebrideanIsles.htm
 
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From THANHNIEN News.com:

Court sends ferry operators to jail for fatal accident
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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.
More at http://www.thanhniennews.com/society/?catid=3&newsid=31260

Also in the news from The International Herald Tribune:

Statue of Liberty ferry operator switch, upgrades delayed to 2008
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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.
Full story at http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/08/22/america/NA-GEN-US-Statue-of-Liberty-Ferry.php
 
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From, BYM Maritime:

TSA reveals inadequacies in BC Ferries' engine systems & berthing procedures on Queen of Oak Bay in 2005
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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.
For the rest, go to http://www.bymnews.com/news/newsDetails.php?id=15015
 
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From The BBC:

CalMac ferry contract confirmed
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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.
Full story at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/highlands_and_islands/7003837.stm
 
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Austal Media Release:

World's Fastest Ever Diesel Powered Vehicle Ferry Launched
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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.
For the rest of the story, go to http://www.austal.com/index.cfm?objectid=44D895D2-65BF-EBC1-282DF261741F2D07
 
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From The Malta Independant OnLine:

Fast Gozo-Sicily ferry service
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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.
Full story at http://www.independent.com.mt/news.asp?newsitemid=58116
 
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From DefenceNews.com:

Experimental U.S. Ship to Link Alaskan Town with Anchorage
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U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, who championed $452 million in federal funding for Alaska’s noto¬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 con¬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 fol¬lows the same route as one of the two bridges, which the nonparti¬san Taxpayers for Common Sense and others spotlighted in 2005 as examples of wasteful projects pro¬moted by members of Congress that benefit few people.
The three-mile ferry route will turn a 2½-hour drive into a 15-minute trip to Port MacKenzie, which has two businesses that em¬ploy about 40 people combined. The borough, known as Mat-Su, will own and operate the passen¬ger-vehicle ferry and give the Navy data on its operation as a possible ship-to-shore transport vessel.
For the rest, see http://www.defensenews.com/story.php?F=3085087&C=landwar
 
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From The Florida Times Union:

JPA: Ferry, not cruise ships, is priority now
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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.
See http://www.jacksonville.com/tu-online/stories/102007/nes_209762376.shtml for the rest of the story.
 

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