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In late June, a new 350-passenger, high-speed catamaran ferry is due to leave Derecktor Shipyards, Bridgeport, Conn., for Bermuda. The 124’ ferry will be operated by the Bermuda Department of Marine and Ports Services, which operates four other high-speed ferries. This is the first high-speed ferry Derecktor Shipyards has sent to Bermuda, according to company spokesman Brook Streit.
Gulf Craft Inc., Patterson, La., is scheduled to deliver a 170’×38’, 500-passenger catamaran to Fort Myers, Fla.-based Key West Express in February. The boat, Key West Express, will have a draft of 4’6”.
Just because a workboat collides with a ship on the Mississippi River and sinks to the bottom, that doesn’t mean it can’t be put back in service.
The recovery of the passenger-vessel industry to pre-9/11 levels is nearly complete. How much better business will be going forward is anybody’s guess. But for those guessing — guess high.
Passengers or customers? When it comes to boats used for dinner cruises, sightseeing, commuter trips or eco-tourism, what’s the difference between the two terms?
Shipyards are busy, as seen in this year’s WorkBoat construction survey. The 56 yards in our list, delivered or contracted for 460 vessels. Last year the survey included 45 yards that delivered or signed contracts to build 398 vessels. That’s up from 40 yards and 376 newbuilds in 2003-2004.
December 2005 Day Rates, Fleet Utilization
Coast Guard rolls out new rescue system
SeaArk Marine Inc., Monticello, Ark., keeps delivering a steady stream of aluminum patrol boats to the U.S. Navy and domestic law-enforcement agencies.
Three of the four New Orleans-based Mississippi River cruise operations have returned to the city and are back in business.
Jill Russell, Port Captain, Un-Cruise Adventures
I met Jill Russell 15 years ago at one of my first jobs. I was a naturalist/purser/deckhand aboard an orca whale watching boat and she was the relief captain.
Author: Kim Carver
December 5, 2013
Get ready for the new Vessel General Permit
The 2008 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Vessel General Permit (2013 VGP) expires on Dec. 19 and the new EPA VGP 2013 goes into effect the same day.
Author: Kevin Gilheany
December 3, 2013