Swedish-Australian partnership to develop gas turbine-powered ferry

Austal Australia and Swedish transport company Gotlandsbolaget have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to develop a new type of high-speed Ro-Pax ferry powered by gas turbines. The vessel to be developed under the Gotland Horizon X will be of aluminium construction and will have...


New Zealand’s KiwiRail terminates ferry contract with South Korean shipyard

New Zealand transport company KiwiRail has started discussions with South Korea’s Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD) to enter a termination agreement for the contract for the build of two new Ro-Pax ferries. KiwiRail said this follows the New Zealand Government’s decision last year not to provide further...


AWARDS 2023 | Best Small Tourist Boat – Pearl of Siam – SeaCat Ships

Best Small Tourist Boat – Pearl of Siam – SeaCat Ships This simple but well-appointed aluminium catamaran tourist cruise boat is emblematic of the work of SeaCat Ships. Light, safe, economical, comfortable and seaworthy, it is also very attractive. It will operate around Koh Chang (Elephant...


Engines to be replaced on troubled Sydney ferries

The engines fitted on three Emerald-class passenger vessels operated by Sydney Ferries are to be replaced before they could resume sailings on the Manly to Circular Quay service. The three ferries, which were built in China to a design by Port Macquarie-based Birdon, will have newer engines fitted...


VESSEL REVIEW | Charley 2 – New catamaran yacht support vessel built in Western Australia

Henderson, Western Australia-based Echo Yachts has completed construction of a new yacht support vessel. Named Charley 2, the vessel has an aluminium hull and superstructure, an aluminium/teak deck, an LOA of 56 metres, a beam of 14.8 metres, a draught of 3.4 metres, and a gross tonnage of 1,041....


Passenger Vessel News Roundup | February 1 – US, UK, Australian and South Korean ferry orders

Orders have been placed for new ferries for operation in various regions. Interestingly, three of the four vessels mentioned in this roundup are catamarans that are each capable of seating at least 300 passengers and reaching speeds of over 25 knots. South Korean operator orders fast catamaran...


AMSA publishes safety alert, recommendations from investigation into fatal fire on California dive boat Conception

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has issued a safety alert to provide guidance to operators of domestic commercial vessels (DCVs) on risks associated with safety management systems inadequately considering electrical systems and other potential fire hazards. This safety alert aims to raise awareness of recommendations made by the United States National Transportation Safety Board […]

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Investigation begins on cruise ship grounding in Doubtful Sound, New Zealand

The Transport Accident Investigation Commission of New Zealand (TAIC) is investigating an accident involving a scenic cruise vessel that ran aground in the country’s far south west on Wednesday, January 24. The grounding of the cruise ship Fiordland Navigator occurred at around 18:15 local time on...


VESSEL REVIEW | Poseidon – Hawaii tour company adds dolphin-watching catamaran to fleet

Honolulu-based tour operator Hawaii Dolphin recently acquired a new wildlife excursion vessel built to a design by New Zealand naval architecture firm Teknicraft Design. Poseidon is a semi-displacement, aluminium catamaran vessel measuring 50 by 17 feet (15.2 by 5.1 metres) and capable of...


AMSA safety alert highlights risks associated with carriage of battery electric vehicles

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has issued a safety alert providing guidance to operators of domestic commercial vessels (DCVs) on risks associated with the carriage of battery-powered electric vehicles (BEVs) on roll-on, roll-off (Ro-Ro) ferries as well as how best to deal with...


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