One Dies in High Speed Ferry Fire at Greek Shipyard

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One person has died following a fire aboard a Greek high speed ferry while docked at a shipyard in Drapetsona, Greece. Hellenic Seaways confirmed the fire Monday aboard their Highspeed 5 catamaran ro-pax ferry while berthed in a shipbuilding area for routine maintenance and repair. The fire broke out at approximately 13:30. The said that tragically one crewmember, the … [Read more...]

Austal-Built Rocketship “Condor Liberation” Arrives in Guernsey

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The Austal-built trimaran ferry Condor Liberation arrived yesterday for the first time into Guernsey's St. Peter Port harbor to begin mooring trials in preparation for the kickoff of passenger services later this month. The 102-meter ferry came at a price of roughly £50 million to Condor Ferries and will provide ROPAX services between Poole, Guernsey and Jersey. According … [Read more...]

Wärtsilä Propulsion Selected for World’s First LNG-Fueled High-Speed RoPax Ferry

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Finnish engine manufacturer Wärtsilä says it will be providing the full propulsion package for a new LNG-fueled high-speed passenger ferry being built for Swedish operator Rederi AB Gotland. The contract includes the complete LNG powered propulsion and fuel storage and supply system, as well as project services. Wärtsilä says that the vessel will be the first ever … [Read more...]

NTSB: Seastreak Wall Street Ferry Captain Lost Control, Causing Allision

NEW YORK - The passenger ferry Seastreak moored January 9, 2013 shortly after allided with pier in Lower Manhattan.  U.S. Coast Guard photo

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said today that the high-speed ferry Seastreak Wall Street struck Pier 11 in Lower Manhattan in January 2013 because the captain lost control of the vessel while attempting to dock. On January 9, 2013, the Seastreak Wall Street, a high-speed passenger ferry serving commuters between New Jersey and Lower Manhattan, allided with … [Read more...]

Bail Set for Seattle High-Speed Ferry Thief


SEATTLE, Dec 2 (Reuters) - A man accused of leaping a fence at the Seattle waterfront and briefly commandeering a high-speed ferry used to shuttle passengers between Washington state and Canada was in jail on Monday with bail set at $200,000. U.S. authorities say Samuel Kenneth McDonough was able to set the high-speed catamaran adrift into the region's Elliott Bay on Sunday … [Read more...]

World’s Fastest Ship Put to Work in Argentina

The aka Francisco seen at the Incat Shipyard in this file photo. Photographer: Kim Clifford. Image (c) Incat Tasmania

Incat's newest high-speed ferry, dubbed the world's fastest ship, has been christened during a ceremony in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The 99-meter vessel, named Francisco in honor of the Argentine Pope, uses LNG-powered gas turbine engines and waterjets to reach top speed of 58.1 knots, or 66 miles per hour. In addition to its speed record, the vessel also claims the first … [Read more...]

Suspended Sentences for Captain and First Officer Involved in Fatal 2011 High Speed Ferry Crash

File photo of the Condor Vitesse high-speed ferry.

The Captain and First Officer of a British high-speed passenger ferry involved in a fatal 2011 crash with a fishing boat were convicted of manslaughter by a French court on Wednesday, the AFP reports. According to the report a court in the Normandy town of Coutances handed former captain Paul Le Romancer, 59, an 18-month suspended sentence and first officer Yves Tournon, 48, … [Read more...]