Alaska Ferry Workers, State Try Mediation to End Strike

By Yereth Rosen ANCHORAGE, July 27 (Reuters) - Alaska ferry workers and state officials were seeking a federal mediator's help on Saturday to end a strike that has disrupted travel during the peak summer tourist season. The strike, which started on Wednesday, has halted traffic for the Alaska Marine Highway System, the state-operated ferry system that serves 35 coastal … [Read more...]

Damen to Build Two LNG-Battery Hybrid Ferries for Seaspan

Dutch shipbuilder Damen has been awarded a contract to build two hybrid LNG/battery-powered roll-on/roll-off ferries for British Columbia-based Seaspan Ferries. The vessels will be constructed at Damen's shipyard in Mangalia, Romania with delivery planned for 2021. The 149-meter vessels will be built with 1,034 lane meters and have 209 cubic meter LNG storage onboard, as … [Read more...]

New York City Ferry System Needs More Subsidy Than Subways, Buses

By Henry Goldman (Bloomberg) -- New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s system of ferry boats linking Manhattan with transit-poor sections of Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx is costing city taxpayers almost $11 per ride, 10 times more than they pay to subsidize subways and buses, according to the Citizens Budget Commission. The system’s dependence on high taxpayer subsidies comes as … [Read more...]

Interview with Baleària’s President and Main Shareholder, Adolfo Utor

Interview by Paul González-Morgan (Marine Strategy) - Adolfo Utor is the President and main shareholder of the Baleària, Spain’s leading shipping company in the transport of passengers and cargo between the Balearic Islands and the Iberian Peninsula (through the ports of Barcelona, Valencia and Denia). Baleària are one of the largest operators in the Strait of Gibraltar … [Read more...]

Greek Ferry Crews Strike

ATHENS, April 18 (Reuters) - Greek ferries remained docked at the country's ports on Wednesday as seamen, marine engineers and ship cooks walked off the job to protest against planned government reforms which they say will further hurt their labor rights. The 24-hour strike was organized by Greece's seamen federation (PNO), which said the leftist-led government was preparing … [Read more...]