Viking Heavy Weather Tests High-Capacity Passenger Evacuation System for Cruise Ships

Danish life-saving equipment manufacturer Viking Life-Saving has successfully test its new high-capacity passenger evacuation system, bringing it one step closer to market for large cruise ship operators worldwide. Viking calls the system the most exciting innovation in passenger evacuation systems in decades. Known as LifeCraft™, the system combines the advantages of … [Read more...]

Greenland Ferry Finally Free After Several Days Beset By Ice

An Arctic Umiaq Line ferry has finally freed itself from an ice flow off Greenland's southwest coast after spending several days beset by ice. The Greenland coastal ferry, MS Sarfaq Ittuk, had 37 passengers and 22 crew members onboard when it became stuck last Friday, March 23. Although inconvenienced and without internet or phone service, passengers on board were never … [Read more...]

VARD to Build All-Electric Ferry for Norway’s Boreal

Norwegian shipbuilder VARD has won a contract for the construction of an all-electric car and passenger ferry for Boreal in Norway. The RoPax ferry is specially designed for environmentally friendly operations in the Norwegian fjords with a fully electric battery package for continuous all-electric operations. The ferry, designed by Multi Maritime, will measure 74 meters in … [Read more...]

Ferry Evacuated After Fire in the Solent

All passengers are safe after a fire broke out in the bridge wing of a car and passenger ferry operating in the Solent between the Isle of Wight and Portsmouth. The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency says it was notified at about 9:30 a.m. Thursday that a fire had broken out on the Wightlink ferry St Faith while en route from Portsmouth to Fishbourne on the Isle of … [Read more...]