MAY 22, 2018 — Corvus Energy, Richmond, BC, Canada has been selected by Norwegian Electric System (NES) to supply lithium ion battery-based energy storage systems (ESS) for two new all-electric ferries being built by Norwegian shipbuilder Havyard for ferry operator Fjord1.

The ferries will operate on the Magerholm-Sykkylven route. This follows a previous order in November 2017 to supply the ESSs for three similar newbuilt Fjord1 ferries that will operate on the Hareid-Sulesund route.

Each of the five all-electric ferries, which are 111 meters in length and hold 120 cars, will be equipped with a 2.9 MWh Corvus Orca Energy ESS that will supply electrical power to the ferry's NES all-electric power and propulsion systems. They are expected to be delivered in 2019.

"Fjord1 continues to forge a very progressive path towards environmentally sustainable operations with these additional all-electric ferries," says Stein Ruben Larsen, Vice President Sales at NES, a total system integrator of electric systems for the global marine market. "The proven reliability, safety and performance of the air-cooled Orca ESS was important in awarding this contract to Corvus Energy."

"Corvus Energy is honored to once again be selected to provide Orca Energy Storage Systems for Fjord1 ferries," says Roger Rosvold, Director of Sales & Key Account at Corvus Energy. "NES are skilled and experienced electrical system integrators, and our close partnership with them in designing and delivering these innovative solutions is key to accelerating the adoption of energy storage systems."

Corvus Energy says that it has supplied battery power to more hybrid or all-electric ferries than all other providers of energy storage systems combined, with experience from 140+ projects, totaling over 100 MWh and 1.5 million operating hours.

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APRIL 20, 2018 — Lugano, Switzerland, headquartered Cavotec SA is set to revolutionize the operation of e-vessels by delivering and maintaining its automated, unmanned, mooring system MoorMaster for e-ferry terminals across Norway.

The orders are worth approximately EUR 9 million (about $11 million), of which EUR 4 million was booked in the fourth quarter of 2017.

On completion of these projects, Cavotec will have equipped more than 40 e-ferry terminals in Scandinavia with MoorMaster systems.

"These projects demonstrate the unrivalled suitability of MoorMaster for e-ferry applications, and the importance of the technology for this rapidly growing segment in Norway and beyond," says Gustavo Miller, President Ports and Maritime Division at Cavotec.

MoorMaster is ideal for e-ferry applications because the units keep vessels in pre-programmed positions to maximize the amount of time available to charge ship battery units. The technology also reduces overall CAPEX for operators, and delivers substantial operational and safety benefits, says Sofus Gedde-Dahl, Sales Director E-Ferries at Cavotec.

With a stated aim of reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 40 per cent, Norway has led the introduction of electrically powered and hybrid vessels. Cavotec has become a significant partner in this effort through its development of innovative automated charging interface and mooring technologies.

Cavotec systems have moored and charged the world's first fully electric car ferry, the MF Ampere, since it entered service in 2015. Following the success of the MF Ampere application, Cavotec mooring and charging technologies have been introduced at a growing number of e-ferry berths in Norway, Finland, and Sweden.

To date, more than 260 MoorMaster units worldwide have performed some 330,000 moorings in applications worldwide.

"The rapid introduction of e-ferries in Norway has been the dominant driver for the wider adoption of MoorMaster in recent years, a development that we see being replicated in neighbouring markets such as Finland and Denmark," says Gedde-Dahl.

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APRIL 17, 2018 — Rolls-Royce Marine is to supply its innovative Autocrossing system for a total of 13 new environmentally friendly ferries under construction for Norwegian ferry operator Fjord1.

Rolls-Royce will also supply two Azipull propellers for each vessel along with the accompanying propeller control systems.

The vessels are currently being built by three shipyards in Turkey and two in Norway.

Rolls-Royce has now sold its Autocrossing solution for a total 18 new ferries that will operate along the coast of Norway; 16 ordered by Fjord1 and two by FosenNamsos Sjø.

The new generation environmentally friendly ferries have strict yearly limits on energy consumption as part of the commercial agreement between the ferry operators and the Government.

The automatic crossing system can be installed as an add-on to any standard Rolls-Royce azimuthing thruster. It provides safe, predictable and energy-efficient transit back and forth by automatically controlling the vessel's acceleration, deceleration, speed and track.

The two energy-efficient Azipull thrusters respond adaptively to environmental conditions to ensure optimal behavior and maximize efficiency.

The vessel's captain will supervise the automatic system and intervene using traditional maneuvering systems if needed. If the captain is not, for some reason, able to take manual control, the system stops the vessel at a safe distance from the quayside and keeps it safely positioned automatically until further action can be taken.

Dagfinn Neteland, CEO of Fjord1 said: "Our passengers will be part of the most environmentally friendly and modern transportation concept ever seen in Norwegian fjords. The technology from Rolls-Royce enables us to deliver this promise."

Andreas Seth, Rolls-Royce, SVP Electro, Automation and Control said: "We are proud to take part in the ongoing renewal program for ferries that connects communities along the long Norwegian coastline. The Government deserves praise for opting for both innovative and environmentally friendly solutions. It makes it possible for the maritime industry to deliver our latest technology."

He added that five of the new vessels will operate in one of Norway's two designated test areas for autonomous ship technology. "This is a perfect location as the Autocrossing system from Rolls-Royce is indeed a step on the journey towards increased autonomous and remote navigation," he said.

The shipyards building the new ferries for Fjord1 are:

  • Havyard Ship Technology, Norway = 5 ferries
  • Fjellstrand, Norway = 1 ferry
  • Tersan Shipyard, Turkey = 2 ferries
  • Sefine Shipyard, Turkey = 3 ferries
  • Cemre Shipyard, Turkey = 2 ferries

Earlier this year Fjord1 took delivery of three new ferries from Tersan, with Autocrossing installed.

The two ferries for FosenNamsos Sjø are under construction at Kleven's Myklebust shipyard in Norway.

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APRIL 2, 2018 — Washington State Governor Jay Inslee has signed into law a transportation funding measure that includes $600,000 to develop a request for proposal to convert the three Washington State Ferries Jumbo Mark II class ferries to hybrid electric propulsion and make associated modifications to the Seattle, Bainbridge, Edmonds, and Kingston terminals.

Washington State DOT is directed to explore capital project financing options that include federal funding opportunities and application for Volkswagen settlement funds. Washington State is receiving $112.7 million from the federal settlement with Volkswagen.

Gov. Inslee designated the Washington Department of Ecology as the agency to lead efforts to develop the state's plan for using the Volkswagen funds. Under the plan, the settlement funds could pay for projects that install electric vehicle charging stations, replace diesel engines in buses, public vehicles, and vessels with electric engines or cleaner diesel engines, or make other investments in reducing diesel emissions in the state.

The three Jumbo Mark II Class ferries are prime candidates for emissions reductions efforts.

They were built for Washington State Ferries between 1997 and 1999, at Todd Pacific Shipyards in Seattle. Each ferry can carry up to 2,500 passengers and 202 vehicles, making them the largest in the state's 22 ferry fleet.

According to State Ferries Director Amy Scarton, the 22 ferries account fo 67% of the transportation department's air pollution, with the three Jumbo Mark II ferries accounting for 26 percent of all of the department's diesel use.

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MARCH 21, 2018 — Building on its export successes last year, the U.K.’s Wight Shipyard has landed an order to build two 37 m, high-speed ferries “across the pond” for Mexico’s Ultramar, the country’s largest ferry operator.

It’s a notable win for the Isle of Wight-based aluminum shipbuilder because up until now Ultramar has built all of its high-speed ferries in the United States.

At the end of August last year, Red Funnel confirmed an order for a second 41m high speed passenger ferry, followed soon after when Scotland’s Jacobite Cruises placed an order for a 21m day cruise catamaran for Loch Ness. More recently, a contract was inked for a 39m high-speed craft for passenger services between Vienna and Bratislava.

“This order for Ultramar really is very satisfying as it continues our move into international markets,” says Wight Shipyard CEO Peter Morton. “Our reputation for high quality ferries is spreading and we are delighted to be awarded the contract to build our largest ferries yet. Ultramar operates a fleet of ferries between Cancún, Isla Mujeres and Cozumel ports in the Quintana Roo Peninsula.

“Ultramar is also hosting the annual conference of ferry industry body Interferry to be held this year in Cancún during October, so we are looking forward to joining with them at this important event,” he says.

“We are very proud to start a relationship with Wight Shipyard Co and we are certain that it will be a long and happy one for all,” says Ultramar CEO Germán Orozco.

Designed by Incat Crowther, the Ultramar ferries will each provide accommodation for 459 passengers over three decks. Passengers will board the new craft on the main deck forward and aft, where a bright and airy cabin is capable of seating up to 169 passengers.

A kiosk providing a range of snacks and refreshments will be provided on the centerline in the middle of this cabin. On the external foredeck seating is provided for 24 passengers while located aft is a generous luggage space area and toilet block.

Above, the mid deck is accessed from a center staircase in the main cabin. External seating will be provided for 120 passengers while aft of the elevated wheelhouse interior seating is available for 24 passengers.

Two external staircases aft lead to a roof deck where 122 seated passengers can enjoy commanding sea views. In the hulls, the engine rooms are designed to provide crews with maximum access with all machinery arranged in the same space. The engine rooms are designed so the engines, two MTU 12V4000 M63 marine diesels, each rated at 1,500 kW at 1,800 rev/min, can be removed without slipping the vessel or damaging the superstructure or hull.


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MARCH 20, 2018 — Damen Shipyards reports that the Government of Ontario has accepted its proposal to build two ferries with full electric propulsion.

Damen is building a Road Ferry 6819 and a Road Ferry 9819 (68 m and 98 m respectively) under a design-build contract awarded in 2017. At the time of the award it was announced that the vessels would be hybrid-ready, enabling them to be fitted with batteries when required.

Now, though, they will be fully electric, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 7.4 million kilograms of carbon dioxide per year, equivalent to taking 1,357 cars off the road, compared to conventional diesel ferries.

The vessels will be the first fully electric, non-cable vessels in Canada. One will service Kingston and Wolfe Island and the other Millhaven and Amherst Island.

Ontario Minister of Transportation Kathryn McGarry said, "This is great news for residents and commuters in this region, knowing they will soon be able to ride a ferry that is completely powered by electricity. Investing in innovative green technology is helping Ontario become a leader in North America for sustainable transportation and our government is committed to improving service, while simultaneously reducing our carbon footprint."

Damen has tailored the design to ensure that the performance profile of the ferries is not affected by electrification. Their capacity to transport 300 passengers and 42 cars (6819 – Amherst Island Ferry) and 399 passengers and 75 cars (9819 – Wolfe Island Ferry) at speeds up to 12 knots remains the same as with conventional propulsion.

Damen's scope of work in the project includes the installation of an automated mooring system, as well as charging system via which the vessels will be automatically connected to the shore power system for recharging the batteries.

Ontario is investing approximately $94 million and the Government of Canada is contributing up to a maximum of $31,271,905 towards building the new ferries.

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MARCH 8, 2018 — Harvey, LA, shipbuilder Midship Marine has delivered the Incat Crowther designed passenger ferries City Jet 1 and City Jet 2 to Cancun, Mexico, based operator Ultramar.

The 28 m catamarans are part of a six vessel newbuild program for Ultramar. The vessels will operate at high frequency across the enclosed lagoon adjacent to Cancun, sparing tourists a notoriously lengthy bus trip and reducing travel times by up to 70%.

The main deck cabin can accommodate 118 passengers in high-end seating. Sliding doors are fitted at both the forward and aft ends of the cabin for ease of access. The aft deck features a bathroom, electrical closet, standing room for passengers, and plenty of room for luggage.

Also featured on the aft deck is a raised engine hatch increasing maintenance space in the engine room.

As with all other Ultramar boats designed by Incat Crowther, the vessels are fitted with forward and aft hinged boarding ramps on both sides that facilitates rapid loading and unloading.

The pilothouse sits on a raised platform, affording good visibility over the bow. The roof deck features 140 external passenger seats with room for emergency life floats.

The low draft vessel is powered by two Yanmar 6HYM-WET engines pushing fixed-pitch propellers for a service speed of 22 knots at 85% MCR.

Length Overall 91' 10" / 28.0m
Length Waterline 90' 10" / 27.7m
Beam Overall 24' 7" / 7.5m
Draft (hull) 3' 1" / 0.95m
Draft (prop or max) 3' 11" / 1.2m
Depth 6' 6" / 2.0m
Construction Marine Grade Aluminum

Fuel Oil 528 gallons / 2,000 liters
Fresh Water 66 gallons / 250 liters
Sullage 264 gallons / 1,000 liters
Passengers 300
Crew 2

Speed (Service) 22 knots
Speed (Max) 25 knots
Main Engines 2 x Yanmar 6HYM-WET
Power 2 x 441kW @ 2100rpm
Propulsion 2 x Propellers

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FEBRUARY 28, 2017 — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and community leaders today celebrated the start of construction on the Lower East Side's new NYC Ferry landing.

The dock is one of four new landings for two new ferry routes slated to open this summer, shortening commutes for New Yorkers traveling to and from the South Bronx and Lower East Side. When service launches, nearby Lower East Side residents will have a 9-minute ferry ride to Wall Street or a 17-minute ride to Midtown, versus a 13-minute walk just to get on the nearest subway.

The Lower East Side Route will serve nearly one million riders annually traveling to and from Manhattan's Wall Street/Pier 11, Corlears Hook, Stuyvesant Cove, East 34th Street; and Long Island City, in Queens.

The route is expected to substantially reduce travel times for more than 8,000 families living in four NYCHA developments, the Baruch, Jacob Riis, La Guardia and Vladeck Houses.

The Soundview Route, also launching this summer, will serve an estimated 400,000 riders traveling to and from the Soundview area of the Bronx, East 90th Street, East 34th Street and Wall Street/Pier 11 in Manhattan each year.

"Docks are under construction and new ferries are on the way for this summer's new service. Neighborhoods like the Lower East Side haven't had the transit options they deserve. We can't wait to launch two new ferry lines that will help New Yorkers get to work and to school, and to connect with their city," said Mayor de Blasio.

Four docks are being constructed at Corlears Hook, East 90th Street, and Stuyvesant Cove on the East River and at Clason Point Park in the Soundview Section of the Bronx. Construction of the ferry docks requires embedding piles into the East River to secure the ferry landing barge, support the gangway and guide the ferry vessels into the landing, as well as installation of the access gangway onto the barge. Additional shore-side work will also be required, including installing utilities, security gates and signage.

Last year, NYC Ferry's inaugural year, the system launched four routes, the Rockaway, Astoria and South Brooklyn and East River routes, and served nearly three million riders, surpassing initial projections by 34 percent or nearly 800,000 riders. With the Lower East Side and Soundview routes, the system will have a total of six routes.


In response to high demand, NYC Ferry is adding six higher-capacity boats to its fleet. These bigger boats are each outfitted with larger engines and designed to hold up to 349 passengers. The first three of these larger vessels are expected to arrive in the New York Harbor over the summer.

Orders for four of the six larger capacity boats were placed with shipbuilder Metal Shark last August. The 97 ft x 28 ft USCG Subchapter K vessels are designed by Incat Crowther and powered by twin twelve-cylinder, 1,400-horsepower Baudouin 12M26.3 diesel engines, coupled to ZF Marine ZF3050 gearboxes and turning custom five-blade Michigan Wheel propellers. These larger "Rockaway Class" vessels have an operating speed of 24 knots.

"New Yorkers are 'hooked' on the Harbor and all the new community connections NYC Ferry has provided to millions of riders since launch. We're one step closer to expanding the system later this year with the creation of new links and opportunities for our growing waterfront neighborhoods," said Cameron Clark, Senior VP for NYC Ferry operated by Hornblower.

NYC Ferry is hiring captains and deckhands for the summer 2018 season. Jobseekers can apply directly through Hornblower's website,

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FEBRUARY 16, 2018 — The Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT) has sent a Notice of Intent to Award an $8.8 million contract for the construction of a new Maine State Ferry Service (MSFS) vessel to East Boothbay shipbuilder Washburn & Doughty. The company was one of five bidders – and the only Maine shipbuilder - who submitted a proposal.

"Washburn & Doughty has an excellent history and reputation of Maine craftsmanship," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "I am always pleased to see Maine taxpayer funding providing jobs to Maine workers through our investment in transportation infrastructure."

The new 154-foot vehicular and passenger ferry was designed by Braintree, MA, naval architects Gilbert Associates, Inc.

Designed to be able to serve any of the MSFS island communities other than Matinicus, it will have three main deck lanes, for a capacity of 23 cars or a mix of cars and trucks, as well as 250 passengers.

"We are thrilled to have a Maine boatyard with an impeccable history of quality as the successful bidder for the new ferry boat," said David Bernhardt, Commissioner of MaineDOT. "Washburn & Doughty built three of the ferry boats currently in operation for the Maine State Ferry Service, and we look forward to partnering with them for our first new boat in more than five years."

Washburn & Doughty Associates, Inc., was founded in East Boothbay in 1977 and specializes in the construction of steel and aluminum commercial vessels, including tugboats, commercial passenger vessels, fishing boats, barges, ferries and research vessels. In 1992-1993, Washburn & Doughty built three vessels – known as the "sister ships" – that are still in service for the Maine State Ferry Service today.

"We are honored to have been selected to construct the new ferry service vessel for the Maine State Ferry Service," said Katie Doughty Maddox, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Washburn & Doughty Associates. "This contract will create jobs at our shipyard during its construction and we are proud to have our Maine workers building a vessel to serve Maine residents, businesses and visitors to our Midcoast island communities."

The Maine State Ferry Service, a division of the MaineDOT, serves the island communities of Vinalhaven, North Haven, Islesboro, Swans Island, Frenchboro and Matinicus. Maine law provides that operating expenses for the ferry service are paid one-half by residents of Maine through the Highway Fund Budget and one-half by user and other fees.

Capital costs for the ferry service – including the construction of ferry boats, maintenance and upgrade to facilities and improvements to supporting infrastructure – is fully funded through MaineDOT.

The funding for the construction of the new ferry boat to be built by Washburn & Doughty will come from a combination of Maine bond funding and other local highway fund and federal dollars.


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February 15, 2018

Baleària buys three more

FEBRUARY 15, 2018 — Spanish ferry operator Baleària has invested neary EUR 75 million (about $94 million) to purchase three existing ships to reinforce its fleet.

The vessels are the ferries Nápoles and Sicilia, bought from Stena, and the fast ferry Jonathan Swift, bought from Irish Ferries. Following these two transactions, Baleària now owns a total of 24 out of the 25 vessels that it operates.

The ferries Nápoles and Sicilia, which are sister ships, were chartered in 2015 by the company and are being used for the València-Eivissa-Palma and Barcelona-Eivissa routes, respectively.

Each measuring 186 meters long, the vessels have a service speed of 23 knots and were delivered by Italian shipbuilder Cantieri Navale Visentini in 2002. They each have a capacity for 950 passenger and 2,000 linear meters of cargo and can sail at a speed of 23 knots.

The passenger services and features available on the Nápoles and the Sicilia are some of the most highly-rated ships by customers in Baleària's most recent satisfaction surveys, scoring 8.3 out of 10.

The Jonathan Swift is an 86 m high speed catamaran delivered by Austal in 1999. With a speed of 38 knots, it can carry 800 passengers and 200 vehicles and, had been operating in the Irish Sea connecting Dublin and Holyhead..

Baleària, which is in the middle of a fleet renewal process, has two LNG fueled ferries on order at Cantiere Navale Visentini and has ordered four eco-fast ferries on order at Spain's Gondan shipyard, the first of which began operating last December.

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