In light of the coronavirus outbreak situation, the Japanese Ministry of Defense recently informed that has prepared a 17.000 GT ferry vessel, in order to provide temporary accommodation for Japanese nationals who return from China.
The UK Maritime Minister launched a new passenger rights toolkit in Liverpool, calling operators to make journeys better for disabled passengers and staff, continuing the UK’s internationally leading plans for fully accessible transport.
French ports are blocked as workers protest, aiming to make President Emmanuel Macron to scrap a planned pension overhaul. Namely, ferry services were disrupted, while some bulk carriers were kept at anchor.
Port of Piraeus, Greece will be from now on ferry connected to Limassol, Cyprus. According to the Shipping Deputy Minister of Cyprus, Natasa Pilides, efforts are underway in order the ferry trip to be launched and available by this summer. For the records, the return ferry ticket is estimated to cost around €130 per person, including the port fees.
On 3 January, the Spanish ferry company known as “Baleària”, officially announced its successful establishment of natural gas supply in the port of Valencia. In order to accomplish the supply properly, the company used a multi truck to ship (MTTS) high-speed bunkering system.
Japanese shipbuilder Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co. inked a deal with shipowner Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) for the construction of two LNG-fueled ferries, representing the first project of this kind ever made in Japan.
The U.S. Coast Guard recently announced that allowed most of the New York Waterway ferries to return back to service, after being suspended for a series of safety concerns. Specifically all except five of the 23 vessels will operate again with the Coast Guard’s permission.
Taking lives of over 1,000 people, the sinking of the RoRo ferry Al-Salam Boccaccio 98 remains a good example of study as poor emergency procedures resulted to deaths of over 1,000 people and spurred widespread criticism of the crew, as well as the owner company.
Japanese MOL and its group company Ferry Sunflower Limited revealed plans to construct the first two LNG-fueled ferries in Japan. MOL plans to order the Sunflower Kurenai and the Sunflower Murasaki from Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. in December.
Essar Bulk Terminal completed work on the Passenger Ferry Terminal that has paved the way for a cruise-based passenger ferry service, commencing today, between Hazira Port in Surat and Bandra-Worli Sea Link in Mumbai. The Hazira-based terminal will also lead to ferry services being offered on other routes in the future.
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