On 24-25 September, EMSA organised a workshop on the implementation of a system of inspections for the safe operation of ro-ro passenger ships and high-speed passenger craft in regular service, entering into force on 20 December. During the workshop, the guidance documentation developed by EMSA for inspectors was finalised, while updates were also given on THETIS for Port State Control as well as on the new module on THETIS EU for Flag States.
Seasickness is the top worst holiday discomfort and all of us have—or will—succumb to seasickness on rough waters, research shows. Seasickness is a result of a conflict in the inner ear, where the human balance mechanism resides, and is caused by a vessel’s erratic motion on the water.
Knud E. Hansen has released its latest design, a 154-meter RoPax ferry that can transport up to 1500 passengers and 440 cars. The ship also boasts an additional 657 lane meters for trucks and trailers. The vessel with a service speed of 25 knots, can operate close to optimum engine load even at slow speeds because of its diesel electric propulsion plant and azimuthing pods.
The Philippine Coast Guard rescued a total of 48 passengers and crew from the ship ‘Twins G-2’, while at the vicinity waters of Barangay Astorga, Daram, Samar, on 30 August. Investigation revealed that an engine failure started due to the explosion of the starboard’s engine fuel line.
The Philippine Coast Guard rescued a total of 149 passengers and 18 crew members from the cargo ship ‘Mika Mari 8’, which listed heavily while at Port of Consuelo, Cebu, on Saturday. Four of the passengers suffered minor injuries and were brought to hospital as a result.
A ferry capsized off the Bakassi Peninsula of Cameroon’s southwestern coast on August 25th. Due to the capsizing, 17 bodies were recovered, as Bernard Okalia Bilai, governor of the Southwest region informed. Initial information was saying that the bodies were three, but on Monday and Tuesday fourteen more were discovered.
New Zealand’s Transport Accident Investigation Commission released its report on the grounding of the passenger catamaran Dolphin Seeker, on 27 October 2018. The boat ran aground on rocks at slow speed. Nobody was injured, but the vessel sustained significant damage.
An all-electric ferry, able to carry around 30 vehicles and 200 passengers has carried out its maiden voyage. Namely, the e-ferry Ellen sailed between the Ports of Soby and Fynshav, located on the islands of Aero and Als in Denmark.
A Spanish ferry, carrying around 400 passengers, ran aground while sailing from Ibiza and Majorca, on August 16. After the incident rescue operations were launched by the coast guard and other emergency services. The ferry ‘Pinar del Rio’ is operated by Balearia, and grounded off Benidorm, southeastern Spain, while the ship was preparing to moor in harbor with 393 passengers and 70 vehicles on board.
The US Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced around $32.8 million in project selections to improve the safety and reliability of America’s passenger ferries and enhance mobility for ferry users across the United States. Nine projects in nine states will receive funding from FTA’s Passenger Ferry Grant Program.
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