passenger vessels

Passenger traffic increases at Port of Kiel

Port of Kiel continues to pursue its growth course in passenger traffic posting a 4.2% increase with 2.2 million travellers. At the same time, the port’s cargo sector was unable to match the top results of the reference period. The handling performance fell by 3.5% to 7.15 tons of cargo in 2018. 

Key trends shaping the cruise industry in 2020

CLIA issued its 2020 State of the Cruise Industry report taking an in-depth look at the impact of cruising and the trends across the industry. The cruise industry has cemented its role as a mainstream vacation choice with about 32 million guests expected to sail in 2020.

Achille Lauro hijacking: A tragic example of maritime terrorism

SAFETY4SEA remembers the hijacking of the cruise ship ‘Achille Lauro’ in 1985 by four heavily armed Palestinian militants who posed as passengers, resulting to the brutal murder of one passenger. The attack lasted only two days but spurred a global concern over the shaping dimensions of maritime terrorism.

Do you know how many types of ships exist?

There is a wide range of different vessels. The international dry cargo and tanker markets are immense and are served by numerous ships of several types and of various sizes. Some of them follow standard designs and can carry a variety of cargoes while others are more specialized and able to carry commodities which the standard vessels cannot. According to the UNCTAD, in early 2019 the total world fleet stood at 95,402 ships accounting for 1.97 billion dead-weight tons (dwt) of capacity.

USCG questioned over implementation of NTSB safety recommendations

In an official hearing on Commercial and Passenger Vessel Safety on Thursday, the head of NTSB’s Marine Safety Office critiqued the US Coast Guard’s willingness to bolster safety rules for passenger vessels, on the aftermath of three fatal incidents involving small vessels in US waters.

SOLAS 2020 Amendments: An overview

Several amendments of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) agreed in 2016, 2017 and 2018 are entering into force in less than three months, marking reforms to SOLAS and to international codes made mandatory under the SOLAS Convention.

EMSA to ensure safety of Ro-Ros and high-speed passenger vessels

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.

What causes seasickness and how to encounter it

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.

USCG issues guidance on passenger vessel compliance after deadly boat fire

Following the deadly fire and sinking of the small passenger vessel ‘Conception’ off California last week, which claimed the lives of 34 people, the US Coast Guard issued a new bulletin to remind mariners of regulations related to firefighting and lifesaving aboard passenger vessels.

New RoPax design revealed

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.

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