Developments in shipbuilding have been driven by needs to simplify the engineering and manufacturing. The cause is not just to become more competitive but also to avoid problems in controlling engineering and manufacturing costs. Two recent examples
On February 14, the world's largest high-speed ferry catamaran Stena Discovery took off from Belfast, after a planned drydocking, and about one hour out at sea on the captain's command the waterjet control was switched over to steering by a retrofitted Humphree Interceptor Steering System.
Predicting business trends in the notoriously fickle marine business is difficult if not impossible. Yet when developments transpire as they have in the fast craft niche of the ferry business, it is difficult to not read the writing on the wall.
Despite recent concern about overcapacity in the cruise industry, new and refurbished luxury liners and cruise ferries continue to enter the market with more and more berths in an effort to attract firsttime and repeat cruisers. However, according
Despite a fall in the overall number of vessels forecast to be delivered Irom shipyards until 2007. the value of the propulsion systems installed in newbuilds is expected to show a rise from 2004, reaching nearly $5-billion by 2007 on the strength of increasing power requirements.
A joint study involving the Toronto Harbour Commission (THC) recently revealed that a high-speed ferry service between St. Catharines and Toronto is economically feasible. During the summer of 1980, a regularly scheduled hydrofoil service operated
The transit between Long Beach and Catalina Island will be reduced to "well under" one hour when the "Jet Cat Express" joins the Catalina Express fleet. "This will take place before Memorial Day," according to G r e g Bombard, president of the California company.
A package of full-color brochures and data sheets is available at no cost from Riverway Shipyard Co. of Grafton, 111. The booklets contain a complete description of all services available at Riverway and marine equipment manufactured by the yard.
Morrelli and Melvin has joined forces with Knight and Carver Yacht Center to launch a trio of fiberglass vessels, built to USCG and ABS standards, and certified for operations on Exposed Waters. The hulls have a shape designed for ease of construction
The actual extent of European public funding to promote a modal shift from road to waterborne transportation has up until now — been far outweighed by political discourse on the subject — no doubt designed to appeal to the popular, environmentalist vote.