Welcome to Passenger Vessel Week!
Despite the ongoing pandemic and the trail of fatalities that continues to blight ferry operations in certain developing countries, people, both rich and poor, want or need to travel by ferry, cruise ship or tourist boat. Thus, there appears to be an almost endless demand for passenger vessels of all shapes, sizes and types. Certainly, the pages of Baird Maritime are, and always have been, replete with them.
This week we present a wide range from a tiny, so-called “hybrid” Indian water taxi from Kerala to two cruise ships, small and medium sized, from yards in Ancona and Split, on either side of the Adriatic sea. There are also a German-built ice-class expedition yacht for a US operator, as well as the largest ship ever built by an Italian yard.
Cruise ships may be cruise ships but the two presented here are quite different. One, built by Brodosplit in Croatia, is comparatively small, carrying 200 passengers, and designed especially for Arctic and Antarctic “expeditioning”. The other, built by Fincantieri, is described as “small” but twenty years ago, with 930-pax, would have been described as at least “medium”. It will have a more general cruising role.
Each of these vessels, as is the norm these days, is described as being “environmentally friendly”. Despite their common use of internal combustion, hydrocarbon fuelled, engines, such expressions are de rigeur these days and insisted upon by ship owner PR departments or consultants. Why can’t they just be realistic and honest?
Ferries • Ro-Pax • Marine Tourism • Cruise • Freshwater
Anyway, for their various and distinctive roles, all three vessels appear to be practical approaches. They will undoubtedly serve their private and government owners well. So, too, will the other passenger vessels that will materialise and be revealed during PV Week.
Passenger vessels have always fascinated me and I have travelled on, probably, many more than a thousand of them. I have my favourites, of course, but I like to see, study and try out as many of them, particularly new or re-purposed, ones, as I can.
They constantly exhibit innovation and inventiveness in so many aspects of their design, construction and equipment that is difficult for governments and, even, the classification societies, to keep up with them. The passenger sector is arguably more imaginative and forward thinking than any other in the maritime business. While passengers are often described as a “commodity”, they are a rather more fussy, discerning and particular commodity than lumps of iron ore or coal or, even, containers. Thus passenger vessel owners have to keep improving their offerings.
This week, readers of Baird Maritime will be able to read all about and keep up with the latest offerings to and by the passenger vessel sector.
- MSC Seashore – MSC Cruises takes delivery of largest ship ever built in Italy
- Ultramarine – Quark Expeditions welcomes Croatian-built, polar-capable vessel to fleet
- Hanseatic Spirit – Norwegian yard completes third luxury expedition ship for Hapag-Lloyd Cruises
- Costa Firenze – Massive 5,200-guest ship to serve Chinese cruise market
- Crystal Endeavor – World’s largest ice-class expedition yacht joins Crystal Cruises
- Viking Venus – Scandinavian-inspired 930-guest luxury liner
- Tejus 1 – New 12-seat tour boat/water taxi for India’s Periyar River
Features and Opinion:
– “In a world in which Australia is increasingly becoming isolated, we are dependent on almost everything from overseas.”
– by Kent Stewart, founder of maritime consultancy Maritime Engineers and Baird Maritime‘s resident expert on commercial shipping and the offshore industries
News, Gear, and Book Reviews:
- Charter boat suffers engine room fire off Gloucester, Massachusetts
- GEAR | Fjord1 awards contract for ferry conversions, charging stations
- Spain’s Trasmapi acquires ex-Condor Ferries catamaran
- US National Park Service gets new passenger/utility boat
- Philippines to open new cruise port in Ilocos Sur province
- Sea trials begin for Norled’s newest hydrogen-powered ferry
- Ferry lost in fatal capsizing off Bali carried more people than first reported, local officials confirm
- Tallink Grupp, Tanger Med Port Authority ink short-term charters for cruiseferry pair
- Italian builder delivers Virgin Voyages’ second ship, launches third
- Spain’s FRS Iberia acquires catamaran ferry from Japanese operator
- ABP opens new cruise terminal in Southampton
- Swan Hellenic’s first expedition ship launched in Finland
Recent Important Features:
– “Currently the IMO member states seem to favour ‘soft implementation’, but how individual states enforce the approach is as yet unknown.”
– by Johan Roos, Director of Regulatory Affairs for worldwide ferry industry association Interferry
– “The system, which was tested on a catamaran tour boat owned by local operator Tokyo Cruise Ship Company, has been designed to perform functions including route planning, course control, speed control, and collision avoidance.”
Remember to come back every day to see the latest news, opinion and vessel reviews!
Call for content!
Any news or views about the global maritime tourism, ferry and cruise industries? Send it through to [email protected] ASAP (between now and July 9), so we can add it to this current edition of Passenger Vessel Week!
We are after:
- Vessels – Orders, new deliveries, under construction
- Gear – Latest innovations and technology in the passenger vessel sector
- Interviews – Owners, operators, terminal authorities, passenger vessel associations, etc.
- Reminiscences – Do you have any exciting, amusing or downright dangerous anecdotes from your time in the passenger vessel world? (example here)
- Other – Any other relevant news
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