Interestingly, electric-powered vessels figure prominently in this month’s focus on the passenger vessel sector, indicating operators’ growing preference for low-emission propulsion systems. These vessels include ferries and tour boats in service in Western Europe, India, and New Zealand.
Ferries • Ro-Pax • Marine Tourism • Cruise • River/Lake Operations
Cruise ships are also included in this week’s featured vessels. Two are newbuilds for inland sailings in Europe while one is a refitted vessel optimised for a popular island destination in South America.
- Electric tour boats enter service on India’s Peruvannamuzhi Dam [Friday]
- Hella – First of three new battery-powered double-ended ferries for Norled [Thursday]
- VESSEL REFIT | National Geographic Islander II – Rebuilt Galapagos Islands cruise ship for Lindblad Expeditions [Wednesday]
- Spirit of the Rhine – Saga Cruises’ 190-guest newbuilds to serve European river itineraries [Tuesday]
- Ika Rere – Electric catamaran enters service with New Zealand commuter ferry company [Tuesday]
- Antonia vom Kamp – Solar-powered ferry for German Baltic Sea operator
News and Gear:
- Boat carrying 21 passengers capsizes following collision in central Bangladesh
- Ferry carrying over 200 passengers runs aground in Iloilo, Philippines
- Hurtigruten cruise ship successfully refloated following grounding in Norway
- Passenger Vessel News Roundup | August 4 – Cruise ship delivery to US operator, Norwegian and South Korean ferry orders and more
- River cruise ship evacuated following explosion, fire in Amsterdam
- Passenger Vessel News Roundup | July 28 – US whale-watching boat and UK river cruise ship newbuilds, Italian ferry’s final sea trials and more
Recent Important Features:
– “The fate of Baltic ferries may not seem like the most pressing concern in Europe right now, yet they do represent what a liberal international order seeks to protect.”
– by Grant Wyeth, a columnist for The Diplomat and newsletter write for Australian Foreign Affairs magazine
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