Focus on Passenger Vessels

Focus on Passenger Vessels

A lineup of ferries at Cebu Port in the Philippines (Photo: Cokaliong Shipping Lines)

The already diverse global passenger vessel industry is never short on innovation, as readers will see over the coming days. Our featured lineup of reviewed vessels covers a broad selection from fast inner city ferries to tour boats that sail at more leisurely speeds, from large inter-island Ro-Paxes to cruise ships that can accommodate nearly a thousand guests each.

Various propulsion systems are again also covered, and it is noteworthy that some of the featured vessels are fitted with lower-emission-capable propulsion components such as large-capacity batteries and rooftop solar panels.

Ferries • Ro-Pax • Marine Tourism • Cruise • River/Lake Operations

We will also look into an ongoing development wherein a well-known Swedish transport company embarks on a project that involves the use of hydrogen propulsion. If successful, this alternative marine fuel will power two large Ro-Paxes that will sail on regular trips along the 90 kilometres between Gotland Island and the mainland beginning in 2030.

We invite readers to regularly visit Baird Maritime to be updated on the continually evolving – and adapting – worldwide passenger vessel industry

Vessel Reviews:

Features and Opinion:

FEATURE | Swedish ferry operator proposes hydrogen-powered fast Ro-Paxes

– “The company expects the ferries will each be capable of covering the 90-kilometre stretch between Gotland and the Swedish mainland in around three hours.”

News and Gear:

Recent Important Features:

OPINION | An Australian-funded safe ferries program would save lives in the Pacific

– “For a comparatively small investment in a safe ferries program, Australia would be rewarded with significant kudos and appreciation at a time when the region is increasing geopolitically contested.”

– By Dr Neil Baird, co-founder and former Editor-in-Chief of Baird Maritime

FEATURE | Electric hydrofoil ferry concept under development in Northern Ireland

– “The vessels are designed to fly above the water, providing a comfortable ride for the passengers, mitigating the effects of seasickness, and producing minimal wake at high speeds.”

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 October 14), 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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