Focus on Passenger Vessels


Baird Maritime resumes its regular feature weeks by focusing on the steadily growing, global passenger vessel sector. We will review recently delivered large ferries in Europe and the Far East, electric commuter boats for Russia’s capital city, a fast catamaran for Norway, and a luxury tour vessel for an owner in Thailand.

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

We also take a closer look into an upcoming Norwegian-led project with the aim of introducing a fleet of autonomous inner city ferries into service as well as the fascinating story of a Thai river ferry company that has been in operation for over five decades.

We invite regular readers to continue visiting these pages for the latest news and other noteworthy developments in this ever-important sector of the global maritime industry.

Vessel Reviews:

Features and Opinion:

FEATURE | Norwegian firm to introduce autonomous electric commuter ferries

– “Besides the smart functions, the ferry and docking systems follow a standardised design so that it is compatible with existing infrastructure in addition to being ready for mass production.”

FEATURE | Supatra Boats: a long history and a strong future

– “The long slim and agile wooden boats have proven themselves over a half century on the tricky and turbulent waters of the Chao Phraya.”

– by Alan Haig-Brown, novelist, non-fiction writer, and regular Baird Maritime contributor

COLUMN | A load of bollards: the US Coast Guard (and others) should get serious on testing mooring equipment! [Offshore Accounts]

– “The physical inspection of bollards is a problem that has been with us for generations.”

by Hieronymus Bosch, Baird Maritime‘s anonymous insider in the world of offshore oil and gas operations

News and Gear:

Recent Important Features:

HISTORY | A voyage on an Irrawaddy Flotilla Company ship

– “On any steamer you had a microcosm of colonial Burma’s political, economic and social hierarchy.”

– By Paul Strachan, author and founder/owner of Pandaw Cruises

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 March 24), 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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