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FERRY OPERATORS • The World’s Best
RoPax vessel Stena Germanica.
Route: Gothenburg - Kiel.
Photo Courtesy Stena Line.
Photographer: Ann-Charlotte Ytterberg
Drone Pilot: Robert Nyström
BC Ferries passing.
Photo Courtesy BC Ferries
BC Ferries runs between Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden.
Photo: Viking Lines
Hypatia de Alejandria and
San Francisco Area Ferries –
Red & White Fleet
Photo Courtesy BAE Systems
San Francisco Bay Ferry – operated by and Swartz Bay (Vancouver Island). maintenance costs.” Class society DNV European operators are among the the Water Emergency Transportation The system had previously been explor- GL, working alongside state ofcials in largest (qualifying them for a traditional
Authority (WETA). In September 2018, ing LNG conversions, and is now look- its “Maritime Blue” initiative, cite the “Top 10”) but also among the most for-
Red and White Fleet, another private ing at battery power. In January, 2019, electrifcation (borrowing from concepts ward thinking- gaining them a mention operator, launched Enhydra, a 600 pas- WSF released a Strategic Plan looking being developed for Norwegian vessels here. senger (built by Bellingham, Wash., out to 2040. The operator, part of the operated by Color Line and others) as a The Spanish ferry operator Baleària yard All American Marine) powered by state’s Department of Transportation, key demonstration project. (which connects mainland Spain with lithium batteries- with redundancy pro- says: “More than half of Washington In New York City, a new ferry net- the Balearic Islands and with Northern vided by a Cummins (EPA Tier 4) diesel State Ferries’ 23-vessel feet is sched- work begun in mid-2017 (operated by Africa) has developed a strategy which engine. Red and White is also construct- uled to be retired by 2040. The ferry West Coast based Hornblower Cruises), couples newbuild orders for gas pow- ing an experimental vessel powered by system needs 16 new vessels in the next reaching areas inaccessible by subways ered vessels with conversions of existing hydrogen fuel cells. 20 years, including 13 ferries to replace and bus routes, has greatly exceeded ferries to dual fueling. In 2017, Baleària
Washington State Ferries (WSF), op- vessels due for retirement and three ad- initial expectations. Statistics from the ordered two LNG-fueled ferries from erates an extensive system 24.5 million ditional vessels to fll in when other fer- burgeoning NYC Ferry show a passen- the Italian yard Cantiere Navale Visen- people a year. Its landside hubs run to ries are out for maintenance and to re- ger count of at a 6 million annual rate tini, after a 2016 order gas powered ferry islands stretching from Point Defance spond to growth.” WSF says that its plan in mid-2018 ; ridership in 2023, as new from the Spanish shipyard LaNaval. In (near Tacoma) northward to Puget Sound “…calls for electrifying the ferry feet services come online, is projected to be late 2018, it announced a plan to convert and further out to the Olympic Peninsula to reduce fuel use, emissions, noise and 9 million. fve existing ferries, Naples, Abel Mat- 30 Maritime Reporter & Engineering News • FEBRUARY 2019