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Fast Ferry International magazine was the primary source of information for the fast ferry industry worldwide for over fifty years.
Details of issues published between January 2000 and December 2011 are listed below.

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DECEMBER 2011
News:
Rodriquez and Bahrain sign MoU to develop shipbuilding
Troms Fylkeskommune praises catamarans
Thai operator orders Incat Crowther 32m catamaran
Baleària Bahamas Express starts operating
Trasmediterránea moves wavepiercer to Canaries
Hanil Express service starts on December 23
Incat 98m wavepiercer appears on Taiwan Strait
Four new Sydney Harbour routes to be introduced
Stagecoach abandons cross-Forth hovercraft project
Algeciras-Ceuta operators fined again by Spanish government
UK MCA suspends Hovertravel service
Features:
2011 Deliveries and orders
Austal 35m monohull heads for New Caledonia
Two 18m catamarans delivered to Russian Cruises
Griffon Hoverwork completes move to new factory
Oma Baatbyggeri launches first 35m catamaran
Q-West Boat Builders delivers Incat Crowther 24m catamaran
Chinese operator introduces Wang Tak 33m catamarans
The End
30 years ago - Hoverspeed operates first services
NOVEMBER 2011
News:
Austal acquires former FBMA yard in Philippines
Siremar to be sold to Compagnia delle Isole
Macao Dragon vessels arrested in Hong Kong
Afai Southern building two DFF 4212 catamarans
Hong Kong operator to close local route
Teknicraft Design working on two ferries for service in Brazil
Seventy-six passengers injured in Hong Kong accident
WETA awards operating contract to Blue & Gold Fleet
Stena Line cuts back Irish Sea services
Second 35m catamaran launched for Gladstone
MTU Asia investigation prompts action by Tognum
WaveMaster monohull arrives in Spain
Two Voskhods to return to service in Russia...
...and one sinks in Vietnam
SNAV sells Incat 74m wavepiercer to Greek operator
Megayacht conversion planned for MDV 3000
Incat Crowther catamaran arrives in Zanzibar
Flying Cat 40m catamaran hijacked in Turkey
New York ferries to have diesel oxidation catalysts
Norwegian Design Council recognises Brødrene Aa catamarans
Features:
Riverside Marine orders three Incat Crowther catamarans
Brødrene Aa delivers catamaran ambulance boat
Philippines operator introduces 32m monohull
Båtservice delivers first catamaran to Fred. Olsen Windservice
Second Incat Crowther wavepiercer enters service in Middle East
Foil assisted catamaran delivered to Kitsap Transit
BEAmer issues report on Condor Vitesse collision
30 years ago - Vosper takes all of Hovermarine
OCTOBER 2011
News:
Incat wavepiercers leave UK waters for South Korea
Macao Dragon suspends services and appoints liquidator
High fuel costs impact on TurboJet’s half-year result
Venezueulan government nationalizes Conferry
Investigation launched into Italian state aid to Tirrenia
Three companies shortlisted for Sydney Ferries franchise
Short season for Gulf of Finland service
Department of Transportation returns to Alaskan Court
Condor publishes punctuality figures
Destination Gotland operating concession extended until 2017
Local fishermen upset Steam Packet Company
Austal USA launches first Joint High Speed Vessel
Rodriquez awaits market recovery
South Boats planning to build 28m wind farm support vessel
Strategic Marine and BMT Nigel Gee team up
MJP develops double control system for waterjets
Features:
Fifty years of high-speed publishing
Aluminium Boats Australia delivers first One2three 35m catamaran
Thames Clippers moves westwards
New challenges in shipping vessels through the Indian Ocean
Fjellstrand trimaran shortlisted in Carbon Trust competition
Incat releases more details about 99m LNG wavepiercer
Major changes take place on Algeciras-Ceuta route
50 years ago - The first issue
SEPTEMBER 2011
News:
Shun Tak-CTS to acquire New World First Ferry Macau
Austal issues results for 2010-2011 financial year...
...names customer for 41m catamaran...
...receives Australian Customs contract...
...and diversifies into modular buildings
Third Båtservice Sea Lord 35 enters service in Norway
Måløy Verft building second S-Cat catamaran
Pacific Ferry withdraws from Singapore route
Båtservice Sea Lord 36 re-engined
Tirrenia monohulls towed to Turkish scrapyard
Zelenodolsk Shipyard launches first Agat A145 monohull
Stena Line confirms HSS withdrawal date
IBS opens office in Dubai
Number of Sydney Ferries suitors falls to five...
...and NSW government welcomes new routes
Croatian company stripped of operating concession
South Boats acquires assets of Lyme Boats
Greek port issues tender for disposal of monohull
Investigation of Isle of Man Steam Packet halted
Virtu Ferries returns to Libya
Spear Green Design completes interiors of Incat Crowther vessels
Holyhead-Dun Laoghaire route to be summer only operation
Catamaran salvaged in US Virgin Islands
Features:
New Zealand operator introduces larger foil assisted catamaran
Aluminium Marine delivers Incat Crowther 24m catamaran
RDM launches third catamaran for Azam Marine
New vessels appear on South Korea’s Ulleungdo routes
Austal 47m catamarans shipped to l’Express des Îsles
Båtservice Mandal building two more Sea Lord 30 catamarans
Maritime design - Challenging conformity
30 years ago - Unreported news
JULY /
AUGUST 2011
News:
Tirrenia di Navigazione sold by Italian government
Sale of Siremar still to be confirmed
Baleària introduces two Fjellstrand 38.8m catamarans
Greek operator acquires third Incat wavepiercer
Second NEL Lines vessel transferred to Adriatic
Oman’s NFC extends Austal service contract
Caspian Mainport adds third catamaran to fleet
Incat Crowther 24m catamarans being built
Mols-Linien sells conventional ferries
Italy’s competition authority clears Moby Lines’ acquisition of Toremar
Laziomar operates first services
Service to be introduced between Finland and Russia
Fjord Line wins another Court case...
...and carries one millionth passenger
NSW government issues EoI for Sydney Ferries
Penguin International sells Penguin Ferry Services
Båtservice Sea Lord 35 CarbonCats return to service in North Norway
No new service in Adriatic this summer
European Union funds research for battery powered fast ferry
Ministry of Defence puts Pacscat on disposal list
P&O Maritime Services awards contract to South Boats
Danish catamaran withdrawn in July
Condor makes case for mixed ferry fleet
EFIC and ANZ provide finance facility for Incat 99m wavepiercer
Liferaft Systems Australia reports good business
Gearbox failure for Steam Packet Company...
...and main engine failure for Lake Express
Catamaran runs aground in US Virgin Islands
Features:
Kvichak Marine delivers Incat Crowther 20m catamaran
Incat Crowther 28m wavepiercer enters service in Oman
Boreal Transport Nord takes delivery of Båtservice Sea Lord 24
Singapore operator introduces two Cheoy Lee 28m monohulls
Austal completes review of Henderson operations
Rodriquez releases details of fully submerged hydrofoil project
30 years ago - New arrival on English Channel
JUNE 2011
News:
Austal plans to shift towards naval work in Australia
Order confirmed for Austal 41m ferry...
...and Austal selected for customs boat order
Daimler and Rolls-Royce acquire majority holding in Tognum
Consortium completes acquisition of Istanbul Deniz Otobüsleri
New York’s newest ferry service starts operating on East River
Baleària transfers wavepiercer to United States...
...and joins forces with fashion designer
Kværner Fjellstrand Flying Cats enter service in Russia
Effect Ships International announces first order
Pacific Ferry introduces Singapore-Sekupang service
Russian Cruises to introduce catamaran
Techno Super Liner used as refuge for earthquake victims
Lyme Boats enters administration
Linda Line drops new Baltic route
Sydney Ferries attracts fast ferry companies
Oma building three catamarans for Tide Sjø
Incat Crowther designing 45m monohull crewboat
Gladding-Hearn enters the wind farm vessel market
Shepler’s withdraws legal actions
Norwegian company launches new deck rails
Fjord Line reports profitable 2010
Incat Designs 40m catamaran re-engined in Alaska
Sales of Tirrenia and Siremar move closer
Fantasea Cruises buys catamaran
Marad selling Hawaii Superferry vessels
Features:
Tsuneishi delivers catamaran and monohull to Japanese operators
Refurbished catamaran enters service with Golden Gate Ferry
Greek operators hit by economic downturn and high fuel costs
Passenger numbers remain steady on Croatia’s domestic routes
Report on Incat 112m wavepiercer berthing accidents published
30 years ago - Another side of Hong Kong
MAY 2011
News:
Three 35m catamarans ordered for LNG project
Hong Kong North West Express introduces Macau route
Port of Kingston to resume service
Increased offer considered for Tognum
Russian yard to build Incat Crowther catamarans
Lake Express returns earlier than planned
WETA takes over two San Francisco Bay routes...
...and issues operation and maintenance RFP
Compagnie Corsaire withdraws St Malo-Jersey service
Service changes on Manhattan’s East River
Veolia Transport Norge becomes Boreal Transport Norge...
...and CarbonCats briefly enter service
Flying Cat introduced in St Pierre & Miquelon
Austal funds expansion of Mobile yard
US Army JHSVs transferred to US Navy
Mackinac Island ferry hearings suspended
Moby Lines selected to take over Toremar
CBG Systems refitting wavepiercer vehicle decks
Increased offer for Tognum confirmed
Features:
Podded propulsion installed on Brødrene Aa 25m catamaran
Austal Auto Express 113 completes trials programme
RDM delivers Incat Crowther catamaran to Seychelles
Zelenodolsk Shipyard starts building Agat A145 monohulls
Marginal fall in number of passenger/vehicle ferries in service
Statens haverikommission reports on Gotlandia II collision
Work stops on West Boat Builders’ final vessel
30 years ago - IHS welcomes new president
APRIL 2011
News:
IDO to be sold to Turkish-Scottish consortium
Stena and Austal settle patent dispute
Two offers received for Toremar
New owners for Isle of Man Steam Packet Company
Tender offer for Tognum shares launched
Management buyout at Veolia Transport Norge
Sunferries acquired by Sealink Travel Group
Båtservice Sea Lord 35 CarbonCats delivered
More expansion at Austal USA’s yard
Wightlink awards maintenance contract
Tide Sjø orders third Oma 35m catamaran
US Coast Guard raises average passenger weight
Hellenic Seaways sells passenger/vehicle ferry
Bintan Lagoon Resort buys second catamaran
Stena Line and LD Lines resume services early...
...but HSS Stena Voyager likely to be withdrawn
No SNCM fast ferry services this summer
Fjord Line to continue operating Incat 91m wavepiercer
Ventouris Ferries to operate ALN Corsaire 14000 monohull
NEL Lines expands route network
Fuel costs loom large in Mols-Linien annual report
National Ferries Company starts carrying vehicles
Air Naval launches fourth 38m monohull for Ustica Lines
Two investigations launched into collision
Humphree launches new ride control system
Start of Lake Express season delayed
Wightlink catamaran scrapped in Denmark
Features:
First Windcat MK IV catamaran completes trials programme
GS Marine 18.5m monohull enters service in Norway
Lyme Boats delivers first Incat Crowther 17.5m catamaran
Competition continues on Manly-Sydney route
Westamaran catamaran rebuilt in United States
Traffic on Hong Kong-Macau routes nears 20 million passengers
ECDIS - Capabilities and limitations
30 years ago - Seaspeed launches freight service
MARCH 2011
News:
Daimler and Rolls-Royce join forces to bid for Tognum
Incat 98m wavepiercer arrives in China
Quicksilver Bali orders Incat Crowther 42m wavepiercer...
...and Topaz confirms second 28m wavepiercer
Austal 35m monohull ordered by New Caledonia operator
Fred. Olsen Windcarrier orders four 21m catamarans
Austal appoints new chief executive officer
Fast ferries join humanitarian efforts in Libya and Japan
Hong Kong Transport Department awards outlying island licences
Thames Clippers re-introduces late service
Mols-Linien to become exclusive fast ferry operator
FRS sells JumboCat 60 catamaran
Vetor withdraws hydrofoil services
Port of Kingston to resume ferry service
Steam Packet Company competitor withdraws service
WSF sells last fast ferries
Sjøfartsdirektoratet certifies Båtservice Sea Lord 35 CarbonCats
Fisherman killed in collision with wavepiercer
Wärtsilä launches range of midsize waterjets
More LCS contracts for Austal USA
Features:
Damen DFF 4212 catamaran delivered to South Korea
Wightlink claim for damages dismissed by English court
A period of transition for Austal
Consolidation on Rottnest Island route
Rebuilt 26m catamaran enters service in Philippines
Incat starts work on LNG wavepiercer
Hobart’s fast ferry operators
30 years ago - Jetfoil passengers pass 10 million
JANUARY /
FEBRUARY 2011
News:
IDO sale document issued by Istanbul government
Purchase of SuperCat Fast Ferry completed
Austal USA awarded order and options for ten LCS trimarans
Sale of Hellenic Seaways shareholding cancelled
Hong Kong North West Express to introduce new Macau route
New company planning English Channel service
Danish ferry companies become Færgen
Linda Line introduces second Baltic route
Thames Clippers reviews late evening services
WETA seeks operator for San Francisco Bay routes
Isle of Man Steam Packet company withdraws Incat 74m wavepiercer
Five catamarans ordered from Afai Southern
DNV publishes rules for wind farm service vessels
Wind farm mother ship design unveiled
Fjellstrand 38.8m catamaran sold to Gabon company
Buquebus orders passenger/car ferry
Sri Lanka Navy enters whale watching business
UK operators confirm 2011 timetables
Sixth engine failure on Condor Ferries fleet
Features:
2010 Deliveries and orders
First Damen DFF 4512 catamaran arrives in Cape Verde
Brødrene Aa lengthens 33m catamaran
Richardson Devine Marine delivers Incat Crowther 28m workboat
Fjellstrand 38.8m catamaran rebuilt for offshore support duties
Scottish Council suspends hovercraft procurement process
30 years ago - Publication resumes
DECEMBER 2010
News:
Croatian operator orders Brødrene Aa 40m catamaran
Tide Sjø awarded coastal services contract
New Zealand operator orders Incat Crowther 24m catamaran
Q-West building foil assisted catamaran
Condor Ferries modifies timetables for 2011
Isle of Man Steam Packet Company may reduce passenger services
Rødne awarded service contract extension
Carbon fibre catamaran repaired after running aground
Austal Auto Express 113 catamaran rolled out in Western Australia
Gladding-Hearn building Incat Crowther 34m catamaran
National Ferries Company claims new speed records
Tide Sjø orders two Oma 35m catamarans
SuperCat parent company accepts take over offer
Hypac acquired by American company
MTU starts assembling 2000 and 4000 engines in United States...
...and will upgrade 1163 marine engines
Features:
Order placed for LNG turbine powered Incat 99m wavepiercer
Epsilon Marine 20m monohull enters service in Greece
First S-Cat 27m catamaran launched by Måløy Verft
SemiSub catamaran arrives in Hawaii
Refit completed on FBM Marine TriCat 57m catamaran
Brødrene Aa launches catamaran for FosenNamsos Sjø
Channel Islands governments ponder future of ferry services
Thames Clippers becomes a political issue
Rodriquez launches new stabilization system
30 years ago - Christmas cheer by hovercraft
NOVEMBER 2010
News:
Istanbul government proceeding with sale of IDO
Piraeus Bank increases stake in Hellenic Seaways
BMT Nigel Gee and support vessel operator co-operating on new range
Norwegian safety body issues interim statement
Siremar placed in administration and put on the market
Tide Sjø expected to be awarded new tender
Port of Kingston introduces commuter service on Puget Sound
New operator completes first season in Adriatic
Fjellstrand 31.5m catamaran enters service in Caribbean
Former Hawaii Superferry vessels sold to Marad
SuperCat closes route after five months
Euroferries suspends reservations system
Incat Crowther 20m monohull crewboat ordered
Incat Crowther 24m wavepiercer chartered
South Korean company orders Damen DFF 4212 catamaran
Austal Auto Express 107 enters service in Malta
NEL Lines leases Fincantieri MDV 1200
Austal USA awarded contracts for two more JHSV catamarans
US Navy may double LCS contracts to 20 vessels
City of Alameda and WETA reach agreement on transfer of routes
San Francisco water taxi service to be introduced
Louisiana service due to be introduced next year
Incat chairman makes case for change to IMO HSC Code 2000
Italian shipowners join forces to bid for Tirrenia
Thames Clippers revises evening timetables
Austal hints at more overseas production and new vessel concepts
New Incat Crowther catamaran available
Features:
Sabre delivers 25m catamaran to AB Maritime
Japanese operator introduces fourth Tsuneishi monohull
Aluminium Boats Australia refits 29 year old catamaran
Incat 98m wavepiercer delivers humanitarian aid to Haiti
Traffic and services increase on Hong Kong-Macau route
Another year’s navigation season comes to a close in Russia
30 years ago - Not much to write home about
OCTOBER 2010
News:
Tirrenia and Siremar to be sold as separate companies
Tirrenia monohull sold to Alilauro Gruson
Incat Crowther announces contracts for three 30m vessels...
...and issues more details about Kilimanjaro III
Austal chairman reviews 2009-2010 financial year
Four Norwegian operators respond to latest Sogn og Fjordane tender
Adveto delivers tenth ECDIS-4000 to Tide Sjø
Stena Line upgrades communications systems
Chinese operator orders Wang Tak 33m catamaran
International Catamarans vessel being re-enginned
First order placed for Damen ‘Twin Axe’ catamaran
Fjord Line has positive season on Skagerrak
Azam Marine orders Carus CarRes system
Spanish operators fined for fare fixing agreements
Passengers injured in berthing accidents in Greece and USA
Austal managing director and chief executive officer resigns
Rio government requisitions catamarans
Engine problems continue to plague Condor Ferries
Accident ends LD Lines season
Features:
Kockums delivers Fintry Marine CarboCat 23 catamara
Ustica Lines introduces two more Air Naval 38m monohulls
PACSCAT demonstrator completes initial trials programme
Seasonal services on Greece’s Adriatic coast
Greek yard launches ten fast ferries in four years
30 years ago - And then there were none
SEPTEMBER 2010
News:
Italian government fails to sell Tirrenia and Siremar
RDM to build third Incat Crowther catamaran for Tanzanian operator
New Middle East service contract for Austal
NEL Lines charters out Corsaire 11000 monohull
Incat Crowther 28m wavepiercer crewboat ordered for offshore work
Marinteknik 63m catamaran loses bow section in heavy seas
HSC-M Ship Management becomes part of FRS
Austal details production processes at Module Manufacturing Facility
Austal reports better full year results
Severn Link catamarans return to Solent
Features:
Damen DFF 3810 catamarans arrive in Hong Kong
Trials programme of Austal Auto Express 107 completed
Incat Crowther 18m catamaran enters service in Victoria
Rodriquez delivers first 52m wavepiercing catamaran ferry
Steam Packet and Condor Ferries keep their passengers informed
30 years ago - Unhappy times for European Jetfoils
JULY /
AUGUST 2010
News:
Metromare dello Stretto services launched in Italy
Contracts placed for Incat Crowther 26m catamaran and 69m monohull
Licences deadline prompts rush of new Macau services...
...and Hong Kong issues Tuen Mun terminal tender
BITS orders fifth ‘Eco Jet’ catamaran from Aluminium Boats Australia
Austal USA submits offer to build ten more LCS
Manly Fast Ferry purchases leased vessel
Catamaran arrives in St Vincent & Grenadines
Air supported monohull launched in Turkey
One offer received for Tirrenia and Siremar
Scottish Councils investigate cross-Forth ferry routes...
...and Stagecoach service receives EU funding
Severn Link catamarans put on the market
SeaStreak introduces services along US northeast coast
NEL Lines leases two wavepiercing catamarans...
...and original Incat 74m may have new owner
New Greek operator introduces excursions in Dodecanese islands
ALN Corsaire 13000 repossessed by SNCM
CBG Systems awarded JHSV contract
Oman operator takes up Austal Service option
Repowered catamaran returns to service on San Francisco Bay
Exclusive freighting contract for Peters & May
Features:
Austal launches 41m catamarans for Trinidad Water Taxi service
Companies release details of larger wind farm vessel designs
Brødrene Aa 38m catamaran delivered to Fjord 1 Fylkesbaatane
Passenger/vehicle ferry focus switches to Western English Channel
Kyushu’s other fast ferry operators
30 years ago - Energy conservation & carbon fibre
JUNE 2010
News:
l’Express des Îsles orders two Austal 47m catamarans
Austal confirms closure of Tasmanian yard
US DoD confirms JHSV long lead time contracts
US Navy JHSVs to have civilian crews
Tanger operators transfer services to Tanger Med
King County Ferry District leases second catamaran
Severn Link postpones introduction of services until 2011
War of words breaks out in French Polynesia
Channel Island governments issue ferry services discussion document
Adveto ECDIS-4000 approved by USCG
Hellenic Seaways confirms route for Incat 96m wavepiercer
Shipbroking company established in Norway
Companies still to start Macau services
Incat 112m wavepiercer to return to service
Transport for London upgrades Thames passenger information
New York Water Taxi in talks with FRS
Features:
Annual Kyushu Jetfoil traffic exceeds 2.25 million passengers
Setouchi Craft 30m monohull enters service with Kyushu Shosen
RDM delivers second catamaran to Tanzania
Aluminium Boats Australia delivers third Eco-Jet catamaran
Little change in vehicle ferry services this summer
50 years ago - Northern Europe’s first fast ferry service launched
30 years ago - Two new catamaran designs
MAY 2010
News:
Vehicle ferries move between European operators
CotaiJet introduces third Macau route...
...and legal challenge on first route is dismissed
A new name for Nordic Ferry Services
Consortium evaluating new ferry route in Oman
New workboat contract for RDM
Hong Kong Transport Department proposes ferry subsidies
Inct 86m wavepiercer enters service earlier than planned
Mols-Linien still plans to acquire fourth fast ferry
Griffon Hoverwork buys Hovercraft Consultants Ltd
Humphree releases COTS option to market
Diab and Gurit reach agreement on marketing
Second catamaran delivered to Severn Link
New contract awarded for Macau terminal
Ceiling Works opens North American office
Features:
Austal Auto Express 102 trimaran trials programme completed
Austal expands maintenance and management activities
Brødrene Aa exports first carbon fibre sandwich vessel
Traffic falls on Hong Kong-Macau and Hong Kong-China routes
Cheoy Lee catamaran delivered to Hong Kong & Kowloon Ferry
30 years ago - A catamaran appears on the Solent
APRIL 2010
News:
Traffic falls on Macau routes as services increase
Competition hots up on Manly-Sydney route
SuperCat to open new route in Philippines
A new name for New England Fast Ferry
Condor Ferries acquires third Incat 86m wavepiercing catamaran
State of Alaska sues Derecktor and MTU
Norwegian catamaran damaged on delivery trip
Name selected for Austal Auto Express 113
Passengers injured in berthing accident
National Ferries Company awards Austal maintenance contract
IDO inviting sealed bids for two catamarans
Incat releases details of 85m wavepiercing catamaran
Chu Kong Shipping Development buys Chu Kong Passenger Transport
Dutch operator’s plans disrupted by accident
Waterskiing record set using Incat Crowther 35m catamaran
Features:
Rodriquez reports on fully submerged hydrofoil trials
Ustica Lines introduces new routes this summer
Air Naval 38m monohull completes first year of service
The other hydrofoil yard in Messina
Aluminium Boats Australia delivers One2three 30m catamaran
Incat Crowther 29m catamaran enters service in Queensland
Offshore operator introduces second Incat Crowther catamaran
Kiso Shipbuilding launches new monohull design
30 years ago - Another Jetfoil arrives in Europe
MARCH 2010
News:
Fewer commercial orders depress Austal revenue
Manly Fast Ferry stays on Sydney Harbour route
Speed limit suggested by Sydney coroner
New Macau services introduced by CotaiJet and TurboJet
Bintan Lagoon Resort to introduce fast ferries
Regionale Lazio establishes company to take over services
Bank to buy holding in Hellenic Seaways
Dubai company acquires holding in Hoverfast
SuperCat reports increased passenger traffic in Philippines
New operator introduces first vessel in Philippines
Port of Kingston buys foil assisted catamaran
Rederij EVT evaluating larger fast ferries
A new French owner for Flying Cat 40m catamaran
Tide Sjø sells two catamarans to overseas operators
Fjellstrand brokers three catamaran sales
United States Navy orders two more Austal JHSV catamarans...
...and Austal and Bath Iron Works part company for future LCS work
Sri Lanka Navy monohull returns to civilian duties
Victory for Fjord Line in Norwegian Court
Catamaran and freighter collide in Turkey
Monohull to return to Atlânticoline
Comarit buys two Austal Auto Express 72s...
...and FRS introduces Algeciras-Tanger route
Ustica Lines orders eight more monohulls
International Maritime Services reduces delivery costs
WSF fails to sell monohulls on ebay
Adveto ECDIS receives DNV certification
Features:
Austal Auto Express 113 carries humanitarian supplies to Haiti
Båtservice Sea Lord 35 CarbonCat delivered to Veolia Transport
Second Oma 33m catamaran enters service withTide Sjø
First fast ferry introduced in Solomon Islands
Båtservice Sea Lord 30 catamaran launched for Tidewater
Bourbon Marine introduces high speed monohull crewboat
30 years ago - A new type of vessel
JANUARY /
FEBRUARY 2010
News:
Seasonal HSS 1500 service introduced on Irish Sea route
Servogear to supply propulsion package for S-Cat catamaran
Rødne orders another Brødrene Aa catamaran
Tide Sjø awarded Stavanger contract
Torghatten and Fosen agree to merge in March
Fourth composite vessel for Veolia Transport Nord
Hurtigruten selling final fast ferries
New SkyPier terminal opens at Hong Kong International Airport
CotaiJet awarded new operating licenses by Macau government...
...and Macao Dragon can introduce service
Comarit introduces first fast ferry service
No Fred. Olsen vessel for Euroferries
BGV France placed in receivership
SNCM charters out Corsaire 14000...
...and plans to operate smaller monohull
Second 33m catamaran for Haitong Shipping
Kvichak Marine delivers third Incat Crowther catamaran to WETA
No fast ferries for New York customer
Bay Ferries withdraws Incat 98m wavepiercer
New York Water Taxi closes Yonkers service
Manly Fast Ferry loses Sydney Harbour tender
Closure for Rochester-Toronto ferry service
Incat Crowther opens United States office
Burgess Marine moves into ship management
Austal starts work on first JHSV and second LCS
Severn Link takes delivery of first catamaran
Austal USA’s first fast ferry arrives in Caribbean
Colbeck & Gunton becomes CBG Systems
Marinteknik catamaran badly damaged by fire
Three collisions in Pearl River Delta in less than five hours
New fast ferry channel introduced in Macau
Features:
Brødrene Aa launches 33m catamaran for Fjord 1 Fylkesbaatane
2009 Deliveries and orders
A new design for the new decade
Hong Kong Marine Department issues collision report
Austal Auto Express catamarans mobilized for Haiti relief effort
30 years ago - Predictions for the 1980s
DECEMBER 2009
News:
Måløy Verft building new catamaran design
King County postpones introduction of new Puget Sound routes
Port of Kingston considers existing vessel
New World First Ferry testing ultra low sulphur diesel fuel
Kockums and Brødrene Aa sign agreement
Thai hydrofoil service due to be introduced
Aegean Flying Dolphins buys Kolkhida hydrofoil
Second 24m catamaran delivered to Australian operator
NSW government due to award Manly contract
Hydrofoils in collision on Vietnam river
Small high speed vessel rules to be clarified
Austal launches Auto Express 102 trimaran
Venture capital company buys into Servogear
Sjøfartsdirektoratet marks Sleipner accident
Hoverline becomes Hoverfast
IMAA developing new hovercraft concept
Trimaran completes acceptance trials
Turkish operator planning to introduce passenger/car catamaran
Red Funnel introduces Quick Sales ticket module
Atlânticoline issues tender for passenger/vehicle ferry lease
HD Ferries sells Incat K50 catamaran
London’s Oyster extended to Thames Clippers
Features:
2009 Sales and leases
Converted catamaran crewboats enter service in Russia
Firth of Forth services move a step closer
Discretionary cover under Protection & Indemnity insurance
50 years ago - SR-N1 is launched and crosses the English Channel
NOVEMBER 2009
News:
Three of Tirrenia’s local ferry networks hived off to regions
Ustica Lines orders four monohulls
Regionale Campania reports on Metró del Mare network
Alilauro planning Genoa-Monte Carlo route
Euroferries fails to meet latest start up date...
...and LD Lines fast ferry leaves Dover-Boulogne
Fintry Marine orders carbon fibre catamaran
New services planned in Cape Verde Islands
Conferry buys Austal Auto Express 82
Antigua-Montserrat route to be reintroduced
Oita Hoverferry closes down in Japan
IBS details recent fast ferry sales
First Austal LCS trimaran completes builder’s trials
Pacscat demonstration vessel launched in UK
Funding agreed for Thames Clippers Woolwich service\
No OFT referral for Isle of Wight services
Stena Line reduces HSS 1500 frequency...
...as Venezuelan company plans to buy second HSS
Norwegian catamaran shipped to Abu Dhabi
Austal expands facilities at Mobile yard
Two Damen DFF 4212s shipped from China
Two passengers die in Chinese collision
Features:
Istanbul Deniz Otobüsleri continues to grow
The Sea of Marmara’s other fast ferry operators
New Zealand operator introduces fifth foil assisted catamaran
Existing and future services in Oman and the Red Sea
Fjord Line claims victory in Kristiansand dispute
Tuco Composite delivers first hull to Båtservice Mandal
Severn Link outlines plans for new Bristol Channel service
30 years ago - A new renaissance?
OCTOBER 2009
News:
LD Lines wavepiercer moved to seasonal Channel service
Euroferries starts accepting reservations
Brødrene Aa and Dubai company sign MOU for carbon fibre vessels
Fjord Line wavepiercer to return to service
First monohulls launched for new Singapore operator
New service planned in French Polynesia
Write offs depress Austal’s year end result
Austal awarded maintenance contract for Egyptian catamarans
Main engines installed in Austal 102m trimaran
US Navy changes LCS procurement plan
Traffic and operating costs fall on TurboJet’s Hong Kong-Macau route
Sciomachen developing 50m monohull for Italian operator
SuperCat returns to Philippines route
EFIC provides guarantee for Austal’s NIDCO order
Irish Ferries maintains fast ferry schedule
Stavanger routes to be re-tendered following challenge
Port of Kingston issues RFP for catamaran
Marine Department confirms Macau traffic fall
Northern Cyprus-Syria route extended to Lebanon
Merger creates new Japanese operator
Clipper Group may sell Mols-Linien shares
Kallisti Ferries suspends operations in Greece
Winter suspension for New England Fast Ferry
FosenNamsos Sjø orders third Brødrene Aa 24.5m catamaran
New Caribbean operator introduces service
International Catamarans vessel towed to scrapyard
New hydrofoil operator in Thailand
Report recommends further investigation of Potomac River ferry
Oceanic Cruises enters administration
UK MAIB issues report on HSS 1500 vehicle deck accident
Features:
Four Austal catamarans ordered for Trinidad Water Taxi service
FBMA catamarans enter service with Wightlink
Solent operators keep shipping company busy
Wang Tak completes catamaran for Chinese operator
New projects revealed at Fast Ferry Information Conference
30 years ago - There is a right time for change
SEPTEMBER 2009
News:
PacifiCats finally sold by Washington Marine Group
ALN Corsaire monohulls return to Greece
All American Marine to build New York ferries
Thanet District Council and Euroferries sign port agreement
Preliminary details of Carbon Cat 35 released
Transport for London supports new cross-Thames ferry service
Catamaran shipment poses unusual problems
Manx Office of Fair Trading invites comments on Steam Packet fares
Altro flooring supplied for Marinteknik 65m catamarans
Strategic Marine delivers crewboat to Western Australia operator
Austal releases year end results
RDM building second crewboat for Tasmanian operator
King County Ferry District prepares to introduce commuter services
Features:
Incat Crowther 27m catamarans enter service in Mexico
New Alaskan operator takes delivery of foil assisted catamaran
Operators face tough market conditions on Irish Sea routes
30 years ago - The final issue
JULY /
AUGUST 2009
News:
IDO to be sold by Istanbul Municipality
Two Washington projects receive funding
Control of Hawaii Superferry catamarans passes to MARAD
JHSV-2 and JHSV-3 move a step closer
SeaStreak launches coastal service
New route launched on Lake Erie
AMD 385 catamaran returns to service
LD Lines attacks actions of Sea France unions
AEG Europe hints at new Thames Clippers route
New Hong Kong Airport service launched
Cheoy Lee to build new composite catamaran
Second Iris 6.1 enters service in Croatia
New Zealand authorities approve Fullers acquisition
United States yard put on market
IBS reports buoyant enquiry levels
Austal awarded Egyptian maintenance contract
First three JHSV catamarans named
LD Lines planning to introduce second fast ferry on English Channel
Sunferries leases catamaran...
...and orders another from Brisbane yard
Passenger saloon of monohull breached in collision
FBMA Marine lays off production staff
Features:
Brødrene Aa launches 32m carbon fibre catamaran
Incat Crowther 26m catamarans delivered by Cheoy Lee
Oma 24.5m catamaran enters service in North Norway
The end of a cross-Channel era in Dover
Red Funnel introduces refurbished FBM 33m catamaran
Office of Fair Trading publishes Solent ferry report
30 years ago - Jetfoils back in the news
JUNE 2009
News:
Stena sells HSS 1500 to Venezuelan operator
Fintry and Kockums establish partnership
Aluminium Boats Australia moves to larger facility
Court ruling delays Metromare dello Stretto
Hawaii Superferry seeks to abandon vessels
IMO DSC Code proposal dropped in Norway
Hawaii Superferry applies for Chapter 11 protection
Honolulu government withdraws TheBoat
Rødne awarded concession for local Stavanger routes
Coastal services awarded to Fjord 1 Fylkesbaatane
Local Court dismisses Tide Sjø claim
Dispute between Fjord Line and Port of Kristiansand continues
All American Marine starts building Teknicraft Design 23.5m ferry
Damen DFF 4212 catamarans delivered to Bintan Resort Ferries...
...and first stock vessel is launched
Red Funnel catamarans shipped from Southampton to Kazakhstan
Fullers planning to take over Auckland operator
Third catamaran for Turkish operator
Minoan Lines sells Hellenic Seaways shareholding
Fred. Olsen lays up Incat 96m wavepiercer...
...and Euroferries fails to appear on Channel route
Former SES sinks in California
Immsi issues update on Rodriquez research and development projects
VT Group sells motion control companies
Features:
LD Lines introduces Incat 112m wavepiercer
Wightlink catamarans shipped from Philippines
Wang Tak delivers 36m catamaran to Chinese operator
Incat Crowther 19m catamaran enters service in New Zealand
Aluminium Boats Australia 24m ‘Eco Ferry’ catamaran delivered
New Greek operators introduce services
Thames Clippers celebrates ten years of service
Slight fall in vehicle ferries in service this summer
30 years ago - Propulsion, propulsion, propulsion
MAY 2009
News:
Five catamarans ordered from Båtservice Mandal
Kitsap Transit approves design work on foil assisted catamaran
Penguin International orders two catamarans
Catamarans launched at FBMA Marine yard
RFP issued for US east coast route
Incat 112m wavepiercer leaves Hobart for English Channel...
...and another is to return to service in Japan
Two SuperSeaCats transferred to Greece
Austal releases details of Auto Express trimaran and catamaran
Second Austal LCS trimaran ordered
Chinese operator confirms fall in Pearl River Delta ferry traffic
Auto Express 113 fitted with maintenance system
Bland Group merges UK hovercraft builders
KGLI-NM pulls out of Aboitiz Transport deal
Liquidation for New Wave Catamarans
Discovery Bay introduces new fares and schedules
Trial service operated in Washington DC
Incat 96m wavepiercer delivered to Isle of Man Steam Packet
Fleet changes at Red Funnel
Features:
Austal Auto Express 69 catamarans arrive in Saudi Arabia
Burgess Marine completes rebuild of Incat 96m wavepiercer
Sydney operator introduces One2three 30m catamaran
Incat Crowther 29m catamaran enters service in Thailand
Mols-Linien plans fleet expansion and LNG conversions
Norwegian association warns against IMO Code introduction
30 years ago - A very British issue
APRIL 2009
News:
Nordic Ferry Services orders Austal Auto Express 113
Virtu Ferries orders Austal Auto Express 107
Austal building Auto Express trimaran
LD Lines to operate Incat 112m wavepiercing catamaran
Euroferries Channel service yet to start
Hawaii Superferry vessels to be leased by US Navy?
Mayor of London launches plan for Thames service improvements
Norwegian kommune issues second tender for coastal routes
Rødne acquires fifth Brødrene Aa catamaran
ZF launches 9000 series marine transmissions
Tognum reports increased net profit
Rolls-Royce developing FF67 waterjet
Humphree releases new interceptor control system
Italian government approves sale of Tirrenia di Navigazione
Fred. Olsen introduces Flying Cat 40m
WETA catamarans enter service in San Francisco
Golden Gate issues reburbishment RFPs
New York commuter route shortened
New Zealand operator sold to Scottish company
Future of TheBoat being considered
Company takes stake in Aboitiz Transport
Stena Line plans to withdraw HSS 1500 from Irish Sea route
Passengers injured in Hong Kong accident
New York Water Taxi completes takeover
Features:
Third Incat 112m wavepiercer ready to leave Tasmania
Hawaii Superferry shuts down operation after Court ruling
Latest Austal 48m catamarans delivered to Cotai Jet
Annual Hong Kong-Macau traffic exceeds 19 million passengers
Twin City Liner catamarans refitted for 2009 season
WETA releases draft plan for take over of San Francisco routes
AP.1-88 hovercraft returns to service in Canada
Five AP.1-88 hovercraft arrive in Southampton Water
30 years ago - Not a vintage month for news
MARCH 2009
News:
UK Office of Fair Trading launches Solent ferry study
Austal half year figures depressed by US yard expansion
HD Ferries withdraws from Channel Islands
CotaiJet service threatened by Macau Court ruling...
...and Giant Dragon has yet to receive license
Preliminary JHSV design details released
Hamilton’s largest waterjets enter service
Ramsgate-Boulogne route due to be launched this month
Nordic Ferry Services awarded concession
New fare structure for Destination Gotland
English Court approves sale of Incat wavepiercer
Ustica Lines to appear on new routes in Sicily...
...and withdraws from the Canary Islands
Private company starts operating Sydney Harbour service
Torghatten Nord takes over in North Norway
Two new Isle of Man Steam Packet inquiries launched
Norwegian catamaran ferries being converted to crewboats
Wightlink Intersleek update issued
More ferries appear in unusual colours
Features:
FBMA Marine delivers BMT Nigel Gee 57m catamaran
Latest Oma Baatbyggeri catamaran launched for Tide Sjø
Shanghai operator introduces 41m catamaran
Incat Crowther RDM workboat enters service in Tasmania
Hong Kong Marine Department reports on Jetfoil collision
Fast ferries back on the agenda in Washington State
New roles for Meteor hydrofoils
30 years ago - English Channel dominates news
JANUARY /
FEBRUARY 2009
News:
Nordic Ferry Services to be awarded Bornholm tender
Euroferries planning new English Channel route
Coastal service launched in Trinidad
Government support for Bay Ferries
Fast ferries to return to Sydney-Manly route
Peak hour frequency reduced on Discovery Bay route
KGLI-NM reduces planned stake in Aboitiz Transport
Aimtek reverts to NQEA
SpeedFerries’ administrators issue update on asset sale
Foil assisted catamaran enters service in Hawaii
Purchase of WSF catamarans finalized
Brødrene Aa delivers two more catamarans to Tide Sjø
Truck rolls through aft door of Stena HSS 1500
Agreement reached on Guernsey-UK services
Features:
Austal Auto Express 88 catamarans arrive in Red Sea
2008 Deliveries and orders
Chinese yard launches Damen DFF 4212 catamarans
Kiso Shipbuilding converts fast ferry
30 years ago - Questionable advertising
DECEMBER 2008
News:
Vessel seizure triggers SpeedFerries collapse
Austal USA awarded JHSV contract
Monohull delivered to Ustica Lines
SBF opening yard in Indonesia
All American Marine delivers Teknikcraft foil assisted catamaran...
...and starts building another for new operator
WSF catamarans to join Golden Gate Ferry fleet
Discovery Bay reduces frequencies and increases fares...
...and Park Island Transport increases fares
Fast ferries to be withdrawn from Sydney-Manly route
Austal appoints chief operating officer
Austal Auto Express 88 catamarans delivered to Saudi Arabia
New Strait of Messina routes to be launched
Isle of Man select committee reports on Steam Packet Company
Incat 96m wavepiercer runs aground in Canary Islands
Features:
San Fransciso WETA takes delivery of first catamaran
Bahamas Ferries introduces larger catamaran
Operational issues in Asia discussed at Interferry conference
A crossing with Hawaii Superferry
Maximising revenue in a fast ferry operation
Cogeneration systems aboard high speed vessels
Refloating an Incat 96m wavepiercer
30 years ago - New cross-Channel terminals
NOVEMBER 2008
News:
Hurtigruten to sell fast ferries to Torghatten Trafikkselskap
Troms licences awarded to new operators
Hawaii Superferry postpones introduction of second vessel
SuperSeaCat withdraws from Baltic route
New operator plans Taiwan-China service
Stagecoach Bayfast service carries almost 30,000 passengers
New York Water Taxi buys sightseeing operator
New online ferry sales channel launched
Linda Line buys second catamaran
Operator explains reasons for Incat 112m wavepiercer withdrawal
Isle of Man Steam Packet withdraws monohull
Fjord Line and Port of Kristiansand disagree on year round service
Dubai RTA orders medium speed ferries
Hydrofoil runs aground in Russia
SpeedFerries vessel arrested in Boulogne
Stena Line cuts back HSS 1500 timetable
Italian magistrate recommends Segesta Jet charges
Norwegian catamaran remains in service
Features:
Hong Kong - New fast ferries continue to enter service
Difficult times for Hong Kong’s local ferry operators
Traffic and competition increases on Hong Kong-Macau route
TurboJet refurbishes Jetfoil for luxury charter market
Cotai Jet introduces tenth Austal 48m catamaran
Traffic declines on Hong Kong-Mainland China routes
30 years ago - A fast boat to China
OCTOBER 2008
News:
Higashinihon Ferry to withdraw 112m wavepiercers
Jersey authority clears sale of Condor Ferries
Fosen Trafikklag merges with Namsos Trafikkselskap...
....and discusses merger with Torghattan Trafikklag
Bornholm RFP produces two responses
Mols-Linien shareholding may be sold
HD Ferries suspends Channel Island routes
Nordic Jet Line withdraws from Helsinki-Tallinn
Aboitiz Group to sell SuperCat Fast Ferry
Whale watching operator buys Fjellstrand 38.8m
Thai operator orders second Incat Crowther 29m catamaran
Improved results at Rodriquez Cantieri Navali
US university to build composite foil
Fuel costs impact Shun Tak’s half year results
Nine Incat vessels booked for winter refits
Car ferries transferred to New Caledonia
IMS planning expansion in Asia and USA
Australia’s new National Standard becomes part of USL Code
Fisherman killed in collision off Macau
Servogear to deliver quadruple CPP sets
Aluminium Shipbuilders completes move to new yard
Thames technology adapted for Olympics
One person killed in Vietnam collision
Short Norwegian route faces uncertain future
Rederij EVT introduces fast ferry service
Features:
Oma 33m catamaran enters service with Tide Sjø
RDM delivers Incat Crowther 32m catamaran to Japan
Unusual delivery voyages from Hobart
International Catamarans 24m rebuilt in Queensland
Rottnest Express refits WaveMaster 41m monohull
New Wave Catamarans lengthens whale watching vessel
TheBoat completes one year demonstration period in Hawaii
Stagecoach operates trial Bayfast service across Tor Bay
UK Hydrographic Office launches Admiralty Vector Chart Service
30 years ago - The name’s the same...
SEPTEMBER 2008
News:
Australian investment fund to buy Condor Ferries
Austal completes JHSV proposal for United States Navy
Cotai Jet schedules more services
Singapore and Indonesia cooperate on ferry safety
First export order for Brødrene Aa carbon fibre sandwich catamarans
Austal Auto Express 65 enters service in Oman
Shun Tak CTS buys NWFF catamarans
Stagecoach operates trial Brixham-Torquay service
Halifax seeks expressions of interest for fast ferries
Site investigations conducted for proposed Forth catamaran service
Marinteknik catamaran sold by Balearia
Legal victory for Sea Planes in Californian Court
Derecktor’s Connecticut yard enters Chapter 11
Hawaii Superferry carries 125,000 passengers
Priority boarding for Ikea service
FRS introduces Algeciras-Ceuta service
Incat 96m wavepiercer arrives in Portsmouth
Eighty-one injured in Sicilian hydrofoil accident
Catamaran passengers cut by flying glass
Fjord Line extends agreement with Carus
Austal announces record annual profit
Steamship Authority sells catamaran
Fjord Line switches Danish ports
Features:
Sunferries introduces third One2three 30m catamaran
Båtservice launches Sea Lord 30m catamaran for Iran
Damen catamarans delivered in South Africa and Nigeria
Operating lifeline ferry services in Freisland
Rederij Doeksen rebuilds FBMA TriCat
Connexxion Water expands hydrofoil services
30 years ago - Our Changing World
JULY /
AUGUST 2008
News:
Bland Group buys British hovercraft companies
John Rothwell to resign as Austal chief executive officer
Eleven injured in Hong Kong ferry collision
Bay Ferries receives Government funding
Penguin International awarded Dubai management contract
Stena cuts HSS speeds and adds surcharge
Bazán Mestral monohull enters service in Equatorial Guinea...
...and Flying Cat returns from West Africa to Spain
GL and Austal extend technical partnership
Tahiti operator buys Incat 74m wavepiercer
Golden Gate issues RFP for new catamaran
WETA to receive $25 million funding
Former BGV partners in legal dispute
Hong Kong route withdrawn
First Austal Auto Express 65 arrives in Oman...
...and second one reaches 56 knots
SpeedFerries starts carrying foot passengers
Tourist excursions introduced in Samoa
Italian operator switches from gas turbines to diesels
New Russian operator introduces hydrofoil...
...but Linda Line reduces peak season timetable
New Greek operator imports Kometa hydrofoil
US county takes over Puget Sound ferry route
No new service on Rochester-Toronto route
New Dutch operator to introduce Frisian island service
Foil assisted catamarans arrive in Trinidad
Alcoa rebrands 5xxx series as Nautis-Al
New York Water Taxi starts Ikea service...
...and reopens East River service
Features:
First Marinteknik 65m catamaran launched in Singapore
Austal’s Tasmanian yard completes first vessels
Tide Sjø introduces Brødrene Aa 24.5m catamaran
Foil assisted catamaran diveboat enters service
Australian Court dismisses Austal appeal in patent case
30 years ago - Hydrofoil operating experience
JUNE 2008
News:
Iranian companies order four more Båtservice vessels
Cotai Waterjet increases service frequency
Cotai Waterjets to introduce night service
Hurtigruten may sell fast ferry division
Services suspended in subsidy dispute in Sicily
Fast ferry specified in latest Bornholm tender
Operators respond to higher fuel prices
US company markets 11 day hovercruise
Two catamaran crewboat contracts for Incat Crowther
Hong Kong government awards route licences for outlying islands
Rockaway service introduced in New York
Austal USA awarded US government security clearance
Final WTA board members appointed
Hydrofoil scrapped after running aground
Daimler becomes largest shareholder in Tognum
Sydney operator orders whale watching vessel
Meteor hydrofoil enters service in Poland...
...and Lastochka returns to service in Hungary
Acciona Trasmediterránea sells Bazán monohull
SpeedFerries buys leased Incat 86m wavepiercer
Corsica Ferries leases Fincantieri monohull
FBMA TriCat 50m refit completed in Netherlands
Features:
Virtu Ferries plans capacity increases in Mediterranean
Steam Packet Company buys Incat 96m wavepiercer
Teknicraft catamaran delivered to Tennessee Aquarium
Foschi launches Sciomachen 38m monohull
One2three catamaran enters service in Queensland
Second Twin City Liner catamaran introduced on Danube
codeCreation reports on Thames Odyssys developments
United Kingdom ferry traffic increases in 2007
Yet another record year for vehicle ferry services
London’s first fast ferry service
MAY 2008
News:
Norwegian operators confirm orders for six catamarans
Sea Containers completes sale of SeaStreak
Mols-Linien planning to order another vehicle ferry this year
Diversification continues at Penguin Boat International
HD Ferries introduces Guernsey-St Malo route
Pearl River Delta operators report good 2007 results
Greek company buys 50% of Sea Containers Finland
Stagecoach welcomes funding report
Lake Ontario RFP produces one response
Hong Kong Marine Department issues TriCat groundings report
Wightlink orders medium speed catamarans
Hawaii Superferry resumes services
Austal launches vessels in Tasmania and Alabama
Cruise Whitsundays takes over Whitsundays routes
Improved results for Rodriquez Cantieri Navali
Rio government launches coastal fast ferries plan
Halifax fast ferry service postponed
United States Navy extends lease of Incat 98m wavepiercer
BBC claims trimaran ‘order’ was fraud
Features:
Incat delivers second 112m wavepiercing catamaran
Thames Clippers expands fleet and timetables
Piraeus operators gear up for the summer season
Greek ticketing company plans overseas expansion
The end of the line for Greek fast ferries
30 years ago - Hovermarine dominates the news
APRIL 2008
News:
SeaStreak to be sold to New England Fast Ferry
New Greek operators for Incat wavepiercers
Reflagged catamaran returns to Northern Cyprus-Syria route
HD Ferries resumes Channel Islands services
Anite Travel Systems reverts to Carus
Hovercraft trials conducted on River Clyde
Final operating season for United States route
Foil assisted catamaran returns to service in Caribbean
Dive boat operator orders foil assisted catamaran
New Australian Fast Craft standard to be introduced in October
New operator sought for Rochester-Toronto route
Austal issues update on United States Navy programmes
Hawaiian drydocking extended by four weeks
WSF catamaran fails to sell on eBay...again
Second Incat 112m wavepiercer launched for Japanese operator
Another refit season comes to a close
Second Teknicraft 15m ferry enters service
Ustica Lines returns to Northern Adriatic
Second new ferry terminal opens in Macau
Bank chosen to advise on Tirrenia sale
Government funding for Halifax fast ferry project
Golden Gate Ferry to proceed with catamaran order
WETA Board members appointed
Features:
Austal celebrates first 20 years
Western Australia’s marine cluster
Oman vessel showcases Australian companies
New owners for Rottnest Island operators
Offshore vessel orders fill Singapore yards
Singapore operators continue to reduce services
Another record year for Hong Kong-Macau traffic
Fullers Group makes case for more Auckland ferries
30 years ago - Let the seller beware
MARCH 2008
News:
New Macau operator orders Marinteknik 65m catamarans
Trinidad & Tobago ferry traffic doubles
US Navy awards three JHSV preliminary design contracts
Hawaii Superferry opts for early drydocking
European leasing company orders Incat 112m wavepiercer
New World First Ferry retains Cheung Chau service franchise
Another four Austal 48m catamarans for Cotai WaterJets
HK North West Express orders two catamarans
Interior upgrade for Irish Sea HSS 1500
Philippines authority bans night services by five ferries
Brittany Ferries tests new route
No appeal against Court tender judgement
Another underwater collision on Asian route
Two new routes for Acciona Trasmediterránea
NLG expands fleet and route network
Nichols Brothers Boat Builders sold
Successful debut for Destination Gotland route
Seat manufacturers form global alliance
Stagecoach suspends work on cross-Forth hovercraft project
Hawaii Superferry extends drydocking
Kitsap Transit moves closer to introduction of fast ferry services
WSF catamaran returns to layup...
...and another appears on eBay
Features:
World Heritage Cruises introduces larger catamaran
Brødrene Aa launches first catamaran for Fosen Trafikklag
Portuguese yard completes first water taxis for Nigeria
Fjellstrand delivers vessel to Norwegian environmental group
Seacor Marine takes delivery of first catamaran crewboat
Competition resumes in the Channel Islands
New foil assisted design follows TriCat trials in Hong Kong
Seattle-Bremerton ferry study enters final phase
30 years ago - BHC rolls out SR.N4 Mark 3
JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2008
News:
Macau Court suspends Cotai Waterjets service
Tender process for Sogn and Fjordane services ruled unlawful
Stavangerske acquires majority holding in Tide
Two more catamarans ordered for San Francisco Bay
AAM building catamaran for Tennessee Aquarium
NY Waterway planning three vessel order
Austal USA to receive US Navy funding
Hawaii Superferry yet to return to Lihue
TurboJet Jetfoils collide in poor visibility off Macau
Damen buys Farocean Marine
Hawaii Superferry delays second daily service
Baleària establishes joint venture to operate Comanav routes
SEStran seeks funding for Firth of Forth ferries
PLA imposes speed limit on River Thames in Central London
ENC produced for Pearl River Delta operators
SeaStreak catamarans staying in United States
Features:
Deliveries and orders 2007
Unique fast ferries enter service in Korea
Damen delivers wavepiercing catamaran to Kuwait
Lakshadweep catamarans cleared for mainland services
30 years ago - Bell-Halter enters the marke
DECEMBER 2007
News:
Master Ferries and Fjord Line agree to merge
Scandlines sells 30% holding in Mols-Linien
Alaskan company may buy Nichols Brothers
Stagecoach considering trimarans for Torbay service
Tide Sjø orders Oma 33m catamaran
NY Water Taxi orders fifth 22m catamaran
Hawaii Superferry due to resume operations in mid December
Båtservice building 29m catamaran for Iran
Destination Gotland awarded concession
Burgess Marine books seven wavepiercer refits
Dutch company delivers Austal Auto Express 82
New Hong Kong-Macau service launched
WSF fast ferry returns to service
Cities of Alameda and Vallejo prepare for WETA ferry transfer
Aluminium Boats Australia building two One2three catamarans
Veolia Transport to take over Morbihan Islands routes
Second Scottish route proposed by consultants
Features:
Austal delivers first Auto Express 65 catamaran
Chinese operator introduces CMCS Wang Tak catamaran
CMCS New Wave catamaran enters service in Queensland
Sabre delivers 23m catamaran to local operator
New builds and refit at Aluminium Boats Australia
Måløy Verft catamaran arrives in Scotland
Båtservice Mandal completes 24m monohulls for Iran
Brødrene Aa launches carbon fibre passenger/car ferry
30 years ago - The US Navy SES issue
NOVEMBER 2007
News:
Two new projects for Seattle fast ferry services
Nichols Brothers lays off workforce and closes yard
US Navy cancels second Austal LCS trimaran
HD Ferries suspends services for winter
Stagecoach confirms plans for Scottish hovercraft service
Japanese operator orders Incat Crowther 32m catamaran
Wärtsilä reports on LJX 1500 waterjet trials
Inquiry supports withdrawal of Sydney-Manly service
Joint High Speed Vessel project moves ahead
Hawaii Superferry cleared to resume operating
Cotai Waterjets signs terminal agreement
Tide Sjø awarded Møre og Romsdal ferry services contract
Nichols Brothers seeks bankruptcy protection
Buquebus buys back former ferry
Marinteknik catamaran purchased by Alilauro
Humphree completes interceptor project
Features:
3rd Fast Ferry Information Conference - London 2007
Ustica Lines fleet continues to grow
Seakeeping of Wave Piercing Catamarans
30 years ago - Hovercraft and hydrofoils
OCTOBER 2007
News:
Balearia takeover of Buquebus España approved
Dubai RTA launches design competition
New tender to be issued for Bornholm routes
Austal turnover increases by almost 40%
Bintan Resort Ferries orders Damen DFF 4212 catamarans
New owner and a new catamaran for SFFC
Second catamaran for Central Danube
HD Ferries to suspend operations this winter
Tide Sjø orders three Brødrene Aa catamarans
Austal launches legal actions
Tallink leases catamaran to Venezuelan operator
Bay Ferries receives financial support
Boulogne continues to plan for BGV trimaran ro-ro routes
Chinese operator reports good half year results
New Macau route introduced
Second vessel ordered for Pine Harbour service
New authority to run San Francisco ferry services
Irish operator buys Fjellstrand Flying Cat
Trial commuter service launched in Honolulu
Mexican crewboat sinks after fire
Hydrofoil collision in Netherlands
Austal confirms Middle East operation for 2009 deliveries
Bureau Veritas launches public offering
Thames Clippers expands fleet and service frequencies
Sea Containers denies SeaStreak vessel sale
Monohull leased for trial service in Genoa
Features:
First Austal 48 catamaran delivered to Hong Kong
Diverse production at Rodriquez’s Messina yard
Taiwan yard delivers first fast ferry
Incat Crowther vessels enter service in North America
Legal judgements and protesters halt Hawaii Superferry
MAIB publishes Sea Express 1 collision report
30 years ago - The Jetfoil issue
SEPTEMBER 2007
News:
HD Ferries’ ramp permit withdrawn for second time
Collision further sours relations between Channel Islands operators
Management buyout at Bay Ferries
Wang Tak to build Seacat 41m for Chinese operator
Roll-Royce expands FF waterjet range
Australian operators order One2three catamarans
Beurteaux launches Cruz Emperor range
Austal Auto Express 107 enters service in Hawaii
Hamilton expanding waterjet production
P&O installs Gallium flooring on wavepiercer
Two accidents in four days in Italy and Turkey
Engine room fire disables monohull
Captain blamed for Messina collision
RCS upgrade completed on Austal Auto Express 101 catamaran
Bay Ferries selects Marine Software system
Emissions standards debate delays Golden Gate catamaran order
Features:
Incat delivers first 112m wavepiercing catamaran
Production capacity increases at Tasmanian yards
International Catamarans’ first vessel - 30 years on
First Aimtek BSC River Runner 200s arrive in London
Incat Crowther catamaran enters service in Queensland
Swiss operator introduces first high speed monohulls
BHT-130 hovercraft enter service in UK and US
The Stagecoach cross-Forth trial
30 years ago - The end of an era
JULY /
AUGUST 2007
News:
Two Hawaiian services due to be launched in September
New route inaugurated in northern Croatia
BHT 130 hovercraft arrives in Scotland
Ustica Lines introduces Sicily-Tunisia route
HD Ferries expands route network
Buequebus España takeover referred to competition authority
Expansion at Austal USA yard
Court judgement on alleged patent infringement published
Sixth route introduced at Hong Kong airport
Fjellstrand buys Flying Cat 40m
Aegean Speed Lines introduces second route
BMT completes fast ship study for European Defence Agency
Services introduced in Cape Verde Islands
Australian Court rejects final Sea Containers appeal
Features:
Norwegian yards kept busy by local operators
Oma 29m catamaran enters service with FFR
Brødrene Aa 23m catamaran delivered to Rødne
French operator introduces 37m monohull
Strategic Marine ships 38m monohull to France
Foil assisted catamaran built for Californian operator
New Fast Craft Standard introduced in Australia
JUNE 2007
News:
Balearia plans to take over Buquebus España
Red Funnel purchased by United Kingdom fund company
WTA issues RFP for two more catamarans
Måloy Verft building 22m catamaran for Scottish crewboat operation
Red Funnel selects Hogia booking system
Australian Court rules in favour of Stena Rederi
Stavangeske awarded Oslofjord ferry routes
Singapore and Indonesia introduce ENCs for Singapore Strait ferries
Rederij Doeksen buys FBM TriCat 50m
Austal Auto Express 107 leaves Mobile for Hawaii
HMS operating contract extended by MSC
Penguin Boat International planning to spin off shipbuilding subsidiary
Damen catamarans to enter service in Nigeria
Another Jetfoil accident in Japan
Resumption of Canadian service postponed
Scandlines sold to German-Danish consortium
SpeedFerries signs new Anite contract
New operating licences awarded in Croatia
Trasmapi buys 42m catamaran
Germanischer Lloyd to class vehicle ferries
Dubai confirms plans for ferry network
Rodriquez monohull leased to Greek operator
HD Ferries plans expansion of route network…
…and new company issues St Malo timetable
Gone with the Breeze addendum published
Features:
Incat delivers 98m wavepiercer to Trinidad & Tobago
Alilauro introduces Rodriquez TMV 42 monohull
BHT 130 hovercraft enters service on Solent
Norwegian operators adapt to changing circumstances
MAY 2007
News:
FBMA to build catamaran for New Caledonia operator
Norwegian operators announce merger
FRS completes purchase of Austal Auto Express 86 catamaran
Euroferries reconfirms plans for English Channel
Aegean Speed Lines leases second ferry
Austal hints at destination of vehicle ferries ordered in April
Auto Express 88 enters service in Turkey
Another whale collision on Korea-Japan route
US Navy terminates LCS monohull contract
Incat 98m wavepiercer heads for Caribbean
Destination Gotland introduces second route
NEL Lines finalizes sale of monohulls...
...and 74m wavepiercer leased for Red Sea route
Hoverline buys two more AP.1-88 hovercraft
New York proposes additional $20 million of ferry funding
New York Water Taxi introduces Yonkers route
New York evaluating Rockaways-Manhattan service
Tender issued for Alaskan fish carrier
MTU increases 2000 and 4000 engine production
Incat Crowther 35m catamaran ordered by Tasmanian operator
Shun Tak reports good results on Macau route
King County planning to introduce ferry routes on Puget Sound
Features:
Austal USA delivers Auto Express 107 catamaran
Aluminium Marine completes catamarans for Seychelles
First Damen 4212 catamarans enter service in Istanbul
Foil assisted catamaran delivered to Alaskan operator
Hong Kong Marine Department issues collision report
Latest revisions to IMO High Speed Craft Code published
APRIL 2007
News:
FRS agrees to purchase City of Rochester’s fast ferry
Euroferries reaffirms plans for English Channel
Austal announces largest ever order
BMT NGA confirms order for five catamarans...
...and shortens name to BMT Nigel Gee
Austal Auto Express 82 returns to service
Stagecoach proposing new catamaran service
Stavangerske orders fifth Brødrene Aa catamaran...
...and sells Båtservice catamaran
Torghatten Trafikkselskap drops Stavanger-Bergen
Tallink sells another fast ferry
PACSCAT testcraft to be built in United Kingdom
North West Bay Ships trimaran to return to service in Korea
Steam Packet Company leases 74m wavepiercer...
...and another one heads for Greece
Mediterranea Pitiusa leases catamaran
Fjellstrand 38.8m catamaran being refitted as coastal supply vessel
Ustica Lines buys Tide Sjø catamaran
Air Ride SeaCoaster 102 SES for sale
Florida operator introduces new route
Consultant appointed for new Golden Gate ferry
Virtu Ferries buys Fjellstrand Flying Cat
Improved results for Rodriquez Cantieri Navali
Local business promotes Bristol Channel routes
IMO approved flooring launched by Altro Transflor
Features:
Fjord 1 Fylkesbaatane introduces Båtservice catamaran
Oma Baatbyggeri delivers catamaran to Tide Sjø
Competition returns to Channel Islands-France routes
One2three catamarans enter service in Queensland
SpeedFerries moves to Dover’s Western Docks
Another European refit season comes to a close
A record year for Hong Kong-Macau traffic
30 years ago - The Jetfoil cometh
MARCH 2007
News:
Austal purchases North West Bay Ships yard
New operator is Austal¹s undisclosed customer
Incat 74m wavepiercer and cargo ship collide in River Mersey
Sea Containers sells Incat 74m wavepiercer
Austal¹s half year revenue increases by almost 50%
NWFF orders two more Austal 47.5m catamarans
Fosen Trafikklag acquires 51% of Oslo ferry operator...
...and orders second Brødrene Aa catamaran
Kitsap voters reject ferry funding tax
Tenders requested for new Hong Kong service
SpeedFerries to move to former Hoverspeed base
Trinidad & Tobago government purchases two Incat wavepiercers...
...and Brittany Ferries buys 98m wavepiercer
Mjellem & Karlsen 95m monohull leased by Sri Lanka Navy
AP.1-88 hovercraft transferred to Brazil
Fatalities in Vietnam hydrofoil collision
Seacor Marine orders Incat Crowther catamaran crewboat
Incat Crowther 36m details released
Monohulls heading for Red Sea
Turkish operator buys two more catamarans
Chinese operator planning to expand fleet and route network
Tognum restructures and considers public listing
Kitsap Ferry suspends Puget Sound route
Final Incat 74m wavepiercer sold
Features:
Austal completes first Auto Express 88 for IDO
Rodriquez releases details of trimaran freighter design
Singapore yards due to deliver 11 fast ferries in 2007
Damen delivers first two DFF 4212s to IDO
Penguin Boat International launches Indian ferries
Marinteknik building 65m catamarans
Strategic Marine concentrates on crewboat production
Singapore operators face higher costs and lower traffic
Kvichak Marine delivers four Incat Crowther catamarans
Last HSS 1500 service operated on Hook-Harwich route
JANUARY /
FEBRUARY 2007
News:
New company to launch Channel Islands routes
More diversification at Fjellstrand
Competitor appears on Stavanger-Bergen route
Trinidad & Tobago issues passenger ferry tender
Renk launches take over bid for MAAG
Austal¹s undisclosed customer orders more ferries...
...and US Navy confirms second LCS trimaran
First fast ferry built in Vietnam
Four crew die in collision in Strait of Messina
Second BMT NGA 38 for Sea Express service
SpeedFerries reverts to single vessel timetable
Mexican operator orders three Incat Crowther 27m catamarans...
...and WTA confirms order for two 35m catamarans
Virtu Ferries introduces new Adriatic route
German entrepreneur acquires Germanischer Lloyd
SeaTrans takes over US Virgin Islands route
Linda Line buys Austal catamaran in Germany
Consortium formed to bid for US military JHSV contracts
Another Jetfoil collides with whale in Japan
MTU increases Series 2000 and 4000 diesel production
Austal Auto Express 86 leaves Rochester
Features:
2006 Deliveries and orders
Gladding-Hearn launches Incat Crowther 47m catamaran
First Brødrene Aa 27m catamaran delivered
Oma 33m catamaran enters service in Stavanger
30 years ago - Plenty of New Year news
DECEMBER 2006
News:
Austal confirms A$140 million ferry contract
New ferry terminal for Hong Kong airport
Norwegian operators confirm orders with Brødrene Aa and Oma
AAM building foil assisted catamaran for Alaska
Austal responds to MCA Report and Marine Guidance Notes
Macau government still to approve new operator
Bureau Veritas launches take over bid for Germanischer Lloyd
Caterpillar launches C32 ACERT diesel
Damen DFF 3209 being built in South Africa
Master Ferries negotiating to purchase Incat 98m wavepiercer
SpeedFerries publishes two vessel timetable
Steam Packet to operate both fast ferries in 2007
Burgess Marine staff complete Incat training
Algeciras-Ceuta service frequency more than doubles
Buquebus catamaran damaged in collision
Features:
Fjellstrand launches first Nautica Commuter 33
US military HSVs redeployed to Philippines and Japan
Catalina Express celebrates 25 years of growth
Letter of intent signed for five BGV trimarans
High Speed Craft, ACVs, WIGs & Hydrofoils conference
30 years ago - Short lived services in United States
NOVEMBER 2006
News:
Thames Clippers orders six River Runner catamarans
BGV France receives letter of intent for five trimarans
US operator concerned about whale legislation
Norwegian environmental group orders Fjellstrand catamaran
MAN Diesel increases holding in SEMT Pielstick
Sea Containers opts for Chapter 11 protection...
...and sells Hart Fenton
Monohull ordered for Normandie-Channel islands routes
Stena HSS 1500 to be withdrawn in January
Scandlines reduces holding in Mols-Linien
Cross-Forth ferry study commissioned
MTU launches new Series 4000 marine diesel range
New Kamewa S3 waterjet units become available
Balearia introduces Algeciras-Ceuta service
IDO confirms new vehicle ferry route
Features:
Island Boats launches One2three catamaran for Hawaii
Novel Semisub tourist catamaran being built in US
First Griffon 8100TD hovercraft delivered to Sweden
US operators detail services at Interferry conference
Queensland¹s reef excursion companies consolidate
New diveboats introduced in North Queensland
30 years ago - A month of news
OCTOBER 2006
News:
Developer acquires majority holding in Thames Clippers
Austal buys out partner in Austal USA
Rodriquez AliSwath due to be launched in 2007
SEMT Pielstick settles with NEL Lines
GL and Austal extend agreement
Scottish hovercraft trial postponed until 2007
Swath International 4000 fails to sell on ebay
Minoan may sell stake in Hellenic Seaways
European Commission widens investigation into SNCM
Siemens SGT-500 gas turbine passes HFO test
Traffic growth continues on Hong Kong-Macau route
New Venezuelan company due to start operating
New fast ferry requirements to be issued in Australia
Incat 74m wavepiercer returns to service on Irish Sea
Scandlines may reduce Mols-Linien holding
First half loss for Rodriquez Cantieri Navali
Rhode Island Fast Ferry planning new vessel
Features:
Queensland - 26 operators and 50+ vessels
Annual Queensland fast ferry traffic nears 2 million
Linking the mainland and Queensland¹s island resorts
Whale watching booms in Queensland
London Assembly wants more River Thames ferries
MCA issues second Marine Guidance Note
30 years ago - Hovering Craft & not much Hydrofoil
SEPTEMBER 2006
News:
Growth at USA yard boosts Austal¹s figures
Kværner Fjellstrand Flying Cat operates Cyprus-Beirut service
Swath International 4000 for sale on ebay
Alaska Marine Highway System to retain winter fast ferry services
Sea Containers updates progress on fleet disposal
Hornblower Marine Services expands
Westamaran 5000 returns to service in Spain
Fast ferry service moves one step closer in Canada
Balearia suspends Algeciras-Ceuta route
Kitsap Transit unveils new fast ferry plan
Incat workforce tops 500 employees
Monohull returns to service in Sweden...
...as Rikstrafiken prepares new tender document
LSA introduces 20m inclined slide
International Catamarans ferry withdrawn
Japanese Coast Guard reports Jetfoil hit log
Boeing closes Connexion by Boeing service...
...and acquires C-Map
Features:
Wavepiercer delivered to Acciona Trasmediterránea
Derecktor launches NGA 38m catamaran for Bermuda
Rebuilt AMD wavepiercer returns to service in Greece
RDM delivers second vessel to Real Journeys
Incat Crowther catamaran enters service in Honduras
MCA issues dynamic stability Marine Guidance Note
30 years ago - Plus ça change...
JULY /
AUGUST 2006
News:
Fast ferries evacuate foreign nationals from Lebanon
North American yards building four more Incat Crowther 22m catamarans
Catamarans to be ordered for San Francisco Bay
Chinese operator orders two Seacat 33m catamarans
Tallink completes purchase of Silja Line
Stena HSS 1500 to be withdrawn from service
Spanish government clears Acciona¹s acquisition of EuroFerrys...
...and Balearia buys Incat 81m wavepiercers
New corporate structure for MTU and Detroit Diesel
Wärtsilä launches new LJX waterjet design
Fast ferries collide off Macau
MAN transfers RK280 diesel production
US operator puts catamaran on market
Engine room fire on Swedish monohull
City of Rochester criticised for management of fast ferry project
NY Waterway settles dispute with United States government
New diesels installed in ALN Corsaire 14000
Features:
Brisbane yards due to deliver ten fast ferries in 2006
Foil assisted catamaran enters service in New Zealand
New Norwegian operator introduces catamaran
Mayor of Rochester responds to fast ferry audit report
Grounding of High Speed Craft
30 years ago - Hovercraft squeeze through
JUNE 2006
News:
Sea Containers to sell Silja Line to Tallink
Japanese operator confirms order for two Incat 112m wavepiercers
Sultanate of Oman orders two Austal Auto Express 65s...
...and US Navy extends Auto Express 101 charter
Austal updates US JHSV program
Emeraude Ferries ceases operations on St Malo-Jersey route
Sale of SNCM cleared by European Commission
Aker combines Finnish and French divisions
Damen DFF 3209 catamaran ordered for South African service
Monohull grounds in Alaska
NY Water Taxi to operate Yonkers-Manhattan route
Spanish operators confirm summer routes
Cross-Solent ferry routes being reviewed
Sea Containers updates current financial position
Damen rebuilds catamarans as medium speed ferries
BMT SeaTech completes research project for UK MCA
Modest interest reported for ECS course in Norway
US operator leases catamaran from former competitor
Incat 98m wavepiercer in Persian Gulf
Operators close in on last available vehicle ferries
Stena Line to reduce Dutch HSS 1500 timetable
Features:
Kitsap Catamarans delivers first fast ferry
Brødrene Aa delivers two 23m excursion catamarans
Rodriquez Foilmasters roll off the line in Messina
Master Ferries launches low cost route in Scandinavia
Fincantieri MDV 2000 monohull arrives in Gotland
Design guidance to avoid deck diving of fast catamarans
30 years ago - A record in pictures
MAY 2006
News:
Acciona confirms order for Incat 98m wavepiercer
HSS 1500 completes ten years on Irish Sea
More AMD wavepiercers ordered for service in Middle East
Incat Crowther 34m catamaran ordered by Barrier Reef operator
SpeedFerries carries over 1 million passengers
Fuel price depresses TurboJet profitability
Swath withdrawn from service in United States
New English Channel operator buys Austal Auto Express 86
NY Water Taxi orders Incat Crowther 22m
FRS acquires third vessel for Strait of Gibraltar services
EFIC arranges financing for Turkish contract
New York Water Taxi suspends Manhattan-South Amboy route
Tinian catamaran still out of service
Alaska catamaran out of service until July
Sea Containers issues stark warning about future
First C32 powered fast ferries enter service
Massachusetts government funds fast ferry acquistion
Acciona Trasmediterránea lease Incat K50
Nigel Gee retires from BMT NGA
Australian HSC Masters Association seeks links with overseas bodies
Features:
Båtservice catamaran delivered to Central Danube
Fast ferries maintain vital link in Balearic islands
Dramatic increase in traffic on Trinidad-Tobago route
Sabre 22m catamaran enters service on Barrier Reef
Thai operator takes delivery of third catamaran
New Rodriquez CityCat 40 put on market
Another record year for passenger/vehicle ferries
30 years ago - From Fujiyama to Fairbanks
APRIL 2006
News:
Sea Containers withdraws from ferry operations
James B. Sherwood leaves Sea Containers
Takeover of MTU completed
EC clears Aker takeover of Alstom Marine
Second Incat Crowther vessel for New Zealand
Boulogne invests in high speed cargo operation
Stena Line reduces HSS 1500 frequency
GE Marine launches LM 2500+ G4 gas turbine
TSL service withdrawn in Japan
TST seat receives IMO HSC Code certification
First Lockheed Martin Slice completed by FBMA Marine
Blue Star Maritime sells fast ferry
Monohull fleet proposed for Firth of Forth operation
Beurteaux restructures European operation
Kuwait company orders 52m wavepiercer from Damen
Two more collisions with whales in Japan
Greek company buys AMD wavepiercer
Jetfoil collision with whale injures 97 passengers and crew
EIB finances IDO catamaran contract
Sea Containers attracts class actions
HSC Code safety revisions accepted
Stagecoach confirms interest in Hoverwork BHT 150 hovercraft
Venezia Lines introduces car ferry routes in Northern Adriatic...
...and FBM TriCat enters service
Operator reports fuel saving from interceptors
Features:
Damen delivers DFF 4108 monohull to Denmark
Incat Crowther 52m catamaran for Key West Express
North West Bay Ships launches second dive boat
Puget Sounf fast ferry services remain in limbo
IMO meeting discusses HSC Code changes
All change on Algeciras-Ceuta route
Q-West delivers fourth Teknicraft 18m whalewatcher
Boom times return to Hong Kong-Macau routes
United Kingdom passenger traffic continues to fall
30 years ago - From hovercraft to trimarans
MARCH 2006
News:
Austal reports improved performance at US yard
BMT NGA signs licences with European and Asian yards
Oma catamaran ordered by Norwegian operators
OVDS and TFDS complete merger
Norwegian operator orders 32m catamaran from Båtservice...
...and Båtservice prepares to deliver 32m catamaran
Servogear confirms orders for nine vessels
Stena Line satisfied with 2005 results
North American operators enter receivership
Liquidation for Hoverspeed
Uprated MTU 8000s for US Navy LCS...
...and GE LM 2500 gets ABS certification
Port of Cherbourg hit by withdrawal of P&O Ferries
EU looks at defence role for fast ferries
Outsourcing costs Irish Ferries over €29 million
US company buys rights to Incat Design portfolio
Greek operators plan merger...
..and Attica sells Hellenic Seaways shares
SNAV leases JumboCat 60 catamaran
Another Japanese Jetfoil in suspected whale strike
Fjellstrand confirms plans for new yard and second order from France
Fantasea Cruises sold to Queensland company
New status and after sales service for MAN B&W Diesel
UK company specialises in marine stud removal
New design consultancy established in United Kingdom
New company introduces service in US Virgin Islands
David Benson leaves Sea Containers
Features:
Traffic patterns change on Spain-North Africa routes
Successful trials but an uncertain future for TSL SES
Kiso Shipbuilding launches small vehicle ferry
Wang Tak delivers Seacat 33m to Chinese operator
Trials programme of M80 testcraft starts in California
30 years ago - An attack on the USSR
JANUARY /
FEBRUARY 2006
News:
HSD confirms orders for two 33m catamarans
MTU acquired by Swedish investment group
PacifiCats may return to service in Vancouver
Turkish operator buys second Flying Cat 40m
Four more orders for Brødrene Aa
Incat close to orders for three wavepiercers
FBM TriCat leased for Adriatic service
Aker to take majority holding in Alstom Marine yards
Oma catamaran ordered for Stavanger services
Bay Ferries introduces second route
New company launches low cost service in Scandinavia
New mayor closes down Rochester-Toronto ferry service
Isle of Man Steam Packet Company re-introduces Incat 74m wavepiercer
Sea Containers appoints new president and ceo
HM Customs and Hoverspeed settle dispute
King County comes out in support of WSF
New funding secures future of Canary Wharf-Woolwich service
Irish Ferries reduces fast ferry frequencies
Mediterranean Shipping Company buys second Neapolitan operator
Features:
2005 Deliveries and orders
Austal Auto Express 68 delivered to Virtu Ferries
Seychelles operator orders Incat Crowther catamaran
codeCreation spreads its net on River Thames
30 years ago - Expansion on English Channel
DECEMBER 2005
News:
New construction halls completed at Austal USA
Ferry terminal introduces airline check-in service
Stena Line announces move from Stranraer to Cairnryan
Interim CEO appointed at Sea Containers
Services cancelled as Irish Ferries dispute escalates
New shareholder for SpeedFerries
US Joint High Speed Vessel program moves ahead
RFP issued for Yonkers-Manhattan service
MTU introduces 12V and 16V 2000 Common Rail diesels
Servogear cpps ordered for Brødrene Aa vessels
Stagecoach sells Fullers Group
Thames Clippers evaluating new service
Trial commuter service planned for Hawaii
Rochester-Toronto to be seasonal service in 2006
Features:
Incat Crowther catamaran delivered to New Zealand
Chilean yard delivers foil assisted catamaran
Fast ferries take Canary Islands passenger traffic
Austal updates Auto Express 127 trimaran experience
Alaskan NGA 73 catamarans introduced on new routes
New Gulf Craft monohull for Lake Huron service
Norwegian monohull enters service in Faroe Islands
Operators compare fast and conventional ferries
Hong Kong Marine Department issues collision reports
24 years ago - A new name on the English Channel
NOVEMBER 2005
News:
Austal Auto Express 107 and trimaran orders confirmed
Sea Containers closes Hoverspeed, puts SeaStreak & Silja on market
Rochester ferry traffic lower than expected
Irish Ferries states case for outsourcing
Swath Super 4000 returns to service in US
Isle of Man Steam Packet Company purchased by Macquarie Bank
Fjellstrand brokers sales of two vessels
Techno-Superliner completes trials programme in Japan
NY Water Taxi takes over SeaStreak route
Norwegian operators agree to merger
Stena Line reduces Irish Sea frequency
Sea Containers releases third quarter results
Features:
L'Express des îles standardizes fleet in Guadeloupe
Fjellstrand delivers FlyingCat 46 to France
2nd Fast Ferry Information Conference - London 2005
Scrapping and recycling fast ferries
Flying doctor service in the Dodecanese Islands
30 years ago - A tale of two HM-2 services
OCTOBER 2005
News:
Hoverspeed faces uncertain future on English Channel
Queensland company buys NQEA Australia yard
Tromsø company orders Brødrene Aa catamaran
GS Marine monohull ordered for charter work
Austal confirms selection by IDO
Lürssen Werft 70m monohulls withdrawn
Incat Designs and Crowther Design join forces
Aqua Express confirms suspension of Puget Sound route
US Navy deploys Incat wavepiercer on hurricane relief operations...
...and Austal USA yard escapes serious damage
Irish Sea Express closes down
Norwegian operators restart merger talks
BMT designing berths for upgraded Hong Kong Airport terminal
Penguin to build three BMT NGA catamarans for Indian service
Irish Ferries offers severance package to all Irish Sea personnel
Firth Marine Design relaunched
Winter service for Manx fast ferry
Second passenger/vehicle ferry for Trinidad-Tobago route
Lloyd's Register buys Danish company
Features:
A mix of old and new in the Dodecanese
Four more car ferries enter service on Piraeus routes
North West Bay Ships delivers 29m diveboat
Queensland diveboat operator introduces wavepiercer
First Seacat 18 catamaran launched for Bue Marine
Hong Kong-Macau traffic continues to grow
30 years ago - More services on English Channel
SEPTEMBER 2005
News:
Thames Riverbus to operate new Power Station service
Sea Containers plans "major changes" in ferry operations
Austal announces record yearly profits
Rødne orders third Brødrene Aa catamaran
Hamilton launches new waterjet model
UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency rejects MAIB recommendations
Rolls-Royce completes MT-30 engines for Littoral Combat Ship
Kamewa S3 waterjets to be delivered in December
MAN B&W UK production concentrated on RK280
Incat 98m wavepiercers visit Southeast Asia
WSF slashes fast ferry timetable
Maritime & Coastguard Agency shuts down Wightlink fast ferry service
Greek operator sues SEMT Pielstick
Sea Fighter delivered to United States Navy
New engines for Auto Express 105
Ustica Lines reconfirms Foilmaster order
Buquebus España buys Austal Auto Express 82
Ferry funding included in US SAFETEA-LU legislation
Techno-Superliner trials begin in Japan
Incat K50 returns to service in Caribbean
Second ferry terminal to open in Macau
Steam Ship Authority confirms new vessel
Features:
Passenger information system launched on Thames
Nesoddbåtene - Oslofjord's fast ferry operator
Oma 26m catamaran enters service in Norway
Aluminium Boats delivers Crowther 35m catamaran
Allen Marine reverts to 78ft catamaran production
30 years ago - Hovertravel's first ten years
JULY /
AUGUST 2005
News:
Australian Court rejects Austal Ships patent appeal
Thames Clippers - July 7 2005...
...and July 21 2005
Austal Auto Express 105 order due to be confirmed
Waverider returns to service in California
New Greek operator introduces hydrofoil
Australian bank agrees to buy Wightlink
Manning levels agreed for second NGA 73
RDM building Crowther 30m for New Zealand
Servogear releases details of ride control system
Auto Express 101 lease extended
Shun Tak buys two US built FBM Marine TriCats...
...and Buquebus España buys one
C-Link Ferries introduces second Corsaire 11000
Norwegian operators order Brødrene Aa catamaran
Union wins recognition battle with Hoverspeed
WaveMaster liquidator pursues former owners
Istanbul Deniz Otobüsleri to introduce seven more fast ferries
Griffon Hovercraft working on larger design
HamiltonJet launches new control system
Balearia introduces Incat 78m wavepiercer
Competition intensifies on Eolie islands route
Features:
Hellenic Seaways takes delivery of Auto Express 85
Second Båtservice Sea Lord 40 introduced in Greece
Brødrene Aa catamarans delivered in Norway
Fleet expansion at New York Water Taxi
Lomprayah High Speed Ferries orders third catamaran
Marinteknik 50m monohull enters sevice in Italy
Techno-Superliner lease is cancelled in Japan
30 years ago - Boeing Jetfoils enter service
JUNE 2005
News:
Alaskan catamarans to be tested on new winter routes
Incat working on heavy fuel oil wavepiercing catamaran design
Russian catamaran enters service on international route
Increased losses for Sea Containers ferries
Final Cirrus 120P SES leaves Norway
Third US company plans to operate services to Block island
New consultancy established in Europe
Incat 91m wavepiercer arrives in Trinidad...
...and 78m wavepiercer is leased for Mediterranean
Incat 74m wavepiercer enters service in Greece
ANEK Lines sells holding in NEL Lines
Turkish company launches Water Taxi catamaran
Hong Kong masters to be prosecuted
European Commission approves restructuring of Spain¹s naval yards
Seastate becomes a 100% Austal company
Features:
First fast ferry launched in Cuba
Brødrene Aa delivers carbon fibre catamaran to TFDS
Thames Clippers expands fleet and route network
Turbulent times in Saint Petersburg
X-Craft on trials in the United States
New Zealand authorities issue engine room fire report
30 years ago - Get out there, lads
MAY 2005
News:
Austal Auto Express 127 trimaran enters service
Third Hong Kong-Macau route planned by new operator
Gotland ferry routes to be put out to tender
Busy season looms for Bay Ferries
Consultant appointed to evaluate Nova Scotia service
Venezia Lines introduces new Adriatic route
UK MAIB reports on Solent incident
Japanese yard repowers 36m monohull
Biggest profit in ten years for Stena Line
Emeraude Jersey Lines becomes single vessel operator
Sjøfartsdirektoratet supports ECDIS
US operator issues RFP for new vessel
Egyptian operator buys Incat 78m wavepiercer
Danish operator orders Damen 41m monohull
Strategic Marine buys WaveMaster hull
Features:
Austal Ships trimaran arrives in Canary Islands
Thames Clippers expands fleet and route network
GS Marine delivers first Scirocco 50 Shuttle monohull
Zelenodolsk Shipyard launches first A-45 monohull
30 years ago - Hovercraft operations in Canada
APRIL 2005
News:
HK Marine Department issues new ferry regulations
Sea Containers redeploying fleet to Mediterranean and Baltic
New company to operate Liverpool-Dublin route
US catamaran transferred to Puerto Rico
Third Adriatic route for SNAV Hoverspeed
Hy-Line Cruises to introduce second route
Bay Ferries to manage Rochester-Toronto service
Marinteknik 50m monohull delivered to SNAV
P&O Ferries increases Irish Sea frequencies
SpeedFerries makes formal complaints against P&O Ferries
NGA 73 catamaran returns to service in Alaska
Gulf Craft building two more Crowther catamarans in US
WaveMaster International placed in liquidation
Start of Scandinavian service delayed until May
Ayres Composite Panels to start production in United States
New operator for France-Channel islands routes
Brødrene Aa catamaran leased for trial service in Sweden
Fincantieri lays keel of MDV 2000 monohull
Color Line buys Bazán Alhambra monohull
MAN B&W to transfer production of RK270 and VP185 engines
Wärtsilä completes Deutz acquisition
Boeing launches marine version of Connexion
Mols-Linien reports strong fast ferry traffic
Fred. Olsen withdraws last conventional ferry
P&O Ferries figures depress Group results
FBMA Marine reports "excellent results"
Emeraude Lines returns Incat 74m wavepiercer...
...and FRS re-introduces Incat 78m wavepiercer
Features:
Incat Evolution 10B introduced by Brittany Ferries
A busy year in the broking market
Vehicle ferries move around Europe
Second catamaran introduced by Hobart Cruises
Dual purpose catamaran enters service in Sydney
Queensland operator introduces 22m wavepiercer
Siremar takes delivery of second Rodriquez Foilmaster
Passenger traffic recovers on Hong Kong routes
30 years ago - An update on 1974
MARCH 2005
News:
New Spanish shipbuilding company becomes Navantia
Stena Line reports growth in Irish Sea freight traffic
Three new orders for North West Bay Ships
Attica Group acquires holding in Minoan Lines
Austal announces increased half year profits
MTU Friedrichshafen establishes new American division
SpeedFerries reports outbreak of peace
102 passengers and crew injured in Hong Kong collision
BHT 130 hovercraft to enter service in Alaska
Port Authority agrees to transfer of New Jersey-New York routes
Sea Containers closes Belfast-Troon route
Venture capital company invests in Thames Clippers
Fast engine overhaul for Thames Clippers vessel
Increased market shares for Red Funnel services
Wärtsilä to take over Deutz diesel engine servicing
Rolls-Royce delivers first MT30 gas turbine
Irish Ferries introduces 'OClub' class
Sabre 22m catamaran sold in New Zealand
No summer resumption for Newhaven-Dieppe route...
...but new service likely in Greece
Austal Auto Express 86 sold to City of Rochester
Jadrolinija buys two more Marinteknik catamarans
P&O Ferries to close Portsmouth-Le Havre route in September
ECDIS to be made mandatory in Norway
Royal New Zealand Navy selects RK280 diesels
Features:
Rodriquez CityCat 29 catamarans delivered in Brazil
Washington State Ferries plans new route
TFDS introduces Fjellstrand FlyingCat 46 catamarans
Teknicraft Design AAM 22m enters service in Seattle
New Wave Catamarans delivers CMCS Seacat 23.5
MAIB reports on fatal incident on River Thames
30 years ago - Another quiet month
JANUARY /
FEBRUARY 2005
News:
Austal and Incat vessels diverted to tsunami aid effort
Brittany Ferries leases Incat Evolution 10B wavepiercer
Attica Group acquires holding in HFD
MTU uprates 4000 Series marine diesel range
MES launches Techno-Superliner passenger/cargo ferry
Incat Evolution 10B wavepiercer enters service in Caribbean...
...and a 78m wavepiercer returns to Scandinavia...
..and Emeraude Jersey Ferries switches vessels
Crewing dispute lays up fast ferry in Alaska
New Izar established in Spain
TT Line withdraws Austal Auto Express 82
Fjellstrand Flying Cat Atlantic Jet classification
Sea Containers fined for certification oversight
Rescue package agreed for NY Waterway
New York operator to introduce airport service
Auction date set for Austal Auto Express 86
Connex Norge buys major holding in Helgelandske
Norwegian operator takes over local route
Features:
Fleet changes continue in Guadeloupe
2004 Deliveries and orders
30 years ago - Hovermarine dominates the news
DECEMBER 2004
News:
Greek operator orders Båtservice 40m catamaran
US casino operator starts fast ferry shuttle service
Isle of Man Steam Packet Company closes Liverpool-Dublin route
SpeedFerries reviews first six months
HFD Kometa fleet shrinking in Greece
Stena Line reports better Irish Sea performance
Hoverspeed outlines plans for 2005
NY Waterway issues redundancy notices
Fatal accident reported in Indonesia
City of Rochester attempts to restart Lake Ontario service
Carbon fibre catamarans to have Servogear cpps
Italian operator orders 22m monohull
Voters approve increased taxes for improved ferry services
JumboCat 60m returns to Mediterranean
High speed testcraft ordered by US Navy
English Channel route transfer referred to Competition Commission
Austal managing director to resign in June 2005
EFIC launches legal action in United States
Incat Tasmania reports increased profit for 2003-2004
Second Alaska vehicle ferry nears completion
Sea Containers upgrades maintenance software
Features:
Fjellstrand delivers final Flying Cat 40m
Rodriquez working on two new fast ferry concepts
More Sciomachen monohulls enter service in Sicily
New designs and safety discussed at conference
Major challenges face new services in Scottish cities
Damen launches new fast ferry range
IMO Code changes recommended following grounding
30 years ago - British craft are shipped overseas
NOVEMBER 2004
News:
FBM Babcock Marine opts out of shipbuilding
L’Express des Iles orders Austal 45m catamarans
Trasmediterránea transfers Incat wavepiercer to Canary Islands
Second fast ferry route for Brittany Ferries
Austal USA launches Air Ride SeaCoaster 102 SES...
...and prepares for LCS trimaran construction
European Union orders Izar to repay another €556 million
NY Waterway warns of revenue shortfall
Unique monohull back on the market
Lake Express service suspended for winter
High fuel prices depress Sea Containers ferry results
Trimaran MES successfully deployed
US Army confirms interest in Theater Support Vessels
Service proposed for Lake Erie
Administrator appointed at WaveMaster International
New Hong Kong Airport services to be introduced
FRS confirms sale of Flying Cats to HFD
EC refers UK government to European Court of Justice
Stena HSS 1500 damaged by wave
Thames Clippers expands Greenwich service
Features:
Rodriquez CityCat 40 catamaran delivered to Alilauro
Fleet modernisation completed in Lisbon
Hydrocruiser bases third catamaran in the Caribbean
NQEA Australia delivers first Crowther 22m catamaran
BSC launches three 32m catamaran crewboats
Hiper 04 conference focuses on research projects
30 years ago - A scheduled cargo service in Canada
OCTOBER 2004
News:
Virtu Ferries orders Austal Auto Express 67
Jetfoils withdrawn by Trasmediterránea
Report supports introduction of River Forth fast ferry service
Tender issued for Indian catamaran
Fjellstrand confirms contracts with two French operators
SpeedFerries negotiating for second vessel
SEPI outlines plans for Izar restructuring
Catamarans collide in The Netherlands
New owner for seat manufacturer
Navatek Lifting Body catamaran completes trials programme
P&O withdraws from Portsmouth fast ferry routes
Royal Bank of Scotland takes holding in Condor
Swath Super 4000 enters service in US
US Army confirms merger of high speed vessel projects
CATS suspends services on Lake Ontario
Two testcraft under construction in US
Passenger numbers fall on New York routes
UK MAIB repeats pipework warning
Hoverspeed confirms winter suspension
Vinyl film coating applied to Austal Auto Express 126 trimaran
Hoverspeed sues HM Customs for loss of revenue and goodwill
HFD buys two Kværner Fjellstrand catamaran
Catamaran ordered by Barrier Reef operator
Kamewa developing S3 series waterjets...
...and delivers first VLWJ 235 waterjets
Incat 96m wavpiercer returns to Hobart for refit
Features:
Operators set agenda at Southampton Conference
Alaska planning for two more vehicle ferries by 2007
Rebuilt Incat Designs wavepiercer enters service in US
Jersey government considering new ferry licences
First Ferry introduces two more Austal catamarans
Summer in Saint Petersburg
Traffic increases reported on Metró del Mare routes
30 years ago - Kometas spread their wings
SEPTEMBER 2004
News:
Fincantieri to restart fast ferry production
Incat 78m wavepiercer leased by FRS
Austal Group returns to profitability
Ustica Lines places contracts for six Rodriquez Foilmaster hydrofoils
Review of US Army TSV program taking place
Catamaran enters service in Vietnam
Linda Line sells hydrofoil catamaran
NY Waterway leases Allen Marine monohull to Long Island operator
EFIC provides guarantee for Auto Express 85
Lake Express introduces off-peak frequency
Passengers uninjured in spate of accidents
Ferry losses impact Sea Containers and P&O half year results
RFP issued for New York airport service
Stagecoach evaluating service in Scotland
Izar's commercial and naval yards to be split
Teknicraft catamaran to be tested by Kitsap Ferry
Features:
Marinteknik catamarans enter service in Mediterranean
SBF Shipbuilders switches production to crewboats
SES converted into catamaran by Strategic Marine
Sabre delivers vessels to New Zealand and USA
CMCS Seacat 20m enters service in Queensland
Catamaran delivered to Australia's Northern Territory
Fast ferry safety statistics
30 years ago - The dawn of an era in Hong Kong
JULY /
AUGUST 2004
News:
Ustica Lines takes over SNAV's Sicilian routes
Two carbon fibre catamarans ordered by Norwegian operators
Wreckage of Sleipner to be broken up
SEPI discussing Izar's "critical" situation
AAM building 22m foil assisted catamaran
Route confirmed for Marinteknik catamaran
SpeedFerries files unfair competition complaints
MAN B&W diesels chosen for Auto Express 105
P&O Ferries review due in September
Bornholms Trafikken extends lease on Austal Auto Express 86
Catamaran returns to Catalina Island route
LCS contracts confirmed by ABS and Rolls-Royce
Korean operator buys FBM FDC 400 swath
Sea Containers details ISPS preparations
Sydney Ferries becomes state owned corporation
Hydrocruiser catamarans shipped from UK
Auto Express 85 to have Caterpillar engines
Mauritius company seeks backing for 36m trimaran project
FBMA yard awarded ISO 9001:2000 certification
New Zealand Commission highly critical of Tranz Rail
Features:
First Austal USA car ferry enters service
Gladding-Hearn launches Incat Designs 30m catamaran
Derecktor delivers first Crowther Design vessel
Two new operators approved for Seattle services
Allen Marine Tours introduces 88ft catamaran
New operators and rebuilt catamarans in Piraeus
30 years ago - New services and new designs
JUNE 2004
News:
Austal 127m trimaran design selected for LCS programme
US Army planning to order 16 TSVs
European Commission orders Izar to repay over €300 million
Bahamas Florida Express suspends services
Italian company acquires majority shareholding in Rodriquez
California route resumed by Catalina Ferries
Danish operator orders WaveMaster monohull
Fjellstrand makes 65 workers redundant and reduces capacity
Bazán Mestral monohull returns to service
Lineas Fred. Olsen confirms revised fleet allocation
P&O chairman reports on difficult United Kingdom ferry market...
...and Sea Containers releases Q1 results
Eventful delivery voyage for Marinteknik catamaran
Three vehicle ferries due to enter service in United States in June
Fjellstrand Flying Cats move around the globe
Gladding-Hearn modifies catamaran for torpedo launching trials
European Union funded research tool launched
Airport services introduced in southern Italy
Construction of Auto Express 105 starts at Austal USA
Management buyout at Red Funnel
Dutch company launches range of elevators
HSD issues accident investigation findings
Incat 98m completes heavy weather trials
Features:
Third Brødrene Aa carbon fibre vessel enters service
Austal Auto Express 56 catamaran arrives in Tahiti
North West Bay Ships launches Teknicraft catamarans
Dakota Creek delivers third AMD catamaran to Baylink
The management of ship wash
30 years ago - Early days on the English Channel
MAY 2004
News:
Balearia confirms order for Marinteknik 63m catamarans
HSD 24m catamaran runs ashore at high speed
Frequencies increased on Tallinn-Helsinki route
Fast Cats Ferry Service due to restart operations
New York Water Taxi orders Incat Designs 22m catamarans
WaveMaster puts 51m car ferry on market
Austal releases details of contracts and production
US Army TACOM issues TSV acquisition update
Hoverwork delivers AP.1-88/100S to Canadian Coast Guard
Sea Containers still discussing new ferry acquistions
CETEC acquired by UK consulting engineering company
FBM TriCat catamaran fails to sell at auction
MTU launches Series 2000 Common Rail marine diesels
Fjellstrand catamarans enter service in France
Bahamas Florida Express revises timetable
German company proposes new commuter service in Hamburg
Two new Sicilian routes for Ustica Lines
Hydrocruiser arrives in the Caribbean
Features:
Austal Auto Express 86 arrives in United States
SpeedFerries confims plans for Dover-Boulogne route
Record number of vehicle ferries in service this year
Fast ferries likely to return to service in Seattle
UK MAIB issues reports on two wash related accidents
30 years ago - Soviet hydrofoils on London's River
APRIL 2004
News:
San Francisco voters approve fast ferry funding
Rapid Explorer introduces services in the Caribbean
Hellas Flying Dolphins orders Austal Auto Express 85
Tallink buys Fincantieri MDV 1200 monohulls
Sea Containers evaluating new ferry company acquisitions
More restructuring likely at P&O Ferries
Mols-Linien fast ferry traffic improves
US operator buys Incat Designs/Aluminium Shipbuilders wavepiercer
More Incat wavepiercers return to service
US built FBM Marine TriCat 45m up for auction
US military wavepiercers visit Korea and Washington
US tri-hull patent granted to Canadian company
Thames Clippers extends route to Greenwich
Aluminium antifouling launched by Jotun
Tallink installs planned maintenance system
Norselight diversifies product range
Norwegian fast ferries to enter service in Sweden
Lineas Fred. Olsen reveals routes for Austal Auto Express 126 trimaran
Emeraude Jersey Ferries leases 74m wavepiercer
European Commission approves subsidies
Features:
Local Hong Kong ferries continue to lose passengers
Jetfoil no longer dominant on Macau routes
Rationalisation takes place on HK-Mainland routes
Hong Kong Marine Department issues accident reports
Hong Kong companies deliver first fast ferries
30 years ago - Welcome to Brighton
MARCH 2004
News:
US Army TACOM due to issue TSV tender this month
Steam Packet Company reports high reliability
SpeedFerries postpones English Channel route
UK Competition Commission blocks Stena acquisition of Irish Sea route
Brødrene Aa building third carbon fibre vessel
TFDS orders two Fjellstrand FlyingCat 46 catamarans
EC formally warns Greece about cabotage
Fast ferry operator replaces vertical chute Marine Evacuation System
Ultra Dynamics launches larger waterjet range
SNAV switches Incat wavepiercer to Naples-Sardinia route
Record passenger traffic for Hovertravel
A change of name for Emeraude Lines
Renk delivers gearboxes for US Navy X-Craft
New operator to introduce refurbished 37m wavepiercer
Hoverspeed traffic holds up as market shrinks
NQEA Australia building Crowther Design 22m catamarans for US Army
Rolls-Royce unveils range of naval monohulls
Stena to buy P&O Irish Sea route
Hellas Flying Dolphins to order fifth vehicle ferry
VT Halter Marine and MARAD study ro-ros
Features:
WA yards anticipate increase in fast ferry orders
Non fast ferry work keeps Hobart yards busy
Fourth operator introduces fast ferry in Tasmania
Mixed fortunes for Melbourne operators
Gulf Craft delivers Crowther 44m catamaran
Early 2004 deliveries for Singapore yards
30 years ago - Soviet hydrofoils carry record traffic
JANUARY /
FEBRUARY 2004
News:
Norwegian Court of Appeal finds Sleipner captain guilty
Australian government confirms Austal contract
New England catamarans move south for the winter
BornholmsTrafikken speeds up boarding
Two more monohulls to enter service on Bay of Naples routes
Winter suspension for Sea Containers routes
Marinteknik 33m catamaran enters service in India
Fast ferry frequencies reduced on Gotland route
Kolkhida hydrofoil destroyed by fire
Research improves interceptor efficiency
New Hong Kong-Macau route to be introduced
Commuter service introduced in Melbourne
Stena buys Incat 81m wavepiercing catamaran
Wightlink introduces seasonal Solent route
Allen Marine building 88ft catamaran
Hawaiian company plans to operate Austal Auto Express 105 catamarans
Red Funnel reports increased traffic figures
Incat Evolution 10B wavepiercer arrives in US
Features:
Crowther 32m catamaran delivered to Tasmanian operator
Derecktor completes first NGA 73m catamaran for Alaska
2003 Deliveries and orders
Aluminium Shipbuilders expands as hovercraft work increases
30 years ago - Seaspeed anticipates first profit
DECEMBER 2003
News:
Lockheed Martin and FBM Babcock Marine join forces
First Derecktor NGA 73m launched for Alaska
Alilauro and Bahamas Fast Ferries order Rodriquez catamarans
Machinery package for Auto Express 126 ordered
P&O and SeaCat-SNAV to introduce new routes in 2004
US Army and US Navy wavepiercers redeploy to southern hemisphere
US operators sign up for new reservations systems
Catamaran returns to service in San Francisco
Successful season for Fjellstrand FlyingCat 52
Hovertravel sells AP.1-88 hovercraft for Sierre Leone airport service
Emeraude Lines taken over by French company
Composite catamaran completed for charter service in Hawaii
Competition Commission questions P&O/Stena deal
Spanish operators introduce Barcelona-Ibiza routes
P&O issues Portsmouth-Caen timetable
Red Funnel confirms plan for East Cowes-Southampton route...
...and Wightlink looks elsewhere in the Solent
Washington State Ferries catamaran sold on eBay website
Bay State Cruise orders new vessel
Gulf Craft delivers latest crewboats to Seacor Marine
Features:
Damen Shipyards releases details of DFF 3810 catamarans
Bahamas Florida Express introduces Incat Evolution 10B
New Air Ride SeaCoaster SES detailed at US conference
Cheoy Lee delivers Crowther Design 26m catamarans
Norwegian coastal shipping body calls for more fast ferries
Post Soviet shipbuilding - At the crossroads
30 years ago - Not much to write home about
NOVEMBER 2003
News:
Expanded San Francisco Bay ferry network approved
Austal Auto Express 101 reflagged in United States
Kitsap Transit fast ferry project fails to win support from voters
Stena and Austal settle patent dispute
An expanded name for Nigel Gee & Associates
Military Sealift Command evaluating new vehicle ferry lease
First Derecktor NGA 73 to be based in Juneau
Wavepiercing catamarans return to A&P Birkenhead
Hoverspeed confirms dates of winter service suspension
New consultancy formed in Western Australia
Iris 6.2 catamaran enters service on North Cyprus routes
Fast ferry included in first CHIRP safety newsletter
GL cautious about oceanic fast freighters
Commodore Group merges passenger and freight ferry divisions
First fast ferry appears on eBay website
Features:
New England Fast Ferry orders two more catamarans
AP.1-88s complete first year of operations in Kazakhstan
WaveMaster delivers monohulls to P&O and Ustica Lines
CNB foil assisted catamaran enters service in Virgin Islands
The Fast series of conferences touches down in Ischia
ABS updates high speed craft classification work
30 years ago - Operators report booming business
OCTOBER 2003
News:
Izar and FastShip sign feasibility study agreement
Soflusa increases order to nine DFF 4912s
RCCL orders fast ferries as cruise ship tenders
Austal Group reports disappointing year end results
NWFF orders two more Austal 47.5m catamarans
GL and Austal renew classification agreement
Nordic Jet Line JumboCat transferred to Spain
...and Nautas Al-Maghreb introduces second vessel
Red Funnel considering new Solent routes
UK Maritime Coastguard Agency responds to coroner's comments
Emeraude Lines given bankruptcy protection
Record transit for Incat wavepiercer
New York Water Taxi replaces NY Waterway on East River route
Thames Clippers commuter service to receive subsidies
New operator introduces route in California
Fred. Olsen SA releases details of delivery voyage
Aluminium problems in Pacific Northwest prompt new specification
New French service suspended for winter
Greek operators embrace corporate sponsorship
Features:
Fjellstrand FlyingCat 52 completes first season in Germany
Austal delivers Auto Express 66 catamaran to Fred. Olsen SA
Crowther Design 40m catamaran enters service in US
Mahart celebrates 40 years of fast ferry operation
Passenger traffic grows on Netherlands river routes
Airport routes introduced in Pearl River Delta
30 years ago - A cautionary note to BHC
SEPTEMBER 2003
News:
Bermuda confirms order with North West Bay Ships
Sea Containers plans to make Hoverspeed a seasonal operation
SpeedFerries postpones service until next year
New France-Channel Islands service launched
Rolls-Royce developing monohulls for naval and freight roles
Hovertravel to introduce larger hovercraft in 2004
Fast ferry operators fined by Spanish authorities
Hydrofoils return to service in Canada
New route for Incat Evolution 10B
Jetfoil accident caused by metal fatigue in bow foil strut
OFT refers transfer of Irish Sea routes
Alstom Power Sweden sold to Siemens
New England Fast Ferry to operate route in Massachusetts
Fast Cats Ferry Service switches coasts
JR Kyushu adds fourth KHI Jetfoil to fleet
Geven develops new seats for Rodriquez
Features:
First Austal USA fast ferry enters service in United States
New World First Ferry introduces 28m catamarans
Crowther catamarans delivered to Australian operators
Second 23m monohull delivered by Kiso Shipbuilding
Incat Tasmania completes Evolution 10B for US Navy
Competition hots up on Spanish routes
Air lifted catamaran or air cavity ship - Which is better?
30 years ago - A bad news month
JULY /
AUGUST 2003
News:
Sea Containers sells Isle of Man Steam Packet Company
Rhode Island Fast Ferry introduces route in US
Austal confirms trimaran and US car ferry contracts
Tranz Rail charters Incat 91m wavepiercer
Kometa hydrofoil runs aground in Greece
SES Europe releases details of air supported vessel demonstrator
Technical group issues critical report on SES fire
Second Crowther catamaran ordered for service in Thailand
Jetfoil incident injures 22 passengers in Hong Kong
UK MAIB details a close encounter
Hong Kong traffic risk study commissioned
SpeedFerries due to announce English Channel plans this month
Two new Italian operators appear in the Adriatic
Waverider monohull to be withdrawn from service
Features:
Thames Clippers expands route network
Rodriquez delivers three monohulls in three months
Hydrofoils remain fast ferries of choice in Sicily
Ustica Lines adds four more vessels to fleet
Brødrene Aa delivers carbon fibre sandwich ferry
Second Oma 26m vehicle ferry enters service in Norway
30 years ago - Condor carries 1 millionth passenger
JUNE 2003
News:
Incat Tasmania to start building 112m wavepiercer
Stena Line to take over P&O Irish Sea routes
Interisland Line to resume fast ferry service
SNAV introduces new Adriatic routes
US Army issues requirements for Theater Support Vessel design
BC Ferries releases PacifiCat sales costs
Sea Containers reports lower traffic but higher yields on Channel routes
Operator selected for Channel island routes
More Metró del Mare routes introduced in Bay of Naples
Passengers evacuated from crippled catamaran in Greece
Incat 86m wavepiercer rescues yacht crew
Spanish route confirmed for Incat Evoulution 10B
Art Anderson awarded Kitsap Transit contract
Caterpillar increases 3516B diesel ratings
Navatek launches HYSWAC demonstration vessel
New marine consultancy established in UK
No monohull lease for US Army¹s TACOM
Large patrol boat order for Austal Ships
Ayres Composite Panels doubles factory space
Features:
Image Marine builds catamarans for Norwegian operator
North West Bay Ships delivers 39m catamaran to Red Funnel
Japanese yard delivers latest monohull
United Kingdom MAIB issues wash wave accident report
30 years ago - Hoverlloyd records first profit
MAY 2003
News:
New Lower Manhattan routes to be introduced
US Navy awards Composite High Speed Vessel contract
Temporary reprieve for WSF fast ferry routes
Interisland Line returns to seasonal fast ferry service
Start of SpeedFerries service delayed
FSL completes winter refit programmes
City of Vallejo confirms order for new AMD 360 catamaran
French authority buys catamarans for Channel Islands routes
HSD considering two new vessels for Bergen-Stavanger route
Eight Crowther Design catamarans under construction at six yards
Mixed fortunes for planned routes in United States
Alilauro catamaran badly damaged in fire
Management of two vessels awarded to HMS
MTU Friedrichshafen reports growth in a declining market
Sale of Corus aluminium businesses collapses
United States Army awards two high speed monohull contracts
BridgeMaster E radars approved for AIS use
IMTA-Interferry launches student sponsorship
Features:
Larger catamaran enters service with Hy-Line Cruises
Incat Evolution 10B wavepiercer delivered to Trasmediterránea
Austal releases details of new ferry and military designs
New Wave Catamarans delivers first fast ferries
HKKF introduces Crowther/Cheoy Lee 28m catamarans
Post Soviet shipbuilding - Links of the broken chain
Balearia opens two new routes in Mediterrean
30 years ago - All change on the River Thames
APRIL 2003
News:
Vehicle ferries ordered by operators in Tahiti and Spain
CFI PacifiCat catamarans sold at auction for only $13 million
Blount-Barker goes into receivership
Hydrocruiser appoints management company
Trasmediterránea orders Incat Evolution 10B wavepiercer
Waterjets ordered for US Navy's X-Craft
Sea Containers puts Isle of Man Steam Packet Company up for sale
Air Ride SES enters service in Florida
British Maritime Technology acquires Nigel Gee & Associates
BornholmsTrafikken issues car ferry tender
Alstom Leroux Navale to close St. Malo yard
Liferaft Systems Australia responds to vertical chute safety bulletin
UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency awards stability research contracts
Operators agree to pool resources on Macau route
US Navy 96m wavepiercer operating in northern Kuwait
SNAV switches to semi-synthetic oil
Fast ferry master fined after English Channel collision
Tranz Rail withdraws year round service
Mols-Linien returns to profitability
Features:
Navatek Waverider enters service in California
Allen Marine delivers first single deck 78ft catamaran
FBM Babcock Marine reveals details of swath project
Marine Accident Investigation Branch issues collision report
Air lifted catamaran or air cavity ship - Which is better?
Water depth and the performance of high speed craft
30 years ago - The first Conference and Exhibition
MARCH 2003
News:
Incat companies discharged from receivership
Waterjets ordered for Mitsui Techno-Superliner SES
Austal expects to record full year loss
Mols-Linien transfers Incat 91m wavepiercer to English Channel
Calais and Dover release cross-Channel figures
Kitsap Transit publishes draft fast ferry plan
English Court of Appeal upholds patent verdicts
German operator details catamaran experience
Stena Line to introduce shorter Ireland-Scotland route in 2005
Nichols Brothers to build X-Craft catamaran for US Navy
Buquebus España reports on Intersleek experience
Derecktor Shipyards starts building second NGA 73m catamaran
Brodrene Aa restarts fast ferry production
UK MAIB issues MES vertical chute safety bulletin
Ustica Lines adds four more vessels to fleet
Techman releases results of DAT testcraft trials
Baleária buys Rodriquez TMV 114 Aquastrada for new route
Second SuperSeaCat transferred to Baltic
Austal Ships issues progress report on Auto Express 86 catamaran
P&O Resorts orders WaveMaster monohull
Hydrofoil assisted monohull enters service
UK MAIB presses for ban on fuel line compression fittings on diesels
Austal Ships calls for reduction in number of MES deployment drills
Features:
Damen Shipyards Singapore delivers first DFF 4912 catamaran
Marinteknik Shipbuilders starts building 63m catamarans
Penguin Boat International expands shipbuilding facilities
Six WaveMaster 38m monohulls enter service in Singapore
SBF Shipbuilders delivers 30m monohull to Indonesia
NY Waterway modifies two catamarans
River freighter project launched in Europe
30 years ago - North America dominates the news
JANUARY /
FEBRUARY 2003
News:
PacifiCat catamarans to be sold at unreserved auction
Navigazione Libera del Golfo orders Rodriquez TMV 50 monohull
New York Fast Ferry applies for financial protection
MARAD funding for FastShip stumbles
LSA equipment receives USCG Type Approval
Wang Tak building three catamarans for New World First Ferry
City of Vallejo to order third AMD catamaran
San Francisco's WTA submits ferry plan
United States design house releases catamaran details
First RNoN SES fire report published
New managing director appointed at Stena Line
Seasonal service planned for Lake Michigan
ZF Marine restructured into new market segments
Trasmediterránea opens second Algeciras route
English Court rules on Customs & Excise appeal
Successful year for Steam Packet Company
Sleipner verdict to go to Court of Appeal
Features:
2002 Deliveries and orders
First Fast Cat Boatworks SES enters service in Florida
Gulf Craft building third fast ferry for Key West route
Selection process underway for yard to build X-Craft
WSF announces end of fast ferry services on Puget Sound
30 years ago - First Jetfoil laid down in US
DECEMBER 2002
News:
Vehicle ferry order placed as Austal issues profit warning
Incat Tasmania receiver issues latest update
US Department of Defense awards high speed concept study contracts
P&O Irish Sea to introduce Larne-Troon route
Increased traffic on Sea Containers¹ English Channel and Adriatic routes
Japanese shipbuilding companies restructured
Alameda Oakland Ferry agreement reached
Norwegian Court acquits Sleipner captain and HSD
Royal Norwegian Navy SES minesweeper destroyed in fire
Norwegian catamarans involved in two incidents
Amtico launches new Marine range of floor coverings
Rolls-Royce updates progress on MT 30 gas turbine programme
Features:
Sabre builds 22m catamaran for service in Iran
Crewboat operator introduces WaveMaster 34m monohull
Traffic continues to increase on cross-Solent routes
New hovercraft developed for Solent and overseas service
Solent AP.1-88 hovercraft returns to service in Alaska
Incat Tasmania Evolution 10B enters service with US Army
Bottom damage on high speed craft
Ride control, safety and hull forms discussed in London
30 years ago - First Thames service stops
NOVEMBER 2002
News:
US Navy leases Incat Evolution 10B wavepiercer
Rodriquez launches first TMV 84 Aquastrada for Balearia
Passengers injured in Macau Jetfoil accident
VTS completes takeover of Halter Marine
Hulls to be replaced on Golden Gate Ferry catamaran
The Interisland Line bids to have speed limit raised
FSF establishes operation in Chile
Fox Navigation withdraws from Manhattan commuter route
P&O ferry divisions merged into one company
Riga Sea Line reports on first summer season
Kværner Fjellstrand Flying Cat 40m acquired for Nanaimo route
TRIS declared bankrupt by Italian Court
Caterpillar releases C12 diesel ratings
Sciomachen designing fifth monohull for Sicily
UK government responds to Hoverspeed¹s legal challenge
Corus to sell aluminium businesses to Pechiney
Gulf Craft building Crowther catamaran in United States
LSA Australia breaks into the United States market
Features:
Austal upbeat about future of fast ferries
Australian yards launch Crowther Design 29m catamarans
Competition intensifies on New Jersey-Manhattan routes
Manned model of trimaran ferry on trials in New Zealand
Hamilton launches HJ 403 waterjet design
Marinteknik 38m catamarans delivered to Hong Kong
SuperCat Fast Ferry Corporation takes over Philippines routes
EU operators faced with conflicting dates for VDR installations
30 years ago - Hydrofoil exports make the news
OCTOBER 2002
News:
US Army leases Incat Evolution 10B wavepiercer
New York's Circle Line orders Austal USA 43.5m catamaran
MTU releases sales figures for fast ferry units
Lloyd's Register to produce Trimaran Rules
Clydefast postpones service introduction until 2003
Mjellem & Karlsen Verft declared bankrupt
Vallejo catamaran to be ordered in December
Japanese gas turbine programme nears completion
SNCM reports successful summer on new route
Second operator introduces services in US Virgin Islands
Danish operator endorses catamaran construction
Mols-Linien may introduce routes outside Denmark
Hoverspeed wavepiercers to remain on Dover routes
Sperry Marine introduces flat screen ARPA radar
Founding director leaves Austal Group
PricewaterhouseCoopers upbeat about Incat's future
Belfast-Heysham route closes six weeks early
High Speed exhibition reduced to two days
Hovercraft Society to host conference in 2003
Features:
New World First Ferry adds Austal 47.5m catamarans to fleet
Swath International delivers Super 4000 Cloud X
Rolls-Royce and Izar launch European freighter project
Voskhod-2M hydrofoils enter service in the Netherlands
Catamarans return to service in Russia
Hiper '02 conference focuses on high speed vessel research
30 years ago - Boeing enters the ferry market
SEPTEMBER 2002
News:
Austal Auto Express 86 ordered for US-Canada route
TSL 140m vessel to enter service in Japan in 2005
GE turbines pass 600,000 hours in fast ferries
Austal Group reports improved year end figures
Condor Ferries¹ parent company acquired in management buyout
Alaska Diesel Electric becomes Northern Lights
European Commission casts doubt on SNCM rescue plan
Trasmediterránea sold to Spanish consortium
Sea Containers completes take over of Silja Line
Crowther catamarans ordered for US and Australian whalewatching
Monohull evacuated off French Atlantic coast
HK Marine Department reports on Jetfoil accident
Traffic growth returns to English Channel
Hoverspeed continues battle with HM Customs & Excise
Incat K50 leased for service in Caribbean
Naviera Universal Espanola loses license
Broking market buoyant in first half of 2002
Features:
Oma passenger/vehicle ferry delivered to Stavanger operators
Croatian operators expand catamaran services
Put-In-Bay Boat Line introduces third catamaran
Derecktor NGA 16m catamarans enter service in New York
NY Waterway returns to old routes
Incat Tasmania 96m wavepiercer takes part in Exercise MC 02
San Francisco Water Transit Authority publishes draft plan
Pitfalls for the unwary - Aspects of ordering new fast ferries
30 years ago - Problems with Soviet hydrofoils
JULY /
AUGUST 2002
News:
Jordanian operator orders Rodriquez TMV 84 monohull
Clydefast to start service with larger catamarans
Work starts on first 73m catamaran for Alaska
Greek catamaran may be written off
Proposed merger between OVDS and TFDS called off
BC Ferries accounts impacted by PacifiCats
Tranz Rail considering new Cook Strait route
US military issues tenders for two more catamarans
New route network to be introduced in Pearl River Delta
Sea Containers increases shareholding in Silja Line
Nanaimo-Vancouver route planned for late 2002
LA.ME surface drives ordered for four more 28m catamarans
Two Greek operators indicted for safety lapses
Hoverspeed wins High Court action against HM Customs and Excise
DNV withdraws approval for thermal lifejacket
Incat receiver remains confident about future prospects
New design company established in Hobart
Singapore Technologies buys Halter Marine
US company designing 38m catamaran
Dover-Ostend route becomes seasonal
Hub and spoke network recommended for Alaska
Features:
IDO approaching 100 million passengers in Istanbul
Conferry takes delivery of second Austal Auto Express 86
Austal USA launches first fast ferry
Linda Line introduces Almaz Marine Superfast-40
Lindstøl Skips delivers third catamaran to Norwegian operator
First Fjellstrand FlyingCat 45 enters service in Germany
30 years ago - A busy summer
JUNE 2002
News:
Austal USA sells first fast ferry in United States
Bollinger Shipyards to take over Halter Marine
Red Funnel orders 39m catamaran from North West Bay Ships
WSF issues tender request for catamaran
Iris catamarans enter service at Expo 02 in Switzerland
Sea Containers confirms options for two more SeaStreak catamarans
Tenth anniversary of Belfast fast ferry routes commemorated
Korean operator buys Incat 74m wavepiercer
US military looking for charter of third High Speed Vessel
Operators introduce car ferry routes from Almeria
Fjellstrand 38.8m vessel enters service in Greece
HFD expands route network to include Crete
Simrad and HSD develop voice warning navigation system
French Canadian company releases details of trimaran range
Features:
Fjellstrand delivers FlyingCat 40 catamarans to Kystekspressen
Catamarans and monohulls replace hydrofoils in Naples
Navigazione Lago di Como introduces first catamarans
Allen Marine Jet Otter monohull fleet enters service in New York
English Court reaches decision in patent infringement case
Last Westamaran 86 withdrawn from regular service in Norway
30 years ago - Rodriquez hydrofoils arrive in UK
MAY 2002
News:
OVDS orders two Austal 41.5m catamarans
A change of climate for Incat Tasmania 96m wavepiercer
LSA secures first naval MES order
Two Incat wavepiercers leave Hobart on delivery to operators
WSF and residents agree on settlement of wake wash litigation
Harbor Express assets purchased by MBTA
Record passenger revenue and new routes for New York Fast Ferry
Clydefast due to start operating next month
TechMan reports on initial trials of foil assisted trimaran testcraft
Lower fuel costs boost TurboJet¹s results
Five vessels to be repowered by Catalina Express
Sea Containers launches bids for Silja Line and Trasmediterránea
Second extension for Norwegian MES deadline
Three Jetfoils re-enter service in Japan
Ustica Lines introduces catamarans in Adriatic and Canary Islands
OCEA rebrands fast ferry range
P&O and Stena plan major changes on English Channel and North Sea
Sperry Marine opens navigation training centre in United Kingdom
Incat 91m wavepiercer may appear in Baltic
Strintzis Lines sells Westamaran 4200S
Condor sells last passenger-only ferry
Features:
Austal Auto Express 56 catamaran arrives in Middle East
RDM delivers Crowther 24m catamaran to local operator
Oma Baatbyggeri and Båtservice launch 28m catamarans
The end of the line on the Øresund
Shipyards in the post Soviet era
Eighteen year old catamaran enters service in New York
30 years ago - A glimpse of the future
APRIL 2002
News:
Bank calls in receiver at three Incat Group companies
Commercial vehicle ferries continue to attract US military interest
Norway extends safety equipment deadline
Damen to build seven catamarans for Soflusa
Commodore Group puts Condor on the market
Rolls-Royce launches Marine Trent gas turbine
Sea Containers and SNAV buy Auto Express 82 from Scandlines
United States operators review evacuation and security
Maritime & Coastguard Agency publishes fast ferry wash report
HSV-X1 Joint Venture heads for the Persian Gulf
Features:
Incat Evolution 10B wavepiercer launched for Bay Ferries
NQEA River Runner catamaran enters service on River Thames
Ustica Line introduces third Rodriquez Foilmaster hydrofoil
Fourth Sciomachen monohull built for Eolian Island excursions
AAM delivers foil assisted catamaran to Californian operator
Incat Designs/Gladding-Hearn 25m arrives in Bermuda
Incat Designs catamaran re-enters service in San Francisco
Crowded conference year opens in Sydney
30 years ago - A lull in proceedings
MARCH 2002
News:
Incat Evolution 10B to enter service with Bay Ferries
US Navy charters Austal Auto Express 101 for three more years
SBF Shipbuilders signs contracts for six monohulls with Greek operators
Vehicle ferries ordered for Alaskan routes
Fifty-two passengers injured in Jetfoil accident
Trasmediterránea to operate new fast ferry link
Liferaft Systems Australia expands range and markets
Isle of Man government extends ferry agreement
Japanese yards finalize merger plans
Fjellstrand centralizes marketing in Norway
Austal announces fall in half year profits
Court trial of Sleipner captain and HSD set for late August
MAN B&W 18VP185 diesels ordered for Rodriquez Aquastrada and SES
John Crane-Lips marine business sold to Wärtsilä
Litton Marine becomes Sperry Marine
Orders placed for Oma 26m propulsion system
MTU and GE extend marine turbine agreement
French ports release 2001 cross-Channel traffic figures
New operator sought for Boston¹s Harbor Express service
LA.ME interceptors fitted on second HSS 1500
Features:
Cheoy Lee delivers monohulls to Philippines and Singapore
First vessels delivered by Austal USA
Sabre completes 22m catamarans for Caribbean operators
Image Marine launches two River Cat 37m catamarans
Hong Kong Marine Department issues two collision reports
Eight fast ferries booked in at Fleet Support
30 years ago - The first hovercraft fatalities
JANUARY /
FEBRUARY 2002
News:
Alaska opts for Derecktor NGA vehicle ferry design
NY Waterway orders five more Allen Marine vessels
OVDS and TFDS to merge operations in North Norway
Latest PacifiCat report suggests fleet could still be sold
Marinteknik Shipbuilders confirms two large orders
Fjellstrand Flying Cat 40m delivered to Albania
Hoverspeed wavepiercer and cargo ferry collide in English Channel
TT-Line remains downbeat about fast ferry service
Features:
2001 Deliveries and orders
New New York operator orders fleet of water taxis
Knight & Carver builds first fast ferry for Alaskan operator
Details released of European research programmes
Real time ferry passenger information system launched
30 years ago - An optimistic start to the New Year
DECEMBER 2001
News:
Australian research suggests different type of seasickness
Sea Containers predicts a better year in 2002
CFI PacifiCats return to service with BC Ferries
Bureau Veritas approves MDI autopilot system
SuperSeaCat monohulls withdrawn from Dover-Calais route
MTU to package and distribute US gas turbines
Chilkat Cruises moves south to extend season
Stena Line announces operational changes on Irish Sea routes
Alstom releases financial details of Greek contract
New US operator plans to introduce FBM TriCat 45m catamaran
Online accident reporting system launched
Austal details 2002 deliveries to Venezuela and Hong Kong
Oma 28m propulsion package confirmed
Wärtsilä negotiating to buy John-Crane Lips
NQEA Australia River Runners due to enter service in United Kingdom
New Class notation for Fincantieri MDV 3000
NZ operator orders third foil assisted catamaran
RNoN orders Checkmate Avon skirts for SES fleet
Rodriquez building TMV 84 Aquastrada monohull
Further consolidation of European ferry operators anticipated
Wreck of Sleipner still awaiting disposal
Formation Design Systems releases Maxsurf 9.0 software upgrade
Record positioning trip by Incat 91m wavepiercer
Scandlines captain fined by Gibraltar court
Large off peak traffic increases for Hoverspeed
Features:
Latest Incat Designs vessel delivered to San Francisco
Fifth German operator introduces Helgoland service
First foil assisted catamaran exported from New Zealand
Refurbished AP.1-88 hovercraft enters service with Hovertravel
RK280 diesel launched by MAN B&W
WSF imposes speed restriction on Seattle-Bremerton route
30 years ago - Naval hydrofoil designs unveiled
NOVEMBER 2001
News:
Catamarans ordered for new Hong Kong-Macau route
Norwegian operator orders 32m catamaran
Scandlines sells two more catamarans to SNAV
Oma Baatbygeri and Båtservice jointly building three catamarans
Captain and HSD indicted for Sleipner accident
Wave statistics website launched by BMT
Busy year for International Broking Services
Bintan Resort Ferries orders Damen DFF 3810
New Channel Islands service planned for 2002
Hoverspeed reports improved vehicle traffic
Features:
WaveMaster International delivers first 38m monohull
Stena HSS 900 to operate on IF 30 heavy fuel
New York operators respond to changed circumstances
NY Waterway builds up Allen Marine fast ferry fleet
First fast ferry visits Cherbourg¹s new maintenance facility
University of Southampton hosts Fast 2001 conference
30 years ago - Some familiar designs and routes
OCTOBER 2001
News:
Fast ferry fleets used in Manhattan evacuation
Incat 96m wavepiercer delivered to US Marines
Austal confirms Conferry order for second Auto Express 86
Qinetiq and VT to jointly market trimaran designs
Second OBI Fincantieri MDV 1200 monohull auctioned in Greece
First Iris catamarans arrive in Switzerland
P&O plans changes on Western Channel routes
United States Marines extend Austal Auto Express 101 charter
Sea Containers anticipating increase in ferry traffic
River Cat 37m details released by Austal
Griffon 8000TD hovercaft ordered for aircraft crash rescue duties
Stena Line adds satellite communications
Polish operator expands international route network
Draupner operating certificate suspended for second time
Sea Containers plans expansion in Greece
Book review - Whatever happened to the hovercraft?
Features:
Forty years on
Hydrofoils in the post Soviet era
North West Bay Ships delivers 33m catamaran
NEL Lines introduces two more Corsaire monohulls in Greece
Fast ferries challenge established Piraeus operators
30 years ago - Looking backwards and forwards
SEPTEMBER 2001
News:
BC government launches inquiry into PacifiCat project
Four serious accidents in only three weeks
BornholmsTrafikken carries 1 million passengers on Auto Express 86
Clipper Navigation goes online
Austal USA releases preliminary specification for 25m catamaran
New study of Chesapeake Bay ferry routes funded
Transtejo orders two Austal 37m River Cats
Fourth MV-PP10 ordered by Oita Hoverferry
Foot and mouth epidemic impacts Sea Containers half year results
Traffic increases on TT-Line¹s fast ferry service
MFD becomes Hellas Flying Dolphins
State Transit Authority reverses decision to withdraw fast ferries
Incat Tasmania commissions new drydock at Hobart yard
European Union funds surface effect ship research programme
Kvichak Marine delivers catamaran to Nevada operator
Austal Ships releases details of new orders and year end results
Features:
Hydrocruiser 27m catamarans ordered by leasing company
Incat Designs/Nichols 43m catamaran arrives in San Francisco
FBM Babcock Marine yards deliver two TriCat catamarans
Merger creates single source for aluminium products
Recent applications of hydrofoil supported catamarans
30 years ago - Soviet hydrofoils dominate the news
JULY /
AUGUST 2001
News:
Austal Auto Express 101 chartered by US Marines
Stena Group aiming for ferry division profit in 2003
MTU introduces new corporate identity
New World First Ferry takes over Hong Kong airport route
Operator selected for Lake Ontario service
Tallink buys Austal Auto Express 82 catamaran from Polferries
Woods Hole evaluates vehicle ferry designs
Fred. Olsen Express withdraws Freeport-Miami service
Hoverspeed advertising claims attract criticism
Engine upgrade programme begins on US Navy's hovercraft fleet
Scandinavian services fail to materialize
CFI PacifiCats withdrawn from service by BC Ferries
SG Brown launches voyage data recorder
Incat Tasmania releases details of 112m wavepiercing catamaran
Kystekspressen orders two FlyingCat 40s
Corsaire 13000 monohull returns to service
SSPA co-ordinating European fast ferry ports programme
Features:
Rodriquez delivers TMV 115 Aquastrada to Spanish operator
Nigel Gee & Associates celebrates 15th anniversary
Incat Designs 45.5m vessels ordered for Middle East service
Gladding-Hearn delivers Incat Designs 29m catamaran
All American Marine builds first fast ferry for Alaskan operator
Changing times for Tranz Rail's Cook Strait services
United States Army charters Incat 96m wavepiercer
30 years ago - Some familiar names
JUNE 2001
News:

Australian yards make just under 400 workers redundant
Nichols Brothers rebuilding 31m catamaran
Loss of duty free sales and higher fuel costs hit Sea Containers results
Advanced Multi-Hull Designs in administration
Alilauro introduces long distance route in Italy
P&O Ferries chairman reflects on fast ferries, fuel costs and duty free
MAN B&W re-organizes UK engine facilities
North West Bay Ships releases details of 35m trimaran design
Draupner returns to service in Norway
Frequency analysis used to detect damaged gear
Fast ferries withdrawn by State Transit Authority
Fast ferry simulator developed for North Norway operator
Rolls-Royce updates P2500 monohull design
Washington State Ferries introduces large fast ferry fare increases
Norwegian Police recommend criminal charges in Sleipner case
Alaska to call for new fast ferry proposals
JumboCat transferred to Mediterranean
Incat 86m wavepiercer decommissioned by RAN
Rodriquez adds catamarans to its range of fast ferries
BMT acquires The Salvage Association
NKK and Hitachi Zosen plan to merge yards
UK MCA issues latest Stockholm compliant list of ferries
Six more years for P&O Stena Line
Features:

Operators struggle to keep pace with growth in Irish economy
Specialized weather forecasts improve service reliability
Nichols Brothers delivers 44m catamaran to Catalina Express
Guidelines issued for fast ferry operations in United States
HIPER '01 High Performance Marine Vehicles Conference
30 years ago - Operators report mixed results
MAY 2001
News:
New Rodriquez yard to build ten catamarans in Brazil
Fox Navigation introduces commuter route
Izar releases details of new Alhambra monohull designs
New World First Ferry orders another Damen DFF 4010 catamaran
Mjellem & Karlsen monohull leased to Pelni
Ventouris Ferries publishes Adriatic wavepiercer timetable
SNAV introduces cross-Adriatic route network
TMV 115 Aquastrada launched by Rodriquez
Scandinavian companies reveal plans for car ferry and hovercraft services
Norwegian authorities recertify 42m catamaran Draupner
Austal Auto Express 82 returns to service
L R Colquhoun, DFC, GM, DFM March 15 1921 ­ April 27 2001
Features:
North West Bay Ships launches 55m trimaran
RDM delivers third catamaran for Macquarie Harbour cruises
Incat Tasmania sees improved market prospects
Liferaft Systems Australia retrofitting conventional ferries
Incat wavepiercers complete fourth season on Bass Strait
Rolls-Royce outlines future large waterjet developments
SeaStreak introduces first Incat Designs 43m vessel
Fjellstrand Flying Cat 52 enters service with Virtu Ferries
CNB delivers second fast ferry to Guadeloupe
30 years ago - More operational statistics required
APRIL 2001
News:
Ventouris Ferries leases two Incat 78m wavepiercers
Incat 96m wavepiercer transferred to Caribbean
Sea Containers hedges against future fuel rises
Difficult times for fledgling services in United States
Two US built monohulls involved in collisions
Tranz Rail optimistic about speed limit increase
Altair introduces new gas turbine filtration system
Features:
Austal Ships delivers first Auto Express 101 catamaran
WaveMaster software reduces production times
Fremantle yards await upturn in ferry orders
Fast ferry growth spawns development of support companies
NQEA builds first River Runner 150 Mk III catamarans
FBMA Babcock Marine delivers 25m catamaran to Korea
17th Fast Ferry conference
30 years ago - Hovercraft costs still cause concern
MARCH 2001
News:
Euroferrys orders first Austal Auto Express 101 catamaran
Foil assisted catamaran ordered by Linda Line
LA.ME interceptors retrofitted on Stena HSS 1500
Greek operator orders Fjellstrand Flying Cat 40m
WaveMaster completes refit of 44m catamaran
SES and catamaran destroyed in Asia
Sea Containers SuperSeaCats enter service on English Channel
Three vehicles fall overboard from HSS 1500
Features:
Five Marinteknik catamarans delivered in five months
Damen Shipyards diversifies production in Singapore
Penguin Boat International increases regional business
Penguin Ferry Services becomes Singapore's largest operator
Eight operators compete for Singapore-Indonesia traffic
IHI details operational experience of SSTH-70
Update on wash
30 years ago - Environmental legislation appears
JANUARY /
FEBRUARY 2001
Check here to order


News:
Austal USA secures first orders
AMD 183 wavepiercer delivered to PRC company
Trials programme of 55m trimaran due to start next month in Tasmania
Color Line signs new lease on Bazán Alhambra monohull
MonoMaran testcraft due to start trials in United States
Tranz Rail explains late wavepiercer switch
Irish Sea debut for Incat 81m wavepiercer
Saudi Arabian Border Guard orders five Griffon 8000TD(M) hovercraft
Features:
2000 Deliveries and orders
Lindstøl launches catamaran for Namsos Trafikkselskap
FBMA Babcock delivers 28m catamarans in Philippines
French operator introduces OCEA 30m monohull
First two Zubr hovercraft shipped to Greek Navy
30 years ago - Lows and highs
DECEMBER 2000
News:
Merger clears way for fast ferry production to restart in Spain
Bollinger signs up to build Incat designs in USA
Singaporean customer revealed by WaveMaster
IMO makes installation of voyage data recorders mandatory
FBM TriCat 53m catamaran ordered for European service
Litton Marine and Tokimec form strategic alliance
MAN B&W updates RK280 diesel progress
Stena Line extends charter on Incat 81m wavepiercer
FastShip service to be marketed by CP Ships
AG Ems acquires Oceanfast 45m catamaran
First production Eurodyn gas turbines being prepared for delivery
Vosper-Thornycroft plans to build wavepiercers
Broadgate VER3000 VDR type approved by IEC
Canepa & Campi responds to criticism of Sleipner lifejackets
Transmediterránea buys Buquebus wavepiercer
Features:
Damen Shipyards Singapore delivers first fast ferry
Hoverspeed responds to new market conditions
Hovercraft pass into cross-Channel history
SR.N4 Mark 3s return to the Solent
Checkmate Avon continues to supply the market
Austal Ships building two Auto Express 101 catamarans
Second Fjellstrand JumboCat built for Emeraude Lines
A new catamaran design from New Jersey
30 years ago - An update from the English Channel
NOVEMBER 2000
News:
JP Morgan buys Red Funnel Group for £71 million
A&P extends aluminium refit capability
Buquebus closes down second Spanish route
Sea Containers closes down two routes in UK and Scandinavia
Loss of subsidy looms for Australian builders
European vehicle ferries head for dry docks
New instrument measures mobile phone interference
Incat Tasmania targets the defence market
Evacuation model commissioned in Canada
Marinteknik Shipbuilders 41m catamarans may be repowered
Caterpillar updates 3618 reliability figures
Caterpillar launches uprated 3500 diesels and class approved gensets
Sleipner wreckage to be broken up in New Year
University of Southampton receives wash funding
Features:
New Aquastrada and R&D contracts for Rodriquez
Iris Catamarans launches two new ferry designs
Wake wash and motion control discussed at conference
Navigational error cited as cause of Sleipner accident
30 years ago - A warning from the past
OCTOBER 2000
News:
Third cross-Øresund fast ferry service closes down
PacifiCats attract 14 expressions of interest
Tranz Rail upgrades tonnage in New Zealand as Top Cat closes down
Korean operator orders FBMA TriCat 52 catarmaran
Stena Line introduces ro-pax ship on Hook of Holland-Harwich route
Brittany Ferries teams up with Condor on Poole-Cherbourg route
Sea Containers reports on Adriatic and Baltic routes
Features:
Incat launches first Evolution 10b wavepiercer
The new Code of Safety for High-Speed Craft (2000)
MTU releases details of 20V 8000 diesel
Boston Harbor Cruises introduces fourth fast ferry
Lindstøl Skip delivers fast vehicle ferry
30 years ago - The news from France
SEPTEMBER 2000
News:
Final section of Sleipner wreckage recovered from seabed
Four more catarmarans for Hong Kong operator
Third Californian operator orders Incat Designs/Nichols catarmaran
Foil assisted catamaran leased for Nice service
Mixed fortunes for new Dutch operators
Hydrofoil accidents in Greece and Russia
Austal Auto Express 86 completes first year on Venezuelan route
Fuel costs depress Sea Containers figures
Sea Containers puts SR.N4s on market
Penalties on Greek contract depress Austal's annual figures
Incat Designs outlines new United States vessels
Incat 96m wavepiercer collides with motoryacht
Three more companies introduce voyage data recorders
Trials of new hull form underway in United Kingdom
Austal USA completes management team
Features:
Fast ferry operators respond to Øresund fixed link
More fast ferries appear on New York routes
Further delays for Buquebus Florida service
Griffon delivers first 8000TD hovercraft
BC Ferries releases PacifiCat wash report
Statisitical analysis of the characterisitcs of catamarans
30 years ago - A plea for honest facts
JULY /
AUGUST 2000
News:
Hoverspeed SR.N4 hovercraft to be withdrawn from service
Limited utilization for PacifiCats this summer
Nichols Brothers building catamarans for two Californian operators
Recertified Draupner ready to return to service
Incat Tasmania completes refit on 74m wavepiercer
Six WaveMaster 36m monohulls ordered for Asian route
Stena Line acquisition of Scandlines approved
Harley Shipbuilding forms alliance with Florida yard
MTU unveils 20V 8000 9MW diesel engine
Hovercraft and catamaran services due to be introduced in Cuba
NY Fast Ferry orders first of four boats for new route
General Electric buys stake in Rodriquez
First order for Damen Shipyards Singapore
UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency tackles ferry wash
Features:
Austal Auto Express 92 catamaran arrives in Greece
Retractable T-foil fitted on Incat Evolution 10 wavepiercer
Incat Evolution 10s compete on Barcelona-Palma route
First Fjellstrand FlyingCat 30 catamaran delivered
Båtservice vessels ordered for Greek and Iranian services
On-line motion measurement and prediction for HSCs
Legal proceedings commenced against Stena Line BV
30 years ago - Full production lines at BHC
JUNE 2000
News:
Marine Atlantic leases Incat 91m wavepiercing catamaran
MAN B&W Diesel AG completes acquisition of Alstom Engines
Morye releases details of 30m foil assisted catamaran design
Associated British Ports puts Red Funnel Group up for sale
Incat makes case for 120m wavepiercer fleet on Irish Sea
Lips and Wärtsilä sign propulsion systems cooperation agreement
Stena Line withdraws Irish Sea route for winter
Rodriquez building TMV 115 Aquastrada
Consultants appointed for sale of CFI PacifiCats
Second contract awarded for salvage of Sleipner
Ustica Lines introduces Rodriquez RHS 160Fs
KF Flying Cat transferred to Mediterranean
New designs unveiled by FBM Babcock Marine
Port of Cherbourg to install Synchrolift
FastShip signs up another project partner
New designs from Zelenodolsk Bureau
Rolls-Royce unveils new marine structure
Sea Containers launches web site for ship sales
Auto Express 82 returns to service in Poland
Fast ferries boost capacity in TT motorcycle week
Features:
WaveMaster 50m monohull for German service
Derecktor Shipyards delivers NGA 41 catamaran
Fourth Incat Evolution 10 wavepiercer arrives in Spain
30 years ago - Warships and car ferries
MAY 2000
News:
Sea Containers introduces Adriatic route and voices interest in Greece
Golden Gate orders second catamaran
CFI launches third and final PacifiCat for BC Ferries
Gas turbines ordered for Corsaire 14000 monohull
Caterpillar buys UK engine company
FastShip signs two more agreements for trans-Atlantic project
Fast ferry speeds increased on WSF route
Good passenger response to new Irish Sea routes
Loss of duty free sales quantified by Sea Containers
Second attempt to raise the wreck of Sleipner
Catamaran and fishing boat collide off Macau
Last vessel delivered by Peqout River Shipworks
Features:
A transport revolution in the Canary Islands
Rodriquez TMV 114 Aquastrada enters service
Competition intensifies on Helsinki-Tallin route
Austal completes first Auto Express 72
Crowther designs delivered by US and Australian yards
Marinteknik vessels introduced in Caribbean and Europe
30 years ago - Special offers on the English Channel
APRIL 2000
News:
FBM Marine taken over by Babcock International
Final witnesses questioned by Sleipner marine commission
Speed restriction lifted on WSF's AMD 385 catamarans
Litton Marine and Vistar join forces on night vision equipment
Incat resumes testing programme of Wing testcraft
Weather and fuel costs depress SeaCo's figures
Operators opt for revenue management systems
Virtu Ferries orders Fjellstrand Flying Cat 52
Minoan Flying Dolphins buys stake in GA Ferries
Conventional tonnage changes on HSS routes
Clipper Navigation orders new reservation system
Austal unveils Auto Express 125 design
Two Vosper Thornycroft subsidiaries merge
Ride control company formed in Australia
'Classic Fast Ferries' published on the internet
Features:
Fast car ferries take the Algeciras-Ceuta market
NLG introduces sixth Marinteknik monohull
Fast ferry competition on New Zealand's Cook Strait
Ruston details RK270 experience and new model
Broadgate unveils new voyage data recorder
Measuring buoy developed to assess fast ferry wash
Safe and reliable navigation?
30 years ago - It's just history repeating itself
MARCH 2000
News:
Alaska Marine Highway System to introduce fast vehicle ferries
Kværner Fjellstrand sold to management consortium
P&O Ferries leases Incat 91m wavepiercer
MAN B&W Diesel to take over Alstom Engines
New hovercraft charter company established
SuperSeaCat Four to enter service on Helsinki-Talllin route
Salvage company abandons attempt to raise Sleipner hull
Third Incat Tasmania Evolution 10 wavepiercer delivered to Fred. Olsen
New managing director appointed at Austal
More FastShip propulsion options announced
New company unveils plans for service on River Clyde
Sea Containers withdraws from Stranraer-Belfast
Features:
Austal delivers first gas turbine powered vehicle ferry
European yards launch new designs at exhibition
Monohulls and safety dominate Nice conference
SBF Shipbuilders delivers 35m monohull
BC government scraps PacifiCat programme and closes CFI
30 years ago - A month of hover dreams
JANUARY /
FEBRUARY
2000
News:
Austal Ships to establish joint venture yard in United States
Sea Containers reduces capacity in Scandinavia
Sleipner captain gives evidence to Norwegian marine enquiry
Second HSD catamaran strikes rock off Norway
Rodriquez transfers fast ferry production
Incat Tasmania releases Evolution 10b details
FBM Aboitiz Marine building Crowther Multihulls catamarans
Golden Gate to order catamaran in March
PacifiCat sailings halved on Horseshoe Bay-Departure Bay route
Features:
Kværner Fjellstrand delivers fourth JumboCat 60m
Halter Marine installs foils on E-Cat catamaran
1999 Deliveries and orders
Early problems for latest Dutch services
Maritime and Coastguard Agency publishes wash report
Construction Navale Bordeaux delivers first catamarans
Italian company develops ride control interceptor
30 years ago - The passing of the swinging 60s
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