Deck hand injured by anchor chain on Texas ferry

Deck hand injured by anchor chain on Texas ferry

(HOUSTON) — The U.S. Coast Guard medevaced a 56-year-old man from a ferry near Galveston, Texas, on Thursday. Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston command center watch standers received notification at 2:42 p.m. relayed by Vessel Traffic Services Houston/Galveston personnel that a crewmember aboard the John W. Johnson ferry had been struck in the face by the vessel's anchor chain after the…
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NTSB: Software flaw led to grounding of New York ferry

NTSB: Software flaw led to grounding of New York ferry

(WASHINGTON) — A software flaw combined with the captain’s failure to use backup controls led to the grounding of a passenger ferry last year in New York City, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said Tuesday. The high-speed passenger ferry Commodore, owned and operated by Seastreak, was transiting northbound on the East River on June 5, 2021, when the catamaran…
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New funding to boost ferry service in 35 states

New funding to boost ferry service in 35 states

(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHA) on Friday announced $172.2 million in fiscal year 2022 formula funding under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to 35 states and three territories to improve ferry service and provide more travel options. Under the Biden administration, funding for ferry service is at historic levels to support multimodal transportation services that…
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Historic ferry sinks at its berth on Columbia River

Historic ferry sinks at its berth on Columbia River

(ASTORIA, Ore.) — Tourist No. 2, a 98-year-old former passenger ferry, sank at its berth Thursday on the Columbia River in Astoria, Ore. The U.S. Coast Guard responded and has initiated an investigation into the cause of the sinking. Containment boom was deployed around the 98-foot vessel and Global Diving and Salvage was contracted to provide cleanup services. No one…
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Seattle ferry hits mooring dolphin, suffers significant damage

Seattle ferry hits mooring dolphin, suffers significant damage

(SEATTLE) — A ferry struck a mooring dolphin Thursday morning on approach to the Fauntleroy terminal, causing significant damage to the port side of the vessel, Westside Seattle reported. Minor injuries were reported, several cars were damaged in the incident and one car was pinned under the wreckage. According to a Washington State Ferries (WSF) worker on the scene, the…
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Passengers evacuated after fire aboard Canadian ferry

Passengers evacuated after fire aboard Canadian ferry

(WOOD ISLANDS, Prince Edward Island) — The ferry Holiday Island will likely remain moored for the rest of the season due to the fire that began in the ship's engine room Friday morning, CBC News reported. The ship was evacuated at about 1115 while en route to Wood Islands from Caribou, Nova Scotia. The crew launched the lifeboats and deployed…
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World’s first electric fast ferry ready for service

World’s first electric fast ferry ready for service

(STAVANGER, Norway) — Medstraum, the world’s first fully electric and zero-emission fast ferry, classed as a high-speed craft, embarked this week on the journey from Fjellstrand shipyard in Norway to its new home port, Stavanger. The vessel has been built using unique modular manufacturing methods at Fjellstrand. Modularization helps cut both production costs and engineering costs and will contribute to…
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New grants aim to modernize, electrify ferry service

New grants aim to modernize, electrify ferry service

(WASHINGTON) – The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is making available nearly $300 million through three competitive grant programs that boost access to rural ferry service, bolster existing urban service, and lower emissions by speeding adoption of zero-emission ferry technologies. "Ferry service can be as important to everyday life as a highway or railway for many people across the country, whether…
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Toronto to replace ferry fleet with fully electric vessels

Toronto to replace ferry fleet with fully electric vessels

(TORONTO) — A new city staff report, recommending a plan to replace Toronto’s current aging fleet of ferries with fully electric vessels, was considered by the General Government and Licensing Committee and adopted without amendment on Jan. 14. This shift to full electrification supports the city’s TransformTO Net Zero Strategy and commitment to accelerate climate action to achieve net-zero citywide…
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