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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Seastreak newcomer pushing through dip in demand

Seastreak newcomer pushing through dip in demand

Two years ago, Seastreak LLC took delivery of Seastreak Commodore, a 600-passenger fast ferry, from Gulf Craft of Franklin, La. Designed by Australia-based Incat Crowther, the vessel is the largest of its kind in the United States and was built to meet the burgeoning demand for service in the New York-New Jersey market. Then COVID-19 arrived and passenger traffic took…
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COVID-19 brings uncertainty, fresh  challenges for American shipbuilders

COVID-19 brings uncertainty, fresh challenges for American shipbuilders

U.S. shipbuilders responded with characteristic resolve when the COVID-19 pandemic reached North American shores. Workers adapted to new safety protocols and managers overcame supply chain hiccups to keep projects moving forward. But many of these shipyards now face another challenge altogether: Finding new work to keep their yards humming. “We are getting through it, but we are not through it…
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COVID-19 threatens once-robust passenger vessel market

COVID-19 threatens once-robust passenger vessel market

The passenger boat market has been relatively strong over the past few years, driven largely by ferry operators on all three coasts replacing older vessels and adding to existing fleets. Meanwhile, the relatively robust economy stoked demand for new excursion and tourist vessels. The COVID-19 pandemic has, at least for now, paused demand for new passenger vessels. There is still…
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