Some of New York City's harried mass transit users will have something- to look forward to this month. The first of two new ferries, the Andrew J. Barberi, is scheduled to enter service between St. George, Staten Island, and the Battery, on the tip of Manhattan.
While catamaran and multi-hull vessel technology is increasingly being explored for its potential in highspeed military and logistical support applications. Rolls-Royce has unveiled a proposal for a fast naval sealift ship based on a monohull RoPax ferry design.
FBMA Babcock Marine has agreed with ferry operator Dae A Express Shipping Co. of Pohang, South Korea, for the construction of a 171 ft. (52 m) Tri- Cat fast passenger ferry. The award is subsequent to the successful acquisition by Babcock Engineering,
Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) expanded its RoRo tonnage references with the January delivery of the 2,300 lane-meter trailer carrier Celandine to Belgian operator Cobelfret, which was scheduled to be joined by sistership Victorine this past March.
In fostering a sleek new breed of RoPax ferry for Cretan operator Minoan Lines, Sestri Cantiere Navale has reached an important stage in its transition from a role as a versatile builder of mercantile vessels to a dedicated constructor of cruise ships.