A double ceremony took place recently at Vosper Thornycroft (UK) Limited's Portchester Shipyard involving two high-speed ferries being built for Hong Kong owners. Mrs. Rosemary Lamont, wife of MP Norman Lamont, Minister of State for Industry, named the J u Kong and launched the Cheung Kong.
The largest Spanish flagged RoPax ferry, named Fortuny, has been delivered by IZAR's Puerto Real shipyard to the Spanish shipowner Trasmediterranea. The contract for the construction of this ferry was landed by Puerto Real yard, formerly part of Astilleros Espanoles group, on July 30, 1999.
Debate surrounding one of the worst Greek sea tragedies in decades will continue for years, likely resulting in changes to ferry design, outfitting and/or crew training. In the wake of the sinking of the Express Samina, which resulted in the death of 80 of its 525 passengers,
Initially developed to provide impact resistant plating for offshore structures and ice islands in the Beaufort Sea. Sandwich Plate System (SPS) technology has seen a steady evolution over the past 10 years, with a growing uptake in the commercial marine field as well as in civil engineering.
The Vickdock system of submersible drydock for small craft originally catered to vessels of up to 300 tons displacement. Due to worldwide inquiries, the range of models with lifting capacities of 20, 30, 50, 100, and 300 tons has now been increased to include units of 500 and 1,