World’s longest cable ferry to begin operations this fall; VT Halter lays keel for second LNG fueled Crowley ConRo

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World’s longest cable ferry to go in operation this fall
August 26, 2015—BC Ferries’ cable ferry, the 150-passenger, 50-vehicle Baynes Sound Connector, was expected to be towed from Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards in North Vancouver last night to arrive this morning at Buckley Bay on Vancouver Island. When it enters service this fall, it is expected to be the longest cable ferry in operation—about 1.9 km.

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VT Halter lays keel for second LNG fueled Crowley ConRo
The keel laying ceremony marked the next step in the construction the two Commitment Class ships, which will serve the U.S.-Puerto Rico trade lane.

USCG to crack down on illegal passenger boats
The U.S. Coast Guard and partner agencies are stepping up enforcement efforts against illegally operated passenger boats in the waters along Florida’s coast prior to and during the Labor Day weekend.

Ulstein launches giant Chouest/Island OCV
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NTSB reports on sinking of 34 year old tugboat
The NTSB determined that the probable cause of the flooding and eventual sinking of the Nalani was the captain’s decision to get under way without sufficient freeboard at the stern and without ensuring proper watertight integrity.

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