Focus on Passenger Vessels – Baird Maritime

Our regular special coverage of the global passenger vessel industry continues to highlight recently delivered newbuilds representing the various sub-sectors within the industry. We review everything from ocean-going cruise ships and large vehicle ferries to and fast commuter boats entering service in Europe and the Asia-Pacific.

Ferries • Ro-Pax • Marine Tourism • Cruise • River/Lake Operations

Regular columnist and shipping industry stalwart Michael Grey also opens this feature week with a look at electric vehicle battery fires, which is an important safety issue impacting both the maritime passenger and cargo transport industries. We invite our readers to consider some key lessons that can be gleaned from the article, particularly the need to always be prepared for such incidents through proper planning and crew training.

Continue to visit Baird Maritime to be updated on the vital and ever evolving passenger vessel industry.

Vessel Reviews:

  • Cap De Barbaria – Spain’s Balearia to operate electric lifeline ferry [Friday]
  • P&O Pioneer – P&O Ferries acquires hybrid newbuild for Dover-Calais route [Friday]
  • Fort Kronshlot – First in new catamaran series for Russia’s Neva Travel [Thursday]
  • Apetahi Express – Fast ferry for French Polynesia’s Degage Group [Thursday]
  • Vista – Oceania Cruises’ newest ship slated for Mediterranean and Caribbean itineraries [Wednesday]
  • Sanlongwan 2 – Electric sightseeing vessel to serve Foshan City, China [Wednesday]
  • MSC Euribia – MSC Cruises welcomes final Meraviglia-class ship to fleet [Tuesday]
  • Sunflower Murasaki – LNG-fuelled Ro-Pax delivered to Japan’s MOL [Tuesday]
  • Sotaliya – Russian operator places tour and commuter ferry into service [Tuesday]
  • Jiangsu Ludu 3019 – Chinese electric car ferry for Yangtze River sailings [Monday]

Features and Opinion:

COLUMN | When the numbers become dangerous [Grey Power] [Monday]

– “As the numbers of electric vehicles increase, there is a pressing need for specific training of crews on Ro-Ro and Ro-Pax ferries who may be confronted with car deck fires involving these difficult customers.”

– by Michael Grey, maritime industry legend and former long-term editor of Lloyd’s List

News and Gear:

Recent Important Features:

COLUMN | More, more, more! Purus adds to the wind orderbook, EnTrust Global increases green investment plus a Ferry Fiasco update from Scotland [Offshore Accounts]

– “The state ownership of shipyards can be very expensive, but this lesson seems to need to be learnt over and over again in different countries around the world.”

– by Hieronymus Bosch, Baird Maritime’s anonymous insider in the world of offshore oil and gas operations

Remember to come back every day to see the latest news, opinion and vessel reviews!

Call for content!

Any news or views about the global maritime tourism, ferry and cruise industries? Send it through to [email protected] ASAP (between now and June 30), so we can add it to this current edition of Passenger Vessel Week!

We are after:

  • Vessels – Orders, new deliveries, under construction
  • Gear – Latest innovations and technology in the passenger vessel sector
  • Interviews – Owners, operators, terminal authorities, passenger vessel associations, etc.
  • Reminiscences – Do you have any exciting, amusing or downright dangerous anecdotes from your time in the passenger vessel world? (example here)
  • Other – Any other relevant news

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  • June 25, 2023