Another photo from my summer in Europe; this one from Barcelona, Spain ...
This ship operates on the same route as the Sonia was on when BC Ferries purchased her in September of 2006. Sorry about the semi obstructed photo. I know that Ship Spotters would reject it. This was shot from the open top of a Barcelona 'Hop On - Hop Off' tour bus. It is the best I could do under the circumstances. Not nearly as ugly as the last ship I presented to you a couple of nights ago.
Today I was doing a bit of Google Earth in Australia, and came across a ferry route. Upon going down to street view, I found that the camera allows you to both drive and walk onto the ferry on your computer! I hadn't seen this before, but I'm sure Google has done this elsewhere as well. For anyone who is interested, it's the Kangaroo Island ferry and you can zoom in from the following work - I think it'll work:
And now a closer look at the bow augmentation seen on most of these cross-channel ferries. I assume these are to better protect the bow doors from rough English Channel seas, and/or facilitate bow berthing which is done on the other side, in France. The fist Queen of Surrey (the North) had similar augmentation when it ran on route 2 during the mid-1970's.
Forward end of the ferry Deal Seaways seen approaching Dover.
Forward end of P&O's Spirit of Britain departing Dover
The cow catcher is not to protect the bow doors, that is unnecessary as the bow doors need to be strong enough anyway. The reason is because the ships do not have an internal ramp or indeed ramps at all, just doors. The ramps are shoreside and lowered on the cowcatcher. This is to speed up berthing and departures. Here is the last group of photos from my short visit to Dover, UK, on the 21st of August. As for the Barfleur/Deal Seaways, she has an inner ramp behind the clam doors, but on the other hand she was not built for the Dover service.
Post by Koastal Karl on Oct 14, 2013 19:53:40 GMT -8
An interesting fact I found out about the Wave Venture which is that cable layer ship that is docked at Ogden Point Victoria for most of the year. She used to be a ferry operated by Scandlines which you see one of their ships in the second video. She was converted to a cable layer.
I recently spent some time in Asia, most of which was in Hong Kong, much to my satisfaction. Hong Kong is a fascinating and bustling hub of all modes of transportation - there are tons of treats for the ship nerd, rail fan, transit geek, aviation enthusiast - you name it, it's there.
I took it upon myself to spend some time on the Star Ferry, which is their equivalent to the SeaBus. Originally started before the turn of the century, this very effective and efficient two-route system operates several double-ended vessels between the most populous points in the harbour. Here are some photos of these ships:
Back from Europe, here are some photos of the ferries of Amsterdam. They serve various areas carrying people and bicycles for free! There is a run that probably takes as long as the Seabus run that is included for that wonderful price. One ferry is large enough to handle cars.
Post by straddieferrycaptain on Feb 1, 2019 23:32:12 GMT -8
Another one, This is the MV Moreton Escape, Originally constructed as a landing craft for the US Navy serving in the gulf war she was purchased in 2003 and steamed from Holland to Brisbane Australia for conversion into a passenger ferry, She has a sister ship (more like half sister) in the fleet named MV Lakarma. She operated from Redcliffe to Bulwer Moreton Island from 2004-2007 when the route closed, she was placed on the SMBI Island Route which she served until 2010 since then she has been a relief and extra vessel operating when other vessels are in refit or extra demand is needed. The Moreton Escape is 37m long, 12m wide, has a top speed of 10.5kn and can roughly carry 22 standard cars and 300 passengers.
Post by straddieferrycaptain on Feb 2, 2019 2:44:23 GMT -8
One last one, This is the MV Lakarma, sister to Moreton Escape but their only similarities are the same engines and hull form, as with the Escape she was purchased in 2003 and converted for use as a passenger ship on the SMBI Islands Route which has shorter journey times hence the reason for her small superstructure which when examined carefully can be made out to resemble that of a dolphin fin. Lakarma is 38m long, 12m wide, has a top speed of 12kn and a service speed of 8.5-9kn, and has the capacity to carry 23 cars and 200 passengers. She has continuously served the same route except for about 20 short one day stints on the Stradbroke run due to the large holiday traffic demand on this route.
Post by straddieferrycaptain on Feb 9, 2019 2:36:29 GMT -8
Another one for now, This is the MV Stradbroke Venture formerly Riverside Venture, She was built in 1973 for Riverside Marine and was 40m in length and operated from Redland Bay to Stradbroke. In 1976 she was lengthened to 54m and later that year had a upper deck installed above the car deck enabling her to carry up to 70 cars. She was purchased by Stradbroke Ferries in 1987 and renamed to Stradbroke Venture when she began running from Cleveland to Stradbroke Island. In 2000 her upper car deck was removed due to problems with manoeuvring and loading delays and was subsequently places on the SMBI Island Route where she has remained ever since. The Venture is 54m long 13m wide has a top speed of 10kn (she's very underpowered but has a good bow thruster and shallow draft) and can carry 32 cars and 400 passengers. In recent history the Venture has been suffering from many mechanical and engine issues due to her age and becoming stuck on our landing ramps very often and easily due to her design, and is intended to be replaced sometime between 2020 and 2022.
Post by straddieferrycaptain on Feb 21, 2019 2:28:13 GMT -8
MV Lakarma, and MV Stradbroke Venture, Being tied up at Redland Bay 21/02/2019. These ferries finished service early due to the high winds from Cyclone Oma closing in on the area and will remain berthed until at least Monday 25/02/2019 when conditions become more favourable for service. As a side note all ferries here in the Moreton Bay region have been suspended until the 25/02.
Post by straddieferrycaptain on Apr 19, 2019 22:20:49 GMT -8
It's been a while so here's another one . This is the MV Minjerribah, built in 2004 in China to replace two existing smaller barges the Venture which moved route and Moongalba which was retired. She operates on the Cleveland (Toondah Harbour) to Dunwich route with a crossing time of 45-50 minutes. Upon entering service she claimed the title of largest vessel in, and the flagship of our fleet, a title which she still holds today. Minjerribah is 68m long, 13m wide, top speed of 12.8 knots, and carries 52 standard cars and 400 passengers. During her 2014 refit she was painted in local indigenous artworks.