Crowley Maritime's Red & White Fleet recently took delivery of a new 86-foot catamaran intended for passenger service between San Francisco and San Pablo Bay. The 400-passenger commuter vessel Dolphin was christened at the fitting-out yard of Nichols Brothers Boat Builders, Inc.
Mobile Marine Ltd. of Corradino Heights, Malta, recently unveiled a new design of general- purpose workboat suitable for a wide range of duties. Known as the Mobile-165 (the designation being derived from the craft's 16.5-meter overall length (about 54 feet),
SeaStreak America, Inc., a whollyowned subsidiary of Sea Containers Limited, added another catamaran ferry to its service in the New York market with the May 3, 2001 launch of the 140- ft. (42.6 m) commuter and leisure vessel M/V SeaStreak New York.
As part of its strategy to foster business in the high-speed marine transportation sector, Spain's IZAR Group is collaborating with the British technical consultancy Nigel Gee & Associates (NGA) in the development of fast RoPax and RoRo vessel designs.
The Situation Improves Greatly For German Shipbuilders As the Federal Republic of Germany's fiscal year drew to a close on September 30 last year, the country's shipbuilding industry was facing some of the most serious problems in its long and distinguished history.
Seebeckwerft AG of Bremerhaven, West Germany, has received orders to build two 3,000-ton multipurpose freighters for two shipping companies in Leer. The vessels are of a new ship-type developed by the Seebeck shipyard in conjunction with their clients.
Costa Crociere's impressive new Costa Atlantica gives first form to the so-called Panamax-Max generation from Kvaerner Masa-Yards, embodying the 8000-class design concept developed in conjunction with the Italian operator and its parent Carnival group.
Seebeckwerft of Bremerhaven, West Germany, recently received a DM65-million ($38.9-million) order from the Railship Group to build a 10,000-dwt rail/freight ferry. She is the third ferry of this type to be ordered by Railship from Seebeckwerft over the last few years.