The world of ferries - new world innovations built in 2015

Cape Town - Travelling by the sea makes for a wonderful holiday escape from everyday-life as we know it and for many around the word, things like ferries form a vital part of their travels. 

Deciding to be a passenger on a ferry or cruise vessel in the noughties is often an amazing little holiday on its own, explains Marine Log. 

Modern day passenger cruise ships are water castles and wonders - offering activities like parks, ice-skating rinks and even rock climbing in the middle of the sea. 

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Smaller passenger vessels, like ferries, aim to move about freely and with ease. In 2015, there was a need for environmental change in the sea travel industry, forcing passenger ship owners to evaluate their ship's designs - pushing companies to become more innovative and "incorporate greener technologies" says Marine Log

Marine Log's January 2016 issue, highlighted the most interesting passenger vessels built in 2015. 

1. Baynes Sound Connector - This ferry carries 150 passengers and 50 vehicles and is the longest cable ferry in operation—about 1.9 km. The ferry is based at Denman, and will provide a ferry service in the British Columbia area. It is expected to operate for the next forty years. 

2. Texelstroom, CNG Hybrid Ferry, TESO, LaNaval - This special ferry will operate on natural gas stored in two batteries of compressed natural gas (CNG) bottles on the top deck, explains Marine Log. The ferry can carry 1 750 passengers and 350 vehicles. It is scheduled to begin operating by the end of 2015 in the Netherlands. 

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3. Ampere, Electric Ferry, Norled, Fjellstrand - This is the world's very first battery powered electric car and passenger ferry. Operating in Norway, the ferry uses 150 kWh per route, which corresponds to three days use of electricity in the standard Norwegian household.

The Ampere has no direct emissions and can carry 120 cars in its hold. The Ampere will consume two million kWh per year - while traditional diesel-fueled ferries consume at least on million litres of diesel a year - emitting 570 tonnes of carbon dioxide and 15 metric tonnes of nitrogen oxides. 

4. Mein Schiff 4, 99,500 grt Cruise Ship, TUI Cruises, Meyer Turku - This cruiser was built for the German premium-class cruise market.   for the German premium-class cruise market. It is an impressive 294 m long and 36 m wide, offering a total of 1,253 cabins.

The energy consumption of the ship is 30 percent lower than the energy used in ship the same size. It uses a combination of exhaust after-treatment system and a scrubber and a catalyzer - sulfur emissions are lowered by 99 percent and nitrogen oxide emission are reduced by around 75 percent.

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5. Samish, 144-Car Ferry, Washington State Ferries, Vigor Industrial - Designed. This ferry operates on the Anacortes/San Juan Islands route, offering a viable link for U.S commuters, of which 23 million passengers rely on the ferry system.

The 362 ft ferry has the capacity to carry 144 cars and 1 500 passengers. 

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