Latest Marine transportation industry News

$4M job to improve Maine’s Vinalhaven ferry terminal starts

Dec. 7, 2019 3:14 PM EST

VINALHAVEN, Maine (AP) — The ferry terminal that passengers use for trips to Vinalhaven island will be under construction until the spring so it can accommodate a new boat. The Maine Department of Transportation says the improvements to the Vinalhaven ferry terminal include modifying the ferry pen to make...

Officials: 6 of Alaska's 11 ferries will be out of service

Dec. 7, 2019 1:27 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — More than half of Alaska's ferries will be out of service amid a lack of funds to repair the vessels, transportation officials said. The state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities announced this week that the Aurora and the LeConte will be pulled from service after...

Layup of ferry Aurora to affect more than 20 workers

Dec. 5, 2019 5:51 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The state ferry system said Thursday that more than 20 employees will be affected by the expected, long-term layup of the Aurora. The state transportation department, in a release, said about 24 employees will be relieved of duties effective Jan. 14. The department previously said it...

Roadway reopens on Ocracoke Island 3 months after Dorian

Dec. 5, 2019 5:24 PM EST

OCRACOKE ISLAND, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina Department of Transportation announced Thursday that N.C. 12 on Ocracoke Island will reopen to all traffic, three months after Hurricane Dorian severely damaged the island and it's main road. The September storm destroyed the protected dune line between the...

Editorials from around New England

Nov. 29, 2019 11:42 AM EST

Editorials from around New England: CONNECTICUT Protest put sports in proper perspective The Connecticut Post Nov. 27 On this much, everyone can agree. When it comes to the halftime protest at the 2019 Harvard-Yale football game, the protesters chose their time and venue well. Students and other activists drew...

India offers credits to boost Sri Lankan economy, security

Nov. 29, 2019 5:20 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — India offered a $400 million credit line to Sri Lanka for development of its infrastructure and economy during a visit Friday by the island nation’s newly elected president, Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi also announced another $50 million credit line to...

NY Waterway resumes regular routes after inspection flap

Nov. 25, 2019 3:55 PM EST

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — New York Waterway has returned most of its ferry routes to regular service between New Jersey and New York City. Service was reduced earlier Monday after Coast Guard inspectors found 23 of its 32 ferries “operationally unfit” and decided the problems justified...

Where parents feel like chauffeurs, companies step in

Nov. 21, 2019 3:33 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — When Deb Fink heard about a company that could drive her 9-year-old son to his after-school program, she balked at the idea of putting him in a car with a stranger. But faced with the unrelenting pressure of driving him where he needed to go in the middle of her workday, she decided to give...

The Latest: North Macedonia detains 33 migrants near border

Nov. 21, 2019 11:06 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The Latest on migrants in Europe (all times local): 6:05 p.m. Officials in North Macedonia say a police patrol has detained a group of 33 migrants found walking through the southern part of the country, near the border with Greece. Police said in a statement that the group consisted...

Alaska city facing ferry cutback considers private service

Nov. 21, 2019 9:59 AM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A small Alaska city struggling with reduced state ferry service is considering using a private vessel, but the cost is problematic, officials said. Angoon held a community meeting Nov. 15 to discuss chartering a private vessel for transport north to Juneau, The Juneau Empire reported...