Marine Ferry Transports: An Operator’s Guide

Published Date

June 2002

Marine Ferry Transports: An Operator’s Guide

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This is a useful guide for ferry operators, detailing the changing trends, technologies and legislation that are essential to safe operations within this very active and rapidly expanding sector.

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Chapters include: Ferry profile; High-speed ferries; Equipment and operations; Mooring and docking systems; Propulsion and manoeuvring aids; Cargo handling; Passenger arena; Safety; Fire fighting systems; Legislation; and Training.


Author’s Preface

About the Author


List of Abbreviations

List of Ferry Line Operators and Routes

Ferry Ship Builders and Designers

General Definitions


Chapter 1 Ferry Profile


Ferry types and profiles

The Roll-on Roll-off principle

Strategic use of ferries

Commercial use – rail ferry operations

Stability features and ferry survivability

Loading computers

Construction methods and changes

Chapter 2 High Speed Ferries


Profile of High Speed Craft

High Speed Craft Code




Catamarans and multi-hull type ferries

HSC surveys and certificates

HSC operations ‘Craft Operating Manual’ and ‘Permit to Operate’

Watchkeeping practice and HSC anchoring facility

Night vision equipment, voyage planning and route operational manual

Crew training and qualifications for HSC

Chapter 3 Navigational Bridge - Equipment and Operations


Navigational bridge

Equipment and management

Integrated bridge control

Regulation watchkeeping duties

Ship's compass and steering operations


Use of ECDIS

Collision avoidance, position monitoring and VTS

AIS communication requirements

Own ship pilotage

Voyage data recorders

Chapter 4 Mooring and Docking Systems for Ferries

Mooring and docking method

Mooring equipment and ferry-docks

Deck machinery

Mooring of HSC

Positive position mooring and crew access

Bow and stern securings

Storm moorings

Chapter 5 Propulsion and Manoeuvring Aids

Main propulsion machinery, auxiliary machinery

Environmental issues – pollution, waste disposal, ballast control

Noise and vibration issues

Manoeuvring aids

Pod technology and medium speed diesels

Dual control

HSC propulsion requirements

Water jet power

Steering systems, thrusters, stabilization systems

Speed logs maintenance and service

Chapter 6 Cargo Handling and Access Equipment

Cargo handling and access methods

Bow visor arrangements, stern ramps, side access methods

Vehicle ramps ashore and afloat, link spans

Vehicle decks

Vehicle traffic types and securing

Drive through options

Vehicle types

Shipping, reception, documentation and the carriage of hazardous goods

Features maintenance

Chapter 7 The Passenger Arena

Passenger areas

Terminal reception facilities, access companionways, and public accommodation

On board facilities

Cabin accommodation

Communication P/A systems and passenger liaison

Passenger flow systems

Public facilities aboard ferry types

Catering facilities

Commuter ferry facilities

Disabled passengers and ship security

Chapter 8 Life Saving Appliances and Passenger Safety

Life Saving Appliances, emergency actions and procedures

Emergency equipment lockers

Phases of survival, support systems and SAR plans

Passenger control and evacuation methods

Life jackets, liferafts and MES/MEC’s rescue equipment and methods

Man overboard and rescue boats

Helicopter/ferry activity

On board helicopter facilities

Chapter 9 Fire and Fire Fighting Systems

Fire fighting, equipment and procedures

Emergency lighting and power sources

Alarms and vehicle deck protection

Automatic sprinkler systems and total flood operations

Monitoring and protection systems

Escape plans

Structural definitions

Compartment definition and regulations

Ro-Ro spaces

Water tight doors

Drainage and ventilation

Chapter 10 Ferry Legislation and Training

Ferry legislation and training requirements

Employment and Crew Agreements

Special training requirements

Shipboard documentation and log books

Young persons employment

General documentation for ferry operations



I Classification of Ships

II Relevant MGNs, MINs, MSNs

III Accident record of ferry vessels


Index to Vessels


During his sea-going career, David House spent four years engaged on the Irish Sea/Scottish Ferry routes, with Roll-on Roll-off freight and passenger vehicle operations. He continues his marine research and writing practice while lecturing in ‘Maritime Subjects’ in the United Kingdom.

He has published work across a spectrum of topics, including: General Seamanship, Navigation, Anchor Work, Marine Safety & Survival and Helicopter Operations. His works continue to be widely read in most maritime quarters around the world both ashore and afloat by practicing mariners and marine students.

Having served on a variety of vessels including: Dry and Bulk Cargo Ships, Passenger Liners, Containers, Reefer, and Ferries. This background with such diverse sea-going experience, together with over twenty years within Marine Education, provides an ideal source for his past and future works.

Title: Marine Ferry Transports: An Operator’s Guide
Number of Volumes: 1
Edition: First Edition
Number of Pages: 358
Product Code: 4400W123
ISBN: ISBN 13: 978-1-85609-231-9 (9781856092319), ISBN 10: 1-85609-231-3 (1856092313)
Published Date: June 2002
Binding Format: Paperback
Book Height: 300 mm
Book Width: 210 mm
Book Spine: 20 mm
Weight: 1.20 kg
Author: David J House

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