Equitable Shipyards, Inc., New Orleans, La., recently launched the first of two ferries being built for the State of Louisiana, Department of Highways. The ferryboat New Roads is the first of two ferries to be built by Equitable Shipyards, Inc.
The annual meeting of the Pacific Northwest Section of The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers held at "The Harrison," Harrison Hot Springs, British Columbia, Canada, the weekend of October 7-9, was attended by more than 130 members and guests.
Recent growth in ferry construction, particularly in the U.S., has been significant. The U.S. Department of Transportation recently reported that the U.S. marine transportation system annually transports 134 million passengers by ferry. Although the U.