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A specially constructed vessel to bring passengers and property across rivers and other bodies of water from one shoreline to another, making contact with a thoroughfare at each terminus. The landing place for a boat. A right or privilege to maintain a vessel upon a body of water in order to transport people and their vehicles across it in exchange for payment of a reasonable toll. Technically a ferry is considered a continuation of a highway from one side of the body of water that it passes over to the other.

The privilege of handling a ferry is called a franchise. A ferry franchise is a permit from the state to a specifically named individual giving that person the authority to operate a ferry. It is a general prerequisite to the lawful establishment of a public ferry. The operator of a ferry is not relieved of the duty to obtain a franchise by formation of a company, since the franchise becomes a contract between the owner and the state.

Usually the grant of a ferry franchise implicitly gives the recipient the power to collect tolls. Ferriage is the fare that the ferry operator may charge. The unauthorized establishment of another ferry within competing distance of an already existing one constitutes an infringement of the ferry franchise, even in the absence of physical interference.

A ferry franchise can be terminated either by expiration of its term or by revocation by the licensing authorities. It is generally subject to renewal, for which the original owner is usually given a preference.

A public ferry is for use by the public at large, whereas a private ferry is operated solely for the benefit of its proprietor.

The state has intrinsic authority to regulate and control ferries that operate within its borders. It may exercise such power by law or by contract with the operator. The state may regulate the transportation of dangerous articles, the nature and frequency of service, and the location of terminals. In addition, it may impose a license fee or tax on the operation of ferries within its boundaries.


a legal right to charge for transporting passengers by boat. See REGALIA MINORA.
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Two NPS owned 150-passenger double-decker catamaran ferry boats will assigned to the concessioner to provide the service.
26 million going toward the purchase of two ferry boats and $3 million toward construction of the South San Francisco ferry terminal.
Part of Laird's could be a seaman/woman's school, teaching everything about the sea, boats, ships, cooking, silver service, on ships, also hotels, another part would be to build the cruise ships, tug boats, pilot ferry boats for export before we lose all our skills completely, on ship building.
Beyond the ferry boats and bicycles, Victoria can also be rewarding to a visitor on foot.
Tourism officials in the Sault and Mackinaw City have hit upon an adventurous method to introduce first-time visitors to the area with a new tour package known as Trains, Planes and Ferry Boats, a five-day excursion taking in the sights and sounds of local tourist, historical and gaming attractions in the Algoma district and northern Michigan.
The dolphin has been follwing the ferry boats back and forth across the Blasket Sound and spending the nights at the boat moorings on the Great Blasket or back in Dunchaoin.
Despite a massive city power outage, the afternoon San Francisco Examiner got out its editions, using a makeshift newsroom, two Macs, an emergency phone system and ferry boats to transport the papers from an East Bay printing plant.
and to hold investigations and hearings involving the rates, tariffs, tolls, and charges, and the sufficiency and reasonableness of facilities and accommodations of railroad, ferry boats, gas, electric distribution, water, telephone, telegraph, and pipeline public utilities, the location of railroad depots and stations, and the control of grade crossings, the revocation, suspension or alteration of certificates issued pursuant to u39-19-4, appeals under u39-1-30, petitions under u39-1-31, and proceedings under u39-1-32.
During the city council's session, Councilor Charles Ligan said more than 2,000 people, including himself, going to the island were stranded in Davao City wharfs last December 21, when the Coast Guard canceled all travel by ferry boats and lanchas sailing between the mainland Samal Island and nearby Talicud Island as the weather bureau declared Signal No.
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On the other hand, the Ministry of Transport and Communications banned all ferry boats owned by individuals from transporting passengers to and from Masirah till investigation is over.