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Spirit of Tasmania to invest in two new ro-pax vessels


TT-Line Company Pty Ltd, operators of Spirit of Tasmania, will order two brand new purpose-built ships to replace the current fleet by 2021. This was announced at a press conference today.
These two new ships will have substantially larger capacity for passengers (from 1,400 to 2,000 pax), passenger vehicles (from 1,000 to 1,714 lane meter) and freight (from 1,800 to 2,500 lane meter).
Chairman Mike Grainger said, “we are going to the best builders of ro-paxes in the world, and the best will be awarded the contract.” The order will be placed next year.
Mr Grainger said the company looked at capacity, customer expectations, operating speed, sea-keeping properties for Bass Strait, capital and operating costs and operational efficiency. No Government cash will be needed.

Built for Superfast Ferries in 1998, the ships in the current fleet underwent a major refurbishment in 2015 and will continue operating until the new vessels are delivered.

BC Ferries to become smoke-free

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BC Ferries will be introducing a smoke-free environment in all BC Ferries locations, including terminals and vessels starting January 22, 2018. This also includes the interior of all vehicles on BC Ferries property.
The new smoke-free policy applies to tobacco and any other substance including e-cigarettes, and is expected to reduce the number of complaints BC Ferries receives from customers related to second-hand smoke.

LHG and Stora Enso agree on long-term cooperation

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Stora Enso Logistics (forest products) and the Lübeck Port Company (LHG) have agreed for a long-term cooperation, with a five-year contract, with possible extensions.
This will make Stora Enso the first customer to move into the new forest terminal on the Skandinavienkai in Travemünde in 2019.
For Stora Enso, Lübeck is the main port of call in the Baltic Sea. For more than 40 years, the Group has been shipping its products via Lübeck. Almost one million tonnes of the Scandinavian paper products were shipped via the Nordland terminal last year.
A main reason for the move is the further development of intermodal transport solutions from the production sites to the customers on mainland Europe.

CMA-GCM to merge subsidiaries OPDR and MacAndrews

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The CMA CGM Group is going to merge its subsidiaries MacAndrews and OPDR to strengthen its multimodal offer in Europe. The name will be MacAndrews and the headquarters will be located in Hamburg.

MacAndrews, acquired by CMA CGM in 2002, offers rail, land and maritime transport services and is a specialist in container transport on short-sea routes as well as multimodal solutions. MacAndrews connects Great Britain, the Iberian Peninsula and Poland.
OPDR, acquired by the CMA CGM Group in 2015, is an expert in intra-European short-sea transport and logistics. OPDR mainly covers Central Europe, Spain (including the Canary Islands), Portugal and Morocco. OPDR operates six container feeders and two Con-Ro’s.

OMA to build an plug-in hybrid catamaran ferry for Hordaland

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Norwegian companies Boreal and Oma Baatbyggeri have signed an agreement for the construction of a new electrically operated ferry.
The ferry will be in operation in Hordaland (Bergen area) by January 2020, and will serve the Kinsarvik-Utne route.

The ferry contract comprises the ferry crossings Kvanndal–Utne, Kinsarvik–Utne and Skånevik–Matre–Utåker and has a duration of 9 years with an option for one further year.

The new ferry is 42m long, and will carry 80 passengers and 16 cars (or 2 semi-trailer trucks). The ferry will be built in aluminium.

Photo: OMA

DNV GL’s Veracity program is making paint digital

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Ships have for some time reported their positions through AIS transponders but a team from DNV GL have cleaned the data and then developed an algorithm that accurately predicts arrivals at ports: Veracity.
Norwegian paint manufacturer Jotun joined the Veracity pilot program and it became apparent that an early approximation for vessels future port visits could provide value to Jotun’s supply chain. A more comprehensive understanding of the movements of the global fleet allows Jotun to optimize their stock and delivery planning.

Photo: DNV GL

The first of the new DFDS ro-ro’s is taking shape

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The first parts of the mega-block of the new DFDS 6,700 lane meter ro-ros are now visible in the building dock in Jinling, says DFDS. Until March the construction will be done in a temporary position because of another vessel. Once this vessel is launched, the mega-block will then be relocated to the correct position in the dock and the rest of the vessel erected.
DFDS has ordered four large ro-ro ships to service freight customers across the North Sea from 2019 and 2020.

E-ferry: 22 nautical miles on battery

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The world’s first fully electric passenger and car ferry that can operate at record breaking distances of up to 22 nautical miles is in its final stage of construction.
The E-ferry hull arrived in Søby, Denmark on October 1. Since then, everyone has been working around the clock to install all the component, cables and systems that are necessary for the E-ferry to run on pure battery power.
Alongside the work being done on the E-ferry itself, work has also been done on the onshore facilities in Søby, where the E-ferry will be charged.

Redelivery of ICG’s high-speed craft WESTPAC EXPRESS

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As expected the fast ferry has been redelivered to Irish Continental Group at the end of November as per the terms of the charter agreement with Sealift LLC. The Austal catamaran had been on charter in Asia since its acquisition on 1 June 2016.
In a stock exchange release, ICG says that the vessel will be refurbished to bring it up to Irish Ferries passenger service standards. That doesn’t mean automatically that the WESTPAC EXPRESS will be used on the Irish Sea instead of the JONATHAN SWIFT. She might be chartered out.
JONATHAN SWIFT is faster but WESTPAC EXPRESS is larger.
To be followed.


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Tinder for transport

For each truck on the road, one is driving empty. And in average, only 57% of the freight capacity of lorries is used. With these striking figures, awareness rises. Something has to be done to make transport more efficient, in order to reach the goals of the reduction of emissions, to keep companies profitable and efficient, and to tackle the issues of an ever growing traffic congestion.
At the end of November a congress about this subject was organised by the Vlerick School of Economics and the University of Leuven (Belgium).
Powered by big data and algorithms certain tools will calculate the best transport routes and combinations. There is already one Dutch startup –Quicargo– that calls itself the Uber for the transport sector.

Source: Flemish newspaper De Standaard, 2 December 2017 – Photo: Mike Louagie

Brittany Ferries creative as a tour operator as well

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“Quotidien du Tourisme” writes that Brittany Ferries has strengthened its offer as a tour operator specialised in the UK and Ireland, with some new packages for French customers

  • Celtic trio: a 12-night tour bringing travellers to Cornwall, Wales and Ireland, with visits to places as Tintagel, Bath, Cardiff, Snowdonia, Dublin, Moher Cliffs, etc..
  • Fabulous Ireland: 9 nights including Moher Cliffs, Giant Causeway, Dublin, Belfast..
  • Road trips by car or motorcycle: 5 nights Shakespeare and The Beatles or 6-night Wales.
  • Legoland and London
  • Interesting: new offer includes youth hostels.

Photo: Mike Louagie

Port of Bari wants to get rid of the gutted ferry wreck

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Ro-pax NORMAN ATLANTIC took fire in December 2014. The wreck was towed to Bari for investigations and has been there ever since. Because the experts have done their work the several stakeholders have asked the Court to release the ship from her evidential seizure. The ship is moored next to the cruise and ferry terminal, not a pretty sight.

Source: Corriere del Mezzogiorno – Photo: Italian Navy

More ro-ro ships to be built in Flensburg

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Although Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG) did not send an official press release yet, we read in the local media that the yard has secured an order for an extra two ro-ro ships.
The ships are the 5th and 6th unit of 4K lane meter ships to be ordered by FSG’s parent company Siem Group, with the intention to put them on the charter market.
The regional State of Schleswig-Holstein is still involved in the shipbuilding with bank guarantees, after the yard went into a difficult period.
With the orders of Irish Ferries (1 ro-pax), Brittany Ferries (1 ro-pax) and Siem (six ro-ro ships, 2 for DFDS, 2 for EKOL and 2 unknown) the yard can continue to build upon its reputation of ferry and ro-ro specialist.


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  • Former ferry DUKE OF YORKSHIRE (ex KAPELLA, ULS FERRY 1)(1974) has been renamed ANA and reflagged under the Albanian register. She is laid up near Tallinn but is expected to sail for Durrës.