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Fjord Line’s STAVANGERFJORD has successfully been converted by Fosen Yard

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Cruise ferry STAVANGERFJORD was redelivered to Fjord Line on Wednesday December 13 at 09:00, three hours before contract time, says Fosen.
The ship’s interior has been upgraded to almost yacht-like standards. Cabin and suite capacities have been increased on the top deck and a new winter garden restaurant was created aft.
The job was executed in six weeks as planned and the ferry will be ready to enter service from Bergen on December 14.

Photo: Winter Garden, Johan Engvik

Juncker Plan in France: signature of first green financing in maritime sector for Brittany Ferries

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The European Investment Bank (EIB), Société Générale and Brittany Ferries announced the first green maritime financing under EIB’s €750 million Green Shipping Guarantee (GSG) programme put in place last year by the EIB and Société Générale, for Brittany Ferries’ HONFLEUR. This new vessel will be Brittany Ferries’ first LNG-powered ferry, to be built by Flensburger (FSG).
Société Générale acted as the main arranger of the €142.6 million financing for the acquisition of the HONFLEUR, which includes a tranche of €49.5 million fully guaranteed by the EIB.

Rendering H. Krüger

CLdN increases number of sailings on Zeebrugge – Göteborg

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CLdN announced that the number of sailings between Zeebrugge and Göteborg will be increased from three to four per week, starting on January 1.
This route is increasingly successful for both CLdN and competitor SOL Continent Line. It acknowledges the role of the port of Zeebrugge as hub between Scandinavia and the Baltic, Ireland/UK and Spain/Portugal.
CLdN is waiting for the imminent delivery of the series of 5,500 lane meter ro-ro’s. In total eight ro-ro ship orders have been confirmed, with an option for a further four.
The CLdN vessels trading on Göteborg are handled in Zeebrugge by C.Ro Ports on their brand new terminal and hub, the Albert II Dock, where the Dublin vessels (the new 7,800 lane meter CELINE) are also being handled.

Photo: CLdn’s SOMERSET in the Albert II dock, Zeebrugge

CLdN moves terminals in Göteborg

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CLdN ro-ro will move their activities in Göteborg from Logent Ports & Terminals AB (Port 2) to Gothenburg RORO Terminal AB (Port 6). This terminal is jointly owned by DFDS and C.RO Ports (65/35) and is also used by SOL Continent Line.
CLdN vessels will be handled in the Gothenburg RORO Terminal as from January 2.

Photo: Port of Göteborg

Austal to build a new trimaran for Fukuoka (Japan) – Busan (South Korea) route

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Austal Australia and JR Kyushu Jet Ferry have signed a letter of intent to develop a new high-speed trimaran passenger ferry concept for JR Kyushu Jet Ferry’s South Korea to Japan route.
The design of the 80m high-speed craft will be based on Austal’s trimaran hull form, with the interior to be developed by Japanese designer, Mr Eiji Mitooka of Don Design.
The contract will be signed in early 2018.

 Rendering Austal

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

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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.
These two new ships will have a substantially larger capacity:

  • Passengers: from 1,400 to 2,000
  • Passenger vehicles lane meter: from 1,000 to 1,714
  • Freight lane meter: from 1,800 to 2,500

The order will be placed in the first half of next year. So far the yard has not been chosen yet.

DFDS hosts its annual Christmas lunch for homeless people on PEARL SEAWAYS

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Since 2009 DFDS has been hosting a Christmas lunch for homeless people on board PEARL SEAWAYS, while the ship is docked in Copenhagen.
Every year about 250-300 guests are boarding the ship to enjoy the grand Christmas buffet with beer, snaps and coffee. The crew is taking a day off to serve the guests. Before the guests leave the ship they get a gift bag and a pair of socks or gloves, knitted by a group of volunteers, something that is welcome on a cold winter day.
The event is made in close cooperation with We Shelter, an organization that has been doing social work for homeless and other vulnerable groups for more than 120 years.

One record after another for DFDS North Sea

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DFDS reported a volume record on the Göteborg/Brevik – Ghent route, which was achieved during week 47, the last full week in November. But obviously, it didn’t take long to beat that.
Another record of cargo was shipped during week 48: exactly 55,001 lane meters were carried, which is 1,467 lane meters more than the week before.

Photo: North Sea Port


Cross-border merger leads to new European top-10-player

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Port of Ghent (Belgium) and Zeeland Seaports (The Netherlands) merged into North Sea Port.
The merger agreement between Zeeland Seaports and Ghent Port Company was signed on Friday 8 December. All eight shareholders of both ports agreed with the merger in recent weeks. The signing took place on a ship that symbolically sailed from Ghent across the Dutch border in the direction of Terneuzen. The name of the cross-border merger port will be North Sea Port. This merger port represents the 60-kilometre-long cross-border port area of Flushing (Vlissingen), Borsele and Terneuzen in the Netherlands up to Ghent in Belgium.

Photo: Mike Louagie


New EUR 24 million quay and berths for Stena Line in Rotterdam

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Dutch construction and engineering company Ballast Nedam has replaced the existing quay and built two new berths at the Stena Line freight terminal in Europoort, Rotterdam. This was needed because of the intention to introduce larger ships, and because the quay was getting too old.
Initially only one berth would be replaced, but the booming North Sea business made Stena ask during the works Port of Rotterdam to invest in a second berth. Ballast Nedam was able to change the plans and realised successfully a new 2-berth terminal.

Photo: Ballast Nedam



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Tallink loses fairway dues dispute in Finnish court

On December 8, the Finnish Supreme Court has made a judgment on AS Tallink Grupp and its group company AS Hansatee Cargo appeal to the Helsinki Court of Appeal 8 August 2016 judgment on fairway dues dispute against Finnish state.
Pursuant to the Supreme Court judgement the appeal was not granted to refund to the shipowners the fairway dues, charged in excessive extent in the years 2001-2004, with interests.

Photo: AS Tallink Grupp / Meyer Turku / Helfoto Oy


Success story for GNV on Morocco

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GNV, an Aponte-owned (MSC) company, carried more than 175,000 passengers during operation ‘Marhaba 2017’.
Each year many Moroccan expats travel to their home country during summer. Known as operation ‘Marhaba 2017’ this migration sees a huge peak in ferry travel across the Mediterranean.
At a press conference in Casablanca, GNV said it saw an increase of 32.5% compared to last year.
Some GNV figures for Marhaba 2017:

  • Total pax: 175,116 pax
  • Port of Tangier: 122,838 (via Genoa, Sète and Barcelona)
  • Port of Nador: 52,278 (via Sète and Barcelona)

Photo: GNV



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First of three new Fjord1 ferries launched

On December 9, Cemre Shipyard launched Newbuilding 54 (HST132), to be named HUSAVIK. She is the first of three 66m ferries to be built in cooperation with Cemre Shipyard (Turkey) and Havyard (Norway).

Photo: Cemre Shipyard


  • Former FINNEAGLE has been renamed EUROFERRY CORFU and is now in service on Brindisi-Igoumenitsa, together with EUROFERRY OLYMPIA. Route vessel EUROFERRY EGNAZIA is in drydock in Turkey for a refit.
  • Former NordöLink ro-pax OLYMPUS (ex ROPAX 2, ex LÜBECK LINK, ex FINNROSE) has been sold to Indian breakers for scrap.
  • Adler has acquired a secondhand fast ferry, the ADLER CAT, for its Wadden Islands service. The capacity of the 1999-OMA-built craft will be expanded from 182 to 230 passengers. The company plans a service to Helgoland as well. ADLER CAT is the former RENØY, used by Boreal.

Analysis: Sinking of US Container Ro-Ro Vessel S.S. EL FARO in 2015

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The US National Transportation Safety Board has issued a video which explains the facts and findings of the sinking of Tote’s con-ro S.S. EL FARO on 1 October 2015.
The deadliest shipping disaster involving a U.S.-flagged vessel in more than 30 years was seemingly caused by a captain’s failure to avoid sailing into a hurricane despite numerous opportunities to route a course away from hazardous weather.
The ship was en route from Jacksonville, Florida, to San Juan, Puerto Rico and sank on 1 October 2015, in the Atlantic Ocean during Hurricane Joaquin, taking the lives of all 33 aboard.