Port of Ystad expands with new areas for vehicles and warehouses

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With steadily increasing volumes, the Swedish port opened new areas to improve the logistical conditions for the port’s customers.
On Monday, November 27, Ystad opened a new area of 33,000 m2 for vehicle pre-check-in. At the same time, another area of 23,000 m2 was opened, with two warehouses of 5,120 m2 each. The need for the expanded area is derived from an ever-increasing flow of passenger and cargo traffic through the port.
Ystad Harbor is a central point for trade between Sweden and countries in Central and Eastern Europe.
As from next year Ystad is going to build two new ferry berths in the outer harbour. In 2020 the first of several new ferries is expected to start operating the Ystad-Świnoujście line. Polferries has a ferry on order.

Hamn’s CEO Björn Boström and Chairman Kaj Jönsson showcase one of the new warehouses.

Photo: Ystad

EBDG designs new class of ferry for NCDOT

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Elliott Bay Design Group has designed a new river class vehicle ferry for North Carolina Department of Transportation Ferry Division, which will be built at Bollinger Shipyards of Lockport, Louisiana. The vessel is due to be delivered by March 1, 2019.

The new ferry will have room for 38 regular-sized vehicles. It will serve as a replacement for the 22-year-old THOMAS A. BAUM.

Photo: EBDG

Fjord1: strong Norwegian ferry machine presents its Q3

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With 61 ferries in operation in Norway, Fjord1 has a market share of 49%. The company which is noted on the Oslo Stock Exchange since last August operates 7 of the 10 largest ferry services in Norway, and also a number of tourist boats in the fjords.
The company has 13 new ferries on order, and has more than 20 contracts with the Norwegian State, as far as in 2030.
Some key figures for Q3

  • Revenue: NOK 761.7m (+11%)
  • EBITDA: NOK 302m (+22%)
  • EBIT: NOK 235.6 (+13%)

Hurtigruten to have the new hybrid ships on the Norwegian coast in 2019

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Hurtigruten’s two newbuildings ROALD AMUNDSEN and FRIDTJOF NANSEN, built as expedition ships for the polar regions, will also sail along the Norwegian Coast in 2019. The expedition ships will come in addition to Hurtigruten’s 11 ships on Bergen – Kirkeness, and will also visit places not done by the conventional ships. The two hybrid expedition ships are under construction at Kleven, and the first is expected in the summer of next year.

Photo: Hurtigruten

Elb-Link filed for bankruptcy

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It is not a surprise. For the third time the cross-Elbe ferry company did not survive in spite of rescue attempts. Depending on the sources, several reasons are being given for the failure.

  • Insufficient cars, cargo and passengers or, ship that was too large.
  • Insufficient support from local authorities on both sides of the river. Elb-Link asked for a public bridging loan of EUR 200,000 but this wasn’t granted.
  • Increased charter rate of the ferry upon renewal of contract (EUR 8,000/day). Management of Elb-Link says a more realistic price would be EUR 3,500.

Photo: Elb Link