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TT-Line Signs Contract For LNG-Powered Ro-Pax

TT-Line have signed a contract for one new ‘TT-Line Green Ship’, with an option for a second vessel.

The contract was awarded to the Chinese Jinling shipyard (Toll Shipping, DFDS, Grimaldi..).

Some particulars:

  • Length: 230m
  • Gross tonnage: 45,000
  • Pax: 800
  • Freight units: 200
  • Lane meters: 4,600
  • Dual-fuel LNG
  • Classification DNV-GL
  • To be delivered in 2022

The new TT-Line vessel builds on the successful Green Ship concept of the company.

While designing the vessel, a particular emphasize was put on flexibility and fast turnarounds in ports, with a high freight capacity.

“We foresee a continued demand growth for short sea services within the Baltic Sea. With this investment we can respond even more effectively to the needs of our customers and support them to grow,” says Hanns H. Conzen, Managing Director of TT-Line in a press announcement.

TT-Line’s routes are currently served by six ferries. They connect Świnoujście, Travemünde and Rostock, and Klaipeda, with Trelleborg in Sweden.


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Onorato Armatori Announced That Newbuilt Ro-Ro ALF POLLACK Will Be Chartered By Cobelfret

Onorato Armatori of Italy, controlled by Vincenzo Onorato, head of Moby group, publicly announced that the new ro-ro ship ALF POLLAK will be chartered out to a company based in Northern Europe, instead of being deployed in the Med as previously anticipated.

The charterer will be Cobelfret’s Cldn, which offers regular connections from the European continent to the British Isles, Scandinavia and Spain.

The contract is for one year.

ALF POLLAK (capacity for 310 semi-trailers on 4,076 lane meter of garage deck) has just been delivered in bare boat charter to Onorato Armatori by the German shipbuilder Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft trough SIEM Group and is currently installing the scrubbers at Fayard shiprepair.

Onorato Armatori said in a statement that “the ro-ro market in the Mediterranean is not mature enough to receive such a big ro-ro vessel with a capacity of over 4,000 lane metres”.

What will happen with the sister vessel still under construction (photo) remains to be seen.

Norled To Operate A Hydrogen-Powered Ferry In 2021

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Norled won the competition to operate a hydrogen ferry that will serve the route Hjelmeland-Nesvik-Skipavik in Rogaland, Norway.

As with the battery-operated AMPERE, the Norwegian Public Roads Administration has designed the tender as a ‘development contract’.

At least 50% of the propulsion power must be from hydrogen. The remaining energy must come from batteries. Today, no comparable hydrogen powered vessels are in operation.

The contract period lasts for 10 years and runs from 15 April 2021 to 28 February 2031.

LMG Marin is Norled’s partner in designing this ferry.

MCIB Published The EPSILON Incident Report

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The Irish Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) examined an incident involving the Irish Ferries ro-pax EPSILON, which happened in February 2016. The report has been published and can be downloaded via the link below.

What happened: after sailing from Cherbourg to Dublin the Italian-flagged vessel experienced adverse weather conditions (Force 10, waves 6-9m), causing cargo shifts, damage and injuries to people.

Some issues: Senior Master versus Duty Master, cargo securing, weather forecasting.

Conclusions in paragraph 5, and safety recommendations in paragraph 6.

Austal To Build A Fast Ferry For Trinidad And Tobago

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Austal has entered into a contract with the National Infrastructure Development Company (NIDCO) which is owned by the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago’s (GORTT).

The contract is to design and build a 94m high-speed vehicle and passenger catamaran to be delivered in mid-2020.

The vessel is a derivative of the two 109m AutoExpress ships designed in the last two years by Austal.

The ship will be built in Austal’s new shipyard in Vung Tau, Vietnam. This new facility commenced operations on 1 November this year and has already successfully delivered large aluminium modules for a 109m catamaran being built in the Philippines.

The 94m AutoExpress is designed to carry 926 passengers and 250 cars at speeds of 37.5 knots and will operate a daily service between the islands of Trinidad and Tobago.

KRONPRINS FREDERIK Tests Old Berth In Rostock

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Scandlines’ KRONPRINS FREDERIK visited Rostock on Friday 30 November for berthing trials. A berth has been modified to allow her to be used again on the route, if required.

Scandlines currently uses this Gedser – Rostock veteran as an additional cargo ferry on Puttgarden – Rødby route. In 2017 she has slightly been rebuilt to fit the dock in Puttgarden. The test was to make sure she can be used on the Rostock route, if needed.

Rolls-Royce And Finferries Demonstrate World’s First Fully Autonomous Ferry

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Rolls-Royce and Finnish state-owned ferry operator Finferries have successfully demonstrated the world’s first fully autonomous ferry in the archipelago south of the city of Turku, Finland.

The ferry FALCO, used a combination of Rolls-Royce Ship Intelligence technologies to successfully navigate autonomously during its voyage between Parainen and Nauvo. The return journey was conducted under remote control.

Start Shot Given For Algérie Ferries’ New Ro-Pax

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The building of ENTMV / Algérie Ferries’ new ro-pax has officially started after Wang Yanzhong (China Shipping Trading Co.), Jan Andersson (CEO Seaquest), Captain Ayed Abdeselam (ENTMV) and Zhou Xuhui (Guangzhou Shipyard International) signed the last documents.

The vessel has a capacity of 1,800 passengers and 3,250 lane meters. The delivery is scheduled around mid-2020.

SeaQuest has been appointed as new building project manager.

BC Ferries And First Peoples’ Cultural Council Reveal Indigenous Artwork For NORTHERN SEA WOLF

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Kwakiutl First Nation’s Richard Hunt and Nuxalk Nation’s Danika Naccarella designed the artwork that will adorn the NORTHERN SEA WOLF (the former Greek ferry AQUA SPIRIT).

The artwork will be displayed on the interior and exterior of the vessel for customers to view, along with profiles of the artists.

BC Ferries and community stakeholders named the NORTHERN SEA WOLF in honour of a

First Nations’ legend in which the Sea Wolf is a manifestation of the Orca. The designs depict the beauty of the majestic animal, with The Sea Wolf the symbol of family, loyalty and the protector of those travelling their waters.


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Integration Of Hellenic Seaways In Attica Shows In The Results

Attica has published its nine-months results, with positive results.

+35,9% Revenue MEUR 293 (215)

+13,7% EBITDA MEUR 54 (48)

The important increase is generated mainly by the contribution of Hellenic Seaways, acquired earlier this year. The HSW figures are integrated in the Attica results since 1 June.

Attica says the increase in Group’s Revenue was largely offset by the continued fuel oil price increase by 17% compared to the nine-month period in 2017, which comes after a 33% rise in fuel prices exhibited for the nine-month period of 2017 compared to previous year.


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Scrap Prices Took A Plunge

In its quarterly report, environmental organization Robin Des Bois only noticed two ro-ro vessels that were sent to the scrapyard between 1 July and 30 September 2018.

ASSTAR TRABZON ex LIDER SAFAK, ex CATUMBELA RIVER, ex IVAN GORTHON, ex BRAVIK built in 1974 in Kiel for Rederi Ab Kihlship, Gotenburg.

GUZELYURT ex KANTARA, ex SALAMIS, ex CENK K, ex SALIH TOPAL, ex DENA I, ex ALPILLES, ex HANSA built in 1969 in Hamburg

440 USD is the average price per ton in the Indian subcontinent at the end of the quarter. The decline at the beginning of the quarter slowed down sales; shipowners and brokers have been waiting for better days. In Turkey, the fall of the lira in August led to a fall in purchase prices down to circa 230 USD; they are recovering at the end of the quarter.


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High-Speed Broadband on ECKERÖ

Eckerö Line has worked on different solutions to improve the internet connection for its guests during the ferry journey between Grisslehamn and Eckerö.

By installing two new moving antennas aboard the ferry ECKERÖ, as well as two moving antennas on land, Eckerö Line can now offer its guests a significantly more stable internet connection on the ship than before.

Previously, there has been a challenge with the connection when the ship was too far away from land, but it is now no longer a problem.

The new high-speed broadband also creates the opportunity for conference guests to conduct video conferencing on board.


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SORRENTO Fire: Claims Rejected, Ship Owner And Operator Not Guilty

A court in Palma has rejected the claim filed by one of the victims who lost a car in the fire on SORRENTO, 28 April 2015. Both owner (Grimaldi) and operator (Trasmediterranea) are not responsible for the fire, said the judge.

The ruling is based on the report of the Civil Guard. He placed the origin of the flames in a reefer trailer. There was no failure in the electrical installation of the ship, all the permits were in order and the performance of the crew was deemed adequate.

Less Food Waste On Baltic Ferry Buffets

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Several Baltic ferry companies are focusing on minimizing food waste at the buffet restaurants, a typical place where people tend to take too much.

Tallink Silja is looking at the entire food chain from the galley to the passengers. Smaller plates help a lot. However, different passenger profiles create different consumption patterns (example: 200 ice-hockey players versus 200 retired people).

Viking Line has set up signs at its buffet, where they invite people not to take more food than they can eat.

Putting smaller portions in the buffet also helped a lot. It helps the passengers to take the right sizes of portions.

Finnlines has been focusing on getting better at assessing the amount of needed food.

On the Helsinki-Travemünde route the company provides food coupons that allow the combination of a light breakfast and then a hearty lunch.


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  • Trasmediterranea’s ro-pax DIMONIOS has been renamed CIUDAD DE PALMA, in line with the company’s tradition to give “city” names to its ships.
  • The Danish hybrid ferry KANALEN finally started to operate on the Thyborøn-Agger crossing, west of Limfjorden, on Monday 26 November. She has been delayed because of problems with the electric motors. She had been delivered in July.If needed she can be rebuilt for full battery operation.


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Before And After

The photo shows the GNV ferry EXCELLENT, which collided in October with the quay in Barcelona in extreme weather conditions. She also hit a gantry crane that collapsed and took fire.

The ferry has now been repaired by the Palumbo shipyard in Messina.