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Mangalia Shipyard Will Give Damen Shipyard Group The Possibility To Build Large Ferries
It is a major thing for the Dutch shipyard group Damen: the Mangalia shipyard, formerly known as Daewoo Mangalia Heavy Industries (DMHI) will be operated as a joint venture with the Romanian Government. Damen will assume operational control. The yard, located on the Black Sea coast, will be renamed Damen Shipyards Mangalia. This move represents a strategic complement to Damen’s current shipyard portfolio, with the possibility for the construction and conversion of large and complex ferries, There are three drydocks with a total length of 982m and 1.6km of berthing space.
LMG Marin has been awarded the design of two battery-plug-in ferries for the Festøya-Solavågen connection (Ålesund), operated by Norled. The contract with Remontowa Shipyard and Norled was signed on 11 July.
The new ferries will be equipped with an innovative Diesel Electric Hybrid system.
- Normal operation: entire required power comes from battery packs.
- Batteries to be recharged via pantograph from the land grid, in 11 minutes.
- Shore charging system to be integrated with an automatic mooring system.
- In case of emergency: generating sets running on 100% Biodiesel.
The LMG 120-DEH design is also characterized by an innovative vehicle deck and accommodation arrangement: the passenger lounge is below the car deck.
The president of Baleària, Adolfo Utor, and his colleague of Marítima Peregar, Joaquín Pérez-Muñoz Prados, presented a new joint service on 18 July.
Both shipping companies have set up a Compañía Marítima Alborán (50/50), which has begun daily regular traffic between Melilla and Málaga.
Six connections a week are ro-pax services, one per week is for ro-ro freight only.
In addition, Compañía Marítima Alborán will operate other regular traffic with Ceuta and Tangier Med, with Malaga as homeport. This service was already operated by Peregar.
- Malaga-Ceuta: two weekly freight services
- Malaga-Tangier Med: daily, from Monday to Friday ro-ro / Saturdays and Sundays ro-pax.
The new company uses two vessels:
- DÉNIA CIUTAT CREATIVA ro-pax (399 pax / 430 cars)
- FESTIVO ro-ro (1,000 lane meter)
Scandlines’ BERLIN, operating with sister vessel COPENHAGEN on the Gedser-Rostock route, had to be taken out of service to solve technical issues with the thruster. Unusual noises had been heard.
BERLIN was sent to the Fayard drydock in Odense. A spare thruster was delivered immediately from the Rolls Royce warehouse in Norway.
The subsequent investigation confirmed that the replaced thruster was damaged, and that these were actually the cause of the abnormal noises.
She was out of service from 16 to 19 July, missing a few dozens of crossings in one of the busiest periods of the year.
Now it is final: Stena Line will move from Varberg to Halmstad at the end of 2019. It revives the memory of the former Lion Ferry operation, acquired by Stena Line in 1985. The reason for the move is that the city of Varberg plans to urbanize the district of Västerport where Stena Line is berthing today.
“We expect the new ferry terminal to be ready for traffic by the end of 2019,” says Björn Alvengrip, CEO HallandsHamnar. HallandsHamnar is the company managing both ports.
Kvarken Link AB has invited four shipyards to provide binding offers for the building of a new ro-pax ferry. Three shipyards are European, one is Asian.
The deadline for the offers is 31 August 2018. A contract should be signed at the end of this year, latest beginning of next year. Delivery if planned for April 2021.
The Finnish Government will support the project with €25 million, and the EIB (European Investment Bank) will grant the applied loan when the contract is signed.
The Swedish Government is not interested.
The route Umeå (Sweden) and Vasa (Finland) is currently operated by Wasaline. The route is halfway the Gulf of Bothnia.
Polish Engineering company Nelton and Danish shipyard Hvide Sande worked together for developing an energy-efficient ferry. The 50m carferry for Danish AeroXpressen, will operate between Marstal and Rudkøbing. The shallow waters were challenging for the design.
The ship will be driven by two electric motors powered by a set of batteries and two generators. Summer capacity is 196 passengers and 32 cars. Delivery is scheduled from Hvide Sande in Denmark in the Q4, 2019
Stena Line is creating new capacities for rail transport and project cargo with the new Rostock-Trelleborg timetable.
As Stena Line saw an increase of 3% of ro-ro traffic, with demand for rail transports and project cargo rising, the company decided to have trainferry SASSNITZ operating Rostock-Trelleborg some days per week, as from September. Normally this vessel is serving the Sassnitz-Trelleborg route. (see also under: Ferry Ports)
Polferries is still dealing with an unavailable, chartered NOVA STAR. A new date for entering service has again been postponed again, now until 31 July, due to unspecified ‘technical reasons’. In the local press, Polferries are blaming owner ST Marine.
On Sunday 15 July, Minoan Lines started a new daily route, connecting Piraeus with Chania.
Chania is the second largest city of Crete, after Heraklion, and the capital of the Chania regional unit. It lies along the north coast of the island, about 145km west of Heraklion.
The 6h30 minute route is operated by the Grimaldi Group owned cruise ferry MYKONOS PALACE.
Société des traversiers du Québec (STQ) has taken delivery of double-ended ferry ARMAND-IMBEAU II. Built by Davie Shipbuilding, ARMAND IMBEAU II is able to operate entirely on LNG. She has icebreaking capability, necessary for year-round operations on the Saint Lawrence River, more specifically the busy Tadoussac–Baie-Sainte-Catherine link near Québec. She’s entering service in October. A sister vessel, JOS-DESCHÊNES II, is expected in autumn.
Color Line has agreed to purchase the ro-ro ship FINNCARRIER and plans to put the ship on the Oslo-Kiel route in January 2019. The establishment of a separate ro-ro offer represents a new area of activity for Color Line, and is part of the company’s growth ambitions from a Norwegian point of view, says CEO Trond Kleivdal. FINNCARRIER is currently operating on the Finnlines network (Hull-Helsinki).
Wagenborg Shipping Sweden was awarded a contract with General Electrics for the transport of several wind turbine components between Terneuzen (The Nethetlands) and Piteå (Gulf of Bothnia, Sweden). The shipments are part of the Markbygden project which is, once i completed, a windmill park consisting of over 1,100 wind turbines just outside of Piteå.
Successful Port Of Kiel Has More Projects
Dr. Thilo Rohlfs, state secretary of the ministry for economy, transport, labour, technology and tourism for the country of Schleswig-Holstein, made use of a visit to the port of Kiel to learn more about the current port investment projects.
Today, the port of Kiel handles over 7 million tons of cargo and over 2 million passengers per year.
As part of a tour of the harbour, Port of Kiel’s managing director Dr. Dirk Claus informed the state secretary of the current investment plans:
- Expand the pre-storage area for trucks at Ostuferhafen
- Creation of a third switching track at Schwedenkai terminal
- Creation of a shore power supply facility at Norwegenkai terminal
Photo Port of Kiel
Between Klaipeda (Lithuania) and Karlshamn (Sweden), DFDS increased weekly departures from nine to ten. Ro-pax PATRIA SEAWAYS added a weekly round trip to the nine DFDS performs today. The extra sailings take place in the weekend, on Saturdays at 8:00 from Klaipeda and 23:59 from Karlshamn. Crossing time is 13-15 hours
Photo: PATRIA SEAWAYS © DFDS
Ferry and ro-ro are the best performing segments in the Port of Rostock.
- Rostock’s half-year results show a drop in the amount of handled cargo (from 13 million tonnes to 12,2 million). In contrast, ro-ro cargo saw a 7% increase compared to the first half of 2017 (8.7 million tonnes).
- The ferry and ro-ro goods accounted for 67% of overall handling. This strong growth was not enough to fully compensate for the losses in high-tonnage areas such as grain, coal and cement.
- The number of ferry passengers carried to and from Northern Europe increased by 50,000, to 1.05 million.
- Rostock overseas port recorded 2,905 calls by ferries or ro-ro vessels, on a total of 3,650 ship calls.
- Accompanied trucks increased by 9% (210,098 in total)
- Unaccompanied trucks decreased (-1%)
Positive business development, new staff, effective sustainable initiatives and a more efficient roadmap: Stena Line draws a positive summary of the first half of 2018 at the traditional half-year press conference of Rostock Port GmbH.
In the passenger area, it was very good in the first half of 2018. Stena Line recorded 15% more passengers and 19% more vehicles. Sales rose 18%. The advance bookings for the summer season are also positive.
The freight division of Stena Line is also doing well: in 2017, Stena was able to increase its freight volume by 3%, and the trend continues. In addition to the classic trailer traffic, the demand for conventional rail transports and project loads is increasing.
Photo: Mecklenburg-Vorpommern entering the port of Rostock © Stena Line
In the first five months of this year, volumes are rising significantly in the Port of Lübeck
- The total number of transport units increased by 5.4%
- Semi-trailers +20%
- Containers +16%
At the intermodal terminal Baltic Rail Gate, too, things are going well. The two gantry cranes handled more than 30% extra.
The Port Authority of Santander (APS = Autoridad Portuaria de Santander) closed the year 2017 with a profit of €1,9 million which represents an increase of more than 329% compared to the year before.
Interesting for the readers of Ferry Shipping News is the fact that the tonnage transported by ro-ro vessels increased by 11.2%, mainly due to the new ro-ro service by CldN. Faithful customer Brittany Ferries has also seen an increase by 13%.
Nationalized Shipyard In Saint-Nazaire Gets Its Historic Name Back
Shipyard STX France in Saint-Nazaire, has been renamed “Chantiers de l’Atlantique”. On 11 July the yard was nationalized by the French State, after it acquired all the shares from the Koreans. However, that is for a short time only. The distribution of shares is coming into the next phase, which will look like this.
- France (State) 84.3%
- Naval Group 11.7%
- COFIPME local enterprises 1.6%
- Employees 2.4%
In a final phase, expected to be reached before the end of the year, Italian shipbuilding group Fincantieri will become majority shareholder as soon as all authorisations have been obtained.
Since many years this yard is focussing mainly on cruise ships.
Record Traffic For Northlink
NorthLink Ferries reported a passenger increase, which coincides with recent VisitScotland tourism figures which highlighted a rise in visitors to Orkney by 20% since 2013, while the number of visitors to Shetland increased by 10% over the same period.
C.T.M.A. is the shipping operator serving the Iles de la Madeleine archipelago in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Canada. The company has two ferries, the 1973-built CTMA VACANCIER and the 1972-built CTMA VOYAGEUR.
In May Minister Philippe Couillard promised financial support from the Government, for the construction of a new ferry.
In an interview with ICI Radio Canada, Mr Germain Chevarie, Member of Parliament for Îles-de-la-Madeleine, says CAD 50 million will be invested by the Québec Government, but the total cost of the project is unknown.
Port Hardy – Bella Coola route of BC Ferries has been delayed again and now won’t open until 16 September. More time is needed to refurbish NORTHERN SEA WOLF, the former Greek ferry AQUA SPIRIT. The conversion has proved much more difficult than expected.
Ageing double-ended ferries QUEEN OF ALBERNI, QUEEN OF COQUITLAM, QUEEN OF COWICHAN, QUEEN OF OAK BAY and QUEEN OF SURREY are to be replaced, with the first new vessel is expected in 2024. BC Ferries has started the process of enquiries.
MOBY ZAZA had to be towed to the port of Genoa on 15 July, after an engine breakdown. The ship was put into the local shipyard. Instead, MOBY NIKI was withdrawn from her Piombino –Portoferraio route to take her place on Genoa-Bastia.
Former Sealink Ferry Looks Brand New
Detroit World Logistic Maritime has posted a video on their LinkedIn page, showing the final renovations on veteran ferry LE RIF, built as GALLOWAY PRINCESS in 1980.
The question is: when will the ferry finally leave Naples to re-enter service?
Watch the video on LinkedIn (LinkedIn account might be required)