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Corona Crisis Communication

For those present, do you remember last year’s super interesting session about crisis communication, on the second day of the Ferry Shipping Summit?

This session with lot of examples of bad communication was given by Cor Radings (crisis media management network MTI) and Dan Bridgett (Head Communications P&O).

On 30 January 2020, I was onboard COSTA SMERALDA when the ship was quarantined for 12 hours. We spent a full day in the port of Civitavecchia, waiting to get the permission to disembark.

One of the Asian passengers developed some fever the night before disembarkation. As soon as the case was discovered, the required precautionary procedures were immediately taken. The relevant authorities were informed and, on arrival of the ship in the port of Civitavecchia they carried out all the checks required.

Because of one single Instagram picture showing the ship in Civitavecchia, I was found by newspaper journalists, radio- and TV stations.

This was a very enriching experience. I wrote an article about this. You can find it on LinkedIn.

On 30 January 2020, I was onboard COSTA SMERALDA when the ship was quarantined for 12 hours. We spent a full day in the port of Civitavecchia, waiting to get the permission to disembark.

One of the Asian passengers developed some fever the night before disembarkation. As soon as the case was discovered, the required precautionary procedures were immediately taken. The relevant authorities were informed and, on arrival of the ship in the port of Civitavecchia they carried out all the checks required.

Because of one single Instagram picture showing the ship in Civitavecchia, I was found by newspaper journalists, radio- and TV stations.

This was a very enriching experience. I wrote an article about this. You can find it on LinkedIn.

LinkedIn article Costa / Corona

Later on, a Princess cruise ship was quarantined in Japan. In my opinion Princess Cruises did a good job by communicating through social media.

Two examples can be seen here on YouTube:

Princess Cruises President Jan Swartz

Princess Cruises EVP Rai Caluori

This is not for me to judge, but some journalists think more could have been done. The main critic was that nobody wants to give answers.

The Importance of a Media Strategy

In this year’s Ferry Shipping Summit, we are again going to have a panel debate about media strategy.

Theme: Climate and environmental media strategy for the ferry and port industry.

Moderator: Cor Radings, Managing partner MTI

Panel:

Johanna Boijer Svanström, SVP Corp. Communication Viking Line

Dan Bridgett, Group Head Communications P&O

Ariadne Psimara, New Business Development Manager Attica Group.

FERRY SHIPPING

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Fjord Line’s New Catamaran FSTR Launched

Fjord Line’s brand new high-speed catamaran ferry, FSTR, has been launched from Austal’s shipyard on the Philippines (Balamban, Cebu).

The ship will replace HSC FJORD CAT for the route between Kristiansand and Hirtshals, and will double the capacity of the fastest route between Norway and Denmark.

The fast vehicle-passenger ferry, to be known as FSTR, is the largest aluminium vessel ever launched in the Philippines – and the largest by volume ever constructed by Austal.

The vessel is now in the final stages of fit out, prior to delivery to Fjord Line in Q2.

FSTR (Hull 419) is capable of transporting 1,200 passengers at up to 40 knots and features Austal’s largest ever vehicle-carrying capacity constructed to date, with a beam of 30.5 metres enabling 404 cars to be carried across two decks. The ship features several key design innovations that enhance operating performance and passenger comfort, including a new, optimised hull form that will minimise fuel consumption and wake wash when operating on the Skagerrak Sea between Hirtshals and Kristiansand.

Brittany Ferries Inaugurates New Building in Saint-Malo

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In Saint-Malo, Brittany Ferries has moved its offices from ‘Gare Maritime de la Bourse’ (ferry terminal) to Parc Atalante, some 7km south.

New offices have been built, with a surface of almost 1,000m2.

The building includes a training center:

  • Education of crew for the use of LNG
  • Education for certain jobs, such as security officer
  • New firefighting techniques
  • HR

‘Brittany Ferries Atalante’ has been officially opened on 7 February. Present were, amongst others, Jean-Yves Le Drian, minister of European and Foreign Affairs, and Amélie de Montchalin, his secretary of state.

Tirrenia CIN Closed the Catania – Naples RoRo Link Due to Insufficient Demand

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Tirrenia CIN Closed the Catania – Naples RoRo Link Due to Insufficient Demand

As from this week, Tirrenia – Compagnia Italiana di Navigazione (Moby group) is no longer operating the regular roro line between the ports of Catania, in Sicily, and Naples, in Campania. The announcement was sent to the road haulers last week.

“This line was opened in June 2018 following the request coming from the market and Tirrenia has strongly supported it with important investments. Today we are forced to interrupt the operation in the light of the lack of sufficient traffic to support the line economically. The other maritime connections will continue as planned” the company said.

On the Catania – Salerno route Grimaldi Group will remain the only player active, while Cartour currently deploys a roro ship on the Messina – Salerno link.

Atlantis Seaways Launch Roro Service from Libya to Italy and Slovenia

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A new shipping company called Atlantis Seaways has just launched a roro line between Libya, Italy and Slovenia.

Some details were released by the Italian general agent, the Venice-based general agent Agencies, which announced that it is a new regular service calling at the port of Khoms, Misurata, Salerno, Venice and Koper.

The frequency is every 18-20 days. Two loops, one in the Thyrrenian Sea and the other one in the Adriatic Sea, will be alternated.

The vessel deployed is the roro MY ROSE [link MarineTraffic] with a capacity for 1,500 lane metres.

Depending on the success of the line and the demand from the market a second ship and further calls in Northern Italy (Genoa), in Spain and in Turkey (Izmir) may be introduced in the future.

Increased Capacity Between Zeebrugge and Santander

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CLdN introduced VALENTINE and CELANDINE on the Zeebrugge – Santander service, adding almost 40% to the total capacity between these two ports.

This scale-up fits well into the growing demand CLdN has been experiencing on the connection between Belgium and Spain.

In 2016 CLdN started the route with only one roundtrip each week. Today it sails between the two ports no less than three times a week., with departures on both sides on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

FERRY FINANCE

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Moby Announced a Standstill Agreement with Bondholders and Negotiation with the Banks

The Milan-based Moby group announced that it entered into confidentiality agreements and a standstill agreement with a group of bondholders under the €300 million bond, due 2023, issued by Onorato Armatori Spa (company subsequently merged into Moby).

Pursuant to the standstill agreement, the company shall, inter alia, provide certain due diligence information to the group of bond holders with a view to the Moby group and with the objective to negotiate the terms of a potential restructuring transaction. “In change the financial investors shall refrain from taking enforcement or repayment actions against the company. It is contemplated that the Standstill Agreement shall continue until 29 February 2020” the announcement from Moby explains.

The ferry company controlled by Vincenzo Onorato is also engaged in discussions with the banks (Unicredit, Intesa Sanpaolo, Ubi, Banco bpm and Mps) under the €260 million loan regarding a potential restructuring transaction. “In connection with the ongoing discussions with the lenders, the company has made a request for the lenders to standstill during this period” Moby informed.

The Onorato-controlled group concluded specifying that “the company will not make in mid-February the scheduled payments due under the notes and the senior facilities agreement, or the scheduled amortization payment due under the senior facilities agreement”. Moby’s business and operations are expected to continue to operate as normal during the restructuring discussions.

FERRY PORTS

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Almost 10% Increase of RoRo Traffic Between Algeciras and Tangier Med in 2019

Ferries in the ‘Strait’ have been doing well last year.

  • +8.63% freight units on all routes to North Africa
  • +9.92% freight units on Port Algeciras – Tangier Med
  • -0.57% freight units on Algeciras – Ceuta
  • -1.76% passenger cars Algeciras – Tangier Med
  • +5.62% passenger cars Algeciras – Ceuta

TECHNOLOGY

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Irish Ferries Choose Hogia Ferry Systems

Irish Ferries have been looking to replace their current passenger and freight reservation systems and have signed an agreement with Hogia Ferry Systems to deliver their standard booking system BOOKIT.

The new system has a fully comprehensive API, which will allow Irish Ferries to integrate any hardware or third-party software.

Irish Ferries currently have two separate systems for their passenger and freight operations, which will now be replaced with one complete solution.

IN THE MEDIA

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Cyprus-Greece Passenger Ferry Still a Long Way to Go

The government’s proposal to re-establish a long-defunct car and passenger ferry service to Greece from Cyprus by the summer of 2020 is being implemented step by step, but there is still a long way to go, Phileleftheros reports citing insiders.

Corsica Ferries May Get a Nice Windfall from the Authorities over SNCM Subsidies

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A State subsidy allowed former SNCM to operate two ropax ferries on Marseille – Ajaccio in the high season. This created an unfair competition with Corsica Ferries.

The ‘Collectivité territoriale de Corse (CTC)’ should have reclaimed €220 million from SNCM, which were paid as a subsidy for a service which was not supposed to be subsidised. CTC did not recover this money.

Decision expected in March.

SHORT NEWS

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Roro C.T.M.A. VOYAGEUR Purchased by a Greek Interests Company

According to a Canadian article, the small roro C.T.M.A. VOYAGEUR [link MarineTraffic] is claimed to have been sold to a Greek interest operator for less than CAD 500k.

The ship has been laid up in Montreal since 5 September 2019 and was replaced by the larger and newer CTMA VOYAGEUR II (former CLIPPER RANGER) on the Montreal – Cap-aux-Meules and Matane – Cap-aux-Meules lines.

Information in Greece said that Ainaftis Shipping Co (Kallimasias), which mainly serves the North Aegean, is probably her mysterious buyer.

Photo: Steve Geronazzo (Marine Traffic)

Minoan Lines’ FESTOS PALACE Renamed KYDON PALACE

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Minoan Lines’ FESTOS PALACE Renamed KYDON PALACE

Eventually, Minoan Lines’ new restructuring plan in Crete is coming into force.

FESTOS PALACE has been renamed KYDON PALACE and from 17 February 2020 she will be introduced on the Piraeus – Chania line.

The rest of this ambitious plan is that KNOSSOS PALACE will be introduced -under the Grimaldi colours- on the Civitavecchia – Olbia line.

CRUISE BONARIA (ex. OLYMPIA PALACE) will be renamed either FESTOS or KNOSSOS PALACE, sport the Minoan Lines livery and serve the Piraeus – Heraklion run along with her sister MYKONOS PALACE, which will be renamed FESTOS or KNOSSOS PALACE.

That fleet reshuffling at Heraklion port mainly reveals Minoan Lines intention to offer more lane meters and less hotel services as the twins that are going to replace the classic Heraklion pair offer more freight space and less interior amenities.

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK

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About Last Week in Italy

Last week I was in Civitavecchia and Livorno on two different cruise assignments. These jobs are always good to combine with ferry photography. Especially with ISPS it has been increasingly difficult to see and photograph ferries. A cruise ship is a nice alternative.

Let’s start with Civitavecchia. The pictures shows (from left to right) CRUISE BARCELONA, MOBY DADA and MOBY TOMMY.

Don’t you expect a cappuccino in Italy? No, it was CAPUCINE showing up. This CLdN vessel has been chartered by the Italian MoD.

A fantastic sunrise asks for a FANTASTIC ship, like the one from GNV.

I visited Livorno with SEVEN SEAS SPLENDOR on Tuesday 4 February 2020.

The first ferry I saw leaving was the ELIANA MARINO. Only later on I realised she was the former PORTO EXPRESS / LOUISE RUSS.

Although the sky was blue the weather was extremely windy. After a while all ferries in and out needed tugs.

Low season means a few ferries are not in service or are in reduced service. Some are in Livorno for maintenance.

Moby is currently not covering the connection between Santa Teresa di Gallura, in Sardinia, and Bonifacio, in Corsica, after the ferry GIRAGLIA grounded and suffered an 8-metre hole in hull. Moby is now looking to charter a small ferry. It is likely that the sistership BASTIA (currently in dry dock in Livorno, see on the picture on the right) will be deployed on the line as soon as possible.