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By | 2019 Newsletter week 20 | No Comments

MARIA GRAZIA ONORATO Officially Presented In Genoa By Onorato Armatori

15 May, in the port of Genoa, Onorato Armatori publicly presented the new ro-ro ship MARIA GRAZIA ONORATO built by Flensburger-Schiffbau-Gesellschaft and long-term chartered (8 years) from the owner Siem.
The vessel is set to be deployed by Tirrenia on the Genoa – Livorno – Catania – Malta rotation.
This is the sixth ro-ro ship that FSG has delivered to Siem and is identical in construction to the sister ship ALF POLLAK, also taken in bare boat charter by Onorato Armatori and then sub-chartered to DFDS.

Fitted with scrubbers, those sister ships are among the newest and most modern ferries currently deployed in the Mediterranean area, accommodating up to 310 semi-trailers and has a capacity of 4,076 lane metres.

Onorato Armatori is negotiating with Siem the charter also of a third sister ships, named LEEVSTEN today, successfully launched and due to be delivered by the German shipyard in September 2019.

HSC GOLDEN EXPRESS Goes to Golden Star Ferries

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Finally, Golden Star Ferries took over the HSC GOLDEN EXPRESS (5.903gt/1998) after the collapse of the agreement reached -in October 2018- with the rival Fast Ferries. The ship has already been painted in the colours of Golden Star Ferries and has already been dry docked at Spanopoulos Group’s new Greek shipyards in Ambelakia, Salamis. Also, her new stern ramps have already been placed since 3 May.
The ship is expected to be introduced on the Rafina – Syros-Tinos-Mykonos-Paros-Naxos-Koufonissi-Amorgos run on 10 June.

Busy Schedule for HSC SUPER SPEED

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On 10 May the Golden Star Ferries’ trimaran, SUPER SPEED was introduced on the Piraeus -Paros – Naxos – Mykonos – Tinos – Rafina – Andros – Tinos – Mykonos – Naxos – Paros – Piraeus run.
She was purchased from the Croatian Krilo Ferry in October 2017, while during the summer season of 2018 she served the Volos-Sporades-Thessaloniki run. This year she is making a fresh start, performing a peculiar and clever run to the Cyclades.
SUPER SPEED was built in Australia (2002). She is 853gt (269 dwt), 54.5m long, 15.08m wide and 2m draught. Her carrying capacity is for 400 passengers. She has 3 MTU 16V4000 engines (6,960 kW) as well as 2 Kamewa 63 SII waterjets. Her maximum speed is 35 knots.

LNG Catamarans Rederij Doeksen On Their Way to The Netherlands

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Rederij Doeksen’s new LNG vessels are on their way to the Netherlands. The SUN RISE left Vung Tau (Vietnam), where the two LNG catamarans were built, on 8 March. The vessels are expected this month in the Netherlands and will, from January 2020, carry out service to and from the Dutch Wadden islands of Terschelling and Vlieland.

These vessels will be the first single fuel LNG ferries in the Netherlands and the very first ships in the world where single fuel LNG engines are directly driven by a fixed propeller.

In 2016, Rederij Doeksen commissioned the Australian firm Strategic Marine to build two new cats. Dutch design agency Vripack signed for the design of interior and exterior.

Both will be powered by the new mobile 16-cylinder single-fuel gas engines MTU has developed. This engine is the first single-fuel high-speed gas engine that can directly and mechanically drive a fixed pitch propeller, with transient acceleration capabilities comparable to that of a typical high-speed diesel engine.

The waste heat recovery system applied to the LNG-vessels (designed by Orcan Energy, Munich) covers the entire energy demand for the intensive operation to supply electric power to bow thrusters when maneuvering in harbour. The result is that using the two efficiency packs means an annual CO2 reduction of 318 tonnes for each – a saving of 260,000 litres of fuel and 462,600 kWh a year.

The project actively contributes to the theme ‘Sustainable development of ports and energy transition’ from the Pioneers program Waddenfonds 2012-2013. The Waddenfonds awarded Rederij Doeksen a subsidy of € 1,207,500 for this new construction project.

New Route by Swedish-Croatian Ferry Start-up

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Adriatic Fast Ferries d.o.o. is a new Croatian ferry company founded by former Jadrolinija CEO Alan Klanac and Swedish shipping and travel entrepreneur Ralph Axelson (ex-owner of HSC EXPRESS, recently sold to the Greek Panagiotakis/Stefanou families for crossings out of Rafina).
The ferry company will operate the brand Splitexpress.com with the high-speed ferry ADRIATIC EXPRESS. She was built for Red Funnel in 1998 and can take 170 passengers.
The unique route links Split Airport with Split Town, Bol (Brac) and Stari Grad (Hvar).

Damen Shipyards Group Opens New Engineering Centre in Helsinki

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Damen has established a presence in Finland for the first time. The Helsinki office has been set up to take advantage of the depth of engineering expertise that exists in the country following the group’s entry last year into building large vessels for the Ro-Pax, Cruise and Offshore markets via its new Romanian yard, Damen Shipyards Mangalia. The new office will augment and extend Damen’s engineering capability in this market segment.

Finland was selected as the location because, along with Italy, Germany and France, it is one of the leading countries in the world in the design and build of cruise and ro-pax vessels; this in combination with particular expertise in ice-class vessels, a growing segment of the cruise market.


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Port Of Kiel First Cold Ironing Facility Officially Inaugurated At The Norwegenkai

On 9 May the shore power facility was declared open by the Minister-President of the federal state of Schleswig-Holstein, Daniel Günther, the German Federal Government’s Coordinator for the Maritime Industry, Norbert Brackmann, and the Lord Mayor of Kiel Dr Ulf Kämpfer along with Dr Dirk Claus, the Managing Director of Seehafen Kiel GmbH & Co. KG) and Trond Kleivdal, Board Chairman of the Color Line.

With immediate effect, the Color Line’s big cruise-ferries can now be supplied with electric power from on shore.

New Second Lock for Port of Zeebrugge

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The regional government of Flanders has decided to invest EUR 1 billion in a new lock for the Port of Zeebrugge.
The increased traffic justifies a second lock. Zeebrugge is the number one player for ro-ro car traffic, with many PCTC’s calling at the inner harbour.
The large new lock will be built in the area on the site of the old Visart lock.


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2019 To Be A Transition Year for Fjord1

Fjord1’s Q1 results have taken a dive. The company says it has to do with the loss of two important routes, and the preparations for the new routes.
“Nothing to worry about,” is what the company says to the Norwegian media. The company has a contract portfolio within the ferry segment of NOK 22 billion. The contracts last for 2033, and during 2019 the company will receive 14 new vessels.

Some highlights of Fjord1’s first quarter:

  • Fjord1 started new contracts on 1 January 2019, for the following routes: Hareid-Sulesund, Brekstad-Valset and Arsvågen-Mortavika, Daløy-Haldorneset.
  • The new connections involved start-up costs.
  • The company lost the Halhjem-Sandvikvåg and Flakk-Rørvik routes.
  • Newbuilds SULØY and GISKØY entered service.

Key figures (in million NOK)
-11% Revenue 640 (218)
-28% EBITDA 158 (218)
-62% EBIT 57 (147)
-86% Result 14 (107)


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Hurtigruten has partnered with the Norwegian startup Brim Explorer, introducing battery powered catamarans custom built for Polar water exploration.
Debuting in the spring of 2020, the 24-meter vessel will operate a variety of daily silent and sustainable ocean excursions from her homeport Longyearbyen on the Arctic island of Svalbard – operating under the Hurtigruten Svalbard brand.


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By replacing traditional lubrication oil and fuel oil separators with a filter solution from GreenOil Standard ApS, the energy consumption will significantly be reduced. This contributes to the Wasaline ro-pax ferry to be among the world’s most efficient and environmentally sustainable ships by reducing the CO2 emission, with an estimated +16 ton/year when running on LNG, using the filtration systems instead of the separators.
In addition to the environmental aspect Wasaline gets pure cost saving in operational cost and maintenance.

Connecting Europe For A Sustainable Future

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AI assisted vessels to save fuel, Battery power propulsion, huge reduction of single use plastic on board, continued low level of crew and passenger accidents and an increased rate of female leaders. That are some of the highlights in Stena Lines sustainability review for 2018.

Its third review “A Sustainable Journey” describes initiatives, improvements and challenges in the operations from the sustainability perspective as well as results on their ambitious sustainability targets. The review also highlights the main initiatives the company has worked on during the past year.

DNV GL Webinar: Global Sulphur Cap 2020 – Be Prepared for Compliance

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As the deadline for the 2020 global sulphur cap is getting closer, many uncertainties still remain, making the job of preparing vessels for the fuel switch more challenging. That’s what DNV GL says. It is organising a webinar with the following content:

  • The regulatory framework, including an MEPC 74 meeting summary
  • The latest update on scrubbers
  • A review of the fuel switch options, including their associated risks
  • The IMO’s recommended Ship Implementation Plan (SIP)
  • An “executive checklist” for 2020 global sulphur cap compliance

DFDS Is Testing Intelligent Drones

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DFDS is developing and testing drones that can help us keep track of the trailers in the terminals in cooperation with Lorenz Technology, a Danish company developing drones based on Artificial Intelligence (AI).

The drones can autonomously zip around the terminal locating trailers, scanning and analysing trailer numbers, while integrating a real-time data flow to terminal management systems. This data can help terminal staff with different tasks, including precise location of trailers and improved weight management when loading ferries for increased operating efficiency.
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Journalist Nathalie Bureau du Colombier had an interesting article in French newspaper L’Antenne, based on an interview with Corsicea Linea CEO Pierre-Antoine Villanova.
On 26 May, ro-pax PAGLIA ORBA will be connected for the first time by shore power in the port of Marseille.
The ferry will be followed by PASCAL PAOLI and JEAN NICOLI in the coming months.
Corsica Linea has also the intention to order an LNG ferry this year, to be bost uilt by a European shipyard.
Between 2016 and 2018 revenue has gone up from EUR 176 to 220 million.
The shareholders have been asked to renounce dividends the next five years.
A group of banks will finance 80% of the cost of the new ship. The newbuilding will cost EUR 150 million. 20% will be paid by own funds.


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  • Baleària has scheduled new high-speed services between Barcelona and the ports of Ciutadella (Menorca) and Alcúdia (Mallorca) during the summer months, between 4 July and 11 September.
  • Former Irish Ferry vessel OSCAR WILDE is to be renamed GNV ALLEGRA
  • The EUROPEAN ENDEAVOUR will be renamed FINBO CARGO and operate Tallinn to Helsinki for Eckerö Line.


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CLdN has officially welcomed ro-ro ferry LAURELINE with a ceremony in the port of Santander on 10 May.The LAURELINE is one of the vessels to connect the ports of Dublin, Zeebrugge and Santander, with three symmetrical sailings each week.

Battery ferry ELLEN has been built by Søby Yard (Denmark) for the domestic Ærøfærgerne service between Søby and Fynshav.