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By | 2020 Newsletter week 3 | No Comments

Boreal is Awarded the Contract for the ‘Inner Oslofjord 2021

A new operator for the island ferries in the Inner Oslofjord will be Boreal Sjø, as from from November 1, 2021. This is the first time Boreal Sjø has entered into a contract with public transport company Ruter, following a tender competition with a total of five contenders..

The contract runs until 2034.

Five electric ferries will be built. They have been designed by Multi Maritime. The first will be ready in the winter of 2021-2022. In the summer of 2022, all five ships will be operational.

The new ferries all have a capacity for 350 passengers (compared to 236 passengers now). Although running fully electric, they will have a backup with diesel.

NISSOS MYKONOS & NISSOS CHIOS Will Be Integrated into Blue Star Ferries

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The HSW’s sisters NISSOS MYKONOS [link: Fakta om Fartyg] and NISSOS CHIOS [link: Fakta om Fartyg] will soon sport the Blue Star Ferries livery following the recent decision of the Atiica Group, as they operate mainly on Blue Star Ferries routes and share the Blue Star Ferries’ fleet design.

The two popular ferries will be renamed BLUE STAR MYKONOS and BLUE STAR CHIOS, while their refurbishment will start soon in Perama.

Both ships will be fitted with scrubber units while their interior public areas will change in order to follow the Blue Star Ferries philosophy.

The Hellenic Seaways fleet will be confined only to the large ferries of the North Aegean as well as the high-speed crafts.

Kerkyra Lines’ EVDOKIA (ex-FERRY MISHIMA) Arrived in Greece

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On 12 January, Kerkyra Lines’ EVDOKIA arrived in Amaliapolis (Volos) from Japan and anchored at Kouris Shipyard for conversion.
The small ferry (ex- FERRY MISHIMA) was purchased last September by the Japanese Sakido Kisen Co and began her long voyage – from Nagasaki to Greece – on 7 December 2019.

According to her company, she is not destined for the main Corfu – Igoumenitsa line. She will probably serve the Corfu – Othonoi line.
[Link: MarineTraffic]

TS Laevad and Estonian Road Administration Negotiate

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Due to continuously increasing demand on the Virtsu – Kuivastu ferry line, the Minister of Economic Affairs and Communications authorized the Estonian Road Administration to negotiate with OÜ TS Laevad, a subsidiary of AS Tallinna Sadam, to acquire an additional new-built ferry.

Subject to the results of further analyses and negotiations, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications has set the goal for the Road Administration to conclude an agreement with TS Laevad by 31.03.2020 on the terms and conditions for acquiring and operating the new vessel.

Cheaper Tickets Should Generate More Traffic on Alslinjen

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Alslinjen have started to add a dynamic low-cost structure to the existing ticketing system.
Based on early bookings and off-peak crossings, people can save money.

Alslinjen is one of the four Danske Færger ferry companies that was taken over by Molslinjen a year ago.
The ferry connects Bøjden and Fynshav. A road alternative is the Little Belt Bridge. However, CEO Carsten Jensen believes that the ferry crossing is a relaxing alternative for drivers.

During 2020 all routes will see the introduction of the Barista’s coffee concept.

French Blockade Affects Crossings between Marseille, Corsica, Tunisia and Algeria

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Since 10 January unions from La Méridionale are on strike. They started a blockade, affecting two of their ferries and three from Corsica Linea.

What they want is an agreement for a new cooperation between La Méridionale and Corsica Linea, to operate the Corsica routes together, as in the past.

They fear that La Méridionale will have to close business. The company lost the two most important routes, Bastia and Ajaccio, which has the highest number of freight.

On 9 January, a new call for operators for the secondary routes (Marseille – Propriano and Marseille – Porto Vecchio) has been launched, for a temporary public service contract until end of 2020. Why? Because the ‘Office des Transports Corse’ deemed that the estimated capacities were wrong, after recalculating them. They say that on Porto-Vechio 220,000 lane metres are needed, whilst only 160,000 have been foreseen. It is the other way around in Propriano, where 66,000 is enough, against 96,000 planned.

There is a lot of criticism on this cancellation of the previous public service contract, “as if the rules of the game were changed during the game.”

DANIELLA CASANOVA has been diverted to Toulon. However, when the ship arrived in Ajaccio on Monday evening, the unions decided not to let her disembark passengers. DANIELLE CASANOVA and MEGA ANDREA have been rerouted to Propriano, where the port was guarded by police.

The crisis comes at a time when tourists start to think about their summer holidays.

Corsica Linea also had to cancel the crossings to Tunisia and Algeria.

SOL Becomes New Majority Shareholder in Scanlog

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SOL Becomes New Majority Shareholder in Scanlog

Svenska Orient Linien, SOL, becomes new majority owner in the Swedish logistics company Scandinavian Logistics Partners, Scanlog. Until now, the shipping company has had a 20 percent holding in the company, but now it is expanding its ownership to just over 50 percent.

From SOL’s perspective, there are obvious benefits from the ownership in Scanlog: delivering door-to-door logistics services.

The sustainability perspective is extremely important for both organisations.

Scanlog’s business model is based on Responsible Logistics – increased cost efficiency, reduced environmental impact and responsibility for quality of delivery.

SOL has also made major investments in sustainable transportation earlier in the year through its 50 percent stake in the start-up shipping company WALLENIUS SOL. The new shipping company will transport cargo in the Baltic Sea region by 2021 with some of the world’s most modern ice-classed LNG-powered vessels. The new vessels will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 60 percent and fuel consumption by 50 percent per trans­ported unit.

Tallink’s Vessel ROMANTIKA to be Renewed at Nauta Shipyard

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Tallink Grupp’s vessel ROMANTIKA has arrived in the Nauta Shipyard in Gdynia, Poland on 13 January for scheduled maintenance and planned renewal works. The vessel will stay in Nauta shipyard for nearly two weeks, returning to the Riga-Stockholm route on Saturday, 25 January.

During the scheduled docking, several key passenger areas will be renewed considerably and receive a complete overhaul according to the company’s refreshed brand.

The popular ship’s buffet restaurant will be refurbished according to the Grande Buffet concept. Similarily, the ship’s cafe will be renewed in accordance with the Coffee & Co. concept and the ship’s pub will be renovated in keeping with the Seapub concept.

ROMANTIKA will also be prepared for connecting the vessel with the high-voltage shore connection during its port stays in Stockholm.


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TS Laevad: Excellent Year for a Reliable Ferry Service

  • Last year TS Laevad served a total of nearly 2.4 million passengers (+4%) and just over a million vehicles (+5%).
  • Virtsu – Kuivastu: 1.77 million passengers and 770,000 vehicles
  • Rohuküla – Heltermaa: 622,000 passengers and 277,000 vehicles
  • A total of 21,010 ferry crossings, with an average of 98.3% of the crossings on time.


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Port of Genoa Reached a New Year Record for Cruise Traffic and a 4% Increase in Ferry Passengers

In 2019, ferry passengers increased by 88,274, compared to 2018. In total 2,168,721 passengers have been counted.

(Source: Stazioni Marittime, the local ropax terminal operator, a joint venture of MSC, Grandi Navi Veloci, Costa Crociere and Moby)

Ferry passengers between Genoa and

  • Sardinia +108,000
  • Palermo -11,000
  • North Africa -4,800
  • Corsica -5,000

Roro traffic: 1,793,116 lane metres = -4,62% For the current year a small increase of 2% ferry passengers is expected. Adding also the cruise traffic, the total number of passengers in the port of Genoa reached 3.5 million passengers.

Ports of Tallinn Saw Recovery of Passenger Traffic between Estonia and Finland

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Ports of Tallinn Saw Recovery of Passenger Traffic between Estonia and Finland

In 2019 the number of passengers increased by 0.2% year-on-year, reaching a record of 10.64 million passengers. The growth was driven by passenger traffic between Estonia and Finland on the Tallinn – Helsinki and Muuga – Vuosaari routes and was also supported by another annual record of 660,000 cruise passengers.

“For the number of passengers, we reached a record for the 12th consecutive year, thanks to recovery of passenger traffic between Estonia and Finland, which was also strongly supported by the addition of servicing passengers with vehicles and the addition of a new ship on the Muuga-Vuosaari route,” says Valdo Kalm, Chairman of the Management Board of the Port of Tallinn.

Positive Development in the Port of Rostock

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  • In 2019, a total of 25.7 million tons of goods were handled in the Rostock overseas port. This corresponds to a slight increase of 100,000 tons.
  • There was a slight decline in the ferry and ro-ro traffic. This was compensated by good results in other areas.
  • Overall, the roro volume decreased -4%. The share of rolling cargo in the total throughput was 63 percent.
  • The number of roro freight units decreased with 6.5%
  • In contrast, the number of handled trailers increased with 0.9%
  • The number of cars and RVs transported increased by 3%
  • With the number of 2.5 million ferry passengers carried on the routes to Northern Europe, the previous year’s result was roughly achieved.
  • The number of railway wagons to and from Trelleborg increased sharply, +18% (18,388). Around a fifth of all goods handled in the port are brought in and out by train.
  • -18% paper and cellulose

EU Mobility Package Update

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The Mobility Package is a three-part scheme headed by the European Commission, which features new initiatives to try and govern the ever-growing levels of commercial road transport across Eastern Europe.

  • Local wages must be paid both for domestic haulage within one country and for cabotage – when a truck arrives with goods from abroad and accepts a transport job within that country.
  • Cabotage rules will also be tightened. After carrying out cabotage, the truck must stay within the country’s borders for four days. After carrying out cabotage, the truck must stay within the country’s borders for four days. Every eight weeks the truck must be driven back to the country where it was registered.
  • Foreign drivers face stricter rules for driving and resting times and must return to their home country every three weeks.


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Greece Ferry Ticket To Cost €130, Minister Says

A return ticket for a 30-hour ferry trip between Limassol and Piraeus, Greece, would cost around €130 deputy minister for shipping Natasa Pilides said on Tuesday, as efforts are underway for the service to be up and running by this summer.

As soon as the green light is given, a tender competition will be announced with the aim of having the service available this summer.

Ferry-Borne Tourism in Estonia’s Smaller Islands Growing

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Estonia’s smaller islands are seeing a rise in tourist visitors year-on-year, according to a report on ETV current affairs show “Aktuaalne kaamera” Monday night. This increase is matched by a rise in the use of car ferries to visit islands such as Kihnu and Vormsi, with visitors bringing their own cars.

This year, new procurements will be announced on the Kihnu, Vormsi and Sõru-Triigi (between Hiiumaa and Saaremaa) routes.

Tallink Chief: We Can Make Hourly Tallinn-Helsinki Trips Where Needed

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Hourly trips between Tallinn and Helsinki could be introduced if there is enough demand, Mr Paavo Nõgene, the chairman of the board of Tallink said on Estonian TV, adding that lowering the excise duty on alcohol had given tourism a boost.

However, he rebutted a stereotype that Finns travel to Estonia purely to buy cheap alcohol.

Nõgene said Tallink plans to build new, environmentally friendly passenger ships which will fly the Estonian flag.

Corsica Ferries: 0.1% Sulphur Fuel

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On 9 January, Christian Estrosi (Mayor of the city of Nice, President of the Nice Côte d’Azur Metropolis, Deputy President of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Region), and Pierre Mattei (President and CEO of Corsica Ferries) have formalized the use of 0.1% sulphur fuel at the port of Nice.

Nice is not in a SECA, and 0.5% fuel would be the norm. Corsica Ferries has decided to play a pioneering role, with the hope to have a Mediterranean SECA soon. The company also participates in the relevant program under the wings of the French Shipowners Association.


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Jadrolinija acquired Greek double-ender FAROS. She will sail between Split and Stari Grad. FAROS is the former STELIOS FILIAGKOS from Thassos Link.

She has a capacity of 600 passengers and 160 vehicles. She was purchased for HRK 63 million or EUR 8.5 million.

[link MarineTraffic]

On 13 January, the keel was laid for the first out of two combined freight and passenger DFDS newbuildings from Guangzhou Shipyard in South China. The ferries will be used in the Baltic

ELISABETH RUSS has been chartered by Trasmediterranea, to replace LA SURPRISE (Suardiaz) on the roro freight route between Algeciras and Tanger Med. [link MarineTraffic]


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Newbuilt Hydrofoil CARMINE Enters Service for Liberty Lines

The high-speed craft CARMINE M –built by Liberty Shipyard in Trapani– has been delivered to Liberty Lines. It is ready to enter service on the routes to and from the Aeolian islands.

This is the fourth unit of the Admiral 250 series built in Sicily and follows the sister ships CARLO MORACE, AMMARÌ and CARMEN M.

This high-speed vessel has a capacity for 250 passengers, is 31.7 metres long, beam is 6.8 metres, draft 4.2 metres and can reach a maximum speed of 36 knots.


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On 18 December 2019, Austal announced the rollout of Hull 394, the BAJAMAR EXPRESS for Fred. Olsen Express.

Austal recently posted a new video that captures the milestone.