SPECIAL INTERVIEW

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New Horizons For Attica Group, With The Acquisition Of Hellenic Seaways

Last week Ferry Shipping News paid a visit to Athens and despite being extremely busy, the CEO of Attica Group Mr Spiros Paschalis (photo) made time early in the morning to give us an update on the developments of Attica Group.

FERRY SHIPPING

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M.S.C. = More Ships To Come

(And For G.N.V. Too)

Genoa is a busy cruise and ferry port. Last Saturday (June 9), MSC SEAVIEW was christened, again by Mrs Sophia Loren (for the 13th time!).

But…what does this have to do with ferries?

The MSC Group also owns the ferry company Grande Nave Veloci, something ignored by a lot of guests, even though many of them were travel professionals. It might have been a coincidence, but still, the fact to have the ferry LA SUPREMA being berthed almost for 24 hours next to the new MSC SEAVIEW certainly created awareness.

Ferry Shipping News is looking forward to the naming ceremonies of the new GNV ferries under construction in China.

Stena Line Re-Deploys Three Ships To Strengthen The Route Network

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STENA NORDICA

After summer, Stena Line will re-deploy three ships on three routes. The target is to further improve service and accessibility for customers and optimise operations in line with market developments.

  • New(er) tonnage on Göteborg – Frederikshavn: Ro-pax HAMMERODDE to replace ro-ro STENA GOTHICA.
  • All traffic to Denmark to use Masthuggskajen in Göteborg.
  • In the middle of September, STENA GOTHICA will return to her former route Travemünde-Liepaja where she will operate together with her sister ship URD.
  • Four permanent ro-pax vessels on Karlskrona-Gdynia.
  • Ro-pax STENA NORDICA will be placed on the Karlskrona-Gdynia route in October, after the charter of ro-ro GUTE is over and the ship returns to Gotlandsbolaget. Growth is still strong between Karlskrona and Gdynia. STENA NORDICA is twice as big as GUTE.

HAMMERODDE

STENA GOTHICA photo: Rickard Sahlsten

DFDS Orders A Fifth Ro-Ro In China

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DFDS has ordered one additional ro-ro newbuilding for delivery in the first half of 2020 from the Chinese Jinling Shipyard.

The newbuilding is similar to the four previously ordered ro-ro’s and likewise designed to carry 6,700 lane metres of freight equivalent to around 450 trailers.

DFDS’ fleet renewal programme also includes two ro-pax ferries to be delivered in 2021 for deployment in the Baltic route network.

In addition, one chartered ro-pax (from Stena RoRo) will be delivered in 2021 for deployment on The English Channel routes.

More Delays For Irish Ferries’ W.B. YEATS

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Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft & Co.KG (FSG) has advised Irish Ferries of a further delay to the delivery of the W.B. Yeats. The new ship was due to commence sailings between Ireland and France from July 30 (after an earlier delay).

Irish Ferries had no option but to cancel all the planned sailings to France for W.B. YEATS this Summer, with the ship now likely to commence sailing with Irish Ferries on Dublin / Holyhead as scheduled in September.

Approximately 6,000 bookings will be impacted by this issue.

The postponement is caused by delays in the delivery of interior fitting components for the public areas, as well as the electrical system installation.

Photo: FSG

Half A Dozen? Make It A Dozen, Says Grimaldi

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The Grimaldi Group has ordered six more units of the so-called Grimaldi Green Fifth Generation (GG5G) class. This brings the total to twelve, to be built in China, at the Jinling Shipyard. The vessels have been designed in close cooperation with Knud E Hansen.

Some particulars:

  • Lithium batteries for in-port use, being recharged by shaft generators and solar panels.
  • 7,800 lane meters
  • 9 ships for Grimaldi, 3 for Finnlines (=ice class)
  • Delivery 2020-2022.

Photo: Knud E. Hansen