Worries Caused by Interruption of Ferry Service between Corsica and Sardinia

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On 6 February, Moby Line’s GIRAGLIA hit a rock. She had to be repaired and left the route between Sardinia and Corsica without a ship for 10 days.

It is a vital logistic link between the two islands. The other ship, BASTIA, was not available due to winter maintenance. She is expected back soon.

The incident raised concerns:

  • How long can this old tonnage remain in service? GIRAGLIA is from 1981, BASTIA from 1974.
  • Since 2016 talks have been going on about the creation of an inter-island, inter-European public service contract (GECT – groupement européen de coopération territoriale), so far without anything concrete.

SHORT NEWS

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Since the middle of May 2019, the Japanese built roro AYSHE of Kostas Agapitos is laid up at the Perama repair zone.

In 2014 she was chartered to the Turkish ECOL for the Turkey – France (Sète) run, a route that was fit exactly to her characteristics and potentials.

However, her charter expired last May and the large roro was laid up in Greece. Since then she was put up for sale but without success so far, which means that a great ship may end up to the scrapyard.

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK

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Barcelona, RoPax and RoRo Port

Armas’ VOLCAN DE TINAMAR alongside the terminal at Barcelona’s World Trade Center. She serves the route Palma de Mallorca – Barcelona.

GNV ATLAS passing the W-Hotel, on her way to Nador

EUROCARGO CAGLIARI looks quite small when seen from the highest deck of COSTA SMERALDA

EUROCARGO CAGLIARI looks quite small when seen from the highest deck of COSTA SMERALDA

Drapetsona, Like a Ferry Museum

Drapetsona in off-season is like a museum for veteran ferries. Captain Apostolos Kaknis was so kind to send us this amazing panoramic picture.

We split the full panoramic image in three pieces to make it easier to recognise the ships. This is not a quiz and nothing can be won.

TOP STORY

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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.