FSG Delivers LEEVSTEN Charterer Unknown

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The German shipyard Flensburger-Schiffbau-Gesellschaft has just completed and delivered a vessel renamed LEEVSTEN, which is the seventh ro-ro ship handed over to SIEM.

Several media reported recently that Fratelli Onorato could be the charterer of this unit (since the fifth and the sixth, respectively renamed ALF POLLAK and MARIA GRAZIA ONORATO had been bare boat chartered to the Vincenzo Onorato-controlled company) but several sources in Italy deny this possibility, even if some negotiations were effectively ongoing in the recent past and the light blue coloured funnel of the vessel may be a clear sign of that.

The eighth vessel for Siem will be launched at the end of October at the same shipyard based in Flensburg.

Tennor Holding Takes Full Ownership Of Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft

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Investor Lars Windhorst has completely taken over the Flensburg shipbuilding company. His investment company Tennor Holding B.V. confirmed it has now become the sole owner of the German shipyard FSG, after acquiring all remaining shares in FSG from the former owners, Siem Europe Sarl.

In February of this year, Tennor (formerly Sapinda Holding) became the principal shareholder.

Siem Europe will continue to work closely with Tennor alongside other FSG customers and suppliers to ensure the long term growth and prosperity of the business.

LIVERPOOL SEAWAYS To Go To La Méridionale In April 2020

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As expected, DFDS agreed to sell ro-pax LIVERPOOL SEAWAYS to La Méridionale.
LIVERPOOL SEAWAYS is currently deployed in DFDS’ Baltic route network and is planned to be replaced by a ferry from DFDS’ existing fleet.
Completion of the sale is agreed for April 2020 with proceeds of around DKK 200m and an expected accounting profit of around DKK 100m to be recorded under Special items.

P&O Ferries: New Calais – Tilbury Freight Ferry Service

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P&O Ferries will launch a new Calais – Tilbury -Calais daily service operating from end September 2019. The company has announced this in a letter to their freight customers.

The service will provide space for 12 self-drive tractor-trailers and 90 unaccompanied trailers or containers per sailing. The ship is planned to arrive in Tilbury daily at 04:30 enabling the driver to be on the M25 before 06:00.

The new route gives quick and direct access to the M25 London markets, the South of England and also all the Regional Distribution centres north of London / along the M1 corridor up to Birmingham. This route saves up to 75 miles / 125 km each way versus the traditional Dover-Calais crossing.

RÖMÖEXPRESS Is On The Way To Estonia For Further Conversions

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The second Sylt ferry to be operated by the Flensburg-based shipping company Römö-Sylt Linie will operate under the name RÖMÖEXPRESS.

FRS announced in July that they had bought a second car ferry for their ferry connection to Sylt, the TRESFJORD.

The handover of the former TRESFJORD took place last Monday (2 September) in Molde, Norway. Currently the ferry is on its way to Tallinn. Shipyard BLRT Group will adapt the ship for the port facilities in Havneby (Römö) and List (Sylt).

On 4 November she will join SYLTEXPRESS, to meet the demand in connection with the construction works on the Hindenburg Dam.

The photo was taken on Tuesday 3 September, when RÖMÖEXPRESS passed Ålesund.


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No Smoking

The PACA region (Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur) has announced on 5 September its intention to eliminate the exhaust of all cruise and ferries calling at the ports of Marseille, Toulon and Nice by investing in shore power.

A budget of EUR 30 million has been allocated under the name “Escales zéro fumée” (no smoke calls). The money will go into shore power systems for the cruise and ferry terminals and to the shipowners.


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Circumstances Reinforce The Presence Of High Speed Crafts Within The Greek Ferry Scene

The purchase of the HSC THUNDER, ex-TURGUT OZAL, by Fast Ferries confirmed the recent trend that prevails within the Greek Ferry Scene about the significant role of the high-speed crafts to the evolution of the Hellenic Coastal Lines.

Fast Ferries is yet another ferry operator that has decided –after a lot of reflection- to invest in high speed craft.

Today, the Greek Ferry Operator with vessels of that type are:

  • 15 vessels: Cyprus-based SEAJETS
  • 8 vessels: Hellenic Seaways (Attica Group)
  • 3 vessels: Golden Star Ferries
  • 2 vessels: Dodekanissos Seaways
  • 1 vessel: Aegean Speed Lines with HSC SPEEDRUNNER III and Minoan lines with HSC SANTORINI PALACE.

The increased number of these vessels mark a new era for the Hellenic Coastal Lines and boost the competition further among the Greek Ferry Operators which are “fighting” every summer for a bigger share on the domestic ferry market.

However, the major turnover in the high-speed Crafts took place in 2014 when the current four-month voyage regime was “liberalized” (three- months voyage mandatory and consecutive) and replaced the former regime which required a seven-month voyage and ten-month employment.

That partial liberalization has therefore made the high-speed crafts more competitive as well as more attractive for investment. At the same time their introduction mainly on the Cyclades runs from Piraeus and Rafina contributed significantly to the increase in traffic. Their contribution became easily perceptible on the intermediate routes between the islands, where they managed to increase the number of the existing routes, due to their flexibility.

Indeed, with the increase in overseas flights to the airports of the Cyclades islands, high speed crafts prove to be extremely valuable offering a very good solution for serving the hundreds of thousands of foreign tourists who want to visit more than one island. A development that has “worked” against the conventional ferries which mainly “lift” the burden of interconnecting the islands throughout the year and especially in the winter months when traffic is drastically reduced.

On the other hand, fast ferries are by far the most expensive vessels to run. However, despite the increase of the fuel prices -in the last two years- this type of vessels manage to remain viable because of the current four-month voyage regime (instead of seven months) and the increased occupancy.

So, the current circumstances seem to reinforce the presence of the high-speed crafts within the Greek Ferry Scene. A trend that we will closely follow up next year.

(Words: Spyros Roussos)