German Island Lifeline Operator W.D.R. Christens NORDERAUE

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Wyker Dampfschiffs-Reederei Föhr-Amrum GmbH (W.D.R.), has christened its latest newbuilding, the double-ended ferry NORDERAUE (June 8).

The ship operates on the Föhr-Amrum route, connecting the island ports of Wyk (Föhr) and Wittdün (Amrum) to the Schleswig-Holstein mainland.

The ferry was delivered by Neptun-Werft GmbH on April 19. She is a modified successor of W.D.R.’s two other ferries, UTHLANDE (2010) and SCHLESWIG-HOLSTEIN (2011).

The growth of freight has required some adjustments to the basic design:

  • Re-designed car deck with four instead of three lanes.
  • Increased deadweight

The new ship has been designed in accordance with the RAL-UZ 141 standards for the renowned German “Blauer Engel” ecolabel.

W.D.R. is also having a low-speed passenger catamaran ferry under construction in The Netherlands, for delivery next year.

Photo: W.D.R.

Being A Customer, Hurtigruten Becomes Owner Of The Kleven Yard Too

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Hurtigruten has decided to buy all remaining shares of the shipyard where their two expedition-style ships are under construction.

Together with other investors, Hurtigruten already jumped to the rescue of the yard at the end of last year.

Now Hurtigruten-owned company KVE Holding AS takes over 100% of the shares in Kleven Verft AS, Kleven Maritime Contracting AS and Kleven Maritime Technology AS.

Photo: Hurtigruten

U.N. Ro-Ro Is Now Part Of The DFDS Family

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DFDS completed the acquisition of U.N. Ro-Ro after all relevant authorities approved the transaction. The deal was completed on June 7.

  • N. Ro-Ro operates five freight ferry routes connecting Turkey with Trieste and Toulon.
  • N. Ro-Ro has 12 modern ro-ro ferries and its own port terminals in Istanbul and Trieste.
  • In Europe, U.N. Ro-Ro offers intermodal solutions to and from other European markets.
  • Annual revenue of EUR 240 million and 500 employees.
  • DFDS to have a fleet of 50 ships (once the newbuildings are delivered)

Selçuk Boztepe, CEO of U.N. Ro-Ro and now Head of a new Mediterranean business unit in DFDS’ Shipping Division said:

  • Soon Patras will be added as a port of call between Italy and Turkey.
  • Aim is to become key player in the sea transport sector in the North Africa, Black Sea and Middle East regions.

Photo: U.N. Ro-Ro


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Nor Lines Is A New Customer For Titan LNG On The Rotterdam City Terminal

 KVITNOS and KVITBJORN are the two LNG-powered ro-ro’s used by Nor Lines on the new service from Norway to the SCA Terminal in Rotterdam. The ships bunker at Titan LNG (City Terminal, Prins Willem Alexanderhaven ). The LNG comes with trucks, since there are not enough bunker ships yet. Rotterdam is very active in promoting LNG as fuel.

Photo: KVITBJORN © Mike Louagie

Port Of Esbjerg Has Denmark’s Most Modern Ro-Ro Terminal

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It has required an investment of about DKK 100 million, but has also clearly become Denmark’s most modern ro-ro port terminal, says Blue Water about the new terminal in the East Port. With its 116,000 m2, it can accommodate a total of 1,000 containers and 750 trailers at once– and almost think for itself.

Blue Water plans to copy many of the terminal’s new features to other terminals.

Photo: Port of Esbjerg


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One Single Phone Number To Report Cyber Problems In Port Of Rotterdam

Port of Rotterdam has activated the telephone number of the Port Cyber Reporting Point. It is intended for all companies in the Rotterdam ports and industrial areas

All 170 companies that are subject to the port security law or have a port security certificate must report large-scale IT disruptions to the Port Cyber Reporting Point, in order to take quick action before the setback creates a cascade of problems all over the port.