Five Questions to Spiros Paschalis, CEO Attica Group
Challenges, new vessels and expansion.
A week ago, Ferry Shipping News was in Greece, giving the opportunity to have a conversation with Spiros Paschalis.
MARIA GRAZIA ONORATO Officially Presented In Genoa By Onorato Armatori
15 May, in the port of Genoa, Onorato Armatori publicly presented the new ro-ro ship MARIA GRAZIA ONORATO built by Flensburger-Schiffbau-Gesellschaft and long-term chartered (8 years) from the owner Siem.
The vessel is set to be deployed by Tirrenia on the Genoa – Livorno – Catania – Malta rotation.
This is the sixth ro-ro ship that FSG has delivered to Siem and is identical in construction to the sister ship ALF POLLAK, also taken in bare boat charter by Onorato Armatori and then sub-chartered to DFDS.
Fitted with scrubbers, those sister ships are among the newest and most modern ferries currently deployed in the Mediterranean area, accommodating up to 310 semi-trailers and has a capacity of 4,076 lane metres.
Onorato Armatori is negotiating with Siem the charter also of a third sister ships, named LEEVSTEN today, successfully launched and due to be delivered by the German shipyard in September 2019.
Finally, Golden Star Ferries took over the HSC GOLDEN EXPRESS (5.903gt/1998) after the collapse of the agreement reached -in October 2018- with the rival Fast Ferries. The ship has already been painted in the colours of Golden Star Ferries and has already been dry docked at Spanopoulos Group’s new Greek shipyards in Ambelakia, Salamis. Also, her new stern ramps have already been placed since 3 May.
The ship is expected to be introduced on the Rafina – Syros-Tinos-Mykonos-Paros-Naxos-Koufonissi-Amorgos run on 10 June.
On 10 May the Golden Star Ferries’ trimaran, SUPER SPEED was introduced on the Piraeus -Paros – Naxos – Mykonos – Tinos – Rafina – Andros – Tinos – Mykonos – Naxos – Paros – Piraeus run.
She was purchased from the Croatian Krilo Ferry in October 2017, while during the summer season of 2018 she served the Volos-Sporades-Thessaloniki run. This year she is making a fresh start, performing a peculiar and clever run to the Cyclades.
SUPER SPEED was built in Australia (2002). She is 853gt (269 dwt), 54.5m long, 15.08m wide and 2m draught. Her carrying capacity is for 400 passengers. She has 3 MTU 16V4000 engines (6,960 kW) as well as 2 Kamewa 63 SII waterjets. Her maximum speed is 35 knots.
Rederij Doeksen’s new LNG vessels are on their way to the Netherlands. The SUN RISE left Vung Tau (Vietnam), where the two LNG catamarans were built, on 8 March. The vessels are expected this month in the Netherlands and will, from January 2020, carry out service to and from the Dutch Wadden islands of Terschelling and Vlieland.
These vessels will be the first single fuel LNG ferries in the Netherlands and the very first ships in the world where single fuel LNG engines are directly driven by a fixed propeller.
In 2016, Rederij Doeksen commissioned the Australian firm Strategic Marine to build two new cats. Dutch design agency Vripack signed for the design of interior and exterior.
Both will be powered by the new mobile 16-cylinder single-fuel gas engines MTU has developed. This engine is the first single-fuel high-speed gas engine that can directly and mechanically drive a fixed pitch propeller, with transient acceleration capabilities comparable to that of a typical high-speed diesel engine.
The waste heat recovery system applied to the LNG-vessels (designed by Orcan Energy, Munich) covers the entire energy demand for the intensive operation to supply electric power to bow thrusters when maneuvering in harbour. The result is that using the two efficiency packs means an annual CO2 reduction of 318 tonnes for each – a saving of 260,000 litres of fuel and 462,600 kWh a year.
The project actively contributes to the theme ‘Sustainable development of ports and energy transition’ from the Pioneers program Waddenfonds 2012-2013. The Waddenfonds awarded Rederij Doeksen a subsidy of € 1,207,500 for this new construction project.
Adriatic Fast Ferries d.o.o. is a new Croatian ferry company founded by former Jadrolinija CEO Alan Klanac and Swedish shipping and travel entrepreneur Ralph Axelson (ex-owner of HSC EXPRESS, recently sold to the Greek Panagiotakis/Stefanou families for crossings out of Rafina).
The ferry company will operate the brand Splitexpress.com with the high-speed ferry ADRIATIC EXPRESS. She was built for Red Funnel in 1998 and can take 170 passengers.
The unique route links Split Airport with Split Town, Bol (Brac) and Stari Grad (Hvar).
Only Serco Northlink and CalMac are candidates for the GBP 370 million contract currently tendered by government agency Transport Scotland, after FRS decided to pull out. The two remaining candidates submitted tender on 29 April. Now Transport Scotland has to take a decision.
The contract is starting on 31 October and lasts eight years.
Damen has established a presence in Finland for the first time. The Helsinki office has been set up to take advantage of the depth of engineering expertise that exists in the country following the group’s entry last year into building large vessels for the Ro-Pax, Cruise and Offshore markets via its new Romanian yard, Damen Shipyards Mangalia. The new office will augment and extend Damen’s engineering capability in this market segment.
Finland was selected as the location because, along with Italy, Germany and France, it is one of the leading countries in the world in the design and build of cruise and ro-pax vessels; this in combination with particular expertise in ice-class vessels, a growing segment of the cruise market.
On 9 May the shore power facility was declared open by the Minister-President of the federal state of Schleswig-Holstein, Daniel Günther, the German Federal Government’s Coordinator for the Maritime Industry, Norbert Brackmann, and the Lord Mayor of Kiel Dr Ulf Kämpfer along with Dr Dirk Claus, the Managing Director of Seehafen Kiel GmbH & Co. KG) and Trond Kleivdal, Board Chairman of the Color Line.
With immediate effect, the Color Line’s big cruise-ferries can now be supplied with electric power from on shore.