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Irish Ferries Choose Hogia Ferry Systems

Irish Ferries have been looking to replace their current passenger and freight reservation systems and have signed an agreement with Hogia Ferry Systems to deliver their standard booking system BOOKIT.

The new system has a fully comprehensive API, which will allow Irish Ferries to integrate any hardware or third-party software.

Irish Ferries currently have two separate systems for their passenger and freight operations, which will now be replaced with one complete solution.


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Cyprus-Greece Passenger Ferry Still a Long Way to Go

The government’s proposal to re-establish a long-defunct car and passenger ferry service to Greece from Cyprus by the summer of 2020 is being implemented step by step, but there is still a long way to go, Phileleftheros reports citing insiders.

Corsica Ferries May Get a Nice Windfall from the Authorities over SNCM Subsidies

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A State subsidy allowed former SNCM to operate two ropax ferries on Marseille – Ajaccio in the high season. This created an unfair competition with Corsica Ferries.

The ‘Collectivité territoriale de Corse (CTC)’ should have reclaimed €220 million from SNCM, which were paid as a subsidy for a service which was not supposed to be subsidised. CTC did not recover this money.

Decision expected in March.


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Roro C.T.M.A. VOYAGEUR Purchased by a Greek Interests Company

According to a Canadian article, the small roro C.T.M.A. VOYAGEUR [link MarineTraffic] is claimed to have been sold to a Greek interest operator for less than CAD 500k.

The ship has been laid up in Montreal since 5 September 2019 and was replaced by the larger and newer CTMA VOYAGEUR II (former CLIPPER RANGER) on the Montreal – Cap-aux-Meules and Matane – Cap-aux-Meules lines.

Information in Greece said that Ainaftis Shipping Co (Kallimasias), which mainly serves the North Aegean, is probably her mysterious buyer.

Photo: Steve Geronazzo (Marine Traffic)


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Eventually, Minoan Lines’ new restructuring plan in Crete is coming into force.

FESTOS PALACE has been renamed KYDON PALACE and from 17 February 2020 she will be introduced on the Piraeus – Chania line.

The rest of this ambitious plan is that KNOSSOS PALACE will be introduced -under the Grimaldi colours- on the Civitavecchia – Olbia line.

CRUISE BONARIA (ex. OLYMPIA PALACE) will be renamed either FESTOS or KNOSSOS PALACE, sport the Minoan Lines livery and serve the Piraeus – Heraklion run along with her sister MYKONOS PALACE, which will be renamed FESTOS or KNOSSOS PALACE.

That fleet reshuffling at Heraklion port mainly reveals Minoan Lines intention to offer more lane meters and less hotel services as the twins that are going to replace the classic Heraklion pair offer more freight space and less interior amenities.