In 2017, casino & leisure group Genting partnered with German company FRS Caribbean to offer the ferry service from Miami. Genting is now partnering with Balearia.
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.
Förde Reederei Seetouristik will introduce a faster and higher capacity vessel to the Melilla – Motril route.
The ro-pax ferry GOLDEN BRIDGE will start operations on the line next May.
This former Japanese ferry can make the Melilla – Motril crossing in 5 hours, meaning a reduction by 2 hours on the current crossing time.
She has a capacity for 1,500 pax and 500 cars.
Until last year this ferry was used between Korea and China, until she was acquired by A-Ship Management.
She is currently being refurbished in Perama.
The Flensburg-based shipping group FRS and the Danish company ÆrøXpressen have signed a management service contract for the operation of the new ferry connection between Marstal and Rudkøbing (Langeland).
An environmentally friendly diesel-electric new ferry will be used. She is currently under construction. The start is planned for next winter.
Flensburg-based FRS Group has confirmed it is bidding for the Northern Isles lifeline ferry contract.
The two other companies competing for the £370 million contract are Serco NorthLink and state-owned Calmac.
FRS Will Add More Routes To Its Spanish Portfolio
FRS increases its Spanish routes with the operation of the Motril-Melilla and Huelva-Canary Islands lines. This will start in July.
Until now these ferry lines have been operated by Naviera ARMAS. As already announced in last week’s newsletter the change was a condition from the anti monopoly commission. Armas had to give up some routes to be allowed to acquire Trasmediterranea.
FRS will charter the Armas-owned ro-pax ferries VOLCAN DE TAUCE for Motril – Melilla. © Naviera Armas
VOLCAN DE TEIDE will be used by FRS for the link between Huelva and the Canary Islands. © Naviera Armas
Austal said the delivery voyage of a new 56m high-speed passenger ferry, for Förde Reederei Seetouristik (FRS Group) of Germany, is underway.
Hull 418 departed Austal Philippines shipyard in Cebu on 7 March 2018 and formal delivery and handover is anticipated upon arrival to FRS Group in Germany, in April.
On summer-like October 15, fast ferry HALUNDER JET made its last crossing from Hamburg to Helgoland, after 15 years of service. After a refit at Blohm & Voss, HALUNDER JET will be transferred to FRS subsidiary Clipper Navigation.
Helgoline, a company from the FRS group, will replace her next spring by a 56m newbuilding from Austal.
Photo © FRS Helgoline