“BC Ferries Is On The Whole A Well-Run Company,” Says Report

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The Review of Coastal Ferry Services confirms that the coastal ferry service is a vital part of the provincial economy and critical to both those who use ferry services and for the province as a whole.

BC Ferries President and CEO Mark Collins appreciates the review concluding that “BC Ferries is on the whole a well-run company.”

The review also recognizes that “employees and managers are committed to providing a safe, reliable service for the coast and work hard at it every day of the week” and “Board of Directors take seriously its obligation to provide good strategic direction and oversight.”

BC Ferries acknowledges and appreciates the financial contribution the Province made over the past year, along with contributions from BC Ferries, to fare affordability and helping to keep fares flat and lower fares on some routes.

Brittany Ferries And Repsol Pave The Way For UK/Spain LNG Ferry Operations

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Brittany Ferries has signed an agreement with Spanish energy company Repsol for the delivery of LNG to its Spanish operations.

Repsol will install a fixed quayside LNG storage and supply system in one of Brittany Ferries’ two Spanish ports, Santander or Bilbao. Repsol will then supply LNG to Brittany Ferries’ SALAMANCA. A final decision on the location of the terminal will be made later in 2019.

Construction of the new ship is planned at the Avic International Weihai shipyard in China. Under the agreement between Brittany Ferries and Repsol, the supply of LNG will begin in 2022.

INTERESTING READS

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CLdN’s Supersized Ro-Ro’s: A Success Story, And LNG-Ready

CLdN’s super 8,000 lane meter ro-ro CELINE is now more than one year in operation.

DNV GL has published a review. No time to read? Here are some bullet points:

  • Larger vessels bring down the unit price.
  • Bigger vessels work better on long hauls.
  • Transfer the best of deep-sea technology to ro-ro, with new developments in thrusters, rudders and engines.
  • Very maneuverable, in spite of their very large dimensions.
  • Learning to operate two-stroke engines rather than the four-stroke units typical for the rest of the fleet
  • Moving from low to medium voltage.
  • Operating shaft generators at variable rotational speeds with frequency converters, rather than constant-speed engines.
  • Operations with larger volumes and more decks.
  • Ready for conversion to LNG when the time is right. “It’s not a case of ‘whether’, but rather of ‘when’.

Baleària Fleet Goes The LNG Way

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Baleària is also finalising the construction of what will be the first two smart ro-pax ships with LNG engines to sail the Mediterranean. The HYPATIA DE ALEJANDRÍA is scheduled to begin operations early next year, followed by the MARIE CURIE a few months later.

Meanwhile, the first of a total of six ships in the fleet will have its engine replaced this autumn to allow it to sail with LNG. The European Union recently awarded Baleària a grant of some €12 million out of the total investment €72 million.

Within the next three years Baleària plans to have at least half of its ferry fleet using LNG, rising to a 100% of the fleet within ten years.

IN THE MEDIA

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LNG Ro-Ro Ferry For Kaliningrad Region Included In Development Programme

The construction of an LNG-powered ro-ro ferry for the Ust-Luga Baltijsk Line has been included into the Russian federal programme for the Kaliningrad Region. The ship is a 200m LNG-powered ro-ro ferry of Arc4 class, with an enclosed deck for railcars and open upper deck for trailers and trucks.

The vessel will have a double-screw propulsion plant. It can be bunkered simultaneously from four mobile units or from a coastal LNG bunker base. The ship is of a CNF19M design, by Marine Engineering Bureau.

PORTS

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Rostock Will Have An LNG Terminal

Port of Rostock announced the signing of a lease agreement with a Belgian-Russian joint venture, for a mid-scale LNG terminal. This milestone brings the LNG project in Rostock one step closer to the anticipated start in the next decade.

The joint venture (Fluxys 51% – Novatek 49%) intends to build and operate a terminal for receiving and unloading mid-scale LNG carriers, keeping LNG in storage and providing services to enable downstream distribution of LNG (bunkering).

Caronte & Tourist Complain: Italy Does Not Allow To Use LNG On The New Ferry

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Lorenzo Matacena, managing director of the ferry company Caronte & Tourist, appeared upset with Italy since the company he heads will not be allowed to use gas on the newbuilding set to be delivered soon by Sefine shipyard.

“Unfortunately a set of public rules needed for operating the new LNG dual-fuel ferry under construction in Turkey is still missing in our country,” Matacena said at the Shipping and the Law conference organized by Studio legale Lauro and held in Naples this week.

The new ferry will be deployed on the Strait of Messina.

“The two big concerns are: a set of rules and infrastructure,” Matacena pointed out, referring to LNG terminals still to be realized ashore.

On the other side of the business, in order to be compliant with the new sulphur cap rules coming into force from 2020, Caronte & Tourist’s managing director also announced that on the ferries deployed on the motorways of the seas (mainly the Messina-Salerno maritime link), they are going to install scrubbers, thus copying what was decided also by Grimaldi Group,” he specified.

New Project To Provide LNG For Passenger Ships Emerging In Genoa

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Genoa-based Cosulich and Novella groups are working together with the aim to provide LNG to the ferries and cruise ships calling at the port of Genoa. Italy’s oil major Eni has been also invited to take part to the project, while Autogas Group will be the partner in charge for the inland distribution of the gas.

MSC Cruises, Costa Cruises and some other ferry companies (Grandi Navi Veloci) in the recent past asked the local port authority to speed up any potential project aimed at giving shipping companies the possibility to receive LNG from bunker barges.

Cosulich and Novella, both active on the market as physical suppliers of bunker respectively in Singapore and in the ports of Genoa and Savona, look at the regasification terminal off the coast of Leghorn managed by OLT Offshore Toscana and the one onshore in Panigaglia controlled by Snam as key points for receiving LNG.