FERRY SHIPPING

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P&O Ferries Confirm Opening Calais – Tilbury Route And Announce Ship

The 1,600 lane meter CAROLINE RUSS (MarineTraffic) is the ro-ro that will be used for the new Calais – Tilbury P&O route.
CAROLINE RUSS is owned by a company within the Ernst Russ group.

There will be two sailings every weekday and one each on Saturday and Sunday. The eight-hour sailing will have capacity for 100 units of freight, with a total of 50,000 expected to be carried in the first 12 months. It is expected that time-sensitive supermarket goods including fresh fruit and vegetables will be transported on the route.

The new river berth at the Port of Tilbury is scheduled to open in April next year, enabling P&O Ferries to treble volumes on its existing Zeebrugge-Tilbury services to 600,000 loads of freight a year. An onward rail connection to Daventry is also expected to be operational in 2020, mirroring the rail connections linking the Port of Calais with Le Boulou, Turin and Orbassano on the Continent.

P&O Ferries: New Calais – Tilbury Freight Ferry Service

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P&O Ferries will launch a new Calais – Tilbury -Calais daily service operating from end September 2019. The company has announced this in a letter to their freight customers.

The service will provide space for 12 self-drive tractor-trailers and 90 unaccompanied trailers or containers per sailing. The ship is planned to arrive in Tilbury daily at 04:30 enabling the driver to be on the M25 before 06:00.

The new route gives quick and direct access to the M25 London markets, the South of England and also all the Regional Distribution centres north of London / along the M1 corridor up to Birmingham. This route saves up to 75 miles / 125 km each way versus the traditional Dover-Calais crossing.

Eckerö Acquires Ro-Pax To Cope with Increased Cargo and Car Traffic on Finland – Estonia

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News from the Eckerö side:

  • Rederi Ab Eckerö has signed a letter of intent to acquire P&O Ferries’ ro-pax EUROPEAN ENDEAVOUR.
  • The sturdy Spanish-built vessel will be chartered her out to subsidiary Eckerö Line, for a new twice-daily service Helsinki Vuosaari – Tallinn, to cope with the increased cargo and passenger car traffic.
  • Finnish flag.
  • 2,130 lane metres / 366 pax.
  • Crossing time 3 hours.
  • The ferry will start operating from Helsinki’s Vuosaari to Tallinn’s A terminal in summer.
  • Vuosaari is a place east of Helsinki. Having the service operating from this terminal will help to reduce the traffic congestion in the centre of Helsinki.
  • Eckerö will continue to operate ro-pax ferry FINLANDIA from the terminal in Helsinki.

(the photo was taken in 2005, when the vessel operated for Norfolkline on Dunkerque – Dover)

News from P&O Ferries:

  • Ro-ro vessel MISTRAL, which has been covering the Liverpool – Dublin route during the refit season, will remain on the route so there will be no immediate change to the frequency of the P&O sailings.
  • MISTRAL = 1,625 lane metre / 12 drivers.
  • Other ships on P&O’s Liverpool – Dublin service: NORBANK/NORBAY

P&O Ferries Sues UK Government

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P&O Ferries is taking legal action against the UK government. The reason is the GBP 33 million given to competitor Eurotunnel, seen by P&O as unfair distortion of competition.

The money given to Eurotunnel was given by the Department for Transport, as compensation for the GBP 100 million contracts with Brittany Ferries, DFDS and Seaborne Freight. These contracts were to make sure that the companies would have enough ferry capacity in case of a no-deal Brexit.

(see also in our Media section)

FERRY SHIPPING

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DP World Acquires P&O Ferries Again

DP World PLC announced the acquisition of the holding company of P&O Ferries and P&O Ferrymasters for a purchase consideration of GBP322 million.

The transaction is subject to customary completion conditions and is expected to close in the first half of 2019.

DP World acquired the British company in 2006, but soon sold off P&O Ferries to its major shareholder, Dubai World. Now it is buying it back from Dubai World.

DP World Chairman Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem said earlier that the indecisiveness of British politicians on the Brexit was obstructing the company’s ability to plan for their UK operations (according to Reuters).

P&O Ferries operates a fleet of 21 vessels on the Short Sea, North Sea and Irish Sea sectors across 11 ports.

Record Quarter For P&O Ferries’ Zeebrugge – Hull Dedicated Freight Service

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During a short ceremony held on the 4th of July in Rome, Emanuele Grimaldi, Managing Director of the Grimaldi Group and President and CEO of the subsidiary company Finnlines, received the honor of Commander of the Order of the Lion of the Republic of Finland.

The Ambassador of Finland in Italy, Janne Taalas, declared that the award, conferred by the President of the Republic of Finland, Sauli Niinistö, is a recognition for the great commitment of Emanuele Grimaldi, through the company Finnlines, in developing maritime transport to and from Finland which is of great support to the economy.

P&O Ferries Deploys New Tonnage On The Teesport Routes

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One month ago, P&O Ferries announced its plan to increase its capacity by 25% on Zeebrugge-Teesport, without revealing the name of the ship. (see: P&O Ferries Jumps On An Opportunity ).

Now we know! It will be the ESTRADEN, which has previously been working on Europoort – Teesport.

She will work in tandem with the BORE SONG, “to form the fastest and easiest gateway to Scotland for exporters to and from the continent.”

The ESTRADEN (2,270 lane meter) replaces the MISTRAL (1,625 lane meter).

To complete the reconfiguration of ships on its North Sea freight routes, P&O has chartered the STENA CARRIER (2,715 lane meter) to replace the ESTRADEN on Europoort – Teesport.

P&O Ferries currently carries more than 100,000 freight units a year on 6 return sailings a week between Teesport and its continental hub at Zeebrugge. The goods transported include chemicals, plastics, steel, automotive parts and alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

TRADE ASSOCIATIONS AND OTHER ASSOCIATIONS

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Only Two Major Ferries Scrapped In The Last Quarter Of 2017

The French environmental organisation Robin des Bois (‘Robin Hood’) has published its 50th quarterly shipbreaking report. Since the start of the publications in 2006, more than 10,000 scrapped ships have been reported.
Some trends:

  • Overall, the tonnage of vessels demolished in the last quarter of 2017 shows a drop by 29%.
  • The Chinese Government has identified ship breaking as a major pollution risk. The end of the year was marked by the suspension of operating licenses for all but 2 or 3 facilities in Xinhui and near Shanghai. As a result, the tonnage of dismantled vessels fell sharply in China.
  • The Top 4 of recycled tonnage consists of 1) India, 2) Bangladesh, 3) Pakistan, 4) Turkey.

Only two well-known ferries have been reported as scrapped:

  • OLYMPUS (ROPAX 2, LÜBECK LINK, FINNROSE) was beached in Alang in late November. (see page 81)
  • MED STAR (LA PAZ STAR, STRADA CORSA, STENA TRANSPORTER, FLANDERS, PRIDE OF FLANDERS, NORDIC FERRY, MERZARIO HISPANIA, MERZARIO ESPANIA). On her way from Rhodes to Santorini, a fire broke out in the engine room in June 2017. She was beached for demolition in Aliaga on December 8. (see page 86)

Photo: P&O Ferries’ PRIDE OF FLANDERS in 1995 ©Mike Louagie