OT Port Gdynia Sp. z o.o. –with the support of the European Union– is implementing the project “Retrofitting of the intermodal ro-ro terminal in Gdynia by OT Port Gdynia Sp. z o.o.”, which consists in equipping the Company with specialist transshipment equipment for handling cargo in intermodal units (semi-trailers, containers) and IT equipment supporting the handling of these cargoes.
- TT Line’s PETER PAN had an engine fire on 9 July. The fire could by extinguished. Nobody was hurt. The ship returned safely to port.
- The third DFDS freight ferry from Jinling is preparing for sea trials, which will take place in August. So far nothing has been announced about its route, but that might become Ghent-Gotenburg.
- DP World has completed the buy-back of P&O Ferries in a GBP 322 million deal originally announced in February.
Canadian engineering firm Aspin Kemp and Associates Inc. (AKA) and German MAN Energy Solutions are working together on the delivery of the propulsion package for 1+1 Ro-Pax for TT-Line. The vessel is to be built at Jiangsu Jingling shipyard in China. The MAN/AKA power and propulsion package includes eight MAN 51/60DF dual fuel engines, propellers and gearboxes, a fuel-gas supply system and HyProp ECO – an innovative, fuel-saving, hybrid propulsion system.
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TT-Line have signed a contract for one new ‘TT-Line Green Ship’, with an option for a second vessel.
The contract was awarded to the Chinese Jinling shipyard (Toll Shipping, DFDS, Grimaldi..).
- Length: 230m
- Gross tonnage: 45,000
- Pax: 800
- Freight units: 200
- Lane meters: 4,600
- Dual-fuel LNG
- Classification DNV-GL
- To be delivered in 2022
The new TT-Line vessel builds on the successful Green Ship concept of the company.
While designing the vessel, a particular emphasize was put on flexibility and fast turnarounds in ports, with a high freight capacity.
“We foresee a continued demand growth for short sea services within the Baltic Sea. With this investment we can respond even more effectively to the needs of our customers and support them to grow,” says Hanns H. Conzen, Managing Director of TT-Line in a press announcement.
TT-Line’s routes are currently served by six ferries. They connect Świnoujście, Travemünde and Rostock, and Klaipeda, with Trelleborg in Sweden.
As from Saturday, June 9, TT Line will send a ro-pax ferry from Trelleborg to Klaipeda, and vice versa, on a weekly basis.
The timetable shows a Saturday morning departure from Sweden and an evening arrival in Lithuania. The return voyage starts in Klaipeda at 01:30, with an arrival in Trelleborg at 17:30.
One of the reasons for this new route is the fact that freight is not allowed on German motorways on Sundays. Most of the ferries have a layover in Trelleborg. This created the possibility to start a new line.
Another reason is the trade growth between Scandinavia, Denmark, Baltic States, Belarus, Ukraine and Russia.
Port of Klaipeda is the largest ro-ro hub in the Baltic States (with a strong presence of DFDS). It offers excellent access to deep hinterland, e.g. Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Belarus and Russia.
The service will be for both accompanied and unaccompanied freight.
Via transshipment the cargo can be rerouted to Lübeck – Travemünde, Rostock and Swinoujscie.
After a five-month stay in Bremerhaven, TT Line’s PETER PAN returned into service. The ro-pax has been stretched by 30 meters, increasing her lane meter capacity to 3,000. The ferry is now 220m long.
Getting this vessel was only possible because Port of Trelleborg invested in a new ferry berth, with the help of the European TEN-T program (2014). One of the elements of this “Green Bridge on Nordic Corridor” plan was adapting berths at the ports of Trelleborg, Rostock and Lübeck-Travemünde, to receive ro-pax vessels with a length of up to 240m.
PETER PAN operates on the Trelleborg-Travemünde, Trelleborg-Rostock and Trelleborg-Swinoujscie routes.
Photo: Port of Trelleborg
Stena Line decided to stop the cooperation with TT Line on the route Rostock – Trelleborg. The two companies worked together for two years on this route, under a swap agreement.
TT Line writes on its website that the cooperation will end on September 15.
The question is now who will bring in most capacity on this route. TT Line writes that, “by utilizing its six vessels to and from Rostock, TT-Line will be able to be more responsive to customer needs for quality and capacity.”
Photo: The lengthening of PETER PAN, seen here in Rostock, is still not finished, after some problems occurred during sea trials. She is due to enter service in June. Photo Mike Louagie
TT-Line Company Pty Ltd and Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft GmbH & Co. KG have signed an agreement for the construction of two new ships to replace the current Spirit of Tasmania vessels. A letter of intent had already been signed in January and now the building can go ahead.
The ships will cost EUR 219 million per unit.
Construction will start soon, since the ferries are needed for the 2021 season on the Bass Strait.
The ferries will be LNG-powered.
TT-Line Company Pty Ltd, operators of Spirit of Tasmania, will order two brand new purpose-built ships to replace the current fleet by 2021.
These two new ships will have a substantially larger capacity:
- Passengers: from 1,400 to 2,000
- Passenger vehicles lane meter: from 1,000 to 1,714
- Freight lane meter: from 1,800 to 2,500
The order will be placed in the first half of next year. So far the yard has not been chosen yet.