Officially Confirmed: Rauma Marine Constructions and Australian TT-Line Company sign Memorandum of Understanding for Two New Ferries

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Last week Ferry Shipping News was just in time to publish the news about the Memorandum of Understanding between Rauma Marine Constructions (RMC) and Australian TT-Line Company. Two ropax ferries are going to be built in Finland instead of Flensburg, Germany.

This has now been confirmed by Flensburger, RMC and TT Line Tasmania.

TT Line’s Chairman Michael Grainger said the decision was mutually agreed by TT-Line and FSG.

Alex Gregg-Smith, Managing Director of FSG said, “This decision has been taken with the mutual consent of all parties concerned and is part of our reorientation of FSG as we focus on building high-quality products on time and on budget.”

The vessels will be built at Rauma shipyard and delivered at the end of 2022 and 2023. The vessels set to operate under the brand Spirit of Tasmania will replace the existing vessels, SPIRIT OF TASMANIA I and SPIRIT OF TASMANIA II (ex. SUPERFAST III and SUPERFAST IV), built in Finland in 1998.

The new ferries will accommodate 1,800 passengers and will have an approximate gross tonnage of 48,000. The ferries are set to operate in challenging conditions on the Melbourne, Australia – Devonport, Tasmania route.

Nel Line’s Theofilos Escaped From The Scrapyard

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The ex-TT Line veteran THEOFILOS of the collapsed Nel Lines seems to have escaped from the scrapyard.

The Central Harbor Master of Elefsis decided to suspend the open tender for her removal. According to the official document of the decision, the old ship has been awarded – for €380,000 – to Anen Lines.

However, the ship is in a very poor condition, laid up since 2013 and the cost of her possible repair is quite serious!

Intermodal Ro-Ro Terminal In OT Port Gdynia

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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.


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  • 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.


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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.

TT-Line Signs Contract For LNG-Powered Ro-Pax

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(this news has been sent earlier as a news flash)

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..).

Some particulars:

  • 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.

TT-Line To Start Klaipeda – Trelleborg On June 9

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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.

Port Of Trelleborg Welcomes Back Peter Pan

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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