Interferry GHG Data Survey Bids for Fair Application of IMO Proposals

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Interferry is conducting a major energy efficiency data survey among members to ensure that existing ferries can comply with short-term greenhouse gas emissions measures agreed in principle at last week’s meeting of the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee.

Subject to final approval at next June’s MEPC meeting, by 2023 existing ships must achieve new pre-defined energy efficiency values in an initial step towards the 2030 target of a 40% improvement compared with 2008 values – or lose their licence to operate.

Interferry’s survey aims to reconcile the diversity of ferry operations within sector-specific adaptations to the regulatory instrument, the Energy Efficiency Existing Ships Index (EEXI).  In this regard, one of Interferry’s main objectives is that true CO2 reductions through historic and future measures carried out by ferry operators are fully credited in the regulation.


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How Jadrolinija is Looking to the Future

Jadrolinija’s David Sopta tells Justin Merrigan how Croatia’s national ferry line is steering a steady course.

Buquebus Looks at Hydrogen

The company TCI Gecomp will develop the strategy of incorporating hydrogen as a fuel in the operation of the Argentinian-Uruguayan shipping company.

Millions to Compensate for the Cancelled Order

The companies Ansgar / Finferries are suing the provincial government of Åland for just over €10.5 million after the province cancelled the order for the electric hybrid ferry.

Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited has completed planned operational improvement works at Oban Ferry Terminal which were designed to improve passenger safety at the harbour. (Source: CMAL)

The Government of Finland approved a state guarantee of up to EUR 90 million for a EUR 100 million loan to Tallink Silja Oy, a subsidiary of AS Tallink Grupp.

Brittany Ferries has ended the charter of KERRY (part of the Stena RoRo fleet). On 24/11 the vessel started a new charter for DFDS on the Kiel – Klaipeda route.

SAOS Ferries’ small ropax SAONISOS will eventually be introduced in the Inter-Cycladic service, according to the recent published results (Ministry of Shipping) for the public service lines. Currently, the ship is undergoing repairs while she will be dry-docked from 23 to 29 November. Then she will enter service on the following lines:

  • Syros-Tinos-Andros-Karystos
  • Syros-Kythnos-Kea-Lavrion
  • Syros-Paros-Naxos-Donousa-Aigiali-Katapola-Koufonissi-Schoinoussa-Iraklia-Naxos-Paros-Syros
  • Syros-Paros-Naxos-Folegandros-Sikinos-Ios-Thirassia-Thira-Anafi

SCANDIA SEAWAYS, the sixth Jinling newbuilding for DFDS is going on sea trial on 15 December 2020. Delivery early January.

Corsica Linea concludes this difficult year 2020 with some brighter colours, by hiring 40 extra seafarers as from 1 December 2020: 15 fifteen officers, crew, mechanics and electricians. The ships fly the French flag (first register).

The former Minoan Lines’ floating palace N. KAZANTZAKIS (now METROPOLIS) was sold for scrap in India (Alang). The 48-year-old vessel was laid up in Hong Kong for the past five years and was in a very poor condition. She has been renamed ROPOLIS and re-registered at Saint Kitts and Nevis.

A technical malfunction was the immediate cause of the grounding of Viking Line’s ropax ferry AMORELLA – investigation by Safety Investigation Authority, Finland, is ongoing. (intermediate report)

The Sylt ferries RÖMÖEXPRESS and SYLTEXPRESS appear in a new, modern design: the classic blue and white livery became a dynamic red and white. With the new color design and a change of name to “FRS Syltfähre GmbH & Co. KG”, the Sylt ferries proudly show that they belong to the FRS family.

Molslinjen’s Fanølinjen is planning a major upgrade of the ferry terminal in Esbjerg. The port will be prepared in anticipation of the arrival of the electric ferry in autumn 2020.

Molslinjen puts four high-speed ferries between Jutland and Zealand in the Christmas traffic. All four fast ferries will be equipped with brand new corona shielding between the seats. “UV-canons” will help to purify the air from the A/C. According to the manufacturer, the powerful UV rays remove at least 80% of all bacteria and viruses in the air.


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Fjord 1’s Third Quarter: Unchanged Strategic Outlook

  • Revenue and EBITDA growth on the back of a growing portfolio of fully electric ferry routes
  • Revenue +12% and EBITDA margin of 43% in Q3-20
  • Ferry revenue up by 14%, with 44% EBITDA margin
  • Contract structures insulate Ferry and Passenger Boats from varying traffic volumes
  • Stable operating profit for Catering despite revenue reduction
  • Negative results from Joint Ventures and associates in Tourism in the high season due to Covid-19 travel restrictions
  • Investments totalled NOK 281 million in Q3, net of NOK 28 million in vessel NOx compensation
  • Vessel newbuild programme for 2017-2020 completed
  • Electrification projects progressing, although finalization of some projects will slip into 2021
  • Renewal of vessel portfolio continues. One vessel under construction in Turkey, and three ferry retrofitting projects to further increase the electrification ratio

Maiden Call of the New Ro-Ro Ship ECO VALENCIA in Livorno

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The newly built ro-ro vessel ECO VALENCIA recently delivered to Grimaldi Group by Nanjing Jinling shipyard in China made her maiden call in the port of Livorno. Dr Emanuele Grimaldi, CEO of the company, and his son Guido Grimaldi, sales manager of Grimaldi Euromed, were at the quay for a welcome.

The ship, which is the first of a series of 12 (of which three are for Finnlines), entered into service on the line linking Livorno and Savona in Italy, with Barcelona and Valencia in Spain.

ECO VALENCIA and her sister ships have a length of 238m and will be able to transport over 7,800 lane meters of rolling units, equivalent to above 500 trailers. The design was developed in a fruitful cooperation between the Grimaldi Group, Nanjing Jinling Shipyard and Knud E. Hansen.

All these vessels will be ‘ultra green’ with 600m2 of solar panels, large-capacity batteries to achieve zero emissions in port and a peak shaving system. Furthermore, an air lubrication system is included so the ship will ride on a carpet of micro bubbles, hereby reducing the frictional resistance between the hull and the water.

Wallenius SOL adds Travemünde on Northbound Route

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From mid-January 2021, Wallenius SOL will add Travemünde on the northbound route Zeebrugge–Antwerpen–Travemünde–Vaasa.

The customers have been requesting two-way traffic between the Ostrobothnia region in Finland and Travemünde for some time now. The increased demand for northbound transports, together with the fact that two new vessels (*) will be taken into use in 2021, has enabled a new call in Travemünde on the northbound route to Ostrobothnia.


Isle of Man Ship Registry Chosen to Flag New Zealand’s 2 New Interislander Ferries

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The Isle of Man Ship Registry has been selected as the flag state to oversee construction of two rail-enabled ropax ferries that will connect New Zealand’s North and South Islands.

KiwiRail has commissioned the future-proofed vessels to modernise its fleet of ferries serving the Cook Strait. KiwiRail’s Interislander service connects New Zealand’s State Highway and national rail networks between the capital city Wellington in the North Island and Picton in the South Island. The Interislander carries approximately 850,000 passengers, 250,000 cars and up to NZ$14 billion worth of freight annually.

The search to find a preferred shipyard began last year when KiwiRail issued an Expression of Interest to international shipyards. The selection of a successful shipyard is due to be completed in the next few months. KiwiRail has now appointed the Isle of Man Ship Registry as the newbuilding Flag. The Isle of Man Ship Registry will appoint and work in partnership with KiwiRail’s chosen classification society, overseeing the build process once a shipyard has been confirmed.

The two 220m Ropax ferries, which are being designed by OSK-ShipTech, will each be capable of carrying about 1,900 passengers. They will also have a capacity of approximately 3,600 lane metres, allowing them to transport a combination of vehicles including up to 40 sixty-foot rail wagons.

The new ferries will trigger significant changes to the Wellington and Waitohi Picton waterfronts, including new ferry berths, terminals and both rail and road connections to ensure the benefits of the new ferries are fully realised. The ships are targeted to enter service in the mid-2020s, replacing the existing three-vessel Interislander fleet.

The vessels will be diesel electric hybrid power, with diesel generators and batteries providing electrical power for azimuth thruster propulsion.


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The head of Porto Livorno 2000, Matteo Savelli (who is also CEO of Toremar) announced to the newspaper ‘Il Tirreno’, that they will appeal against the decision from the regional administrative court in Tuscany which stated that the Grimaldi-participated Sintermar Darsena Toscana terminal can handle also passengers, in addition to ro-ro cargo. Thus rejecting the appeal promoted by Porto Livorno 2000, the passenger terminal controlled by Moby and participated by MSC.

Porto Livorno 2000 is convinced to be the only terminal operator in the port with the authorization to handle passengers from cruise vessels and ferries following a public tender won few years ago. That’s the reason why it opposed the concession released in the recent past by the local port authority for a second ro-pax terminal to Sintermar Darsena Toscana (Grimaldi).

The Florence-based administrative regional court stated that Porto Livorno 2000 cannot be the only passenger terminal of the port recalling also the competition rules introduced both by in the national and in the EU legal framework.

The Port Authority of Valencia Selects Baleària’s Offer to Build the New Passenger Terminal

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The Board of Directors of the Port Authority of Valencia has selected the offer presented by Baleària for the construction and management of the new public passenger terminal in the Port of València.

This infrastructure will be located between the Poniente Quay and the Espigón del Turia Quay, in the area previously occupied by the Unión Naval de Valencia shipyard.

The terminal will occupy approximately 100,000 m2 and its concession will be granted for a period of 35 years, extendable to a maximum of 50 years.