Stena Line and Doyle Shipping in court over contract termination

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A dispute between Stena Line and Doyle Shipping Group over the provision of services for ferries docking at Dublin port has come before the Commercial Court.
On August 31, Stena informed DSG it was ending the agreement. DSG argues the termination notice is in breach of an oral agreement negotiated with Stena in 2015 for provision of services at Dublin Port until 2022.

Ro-ro and ferry: Port of Toulon’s golden niche markets

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The French port of Toulon has again seen a significant rise in freight traffic from Turkish operator UN RoRo. The last twelve months have seen a rise of 9.7% of freight (= 66,345 units). The nine first months of 2017 have even been better, with an increase of 13% to 14%.
Ships sail almost full at 90% of their capacity, both inwards and outwards.
In the beginning of this year one the vessels –UN AKDENIZ– was reintroduced after lengthening. YouTube link
A second vessel will be lengthened soon.

Toulon is strongly associated with Corsica Sardinia Ferries, with here as well an excellent twelve months. The ferries transported more than 1.5 million passengers, an increase of 6.4%.
The new line to Sardinia was good for some 100,000 passengers. Next year Corsica Ferries will open a new route to Mallorca.
Moby Lines could return in 2019, for a link with Bastia (which will be operated out of Nice in 2018).
Freight to and from the island of Corsica has gone down, which can be explained by the competition of Corsica Linea from Marseille.

Photo © UN RoRo – Source: L’Antenne (in French)


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  • FRS Caribbean, a subsidiary from Flensburg-based FRS Group, has expanded its route network. In addition to existing Miami – Bimini route the same high-speed passenger-only craft SAN GWANN will sail to Freeport, Grand Bahama. The route will be Miami-Bimini-Freeport-Bimini-Miami.
  • Algerie Ferries’ TARIQ IBN ZIYAD was victim of a car deck fire during the night of November 11, when she was under way from Marseille to Algeria. The captain decided to change course to Alcudia on Mallorca, to evacuate all guests. The crew managed to extinguish the fire. From the 500 passengers, 26 had to be treated for smoke inhalation. Nobody was injured. On November 13 Algerie Ferries’ TASSILI II was diverted to pick up the stranded passengers and their cars.
  • STENA SCOTIA has been fitted with a scrubber installation.
  • Fjord1 ASA has issued a NOK 1 billion unsecured bond loan, for the financing of up to six new ferries. This order is imminent, and comes in addition to the eight ferries already ordered. Stock exchange announcement
  • After a two-month charter MOBY DADA, the former St Peterline ship, will leave Barcelona on Thursday November 16. Together with GNV’s AZZURRA and RHAPSODY she was chartered by Madrid to house police officers during the Catalan crisis. Nicknamed “Tweety’s boat” she has been criticized by the men who stayed onboard. They will now be moved to hotels, which are available because of the low season.
  • Visentini-built ro-pax ferries NAPOLES and SICILIA are now longer on the fleet list of Stena RoRo. They have been acquired in September Kanalion Marine, a company registered in Cyprus with Juan Adolfo Utor Martinez as director. He is president of Balearia, the company that has been chartering the two ships.