More sailings, cargo and pax for the Attica Group

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In its key financial figures for the nine-month period 2017, Attica Group presents the following results:

  • Revenues: EUR 215.46 million (status quo)
  • EBITDA: EUR 47.75 million (EUR 62.35 million)
  • Profit after tax: EUR 4.68 million (EUR 26.50 million)

The lower profit is mainly related to the significantly increased fuel oil price, which is a pity after better results on the transportation side:

  • Sailings +1.1%
  • Passengers +0.5%
  • Private vehicles +3.7%
  • Cargo units +1.8%

Approvals from the competent authorities are pending in order for the Company to complete the acquisition of a total 98.83% shareholding stake in Hellenic Seaways Maritime S.A.

New buffet restaurant concept on DFDS Newcastle – IJmuiden

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January 2018 will see the introduction of a new buffet restaurant concept on board the two ferries of the DFDS Newcastle-Amsterdam route. Seven Seas Restaurant will be renamed Explorer’s Kitchen. It is still going to be an all-you-can-eat for breakfast and dinner, but there’ll be a range of new evening dishes for passengers to enjoy.
Tariffs have been changed too, with discounts of up to 34% when pre-booking.

Photo: Mike Louagie


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The second edition of the Baltic Yearbook is out

This publication from Baltic Press (Poland) is an ambitious work of 172 pages, giving a comprehensive picture of the region’s port and port-related transport industry, with focus on ro-ro, ferry, container and logistics.
What the global transport sector might look like in 2050 is definitely worth a read.

Photo Mike Louagie

Way is clear for an expansion of Travemünde’s Skandinavienkai

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Confidence has returned to LHG (Port of Lübeck) after the unions accepted the rescue package last week. A planned extension of the handling area at the Skandinavienkai can now become reality. The quay area could get 16 more hectares.
Parts of the paper business would be relocated from the Nordland terminal (Lübeck) to the Skandinavienkai (Travemünde), closer to the sea. The LHG confirmed that construction should start in the first half of 2018, and the expansion could be completed by the end of 2019.

Source: LN


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  • CLdN’s new vessel CELINE will soon get the company of DELPHINE, her sister. She began sea trials on Wednesday November 22.
  • The Swedish Transport Agency has given Molslinjen the green light to operate the fast ferries EXPRESS 1, EXPRESS 2 and MAX MOLS between Ystad and Bornholm, when Molslinjen takes over from Faergen in September next year. There was a concern about waves caused by the ferries.

Finnlines’s first lengthened vessel redelivered

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Remontowa S.A. shipyard in Gdansk has finished the first lengthening project for Finnlines. FINNTIDE (2012) has been lengthened by 30m in less than two months, adding 1,000 lane meters of garage deck.
After the modification she has a capacity of 4,213 lane meters.
The lengthening is part of Finnlines’ Energy Efficiency and Emission Reduction Investment Programme, which was launched this year. Through this EUR 70 million investment programme, the Company will lengthen four of its “Breeze series” ro-ro vessels with options for two more ships. The whole lengthening programme will be completed by May 2018.
FINNTIDE has returned to the normal operation on Uusikaupunki/Turku–Travemünde route on 26 November 2017. The next vessel to be converted leaves for the shipyard on 28 November 2017.

Photo: Remontowa

Former Baltic Ferry WELLAMO sank in Vietnamese waters with loss of life

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Silja Line’s former WELLAMO (1975) was anchored in the beautiful waters of the Vietnamese Van Phong Bay (Khanh Hoa) since 2010. She was used as a hotel ship. She was under tow to Haiphong for overhaul when she was hit by typhoon Damrey. She sank on November 4 in the Quy Nhon Sea, four nautical miles southeast of Quy Nhon. In total 11 bodies have been found on several ships that sank because of the same typhoon.
WELLAMO has served companies as DFDS (DANA GLORIA, KING OF SCANDINAVIA), Color Line (COLOR VIKING) and Fjord Line (JUPITER), and has been lengthened in 1988 .