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Rebranding Of Brittany Ferries

Brittany Ferries is adding a splash of colour to its ships, with a bright new logo in striking shades of blue, orange and green. The new design, which comes with a more modern, warm and lyrical typeface, will be applied to each ship during refit, and will eventually be emblazoned on the side of every vessel’s hull and funnel.

The design reflects the “fullness of the Brittany Ferries experience”: the richness of travel by sea, the warmth of the welcome ashore and on board, and the spirit of discovery for some of Western Europe’s most beautiful holiday destinations.

The new visual identity comes as part of a multi-million euro investment to make Brittany Ferries fit for the future. Three brand new ships are currently under construction and due to join the fleet in 2019, 2021 and 2022.

A wide-ranging digital transformation programme is also underway, aimed at enhancing every aspect of the customer experience from researching to booking, checking-in, sailing, holidaying and returning home.

Logo: from oldest logo to newest (on top)

Revival Of Elbe Ferry In The Making

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The ferry service Brunsbüttel-Cuxhaven was stopped one year ago. Now a revival is in the pipeline with shipowner Heinrich Ahlers and two other partners.

Plan is to restart the operations in April 2019 as Elbeferry GmbH with only one chartered ferry, which would be larger and faster than the previous Saaremaa vessels. One larger, faster ship would be more viable.

Ulstein Verft Started The Completion Of COLOR HYBRID

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On Thursday, 15 November, Color Line and Ulstein Verft marked the construction start-up on the world’s largest plug-in hybrid ship, the COLOR HYBRID.

The Polish-built hull has been placed in the dock hall, and workers are now busy with the ship’s completion before hand-over next summer.

The ferry is a good example of the interaction in the maritime cluster. The yard has contracted the sub-suppliers to this project, of which about 70 per cent are local. The Ålesund area is famous for its many maritime companies.

About 100 of the suppliers are Norwegian. The ship has been designed by Fosen Yard.COLOR HYBRID will be servicing Sandefjord-Strömstad from summer 2019.

Photo: Gunvor Ulstein (CEO Ulstein), Trond Kleivdal (CEO Color Line), Jan Helge Pile (director technical maritime operations Color Line)


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DFDS Extends Vlaardingen Terminal By 92,000 m2           

650 trailers. This is the extra number of trailers, which DFDS will be able to accommodate at the Vlaardingen terminal when it adds the recently acquired Rotterdam Bulk Terminal’s 92,000 m2 to the current space.

The acquisition has been negotiated since 2016 and became reality on Monday 12 November when SVP Kell Robdrup signed the contract that moves the ownership to DFDS.

The work to remove the current structures and buildings have started and the terminal expects to starts using a part of the new area in April 2019. The rest will be taken in use during May 2020.

Photo below: Kell Robdrup and Hans Nagtegaal (Director Containers Port of Rotterdam) sign the sale and purchase agreement.


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Fjord1’s Third Quarter Is Strong And Stable

  • Fjord1 can look back on a period of good and stable operations.
  • New contract with the Møre og Romsdal County Municipality. “Romsdalspakken” involves the operation of four connections in Romsdal for a period of 14 years. The value of the contract is about two billion NOK.
  • Opening of first land-based Ferdamat café (instead of onboard).
  • Key figures (in NOK thousands)

+8.2% Total Revenue 824,458

+2.3% Operating Expenses 483,304

+17.5% EBITDA 355,245

+18.1% EBIT 278,391

+12% Pre-tax Profit 249,642


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Baleària Begins The LNG Conversion Of NAPOLES

NAPOLES is the first of six Baleària ferries to be converted into an LNG-powered ship.
The ro-pax arrived at the Gibdock shipyards in Gibraltar, where the modification of the engines and the installation of the LNG tank will be carried out.

Completion is scheduled for 15 February 2019.

The two current MAN9L48 / 60 engines of the ship will be changed into 9L51/60DF, dual-fuel by MAN Energy Solutions.
Wärtsilä will provide the LNG storage tank (440m3), which will give an autonomy of 1,200 nautical miles.
The gas pipes will be supplied by Cryospain, while the engineering project has been carried out by Cotenaval.

The total investment is EUR 12 million, 20% of which will be paid through the CEF (Connecting Europe Facility) funds of the European Union.

In addition to NAPOLES, Baleària plans to change the engines of ferries ABEL MATUTES, SICILIA, BAHAMA MAMA and MARTIN I SOLER, and other more ferry more without the help of CEF funds.

LBG To Power Hurtigruten Ships

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By 2021, Hurtigruten plans to operate at least six of its ships on a combination of biogas, LNG and large battery packs.

The company will introduce liquified biogas (LBG), which is a fossil-free, renewable gas produced from dead fish and other organic waste.

Biogas is already used as fuel in small parts of the transport sector, especially in buses. Northern Europe and Norway, which has large fishery and forestry sectors that produces a steady volume of organic waste, has a unique opportunity to become world leader in biogas production.

Note from the editor: Interestingly Hurtigruten uses several times the word ‘cruise ship’ in its communication. Not so long ago the word ‘cruise’ was something they preferred not to be associated with. They always referred to the ‘coastal voyage’.


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Brexit Conference In Port Of Zeebrugge

“Every link in the logistics chain must be Brexit-proof”

Joachim Coens, CEO MBZ Port of Zeebrugge

A day after the British cabinet approved a Brexit agreement, the Session Brexit conference took place in the Flemish port city of Zeebrugge. The further consequences of the divorce between the UK and the EU were the central theme.

Santander: Mr President, Tear Down That Fence!

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Indirectly it has been announced by the president of the Cantabria region that Brittany Ferries will get another ferry berth in two years time.

President Miguel Angel Revilla has been under attack for the fence dividing the actual ferry port and the city waterfront. This fence is against stowaways. It will be risen by 4m.

However with the plan to move the ferries from the Maritime Station to Tabacalera will allow for a full revitalization of Santander’s waterfront.


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  • Both Flensburg-built 4,100 lane meter ro-ro vessels ALF POLLAK and MARIA GRAZIA ONORATO will operate on the Genoa-Livorno-Catania-Malta route, three times a week.
    ALF POLLAK will shortly start her journey to Italy.
  • Trasmediterranea’s new ferry VILLA DE TEROR has still not been handed over.
    A third sea trial will be needed to finish some details. A delivery in December looks now more likely.
  • Negotiations between the major shareholder of Attica, MIG and Fortress Capital has been put on hold, according to sources in Athens.
  • Seajets’ CHAMPION JET 1 has been chartered by Naviera Armas for four months.
  • Two leading naval architecture firms, Glosten and C-Job Naval Architects, announce a strategic partnership to create more value for their respective clients.  Executives from the two firms met recently at Glosten’s newly opened East Coast office to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) defining the firms’ shared goals and objectives.