EU agrees with rescue loan for Croatian shipbuilder Uljanik

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The European Commission has found Croatian plans to grant Uljanik shipyard a State guarantee for a €96 million short-term loan are in line with EU State aid rules. The measure will allow the company to meet urgent liquidity needs while preparing a restructuring plan.
The Commission found that the aid is necessary to prevent Uljanik from going out of business immediately and avoid significant (1,800) job losses. Moreover, the company’s liquidity needs over the next months are based on reasonable assumptions and will be monitored by an independent auditor on the basis of weekly liquidity plans. Finally, Croatia committed to notify a restructuring plan for the company within a maximum of six months.

Uljanik has several ships on order or under construction, such as ro-ro’s for CLdN and an expedition cruise yacht for Scenic.

Photo: Uljanik

German Naval Architect Carsten Ortloff joins OSK-ShipTech

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With numerous ferry projects lined up in the not so distant future, Danish naval architects OSK-ShipTech A/S welcome a very experienced naval architect with more than 18 years of design experience: German Naval Architect Carsten Ortloff.
He will join OSK-ShipTech in February. Carsten comes from Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft, where he has held the role of responsible naval architect for several ro-ro and ro-pax projects (Smyril Line, BC Ferries, Irish Ferries, CMAL…).
The general order increase is spilling over to sister company Steen Friis Design, who is experiencing high demand for interior design services and interior concepts. The company is looking to hire more interior designers.

C-Job designs sustainable ferries for the City of Amsterdam

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C-Job Naval Architects has delivered the concept design of a series of five sustainable car and passenger ferries to the City of Amsterdam. The 41m vessels will operate 100% on electricity.
The electric ferries will recharge their batteries during the unloading and loading of passengers and vehicles. This will only take 4 minutes, with no overnight charging required. To guarantee continuous operation the vessels will also have a diesel generator.
The ferries can carry up to 20 cars, four trucks or 400 passengers.

More unaccompanied trailer shipments for Seatruck Ferries

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Seatruck Ferries’ volume across the three routes increased at just over 10% compared with an overall market growth of 3.9%.
Seatruck now operates 76 departures per week on their three Irish Sea routes:

  • Heysham – Warrenpoint
  • Heysham – Dublin
  • Liverpool – Dublin

Seatruck believe that the worsening truck driver shortage is leading to a growth in unaccompanied trailer shipments. By shipping trailer only, from ports which reduce road mileage compared with the traditional transit through Wales or Scotland, operators can make significant door to door savings in what is an increasingly competitive logistics landscape, says Seatruck.

In the coming weeks a new £7m loading ramp will be installed at Heysham Port.

Photo: Gordon Hislip

Migrants find new ways to take the ferry to England

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People smugglers have found a new way to get migrants on ferries to the UK. Since many years migrants try to get illegally in Britain by hiding in lorries and containers in Continental ports like Calais and Zeebrugge. The latter is also the biggest port for the handling of new cars. It has been discovered that more migrants try to hide in new cars to get in Britain, since travelling unseen in trucks has been made almost impossible.
How to recognize a car bound for the UK? It is very simple: the steering wheel is on the right hand side.

“No Marebonus for shipowners with old tonnage”

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According to, Mr Emanuele Grimaldi said that subsidies and incentives should not be given to companies operating ferries of 40, 50 years old. He said that at a Short Sea Shipping convention in Civitavecchia. The Italian Government has a plan named “Connect Italy”, where the aim is to invest up to €123 billion in more than 100 projects.
Mr Grimaldi said it was important and fair to look at ferry companies, which did invest a lot in environmental-friendly ships.

Photo: for illustration purpose only