Scandlines increases environmental performance

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At the end of last year, HASYTEC’s Ultrasound Dynamic Biofilm Protection System was put into operation on Scandlines’ hybrid ferry, BERLIN.
The installation optimizes the seawater cooling systems during summer, when the temperature of the Baltic Sea is increasing and the ferries are sailing at a higher speed due to the large number of customers. In addition to increased operational safety, the reduction in maintenance has a positive impact on the environment.
In contrast to conventional ICAF systems, this system does not release copper in the sea.

Photo Siemens/Ulrich Wirrwa


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This week we have started to cooperate with Fakta om Fartyg, a Swedish website known by most shipping aficionados all over the World. The name means ‘facts about ships’, and is really a free database about passenger ships and ro-ro’s.
It is a remarkable passion project, realized by one single man, Mr Micke Asklander from Stockholm. As a hobby. Respect!
When relevant we’ll add a link from a ship’s name to the right place in Fakta om Fartyg. It will help you to refresh your mind and to see which vessel we’re talking about. The website is in Swedish but with the help of Google Translator it shouldn’t be a problem.
Although the data are updated frequently we cannot give any guarantees. A helpful tool it will be, for sure.


Finnlines acquired EUROPALINK

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Finnlines Plc’s fully owned Swedish subsidiary, Rederi Aktiebolaget Nordö-Link, has purchased the ro-pax EUROPALINK from the Grimaldi Group. The last few years this ferry was active in the Mediterranean, although she is a sister of the Star-class ro-pax ferries (FINNSTAR, FINNMAID, FINNLADY, NORDLINK).
She will be fitted with scrubbers and get an upgrade of her public spaces in mid-March. She will then sail under Swedish flag on the Malmö–Travemünde route.

Second Finnlines ro-ro lengthened

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Finnlines’ lengthening programme is progressing well according to plan. The second vessel, FINNWAVE, is 30 metres longer, adding 1,000 lane metres of garage deck.
The total capacity is now 4,192 lane metres. She is back in service on the Uusikaupunki/Turku–Travemünde route.
By the end of May, a further two vessels, FINNSUN and FINNSKY, will be lengthened. Finnlines has an option to lengthen two additional vessels. Which ones have not yet been decided yet.

ICG sells a high-speed ferry and introduces a younger one

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Irish Continental announced the sale of JONATHAN SWIFT to Balearia Eurolineas Maritimas S.A. for a price of €15.5 million.
Austal-built JONATHAN SWIFT entered service in 1999. She operated on Irish Ferries’ Dublin – Holyhead route.
The vessel is to be delivered to Balearia by the end of April 2018.
ICG’s high-speed craft WESTPAC EXPRESS (2001), which was recently redelivered following a period of twenty months on external charter, will replace her. She is currently undergoing a refurbishment programme.

Photo: WESTPAC EXPRESS © Irish Ferries

Møre og Romsdal signs a contract with Fjord1 ASA for the Nordmørspakken ferry routes

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After Fjord1 had been selected as winner of the tender, Norwegian Møre og Romsdal County signed a contract for the operation of four ferry routes in Nordmøre district. The four ferry connections are Edøya – Sandvika, Arasvika – Hennset, Seivika – Tømmervåg and Kvanne – Rykkjem, and the contract period is from 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2030.

The contract amount is NOK 1.884 billion, and it was signed on January 25 by Dagfinn Neteland (MD Fjord1) and Ottar Brage Guttelvik (County Counsilor).

There are strict environmental requirements. On three routes Fjord1 will use plug-in electric ferries. Six vessels are needed from which five will be new.

  • Kvanne – Rykkjem: 1 newbuilding 50 cars, 3 trucks, 149 pax
  • Edøya – Sandvika: 2 newbuildings 50 cars, 3 trucks, 149 pax
  • Seivika – Tømervåg: 2 newbuildings 80 cars, 6 trucks, 399 pax
  • Arasvika – Hennset: upgraded existing vessel, 25 cars, 2 trucks, 149 pax

A report with an interview (in Norwegian) is available on YouTube.

Photo: Møre og Romsdal county municipality

Photo: rendering of a 80-PBE ferry for Seivika-Tømmervåg.


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Rotterdam teams with IBM to build a connected, smart port of the future

Port of Rotterdam and IBM are going to collaborate on a digitisation initiative to transform the port’s operational environment using Internet of Things (IoT) technologies to benefit the port and its users.
The initiative will also prepare the Port of Rotterdam’s entire 42km site to host connected ships in the future.
It begins with the development of a centralised dashboard application that will collect and process real-time water (hydro), weather (meteo) sensor data and communications data, analysed through the IBM IoT platform.
This will enable a new wave of safer and more efficient traffic management at the port