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Interferry main event heading back to Australia

Interferry has chosen Hobart, Tasmania, as the venue for its 45th annual conference in October 2020.
“We felt it was important to go back to Australia – we have a strong base of members there and they have always been very supportive,” explains CEO Mike Corrigan. “It’s also another strategically significant opportunity to extend our influence and membership in the Asia-Pacific region following the 2016 conference in Manila.”
The host company will be association member TT-Line Spirit of Tasmania.

Meanwhile the next two events will be hosted by fast ferry operators – Ultramar in Cancun, Mexico, this October and London’s MBNA Thames Clippers in 2019.

ESPO Award 2018 is about creating a good workplace environment

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The ESPO Award 2018 will go to the port authority that creates a good workplace environment for its employees and demonstrates its investment in a diverse and inclusive environment, facilitating mutual respect, non-discrimination and personal development.
Guadeloupe Ports Caraïbes won the ESPO Award in 2017 (see photo)
Project submissions have to reach the ESPO secretariat by Friday 29 June 2018 at the latest.


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Permanent sixth ferry needed for Saaremaa

According to an article (in Estonian) on the Port of Tallinn would like to have a permanent solution for the summer ferry service to the island of Saaremaa. Five ferries are in service. Now REGULA acts as backup vessel, but the company would like to have a permanent additional, sixth ferry.
A charter is actually being negotiated.
The solution of building a new ship depends on how much the Port of Tallinn receives from the State.

More French union concerns over flagging of CONNEMARA

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French media Le Courier / Le Progrès (in French) reports about the Brittany Ferries plan to open the route Cork – Santander with the chartered ro-pax CONNEMARA, and more particularly about the concerns from the different unions. Not flying the French flag is an issue in France. It is a European flag (Cyprus), but some see it as a flag of convenience.
Brittany Ferries promised to have the CONNEMARA flying the French flag in three years.

St Petersburg’s local authorities want their own cruise-ferry company

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Fedpress (in Russian) explained the dreams of some locals to develop the cruise ferry industry from S Petersburg. Some are talking of having up to five vessels.
Before the official visit of two governors to the passenger port of St Petersburg, the commercial director of the Marine Facade Passenger Terminal told the press that the company intends to launch a ferry line that will connect the main ports of the Baltic Sea. “The line will be launched in the first half of 2019,” he said.
It is planned to purchase a less-than-five-year-old ice-class ferry. Which ship this could be is unclear. Also, investors are still being searched for.
The former CEO of St Peter Line Sergey Kotenev (now director of Moby SPL) says PRINCESS ANASTASSIA will start to operate on March 25. He added, “not be afraid of competition.”

Photo: Moby SPL