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Brodosplit Wants To Build Two Dry Docks

Brodosplit has asked geotechnical researcher Geotech to investigate how to build two dry docks in Split, Croatia.
The docks are primarily intended for the construction of new ships, and it is envisaged that there will be used for the construction of yachts, ferries and cruise ships.
One dock will be 200m long, the other one 100m. The latter should be covered with a roof.
Currently no shipyard in Croatia has dry docks for shipbuilding, except for some floating dry docks.
After the completion of the investigations, the necessary permits will be obtained. Construction will take up to three years.
Source: Jutarnji (in Croataian)


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  • One of ferry operator CalMac’s longest serving vessels is retiring from west coast service. RAASAY served the Sconser to Raasay route for 21 years from her launch in 1976 until increased traffic from the island made her unsuitable. She was the last of eight ‘Island class’ ferries launched and is capable of carrying six cars and up to 75 passengers. RAASAY has now been handed back to owner Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL) who are expected to announce a buyer for the vessel shortly.
  • FRS-owned AL ANDALUS EXPRESS, former NORD PAS-DE-CALAIS, has been chartered to ARMAS. She is needed as a replacement for a number of drydockings.
  • Ro-pax ferry ANDREAS KALVOS from Zante Ferries has been sold to Kefalonian Lines.
  • Ro-pax IONIAN SKY, laid up since a very long time, has been sold at auction to a Cypriot company.
  • The Kiel – Oslo ferry COLOR MAGIC got fined because of a multiple breach of the sulphur regulations. The measurements were done in Denmark, on the Great Belt Bridge. Color Line does not agree with the fine (of NOK 600,000) and filed a complaint. Apparently technical issues were at the basis of the problem, like malfunctioning exhaust analysers and a lack of water intake due to obstructions caused by shells.
  • Irish Ferries’ JONATHAN SWIFT is to be renamed CECILIA PAYNE for Baleària. She will enter service on June 1, between Denia and Ibiza – Palma.


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Good results from ANEK affected by increase in bunker cost

Some key figures from ANEK Lines annual report:

Passengers +7% 1,040,000 (974,000)
Cars +9% 204,000(188,000)
Trucks +4% 139,000 (133,000)

Concerning financial results, during 2017 ANEK Group maintained its profitability for the third consecutive year. However, the increase in the average price of fuel resulted to the increase of operating cost and the reduction of EBIDTA, despite the increase of turnover.

Turnover € 164.7 million (€ 157.6 million)
Consolidated gross profit € 31.4 million (€ 41.1 million).
EBITDA € 12.8 million (€ 25.6 million)


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First of three Torghatten LNG ferries launched in Turkey

Watch the video of the launch of the first of a series of three LNG-electric ro-pax ferries under construction in the Turkish shipyard of Tersan.
The ships will be used on Halhjem-Sandvikvåg in Western Norway.
Torghatten Nord also has two other identical vessels being built at the Norwegian shipyard Vard Brevik. All are designed by Multi-Maritime.