Slight Drop In Passengers Compensated By Rise In Cargo Units And Cars

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Tallink Grupp’s Q1 sees a healthy growth in the rolling traffic.

  • Vehicles 222,370 = +2.3%
  • Cargo units: 90,687 = +8.2% (growth most significant on Estonia-Finland +12.9% and Latvia-Sweden +62.6%)
  • Passengers went down a bit: 1,930,449 = -0.5%

The reason for the slight drop in passengers is that for almost ten weeks only one instead of two vessels was operating the Turku-Stockholm route.
On a positive side, Estonia-Sweden and particularly Latvia-Sweden routes are developing very well and the passenger numbers are increasing.


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Balearia’s first of two LNG-powered ro-pax ferries, has been floated out on March 30.

Named HYPATIA DE ALEJANDRIA she is expected to enter service on the Balearic Island services in early 2019.
The pair will be the first LNG ferries of this size in the Mediterranean. They each have a capacity of 2,100 freight lane meters, 810 passengers, and 150 cars.

Recently the Spanish company cancelled the order for another LNG vessel to be built by La Naval, a shipyard in financial trouble.

Photo: Visentini


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ESPO Conference 2018 in Rotterdam

“Investing in the port of tomorrow”: What are the main drivers for ports to invest? How to match long investment processes with the rapidly changing supply chain needs? Etc..
These are the main issues to be discussed during this two-day conference. The event will take place on 31 May and 1 June 2018 in the Onderzeebootloods in Rotterdam.

Three Tourism Awards For The Attica Group

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The Attica Group has received a gold and two silver honors at the Tourism Awards 2018, held recently in Athens.
These Tourism Awards rewarded the best practices and initiatives of Greek companies and organizations in the tourism sector.

Attica Group won a:

  • Gold award for its corporate social responsibility program titled “With you as our destination.
  •  Silver award for @sea, the first onboard infotainment platform developed in the Greek shipping industry, accessible by any device – laptop, smartphone or tablet – offering information and entertainment.
  • Silver award for the SEASMILES reward program.


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  • The well-known Greek shipowner and ferry entrepreneur Gerassimos Agoudimos passed away at the age of 76. He started his own ferry company in 1991. It collapsed in 2011 after having been declared bankrupt.
  • Ro-pax ARIADNE arrived in Naples on April 3 for her new charter. The Hellenic Seaways vessel will be operated by Tirrenia on the Naples – Sicily routes. She has been repainted accordingly.
  • Linea Messina’s JOLLY COBALTO has been renamed MSC COBALTO, and now has an MSC funnel. A picture can be seen here. MSC is also going to charter the JOLLY TITANIO, before entering the capital of Linea Messina.
    The vessels are used on the Trieste – Izmir route.
  • After the signing of the letter of intent on March 5, Fincantieri and the Grimaldi Group signed the contract for the lengthening and refurbishment program for the cruise ferries CRUISE ROMA and CRUISE BARCELONA. The construction of the two mid-body sections will begin in 2018, while the completion of the works at Palermo shipyard is foreseen within summer 2019.