OSK-Shiptech And GSI Behind New Ferry For Algeria

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Danish OSK-ShipTech A/S is behind the design of the new ferry for Algerian shipping company ENTMV.

OSK-ShipTech is already working on the Approval Design for the new Algerian passenger ferry holding 1800 passengers, 180 crewmembers and more than 600 cars and putting their mark on all the interiors and facilities on-board. The new ferry will sail between Algeria, Marseille and Barcelona.


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ESPO Applauds EU Role In Achieving The IMO Agreement On CO2 Reduction Target For Shipping

ESPO welcomes the agreement reached at global level within the IMO to peak CO2 emissions from shipping as soon as possible and reduce them by at least 50% by 2050, compared to 2008 levels. For European ports, the agreement reached last week is a real milestone and sends a strong signal that the IMO can take action.


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Delay For Corsica’s Own Regional Ferry Company

Corsica had the intention to start its own regional ferry company. The idea was to acquire two former SNCM ferries, PAGLIA ORBA and MONTE D’ORO.

On April 25 it was decided not to acquire these two ferries, because they would not respect the environmental rules in 2020. Acquiring the would create a financial risk, is the conclusion.

Source: France 3 (in French)

Photo: Mike Louagie


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“The British decision to leave the EU had caused many, many headaches but let me take one away from you. In terms of maritime access, we have got the CELINE. Shipping will provide, it always does.”

CLdN shipowner Christian Cigrang, at the christening ceremony of CLdN’s ro-ro CELINE, in the port of Dublin on Friday April 20.

A report and a video from this glorious day can be seen in The Irish Times.

Still No Running On Naviera Armas Takeover Of Trasmediterranea

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Last October, Ferry Shipping News reported that Acciona reached an agreement to sell its 92.7% stake in Trasmediterranea to the Naviera Armas Group.

The deal was expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2018, after it had been approved by the competition authorities. This has not happened yet, writes OK Diaro (in Spanish).

The transaction is still pending the approval of the National Commission of Markets and Competition (CNMC). Whether or not a monopoly situation is created is the question. Armas is confident.

Photo: Mike Louagie

It Looks Like Balearia Really May Re-Start Gijon – Montoir

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Baleària might receive additional funds to those granted by the European Union to reopen the Motorway of the Seas route between Gijón and Saint Nazaire. LD Lines closed this route in 2014.
On the Spanish side, several administrative bodies such as the city and the region are prepared to invest, if one of the five converted ferries is being used on the Spain – France route. Balearia asked the EU grants to convert five ferries into LNG-powered ships, but already said it wouldn’t be enough to cover all costs

Port Of Calais Claims EUR 1.8 From French State

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Based on the loss made by the two-month strike of MyFerryLink staff in 2015, the Chamber of Commerce and the Port of Calais went to court. They demand France to pay the sum of EUR 1.8 million to compensate for the losses, reports Nord Littoral (in French).

They also accuse the State and its police forces to act differently when incidents happen with the Eurotunnel. As soon as someone tries to block the Chunnel police forces are intervening immediately. In stark contrast, Port of Calais was blocked regularly during two months, and nothing happened to prevent this.

Unaccompanied Trailers Lead Irish Sea Freight Growth

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On his LinkedIn page, Seatruck Ferries’ CEO Alistair Eagles wrote a summary on the publication of Volume 15 of the Irish Maritime Transport Economist by the IMDO.

2017 saw just a 1% increase in driver accompanied shipments where the driver travels with the ship. In contrast unaccompanied trailer shipments grew by 6%.

60.8% of total Irish Sea freight now moves on an unaccompanied basis.