MED STAR Soon To Start Sailing, At Last

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MED STAR, formerly known as VÄSTERVIK, has been presented in the port of Tanger Med. L’Economiste writes (in French) that she has been acquired by Intershipping for EUR 14 million, and that EUR 3 million has been spent to refurbish her.
The ferry was laid up for more than a year, which is like a familiar scenario for this vessel.
Capacity is 430 cars or 70 trucks, and 1,400 passengers.


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By innovation we can make zero emission happen

Øyvind Leistad, Director of Marketing and Development at ENOVA, a Norwegian Governmental enterprise.
ENOVA is responsible for the promotion of environmentally friendly production and consumption of energy.
Mr Leistad’s quote was heard onboard the new battery ferry FUTURE OF THE FJORDS, during its inauguration. Ferry Shipping News will bring a full report in next edition.

Photo: Mike Louagie


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Small Greek ferry AQUA JEWEL has started her charter season in the Azores. She began to operate for Atlanticoline on May 3, with a first crossing between São Miguel and Terceira.
From May till September the Seajets-owned vessel will connect eight islands of the Acores archipelago.

  • High-speed catamaran HSC EXPRESS, on charter last year to Viking Line, has been spotted in the Kiel Canal, when on her way to Spain. She has been chartered by Armas. Route so far unknown.
  • A new direct ferry service between Spain and Ireland has been started by Brittany ferries. The chartered CONNEMARA left Santander on May 6, after a passage in the Astander shipyard. To reach Cork the vessel needs 24 hours.
  • More details on the new ro-ro ships for Finnlines (as announced last week) can be found here.
  • Tirrenia starts a new freight line between Catania and Naples, with three return trips per week. The ro-ro vessel for this route is the 1,820 lane meter HARTMUT PUSCHMANN. Catania will be used as hub for transshipment to Malta.


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Tirrenia Cargo’s First Of Two Ro-Ro’s Launched In Flensburg

Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft launched the first of two ro-ro ships for the SIEM Group, which will charter out the vessel on long-term bareboat charter to Tirrenia, a brand of the Onorato group.
The ALF POLLAK will be delivered in October 2018, and will be one of the largest ro-ro’s in the Med. Capacity will be 310 semi-trailers on 4,076 lane meter of garage deck.

The ship has been named after a close friend of Vincenzo Onorato. He was the first German tour operator to represent Moby Lines.