Port of Helsinki And Tallink To Host LNG Conference

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Supply and demand, staying competitive as an industry, supply chain logistics and its role as marine fuel – the upcoming LNG Conference 2018 will cover everything that is relevant to the topic of LNG in Europe and the Baltic region. The event, hosted by Port of Helsinki and Tallink, will be held on 7 and 8 June 2018 at the Helsinki City Hall and on board Tallink’s MEGASTAR ferry.


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ESPO Publishes Its Position Paper On The Port Reception Facilities For Ship Waste

“Introducing a fee system whereby ships could deliver unreasonable amounts of garbage, including dangerous waste for 100% fixed fee, would be a severe and unacceptable divergence from the ‘polluter pays’ principle. It risks to discourage tackling waste at the source by reducing waste volumes onboard, which has been the cornerstone of the EU waste policy” says ESPO’s Secretary General, Isabelle Ryckbost.

ESPO proposes to set a limit on ship waste covered by the 100% fixed fee.


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Ferry Contract Tendered For Strait Of Belle Isle Run

The Newfoundland and Labrador government is looking for a ferry operator for the ferry service across the Strait of Belle Isle. The actual ship is the 1970-built APOLLO, operated by Labrador Marine, a company belonging to the Woodward Group.

Tenders are out and July 6 is the deadline for proposals. The Government wants a new, ice-reinforced, larger ferry by spring 2019.

Photo: Woodward Group

In Need Of A New Ferry, C.T.M.A. Is Soon Going To Call For Tenders

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C.T.M.A. is the shipping operator serving the Iles de la Madeleine archipelago in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Canada. The company has two ferries, the 1973-built CTMA VACANCIER and the 1972-built CTMA VOYAGEUR.

Since many years the company tries to get subsidies from the Canadian Government to acquire new tonnage. Now, a couple of months before the elections, Prime Minister Philippe Couillard has promised financial support for the construction of a new cruise ferry, during a visit to the island of la Madeleine.

Remark about the term ‘cruise ferry’: the ferries serve both as a lifeline to the archipelago and as a one-week cruise product for tourists, with departure from Montreal.

More information on the company website and route on map below.

Source: Radio Canada

Photo: C.T.M.A.

Torghatten Gets New Ferry Contracts

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Torghatten Trafikkselskap has won ferry contracts in Nordland, Norway, worth over NOK 400 million.The three-year contracts concern the ferry connections Vennesund-Holm, Horn-Andalsvåg, Horn-Igerøy and Igerøy-Tjøtta. Torghatten is going to order a new ferry and rebuild TORGHATTEN, the existing ferry. Both will be diesel-electric hybrid, although this was not a tender requirement.
Who is going to build the new vessel has not been decided yet.

Source: Skipsrevyen (in Norwegian)

Photo: LMG Marin


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Photo: Carsten Watsack, Just Ferries

This amazing picture was taken by Carsten Watsack in the Greek Chalkis Shipyard, end of March. All these fast ferries belong to SeaJets, and are from left to right:


SeaJets now has a fleet of 18 ferries, from which 14 are high-speed craft.


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Corsica Linea Tests New Ferry Route

Corsica Linea has been testing a ferry route between Ajaccio (Corsica) and Porto Torres (Sardinia), with ro-pax JEAN NICOLI.
In three days 1,500 Corsican passengers decided to take the opportunity to visit their Italian neighbours.
The test was for passengers only, but there could be a market for freight. At least in one direction. Apparently Sardinian building materials are being exported to Corsica.

Look at the France Info video on YouTube (in French)(Time 1:45)