P&O Ferries Deploys New Tonnage On The Teesport Routes

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One month ago, P&O Ferries announced its plan to increase its capacity by 25% on Zeebrugge-Teesport, without revealing the name of the ship. (see: P&O Ferries Jumps On An Opportunity ).

Now we know! It will be the ESTRADEN, which has previously been working on Europoort – Teesport.

She will work in tandem with the BORE SONG, “to form the fastest and easiest gateway to Scotland for exporters to and from the continent.”

The ESTRADEN (2,270 lane meter) replaces the MISTRAL (1,625 lane meter).

To complete the reconfiguration of ships on its North Sea freight routes, P&O has chartered the STENA CARRIER (2,715 lane meter) to replace the ESTRADEN on Europoort – Teesport.

P&O Ferries currently carries more than 100,000 freight units a year on 6 return sailings a week between Teesport and its continental hub at Zeebrugge. The goods transported include chemicals, plastics, steel, automotive parts and alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

Why Does Moody’s Downgrade A Healthy Moby?

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In spite of a healthy EBITDA of EUR 135 million in 2017, Moody’s Investors Service downgraded Moby S.p.A. by two notches on May 14th.

The reasons can be found in uncertainties:

  • Challenging trading conditions with tough competition.
  • Moody’s does not think that new initiatives on Corsica and Sicily will run break-even in 2019.
  • The Italian anti-trust regulator imposed a fine of EUR 29 million for abusing its dominant position on three routes between continental Italy and Sardinia. Moby will appeal the decision.
  • The ongoing investigation from the European Commission into Tirrenia-CIN’s subsidies received since 2012.

TT-Line To Start Klaipeda – Trelleborg On June 9

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As from Saturday, June 9, TT Line will send a ro-pax ferry from Trelleborg to Klaipeda, and vice versa, on a weekly basis.

The timetable shows a Saturday morning departure from Sweden and an evening arrival in Lithuania. The return voyage starts in Klaipeda at 01:30, with an arrival in Trelleborg at 17:30.

One of the reasons for this new route is the fact that freight is not allowed on German motorways on Sundays. Most of the ferries have a layover in Trelleborg. This created the possibility to start a new line.

Another reason is the trade growth between Scandinavia, Denmark, Baltic States, Belarus, Ukraine and Russia.

Port of Klaipeda is the largest ro-ro hub in the Baltic States (with a strong presence of DFDS). It offers excellent access to deep hinterland, e.g. Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Belarus and Russia.

The service will be for both accompanied and unaccompanied freight.

Via transshipment the cargo can be rerouted to Lübeck – Travemünde, Rostock and Swinoujscie.

Scandlines And BC Ferries Have Chosen E-Dea As Integrated Reservation Software Provider

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E-Dea, the Italian IT provider of integrated software solutions for Ferry Companies, Ports and Terminals, has provided Scandlines with their flagship product, eBooking©, as part of the centralized and integrated passenger Reservation System.

The fully integrated reservation system supports Scandlines core processes including scheduling, products configuration, pricelist configuration, special offers, packages, etc. Thanks to its straightforward design, the system allows Scandlines to properly manage special offers and flexible prices to maximize seasonable revenue.

Also BC Ferries has chosen E-Dea, to have a key role in the implementation of the ACE (Automated Customer Experience) program. The core component of the ACE program is the streamlining of Booking, Ticketing and Check-in  services.


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As The Clock Ticks, Brexit Frustration Is Growing

CEO Port of Zeebrugge, Joachim Coens, and Deputy CEO Port of Calais Benoit Rochet paid a visit to the British House of Commons on June 5, for a session about “UK’s economic relationship with the European Union”. The Belgian and the French Port demand urgent clarity on what will happen post-Brexit in order to secure a smooth transition.

Mr Coens asked for clarity about the transition period. “The transition period of two years is fine, provided we know from the beginning of that transition period what we have to do. We cannot be ready if there is uncertainty in the transition period.”

Some of the hot topics outlined by Mr Coens:

  • The need for a good and comprehensive trade agreement EU-UK.
  • Preserve current free movement of goods as much as possible.
  • Guaranteed efficient and fast transit of – European and international – goods through the port.
  • No import duties – minimal non-tariff barriers.
  • EU and UK customs administrations need to start preparing and cooperating.

“We know there is Brexit but we don’t know exactly what Brexit means,” said Port of Calais CEO Benoit Rochet.

Port Of Trelleborg Welcomes Back Peter Pan

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After a five-month stay in Bremerhaven, TT Line’s PETER PAN returned into service. The ro-pax has been stretched by 30 meters, increasing her lane meter capacity to 3,000. The ferry is now 220m long.

Getting this vessel was only possible because Port of Trelleborg invested in a new ferry berth, with the help of the European TEN-T program (2014). One of the elements of this “Green Bridge on Nordic Corridor” plan was adapting berths at the ports of Trelleborg, Rostock and Lübeck-Travemünde, to receive ro-pax vessels with a length of up to 240m.

PETER PAN operates on the Trelleborg-Travemünde, Trelleborg-Rostock and Trelleborg-Swinoujscie routes.

Photo: Port of Trelleborg

Strong Year For Copenhagen Malmö Port

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2017 was a good year for CMP. Turnover increased from SEK 812 million to

SEK 839 million. General freight volumes ended up at about the same level as in 2016. At the same time the cruise segment again broke records and made a substantial contribution to the increased turnover.

Ro-ro volumes rose to 295,000 units, and there was a growth in railway traffic in Malmö.