The Last Volvo V60 Heralds A New Contract For DFDS

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On 8 June, Volvo announced that the last of its successful V60 models had been assembled at Volvo Cars’ assembly line in Ghent. Over the last 18 months DFDS transported the supply of V60 bodies from Volvo Cars’ factories in Gothenburg to the assembly line in Ghent; some 325 trailer loads a week. The production of the new Volvo V60 SPA model will begin in a few months. DFDS has a new contract for the transportation of 250 trailer loads per week.

In Ghent, the DFDS ships are nicknamed “The Volvo Boats”

Photo: DFDS

VILLA DEL TEROR Should Be Delivered In The Next Few Weeks

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At the request of Trasmediterránea some modifications are being done on ferry VILLA DEL TEROR, delaying the delivery with a couple of weeks.

The 139m ship originally ordered by Viking Line was transferred on 22 June from the Vulcan shipyard to the dry dock of Metalships & Docks for its painting.

Meanwhile, the future of the shipyard is being questioned.

The Government Of Trinidad and Tobago Wants New Ferries

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The twin-island republic suffers from the absence of a purchased ferry. Their normal-speed ro-pax catamaran GALLEONS PASSAGE is in Cuba for repairs, before being delivered. However, since some countries still have an embargo on Cuba it seems difficult to get spare parts from Australia.

The works have been delayed and now the ferry is only expected back on 16 July.

The vessel is being sold by Sealease Ltd of Hong Kong to Nidco (National Infrastructure Development Company). She was originally built by Guangdong Bonny Fair for Venezuela, with the construction starting in 2016.

Two weeks after Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley announced plans to purchase two new ferries for the inter island seabridge, as well as a navy patrol vessel, both Incat and Austal have submitted proposals to Government.

Proposals for new vessels have been received too from Austal and INCAT

ATLANTIC VISION Charter Set To Be Extended Until November 2019

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Marine Atlantic, a Canadian Crown corporation, provides ferry services between the Island of Newfoundland and the Province of Nova Scotia. One of their ferries is the Tallink Grupp owned ATLANTIC VISION, which is on charter. The charter will be extended until November 2019. The company said it will continue to work with the Government of Canada regarding future fleet configuration.


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  • NOVA STAR is now expected to enter service with Polferries on 27 June.
  • Several Spanish sources say that the negotiations for a renewed Nantes – Gijon Motorways of the Seas are on track. European money is being asked for.
  • Bornholm’s new ro-pax ferry HAMMERSHUS has been on its first sea-trials, in the waters around Rauma, Finland.
  • GALAXY, chartered by AML, has moved to the Guadalquivir shipyards in Seville to solve some deficiencies.