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Mangalia Shipyard Will Give Damen Shipyard Group The Possibility To Build Large Ferries

It is a major thing for the Dutch shipyard group Damen: the Mangalia shipyard, formerly known as Daewoo Mangalia Heavy Industries (DMHI) will be operated as a joint venture with the Romanian Government. Damen will assume operational control. The yard, located on the Black Sea coast, will be renamed Damen Shipyards Mangalia. This move represents a strategic complement to Damen’s current shipyard portfolio, with the possibility for the construction and conversion of large and complex ferries,   There are three drydocks with a total length of 982m and 1.6km of berthing space.

Two Double-Ended LMG-Designed Hybrid Ferries To Be Built At Remontowa For Norled

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LMG Marin has been awarded the design of two battery-plug-in ferries for the Festøya-Solavågen connection (Ålesund), operated by Norled. The contract with Remontowa Shipyard and Norled was signed on 11 July.

The new ferries will be equipped with an innovative Diesel Electric Hybrid system.

  • Normal operation: entire required power comes from battery packs.
  • Batteries to be recharged via pantograph from the land grid, in 11 minutes.
  • Shore charging system to be integrated with an automatic mooring system.
  • In case of emergency: generating sets running on 100% Biodiesel.

The LMG 120-DEH design is also characterized by an innovative vehicle deck and accommodation arrangement: the passenger lounge is below the car deck.

Baleària And Marítima Peregar Operate A Joint Service Between Melilla and Málaga

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The president of Baleària, Adolfo Utor, and his colleague of Marítima Peregar, Joaquín Pérez-Muñoz Prados, presented a new joint service on 18 July.

Both shipping companies have set up a Compañía Marítima Alborán (50/50), which has begun daily regular traffic between Melilla and Málaga.

Six connections a week are ro-pax services, one per week is for ro-ro freight only.

In addition, Compañía Marítima Alborán will operate other regular traffic with Ceuta and Tangier Med, with Malaga as homeport. This service was already operated by Peregar.

  • Malaga-Ceuta: two weekly freight services
  • Malaga-Tangier Med: daily, from Monday to Friday ro-ro / Saturdays and Sundays ro-pax.

The new company uses two vessels:

  • DÉNIA CIUTAT CREATIVA ro-pax (399 pax / 430 cars)
  • FESTIVO ro-ro (1,000 lane meter)

BERLIN Successfully Got A New Thruster In The Busiest Period Of The year

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Scandlines’ BERLIN, operating with sister vessel COPENHAGEN on the Gedser-Rostock route, had to be taken out of service to solve technical issues with the thruster. Unusual noises had been heard.

BERLIN was sent to the Fayard drydock in Odense. A spare thruster was delivered immediately from the Rolls Royce warehouse in Norway.

The subsequent investigation confirmed that the replaced thruster was damaged, and that these were actually the cause of the abnormal noises.

She was out of service from 16 to 19 July, missing a few dozens of crossings in one of the busiest periods of the year.

Photo: Siemens/ Ulrich WIrrwa

Agreement Signed: Stena Line To Move From Varberg To Halmstad

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Now it is final: Stena Line will move from Varberg to Halmstad at the end of 2019. It revives the memory of the former Lion Ferry operation, acquired by Stena Line in 1985. The reason for the move is that the city of Varberg plans to urbanize the district of Västerport where Stena Line is berthing today.

“We expect the new ferry terminal to be ready for traffic by the end of 2019,” says Björn Alvengrip, CEO HallandsHamnar. HallandsHamnar is the company managing both ports.

Photo: STENA NAUTICA in Varberg,  shortly before her departure to Grenaa in Denmark.

Tenders Out For New Ferry Between Umeå And Vasa

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Kvarken Link AB has invited four shipyards to provide binding offers for the building of a new ro-pax ferry. Three shipyards are European, one is Asian.

The deadline for the offers is 31 August 2018. A contract should be signed at the end of this year, latest beginning of next year. Delivery if planned for April 2021.

The Finnish Government will support the project with €25 million, and the EIB (European Investment Bank) will grant the applied loan when the contract is signed.

The Swedish Government is not interested.

The route Umeå (Sweden) and Vasa (Finland) is currently operated by Wasaline. The route is halfway the Gulf of Bothnia.

Nelton And Hvide Sande Secure Next “Low Emission” Ferry Project

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Polish Engineering company Nelton and Danish shipyard Hvide Sande worked together for developing an energy-efficient ferry. The 50m carferry for Danish AeroXpressen, will operate between Marstal and Rudkøbing. The shallow waters were challenging for the design.

The ship will be driven by two electric motors powered by a set of batteries and two generators. Summer capacity is 196 passengers and 32 cars. Delivery is scheduled from Hvide Sande in Denmark in the Q4, 2019

Stena Line’s SASSNITZ Will Operate Rostock – Trelleborg Some Days Per Week

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Stena Line is creating new capacities for rail transport and project cargo with the new Rostock-Trelleborg timetable.

As Stena Line saw an increase of 3% of ro-ro traffic, with demand for rail transports and project cargo rising, the company decided to have trainferry SASSNITZ operating Rostock-Trelleborg some days per week, as from September. Normally this vessel is serving the Sassnitz-Trelleborg route. (see also under: Ferry Ports)