New LNG Ferry For Société Des Traversiers Du Québec

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Société des traversiers du Québec (STQ) has taken delivery of double-ended ferry ARMAND-IMBEAU II. Built by Davie Shipbuilding, ARMAND IMBEAU II is able to operate entirely on LNG. She has icebreaking capability, necessary for year-round operations on the Saint Lawrence River, more specifically the busy Tadoussac–Baie-Sainte-Catherine link near Québec. She’s entering service in October. A sister vessel, JOS-DESCHÊNES II, is expected in autumn.

Color Line To Add A Ro-Ro Ship Between Norway and Germany

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Color Line has agreed to purchase the ro-ro ship FINNCARRIER and plans to put the ship on the Oslo-Kiel route in January 2019. The establishment of a separate ro-ro offer represents a new area of ​​activity for Color Line, and is part of the company’s growth ambitions from a Norwegian point of view, says CEO Trond Kleivdal. FINNCARRIER is currently operating on the Finnlines network (Hull-Helsinki).


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Successful Port Of Kiel Has More Projects

Dr. Thilo Rohlfs, state secretary of the ministry for economy, transport, labour, technology and tourism for the country of Schleswig-Holstein, made use of a visit to the port of Kiel to learn more about the current port investment projects.

Today, the port of Kiel handles over 7 million tons of cargo and over 2 million passengers per year.

As part of a tour of the harbour, Port of Kiel’s managing director Dr. Dirk Claus informed the state secretary of the current investment plans:

  • Expand the pre-storage area for trucks at Ostuferhafen
  • Creation of a third switching track at Schwedenkai terminal
  • Creation of a shore power supply facility at Norwegenkai terminal

Photo Port of Kiel

Port Of Rostock: Strong Development In Ferry Traffic In First Half Of The Year

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Ferry and ro-ro are the best performing segments in the Port of Rostock.

  • Rostock’s half-year results show a drop in the amount of handled cargo (from 13 million tonnes to 12,2 million). In contrast, ro-ro cargo saw a 7% increase compared to the first half of 2017 (8.7 million tonnes).
  • The ferry and ro-ro goods accounted for 67% of overall handling. This strong growth was not enough to fully compensate for the losses in high-tonnage areas such as grain, coal and cement.
  • The number of ferry passengers carried to and from Northern Europe increased by 50,000, to 1.05 million.
  • Rostock overseas port recorded 2,905 calls by ferries or ro-ro vessels, on a total of 3,650 ship calls.
  • Accompanied trucks increased by 9% (210,098 in total)
  • Unaccompanied trucks decreased (-1%)

Stena Line Draws Positive Half-Year Balance For The Port Of Rostock

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Positive business development, new staff, effective sustainable initiatives and a more efficient roadmap: Stena Line draws a positive summary of the first half of 2018 at the traditional half-year press conference of Rostock Port GmbH.

In the passenger area, it was very good in the first half of 2018. Stena Line recorded 15% more passengers and 19% more vehicles. Sales rose 18%. The advance bookings for the summer season are also positive.

The freight division of Stena Line is also doing well: in 2017, Stena was able to increase its freight volume by 3%, and the trend continues. In addition to the classic trailer traffic, the demand for conventional rail transports and project loads is increasing.

Photo: Mecklenburg-Vorpommern entering the port of Rostock © Stena Line

Port of Lübeck On The Upswing

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In the first five months of this year, volumes are rising significantly in the Port of Lübeck

  • The total number of transport units increased by 5.4%
  • Semi-trailers +20%
  • Containers +16%

At the intermodal terminal Baltic Rail Gate, too, things are going well. The two gantry cranes handled more than 30% extra.

Port Of Santander Closes 2017 With A Benefit Of Almost €2 Million

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The Port Authority of Santander (APS = Autoridad Portuaria de Santander) closed the year 2017 with a profit of €1,9 million which represents an increase of more than 329% compared to the year before.

Interesting for the readers of Ferry Shipping News is the fact that the tonnage transported by ro-ro vessels increased by 11.2%, mainly due to the new ro-ro service by CldN. Faithful customer Brittany Ferries has also seen an increase by 13%.