HH Ferries Group Generated Strong Growth In Freight Traffic In Q2

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Scandlines Helsingborg-Helsingør continued the positive development and generated strong growth in the number of transported trucks in Q2, which entailed an increase in the route’s market share of the freight traffic on Öresund. In May, the number of trucks that chose to cross the Sound between

Helsingborg and Helsingør exceeded the number of trucks choosing the fixed connection between Malmö and Copenhagen for the first time.

+ Freight units 121,000 (109,000)

+ Cars 352,000 (372,000)

– Passengers 1.89 million (1.94 million).

Finnlines Surfing On The Waves Of A Thriving Finnish Economy

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Grimaldi Group has performed very strongly in the first half of 2018:

  • Revenue EUR 289.1 million (+11.5%)
  • Result EUR 42.3 million (+20%)
  • EBITDA EUR 78.3 million.
  • Cargo units 338,000
  • Passengers 304,000

Productivity has been improved with the lengthening programme, which is complete at the end of the year: six lengthened vessels = an extra 6,000 lane metres = equivalent of two vessels.


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Ro-Ro Continues To Grow In Port Of Zeebrugge

Port of Zeebrugge has reported a growth of 6.3% during the first semester. A total of 19,450,286 tons of cargo has been processed. The increase is situated in the ro-ro sector (+9.3%), fluid bulk goods (+15.1%) and the container sector (+6.1%).

Ro-ro ferry growth is registered for the UK (+1.9%), Ireland (+9.1%), Scandinavia (+4.2%) and Southern Europe (+23.6%).

New Delegation Of Corsican Public Services Prefers Freight

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The new DSP (delegation of public services) has been voted on 27 July. After a period of analysing it has been decided to organise the DSP differently.

  • It will only last for two years.
  • Instead of supporting the transport of 360,000 pax per year, the number has been dramatically reduced to 91,000.
  • Freight gets more money: up to 1.7 million lane meters will get a subsidy, instead of 1.3 million.
  • New tariffs give better advantages to the islanders: -30% if the live on the island.


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  • Baleària launched a new Tanger Med – Malaga ro-pax and freight service on August 4.
  • Intershipping’s fast monohull ferry QUEEN NEFERTITI started operating on 5 August from Algeciras to Tanger Med.
  • Stena Line has replaced ro-ro BORE BAY with VIKINGLAND on the Gdynia-Nynäshamn route (freight only).

Photos Of The Week

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Some snapshots taken during my cruise in the Irish Sea:

The sunset picture of STENA SUPERFAST X has been taken in Holyhead. The early morning “blue hour” picture was taken the day after in Dublin. Good to see ULYSSES is back in service.