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REGINA SEAWAYS Suffers Engine Breakdown In The Baltic Sea

On Tuesday 2 October at 13:00, DFDS ferry REGINA SEAWAYS suffered a breakdown to the main engine en route from Kiel to Klaipeda. The breakdown caused smoke, which triggered the ship’s extinguishing system in the engine room.

No passengers or crewmembers were injured. Shortly after 22:00, the ro-pax arrived safely in Klaipeda.

Balearia Has Been Listed For Puerto Rico Tender

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The Puerto Rico Government has started a Public-Private Partnership project that seeks viable and efficient alternatives to provide the transportation services to the island municipalities of Vieques and Culebra and between Cataño and San Juan.

Five proponents were interested in taking part in the procurement process.

  1. Balearia Caribbean Inc.
  2. HMS Ferries, Inc.
  3. Priority Roro Services, Inc.
  4. Puerto Rico Fast Ferries, LLC
  5. Seastreak, LLC

Isle of Man Government Launches Public Survey On Future Ferry Services

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The Isle of Man Department of Infrastructure has launched a survey which has been designed to allow both individuals and businesses to share their views on the future ferry service.

in May 2018 it was agreed that the Isle of Man Government should buy the shares in the Steam Packet and that a new User Agreement should be signed within a year.

The User Agreement exists to make sure that the Island has secure and reliable ferry services.

Ship-To-Ship LNG Bunkering To Come To The North-East Baltic Sea In 2020

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A contract between parent company of Eesti Gaas (Estonia’s leading energy company), and Damen Shipyards Group has been signed for the construction of the first of a series of short-sea LNG bunker vessels to operate in the Baltic Sea.

„We are pleased that Tallink Grupp’s pioneering step of selecting LNG as the fuel for its newest vessel MEGASTAR a few years ago, has now led to Eesti Gaas taking this important step and ordering a new bunker vessel, which will benefit all future vessels operating on LNG in this region,“ Tarvi-Carlos Tuulik, Head of Ship Management, Tallink Grupp AS said.

Samskip Upgrades Nor Lines Shortsea Service Network Connecting To Norwegian Coasts

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  • Capacity on the 3-ship Nor Lines service between Baltic ports and Norway will be expanded to 4 vessels.
  • Two vessel pairs operating separate schedules.
  • One pair will connect northern Norway with German and Dutch ports, focusing on frozen fish/project cargoes southbound and palletized/project cargoes northbound.
  • The other ship pair will serve importers and exporters in Danish and Polish ports, connecting with Western Norway in the Fredrikstad-Tromsø range, calling weekly northbound and prioritizing southbound calls for reefer/project cargo volumes.
  • The entirely separate Nor Lines’ multipurpose liner service connecting the Netherlands to Norway weekly will add a call at the Dutch port of Velsen. The addition of Velsen as the first Dutch call is also expected to attract northbound palletized and project cargoes. This service is maintained by the LNG-powered vessels KVITBJØRN and KVITNOS.

Tender For A New Ro-Ro Passenger Ship Launched By RFI Due To Expire On 8 October

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October 8th at 12 AM local time is the limit date for shipyards interested at submitting their offers for building a new ro-pax train ferry due to be deployed by Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (RFI) on the Strait of Messina.

The tender launched by the national railways Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane specifies that the starting terms are €56.5 million for the price and 495 days for the construction time.

This new vessel will be a sister ship of the MESSINA which was delivered in 2013 from Nuovi Cantieri Apuania based in Carrara, Italy.

Bluferries, another shipping company controlled by Ferrovie dello Stato group and active on the routes linking the two sides of the Strait of Messina, had just chartered-in for three months f(rom Tarmar) the high-speed vessel PRINCESS OF DUBROVNIK in order to provide as from 1 October a regular passenger service between Messina and Reggio Calabria.

The same service was previously covered by Liberty Lines.

Tirrenia Puts Up For Sale The Veteran Ferry AURELIA

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Few days after revealing the attempt to sell and charter back three modern ferries (SHARDEN, BITHIA and JANAS) with a Japanese financial partner, Mauro Pili, former president of the Sardinia region, informed the general public that Tirrenia decided to put up for sale the aged ferry AURELIA.

The vessel is currently chartered out to SNAV and deployed on the Ancona-Split.

Mauro Pili posted a copy of the email circulated on the market by the Naples-based shipbroker Unitramp in which all the technical details of the ship are reported.


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DFDS Increase Cargo Capacity At The Port Of Trieste

Following the takeover of U.N. Ro-Ro by DFDS, the port of Trieste received on 30 September the first call of the renovated vessel UN KARADENIZ which underwent a 30meters lengthening work at Gemak shipyard in order to obtain a 23% cargo capacity increase.

Today the vessel is 223m long, can transport over 350 trailers and is sailing under the new brand colours.

The same lengthening project was also applied to the sister ship UN AKDENIZ in March 2017, while the two ships CUNEYT SOLAKOGLU and CEMIL BAYULGEN will follow soon.

All those vessels are deployed on the services operated by DFDS and linking Trieste with Turkey, namely Pendik, Ambarli and Mersin for a total of 10 calls per week.

Due to the upgrade in the fleet capacity, the ro-ro terminal in Northern Adriatic controlled trough Samer Seaports & Terminals (company 60% owned by DFDS and 40% by the local agent Samer & Co. Shipping group) is supposed to substantially increase its annual throughput of trailers handled in the coming years.


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Positive Performance By ANEK Lines S.A.

Crete-based ANEK realises positive performance thanks to “more efficient ship and route management,” and to “passenger traffic growth.”

+ Passengers 368,000 (356,000) and Cars 62,000 (status quo)

– Freight 69,000

+ Turnover €72.9 million (65.3 million)

+ Revenue €66.9 million (58 million)

+ Consolidated gross results €8.4 million (0.4 million)

+ Profits €7.2 million (€-0.4 million)

+ EBITDA €1.6 million (€- 6.3 million)

In spite of increasing fuel prices, costs went down slightly.