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Scrap Prices Took A Plunge

In its quarterly report, environmental organization Robin Des Bois only noticed two ro-ro vessels that were sent to the scrapyard between 1 July and 30 September 2018.

ASSTAR TRABZON ex LIDER SAFAK, ex CATUMBELA RIVER, ex IVAN GORTHON, ex BRAVIK built in 1974 in Kiel for Rederi Ab Kihlship, Gotenburg.

GUZELYURT ex KANTARA, ex SALAMIS, ex CENK K, ex SALIH TOPAL, ex DENA I, ex ALPILLES, ex HANSA built in 1969 in Hamburg

440 USD is the average price per ton in the Indian subcontinent at the end of the quarter. The decline at the beginning of the quarter slowed down sales; shipowners and brokers have been waiting for better days. In Turkey, the fall of the lira in August led to a fall in purchase prices down to circa 230 USD; they are recovering at the end of the quarter.


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High-Speed Broadband on ECKERÖ

Eckerö Line has worked on different solutions to improve the internet connection for its guests during the ferry journey between Grisslehamn and Eckerö.

By installing two new moving antennas aboard the ferry ECKERÖ, as well as two moving antennas on land, Eckerö Line can now offer its guests a significantly more stable internet connection on the ship than before.

Previously, there has been a challenge with the connection when the ship was too far away from land, but it is now no longer a problem.

The new high-speed broadband also creates the opportunity for conference guests to conduct video conferencing on board.


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SORRENTO Fire: Claims Rejected, Ship Owner And Operator Not Guilty

A court in Palma has rejected the claim filed by one of the victims who lost a car in the fire on SORRENTO, 28 April 2015. Both owner (Grimaldi) and operator (Trasmediterranea) are not responsible for the fire, said the judge.

The ruling is based on the report of the Civil Guard. He placed the origin of the flames in a reefer trailer. There was no failure in the electrical installation of the ship, all the permits were in order and the performance of the crew was deemed adequate.

Less Food Waste On Baltic Ferry Buffets

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Several Baltic ferry companies are focusing on minimizing food waste at the buffet restaurants, a typical place where people tend to take too much.

Tallink Silja is looking at the entire food chain from the galley to the passengers. Smaller plates help a lot. However, different passenger profiles create different consumption patterns (example: 200 ice-hockey players versus 200 retired people).

Viking Line has set up signs at its buffet, where they invite people not to take more food than they can eat.

Putting smaller portions in the buffet also helped a lot. It helps the passengers to take the right sizes of portions.

Finnlines has been focusing on getting better at assessing the amount of needed food.

On the Helsinki-Travemünde route the company provides food coupons that allow the combination of a light breakfast and then a hearty lunch.


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  • Trasmediterranea’s ro-pax DIMONIOS has been renamed CIUDAD DE PALMA, in line with the company’s tradition to give “city” names to its ships.
  • The Danish hybrid ferry KANALEN finally started to operate on the Thyborøn-Agger crossing, west of Limfjorden, on Monday 26 November. She has been delayed because of problems with the electric motors. She had been delivered in July.If needed she can be rebuilt for full battery operation.


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Before And After

The photo shows the GNV ferry EXCELLENT, which collided in October with the quay in Barcelona in extreme weather conditions. She also hit a gantry crane that collapsed and took fire.

The ferry has now been repaired by the Palumbo shipyard in Messina.