Cruise Ferry W.B.YEATS Delivered To Irish Continental Group Plc

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Irish Continental Group announced on Wednesday 12 December that the cruise ferry W.B.YEATS was delivered at Flensburg.

The ferry was built by Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesselschaft & Co.KG at a contract price of €144 million.

She will accommodate 1,800 passengers, offering 440 spacious cabins including luxury suites. Deck space can accommodate 2,800 lane metres of freight (165 freight vehicles) plus an additional dedicated car deck with capacity for 300 passenger cars.

The W.B.YEATS will now undergo commissioning with Irish Ferries and is expected to commence services initially on the Dublin to Holyhead route in early January 2019 before switching to Dublin to France route in March 2019.

Adria Ferries Bought Ro-Pax CALIFORNIA STAR From Baja Ferries

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The Italian company Adria Ferries has just sealed the purchase of a sister ship of the AF MICHELA (see photo), chartered from the Vietnamese owner Vinashin Lines and currently deployed on the Ancona – Durres (Albania) maritime link.

Alberto Rossi, head of Frittelli Maritime group and of Adria Ferries, announced this week the purchase for USD 45 million of a sister ship of the AF MICHELA.

According to some ship brokers the ro-pax in question is CALIFORNIA STAR, built in 2001 by Cantiere Navale Visentini, owned by Baja Ferries and today active in Central America between the Mexican port of Topolobampo, and Pichilingue in Ecuador.

Incat Crowther To Design Double-Ended Ro-Pax Ferry

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Incat Crowther has announced the design of a double-ended ro-pax ferry for Sealink Travel Group – one of Australia’s largest vessel operators.
The original ferry is going to operate to Bruny Island in Tasmania.
She will be built by Richardson Devine Marine in Hobart.

Incat says the vessel is unusual for a double ended vehicle ferry:

  • it is a robust aluminium catamaran offering a very significant fuel saving when compared with a conventional steel monohull vessel.
  • the vessel is designed for the later fitment of an extra vehicle deck.

Europe Commission Added Six Scrapyards To List Of Approved Recycling Facilities

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The European Commission has added six new yards to the European List Of Ship Recycling Facilities.

These include

  • 3 yards from the EU: Italy, Finland and Denmark.
  • 2 yards in Turkey
  • 1 yard in the United States.

From 31 December 2018, the EU Ship Recycling Regulation requires all large sea-going vessels sailing under an EU Member State flag to use an approved ship recycling facility included in the European List.

PS The ‘Dangerfjord’ photo is for illustration purposes only.

Aldo Grimaldi Passed Away At The Age Of 96

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Aldo Grimaldi, chairman of the Genoa-based Grimaldi Holding and former president of the Italian shipowners’ association Confitarma, passed away at the age of 96.

Grandson of the shipowner Achille Lauro, he began his own activity creating with his other three brothers, Luigi, Mario and Guido, his first shipping company called Fratelli Grimaldi Armatori, first with cargo ships and then passengers, thus constituting the core of what would later become the Grimaldi Group.

Aldo Grimaldi was chairman of Grimaldi Holding, Grandi Navi Veloci, Grandi Traghetti and Gilnavi.

At the end of the 80s’ he decided to start designing ships with very different characteristics compared to the existing ones, with large cargo capacity for goods and cars in tow but fast, comfortable, with excellent services similar to those of cruise ships. The so-called “white ships” (MAJESTIC, SPLENDID, FANTASTIC, EXCELLENT, EXCELSIOR, SUPREMA and SUPERBA) are still operating today for GNV.

The last eight ships ordered by Aldo Grimaldi and delivered from 2007 were the eight ro-pax units called “blue ships” and built by Nuovi Cantieri Apuania. Three of them (ENERGIA renamed REGINA SEAWAYS, FORZA and TENACIA) are still controlled by Grimaldi Holding and chartered out to DFDS (the first) and to Trasmediterranea (the second and the third).

TT-Line Signs Contract For LNG-Powered Ro-Pax

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(this news has been sent earlier as a news flash)

TT-Line have signed a contract for one new ‘TT-Line Green Ship’, with an option for a second vessel.

The contract was awarded to the Chinese Jinling shipyard (Toll Shipping, DFDS, Grimaldi..).

Some particulars:

  • Length: 230m
  • Gross tonnage: 45,000
  • Pax: 800
  • Freight units: 200
  • Lane meters: 4,600
  • Dual-fuel LNG
  • Classification DNV-GL
  • To be delivered in 2022

The new TT-Line vessel builds on the successful Green Ship concept of the company.

While designing the vessel, a particular emphasize was put on flexibility and fast turnarounds in ports, with a high freight capacity.

“We foresee a continued demand growth for short sea services within the Baltic Sea. With this investment we can respond even more effectively to the needs of our customers and support them to grow,” says Hanns H. Conzen, Managing Director of TT-Line in a press announcement.

TT-Line’s routes are currently served by six ferries. They connect Świnoujście, Travemünde and Rostock, and Klaipeda, with Trelleborg in Sweden.


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Important Brexit-proof Customs Agreement For C.Ro Ports Zeebrugge

Belgian customs recognize C.RO Ports Zeebrugge (CLdN Group) as Authorised Economic Operator (AEO). This is an important achievement for the terminal operator of the CLdN/Cobelfret group.

C.RO Ports Zeebrugge operates daily shortsea services between Zeebrugge and various ports in the UK. The AEO certificate constitutes a strategic weapon for the operator to respond to the forthcoming Brexit.


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Tallink In November: Less Passengers Due To Scheduled Maintenance.

In November 2018 AS Tallink Grupp transported 5.5% less passengers, and 6.5% less cars as in November 2017.

The number of cargo units increased by 1.5%.

The reason is that the cruise ferry SILJA SERENADE did not operate on the route for 12 days, due to scheduled maintenance.