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Cavotec Secures Automated Mooring Order

Cavotec has signed an agreement with a port operator to equip two berths at a terminal with MoorMaster™ automated mooring systems.

Deliveries are scheduled to start in 2019, with the systems entering service in 2020. The order value amounts to approximately EUR 10.3 million.

MoorMaster™ improves safety, reduces environmental impact, and substantially increases operational efficiency by cutting mooring times and reducing vessel motion.

To date, around 280 MoorMaster™ units have performed some 500,000 moorings at ferry, bulk and container handling ports, as well as locks and ship-to-ship applications worldwide.


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Irish Ferries Challenges Passenger Compensation Ruling

Irish Ferries has brought a High Court challenge over a finding that it must pay compensation to thousands of passengers affected by the cancellation of sailings between Ireland and France last summer.

The company says it had to cancel the services because a new ferry it had ordered, the WB Yeats, to operate the service between Dublin and Cherbourg was delayed for several months.

The challenge has been brought against the National Transport Authority’s decision in January that arising out of the cancellations the company breached EU regulations concerning the rights of passengers travelling by sea.

Tallink’s Retail And Restaurant Sales Slip 2.3% To €524 Million

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  • Last year, Tallink Grupp saw unaudited revenue from restaurant and shops sales (including onshore) slide by 2.3% to €524.4 million as spend per passenger declined slightly.
  • The core retail and restaurant segment accounted for 55.2% of total Tallink Grupp revenue in 2018, in line with 2017 (55.5%).
  • Sweden-Finland is key route for generating duty free sales . Traffic fall of 2.5%. Reason is the BALTIC PRINCESS which was out of service for 68 days in Q1, for maintenance.
  • Estonia-Finland is busiest route (5.1 million pax). Increased competition = pressure on ticket prices. A new ferry has been ordered to join the MEGASTAR on the route in 2021.

Buquebus Eyes Up Second LNG Ferry

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Argentinian ferry operator Buquebus has entered into a design contract with Australian shipyard Incat for a dual-fuel LNG high-speed ferry.

Buquebus operates a ferry service between Buenos Aires and Uruguay. In 2013 the company introduced the LNG-powered Incat ferry FRANCISCO.

The main difference in the design of the potential new ferry and FRANCISCO is that the latter was powered by a gas turbine, but Incat is suggesting the former be powered by reciprocating engines. Incat Tasmania chairman Robert Clifford explained “It will be simpler than using gas turbines as these are very complex engines and the delivery of gas is difficult.”


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LIVEX 2019 is a mass evacuation exercise which takes place on the North Sea on 25 May, onboard PRIDE OF HULL.

Various organisations participate in the exercise, such as the Dutch Coast Guard, the Dutch Rescue Services (KNRM), Port of Rotterdam and P&O Ferries.

Look at the animation video to understand LIVEX 2019