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As announced in February, Stena RoRo purchased the ferry YAMATO from the Japanese shipping company Hankyu Ferry. The vessel will be rebuilt at a shipyard in Europe and be fully adapted to European standards, after which it will be chartered out. This process will begin in spring 2020 and the ferry is estimated to be in traffic by the summer 2020.

Stena RoRo has now published a technical fact sheet

Viking Line Seeks A Project Leader And A Name For New Ship

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The new “queen of the Baltic Sea” is scheduled to begin cruising along the Turku–Mariehamn–Stockholm route in two years. Viking Line has initiated a recruiting campaign to find a creative project leader with language skills to assume responsibility for the launch of this new, innovative, climate-smart cruise ferry. At the same time, the company is conducting an open competition to name their new maritime queen.

Keel-Laying Ceremony Initiates Construction Of Fourth Freight Ferry In China

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The third DFDS freight ferry from China had not been outside the dry dock for long before the site team and construction crew started the construction of our fourth newbuilding.

March 27, the traditional keel-laying ceremony took place at the Jinling Shipyard to officially celebrate the start of construction of the fourth DFDS freight ferry. In line with Chinese tradition, a coin was placed under the keel and this time Chief Engineer Matti Thomsen was given the honour of sealing it as a symbol of luck throughout the construction process and while at sea.

The fourth freight ferry is expected to be delivered in the last quarter of 2019.


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A Slice Of Hollywood For Holyhead

Holyhead could soon have its own version of one of the world’s most iconic landmarks if ambitious plans by Stena Line get the go ahead.

Stena Line, who own and operate Holyhead Port, want to erect a 30m ‘HOLYHEAD’ sign near the lighthouse at South Stack similar to the world-famous HOLLYWOOD sign which has provided the Californian city with an instantly recognisable global identity for the last 95 years.


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Tallink Grupp Publishes 2019 Q1 Passenger And Cargo Statistics

According to the figures published, the group transported

-3.9% passengers (1,855,772)

-3.7% cars (214,087)

+2.7% freight units (93,114)


-2.8% less trips (2,234 trips against 2,299 in Q1 last year)

Six vessels have been going through various renewals and upgrades during planned dockings at shipyards in Poland, Lithuania and Finland.

Color Group Publishes 2018 Annual Report

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In 2018, Color Line, the ferry branch of Color Group, had a turnover of more than NOK 5 billion, and an operating profit (EBIT) of NOK 686 million. The good result in 2018 is due, among other things, to increased earnings per customer, growth in freight markets by the addition of a ro-ro vessel and efficient operations.

  • +3.4% revenue (NOK 5,141 million)
  • +3.1% EBIT (NOK 1 217 million)
  • -0.6% passengers (3,780,748)
  • +1.1% freight units (182,632)


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Draft Guidelines Agreed On Fire Safety On Ro-Ro Vessels 

IMO’s Sub-Committee conducted a meeting on Ship Systems and Equipment (SSE 6), on 4-8 March 2019. The meeting focused on fire safety on ro-ro vessels in order to minimize the danger and the accidents caused by fire.


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Kongsberg Completes Rolls-Royce Commercial Marine Acquisition

Following European Commission approval, Kongsberg Maritime parent company Kongsberg Gruppen has completed the acquisition of Rolls-Royce Commercial Marine (RRCM). Officially part of Kongsberg Maritime, RRCM will operate under the KONGSBERG brand and the Kongsberg Maritime legal entity.

Kongsberg Gruppen announced its intention to acquire RRCM, an established and trusted global supplier of maritime technology and engineering products, in July 2018. With the unification of Kongsberg Maritime and RRCM, KONGSBERG is represented in 40 countries, has more than 11,000 employees and an annual turnover of more than NOK 22 billion. A fleet of more than 30,000 vessels depends on the organisation’s combined expertise.