North Sea Port Ghent Opens “Havenhuis” On Heritage Day

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On Sunday 28 April, on Heritage Day, North Sea Port will open the prestigious and historic building “Huis van de Vrije Schippers” in the centre of Ghent for the public. (second building from the left)

The façade has been covered for a long time, and now the refurbishment works are totally done. Port of Ghent acquired this 16th century guildhall in 2011. The building is located in the very heart of Ghent. As from the 11th century the port was located in the middle of the city. The guildhall served as a trade connection between sea-cargo and inland-waterways-cargo.

Now the building will serve as promotion for North Sea Port.


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Damen Launches Two Road Ferries For BC Ferries

In the space of just a few weeks, two, 81m road ferries for BC Ferries have been launched at Damen Shipyards Galati and are now being fitted out. Once operational they will be capable of carrying up to 300 passengers and crew, and 47 vehicles.

The ferries have been built to Damen’s Road Ferry 8117E3 design and the order was secured following an extensive, multi-phased, international tender process. BC Ferries is currently undertaking a fleet renewal programme. The twin Damen Road Ferry 8117E3 will serve the Northern Gulf Islands off the coast of Vancouver, replacing vessels that are now over fifty years old

ForSea Sees Significant Environmental Progress

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Throughout Q1, ForSea has operated the world’s largest battery-powered passenger ferries, AURORA and TYCHO BRAHE, on the Helsingborg-Helsingør route. The environmental benefits have been significant: The ferry operator’s total emissions of CO2 and harmful particles have been halved compared to the prior year.

Q1 results:

  • -4% Passengers 1.24 million (due to the fact that this year Easter is in Q2)
  • -5% Cars 227,000
  • +4% Buses 2,600
  • +0% Freight units 111,000
  • +1.7% Departures 12,100

STENA EUROPE Undergoes Refit Upgrades In Turkey

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The STENA EUROPE, which operates on the Fishguard – Rosslare ferry service is currently undergoing a significant three-month refit visit to the Gemak Shipyard in Tuzla, Turkey.

The vessel is scheduled to return late June 2019 and during the visit a number of upgrade projects will be completed. One of the most significant projects to be undertaken includes modifications to the deckhead levels on the main vehicle deck to allow for the carriage of full-height trailers across the whole of the main vehicle deck.

Prior to arrival at the Turkish shipyard, she was restricted to carrying full-height trailers on its port side only.

Maurizio Aponte At The Helm Of Navigazione Libera Del Golfo

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Maurizio Aponte, cousin of Gianluigi Aponte and one of Mediterranean Shipping Company’s (MSC) top executives from the very beginning, is stepping down to focus on a Naples-based ferry company belonging to the family.

In a statement MSC reported Aponte will move on from his role as executive director Europe at the start of next month. “Maurizio has for decades been one of the key pillars in the development of MSC and his immense contribution is widely appreciated,” the statement read.

Aponte will head up Navigazione Libera del Golfo, a small ferry company active in the Gulf of Naples to Capri, Sorrento, Amalfi and Positano. Besides, since the 70’s NLG provided connection to Tremiti islands in the Adriatic sea.

As of today, the company’s fleet is composed by 10 monohulled hydro-propelled jets and 2 HSC catamarans.

Biggest European Shipbuilders Collaborate On Vessel Connectivity

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The biggest European shipbuilders have announced a new cooperative initiative to develop and demonstrate a connected vessel platform. This project is named Code Kilo.

Chantiers de l’Atlantique, Damen Shipyards Group, Fincantieri, Lürssen, Meyer Werft, Naval Group and Navantia joined forces to harmonise data management solutions and standards. This new, ambitious project will seek for the full cooperation and engagement of all maritime stakeholders, including shipowners, shipbuilders, suppliers and classification societies, and it is supported by SEA Europe, the Shipyards’ and Maritime Equipment Association.

More information and updates will soon be available

Stena Line’s Second E-Flexer Floated Out In China

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The second vessel under construction at the Avic Weihai Shipyard has been floated out.

She will be named STENA EDDA, after an old Norse term that refers to a central medieval collection of poems and divine mythology.

STENA EDDA is scheduled to enter service on the Belfast-Liverpool route in spring 2020.

This is the second of three new E-Flexer vessels bound for the Irish Sea during 2020 and 2021.

In addition to the three Irish Sea vessels, Stena Line has also ordered a further two E-Flexer ro-pax vessels with a larger design (3,600 lane metre), to be deployed within Stena Line’s network in 2022.

Irish Continental Group Sells OSCAR WILDE To MSC Group

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Irish Continental Group plc has entered into a bareboat hire purchase agreement for the sale of the 1987-built ferry OSCAR WILDE to MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company SA.

The total gross consideration for the sale is €28.9 million, payable in instalments over 6 years, up to 2025.

Delivery is expected to take place this month.

Recently MSC’s ferry subsidiary SNAV acquired AURELIA for the Adriatic Sea route Ancona-Split.


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Dublin Port Announces New Dwell Time Initiative To Increase Port Capacity Post-Brexit

Problem: Containers and freight trailers must move through Dublin Port lands at faster pace as growth continues with volumes up 7.0% in Q1 2019

Solution: Dublin Port Company has announced an initiative to decrease the dwell time(*) of containers and trailers at Dublin Port so as to increase the Port’s throughput capacity for future growth.

(*) Dwell time: time spent in the same position, waiting to be picked up.

Phase 1:

  • Reduce the free time period allowed for containers and trailers (from 7 to 4 days)
  • Double the daily quay charges applied after this free period.

Phase 2 etc.:

  • Objective of achieving an average dwell time of 2.0 days in container terminals in Dublin within three years.
  • Target is to achieve an average dwell times of 16 hours, before end 2021. This will require many trailers to be removed from the port to inland locations, particularly during off peak hours.