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Incat Will Build The World’s Largest Aluminium Ship For Buquebus

Incat Tasmania Pty Ltd will build the 130m catamaran for long standing customer, Buquebus.
The ferry will join the other Incat ships already serving various ports on the River Plate between Argentina and Uruguay.
The completed vessel will be the largest aluminium ferry ever built and the ninth vessel for Incat’s customer Buquebus.

Some specifications for hull 096

  • Gross tonnage 13,000
  • Length 130m, witdth 32m
  • Passengers 2,100 and cars 220
  • Duty-free shop 3,000m2
  • Speed: 40+ knots
  • 4 dual-fuel engines (LNG)


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Nostalgic Return Of POVL ANKER Will Charm Bornholmers

Molslinjen A/S has a plan for the renovation of the reserve ferry POVL ANKER. By next year the ferry should be repainted in a new scheme, and the passenger areas will be refurbished.
The idea is to bring back the grandeur of POVL ANKER by painting her in the original colours of 1978, when she was delivered. The funnel will wear the Molslinjen logo though, not the DSB black and red colors.
Today, the veteran works as a reserve ferry for the fast ferries on the Bornholm route between Rønne and Ystad. In summer she also carries passengers between Rønne and Sassnitz

Brittany Ferries’ PONT-AVEN Out of Action Again

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A hydraulic problem with one of PONT-AVEN’s two steering gear systems was reported during manoeuvres in the port of Roscoff, following her overnight crossing from Plymouth which departed on the evening of 16 May 2019.
As a consequence of reduced steering capacity, she had to be taken out of service. She sailed under her own steam to Brest where repairs to the affected steering system are taking place.
Before, on 29 April 2019, the modern ferry experienced an engine room fire occurred while it was sailing from Plymouth to Santander.

CTMA Replacement Ship To Be Built In Canada

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Canada’s federal Minister of Transport Marc Garneau announced the intention to order two new ferries.
When built, the first ferry will operate the CTMA route between Îles de la Madeleine and Prince Edward Island, as replacement for the MADELEINE.

The second is for the Wood Island (Prince Edward Island) to Caribou (Nova Scotia) service, operated by Northumberland Ferries.
She will replace the HOLIDAY ISLAND.
At this moment the message is mainly a political declaration. The Minister said the vessels would be built locally, at the Davie shipyard. No budget has been released, and no contract has been signed (yet).
Other yards have 14 days to react.

The Minister said it would take another five years before delivery. The vessels will be ordered and owned by the Federal Government, and operated by CTMA and Northumberland Ferries.


ANEK Lines’ Ro-Ro ISLAND EXPRESS To Sail in Caribbean

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ANEK LINES’ small RoRo ISLAND EXPRESS (1989) was eventually chartered out to the Dominican Republic based Priority Ro/Ro and soon she will depart for the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.
The ship was purchased last March and she will support her operator’s presence in the area where traffic is growing fast. ISLAND EXPRESS was built in Italy in 1989 (Cantieri Navali Visentini) and flies the Cypriot flag.


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On May 16, 2019, Atlantico Line announced that AZORES EXPRESS (7.657gt/1975) eventually will not be introduced on the seasonal Azores routes on May 23, 2019.
It is underlined that the ship is delayed in Greece as her major hull conversion has not been finished yet and so she can’t obtain the proper certificates. The ship will start as soon as is ready. However, the conversion repairs are in progress and the ship will carry out her sea trials within the week.

Ukr Ferry’s KAUNAS Is the Mysterious Ship for the Lavrio-Cesme Run

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According to the official website of Aegean Seaways, the specific ship will be operating this run in 7 hours (as from 2 June).
She will depart every night at 22.00 from each port and she will arrive at 06.00 in the morning at each port destination.
However, the ship’s speed and passenger capacity are inconsistent with the company’s initial announcement.

The ship, which will be chartered from the Ukranian company is expected to be transferred at Haidar Pasa yards soon for the proper repairs.
The ship belonged to DFDS. In 2018 she was sold to Ukr Ferry for the Istanbul-Odessa run.


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Tallink Consider Vuosaari-Muuga As One Option For STAR When MEGASTAR 2 Is Ready

Tallink Group has not yet decided whether the new shuttle express ship ordered from the Rauma Marine Constructions shipyard will replace the STAR on the route between Helsinki and Tallinn or whether the new ship will simply be added to the route for additional capacity.

Paavo Nõgene, Tallink’s CEO, says in a publication of Port of Helsinki that extra capacity is needed on the route Muuga–Vuosaari. STAR could be used on that route when the new ship arrives.
Currently Tallink operates the route with the 47-year-old SEA WIND.


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In its trading update (year to date, 11 May 2019), Irish Continental Group notes healthy figures for ro-ro freight, but a little dip in tourism transport.

ICG’s Ferries Division Irish Ferries (1 January – 11 May)
-8.5% Cars
+6.6% Ro-Ro Freight

ICG’s Ferries Division Irish Ferries (1 January – 30 April)
-1.1% Total revenues (including intra-division charter income). The decrease was principally due to lower tourism volumes resulting from the planned suspension of fastcraft services on the Dublin to Holyhead route in the period up to 14 March compared to the prior year, partially offset through increased freight volumes.

The planned suspension of fastcraft sailings in the off-peak season was the primary reason for reduced tourism carrying in the period. In addition, the proposed withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union had some negative impact on UK passenger bookings in the lead up to the proposed exit date of 29 March 2019.
The recent agreement between the Irish and British government to continue and formalise the Common Travel Area whatever the outcome of the UK withdrawal negotiations is a positive development, says ICG.


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Canadian engineering firm Aspin Kemp and Associates Inc. (AKA) and German MAN Energy Solutions are working together on the delivery of the propulsion package for 1+1 Ro-Pax for TT-Line. The vessel is to be built at Jiangsu Jingling shipyard in China. The MAN/AKA power and propulsion package includes eight MAN 51/60DF dual fuel engines, propellers and gearboxes, a fuel-gas supply system and HyProp ECO – an innovative, fuel-saving, hybrid propulsion system.