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New Advanced Double-Ended Ships for P&O Ferries

P&O FERRIES has signed a contract with Guangzhou Shipyard International Ltd worth €260 million to deliver a new generation of ships on the English Channel.

  • Two 230-metre super-ferries – the largest ever to sail between Dover and Calais – will be operational by 2023.
  • Two options 2024
  • Cutting fuel use by 40 per cent through a combination of fuel and battery propulsion.
  • The heat recovery system saves fuel and reduces the vessel’s carbon footprint by using a steam system to provide heating for ULSFO fuel heaters, fuel tanks, FO/LO purifier heaters and HVAC system reheating. In addition, a heat pump will be used for HVAC system preheating, domestic hot water, machinery rooms and technical spaces below deck 8.
  • Future proofing anticipates the ‘zero carbon emissions ship’. The ship is designed with the capacity to be carbon neutral in the future on the twin assumptions that there are more electric shore charging stations in ports and batteries.
  • A double-ended design and two bridges on the ship, meaning that there is no need for it to turn around.
  • Outside deck areas to provide viewing platforms of the White Cliffs of Dover.
  • Panoramic sea views for passengers.
  • A power management system to close down parts of the ship when not in use.
  • Revolutionary new shape of hull for the English Channel and azimuth thrusters which increase manoeuvrability of the ship.
  • The naval architects for the project are OSK-ShipTech A/S.


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Evaluating The Greek Summer Season And Much More, With Spiros Paschalis, CEO Attica Group

Ferry Shipping News was in Athens this week, grabbing the golden opportunity to meet with Spiros Paschalis, CEO Attica Group.

How was the summer season? How is Hellenic Seaways’ integration doing? What are the plans for new tonnage? Etc…

Zante Ferries’ ADAMANDIOS KORAIS Introduced On Alexandroupolis-Samothraki Line Until October 31

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It was finally decided by the Hellenic Ministry of Mercantile Marine that Zante Ferries’ ADAMANDIOS KORAIS (6.307gt/1987) will serve the Alexandroupolis-Samothraki line until October 31, 2019.

After that period, the route will be re-proclaimed along with all the country’s remote islands routes for the new season (November 2019-October 2020).

Zante Ferries expressed its interest for the specific line answering to the Ministry’s relevant call and it seems to be ready to compete with Saos Ferries for the line.

Plenty Of Combined Ferry Expertise For New Scottish Ferry

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Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL) has appointed naval architecture consultancy, naValue GmbH, to support the project for the new ferry to operate on the busy Islay route.

Flensburg-based naValue GmbH was founded in 2019 by three well-known partners (photo: Thomas Ritte, Carsten Ortloff and Jens Heyer) who had previously assumed leading roles and positions in Ship Design, Project Management, R&D, Quality Management, Sales and After Sales & Warranty at the Flensburg shipyard.

Scottish Ministers have agreed that the next major CalMac vessel to be commissioned will be for Islay. The Islay ferry project is now in its early stages and is being led by Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL), CalMac and Transport Scotland. The project will be shaped by consultation with the island community and a robust business case.

The new ferry will be designed to complement the service provided by FINLAGGAN, which currently operates on the Islay route, although it will be developed with a clear focus on freight, including the capability to operate a possible overnight freight service. The Islay route is one of the busiest services for freight on the Clyde and Hebrides network, and the incoming ferry will support the island’s growing demand. Sufficient passenger accommodation will also be designed to meet anticipated passenger demand.

40% Less Food Waste On Viking Line’s MARIELLA

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In a pilot project onboard MARIELLA, Viking Line has managed to reduce the amount of food waste by an estimated 27 tonnes in four months.
The food saved corresponds to almost 70,000 servings.
Food waste has been weighed and the data have been recorded.
“Now we have managed to reduce food waste per passenger by an average of 40 percent,” says Viking Line’s restaurant manager Janne Lindholm. “Savings have been made in particular by streamlining the work in the kitchen. We had a greater attention to the prepared quantities prepared. For example, in the buffet restaurant, passengers are served ready-made portions.”

The remaining waste is used for biogas production. With the help of bio-waste
from three ferries, we made biogas, the equivalent of 111,300 liters of MDO.


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Moby Group In Legal Confrontation With The Bondholders

A legal conflict between Moby Group and the bondholders has just started.

A investors statement from the Milan-based ferry company says that “Moby S.p.A. has instructed legal counsel to defend it in insolvency proceedings brought before the Court of Milan by a number of claimants who have identified themselves as holders of an unspecified principal amount of Moby’s fixed rate senior secured notes originally issued in February 2016”.

The statement further adds: “Moby considers the allegations made by the claimants to be entirely groundless and, accordingly, intends to challenge the action taken by them by all appropriate means”.

Moby’s EUR 300 m bond is listed on the Luxembourg stock exchange.


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Record Season For Port Of Almeria

The Spanish Port of Almeria has seen an increase of 4.23% passengers and 6.89% vehicles during this year’s “Operation Marhaba” (15 June – 15 September)

In total 582,378 passengers choose a ferry from Almeria to spend their holidays in Morocco or Algeria. The number of vehicles was 131,425. 304,049 passengers went south to Melilla, Nador, Oran and Ghazaouet. 278,329 returned north.

Busiest port on the route from/to Almeria is Nador, taking 57.8% of the traffic.

Nine ferries from three copanies were involved: Trasmediterranea, Balearia and Armas.

Another Successful Summer Season For The Port Of Ancona In The Ferry Market

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Last summer was another successful season for the ferry traffic in the port of Ancona, Italy.

Over 650,000 cruise and ferry passengers had been handled from the beginning of June to the end of August, of which 281,008 were embarked and 328,887 disembarked.

Ferries transported 600,678 passengers while cruise vessels further handled 51,000 units.

In June 88,758 ferry passengers transited through the port of Ancona, 207,319 in July and 304,601 in August.

“Maritime traffic in the port is strengthening both in terms of passengers handled and ship calls” said Rodolfo Giampieri, head of the local port authority. “Being positioned at the heart of the Adriatic Sea and the Adriatic-Ionian macro-region is a key factor for the port to play a central role on the maritime links to and from the Balkans”.