ANEK Lines H1

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Key figures:
ANEK Group turnover: €72.5m versus €72.9m in H1, 2018
ANEK Lines Parent Company turnover: €66.1m versus €66.9m

ANEK Group EBITDA: profits: €3.2m versus €1.6m
ANEK Lines Parent Company EBITDA: €2.8m versus €2.1m

370k (368k) Passengers
65k (62k) Cars
68k (69k) Freight Units


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New Passenger Record For Port Of Ystad – Again!

This summer, Port of Ystad has had very positive results, with record levels in passenger numbers. The traffic to Bornholm has – again – broken new records.

The development of passenger traffic to Bornholm as well as to Poland has been tremendous this year. Both routes show a growing market that includes busses and personal cars. There is no doubt that the Swedish port will once again strike a new record at the end of the year, says Björn Boström, CEO.

The development in figures: January-August 2019
+7.3% Passengers (1,697,651)
+75% Busses (3,751)
+11.1% Personal cars (456,574)

DFDS Drops Toulon And Concentrates On Sète Because Of Intermodal Qualities

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After DFDS took over U.N. Ro-Ro, the Danish Company started to restructure the routes:

  • Volumes between Istanbul and Trieste were increased with around 30%
  • Introduction of new ro-ro ferries and lengthening of existing vessels.
  • An extra port of call in Yalova in the southern part of Istanbul was added to the network.

In July 2019, a new route was opened between Istanbul and Sète (southern France) in addition to the existing route between Istanbul and Toulon.

To further align the route network with customer requirements, several changes have now been implemented.


  • The two routes between Istanbul and southern France, calling Toulon and Sète respectively, are now merged into one route, Istanbul (Yalova)-Sète. Sète offers intermodal services, is located close to the Spanish border (important fruit & vegetables markets) and offers facilities for refrigerated cargo.
  • DFDS will now operate three weekly calls to and from Sète where arrivals and departures will be aligned with rail service schedules. Rail becomes increasingly important. A train service to Calais is being worked on.
  • It means the termination of DFDS sailings to Toulon.
  • Sète expects 70,000 freight units per year (with 3 weekly calls).


  • All sailings to France from Istanbul, that previously departed from two ports, will now depart only from Yalova.
  • In addition, two weekly sailings to Trieste will depart from Yalova.

All other sailings between Istanbul and Trieste will depart from the Pendik and Ambarli port terminals.

Liverpool, Heysham and Sheerness Receive Brexit Money

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The ports of Liverpool (photo), Heysham and Sheerness (London Medway) have received funding to enhance measures they have already taken to improve resilience ahead of the UK’s expected departure from the EU on 31 October.

The funding was announced on 26 September by UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps.

The funds will go towards creating more space for HGV parking and container storage to support smooth trade operations by ferries, especially across the Irish Sea.

The fund comes as part of a £30m government scheme, announced last month, to bolster ports across England and ensure they continue to operate efficiently post-Brexit.


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Danish Shipowners Support Climate Focus In PM’s Opening Speech

In his opening speech in the Danish Parliament, the Prime Minister stated that the climate fight can become a common Danish fight. And that all industries – including shipping – must contribute.

Danish Shipowners (Danske Rederier) wholeheartedly support the Prime Minister’s focus on the climate challenge. “There are different challenges in different industries, and we look forward to working closely with the government on the shipping industry’s challenges in finding the way to CO2-neutral shipping,” says Anne H. Steffensen, CEO of Danish Shipping Companies.


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Inverclyde Shipyard To Be Bought By Scottish Government

Ferguson Marine is to be nationalised after administrators rejected three commercial bids for the shipyard

Ferguson went into administration following a dispute with Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd – which buys and leases CalMac ships on behalf of the Scottish government – over the construction of two £97m ferries.


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Bad luck for the Matane–Baie-Comeau–Godbout service operated by Canadian Société des Traversiers du Québec: the ferry SAAREMAA I broke down on 26 September and needed repairs. The company decided to offer an air travel service instead, until the ferry is repaired and approved.


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An evening view on Naples, after torrential rain. On the left, one of the SNAV fast ferries.

ELLEN is considered to be one of the most powerful fully electric ferries. She covers the 22nm crossing between the Danish islands of Ærø and Fynshav.