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Damen Shipyards To Build Four More Hybrid Electric Vessels

BC Ferries continues to roll out its Clean Futures Plan and has awarded Damen Shipyards Group contracts to build four more battery electric-hybrid Island Class vessels scheduled to go into service in 2022.

In the spring of 2017, BC Ferries awarded Damen contracts to build two “first in class” of these battery electric-hybrid vessels. These vessels have successfully completed sea trials and will arrive in Victoria, B.C. by January 2020.

With the extension of the partnership between BC Ferries and Damen now confirmed, Damen will extend its agreement with Point Hope Shipyards of Victoria, B.C. to provide technical and warranty support for the new vessels with their local staff.

The Island Class is a battery-powered ferry. When electric charging technology matures to make electricity available in the quantities required, BC Ferries will operate these new ships as all-electric ferries, using clean energy. In the interim, these ships will use an on board low-sulphur diesel hybrid system.


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Ferry Transaction Between Boreal And Norled

Boreal is buying the three ferries HARDANGER, RYFYLKE and BJØRNEFJORD from Norled.

Boreal needs these ferries because the Stavanger-based company won several public contracts.

HARDANGER and RYFYLKE are currently in service on the Stavanger-Tau route, which will be closed when the Ryfast tunnel opens at the end of this year.

Boreal wants to convert the ferries into battery operation after acquisition.

BJØRNEFJORD is a smaller commuter ferry built in 1990.

In addition to the purchase of the three ferries from Norled, Boreal has five electric vessels under construction.

Grendi Found A Second RoRo Ship To Increase Frequency And Capacity On Carrara – Cagliari

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Genoa-based Grendi Trasporti Marittimi says it has found the second roro ship it was looking for.
It is needed to increase capacity and frequency of the regular line operated between the Tuscan port of Marina di Carrara and Cagliari, in Sardinia.

“Today we are offering three sailings per week. We want to increase the frequency by up to four or five round trips chartering-in a second vessel,” said Costanza Musso, CEO of the group together with her brother Antonio Musso.
The latter added: “We have just found a roro controlled by North European interests with a 1,750 lane metre capacity and a speed of 17 knots. It will be deployed from February. I cannot disclose the name of the vessel since some details of the one-year charter contract still have to be finalised.”
Antonio Musso further stated: “Thanks to this second unit, our roro service will become daily.”

Grendi’s annual turnover, coming also from logistics and land transport activities, is roughly EUR 45 million, with a 20% increase registered in the last twelve months.

The shipping company controlled by the Musso family is active today with the 2018-built roro ship ROSA DEI VENTI (2,500 metres lane metres) long-term chartered from owner Giovanni Visentini Trasporti Fluviomarittimi.

Record Investment In Calmac Ferry Overhaul Programme

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CalMac is investing a record amount in keeping its fleet in ship shape condition during this year’s winter maintenance programme.

More than GBP 9 million is being targeted at vessel resilience responding to the challenges of an increasing average age of fleet. This is in addition to the annual planned maintenance expenditure to ensure every vessel is ready for another year of supporting communities across the west coast. The resilience programme is more than double the amount spent last year.

Anek Lines’ Kriti I Back In Greece After GNV Charter

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Last week, Anek Line’s KRITI I left Civitavecchia and returned to Piraeus as her time charter to the Italian GNV expired. The ship had been chartered by the Italian ferry operator since March 2017 and operated on the Civitavecchia (Lazio) – Termine Immerse (North Sicily) line.

KRITI I may have been accused of being an old ship in previous years, but it turned out to be a very successful ship, due her low operational costs and large garage capacity. She will be replaced by the French ropax GIROLATA.

KRITI I will get a two-month refit in Perama repair. She is expected to serve the Piraeus-Crete run for the season of 2020.

Color Line And Kombiverkehr Offer Intermodal Solution

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Color Line has established an intermodal transport solution, with ships from Oslo to Kiel and trains to Verona in Italy.

This is done in cooperation with the German company Kombiverkehr.

Color Line can also offer space on Kombiverkehr trains to hubs such as Vienna, Nuremberg, Cologne, Duisburg, Ludwigshafen, Munich and Basel.

The Norwegian ferry company says the solution is more environmentally friendly and cost-effective compared to transport using the European motorway network.

Roro COLOR CARRIER and the two cruise ferries COLOR FANTASY and COLOR MAGIC can carry about 80,000 trailers annually on the route between Oslo and Kiel.

Gondan Launched A New Fast Ferry For Krilo HR

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On 9 October 2019, Spanish Gondan shipyard in Castropol, launched a new passenger ferry built for the Croatian shipowner Krilo HR.

KRILO LUX, with a capacity for up to 440 pax, has a length of 36 m and a beam of 10.5 m and can reach a speed of up to 34 knots, being the largest and fastest GRP catamaran built in Spain.

The vessel will operate as a ferry for regular passenger transport lines, covering the route between Split and Dubrovnik.

It is the second ship that GONDAN builds for the Croatian shipowner.

Mega Smeralda Chartered As Accommodation Vessel In Genoa

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Corsica Ferries’ vessel MEGA SMERALDA is being used in Genoa as accommodation vessel by Costa Crociere, for hosting the crew of the COSTA neoRIVIERA.

This cruise ship is currently being transformed into AIDAmira (for AIDA Cruises), at the San Giorgio del Porto shipyard.

MEGA EXPRESS has more than 500 cabins.

The one-month charter (€50k/d) is set to expire at the end of November.