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Grimaldi Chose Avic Weihai for Two New Ferries for Finnlines

Grimaldi Group has chosen the Chinese shipyard Avic Weihai for the construction a pair of Superstar Class ferries due to be operated by Finnlines.

  • Contract price roughly USD 135 million each.
  • Delivery is scheduled as from 2023.
  • These new ice-class ferries are an evolution of the Fincantieri-built Star-class vessels.
  • Capacity 5,000 lane metres and 350 cabins.
  • They will have the biggest battery pack ever mounted on a ship.

This is the first time the Grimaldi Group will build ropax ferries in Asia. The other shortlisted yards were Hyundai Mipo, Jinling and Guangzhou Shipyard International in China.

All the European shipyards has been left out since the price were in some cases twice as high.


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The Name of The New Wasaline Ferry Will Be AURORA BOTNIA

The name for the new RoPax ferry for Wasaline, which is being built at Rauma Marine Constructions, will be
called AURORA BOTNIA. The ferry will be delivered in May 2021.

Northern Lights or Polar Lights in Latin are called Aurora borealis and this is a phenomenon we can admire
on our latitudes. Hence the name Aurora. Botnia, tells us where we are”, says Bertil Hammarstedt, CEO of
Kvarken Link.

Kvarken Link organized a naming contest in which almost 2,500 names were submitted.

Scandlines Has Appointed Vagn Sørensen as Chairman as of 1 January 2020

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Vagn Sørensen brings over 30 years’ experience from international business and the aviation industry in particular. He joined Scandinavian Airlines in 1984 and became Executive Vice President in 1994. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Austrian Airlines in 2001, stepping down in 2006 to successfully pursue a plural career.

Vagn Sørensen takes over the position as Chairman from Steve Ridgway, who joined Scandlines as Chairman in 2014. Steve Ridgway comments: “I have enjoyed the journey with Scandlines since 2014 and I am happy to pass the keys on to an experienced operator with a track record of building big brands in the leisure travel and retail sector.”

DFDS’ European Logistics Network Expanded with Finnish Company

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DFDS has acquired 100% of the share capital of the Finnish logistics company Freeco Logistics based in Turku, with additional offices in Vantaa, Finland, and Tallinn, Estonia.

Freeco Logistics provides international transport services between mainly Finland and Scandinavia, Baltics and continental Europe. Domestic transport services are offered as well, partly to optimise the international operation.

Operations include a fleet of around 150 trailers and 8 trucks.

Freeco Logistics expands and strengthens DFDS’ current activities between Finland and continental Europe and adds, in particular, in-house transport capacity and access to a large carrier network. The acquisition is thus expected to bring synergies from business development.

Former RUNGHOLT Arrived in Piraeus

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On December 18, 2019 the new acquisition of the Cretan Daily Cruises, NISSOS CHRYSSI (ex- RUNGHOLT) arrived in Piraeus under tow from Germany.

The ship was purchased last October from the German Wyker Dampfschiffs-Reederei Föhr-Amrum GmbH (W.D.R.). She served the Dagebüll – Wyk (Foehr Island) – Wittdün (Amrum Island) line until May 2018.

She will be converted and possibly introduced on the Ierapetra – Chryssi line.

Immediate Tender for the Removal of the Laid-Up HSC KALLI P.

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On December 16, 2019 the Hellenic Public Port Authority, decided to launch an immediate tender for the removal and legal disposal of the HSC KALLI P. (1996) of Idomeneas Lines.

The ship was chartered from Nel Lines in May 2015 in order to connect Heraklion with Santorini. However, the plans failed, and the vessel was laid up at the MED Shipyard in Perama since June 2016.

She was built in France (Chantier Leroux & Lotz Naval) in 1995 as the NGV ALISO of SNCM.

CIN Tirrenia Announced Cost Saving Plan

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Labour unions in Italy revealed that Massimo Mura, CEO of Tirrenia CIN announced a cost saving plan which will result in the layoff of some 1,000 seafarers and 70 workers ashore.

Both the branch offices in Cagliari and Naples will be closed down and the employees are proposed to move to Portoferraio, Genoa or Milan. Labour unions reacted, announcing that the workers will go on strike against the decision.

Stena Line Invests EUR 5 Million in Modernising the Trelleborg – Rostock Route

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The route between Rostock and Trelleborg have had an impressive growth during the last three years and in 2019 more than 400,000 guests will travel on the route. Stena Line now invests EUR 5 million in a refit and renovation of the cabins and public spaces onboard the two vessels MECKLENBURG-VORPOMMERN and SKÅNE.

The refit will start in the end of December and take place both during the planned yard visits and during operation. The project will be finished in time before the peak season 2020.

The design is based on the Stena Line Design Book, also used for the newbuildings, focusing on a spacious, light and modern Scandinavian design. The renovation will cover all cabins and public areas, corridors and food outlets.

On board MECKLENBURG-VORPOMMERN the separation between the shop and café will be taken away to create a more spacious feeling.

On board SKÅNE the relaxing service concept ”Newsroom”, also found on the newbuildings, will be built.

Sneak Preview of New DFDS Ropax Ferries

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Although some of the renderings show the coast of Calais and the Port of Dover, the ropax ferries under construction at the Guangzhou Shipyard International, will be deployed in the first and second half of 2021 in the Baltic region. (plans can always change of course).

Christian Simon Nielsen, Project Manager, has kindly shared some great 3D renderings of the design on the DFDS newsroom.

With their capacity for 4,500 lane metres of freight and 600 passengers, the newbuilds are designed to accommodate future growth. The keel-laying ceremony which will take place in January 2020.

Ferry Shipping News understands there is an option for a further two units.