Norway Challenges The Cruise And Ferry Industry To Operate Emission Free

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The Norwegian parliament has decreed that the country’s UNESCO-protected fjords shall be free from cruise and ferry emissions no later than 2026.

The measures cover emissions to air, discharge of grey and black water, and visible plume from the funnel.

DNV GL spoke with State Secretary Atle Hamar in the Ministry of Climate and Environment to explore the thinking behind the order, and gain insights on how they plan to achieve this highly ambitious goal.


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New Thrusters On Scandlines’ Hybrid Ferries Will Reduce Underwater Noise And Air Emissions In The Fehmarn Belt

All thrusters on Scandlines’ four hybrid ferries on the route between Puttgarden and Rødby will be exchanged with new thrusters that allow a homogenous water flow, which gives less noise and vibration. The exchange lessens the environmental impact significantly. Reduced underwater noise and less vibration can improve the conditions for the marine life in the Fehmarn Belt area – among these the harbour porpoises. Furthermore, easier water flow during propulsion ultimately reduces emissions, including CO2.

The total investment in the new thrusters is more than 13 million EUR.

The first ferry will have its thrusters exchanged in the autumn of 2019 and all ferries will be equipped with the new thrusters in 2020.

The 16 new thrusters will be delivered by Rolls-Royce Commercial Marine, together with a new automation and control system for each ship.

P&O Ferrymasters Expands East

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Logistics group achieves double-digit growth last year following eastwards expansion and is now looking at opportunities in the Black Sea and Caspian Sea regions, MD Bas Belder tells Lloyd’s Loading List.

Some quotes:

“The UK remains a core market for us but we are less dependent on it than we used to be having built up our pan-European trade lanes, which today probably account for at least 50% of our global business.”

“At the start of the year, P&O Ferrymasters launched intermodal services from the Turkish ports of Pendik, Ambarli and Mersin to the port of Trieste, with onward connections to the ports of Rotterdam and Zeebrugge.”


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  • KOPERNIK ended her service in the Unity Line fleet on 27 February. What is going to happen with the ship is not known yet.

  • Baja Ferries announced on its LinkedIn page that it is hiring a naval architect for ro-pax ships for Miami or Mexico.  ( jobs @ bajaferries usa . com )

  • Veteran ferry APOLLO connecting Matane, Baie-Comeau and Godbout, St. Lawrence river, Canada, suffered a hole in the hull, in a collision with unidentified port structure in the morning of 25 February, in Godbout. All scheduled trips were cancelled. Ferry remained berthed in Godbout, to be surveyed and repaired. (Source: Fleetmon)

  • As expected (see last week’s news), La Méridionale was victim of a strike on Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 February. The unions are worried about the future contract for the delegation of public services between mainland France and Corsica.

  • Double-ender ferries BASTO II and III have been used by Torghatten Nord on the Halhjem – Sandvikvag route due to the non-availability of that route’s new tonnage. The Tersan-built ferries HUFTARØY and SAMNØY have been spotted in the English Channel on their delivery trip from Turkey to Norway, with several months delay. It also appears that the Vard-newbuildings (Romania) are facing a delay.

  • The plan to put freight ferry FINLANDIA SEAWAYS on a Zeebrugge-Norway service has been changed. The vessel is now operating on Vlaardingen-Immingham. Instead, the Norway service is being operated with chartered sideloader vessels (for the paper cargo from Norske Skog). Initially the service would have started in February. The port of Brevik will be called en route between Ghent and Gotenburg.


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Last week I was a few days onboard the first LNG-powered cruise ship, the AIDAnova. Sailing from Tenerife to Fuerteventura and Lanzarote allowed me to get a better understanding of the local ferry services, and to take the following pictures.


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Molslinjen’s New Fast Ferry Has Arrived in Denmark

After having sailed all the way from Australia to Denmark, the EXPRESS 4 finally berthed in Aarhus on Sunday 24 February. The Austal-built HSC left Perth on 29 January.

She will enter service on 14 March.

See the arrival video on