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Finnlines Release Renderings of New Superstar Vessels

At the end of last year Finnlines announced that it signed an order for two Superstar ro-pax vessels from China Merchants Jinling Shipyard (Weihai). Renderings from Knud E. Hansen have now been released.

They will be larger than the existing Star class vessels and will be Finnlines’ flagships both in terms of size and technology. With a length of about 230 metres, their loading capacity will be for 5,100 lane metres for rolling freight and around 1,100 passengers.

The press release says that “the vessels will have the highest Finnish / Swedish ice class and will be built with the top technical and environmental views in mind, while being pioneers in honouring green values.”

The hybrid newbuilds will operate on the Kapellskär – Långnäs – Naantali route. A large duty-free supermarket will be the center of the ship.

They are expected to be delivered by 2023.

Molslinjen Orders an Electric Ferry for Fanø – Esbjerg

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The Municipality of Fanø and the owners of the Fanølinjen – Molslinjen –,  have agreed to phase out the ferry SØNDERHO [link: Marinetraffic] and to start the construction of a brand new electric ferry.

The 20-minute trip between Fanø and Esbjerg is very popular, with often long queues in weekends and holidays. Last year te route carried 1.8 million passengers.

A new ferry is badly needed.

The new hybrid battery-powered ferry will be built at the Danish Hvide Sande Shipyard [external link]. It will be in service in late summer 2021.

Converting the existing ferries FENJA and MENJA to electric operation is also being studied.

SIEM Charters Out New RoRo LEEVSTEN to CTN

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SIEM RoRo, a UK-based company, part of the SIEM Group, has just chartered out the newly built roro LEEVSTEN (4,100 lane meters capacity) to the Tunisian carrier CTN.

The vessel is the seventh sister ship part of a series of units built at the German shipyard Flensburger-Schiffbau-Gesellschaft.

Last summer she was rumoured to be bound for MOBY group. Moby already operates the sixth and the fifth sister units. They are bareboat chartered and operate as MARIA GRAZIA ONORATO and ALF POLLAK.

LEEVSTEN is expected to reach the port of Rhades, in Tunisia, on the 10th of January.

Some brokers sources report to Ferry Shipping News that the time charter terms with CTN are for 6 or 12 months at a daily rate of €15,000.

Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft launched its latest roro – LIEKUT — for former parent company SIEM Europe, last October.

Scottish Vessel Delivery Plan Published

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Economy Secretary Derek Mackay has given an update to Parliament on the Ferguson Marine shipyard which has now been taken into public ownership. Two ships are ‘under construction’ for domestic Scottish CMAL routes.

The additional cost to complete the two ferries is now estimated to be between £94.8 million to £98.8 million which includes the management and operation costs of the yard.

The estimated delivery window for GLEN SANNOX, which will operate on the Ardrossan to Brodick route, is October to December 2021.

The second vessel, which will operate on the Uig to Tarbert and Lochmaddy route, is expected between July and October 2022.

The contract for the vessels had an original value of £97 million with anticipated delivery of mid-2018.

A confidential (but public) report [external link to the 44-page report] notes that the ferries are at risk of being overweight and that the first ship is expected to be below contract speed when delivered.

A-Ships Management’s GOLDEN BRIDGE charter to FRS expired

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After a six-month period, FRS has decided not to extent the charter of the A-SHIPS Management’s GOLDEN BRIDGE.

The ship will soon return back to Greece. She will be temporarily replaced by Transmediterranean’s VRONSKIY on the Motril – Melilla line.

The Japanese-build vessel was chartered to FRS Iberia on April 2019 and entered service on the Motril – Melilla run on June 2019, after having completed successfully all the proper inspections.


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Stable Turnover for Wasaline Despite less Sailings

The 2019 volumes were greatly affected by a 3-week absence of ferry WASA EXPRESS, and the Finnish postal strike.

This meant only 826 departures, compared to 850 in 2018.

Stable €19.6 million turnover

  • -3.5% Passengers (204,704)
  • -1.4% Cars (46,312)
  • -4.3% Freight units

Viking Line 2019: Record Number of Cargo Units

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  • +4.2% cargo units (133,940) = an all-time record.
  • -1.7% Passengers (6,300,480) The volume decrease can primarily be attributed to cruise traffic between Stockholm and Mariehamn, with results affected by longer special cruises during the summer and fewer departures due to dry-docking. During the year, the ambition was to monitor and optimize ticket prices, which also had an impact on the volume trend.
  • +2.6% on ROSELLA, which sails between Mariehamn and Kapellskär with 752,336 passengers. Good result because of passengers with cars and Swedish cruise passengers
  • +0.4% passengers Helsinki – Tallinn (1,955,318).
  • +1.3% passenger cars (714,006) = second best ever.