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Anek Lines’ EL. VENIZELOS was hit by Covid-19

Last week the existence of more than 120 cases of covid-19 among the 383 crew of the Anek Line’s EL. VENIZELOS was officially confirmed.

VENIZELOS was going to serve as a floating hotel for Navantia shipyard workers in Cadiz, who had undertaken the upgrade-transformation of CARNIVAL VICTORY. A project that was finally postponed, as the Spanish port authorities did not allow her to stay due to the outbreak of the pandemic.

A planned stop in Turkey (to disembark Turkish crewmembers) was refused by the authorities. As a result, the ship was forced to return to Piraeus.

Today, those people that were found Covid-9-positive are under quarantine for 14 days, on board. The rest of them were transferred to chartered hotels. The ship remains on charter to Miray International on behalf of Carnival.


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Because of a reduced service HOLLANDIA SEAWAYS stayed overnight in Ghent. This was a great opportunity for a sunrise picture.


Algérie Ferries’ new flagship BADJI MOKHTAR III was launched a few days ago. Designed by OSK-ShipTech, she is expected to be delivered before the end of 2020.

She is being built by the GSI shipyard.

Fifth DFDS Mega Freight Ferry on Sea Trial

Since February, the Chinese shipyards have been on halt due to the Coronavirus outbreak. The construction of the DFDS newbuildings has now resumed and last Sunday, 5 April, the fifth mega freight ferry went on sea trial.

Not yet named, she can be followed on MarineTraffic as JIN LING 86.


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A furlough (/ˈfɜːrloʊ/; from Dutch: verlof, “leave of absence”) is a temporary leave of employees due to special needs of a company or employer, which may be due to economic conditions at the specific employer or in the economy as a whole. These involuntary furloughs may be short or long term, and many of those affected may seek other temporary employment during that time.

(source: wikipedia)


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HJELLESTAD in Service in Panoramic Wonderland

LMG Marin designed HJELLESTAD (LMG 16-DEH project) is now operational for its owner Norled on a multi-stops route South of Bergen between picturesques harbors of Hjellestad – Bjelkarøyna – Lerøyna & Klokkarvik. This is the first electric-ferry to operate this coastal route.

She can accommodate 16 cars (or 2 trucks) and 77 passengers within her pocket size of just 43m.