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SNCM History: Collectivity Of Corsica Sentenced To Pay A 20 Million Provision

Sentenced in 2017 to pay EUR 84 million to the company with the yellow ferries for irregular competition within the framework of the DSP, the Collectivity of Corsica must now pay a provision of EUR 20 million according to the administrative court of appeal of Marseille.


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Stena Line Adds Ships Again On North Sea Routes

Due to a steady recovery in freight volumes on the North Sea during the last weeks, roro ships HATCHE and STENA FORERUNNER will return to commercial service on the Stena Line freight routes Europoort – Killingholme and Europoort – Harwich, respectively.

As of 15 June 2020, Stena Line will be back to having 8 ships operating on its 4 routes on the North Sea.

The Construction Of Finnlines’ Newest Vessel To Start

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The construction of Finnlines’ newest environmentally friendly ro-ro vessel was started on 8 June 2020, with the steel cutting in the Chinese Nanjing Jinling shipyard.

The first ro-ro vessel is expected to start operation as early as next year, and the other two in 2022.

In addition to this, Finnlines has also ordered two giant Superstar vessels, which will be pioneer in honouring green values. The total investment including five new vessels is EUR 500 million.

The first steel plates are being cut in the traditional steel cutting ceremony.

In the picture Finnlines’ representative Site Manager Mr Davor Radic.

KNOSSOS PALACE Was Transferred To Grimaldi Euromed S.P.A.

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During last month, Minoan Lines’ KNOSSOS PALACE was eventually transferred to Grimaldi Euromed s.p.a for EUR 74 million. The large cruise ferry was mutually exchanged with her close sister CRUISE BONARIA, which currently plies on the Livorno-Olbia line.

KNOSSOS PALACE will be renamed and launched in Italy while CRUISE BONARIA (ex- Olympia Palace) will be introduced on the Piraeus-Heraklion line under Minoan Lines’ livery as the new KNOSSOS PALACE. She will operate on this route together with her sister FESTOS PALACE (ex-Europa Palace/Mykonos Palace).


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First Of Two 118 Metre Trimarans For Fred. Olsen Express Completes Sea Trials In Australia

BAJAMAR EXPRESS, the first of two Austal Auto Express 118 trimarans under construction for Fred. Olsen Express of the Canary Islands has completed its sea trials in Western Australia.

“Over the past weeks, BAJAMAR EXPRESS has achieved an average speed of 37.6 knots at 85% MCR, carrying 80% from maximum deadweight; confirming the vessel’s outstanding capability to achieve high-speed performance, while delivering optimum comfort for passengers and crew,” says Austal in a press release.

Capable of transporting 1,100 passengers and 276 cars at a cruising speed of over 37 knots, the new ferries for Fred. Olsen Express feature class-leading interior amenities and facilities, including multiple bars, kiosks, a retail shop and children’s play area and will operate on Fred. Olsen Express’ Santa Cruz, Teneriffe and Agaete, Gran Canaria routes in the Canary Islands from the 3rd quarter of 2020.

BC Ferries New ISLAND DISCOVERY Entered Service

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BC Ferries’ newest vessel, ISLAND DISCOVERY, officially commenced service on June 10 on the Texada Island – Powell River route.

ISLAND DISCOVERY is the first of a series of Damen hybrid-electric ships designed for future full electric operation. The ships are fitted with hybrid technology that bridges the gap until shore charging infrastructure and funding become available.

Her entry into BC Ferries’ fleet allows for the retirement of the 59-year old NORTH ISLAND PRINCESS.

The second vessel in the Island Class series, ISLAND AURORA, will replace QUADRA QUEEN II on the Port McNeill – Alert Bay – Sointula route next week. QUADRA QUEEN II will become a relief vessel.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, BC Ferries created a short video with messages from

community representatives, so people can take a virtual tour of the ship instead.


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Today we go back to the English Channel.


  • Photo taken in the summer of 1984 in Weymouth
  • Scrapped in 2018


  • Sealink Dieppe Ferries, Dieppe-Newhaven
  • Photo 22 July 1986. We were sailing to Brighton when SENLAC passed behind us at full speed.
  • Built in 1973 by Arsenal de la Marine Nationale Française, Brest, France.
  • Scrapped in 2010.


  • P&O Ferries, Boulogne-Dover
  • July 1984
  • Built as DJURSLAND in 1972 by Elsinore Skibs & Machine Building, Denmark.
  • Scrapped in 2005.