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Port of Genoa Reached a New Year Record for Cruise Traffic and a 4% Increase in Ferry Passengers

In 2019, ferry passengers increased by 88,274, compared to 2018. In total 2,168,721 passengers have been counted.

(Source: Stazioni Marittime, the local ropax terminal operator, a joint venture of MSC, Grandi Navi Veloci, Costa Crociere and Moby)

Ferry passengers between Genoa and

  • Sardinia +108,000
  • Palermo -11,000
  • North Africa -4,800
  • Corsica -5,000

Roro traffic: 1,793,116 lane metres = -4,62% For the current year a small increase of 2% ferry passengers is expected. Adding also the cruise traffic, the total number of passengers in the port of Genoa reached 3.5 million passengers.

Ports of Tallinn Saw Recovery of Passenger Traffic between Estonia and Finland

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Ports of Tallinn Saw Recovery of Passenger Traffic between Estonia and Finland

In 2019 the number of passengers increased by 0.2% year-on-year, reaching a record of 10.64 million passengers. The growth was driven by passenger traffic between Estonia and Finland on the Tallinn – Helsinki and Muuga – Vuosaari routes and was also supported by another annual record of 660,000 cruise passengers.

“For the number of passengers, we reached a record for the 12th consecutive year, thanks to recovery of passenger traffic between Estonia and Finland, which was also strongly supported by the addition of servicing passengers with vehicles and the addition of a new ship on the Muuga-Vuosaari route,” says Valdo Kalm, Chairman of the Management Board of the Port of Tallinn.

Positive Development in the Port of Rostock

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  • In 2019, a total of 25.7 million tons of goods were handled in the Rostock overseas port. This corresponds to a slight increase of 100,000 tons.
  • There was a slight decline in the ferry and ro-ro traffic. This was compensated by good results in other areas.
  • Overall, the roro volume decreased -4%. The share of rolling cargo in the total throughput was 63 percent.
  • The number of roro freight units decreased with 6.5%
  • In contrast, the number of handled trailers increased with 0.9%
  • The number of cars and RVs transported increased by 3%
  • With the number of 2.5 million ferry passengers carried on the routes to Northern Europe, the previous year’s result was roughly achieved.
  • The number of railway wagons to and from Trelleborg increased sharply, +18% (18,388). Around a fifth of all goods handled in the port are brought in and out by train.
  • -18% paper and cellulose

EU Mobility Package Update

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The Mobility Package is a three-part scheme headed by the European Commission, which features new initiatives to try and govern the ever-growing levels of commercial road transport across Eastern Europe.

  • Local wages must be paid both for domestic haulage within one country and for cabotage – when a truck arrives with goods from abroad and accepts a transport job within that country.
  • Cabotage rules will also be tightened. After carrying out cabotage, the truck must stay within the country’s borders for four days. After carrying out cabotage, the truck must stay within the country’s borders for four days. Every eight weeks the truck must be driven back to the country where it was registered.
  • Foreign drivers face stricter rules for driving and resting times and must return to their home country every three weeks.


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Greece Ferry Ticket To Cost €130, Minister Says

A return ticket for a 30-hour ferry trip between Limassol and Piraeus, Greece, would cost around €130 deputy minister for shipping Natasa Pilides said on Tuesday, as efforts are underway for the service to be up and running by this summer.

As soon as the green light is given, a tender competition will be announced with the aim of having the service available this summer.

Ferry-Borne Tourism in Estonia’s Smaller Islands Growing

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Estonia’s smaller islands are seeing a rise in tourist visitors year-on-year, according to a report on ETV current affairs show “Aktuaalne kaamera” Monday night. This increase is matched by a rise in the use of car ferries to visit islands such as Kihnu and Vormsi, with visitors bringing their own cars.

This year, new procurements will be announced on the Kihnu, Vormsi and Sõru-Triigi (between Hiiumaa and Saaremaa) routes.

Tallink Chief: We Can Make Hourly Tallinn-Helsinki Trips Where Needed

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Hourly trips between Tallinn and Helsinki could be introduced if there is enough demand, Mr Paavo Nõgene, the chairman of the board of Tallink said on Estonian TV, adding that lowering the excise duty on alcohol had given tourism a boost.

However, he rebutted a stereotype that Finns travel to Estonia purely to buy cheap alcohol.

Nõgene said Tallink plans to build new, environmentally friendly passenger ships which will fly the Estonian flag.

Corsica Ferries: 0.1% Sulphur Fuel

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On 9 January, Christian Estrosi (Mayor of the city of Nice, President of the Nice Côte d’Azur Metropolis, Deputy President of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Region), and Pierre Mattei (President and CEO of Corsica Ferries) have formalized the use of 0.1% sulphur fuel at the port of Nice.

Nice is not in a SECA, and 0.5% fuel would be the norm. Corsica Ferries has decided to play a pioneering role, with the hope to have a Mediterranean SECA soon. The company also participates in the relevant program under the wings of the French Shipowners Association.