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Brittany Ferries: New Route and More Capacity on Ireland

  • New Rosslare – Cherbourg route to open in March 2021. Irish and French hauliers have asked Brittany Ferries to move the weekly French rotation from Roscoff to the transport hub of Cherbourg.
  • Earlier this year Brittany Ferries started Rosslare – Bilbao (instead of Cork – Santander) and Rosslare – Roscoff (instead of Cork – Roscoff).
  • Additional mid-week sailing added to Cork – Roscoff service (mainly tourist market)
  • The new sailings will also see the utilisation of the CONNEMARA (for Rosslare) and the ARMORIQUE (for Cork). The ARMORIQUE is new to Ireland. The PONT-AVEN will continue to serve the main Cork – Roscoff sailings at the weekend.

With New Route Smyril Line Becomes Competitor for Sea Cargo

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MISTRAL will start a new traffic in August.” That is what we wrote in Ferry Shipping News, week 28. Now it has become clear that the Godby roro vessel will be used by Smyril Line, for a new freight route between Rotterdam and Western Norway.

The route will initially be operated by the roro ferry AKRANES, until taken over by MISTRAL on August 12.

Route: Rotterdam – Stavanger – Trondheim – Rørvik – Hitra – Rotterdam.


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Irish Continental Group H1: Strong Freight Performance Despite Pandemic

It is no surprise to see that the transportation of goods has kept ICG busy, while the passenger figures dropped considerably.

Volumes (Half Year 30 June 2020)

  • -65.0% Cars
  • -2.7% RoRo Freight
  • -11.7% Container Freight (teu)
  • -13.5% Terminal Lifts

H1 Finance (unaudited)

  • -21.6% Consolidated Group revenue €130.8 million
  • -33.3% Total revenues €61.6 million

The decrease was principally due to lower passenger volumes resulting from the travel restrictions introduced across the EU due to the Covid19 pandemic.

Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG): Transfer Company and HONFLEUR Sold

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Insolvent FSG will move the majority of its 700-people staff to a new ‘transfer’ company.

Currently the yard has no orders and no buyers.

Former owner SIEM has acquired the (unfinished) ferry that was under construction for Brittany Ferries (HONFLEUR), but which was cancelled recently. If and when the ship will be finished is so far unclear.

Investor Lars Windhorst has also announced the possible order for two ro-ro ships.


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Grimaldi Group Interested in the Privatization of the Port of Igoumenitsa

Grimaldi Group revealed to Ferry Shipping News its interest to take over the Greek port of Igoumenitsa.

As of today, Grimaldi Lines and also Minoan Lines offer maritime links between this port and the Italian ports of Brindisi, Ancona and Venice.

The interest of the Italian group Grimaldi for the Port of Igoumenitsa was officially confirmed by the head of the group, Mr. Emanuele Grimaldi, during his recent visit in Athens, on the occasion of the introduction of KYDON PALACE on the Piraeus-Chania line.

Mr. Grimaldi had the opportunity to meet in person with the Minister of Shipping and Island Policy Mr. Giannis Plakiotakis, in whom he expressed his interest to participate in the international tender that will be announced soon by the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF), since among the activities of the Italian group is also the port facility management.

The HRADF is expected to announce the tenders for the ports of Alexandroupolis, Kavala (Philip II pier) and Igoumenitsa in the near future. For the first two ports there has been a strong American interest, while for the port of Igoumenitsa there is a clear interest from the Grimaldi group as it connects Greece with Italy.

In a short-term period also the HRADF is expected to announce tender for the port of Heraklion, which is also the headquarters of Minoan Lines, a subsidiary of the Italian group.

Green Light for a New Ro-Ro Terminal in the Port of Cagliari

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Italy’s Council of Ministers gave its green light to the ‘Porto Canale’ of Cagliari’s reorganization plan which remained in stand by for more than two years due to the opposition of the Ministry of environment.

This plan is part of a broader restyling project of the Sardinian port which also includes a brand-new ro-ro terminal set to be realized in a new green field area far from the city’s historical harbour.

The infrastructure will cost roughly EUR 95 million and is designed to host in the first stage up to four ferries or ro-ro ships at the same time. The terminal operator in charge for the management of the new terminal will be found with a public tender in the coming years.

Today the port of Cagliari is regularly called by ships of Grendi Trasporti Marittimi (which already has its own terminal), Grimaldi and Tirrenia Cin.

French Prime Minister Confirms Plan for Rail Motorways

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On July 27, French PM Jean Castex said that three “rail motorways” will be launched: Bayonne – Cherbourg, Perpignan – Rungis, and Sète – Calais.

Port of Calais has a rail terminal and was anxiously awaiting the confirmation of this project announced previously. In fact it should have been started last December.

Bayonne – Cherbourg will be important for Brittany Ferries’ project. (see earlier news here)

P&O Ferrymasters Commences Operations At DP World London Gateway Logistics Park Lg231

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P&O Ferrymasters took occupation of the 21,460 m² distribution centre space on practical completion of the building on 27 July 2020.

Taking a 5-year lease at the brand new LG231 facility will enable P&O to further build its port/market-centric distribution centre strategy. It follows the opening of a new Rotterdam distribution centre in 2019 and complements the P&O Group developments in Tilbury – activities which are more continental cargo focused.


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  • A significant decrease in the number of total ship losses, showing an overall improvement in safety: 41 losses in 2019 against an annual average of 95 losses over the past 10 years
  • But… an increase in the number of incidents recorded on board ships (+ 5% compared to 2018)
  • An increase in incidents on ro-ro ships (including PCTC)
  • Potential effects of the pandemic on investments in safety and maintenance