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Some Indications on the Next Tender for the Maritime Continuity in Italy

Italy’s transport ministry officially announced a public consultation among the ferry companies which will last until next September 24, in order to understand which are the operators’ intentions about the maritime continuity with the main islands (Sardinia, Sicily and Tremiti).

The former scheme, through which Rome paid Compagnia Italiana di Navigazione (Moby group) EUR 72 million per year since mid-2012, expired on July 18 but was postponed until February 28, 2021.

First indications reported by the Transport ministry in a purpose-built paper suggest that different tenders might be launched for some specific routes or market areas and that more than one company could operate with public subsidies on the same link. In case of high prices there might be some sort of subsidies directly addressed to the final users, thus introducing the model existing in Spain.

As of today the following routes are those included for the full year in the public subsidies scheme in Italy: Cagliari-Palermo, Napoli-Cagliari, Civitavecchia-Cagliari-Arbatax, Genova-Olbia-Arbatax and Termoli-Tremiti (served with ro-pax ships) and Ravenna-Brindisi-Catania and Livorno-Cagliari (with ro-ro cargo vessels).

The three maritime links Napoli-Palermo, Genova-Porto Torres and Civitavecchia-Olbia are included in the scheme from October to May and operated without subsidies during the summer season.

The Napoli-Palermo is likely to be cancelled as publicly supported line while for all the other routes analyses by the Minister are still underway.

Tallink to Suspend Turku-Tallinn Route CEO Calls for Decisive Political Action

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Tallink Grupp suspends the Turku-Tallinn route, which was temporarily launched in early July and which it originally planned to continue to operate throughout the coming autumn-winter season on weekends.

The route had proved extremely popular among the company’s customers during the summer period after travel restrictions were lifted between the two neighbouring countries.

„As a direct result of significant information noise and mixed messages circulating in the Finnish media, the ticket sales have significantly reduced as passengers are confused about the travel advice and nervous about a possibility of a quarantine. This has resulted in great numbers of customers cancelling their trips and requesting refunds instead,” Paavo Nõgene, CEO of Tallink Grupp commented.

“The tourism sector will be under significant pressure until at least until next summer. Decisive action by our governments is vital and requires swift action for the survival of our sector in this pandemic situation,” Nõgene said.

Pandemic Affects BC Ferries’ Q1 Results of Fiscal 2021

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COVID-19 had a significant impact on first quarter results (April-May-June)

  • Net losses CAD 62 million (net earnings CAD 12.2 million)
  • Revenue CAD 137.4 million (CAD 246.4 million)

At the outset of the pandemic, ferry traffic dropped dramatically and was down 75 to 80% across the system in a matter of days. With the easing of travel restrictions, traffic at the end of June partially recovered and was down approximately 35% compared to this period last year.

  • -11.4% round trips 18,249.5
  • -61.5% passengers 2.2 million
  • -46.7% vehicles 1.3 million

BC Ferries is one of the entities included in the federal government’s transit funding of $540 million in response to the impact of COVID-19. This transit funding is to be matched equally by the Province for a total funding envelope of CAD 1.08 billion.


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Tallink CEO: Finland Quarantine on Estonians Would Knock Out Tourist Sector

The coronavirus infection rate in Estonia increasing to a point where Finland would impose a quarantine requirement would be the worst possible scenario for Estonian tourism, CEO of Tallink Grupp Paavo Nõgene told ERR on Monday.


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Damen Shiprepair Harlingen Completes Repair Project on Rederij Doeksen VLIELAND ferry

The VLIELAND required repair following a recent incident that took place as she was departing the harbour in Harlingen. As a result of the accident, the vessel’s SB engine room became flooded. DSHL carried out an emergency operation, closing the hole, before moving the vessel on to the yard for full repairs.

At the yard, DSHL carried out a series of works on the vessel, including the removal of the main- and auxiliary engines, the gearboxes and all electrical equipment and 4km wiring. Following this, the yard undertook the rebuilding of the engine room. This included re-installing the main and auxiliary engines.


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Grimaldi’s ECO SAVONA Launched at Nanjing Jinling Shipyard

Nanjing Jinling Shipyard has just successfully launched the fourth of G5GG (Grimaldi Green 5th Generation) ro-ro vessels ordered by Grimaldi Group.

ECO SAVONA is the name of the last newbuilding which touched the sea, while the previous three units were called ECO BARCELONA, ECO VALENCIA and ECO LIVORNO.

The first unit, ECO VALENCIA, part of a series of 12 newbuildings (of which 3 are for Finnlines), is expected to be delivered in the coming weeks and will start operating on the motorways of the seas between Italy and Spain linking Livorno, Savona, Barcelona and Valencia ports.

The new vessels have a length of 238m, a beam of 34m and a gross tonnage of 64,000.

They will be able to transport over 7,800 lane meters of roro freight. The design of the newbuilds was developed by the Technical and Energy Saving Department of the Grimaldi Group together with Knud E. Hansen in close cooperation with the shipyard.