Ferry Passengers and RoRo Traffic Decreased in Italy in the First Half of 2020

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According to the statistics released by the Italian port authorities association ‘Assoporti’, the total throughput of passengers transited in H1 was 9,262,808 units (-56.1%), of which 1,897,445 transported on deep-sea ferry links (-63,5%) and 6,882,420 on short-sea routes (-40,3%).

As for the deep-sea ferry segment, the port of Olbia is the leading one with 305,222 passengers (-63.8%).

The passenger traffic decreased almost in every port:

  • Genoa (-62.9%)
  • Savona (-80.9%)
  • Livorno (-68.2%)
  • Civitavecchia (-62.5%)
  • Naples (-57.5% for the deep sea routes and -67.8 for the local maritime links),
  • Messina (-28.2%)
  • Bari (-53.9%),
  • Ancona (-69.8%)
  • Venice (-72.5%).

Looking at the ro-ro traffic, some 43,875 tons of cargo were handled in Italy, which mean -9%.


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No Need to Self-Isolate for Eurotunnel Passengers?

GetLink’s (EuroTunnel) figures for August are surprising: Le Shuttle carried 267,942 passenger vehicles, or only -28% compared to last year (373,084).

On August 15, the UK re-imposed quarantine, causing a busy day on August 14, with with 11,600 vehicles and 30,000 passengers.

Interesting to see is –quoting Eurotunnel’s website– that there is no need for self-isolate if you haven’t left your car.

The website says that, “Our understanding of the UK Government’s position is that if you drive through a country that is not on the list for quarantine exemption on your way to the UK, without getting out of your car, or allowing anyone to enter your car, then there is no additional need to self-isolate on your entry to the UK. You must check the status of all the countries you have visited, in which you have got out of your car.”


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Dieppe-Newhaven Hit by Sudden English Quarantine Decision

“For the first time in the history of the route Dieppe-Newhaven, the volumes of August were lower than in July, with 1,000 less cars.”

DFDS decided to lay up one of the two ferries, and to reduce return crossings from 3 to 2.

Jean-Claude Charlo, director DFDS asks the politicians for help, on behalf of all ferry operators.

No Plans Yet to Replace Veteran Ferry CTMA VACANCIER

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“A ship costing CAD$ 100 million and in service only ten weeks, that doesn’t make sense.”

Pierre Fitzgibbon, Canadian Minister of Economy and Innovation

Quote heard on Radio Canada, about the replacement of the CTMA VACANCIER, a 1973-built ferry used in summer as a cruise ship between Montréal and Cap-aux-Meules.

The Minister said that there is plenty of secondhand tonnage on the market, and that the cruise destinations should be expanded to e.g. the Saguenay Fjord and the Iles-de-la-Madeleine. The season should also be longer.


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DFDS Started Direct Adriatic Route

DFDS started a direct link between Trieste and Patras (instead of a stopover in the Greek port on the route between Italy and Turkey).

In June, Grimaldi started a biweekly service Venice (Marghera)-Igoumenitsa-Patras.