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Grendi Charters CLdN’s SEVERINE to Increase Capacity on Italy Mainland to Sardinia Route

As from mid-February, the Italian shipping company Grendi Trasporti Marittimi will deploy a second roro ship on the Marina di Carrara – Cagliari route also adding a third port of call in Sardinia.

Antonio Musso, CEO of Grendi, told Ferry Shipping News that the roro SEVERINE owned by Cobelfret will be chartered in for one year in order to increase frequency and capacity of the regular service between Italy mainland and Sardinia.

SEVERINE was built in 2012, can offer capacity for 1,760 lane metres. [link MarineTraffic]

The second port expected to be called by Grendi in Sardinia might be Porto Torres which is located in the north-west of the island.  In the full year 2019 on the Marina di Carrara – Cagliari regular link 67,435 TEU and 20,285 semi-trailers were transported.

New High-Speed Link between Italy and Albania Announced

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A brand-new high-speed ferry service between Italy and Albania has been announced for the next summer season by the Albanian shipping agency Maritime Agency Princess Eneka.

The regular link is expected to sail from June and will be operated with the monohull ferry THE PRINCESS [link MarineTraffic] built in 2013 by the Italian shipyard Rodriquez,

She has a capacity for some 650 passengers and 58 cars. The vessel can reach a speed of 40 knots and the transit time should be 2 hours and half. The brand name of the link is still unknown. Currently the monohull seems to be active on the Aqaba – Nuweiba route in the Red Sea.

The Danish Government Will Continue to Investigate a Fixed Link Across the Kattegat

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The government has decided to continue the ongoing preliminary investigation of a fixed link across the Kattegat. This would link Denmark’s two largest cities: Copenhagen and Århus.
Now, Molslinjen operates this route with ferries.

A combined road and rail connection is the most preferred option. Climate and environmental aspects of establishing a permanent Kattegat connection are one of the main topics.


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Shift of freight vehicles during a ro-ro passenger ferry crossing from Larne, Northern Ireland to Cairnryan, Scotland, resulting in damage to several vehicles. (18 December 2018)

Main conclusions:

  • The forecast weather conditions had not been sufficiently considered when setting the course of the ship, nor the application of lashings to freight vehicles loaded aboard.
  • The problem of freight drivers remaining in their cabs on the vehicle deck when the ferry is at sea. Drivers remaining in their vehicles not only put themselves at risk, they place at risk other passengers, and anyone who has to rescue them. Perhaps, most importantly, crucial emergency responses, such as to a fire, can be delayed until all passengers are accounted for.

Fertonani Shipbrokers and Malta International Shipbrokers New Players on the Ropax Broker Market

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A new broker company has just been established in Genoa under the name of Fertonani Shipbrokers by Andrea Fertonani (photo).

He is the third (the youngest) brother of the Fertonani family, well known in the ferry business for being at the helm of the long-standing Ferrando&Massone broker house.

Andrea left the family-company more than one year ago and recently decided to launch his own firm active in the field of ship sale and purchase, chartering and demolitions mainly for roro, ropax, offshore units and bunker tanker.

Recently another ferry broker was born in Malta and is headed by Vittorio Morace, son of Ettore Morace former broker, ceo of Tirrenia Cin, now manager for Balearia group and also shareholder of the family-owned ferry company Liberty Lines based in Trapani. Malta Shipbrokers International, this is the name of the new broker firm, is active mainly in the roro and ropax business segment.

Nel Lines’ IONIAN SKY Sold for Scrap and Left for Aliaga

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Εnd of the line for the ex-Japanese veteran IONIAN SKY of the collapsed NEL LINES. [link Fakta om Fartyg]

The sturdy ferry was sold for scrap. Tug CHRISTOS 34 arrived at the Diamandis shipyards in order to accompany her to Aliaga (Turkey). On 21 January 2020, the ship departed for her last voyage to eternity under the flag of Palau.

IONIAN SKY has been laid up in Ambelakia since September 2013 and escaped sinking in early October, when she suddenly developed a dangerous list to the right. In March 2018, rumours claimed that she had been purchased by a Portuguese operator that intended to introduce her on the Setubal – Funchal (Madeira) line. Plans that fell through and probably sealed her fate.

Kerkyra Lines’ Recent Acquisition is Ready to Sail to Greece

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Kerkyra Seaways’ new acquisition, FERRY TSURUGI is almost ready to set sail for Greece. [link MarineTraffic]

The Greek crew has already arrived in Japan for the delivery, while the ship is moored at the port of Mizushima waiting for her departure.

FERRY TSURUGI was built in Japan in 1997. She is 2,604gt, 108m long, 17.5 m wide and 4.4m draught. Her carrying capacity is for 470 passengers and 78 private cars (312 lane meters). She has two Niigata diesel engines (10.800 bhp) and her service speed is 19 knots.


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Port of Zeebrugge 2019: 14.2% Growth

This 14.2% growth is the result of advancement in all important sectors in the port of Zeebrugge: roro, liquid natural gas, containers and new vehicles.

The roro traffic rises 3.7% to a total volume of nearly 16.5 million tonnes.

Growth: Ireland (+6.3%), Spain (+153.1%), thanks to great results on the Santander connection by Cobelfret and the scaling-up of the Finnlines connection to Bilbao. Deepsea roro also rises (13.9%).

The roro traffic with destination UK decreases with -2.5% and Scandinavia roro cargo also drops -2.7 percent. The year 2019 was marked with many Brexit deadlines. A shift of cargo to the Ireland destinations and a Brexit effect can explain the loss in UK roro loads. The reshuffling of services to Gothenburg have led to a small loss on this destination.

Port of Kiel: Ferry Traffic Contributing More and More to Overall Transshipment Rate

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The Port of Kiel achieved a sound result last year, with cruise and ferry traffic still in growth modus.

The focus of investments lies on the implementation of the BLUE PORT strategy: shore power and intermodal traffic. Port of Kiel will be climate-neutral by 2030. “About €15 million are being invested in the construction of shore power plants. They will be ready in 2020. All three ferry and cruise terminals will be equipped. Color Line was the first to have shore power.

The core business of the port is the general cargo handled in the ferry traffic sector and with nearly 6 million tons it accounts for 85 % of the overall transhipment activities by now.

The biggest volume handled was on the DFDS Kiel – Klaipeda (Lithuania) service.

The additional freight ferry from Color Line has a positive impact on the route Kiel – Oslo whereas fewer unaccompanied trailers were transported between Kiel and Gothenburg.