Dirk Spoor Succeeds Paul Melles as Managing Director of Rederij Doeksen

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After nearly 34 years working for Rederij Doeksen, of which 20 years as MD, Paul Melles will say goodbye to Rederij Doeksen per 31 December 2020.

Paul Melles (60) will be succeeded by Dirk Spoor, who is currently working in the company as the Head of Hospitality and HR.

Dirk Spoor (38) started working for Rederij Doeksen in 2010.

Paul Melles will remain involved with Rederij Doeksen: “Royal Doeksen has offered me the position of Technical Director. In my new job I will support the existing activities of the holding company (the companies Rederij Doeksen, Royal Huisman and Waterbus), but I will also start new projects. In the past years I have gained a lot of knowledge and experience, especially when it comes to sustainability. That is definitely a field I will advise the different companies about and I am very much looking forward to that.”


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“Positive” September for the Port of Piraeus

Port of Piraeus presented an increase of 4,5% in container traffic in September, according to the monthly data published by COSCO Shipping Ports. In Q3, a decrease of 4,1% was recorded as well as a total decrease of 5,5% in the nine-month period.

In any case, the data of the last quarter of the year are expected with great interest as they will reveal the annual total loss that the port will have due to the consequences of the pandemic, as well as the dynamics that Piraeus maintains in relation to other rival Mediterranean ports.

Grandi Navi Veloci Suspended the RoPax Link between Civitavecchia and Palermo

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GNV has suspended the ropax link between the ports of Civitavecchia and the Sicily island (i.e. ports of Palermo and Termini Imerese) after the ‘port of Rome’ increased port dues applied to roro and passenger traffics, embarked and disembarked.

The decision (which seems to be still reviewable) was taken by the port authority of Civitavecchia in order to balance the financial losses coming after the Covid emergency which cancelled all the cruise season and most of the ferry traffic this year.

The dockworkers company protested against the new increased port dues warning that several shipowners (Grandi Navi Veloci and Grimaldi for the news cars handling) are already thinking to move their ships to other ports in Italy.

The MSC-controlled ferry company will go on serving the line between Sicily and Central-Southern Italy through the port of Naples.


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A New Ferry Company? Morocco Cruise Line

Suddenly a new ferry project pops up. Morocco Cruise Line got the authorization to start the transportation of passengers last July, from the Moroccan Minister of Development (source: Bladi.es)

The route will be Sète – Tanger, and also the port of Motril could be used.

Freight could already start end of this year.

Which ship(s) is currently unknown.


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Modern Batteries Meet Veteran Ferry

Batteries have been installed on WASA EXPRESS (1981, ex TRAVEMÜNDE, SALLY STAR…). In a black out they can supply energy to the most important pumps on board. This means that WASA EXPRESS now can sail with only one generator, instead of two.

Wasa Express is probably the first passenger ferry in the world where such a back-up solution for critical pumps has been installed. The solution designed by the innovation company eMarine Engineering Nordic Ab means that Wasa Express saves 25 tonnes of fuel (approx. 80 tonnes of CO2) per month.


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Tallink CEO: Tallink Alone Can Not Subsidize Estonian Export

Entrepreneurs are blaming Tallink for a sudden hike in export prices and have said they deal a blow to industries across Estonia. Tallink Group CEO Paavo Nõgene said the price increase is temporary and due to travel restrictions as the shipping line has to stay afloat.


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Stena Line has announced that STENA EMBLA, the last of its three new ferries destined for the Irish Sea, has successfully completed its sea trials in China’s Yellow Sea.

She will arrive home around Christmas, in time to start operating on the Belfast to Birkenhead route in early 2021, alongside sister ship STENA EDDA.

The new vessel replaces the STENA MERSEY, which has successfully operated on the Belfast to Birkenhead route for 10 years. She will then head off to join sister ship STENA LAGAN in Turkey where both ships are being extended, before re-deployment on the Baltic Sea.

Ferguson is investing more than £500,000 in a new tower crane to support the future growth of the business.

The existing tower crane, which has stood in the shipyard for 37 years, has reached the end of its serviceable life and is being demolished to make way for a bigger and better version.

VIKING XPRS now utilizes shore power in Tallinn.

Project in cooperation with ABB Industrial Automation.

PRIDE OF BRUGES has left the Zeebrugge-Hull route to stand in for PRIDE OF HULL on Europoort-Hull. Reason: an engine room fire on PRIDE OF HULL. The fire broke out shortly after the ship set sail from Hull at 8.30pm on 20 October en route to Rotterdam.

FRS took over the traditional Elbe ferry Glückstadt – Wischhafen on October 21, 2020

Ms Both-Walberg, who had been managing the family-run shipping company in the third generation, handed over the steering wheel to FRS on board the ferry GLÜCKSTADT. As a family-run company with more than 150 years of company history, FRS is taking over from the northern German ferry line.

From left to right: Birte Dettmers and Tim Kunstmann (FRS), and Ms Both-Walberg