STENA FLAVIA Inaugurates Ports of Stockholm’s Norvik Port RoRo Terminal

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Stena Line’s STENA FLAVIA was the first to call at the roro terminal of Stockholm Norvik Port (in Nynäshamn).

The arrival coincided with the opening of the gates to the new roro terminal, offering substantially greater capacity and growth opportunities for multiple shipping companies.

The new ferry terminal is an important part of Stena Lines expansion plans in the Baltic Sea that includes the deployment of two new modern ferries and 30 % additional freight capacity on the Nynäshamn-Ventspils route in 2021 (the lengthened ferries).

The Conviction of the “Collectivité de Corse” Cancelled

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The Council of State (“Conseil d’état”) overturned on November 6 the decision of the administrative court of appeal of Marseille which had condemned the Collectivity of Corsica to pay “a provision of 20 million euros” to Corsica Ferries for a loss because of unfair competition.

According to the decision of the Council of State, the judge of the administrative court of appeal of Marseille “committed an error of law” by ruling acceptable the request of Corsica Ferries for a provision of 30 million (but judge only accepted 20 million).

The Collectivité de Corse was ordered in 2017 to pay 84.3 million euros to Corsica Ferries in compensation for the damage resulting from the payment of subsidies to SNCM and CMN (2007-2013).

On appeal, the administrative court had however suspended the payment of compensation decided at first instance, specifying that the amount of this damage would be fixed after an expertise. In its order of June 4, 2020, the Administrative Court of Appeal specified that an expert report assessed an amount between 91.1 million euros and 100.3 million euros “the net profit of which the company Corsica Ferries has been denied”. An amount contested by the Collectivity of Corsica.


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Algérie Ferries announced, in French, the start of a new freight ferry line between Oran and Alicante.

The State-owned company also started a freight-only ferry service from Algiers to Marseille. This will also be interesting for the many Algerians who live in France but saw their vehicle blocked in Algeria because of the pandemic. The cars will be repatriated.

At this point the company does not foresee any ropax ferry crossings.

Cenk Group introduced roro vessel CENK G on the Haydarpaşa (opposite Istanbul) – Chernomorsk (Ukraine) route as of 6 November 2020. She is Grimaldi’s former EUROFERRY MALTA (MarineTraffic).

Molslinjen has decided to temporarily close down the route between Rønne and Sassnitz until Easter 2021 because of corona restrictions in both Denmark and Germany.

VIKING CINDERELLA will make 26 special cruises to four different destinations around the Baltic Sea in the summer of 2021. The mini cruises include three completely new destinations: Gdansk, Bornholm and the High Coast in Sweden (photo: Härnösand, Höga Kusten)

Steen Friis Hansen, the founder of Steen Friis Design, has passed away.

In 1998, Steen Friis founded Steen Friis Design which he took from a one-man company to a larger design studio and strong brand, where he and his team of architects and interior designers over the years contributed significantly to the ferry industry and passenger vessels.

In 2016, Steen Friis Design A/S joined OSK Group, when OSK-ShipTech A/S bought the company, which has specialised in ship interiors with clear references to the Scandinavian design tradition. One of his latest projects was the W.B. YEATS.


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ANTIGONI (Re-)Launched

On November 3, 2020, the Greek Elthom shipyard launched the fully upgraded ferry ANTIGONI of the Saronic Ferries consortium (Nova Ferries – 2Way ferries). The ship underwent extensive conversion, in order to be transformed into a closed type ferry and is expected to be introduced in the Saronic Gulf.

She was purchased in July 2020 from Edipsos Ferries and operated on the Edipsos-Arkitsa line as the POSEIDONAS. The ship was built in 2010 in Perama (Atsalaki shipyard), she is 735gt, 77,10 meters long and 17 meters wide. Her carrying capacity is for 590 passengers and 120 cars.

In the background is also seen the German-build NISSOS CHRISSI (ex-RUNGHOLT) of the Cretan Blue Cruises, which is also converted at the same shipyard.