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ESPO Says Higher Ambitions are Needed for Reducing GHG Emissions from Shipping

On 17 November, the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC75) gave preliminary approval to the compromise agreement for the package of technical and operational measures to address greenhouse gas emissions from ships in the short run.

The agreed package combines the introduction of:

  • EEXI, Energy Efficiency Existing Ships Index
  • CII, Carbon Intensity Indicators operational measure
  • Carbon Intensity rating mechanism
  • the strengthening of the Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP) framework.

ESPO, the European Sea Ports Organisation, sees the agreement as a first step.

ESPO however believes that the 2018 IMO CO2 target is possibly not ambitious enough in light of the European Green Deal objective of no net emissions of greenhouse gases in 2050, and the higher EU targets for 2030.

Interferry GHG Data Survey Bids for Fair Application of IMO Proposals

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Interferry is conducting a major energy efficiency data survey among members to ensure that existing ferries can comply with short-term greenhouse gas emissions measures agreed in principle at last week’s meeting of the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee.

Subject to final approval at next June’s MEPC meeting, by 2023 existing ships must achieve new pre-defined energy efficiency values in an initial step towards the 2030 target of a 40% improvement compared with 2008 values – or lose their licence to operate.

Interferry’s survey aims to reconcile the diversity of ferry operations within sector-specific adaptations to the regulatory instrument, the Energy Efficiency Existing Ships Index (EEXI).  In this regard, one of Interferry’s main objectives is that true CO2 reductions through historic and future measures carried out by ferry operators are fully credited in the regulation.


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How Jadrolinija is Looking to the Future

Jadrolinija’s David Sopta tells Justin Merrigan how Croatia’s national ferry line is steering a steady course.

Buquebus Looks at Hydrogen

The company TCI Gecomp will develop the strategy of incorporating hydrogen as a fuel in the operation of the Argentinian-Uruguayan shipping company.

Millions to Compensate for the Cancelled Order

The companies Ansgar / Finferries are suing the provincial government of Åland for just over €10.5 million after the province cancelled the order for the electric hybrid ferry.

Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited has completed planned operational improvement works at Oban Ferry Terminal which were designed to improve passenger safety at the harbour. (Source: CMAL)

The Government of Finland approved a state guarantee of up to EUR 90 million for a EUR 100 million loan to Tallink Silja Oy, a subsidiary of AS Tallink Grupp.

Brittany Ferries has ended the charter of KERRY (part of the Stena RoRo fleet). On 24/11 the vessel started a new charter for DFDS on the Kiel – Klaipeda route.

SAOS Ferries’ small ropax SAONISOS will eventually be introduced in the Inter-Cycladic service, according to the recent published results (Ministry of Shipping) for the public service lines. Currently, the ship is undergoing repairs while she will be dry-docked from 23 to 29 November. Then she will enter service on the following lines:

  • Syros-Tinos-Andros-Karystos
  • Syros-Kythnos-Kea-Lavrion
  • Syros-Paros-Naxos-Donousa-Aigiali-Katapola-Koufonissi-Schoinoussa-Iraklia-Naxos-Paros-Syros
  • Syros-Paros-Naxos-Folegandros-Sikinos-Ios-Thirassia-Thira-Anafi

SCANDIA SEAWAYS, the sixth Jinling newbuilding for DFDS is going on sea trial on 15 December 2020. Delivery early January.

Corsica Linea concludes this difficult year 2020 with some brighter colours, by hiring 40 extra seafarers as from 1 December 2020: 15 fifteen officers, crew, mechanics and electricians. The ships fly the French flag (first register).

The former Minoan Lines’ floating palace N. KAZANTZAKIS (now METROPOLIS) was sold for scrap in India (Alang). The 48-year-old vessel was laid up in Hong Kong for the past five years and was in a very poor condition. She has been renamed ROPOLIS and re-registered at Saint Kitts and Nevis.

A technical malfunction was the immediate cause of the grounding of Viking Line’s ropax ferry AMORELLA – investigation by Safety Investigation Authority, Finland, is ongoing. (intermediate report)

The Sylt ferries RÖMÖEXPRESS and SYLTEXPRESS appear in a new, modern design: the classic blue and white livery became a dynamic red and white. With the new color design and a change of name to “FRS Syltfähre GmbH & Co. KG”, the Sylt ferries proudly show that they belong to the FRS family.

Molslinjen’s Fanølinjen is planning a major upgrade of the ferry terminal in Esbjerg. The port will be prepared in anticipation of the arrival of the electric ferry in autumn 2020.

Molslinjen puts four high-speed ferries between Jutland and Zealand in the Christmas traffic. All four fast ferries will be equipped with brand new corona shielding between the seats. “UV-canons” will help to purify the air from the A/C. According to the manufacturer, the powerful UV rays remove at least 80% of all bacteria and viruses in the air.