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“Will we have the right interaction between ports and ferries?”

Watch our fascinating webinar again on YouTube and hear what our experts said during our 4th online event (and more to come).

Results of the Poll Questions

Most ports are currently adequately equipped to deal with increasingly large roro ships

  • No: 72%

Governments should help ports to prepare for new fuel technologies

  • Yes: 91%

As vessel size grows, we will see an increased emphasis on hub ports and a decline of secondary ports

  • Yes: 64%

Just-in-time cargo flows are the preferred solution for industries

  • Yes: 67%

Roro ships need more standardisation of access ramps

  • Yes: 64%

Governments should invest more in ports and infrastructure

  • Yes: 91%

Intermodal helps to cope with the shortage of truckers

  • Yes: 72%


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Ponte Ferries: New Competitor on Malta-Sicily

A new fast ferry service between Malta and Sicily will be introduced next summer with the former Fred. Olsen Express catamaran BONANZA EXPRESS, renamed HSC ARTEMIS.

The new joint venture will be a competitor to the existing operator, Virtu Ferries.

Ponte Ferries will operate a catamaran between Grand Harbour, Valletta, and Augusta, Sicily.

Ponte Ferries is a joint venture between Magro Brothers Investments Ltd and Merill Invest Ltd, owned by entrepreneurs brothers Michael and Julian Zammit Tabona (Captain Morgan), and businessmen Mario Muscat and Fabio Muscat.

Photo: Ponte Ferries

Stena Line Doubles Frequency and Capacity on Rosslare – Cherbourg Route

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The ferry capacity on Continent – Ireland continues to grow.

Stena Line will add an additional freight-only vessel to its Rosslare to Cherbourg route from 4 January 2021, doubling the service to six times each way weekly.

The STENA FORETELLER will join the STENA HORIZON which already operates on the route.

STENA FORETELLER will provide an additional 3,000 lane metres of freight capacity per trip and can accommodate a mix of accompanied and unaccompanied traffic with onboard facilities for up to 12 freight drivers.

DFDS: Three Ships for Dunkerque-Rosslare & Baltic Reshuffle

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As announced earlier, DFDS starts a new ferry service on 2 January 2021, between Rosslare and Dunkerque.

The ships will be:

  • VISBY (chartered from Destination Gotland)
  • KERRY (chartered from Stena RoRo)
  • OPTIMA SEAWAYS (owned by DFDS, and currently operating on Karlshamn-Klaipeda, only for 1 month on new route)

In the Baltic:

  • PATRIA SEAWAYS will move from the Paldiski-Kapellskär route to replace OPTIMA SEAWAYS on the Karlshamn-Klaipeda route. There will be no changes to crewing or flag.
  • SIRENA SEAWAYS will be able to maintain the necessary capacity on Paldiski-Kapellskär for the expected volumes at the beginning of the new year.
  • OPTIMA SEAWAYS is planned to return to the Karlshamn-Klaipeda route, and PATRIA SEAWAYS to the Paldiski-Kapellskär route, end of January.

Samsø Rederi’s New High-Speed Ferry on its Way to Denmark

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Samsø Rederi’s new high-speed ferry HSC LILLEØRE has been delivered and she is ready to be transported by heavy lift from South China to Aarhus, where she will arrive in February. From April 2021 she will ply the waters between Dokk1 in Aarhus and Sælvig in Samsø.

  • Capacity: 296 passengers and 70 bicycles
  • Service speed: 29.5 knots.

The 35m HSC LILLEØRE is the result of a public tender process floated by OSK-ShipTech in 2018, won by AFAI Shipyard in Guangzhou (China) with an Incat Crowther Design.

OSK-ShipTech is also the designer of the new linkspans serving the vessel, which now can be seen in both Sælvig on Samsø and at Dokk1 in Aarhus.

Rendering © Samsø Rederi / Incat Crowther

EQT Infrastructure acquires Molslinjen

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Global investment organization EQT announced that EQT Infrastructure has acquired Molslinjen A/S from a group of shareholders led by Polaris.

Molslinjen is Denmark’s largest passenger ferry company with over 700 employees and 15 vessels serving over eight million people per year across nine routes, including connections to Sweden and Germany.

evenues of around DKK 1.9 billion in 2019.

Over the past decade, Molslinjen has reduced the CO2 emission per transported kg with over 60 percent. In the years to come, the Company will continue to invest in increased decarbonization of its ferry fleet and reduction of fossil fuel dependence. EQT Infrastructure is committed to supporting the Company’s transition to electrified ferries on selected routes and introducing renewable fuel sources for larger vessels.

Moreover, EQT Infrastructure will focus on customer service improvements, such as refitting of the vessel layout, increased departure frequency and higher passenger capacity on popular routes.

Kerkyra Seaway’s HERMES Will Enter Service in January 2021

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Kerkyra Seaways’s HERMES was transferred at Neos Molos (Drapetsona) in order to continue her refit/conversion. The vessel was purchased from Nankai Ferry (Japan) in October 2019 and arrived in Greece on 3 March 2020.

The pandemic delayed her conversion, which began in late May and continues to this day. HERMES is expected to enter service at the end of January 2021 and she will be probably introduced on the Corfu-Igoumenitsa line.

Photo: Spyros Roussos

Plaxiven Consulting’s New Acquisition HSC IRIS 1 Arrived in Greece

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The new acquisition of the Cypriot-based Plaxiven Consulting Ltd, HSC IRIS 1 arrived in Greece on 13 December 2020. The ship was purchased from South Korea and loaded on the general cargo ship ROLLDOCK SUN at the beginning of November 2020.

She was built in Norway in 1999 (Kvaerner Fjellstrand – Omastrand), while since 2012 she belonged to the South Korean Nam Hae Express as the GOHEUNG IRIS.

Plaxiven Consulting Ltd also owns the Japanese built CAT 1 (1994), whose conversion remains unfinished on Keratsini Pier since quite a long time.

IRIS 1 can carry 428 passengers and 52 cars, or 2 buses and 38 cars.

Tender for the Greece-Cyprus Subsidised Line

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29 January 2021 is the deadline for submitting bids for the new maritime-passenger connection between Cyprus and Greece.

The line will be subsidised by national funds. The previous line operated until 2000.

The tender was announced by the Cypriot Ministry of Shipping following the approval of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition in June 2020, which allowed the provision of national funds based on the fact that maritime passenger services between Cyprus and Greece are of General Financial Interest.

  • Subsidies: up to EUR 5 million per year.
  • Contract: 36 months
  • Starting: summer 2021.
  • Ports: Limassol or Larnaca -Piraeus (Keratsini Terminal)( possibly a stop at a Greek island of the choice of the contractor)
  • Requirements: 31 return sailings each year as follows: from May to September one return sailing weekly, from October to April a return sailing every two weeks and from November to March one return sailing per month.