Interesting Story Of A Local Scottish Community, Eager To Buy A Catamaran

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The “Mull & Iona Ferry Committee” is a group representing the users of Scottish lifeline ferry services.

They have been working hard to convince CMAL and Transport Scotland to investigate a soon available catamaran (under construction) and buy it for the Craignure-Oban service.

However, the vessel needs be approved by the Maritime Coastguard Agency. And that creates a problem. Transport Scotland ‘lack sufficient confidence’ that the catamaran on offer will gain approval from MCA, and so they will not negotiate a purchase.

On the other side, the sellers insist that it can pass the MCA, but the only way to ultimately find out is put it through formal assessment.

The users’ committee successfully launched a crowdfunding campaign to pay for the MCA approval study.


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KVSA And DFDS Prolong Their Long-Term Relationship

After a very successful collaboration lasting more than 25 years, maritime & logistics company KVSA and ferry operator DFDS have recently signed a new commercial agreement, spanning the next 10 years at the Felison passenger terminal in the Port of Ijmuiden, Netherlands.

The IJmuiden – Newcastle ferry route has been very fortunate to experience a growing demand in both passenger and freight volumes in recent years, however in February 2020 passenger traffic was severely reduced due to Covid19.

Freight volumes however continued to grow and DFDS are now preparing for the ‘soon to be expected’ return of passenger traffic on the IJmuiden – Newcastle route.

In the renewed partnership, KVSA will continue to service DFDS as landlord of the passenger-terminal and provide daily professional stowage and loading of the 2 DFDS vessels, KING SEAWAYS and PRINCESS SEAWAYS.

Both parties are very much looking forward to a successful continuation of our enduring partnership and we look forward to coming back stronger together, when business returns to normal again.

Piraeus Port Wins The Fourth Place In Container Handling In 2020

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According to the Port Economics report, 5.437 million containers were handled from the port of Piraeus during 2020, while 5.415 million TEU from the port of Valencia.

The first three places are traditionally occupied by the port of Rotterdam (14.349 million TEU), the port of Antwerp (12.023 million TEU) and the port of Hamburg (8.52 million TEU). The top 15 ports in Europe handled 76.8 million TEU in 2020, a number reduced by 2.8% compared to 2019.

“Destination Rügen – Cruise & Ferry e.V.” Promotes Ship Travel To Rügen

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The aim of the association is to improve the tourist potential of Rügen and to make the neighboring tourist regions more accessible to ferry and cruise.

In a press release, the association writes that Mukran and Sassnitz are two high-performance ports which are scoring this year as new gateways for tourism on the island of Rügen.

“Mukran Port is virtually predestined as an industrial port with the fastest catamaran connection for travel between Sweden and Germany, especially for day trips to Ystad. After a longer time out due to Corona, regular excursions to the Danish island of Bornholm will now take place again starting April.”

“From the lovely city port of Sassnitz, further attractions as well as the spectacular natural landscape of Rügen can be reached via short distances.”


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On 1 February 2020 Stena Line opened a new ferry route between Halmstad and Grenaa (instead of Varberg – Grenaa). After a challenging first year with COVID-19 Stena Line confirms it was the right decision. Freight volumes increased by 15 %, exceeded expectations on the new route.

Intesa Sanpaolo has concluded a loan of approximately € 37 million in favour of the Grimaldi Group for the purchase of the ECO LIVORNO.

On March 6, 2021 ANEN lines’ THEOFILOS (1974) was transferred to Salamina (Spanopoulos yards) following the expiration of her stay at Elefsis bay by the Port Authority of Elefsina. According to the latest information, the old German-built veteran will probably undergo some final sealing repairs before she leaves Greece for the scrapyard of Aliaga (Turkey).

In 2019 Stena RoRo purchased the ferry YAMATO from the Japanese shipping company Hankyu Ferry. The vessel was going to be rebuilt at a shipyard in Greece, after which it would be chartered out. Rumour had it that Corsica Ferries was interested.

However, the vessel stayed in Asia and has now eventually been sold to a Philippines-based owner.

CLdN’s UNDINE, normally active on Vlissingen – Purfleet / Dagenham has arrived in Zeebrugge for lay-up. Reason unknown.

Blue Star Ferries’ BLUE STAR 1 to be chartered out to Irish Ferries? That is a possibility according to Greek sources.

The “Papenburger” ferry RAHAL is on its way to Alang, to be scrapped.

She was the fourth in a series of six near-identical sisters built between 1970 and 1974 for Rederi Ab Sally and Rederi AB Slite for use in Viking Line traffic.

(fakta om fartyg) (photo: Suez Shipyard)