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Scotland: New “Freight Plus Ferries” For Northern Isles?

Transport Scotland is looking at new replacement “freight plus” vessels for the Northern Isles ferry route. Emphasis would be on freight, but there should be extra space for passengers to help with capacity in peak times and dry dock periods.

Some elements:

  • 40% more lane metres than on HELLIAR and HILDASAY (1k)
  • 200 pax in 60 cabins + pods + reclining seats
  • Faster: crossing 10h instead of 14
  • Dual fuel LNG
  • Business case could potentially be approved by the middle of 2022, with a nine-month tendering process then taking place.
  • The construction period then could take 27 to 30 months.


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TS Laevad Lowers Fuel Consumption By 6%

Blueflow Energy Management” is being implemented onboard the four LMG-Marin-designed LMG 150-DEH ferries.

TS Laevad operates these vessels, ensuring lifeline ferry services to Saaremaa and Hiiumaa islands in Estonia.

A 6% savings in fuel consumption is being monitored.

Port Of Brindisi Confirms That GOLDEN BRIDGE Will Serve The Igoumenitsa-Corfu- Brindisi Line In 2021

According to the Port of Brindisi, GOLDEN BRIDGE of A-Ships Management will serve the Brindisi-Corfu-Igoumenitsa line for the summer season 2021.

The large ship was introduced on the above line in July 2020 and operates four weekly sailings.

Anek Lines’ KRITI I Entered Service On The Piraeus-Heraklion Line

On March 22, 2021, Anek Lines’ KRITI I (1979) entered service on the Piraeus-Heraklion Line after many months of inactivity. The large RoPax ferry underwent her dry docking from March 18 to March 21, 2021 and will operate along NISSOS RODOS (Hellenic Seaways).

Photo: Kostas Papadopoulos

PRIDE OF YORK and PRIDE OF BRUGES To GNV? Unconfirmed Rumour

Grandi Navi Veloci is rumoured to be next owner of the 1975-built ferries PRIDE OF YORK and PRIDE OF BRUGES. The company declined to comment upon a request coming from Ferry Shipping News, but several sources report that the mentioned vessels are “very likely” to be purchased by the Gianluigi Aponte-controlled firm.

P&O Ferries denied.


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BLUE STAR 1 Soon Ready For Irish Sea

There were rumours that ropax ferry BLUE STAR 1 would soon exchange Greek for Irish Sea  waters, on charter to Irish Ferries. It has not been confirmed yet, but we believe these pictures say enough.

Thank you Christos Chatzaras for the great drone shots.