Grandi Navi Veloci Starts A New Adventure In Spain

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Now it is official: GNV joins the competition on the routes to the Balearic Islands.

Start: beginning of July


  • Barcelona – Palma de Mallorca – Ibiza
  • Valencia – Palma de Mallorca – Ibiza
  • Palma de Mallorca – Ibiza


  • GNV SEALAND (2009) ex SCOTTISH VIKING / 2,255 lane metre / 195 cars / 880 pax
  • GNV BRIDGE (2021) 2,564 lane metre / 1,000 pax

On April 15, Grimaldi announced the entrance of the same market through acquisition and cooperation with Armas Trasmediterranea.

Tirrenia, Grimaldi And Grandi Navi Veloci Will Jointly Operate Civitavecchia – Olbia

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Three of the main players active on the local ferry market will cooperate to provide regular maritime links between Sardinia (Olbia) and mainland Italy (Civitavecchia) under the next maritime continuity scheme.

Following a dedicated tender launched earlier this year, the transport ministry accepted the proposal received by Tirrenia Cin, Grimaldi Group and Grandi Navi Veloci which decided to share the losses expected for the winter period (from October to May) but in change they will be the only three operators authorized to serve the same link during the summer season.

More specifically Compagnia Italiana di Navigazione (Moby group) will be the company which operates the route from October to May.

RoRo Capacity Continent – Ireland Continues To Increase

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Last week Grimaldi announced the start of an Antwerp – Cork roro feeder service.

Now CLdN says it will increase sailings between the Continent and Ireland, from eight to ten in each direction, on a weekly basis.

  • When: probably as from week 20
  • Routes: Zeebrugge / Rotterdam / Dublin
  • Ship 1: the 2,600 lane metre CADENA 3, currently being repaired in Rotterdam
  • Ship 2: a 4,000-lane-metre ship coming from the Med
  • Why: strong demand from customers + prepare the way for the introduction of further new builds arriving in Q4 2021 (LNG-powered)

LNG RoPax (Ex-) HONFLEUR To Be Ready in Q3

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In its annual report, SIEM Industries says that, “RoPax HONFLEUR is expected to be delivered in the third quarter this year. The intention is to sell the vessel or charter it out long-term. There appears to be good demand for vessels of the HONFLEUR’s specification.”

SIEM Industries owns the ferry which was initially ordered by Brittany Ferries but then rejected after the long delays and the trouble at the FSG Shipyard. The vessel was used as part of the settlement of the Company’s historic involvement with the yard.

The vessel is currently under construction at Fosen.

Sea Lines Sells To Cenk Group

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Åland-based Sea Lines stops operating in the Black Sea.

  • Vessel SEA PARTNER (1978) was sold to competitor Cenk Group and renamed CENK T. [MarineTraffic]
  • Sea Lines route Karasu (Turkey) and Chornomorsk (Ukraine) suspended. [announcement website Sea Lines]
  • Sea Lines was founded in 2012 by the Eklund family, with Stena as partner until 2016.
  • “We have very good liquidity and are looking at several opportunities, mainly at home but also away,” says CEO Joe Lindblom to local media. [Sjö]

Seajets Purchase 4 Vessels From Golden Star Ferries

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On April 29, 2021, it was confirmed that Seajets agreed to purchase 4 vessels from Golden Star Ferries:

  • 3 high-speed crafts (SUPERRUNNER, SUPERCAT, SUPERSPEED)
  • 1 conventional ferry SUPERFERRY II (photo)
  • The highspeed crafts will be delivered directly, while SUPERFERRY II will be delivered in October after the end of the summer season.
  • When the deal is completed, Seajets will own 22 vessels (18 high-speed crafts, 4 conventional ferries).


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DFDS Awarded Tender To Operate New Duty-Free Shop In Calais

DFDS has since 1 January 2021, in accordance with the new Brexit trade agreement, offered duty-free sales on board its four ropax routes connecting the UK and the EU.

Following a tender, DFDS has been awarded the right to operate a new duty-free shore-based shop in the Port of Calais. The 1,000 m2 shop is expected to open in October 2021.

In the Dunkirk port terminal, operated by DFDS, a shore-based duty-free shop of 700 m2 is expected to open in July 2021. Both shops will provide convenient access for cars.

It is expected that the new shops will attract new travellers for day trips to the Hauts-de- France region once travel restrictions are eased.

DFDS expects to replace CALAIS SEAWAYS with COTE D’OPALE this summer on the Dover-Calais route. The new ferry will feature a 1,100 m2 duty-free shop.

“Welcome Tallink Silja!” Says Port Of Ystad

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In July, SILJA SYMPHONY will call Port of Ystad on a domestic cruise, combining Stockholm with Visby on the island of Gotland – and the scenic city of Ystad with surroundings. This is possible thanks to the investment in two new berths in the outer port, opened this year. The vessel will call berth no. 7 and passengers will participate in excursions or visit on their own.