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Stena Line’s Newest Ship Debuts on Rosslare-Cherbourg instead of Belfast-Liverpool

Stena Line’s brand-new STENA EMBLA will make its Irish Sea debut on the Rosslare-Cherbourg service.  Originally scheduled for service on the Belfast-Liverpool route, due to the current Brexit related shift for direct routes and increasing customer demand, Stena Line has decided to temporarily deploy her on Rosslare-Cherbourg.

The first sailing will be from Rosslare on 14 January 2021.

STENA EMBLA will make three weekly return trips between Rosslare and Cherbourg, which alongside the STENA FORETELLER will see Stena Line operate 12 crossing per week between Ireland and the Continent.

Ferry Shipping News understands that route vessel STENA HORIZON needs maintenance. If she will return on the route is so far unclear.

Stockpiling Boosted DFDS December Freight Figures

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DFDS December volume report: Freight up 28% boosted by stockbuilding ahead of brexit

  • Freight lane metres (,000):
  • December 3,594 (2,810) = +28%
  • Full year 40,886 (41,280)= -1.0%
  • Passenger (,000):
  • December 78 (370)= -79.0%
  • Full year 1,498 (5,116)= -70.7%

North Sea volumes were boosted by stockbuilding ahead of Brexit, especially on the routes between Netherlands and the UK but also between Sweden and the UK.

Volumes on the English Channel were likewise boosted by the stockbuilding.

Baltic Sea volumes were above 2019 adjusted for the closure of the Paldiski-Hanko route.

Mediterranean volumes were above 2019 driven by higher volumes on all main corridors.

Tender for a New Cyprus – Greece RoPax Ferry Link Presented to the Italian Shipping Cluster

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The Italian-Cypriot Chamber of Commerce organized earlier this week a “Smart Talk” with Vassilios Demetriades, Shipping Deputy Minister of the Republic of Cyprus, focused on the tender for the establishment of a maritime link between Cyprus and Greece, which has the submission deadline on 29 January 2021.

The link will be subsidised for three plus three years for a total amount of EUR 30 million (15 million for each period) as it was considered a “service of general economic interest”.

The passenger maritime link between Cyprus and Greece under public obligation will have to link the port of Limassol or Larnaka and the port of Piraeus (terminal of Keratsini) with the possibility to introduce an intermediate stop at one Greek island on its way to the final destination.

The service will have to be performed with a ropax vessel, EU-flagged and compliant with all international, community and national rules and regulations in respect of safety and environmental issues.

Tirrenia Cin redelivered MASSIMO MURA and Grendi charters-in WEDELLSBORG

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Tirrenia Cin has redelivered the roro MASSIMO MURA which has been operated in bare boat charter from CLdN for the last four years.

There was a purchase option which has not been exercised.

The vessel is currently moored in Catania waiting for instructions.

In this same week, Grendi Trasporti Marittimi also confirmed that the CLdN roro unit SEVERINE will be redelivered next week after a 12-month charter.

She will be replaced by WEDELLSBORG, to be deployed  on the Sardinia (Cagliari and Porto Torres) and Tuscany (Marina di Carrara) link.


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The next Stena RoRo ship to join Brittany Ferries’ fleet will be called SALAMANCA.

The launch ceremony took place on 6 January 2021 at the CMJL shipyard in Weihai, China. She is the second of three E-Flexer class ships ordered by Brittany Ferries.

Both SALAMANCA (2022) and SANTOÑA (2023) will be powered by LNG and will serve the company’s long-distance routes connecting the UK with Spain.

The facilities for storing LNG will be supplied by Repsol in Spain. Under the terms of the agreement, the fuel company will build two quayside LNG bunkering terminals in the ports of Santander and Bilbao, including a 1,000 m3 storage tank to ensure uninterrupted supply.

Wasaline Is Looking Forward to New Ship with more Cargo Capacity

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2020, a challenging year for Wasaline, with many positive signs, despite of covid-19

  • Turnover -46.4%
  • Turnover for passenger traffic -72.7% due to travel restrictions
  • Turnover of cargo +7.5% – 2020 was a record year (+26% since 2013)
  • Average ton price of fuel -36.1% in 2020
  • Total fuel saving 3.2%
  • Departures -1.2% (816)

“Despite all the challenges we have with Covid-19, I look forward to 2021. With a steady increase on the cargo side, we see that the new vessel with greater cargo capacity is needed. With the extensive savings programs we have managed to keep the economy at a

satisfactory level. We would like to extend a big thank you to all our cargo customers and to all staff who do an outstanding job daily of reviewing all costs and ensuring that emergency traffic works smoothly across Kvarken “, says Peter Ståhlberg, CEO of Wasaline.

Contract Awarded For New Gourock Ferry Concept Design

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Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL) has awarded a contract to international design and engineering firm BMT to provide consultancy services for the concept design of a new passenger ferry for the Gourock, Dunoon and Kilcreggan routes.

The new ferry will be designed to replace the vessels currently operated on the routes by CalMac.

The £155,000 contract is part of the Gourock Harbour Infrastructure & Vessels Project, which is a partnership between Transport Scotland, CMAL, CalMac and Argyll and Bute Council.  The project covers the redevelopment of Gourock Ferry Terminal and works to the harbour infrastructures at Dunoon and Kilcreggan, as well as the delivery of new passenger-only vessels.

When complete, it will provide a modern, reliable and resilient lifeline passenger ferry service between the terminals at Gourock, Dunoon and Kilcreggan.

With a strong focus on reducing the environmental footprint, BMT and CMAL will investigate and evaluate the application of energy efficiency solutions to make the new vessel design more sustainable while still offering the high level of safety and reliability expected from a lifeline ferry service.

A New French Ferry for Yeu Islandar

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Stirling Design International and Piriou Shipyard designed a new coastal ferry vessel for public transportation towards French “Yeu” island (south of Saint-Nazaire).

The ship is to be built in Saint-Nazaire and Concarneau (France) and delivered in 2022.

To be named INSULA OYA III, she will replace the almost 40-year old  INSULA OYA II (MarineTraffic)

Length: 55m / Width: 13m / Draft: 2m35 / steel hull and aluminium superstructure / 391 pax / enclosed car deck for 12 cars and 4 motorcycles.

Operator: https://www.yeu-continent.fr/  (455,164 passengers in 2019)

Viking Line Concludes a Challenging Year

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Due to the pandemic, Viking Line’s business environment was extremely unfavorable, with enormous economic consequences for the shipping company.

  • Only 4 of Viking Line’s 7 vessels were in regular service during the year
  • -70% passengers = 1.9 million (6.3)
  • -6.1% cargo units = 125,693 (133,940)
  • High levels of freight on Turku–Mariehamn–Stockholm and Helsinki–Tallinn routes.
  • Also good news: In autumn, Viking Line’s new, climate-smart vessel VIKING GLORY will be delivered and is already attracting great interest.