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Pre-Brexit, Pre-1999 Return Of The Irish Sea?

On 24 May 2021, Stena Line is bringing its new vessel STENA ESTRID back to its key Holyhead – Dublin route (after it sailed between Rosslare and Cherbourg).

STENA HORIZON will again operate alongside STENA FORETELLER on Rosslare – Cherbourg.

The ships had swapped due to increased freight demand on direct routes to France and low travel volumes between Holyhead and Dublin.

The end of lockdowns have resulted in increased freight volumes and a high demand for travel between Ireland and Britain.

Added bonus: duty free (which is now possible because of Brexit after it was abolished in 1999).

STENA ESTRID will provide two daily return crossings each way between Holyhead and Dublin. Where it is expected that onboard Duty-Free sales, now available after Brexit, will become very popular.

The DFDS roro vessel ARK DANIA has left the France-Ireland route. She was the only vessel used for non-accompanied freight. The roro had been introduced on the route in April as 4th ship.

CLdN is about to add tonnage to its Continent – Ireland routes: ALF POLLAK (photo) and CADENA 3.

Sicily Region’s Regional Fleet Renovation To Start With Two New Ropax Ships

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Regione Siciliana launched a public procedure aimed at building and providing a pair of ropax ships in 900 days.

  • Tender price of EUR 130 million.
  • Based on the Naos Design P364 project
  • Dual-fuel diesel electric
  • 900 lane metres and 1,000 passengers capacity, 105 cabins
  • Deadline for submitting offers is 29 June 2021.

The first ships are expected to enter into service before the end of 2024 and are likely to be operated by the former regional ferry company Siremar which is today jointly controlled by Caronte & Tourist and Liberty Lines.

CÔTE D’OPALE delivered to DFDS

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Ropax vessel CÔTE D’OPALE –the fifth E-Flexer vessel from the Chinese shipyard CMI Jinling (Weihai) – was delivered on 17 May 2021.

  • The 214.5m ship will become the longest ferry operating in the English Channel
  • Capacity: 3100 lane meters + 120 cars, 1000 passengers
  • Long-term chartered by DFDS for Calais-Dover

Travelling By Ferry In Greece (Summer 2021)

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On 14 May 2021, the Greek Minister of Shipping and Island Policy announced the revised health protocols concerning the transports by ferry in view of the summer season 2021. More specific:

  • The capacity of ferries with cabins increased to 85%
  • The capacity of ferries without cabins increased to 80%
  • The capacity of the High-Speed Crafts that have special filters increased to 80% as well

Furthermore, passengers that wishing to travel by ferry should have:

  • either a vaccination certificate (14 days after the second dose)
  • a 72-hour PCR test or a 24-hour rapid test or a 24-hour self-test or a certificate of illness (2 months after disease and up to 9 months)
  • all domestic and foreign travelers, over the age of 5, are obliged to carry these special documents
  • the ferry companies will carry out all the necessary control checks on the documents mentioned

Estonia Is Changing The Financing Of The Construction Of A New Ferry

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In order to develop the ferry connection between the Estonian islands and the mainland, the Estonian state plans to purchase an additional ferry.

According to the initial plan, the ship was to be ordered through AS Tallinna Sadam subsidiary TS Laevad OÜ, but now it is planned to order it through the Transport Administration in order to seize the opportunity to use the modernization fund and CO2 trading revenue to finance the shipbuilding.


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EQT, Molslinjen’s Private Equity Fund Owner Considers Merger With Torghatten

Last year EQT announced the purchase of Danish Molslinjen and a few weeks later Norwegian Torghatten.

The Swedish private equity fund will create a leading ferry company in the Nordic region and is ready to invest several billions of kroner.

The plans may include a merger between Molslinjen and Torghatten, the partner told ShippingWatch.


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First Call Of TRANSFIGHTER For Wallenius SOL

18-19 May 2021: TRANSFIGHTER called in Antwerp and Zeebrugge for the first time as sixth Wallenius SOL ship.

THE VESSEL is deployed in a bi-weekly service on the Oulu – Kokkola – Antwerp – Zeebrugge leg while also adding Port of Rauma as loading port.

Gozo Ferries’ High-Speed Crafts Arrived In Valletta

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On May 14, 2021 the two High Speed Crafts of Gozo Fast Ferry arrived as deck cargo in Valletta, coming from Singapore.

  • The 2018-built vessels will be introduced on the Valletta-Gozo line as from 1 June 2021
  • The Incat Crowther 39m ships have a capacity of 300 passengers
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  • The specific investment reached EUR 10 million
  • Gozo Fast Ferry is the second ferry company -after Virtu Ferries- that requested a license to operate ships on the above line.