Ferry Companies Ask the Italian Government to Remove the 50% Passengers Capacity Limit

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Italian shipowners’ association Assarmatori, together with the association of the small municipalities located on the islands, asked the Italian government to remove the 50% passenger capacity.

It limits tourism and negatively impacts the revenues of the companies involved in the business. They argue that air and rail transport modes are not limited with the same conditions.

They also underline that all the safety protocols aimed at reducing the spreading of Covid-19 would remain, before embarking and during the journey at sea.

New Islay Ferry

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The procurement of a new ferry to help support the community and economy on Islay is officially underway, says Transport Scotland.

The first stage of the tender process will assess if interested shipyards meet the technical and financial criteria to take on the project.

The Invitation To Tender is expected to be issued later this summer with a view to awarding the contract, with an estimated value of around £50m, in March 2022.

Fjord1 returns to Tersan for Two More Ferries

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Tersan signed a contract with Norway’s Fjord1 ASA for the construction of two environmentally friendly vehicle and passenger ferries.

  • To be delivered in Q2, 2023
  • Designed by HAV Design firm
  • Length 84 metres / 248 people including crew / 80 cars / 6 trucks.
  • Fast charging of batteries during port call
  • Able to operate in all-electric mode, hybrid mode and diesel-electric mode
  • Routes: Stranda – Liabygda (NB1113) and Eidsdal – Linge (NB1114)
  • NB1113 and NB1114 will be the 8th and 9th ferry that Tersan will build for Fjord1

Digital Health Statement for Ferry Passengers

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According to the Hellenic Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Insular Policy, from June 10, 2021, passengers wishing to travel by ferry will be able to make their health statement digitally, in order to avoid overcrowding in the ports and make the embarkation process faster.

  • The digital health statement can be found on the official website of the Ministry of Shipping.
  • Citizens who have been vaccinated do not need to have a rapid test or self-test but carry their vaccination certificate.
  • The capacity of ferries with cabins remains at 85% and at 80% for those without cabins.

Hellenic Highspeed Crafts That Will Enter Service This Month

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Summer season 2021 has already opened for the Hellenic High-Speed Crafts. The new entries are:

Minoan Lines HSC SANTORINI PALACE will be introduced on the Heraklion-Santorini-Naxos-Paros-Mykonos-Syros-Piraeus line on June 12, 2021. The ship will depart every morning at 9:00 except Wednesdays.

Hellenic Seaways’ HSC FLYING CAT 3 will be introduced on the Rafina-Tinos-Mykonos-Naxos (and vice versa) line on June 18, 2021. The ship will depart every morning at 7:45.

Hellenic Seaways’ HSC HIGHSPEED 4 will be introduced on the Piraeus-Paros-Naxos-Koufonisi-Katapola line on July 2, 2021. The upgraded ship will depart every morning at 9:30 except Wednesdays.

CMAL Awards a Contract for the Concept Design of an Emissions-Free Ferry.

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  • Scottish-led HySeas III project aims to build Europe’s first ferry powered by hydrogen fuel cells.
  • The contract has been awarded to Aqualisbraemar LOC Group by Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL), one of the partners in the EU-funded HySeas III programme.
  • The plan is to demonstrate that hydrogen fuel cells can be successfully integrated with a marine hybrid electric drive system, along with the hydrogen storage and bunkering arrangements.
  • Fuel cells of this type are currently used in road transport and can be found in hundreds of hydrogen-fuelled buses across Europe.
  • The HySeas III project will develop, construct, test and validate data in a full-sized drive train, the group of components that make up a motor vehicle, on land.
  • If successful, it will pave the way for the first seagoing vessel that uses this fuel technology.

Successful Sea Trials AURORA BOTNIA

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Ropax ferry AURORA BOTNIA, which will operate on the route between the Finnish city of Vaasa and the Swedish city of Umeå, completed its first sea trial last weekend.

She will be the first ropax in the world with a Clean Design class notation.

In practice, this means that the ship has been designed and built to significantly exceed the requirements of the MARPOL Convention.

The ship’s main engines operate primarily on LNG. In the future, the ship can be powered by biogas. In addition to the fuel solution, AURORA BOTNIA has an electric power system that can be used when operating to and from ports.

“Our goal is to be a pioneer in environmentally sustainable technology in shipbuilding. Our ship for Wasaline is a prime example of what we can achieve by combining years of experience from building dozens of previous ships with the latest innovations. We are grateful to the customer for the opportunity to build such a great vessel,” says Jyrki Heinimaa, CEO and President of Rauma Marine Constructions.

BC Ferries’ Fourth Island Class Ferry Departs Romania

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Following the departure of BC Ferries’ third Island Class ship in May, a fourth Island Class ferry has begun the journey from Damen Shipyards Galati in Romania to Victoria, B.C.

Depending on weather, it will take approximately 60 days for the yet-to-be named ship to make the transatlantic voyage under its own power. (10,700 nautical miles)

The Island Class is a hybrid diesel-electric ferry with a number of key features that support BC Ferries’ Clean Futures Plan and the company’s goal to be efficient and environmentally responsible throughout its system.