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P&O Ferries now takes drivers on its Tilbury – Zeebrugge route. (24 sailings per week)

Godby Shipping AB is the proud owner of BALTIC BRIGHT since Monday 5 July 2021.

The delivery took place in Landskrona, Sweden after installation of Ballast Water Treatment System and other maintenance works.

Since 2020, it has been possible for Destination Gotland to bunker LNG / Biogas in the port of Nynäshamn (Stockholm). Now Destination Gotland’s vessels can also connect to the electricity grid.

Balearia’s fast ferry ELEANOR ROOSEVELT has been equipped with 40 free charging points for electric cars, in cooperation with two Asturian companies: Procinsa Energias Renovables SL and Efibat España.

After an extensive two-month overhaul at Remontowa, Gdansk, ARK FUTURA has rejoined the DFDS fleet. She operates the Fredericia/Copenhagen-Klaipeda route. She has been at the yard since 18 May.

Blue Channel Line: Fourth Ferry Company on Calais

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With a video on his LinkedIn profile, Managing Director Sébastien Douvry has announced the imminent start of a new roro ferry company: Blue Channel Line.

Mr Douvry has a background from LD and DFDS, amongst others.

It is a roro service for unaccompanied freight, sailing between Calais and Tilbury, six times per week.

Planned starting date: 1 October 2021, with a 100-freight-unit roro ship.

Investors are from Calais but want to remain under the radar.

The ultimate goal is to invest in an ‘eco ship’, first with an exhaust gas cleaning system from Terraotherme, then with a ‘powered-by-sails-if-the-wind-is-right-vessel’ developed by Zéphyr & Borée.

The new company wants to be a multimodal company rather than only a shipping company.

BC Ferries Released its Year-End Results for the Fiscal Year ended March 31, 2021

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The COVID-19 global pandemic has had a significant impact on the company’s operations and financial results.

-40% passengers (13.1 million)

-24% vehicles (6.7 million)

BC Ferries expects financial results to continue to improve, in part due to Safe Restart funding and as the provincial economy recovers from the effects of the pandemic. The company remains optimistic that traffic will begin to return as more travellers become vaccinated and as the Provincial Health Officer eases travel restrictions.

Impacts of Safe Restart funding:

Net earnings were $21.0 million, a decrease of $7.8 million compared to net earnings of $28.8 million in the prior year. This reflects BC Ferries’ recognition of $186.0 million from the $308 million in Safe Restart funding received this fiscal year. Without the $186.0 million in Safe Restart funding – recognized as revenue – the net loss for the year would have been $165.0 million.


Inclusive of the Safe Restart funding, revenues decreased by $76.1 million, or 8.1%. Without the revenue contributed by Safe Restart funding, fiscal 2021 total revenues would have decreased by $262.1 million to $679.3 million, or 27.8 % lower than in fiscal 2020.

In response to the impact of COVID-19 on ferry operations, BC Ferries reviewed all spending and reduced its operating expenses in fiscal 2021 by $76.3 million or 8.9%.

The reduction was mainly due to reduced round trips on the major routes and the deferral of certain discretionary costs. The expense reduction includes reduced labour costs, fuel consumption, contracted services, depreciation expense and other miscellaneous costs.

State Aid: European Commission Clears Public Support For Several Ferry Services In Italy; Finds Other Measures To Siremar And SNS To Be Incompatible Aid

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The European Commission has concluded that the public service compensation granted since 2009 to Sicilia Regionale Marittima S.p.A. (‘Siremar’) and Toscana Regionale Marittima S.p.A. (‘Toremar’) for the operation of ferry services in Italy is in line with EU State aid rules.

The same applies to the compensation granted to their acquirers, respectively Società Navigazione Siciliana (‘SNS’) since 2016 and Moby S.p.A (‘Moby’), since 2012.

However, the Commission found that certain other measures in favour of Siremar, currently in liquidation, and SNS are incompatible with EU State aid rules.

Italy must now recover approximately €1.9 million of illegal aid, including interest.

Stena Line Takes Delivery of Lengthened STENA SCANDICA

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Stena Line has officially taken delivery of its RoPax STENA SCANDICA, on Friday 18th June. The vessel is the first of two Visentini vessels that are being lengthened and modernised at Sedef Shipbuilding in Turkey.

STENA SCANDICA will start operating on Nynäshamn-Ventspils, beginning of July. [Stena Line Route Map]

CEO Niclas Mårtensson

“Taking delivery of the large, modern and efficient vessel Stena Scandica is a major milestone for Stena Line and enables us to continue to grow together with our customers in the Baltic Sea. During the year we will increase capacity with 30 % on the Nynäshamn-Ventspils route, and 40 % on the Liepaja-Travemünde route”.

(CEO Niclas Mårtensson)

Some highlights:

  • Lengthened with a 36 metre mid-section
  • After the conversion 222m, 970 passengers, 202 cabins and 2,875 freight lane meters.
  • To increase the loading efficiency, the vessels are modified with drive through capabilities on two levels.
  • The vessels are fitted with several sustainable features and fuel efficiency improvements, such as hybrid scrubbers, ballast water cleaning systems, twisted leading edge rudder with costa bulb.

Baltic Sea expansion: Adding 40 % capacity on Travemünde-Liepaja in 2021

As part of the ongoing expansion in the Baltic Sea, Stena Line will relocate the two vessels currently sailing on Nynäshamn-Ventspils, STENA LIVIA and STENA FLAVIA, to the route Liepaja – Travemünde. The vessels will increase the freight capacity on the route by 40 % and shorten the crossing time from 27 to 20 hours. This will enable a reliable transport service with a fixed timetable with 12 weekly departures, six in each direction.

Public Tender Launched By Actv For The Design And Construction Of 12 Small Ferries For Venice

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Actv, the ferry company owned by the Municipality of Venice, provider of sea transport services, has just launched a public tender to find companies interested at designing and building 12 vessels to be deployed in the lagoon.

The entire contract is worth EUR 18.65 million, but it’s split in two: the first is worth EUR 5 million and is for five small ferries able of accommodating roughly 200 persons each, the second contract is for building 7 boats to be deployed on the longer distances.

The expiring date for submitting the offers is July 16th.

Dynamic Return For The Fast Ferries’ EKATERINI P.

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Fast Ferries’ EKATERINI P. returns -after two years- to the Hellenic Coastal Shipping, faster and fully refurbished. Having been equipped with a new set of main engines (2xΜΑΚ-8Μ32C diesel) as well as pitch propellers, the popular ship managed to make 21,2 knots during her sea trials (June 22, 2021).

On July 5, 2021, she will be introduced on the new Rafina-Tinos-Mykonos-Naxos-Koufonisi line.


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On Friday, June 18, Holland Shipyards Group saw ferry SANDØY leaving the yard, bound for Norway. This fully electric ferry has been built for Brevik Fergeselskap.

The vessel is entirely powered by battery power (1,300 kWh). In addition to electric propulsion, another unique feature is a TES (thermal energy storage) system to provide heat.

Corsica Linea has reintroduced DANIELLE CASANOVA after a nine-month interruption. The route Marseille – Tunis has been restarted.

Tickets for Ponte Ferries’ fast ferry catamaran service to Sicily went on sale Wednesday 23 June. HSC ARTEMIS will operate daily return trips from Malta to the Sicilian port of Augusta from August 6.