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Connecting Ireland after Brexit

Ireland has ramped up direct shipping routes to mainland Europe since the end of the Brexit transition period. This has resulted in new routes and the addition of tonnage capacity.

Rather than giving the information in bits and pieces we want to keep an overall view on the market. That’s why we start with this weekly feature: a logbook of what’s happening.

This is a growing project. We start with the different events on the seabridge between the Republic of Ireland and the Continent. As from next week we’re also going to keep track of the landbridge connections.

Feedback is always welcome.

Click on the picture to access the logbook.

Hellenic Coastal Shipping Struggling with its Role despite its Considerable Contribution

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The degradation of the role and the contribution of the coastal shipping to the country’s development – by the state – was highlighted by the Hellenic Passenger Shipping Business Association (SEEN), which also submitted specific proposals.

Read the full story on our website


Cartagena Tests a Direct RoRo Service with the South of France

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Last Saturday saw the first departure of CORSICA MARINA SECONDA from Cartagena to Toulon, loaded with trucks with fruit and vegetables.

The ferry has been chartered from Corsica Ferries by a French company.

The route over land is about 1,200km. With this “motorways of the sea” drivers arrive in Toulon with their tachygraph on zero.

Frequency: weekly

Departure: Saturday 10pm

Journey: 25-28 hours

Initiative led by port authority of Cartagena, the regional government and Agencia Marítima Blázquez

Photo: Jean-Pierre Fabre

Destination Gotland Gets New CEO

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Marcus Risberg (left picture), Managing Director for Swedish subsidiary Tallink Silja AB leaves Tallink Grupp to take up a new position as CEO of Destination Gotland.

Mr Risberg will replace Christer Bruzelius, who retires after 9 successful years.

Tallink Grupp announced that Mr Ats Joorits (right picture) will take up the position from 15 March 2021.


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Soon GNV SEALAND will be a new addition to the fleet of Grandi Navi Veloci.

SCOTTISH VIKING, currently operating in the Baltic for Stena Line, is a 2009-Visentini-built ropax with a capacity of 2,255 lane metres and 195 cars.

First the ship will help to replace the vessels that are getting their scrubbers.

In the following months, GNV SEALAND will strengthen the offer and support the further expansion of the connections.

This already started in Q4, 2020, with the charter of FORZA and TENACIA, supporting the lines to and from Sicily.

GNV will also introduce its 2,564 lane metre newbuilding in the spring. (built at Visentini)

GNV also announced that starting from June 2021 the new seasonal line with Sardinia will be operational between Civitavecchia and Olbia – with 5 departures a week from both ports – in addition to the historic summer lines Genoa-Porto Torres and Genoa-Olbia.

Photo = rendering


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Port of Zeebrugge: Growth of 3% in 2020

Zeebrugge stayed 100% operational during the pandemic. Roro traffic suffered because of the reduced handling of new cars. This drop was compensated by a strong growth in container traffic, LNG and solid bulk.

The port took a lot of initiatives to be Brexit-proof and invested twice as much into new infrastructure.

Modal shift: the port sees an important growth of rail connections, and estuary waterway connections went up 4.2%


  • Added a call in Zeebrugge on the route Leixões – Rotterdam, allowing cargo to be transferred to Esbjerg and Göteborg.
  • Zeebrugge – Dublin: from 2 to 3 sailings with so-called “Brexit busters”
  • Zeebrugge – Cork: new route
  • Zeebrugge – Santander: ships VALENTINE en CELANDINE = +40% capacity

P&O Ferries

  • End of ropax service Zeebrugge – Hull, means end of accompanied freight


  • Introduction of FLANDRIA SEAWAYS on 4 October 2020, Zeebrugge – Göteborg

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Lübeck Continues to Prepare the Scandinavienkai

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The handling volumes of Lübecker Hafen-Gesellschaft (LHG) were just over two percent below the previous year’s figure at just under 21,840 million tons.

The volume increase in the past four months in particular contributed to minimise the decline.

Automotive business was 20% higher.

Most areas, including the high-volume roro handling, were in decline.

Forest products fell by 7.5 percent for structural reasons.

LHG is preparing Skandinavienkai in Travemünde with an additional area of ​​around 60,000m2 and a 10,000m2 multi-purpose hall for the forest industry. First customer will be Stora Enso.

The terminal will be ready at the end of the year, when Wallenius SOL starts to call with the new roro ships.


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Irish Hauliers are Bypassing Welsh Ports to Avoid Brexit Bureaucracy

“On our European routes there’s a 500% increase in freight volume going through the port compared to last year,” says Glenn Carr, GM Rosslare Europort.

He believes this change in operations will not be temporary.

He said decisions by ferry companies and businesses who trade with the EU to re-direct freight, have been made based on market analysis.

Photo: Rosslare Europort

Source: BBC


Enova Gives NOK 38 Million to Hydrogen Projects

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Enova provides NOK 38 million for a hydrogen ferry and hydrogen production in Rogaland, Norway. This is Enova’s third award for hydrogen projects on ships in one month.

Norled’s ferry HIDLE is under construction. Next year it will sail on the Finnøy connection.

It will initially run on biodiesel, but Norled is considering rebuilding it to run on hydrogen.

Enova announced that they will support the ferry project with NOK 14.6 million, and the production and bunkering facility with NOK 24.2 million.

Rendering: Nordwest 3D and LMG Marin

Source: E24.no (in Norwegian)