GNV Confirms the Expansion of its Balearic Routes

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Two months after the opening of the new lines in the Balearics, GNV announces the new connection from Barcelona with Ciutadella de Menorca (via Palma de Mallorca) with GNV SEALAND (2,255 lane metres and 195 cars, 880 pax).

GNV BRIDGE (delivered June 2021, with 2,564 lane metres and 157 cabins) will operate the connections between Valencia, Palma de Mallorca and Ibiza.

GNV has scheduled departures every day between the ports of Barcelona and Valencia, and Palma de Mallorca and Ibiza, in addition to the direct connection between Palma de Mallorca and Ibiza.

Purchasing individual routes is possible.

RoPax SAGA Redelivered to Stena

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As from this week, ropax SAGA owned by Stena is back on the market, available for charter. The two-month lasting agreement with the Ancona-based ferry company Adria Ferries has just expired and the ship is now positioned in the southern part of the Adriatic Sea waiting for instructions.

For the last two months SAGA has been deployed on the route linking Italy (Ancona) with the port of Durrës, in Albania.

MSC Increase Competition on the Turkey to Europe Trade Route via Trieste

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MSC announced the launch of a new, direct rail service connecting Trieste, Italy and Ludwigshafen, Germany available from 10 September 2021, designed to improve rail capacity and reduce transit time between Turkey and Germany to an estimated 12 days.

This service is directly in competition with the combined (roro and train) transport services offered on the same tradeline by DFDS and Ulusoy.

MSC specified that the service is designed to offer customers transporting automotive parts, chemicals, textiles, packaging, food, pharmaceuticals and many other commodities.. Ludwigshafen’s strategic position on the Rhine, with easy access to Frankfurt and Stuttgart and its importance as a centre for commerce make it an ideal location for both local goods distribution and access to the wider Northern European market.

AS Tallink Grupp Statistics for August 2021

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In August 2021 AS Tallink Grupp transported

-14.1% passengers = 389,715

-3.4% cargo units = 28,790

-18.1% passenger vehicles = 78,193

COVID-19 related travel restrictions were the key operational factor influencing the developments in August 2021.

  • Estonia – Finland: August results reflect shuttle and cruise ferry services. Cargo vessel SEA WIND did not operate in August
  • Estonia – Sweden: August results reflect operations of one cruise ferry and cargo ferries on Estonia-Sweden routes.
  • Finland – Sweden: August results reflect operations of Turku-Stockholm and Helsinki-Stockholm routes. Cruise ferry SILJA SERENADE started operations on the Helsinki-Stockholm route at the beginning of August and cruise ferry SILJA SYMPHONY from late August. The segment statistics also reflect the Swedish domestic cruises.
  • Latvia – Sweden: Operations of the Riga-Stockholm route were suspended.

BC Ferries’ Fifth Island Class Ferry Prepares for Final Leg of Journey to B.C.

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BC Ferries’ newest hybrid electric ship transited the Panama Canal over the weekend and is now preparing for its trip home to British Columbia. Island 5, as it is temporarily named, departed Romania on July 31 under its own power. BC Ferries expects the ship to be in B.C. by late-September, depending on weather.

Together, Island 5 and Island 6 will allow for two-ship service on the Nanaimo Harbour – Gabriola Island route starting in 2022.