Brittany Ferries resumes Western Channel fast ferry sailings for 2022

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From late May until early September 2022, Cherbourg will be linked with Portsmouth and Poole. The sailings will be operated on Brittany Ferries’ behalf by Condor Ferries using its fast ferry CONDOR LIBERATION.

Period: 27 May – 5 June and 15 July – 4 September

Days: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays

Timetable: Portsmouth 07:00 Cherbourg 11:00 / Cherbourg 11:45 Poole at 13:15

The service will complement Brittany Ferries’ conventional car-ferry sailings from Poole to Cherbourg which will resume on 28 March 2022.

New shipbuilding contract to be awarded before the end of the year by RFI

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Rete Ferroviaria Italiana, rail infrastructure network manager and company part of the Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane group, said to ferry Shipping News that a newbuilding contract for a ferry is expected to be awarded before the end of the current year.

Last August a public tender was launched (with expiring date October the 8th) to find the shipyard which will be required to build a dual fuel (LNG/diesel electric) vessel able of transporting also railcars between the two side of the strait of Messina (Messina – Villa San Giovanni) and potentially to the port of Golfo Aranci, in Sardinia.

The tender price was over EUR 73 million and shipbuilding time 2 years and 4 months.

Mediterranean pushes up DFDS’ freight activity

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DFDS revealed in its latest Q3 interim report that revenue increased 22% to DKK 4.4bn driven by higher freight activity in most business units. (see also last newsletter)

The increase in the freight ferry result was primarily due to high growth in the Mediterranean.

As for the Mediterranean business unit, Q3 freight volumes increased 12.2% adjusted for the opening of a new route between Turkey (Izmir) and Spain (Tarragona).

The increase reflects high growth in Turkish exports to Europe with support from depreciation of the Turkish lira. Capacity was expanded in the route network to accommodate the growth, especially between Italy and Turkey.

Q3 EBITDA (Mediterranean) increased 47% to DKK 276m driven by the higher volumes and stable cost levels as well as better results for the port terminal and rail activities.

DFDS transported
3,685,000 lane metres
in the Med in the first 9 months of 2021

CMAL is selecting a new name for UTNE

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UTNE has joined the CMAL fleet. A competition has been opened to find a name.

The names in the shortlist are all associated with Mull, the island that the vessel will primarily serve.

  • LOCH FRISA – The largest loch on the Isle of Mull, located four miles south of Tobermory.
  • GLEN FORSA – A beautiful open glen in the heart of Mull, with the peak of Beinn Talaidh at its head.
  • TOROSAY – Torosay Castle was built in 1858 by architect David Bryce, and it sits on the northwest side of Mull’s Duart Bay.

Release from Viking Line’s extraordinary general meeting 2021

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The general meeting decided in accordance with the Board of Directors’ proposal to authorize the Board to decide on a share issue of at most 6,480,000 new shares with pre-emption rights for shareholders (share issue with pre-emption rights) at a subscription price of EUR 8.00 per share. The Company’s shareholders shall be entitled to subscribe to three new shares for every five shares held at the subscription price.