Stena Line enters the Finnish ferry scene

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Stena Line goes east, by adding a new Baltic Sea route between Stockholm (Nynäshamn/Norvik) and Hanko.

Norvik Port is located south of Stockholm.

The new route starts on 1 February 2022 and will be served by ropax URD three times per week and port.

Sister vessel STENA GOTHICA will join the route on 1 May 2022. Norvik – Hanko will then be served with daily departures from both ports allowing for smooth loading and unloading during full day port stays.

The ships have a capacity of 1,600 lane meters and 186 pax.

The crossing takes 13 hours.

Stena Line´s latest investments in the Baltic Sea include the deployment of two long newly built E-Flexers on the route Nynäshamn – Ventspils and the large capacity improvement on Karlskrona-Gdynia with the lengthened STENA SCANDICA and STENA BALTICA.

One more “hydrogen” ferry route in Norway

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The Norwegian Public Roads Administration has nominated Torghatten Nord as the winner of the competition to operate the ferry connection Bodø-Røst-Værøy-Moskenes.

The contract is valid for 15 years, from 1 October 2025 to 30 September 2040, with an option of up to one year.

There were five bidders:

  • Torghatten Nord, offer price NOK 4,979,344,000
  • Norled, offer A, offer sum NOK 6,310,051,713
  • Norled, offer B, offer sum NOK 6,459,754,728
  • Boreal Vestfjorden, offer price NOK 7,852,434,000
  • Fjord1, offer sum NOK 9,500,000,000

Once the contract is signed (before Christmas 2021), Torghatten Nord can proceed with the choice of ferries, which will be hydrogen-powered.

FRS suspends some of its Mediterranean routes

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FRS decided to suspend the routes between Mallorca and Menorca (Alcúdia-Ciutadella) as from 15 December 2021. This ferry connection had been started on 27 May 2021 with fast ferry TARIFA JET.

The route between Ibiza and Formentera (Eivissa-La Savina) will also be shut down. It started on 28 June, with fast ferry SAN GWANN.

FRS also terminates the connection between the Spanish exclave Melilla and the Andalusian port of Motril.

The decision is motivated by the current situation of COVID in Europe and North Africa, which represents a significant reduction in passenger traffic and, consequently, these routes generate losses.

Travel subsidies for the inhabitants of the islands also created a competition with the low-cost model of FRS.

An overview based on the FRS website:

  • Alcúdia-Ciutadella: suspended on 15 December 2021
  • Algeciras-Ceuta: fully running
  • Tarifa-Tangier Ville: temporarily suspended
  • Algeciras-Tangier Med: temporarily suspended
  • Motril-Melilla: suspended on 10 December 2021
  • Ibiza-Formentera: suspended
  • Motril-Tangier Med: temporarily suspended

Greek hospitality industry

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Attica Group expands further in the Greek tourism industry and invests in complementary activities, capitalising on the strong potential of Attica Group.

Attica Blue Hospitality S.M.S.A, a 100% subsidiary of Attica Group, acquired the owning company of Naxos Resort Beach Hotel located on Naxos, in the Agios Georgios beach, for a total consideration of Euro 6.5 million, funded through bank financing.

The hotel complex is constructed on a total surface area of 8,166.92 sqm, has capacity of 88 rooms, with the potential of additional construction of 1,300 sqm, a swimming pool, restaurants, bar, conference facilities, gym, spa and parking space. Attica Blue Hospitality will upgrade and expand the hotel facilities.

The acquisition of Naxos Resort Beach Hotel marks the beginning of Attica Group’s investment in the hospitality industry, allowing the Group to serve a wider range of its customers’ needs and to strengthen its financial position by producing direct synergies.


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Stena Line has announced the ships for its ‘new’ Rotterdam – Immingham service (Immingham instead of Killingholme). The timetable shows JUTLANDIA SEA and STENA FORERUNNER, starting as from 4 January 2022.

STENA FORERUNNER will be replaced later by FIONIA SEA.

JUTLANDIA SEA is actually being used by Wallenius SOL (photo), and will be replaced by the newbuilding BOTNIA ENABLER, under construction in China.

FIONIA SEA will be replaced by the second newbuilt, BALTIC ENABLER.

Both JUTLANDIA SEA and FIONIA SEA will be chartered by Stena Line, for a period of 4 year.

Stena Line has extended the charter of the SOMERSET by 12 months, beginning January 2022. The CLdN ship has been on charter to Stena since August 2018 and is normally used on the Harwich – Rotterdam roro service (source: NI Ferry).

Cretan Cargo Lines purchased Pentland Ferry’s ORCADIA

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On December 5, 2021 Cretan Cargo Lines’ latest acquisition, ORCADIA (former SATURN), arrived -under tow-  at Spanopoulos Shipyards (Perama) ending her long journey from St. Margaret’s Hope, Orkney.

She was purchased from Pentland Ferries and served as a freighter around Orkney and the Pentland Firth since 2015. Originally, she was operated by Caledonian Mac Brayne (1978-2011). She will join Cretan Cargo’s fleet on the domestic market next season as a passenger/roro ferry.

Cretan Cargo Lines is active in RoRo transportation in Greece since 2013 and owns 3 RoRo vessels (IOSIF K, TALOS, NEARCHOS).

Photo: Kostas Papadopoulos

SAOS Ferries’ MISHI arrived in Greece

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SAOS FERRIES former Japanese Ferry MISHI (former MISHIMA) arrived in Greece on December 5, 2021.

The 89m ship arrived at the Kapogiannatos Shipyards (Perama), where she will undergo a 4-month conversion into a passenger ferry.

She is expected to enter service on the domestic market within the next season.

Photo: Dimitris Mentakis

Wärtsilä, Rina & Co to deliver a viable hydrogen fuel solution to meet IMO 2050 target

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Wärtsilä, together with class society RINA, ABB, Helbio, the Liberian Registry, and an energy major have joined forces in an effort to deliver a solution with hydrogen as fuel. The aim is to have a scalable and sustainable solution that will exceed the IMO 2050 target for a 70% reduction in carbon intensity without the need for an extensive infrastructure investment.

By producing hydrogen onboard and using readily available LNG, the solution becomes viable and in a much faster time than would otherwise be possible.

The concept is based on combining LNG with steam to produce hydrogen and CO2. The hydrogen produced will be used directly in a mix with natural gas in internal combustion engines or in fuel cells, thus eliminating the need for hydrogen to be stored onboard. The CO2 will be liquefied using the cryogenic stream of LNG that would be used as fuel anyway, and later disposed ashore for carbon storage. Tankers can use the stored CO2 as inert gas during discharge.

“The necessary equipment can easily be fitted on the deck of a commercial vessel” the companies added. “This innovative concept will support the marine sector’s gradual transition from LNG to hydrogen, without any major adjustments to a vessel’s onboard technologies”.