MSC announced an order for four new ropax ferries for Grandi Navi Veloci in China

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MSC Group announced a new order for four ropax vessels to be built in China at Guangzhou Shipyard International (GSI) and set to be delivered from late 2024 onwards.

The four newbuilds will have a 1,500 passenger and 3,100 lane metre capacity, with 303 cabins. The shipbuilding contract takes origin from the order with Fratelli Onorato Armatori, announced in 2019, but the project and several technical details are different.

These four new units will be 218m long, with a beam of 29.6m and a maximum speed of 25 knots.

Instead of dual fuel, the new ferries will have scrubbers and are likely to be deployed on the routes to Sardinia or Sicily, and to the Balearic Islands.

Viking Line looks back on a strange year

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Like 2020, 2021 was an exceptional year, with an unfavourable operating environment. At the same time, Viking Line experienced some positive events too. MARIELLA was sold in May, and in December the new climate-smart VIKING GLORY was delivered.

Traffic statistics 2021

  • +20.1% passengers
  • largest increase on Turku–Åland–Stockholm (+51.9%)
  • -11.3% on Helsinki–Åland–Stockholm
  • +81.8% Mariehamn—Kapellskär with ROSELLA
  • -21.1% Helsinki—Tallinn, with VIKING XPRS
  • +2.9% cargo units
  • +24% cars

Viking Line ended Q3,2021 with good liquidity. To further help implement Viking Line’s strategy for continued profitable growth in a post-pandemic environment, a preferential share issue for existing shareholders was carried out during the autumn, which was a success. There was great interest among shareholders, employees and the general public in the share issue, which was oversubscribed. Initially a total of 8,584,070 shares were subscribed for, which corresponds to about 132.5% of the offer shares. The final number of shares was 6,480,000. As a result, Viking Line generated proceeds of about EUR 51.8 million.

Tallink Grupp publishes 2021 Q4 and December statistics, revealing full year drop in passenger numbers, but increase in cargo units carried

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Full year 2021 figures

  • -20.6% passengers on all routes (Finland-Sweden, Estonia-Finland and Latvia-Sweden)
  • Latvia-Sweden route remained fully suspended throughout 2021
  • The only route which saw an increase in passenger numbers in 2021, was the Tallinn-Stockholm route, which was re-opened in July 2021 after being suspended for nearly a year and a half since March 2020.
  • -14.3% passenger cars
  • +2.6% freight units (increasing on Estonia-Finland and Estonia-Sweden routes, and slightly decreasing on the Finland-Sweden routes).

Comments from Paavo Nõgene, CEO of Tallink Grupp

  • 2021 did not bring with it the much hoped for and anticipated end to the pandemic and proper recovery yet, which meant much of the year was once again spent thinking outside the box.
  • For the second year running, we pushed the boundaries with bringing many new services like COVID testing and vaccinations on board with new partners and, at times, also partnering with our governments. All with the goal of giving healthy people who need to travel, the opportunity to travel in these difficult times.
  • We hope that once we get past the ongoing Omicron wave and the low winter season, we will soon reach a phase in the fight against the virus, which signals that we are nearing the end of our fight and our ultimate defeat of COVID and we can start to rebuild our lives, businesses, societies.
  • As an organisation we are leaner, more cost-effective and doing everything we can to ensure the long-term sustainability of our business.

Godby Shipping – DFDS: sale and lease-back deal

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DFDS and Godby Shipping have established a long-term co-operation with Godby Shipping buying the two storo sideport vessels LYSVIK SEAWAYS and LYSBRIS SEAWAYS and chartering them back to DFDS for a period of minimum three years.

Both vessels will continue in their present trade mostly serving Norske Skog forest product shipments out of Norway to UK and continental Europe.

Giuseppe Falsetti joins Malta Shipbrokers and expects more consolidation

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Malta Shipbrokers International, the ship broker company founded a few years ago by Ettore Morace (today CEO of Trasmed GLE) and headed by his son Vittorio, welcomed Giuseppe Falsetti in its team.

Falsetti has a long professional experience in the Genoa-based broker house Banchero Costa, where he has always been focusing on chartering, sale & purchase and demolition of roro, ropax and container ships.

“Being part of a rapidly increasing company as Malta Shipbrokers International means having the opportunity to working also on new ship projects and new buildings thus expanding my competencies,” Falsetti said to Ferry Shipping News.

“In the mid to long term I think in the roro and ropax market we will see more and more consolidation. Therefore, working for a company in close cooperation with some key players (such as Grimaldi Group) is of paramount importance.”

NISSOS AIGINA will enter service in March 2022

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NISSOS AIGINA (former MIDSLAND), owned by the Leventakis family, is expected to be introduced on the Piraeus-Aigina line in March 2022.

The ship has already undergone a major conversion and refit at Perama repair zone and will be able to carry 951 passengers and 90 cars.

NISSOS AIGINA was purchased in April 2021 from the Dutch Terschellinger Stoomboot Maatschappij (TSM) and served the Harlingen – Terschelling line since 1994.

Photo: Arxipelagos (Kostas Papadopoulos)

Seajets’ SUPER STAR joins the Hellenic Coastal Line on January 17

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Seajet’s SUPER STAR (former SUPERFERRY II) will be temporarily introduced on the Lavrion-North Aegean line, as from January 17, replacing her larger fleet mate AQUA BLUE, which will be out of service for scheduled repairs.

The veteran has been thoroughly refurbished at Avlis Shipyards (Chalkis) and is expected to serve the Rafina-Andros-Tinos-Mykonos line in the afternoon sailings.

Photo: Spyros Roussos

Sea Lines buys the ropax EUROPEAN SEAWAY from P&O Ferries

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Åland based Sea Lines bought EUROPEAN SEAWAY, writes

Sea Lines is the freight company that has been operating successfully on the Black Sea between Turkey and Ukraine for the past ten years. Last summer it sold ship and route to Turkish entrepreneurs.

Since the sale, CEO Joe Lindblom has actively sought new investments. This happened now with the purchase of EUROPEAN SEAWAYS from P&O Ferries, to be renamed SEA ANATOLIA.

The company says it has no firm plans yet. The vessel will get a stern ramp and internal ramps in a Turkish shipyard.


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JUTLANDIA SEA has left the Wallenius SOL fleet and has been repainted in Stena colours. She started on 4 January on the Rotterdam – Immingham route, together with STENA FORERUNNER.

STENA FORERUNNER will later be replaced by JULANDIA SEA’s sister vessel FIONIA SEA.

Wallenius SOL will replace both ships by BOTNIA ENABLER and BALTIC ENABLER, still under construction in China.

Photo: Rob de Visser