Obituary: Antonio Armas Fernández, president of Naviera Armas Trasmediterránea

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The president of Naviera Armas Trasmediterránea , Antonio Armas Fernández, has died on Tuesday 15 March 2022, as reported by the company through a statement. Son of the company’s founder, Antonio Armas Curbelo, he took over from his father in 1968 and was a pioneer in 1973, with the introduction of roro ferries in inter-island traffic in the Canary Islands.

Norsepower will install rotor sails on CLdN’s DELPHINE, world’s largest shortsea roro

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The 8,000 lane meters DELPHINE transits between the UK, Ireland and Europe and is the largest shortsea roro operating in the world today. With two 35mx5m Rotor Sails, Norsepower has estimated that the technology would achieve a fuel and emission reduction saving of between 7 to 10% for this vessel, depending on the route.

Installation will happen end of 2022.

Havyard Leirvik has signed a contract for the electrification of the Norled ferry IBESTAD

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In line with the green shift, IBESTAD will be rebuilt from diesel-mechanical propulsion to electric propulsion with battery and shore power charging.

It will also be possible to use diesel generators over longer distances when it is not possible to charge from land.

The system will be delivered by SEAM, and the start of the project at the yard is set for 1 August 2022.

Battery rooms will be built, and the current two diesel engines will be replaced by electric motors for operating the propellers.

The ferry will be used on the Svensby-Breivikeidet connection over Ullsfjorden in Troms, Norway.

Press release in Norwegian

First in Croatia: Jadroplov Electric Ferry Could Sail in 2024

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The Jadroplov electric ferry, the first large Croatian ship to transport 1,000 passengers and 156 cars without the emission of harmful gases, could sail in 2024, writes Total Croatia News.

The prototype was designed by the Split company “Classis.”

Predrag Čudina, a ship designer, told Slobodna Dalmacija more: “The ship will be built for Split’s “Jadroplov,” with which we have signed a contract for the development of the project. So far, several electric boats have been built in Croatia, but we are talking about the first large Croatian ship to transport a thousand passengers and 156 cars, or about twenty buses and trucks and 89 small vehicles.”

Scotland: New vessel for Mallaig-Lochboisdale

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The Mallaig-Lochboisdale new vessel project will look to replace the existing ropax LORD OF THE ISLES, aiming “to increase the resilience and reliability of the service whilst reducing emissions.”

Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited is hosting an online webinar to share details of both the new Mallaig-Lochboisdale vessel project and Gasay infrastructure project

The webinar will take place on Wednesday 16th March between 19:00 and 20:00 (London time).

Virtu Ferries new fast ferry to arrive soon

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The new high-speed ferry for the Gozo- Malta route is expected to arrive in Valletta towards the end of March 2022.

GOZO EXPRESS, carries 308 passengers and includes outside seating.

It was designed by Incat Crowther.

GOZO EXPRESS is powered by four MTU 12V2000 M72 engines and four Rolls Royce water jets and is capable of a maximum speed of more than 38 knots, and a service speed of 35 knots.

It will replace the SES SAN PAWL and will operate alongside the SES SAN FRANGISK.

The SES SAN PAWL will be redeployed on the company’s Venice to Croatia route under the banner of Venezia Lines.

Grimaldi to open a new ropax link between the ports of Savona and Porto Torres

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A few days after the refusal expressed by the port of Genoa to handle passenger traffic to and from the Terminal San Giorgio, Grimaldi Group announced a new line between the ports of Savona and Porto Torres, in Sardinia, operated with the ferry ZEUS PALACE.

ZEUS PALACE is moving from the Patras-Ancona route.

It’s the first time for the Naples-based shipping line to operate a regular maritime transport service focused on passenger traffic as in the recent past the same route was covered but for roro only.

The new Savona-Porto Torres link will be effective from April 11th with three sailing per week soon to be upgraded to a daily frequency in July, August and until mid-September.

Ferry veteran CHARTRES sold for scrap

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On her way to India (Bhavnagar Anchorage) is the former Sealink veteran CHARTRES. She was sold for scrap.

She was built in France in 1974 for SNCF and had a remarkable career in Greece and Azores as the popular EXPRESS SANTORINI (1993-2016).

In November 2016 she was sold to United Arab Emirates (Salem Al Makrani) and served as the AL SALMY 4.

In July 2021, she was transferred to Seajets and renamed AQUA MYTH. The plan was to return the 48-year-old ship to Greece. However, she was renamed MYTH, flag of Comoros.

Moby’s GIUSEPPE SA to be sold at auction

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Moby’s veteran GIUSEPPE SA, currently idle in the Italian port of Piombino, will soon be sold at an auction following a procedure just approved by the Court of Milan under which the Vincenzo Onorato-controlled group submitted a debt restructuring plan.

Tender price is EUR 1,560,474 and the sale will take place on March 31st.

Looking at the age (built 1975) the roro is likely to be sold to a ship recycler since last year a cash buyer offered more than EUR 2.1 million.

The vessel can transport 376 passengers and 103 trailers.