MSC Group continues to acquire ferry tonnage

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Brittany Ferries’ CAP FINISTERE seems to be en route to MSC Group, SHIPPING ITALY reports.

This ropax is the former SUPERFAST V (2001).

Although not officially confirmed, the news has not been denied either, writes the Italian source, quoting GNV as the recipient.

CAP FINISTERE has a 1,600 passenger capacity and over 1,900 lanemetres for roro.

Lately, GNV has seen an impressive fleet expansion; in the last two years the following ro-pax has been purchased or long-time chartered in: FORZA, TENACIA, GNV ARIES, GNV ANTARES, GNV BRIDGE E GNV SEALAND. Last week, MSC Group announced a new order for four ropax vessels to be built in China and set to be delivered from late 2024 onwards.

Polferries to get an intermediate ferry before the newbuild(s)

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Polish Deputy Minister of Infrastructure Marek Gróbarczyk announced at a press conference onboard NOVA STAR that Polska Żegluga Bałtycka (Polferries) will get a financial support of PLN 140 million (EUR 30 million) to acquire a ferry, until the previously announced newbuilt units are put into operation.

Polferries received funds in the form of securities from the State Treasury.
The stop-gap ferry will either be bought or chartered.
It is understood the ferry will be used on the Świnoujście-Ystad line. Port of Ystad has built new, larger ferry berths. Contractually, Polferries has to bring in a new ship.

A report by Radio Szczecin quotes the president of Polska Żegluga Bałtycka, who says that they are “entering the market for the purchase of a used or new ferry, which is currently under construction.”

Andrzej Madejski, president of PŻB, said, money is a stable base to start talks with shipowners who want to sell vessels, as well as with shipyards that are in the final stage of building units. (Note from editor: would he mean LNG-powered HONFLEUR, in the final stage of construction at Fosen Yard?)
Last year, Polferries carried 341,000 passengers, 156,000 passenger cars and 161,000 trucks.

DFDS: UK freight volumes normalised in December

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  • Total volumes in December 2021 were 7.6% below 2020.
  • Net adjustments for structural route changes reduced growth 2.2 ppt to -9.8%.
  • Total adjusted volumes were up 17.0% compared to December 2019.
  • The decrease in total volumes compared to 2020 was entirely due to lower volumes on all UK routes as stock-building ahead of Brexit boosted volumes considerably on UK routes last year. Most of the UK routes are part of the North Sea and Channel business units which in December 2021 both were above 2019.
  • The Mediterranean business unit continued to carry volumes above 2020 while Baltic Sea volumes were just below 2020 as capacity on one route was reduced from two ferries in 2020 to one ferry in December 2021.
  • Volumes for both the Mediterranean and Baltic Sea business units were above 2019.
  • For the full-year 2021, the total transported freight lane metres increased 5.2% to 43.0m from DKK 40.9m in 2020.


  • The total number of passengers in December 2021 was 8.8% above 2020.
  • The number of passengers increased between Norway and Denmark, while the number of passengers on UK routes decreased due to more severe travel restrictions on these routes.
  • For the full-year 2021, the total number of passengers was 0.9m compared to 1.5m in 2020 and 5.1m in 2019, the latter being the latest pre-Covid-19 year.

Record year for cargo on Wasaline – Strong recovery on the passenger segment

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Despite the Covid-19 pandemic that continued for most of 2021, passenger volumes increased by 87.5% and Wasaline carried 107,659 passengers (57,415). The number of passenger vehicles increased by 69.2%. During the Autumn, when the corona passport was used for entry, the passenger growth was significant.

After the traffic start of AURORA BOTNIA, passenger volumes were all-time high every month. Unfortunately, the positive development was interrupted in mid-December when the new Covid-19 variant and tightening of travel restrictions were introduced again.

The departures increased by 21.3% to 990 departures (816).

Cargo volumes were all time high since Wasaline started the traffic 2013, and cargo units increased by 25.3%. The increase in tonnes was 27.5%. Every month throughout 2021, the company has had growth in cargo volumes.

Stena Line and the Gothenburg Port Authority move forward in Stena Line terminal relocation discussions

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Stena Line and the Gothenburg Port Authority will work together to enable the relocation of Stena Line’s terminals and operations from central Gothenburg to Arendal from 2027. A new ferry location will promote Stena Line’s conditions for growth and implement future initiatives to meet its goal of completely fossil-free operations in 2050. At the same time, it provides opportunities to move heavy traffic out of the city centre and benefits the City of Gothenburg’s city development plans.

Changes in Finnlines’ Management: Merja Kallio-Mannila and Torkel Saarnio appointed as member of the Finnlines Group’s Board of Management

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Merja Kallio-Mannila has been appointed as member of the Finnlines Group’s Board of Management as of 1 January 2022. She continues in her present roles as Deputy Head of Group Sales, Marketing & Customer Service, and as Head of Sales & Customer Service Finland.

Torkel Saarnio has been appointed as Line Manager HansaLink & Hanko/Helsinki–Rostock and as member of the Finnlines Group’s Board of Management as of 1 February 2022. In addition to new responsibilities, he continues in his present roles as Line Manager Helsinki–Aarhus, and as Head of Truck and Trailer Segment.

Jadrolinija transported over 10 million passengers last year

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Croatia Week writes that Jadrolinija transported 10.5 million passengers and 3.1 million vehicles last year, which is 85% of the 2019 result and 40% more passengers and vehicles than in the pandemic year 2020.

Even though 2021 was good in terms of business results, the company is cautious about its revenue estimate and expects revenue to be lower than in the pre-pandemic years.

Losses in 2020 were significant and the decline in the number of passengers and vehicles transported has significantly affected the operator’s revenue and liquidity.

In December 2021 the government granted Jandrolinija support in the amount of HRK 52 million to cover its fixed costs. (EUR 7 million)

Shift Clean Energy announces approval of its Energy Storage System by Bureau Veritas

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Shift Clean Energy has received its second major certification for its clean energy storage solution (ESS) by Bureau Veritas. This important certification further endorses Shift’s ESS solution as safe and effective, says the news release.

BV’s marine and offshore division has approved Shift’s lithium-ion battery-based ESS use in fully electric or hybrid vessels as well as on land uses. The batteries that have been certified include Kokam lithium cells.

Umoe Mandal and five other companies compete to design tomorrows zero emission high-speed vessel

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The High-Speed Vessel of the Future competition was launched in October 2021 by the county municipalities of Trøndelag, Vestland, Nordland, and Troms and Finnmark.

The goal is not only to develop a vessel with zero emissions, but also to reduce energy consumption by a minimum of 30 percent compared to traditional vessels. The vessel must carry at least 150-180 passengers, cruise at 30-40 knots, and have a range of 40-80 nautical miles.

Over the next four months Umoe Mandal will continue to work on the concept. Together with Eker Design, ESNA, LMG Marin, SES-X, and Transportutvikling, Umoe Mandal is granted NOK 1.5 million to participate in the competition.