SNAV in talks with Intermarine shipyard for a new high-speed ferry

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Naples-based ferry company SNAV (MSC Group) is in advanced talks with the Italian shipyard Intermarine for a new single-hull ship capable of transporting up to 700 passengers, several sources revealed to Ferry Shipping News.

The ship in question will be deployed on the routes connecting Naples with the surrounding islands and the delivery is scheduled 18 months after the signing of the contract.

“The design and construction of aluminum fast ferries has been for many years the core business of Rodriquez Cantieri Navali (merged into Intermarine in 2013), that has built a significant number of vessels in the range from 30 to 115 meters for operators from all over the world” says the shipyard website.

Today the production of fast ferries is focused on vessels of smaller size, ranging from 40 to 70 meters, with different types of hulls: monohulls, catamarans, wave-piercing catamarans and hydrofoils.

Just one candidate to build a ferry for Venice’s ACTV, but excluded

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ACTV, the ferry company owned by the Municipality of Venice, provider of sea transport services, has just received no offers after a public tender was recently launched to find companies interested at designing and building a bidirectional ferry to be deployed in the lagoon. The contract value was EUR 12 million.

Holland Shipyards submitted its offer but has been excluded from the tender because some  documents were missing.

It’s not clear whether ACTV intends to relaunch a second public tender in the near future, with an increased price.

ForSea publishes its 2021 Sustainability Report: 70% reduction in CO2 footprint by end of 2022

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Some highlights:

  • 70% reduction of CO2 emissions by the end of 2022.
  • During 2021, AURORA made 92.5% of its crossings on battery power. CO2 emissions were slashed by 54% (20,500 tonnes) compared with the baseline year of 2016.
  • 42% reduction in energy use compared with the baseline year of 2016 and 19% compared with 2020.
  • In 2021 a total of 450,101 trucks crossed the Öresund with ForSea, which equates to a reduction in CO2 emissions of 14,287 tonnes compared with alternative routes avoiding the ferry.
  • In 2021 ForSea transported 3.9 million passengers. (2021: 3.5 million).

Denmark not in favour of a fixed link between Helsingør and Helsingborg

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Trine Bramsen, Danish Minister of Transport, and Sweden’s Minister of Infrastructure Tomas Eneroth met in Copenhagen on 11 May 2022.

Denmark rejected the Swedish proposal for a fixed link for both car and trains between Helsingborg and Helsingör.

In Danish politics, priority is given to the ongoing construction of the Fehmarn Belt tunnel to Germany, the investigation of a fixed Kattegat connection and new traffic solutions in Copenhagen.

There is not the same commitment in Denmark as in Sweden for a second fixed link across the Öresund. (source: Sydsvenskan)

BOTNIA ENABLER delivered to Wallenius SOL

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BOTNIA ENABLER, the world’s largest ice-rated multi-fuel ConRo vessel, has now been delivered to its owner Wallenius SOL.

“We’re incredibly pleased and proud to welcome Botnia Enabler to our fleet. She’s been eagerly awaited by us and our customers,” says Ragnar Johansson, Managing Director, WALLENIUS SOL.

The ship has a length of 242 metres, a beam of 35.2 metres and the highest Finnish-Swedish ice class to cope with the harsh winter conditions in the Gulf of Bothnia.

The ship will be loading cargo in two Chinese ports before the she heads home to Europe and the Gulf of Bothnia. According to calculations, Botnia Enabler will call at its first European port, Antwerp, at the end of June. The ship will then enter regular traffic on her Zeebrugge-Antwerp-Kokkola-Skellefteå-Oulu-Kemi-Travemünde route.

The container carrying capacity on the route will increase by almost 300% and roro capacity will increase by almost 100%.

BOTNIA ENABLER is significantly more energy efficient per transported unit than older vessels, and according to IVL’s calculations, she will not only reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 63%, but also NOx (96%), SOx (99%) and particulates (99%).

Her sister ship, BALTIC ENABLER, is scheduled for delivery later this summer.

Botnia Enabler

Ice class: 1A Super

Type of vessel: ConRo

LOA: 242 m

Dead weight: 27,000 tonnes

Cargo capacity 5,800 lane metres

Maximum speed: 20 knots

Engines: Multi-fuel (LNG, LBG, diesel and synthetic diesel)

Scandlines turns down diesel engines, turns up wind power and reduces CO2 emissions once again

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With the aim of becoming emission-free by 2040, Scandlines is setting itself higher targets than the Paris Agreement. On 16 May 2022, Scandlines installed the Norsepower Rotor Sail on BERLIN in the port of Rostock while the ferry was out of service for a few hours.

COPENHAGEN already got it in 2020. Scandlines has reduced CO2 emissions from the hybrid ferry by an average of 4 percent – and on good days with optimal wind conditions by as much as 20 percent.

Nel Lines’ iconic ferry MYTILENE is sold for scrap

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MYTILENE (1973) of Nel Lines is being prepared to leave for Aliaga (Turkey) following her fleet mate THEOFILOS (1975) that was delivered on May 16. Her name has already been shortened to LENE and she will leave her anchorage soon.

MYTILENE was built in Japan in 1973 as the Vega of the Shin Higashi Nihon Ferry. She was purchased by Nel Lines in 1990 and extensively rebuild as a night ferry.

Route: Piraeus-Chios-Mytilene line (plus a call at Lemnos, Kavala and Thessaloniki twice a week in July 1992).

She also served the islands of Samos and Ikaria, connecting them with the ports of Piraeus and Thessaloniki or Kavala.

Nel Lines collapsed in 2013/ The ferry was eventually sold for scrap in May 2022.

Photo: Kostas Papadopoulos

QUEEN CORAL 8 delivered to Levante Ferries

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According to Kefalonia press, Levante Ferries’ officials are in Japan in order to complete the purchase of QUEEN CORAL 8 (1999). The ship was purchased at the end of March and she will be renamed CONTESSA DI LEVANTE. She had already undergone sea trials and inspection by Levante Ferries’ technicians, who will remain in Kure Kawanjiri until her final delivery and departure for Greece.

Her conversion into a passenger ferry will take place in Greece and she is expected to be introduced in the next season 2023.

Photos: Kefalonia Press

Tallink: new menu concept for Grande Buffet Restaurants

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Tallink Grupp has launched a new onboard buffet menu which is available onboard company’s Tallink and Silja Line’s vessels’ Grande Buffet restaurants from 18 May 2022. The menu includes more than 140 different dishes, sides and condiments to choose from and also plenty of vegan options to satisfy every passenger.

To provide variety throughout the year, the Grande Buffet restaurant’s new menu concept features seasonal theme tables which highlight regional ethnic culinary traditions. The traditional Swedish smörgåsbord theme table opens the summer season.

Titan LNG and Brittany Ferries embark on a long-term partnership for the supply of fuel for Brittany Ferries’ newbuild hybrids

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Titan LNG and Brittany Ferries have signed a long-term agreement for the supply of LNG and Liquified Bio Methane (LBM) to two new LNG-fuelled hybrid RoPax vessels that Brittany Ferries will operate between England and France from 2025.

The ferries will serve established routes connecting Portsmouth with St Malo, and Portsmouth with Ouistreham. Titan aims to supply fuel to both vessels during usual cargo operations alongside (SIMOPS) to avoid delays to sailing schedules.

The two LNG-hybrid ships will join the fleet in 2024 and 2025 replacing two of the longest-serving vessels, Bretagne (1989) and Normandie (1992).

The hybrid vessels will have a large battery hybrid power system of 10 MWh for propulsion and manoeuvring in port and an 8 MW electric shore connection that will allow charging in port, when infrastructure allows.