Polish Port of Kołobrzeg is looking for a partner to create a terminal and launch a ferry connection

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Zarząd Portu Morskiego Kołobrzeg Sp. z o.o. [The Management Board of the Kołobrzeg Seaport Ltd.] is looking for a Partner to create a terminal and launch a ferry connection.

The task will be performed by granting a concession to operate the terminal and operate the ferry connection.

Zarząd Portu Morskiego Kołobrzeg Sp. z o.o. [The Management Board of the Kołobrzeg Seaport Ltd.] has a Functional and Utility Program and Navigation Expertise for specific ferries, which are attached to the procedure.

Corsica Ferries number one in passengers, Corsica Linea in freight

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The Corsican Chambre of Commerce [2a.cci.fr] publishes monthly the ferry statistics.

When looking at the 2021 results, two main trends are visible:

  • Corsica Ferries (the yellow ships) has the biggest share of passenger traffic, with Toulon as main continental port.
  • Corsica Linea (the red ships) has the biggest share of freight, with Marseille as main continental port

Robin des Bois Q1 Shipbreaking Report

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NGO Robin des Bois publishes quarterly information and analysis bulletins about shipbreaking.

2022, Q1 has now been published in English.

Ferry  (page 19-27)

  • 9 demolitions
  • Average age, 42 years.
  • 5 were built by European or Norwegian yards
  • 3 are bound for Turkish scrapyards, 2 for the Indian subcontinent.
  • Europe exports, so does Canada. The Canadian ferry NORDIK EXPRESS should be scrapped in Santo Domingo. The Turkish PIRI REIS UNIVESITESI was beached in Alang.

Norled to operate new “Whaler” ferries for Østfold public transport

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  • Norled AS won the contract for a new operating agreement for Hvalersambandet, from 1 January 2024.
  • Østfold kollektivtrafikk is very satisfied with the result, both in terms of price and quality.
  • Norled AS won the contract in competition with 2 other companies.
  • Norled AS has offered a new, battery-electric car ferry with room for 147 passengers and 8 cars. The ferry is a catamaran that will be built in composite with a length of 30 meters and a width of 11 meters.
  • Shipyard: Brøderne Aa.
  • The contract is valid for 13 years with the possibility of extension for another 7 years.
  • The contract includes a car ferry and a reserve ferry with a total value of approximately NOK 550 million for the entire agreement period.
  • Route between Skjærhalden and the islands to the east. (Ytre Havler National Park)

Wallenius SOL’s record ship reaches Europe – first call Zeebrugge

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BOTNIA ENABLER – the world’s largest ice-rated ConRo vessel with multi-fuel (*) operation – has reached Europe and will enter regular service within a few days.

The first of two Ferry Shipping Summit award-winning ConRo vessels called at Zeebrugge on June 30th.

“Finally being able to welcome her to Europe is a big deal,” says Ragnar Johansson, Managing Director at Wallenius SOL.

On 7 July 2022, BOTNIA ENABLER will enter scheduled traffic on her regular Zeebrugge-Antwerp-Kookola-Oulu-Kemi-Skellefteå-Travemünde route.

“Botnia Enabler has increased our container capacity by 300%, and almost 100% for RoRo cargo, compared to the ship she is replacing. And later, when we add BALTIC ENABLER, the route will have a capacity of 962 TEU,” says Ragnar Johansson.

The vessels have been designed by Knud E. Hansen.

(*) Multi fuel = LNG, LBG, diesel and synthetic diesel

Ragnar Johansson, Managing Director Wallenius SOL, and Michael Kjellberg, Board Member Wallenius SOL, minutes before embarking the ship for the first time.

Lieve Duprez, Chief Officer Shortsea at Port of Antwerp Bruges and Captain Tobias Persson

Extended service with a new major linkspan at Stockholm Norvik Port

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Ports of Stockholm is investing in the RoRo segment and is building a large-sized new linkspan for rolling goods in Stockholm Norvik Port. It will give customers greater flexibility and a significantly improved loading and unloading capacity. Steel parts for the 146-metre long and 10-metre wide linkspan were transported by sea from Rauma in Finland. The linkspan is planned to be operational in July 2022.

New 18-acre site for Rosslare Europort

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Agreement has been reached by Rosslare Europort to secure 18 acres of additional lands next to the port.

The site, which is zoned for commercial use is adjacent to the new proposed freight port entrance and will have a direct connection to both the port and the new port access road being constructed by Transport Infrastructure Ireland and Wexford County Council.

The new site will add significant capacity to future RoRo, ConRo freight operations, ORE and other bulk storage activity at Rosslare and will further position Rosslare Europort to attract shipping services from other ports that are and will in the future experience further congestion and capacity constraints.

Seajets: new ferry connection from Thessaloniki to North Aegean

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Seajets announced that from July 12 they will launch a new ferry connection from Thessaloniki to Lemnos (3 hours and 55 minutes) and Mytilene (6 hours and 45 minutes).

The ship that will serve the new line will be the HSC CHAMPION JET 1, which will sail every Tuesday morning (07.00) for the above ports.

The new line will be added to the other one that Seajets serve with great success, from Thessaloniki to Sporades islands (Skiathos-Skopelos-Alonissos) and Mandoudi (Evia).

Seajets, currently operate 21 vessels, serve 50 ports and more than 380 ferry connections to the Aegean Sea.

The new Thessaloniki-Izmir line will be launched fall 2022

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According to the latest information, the new ferry connection between Thessaloniki and Izmir will be launched fall 2022.

So far, it was decided to have one intermediate call to the port of Mytilene. (route Thessaloniki – Mytilene – Izmir).

The aim is to carry trucks cheaply from Izmir either to Thessaloniki and then through the Egnatia motorway to Igoumenitsa port and Italy, or to unload them in Mytilene and transship them to Piraeus for Southern Greece and Crete.

The port of Mytilene will enhance tourism for both countries.

The ship that will be introduced is Levante Ferries’ RoPax SMYRNA DI LEVANTE which is being converted into a ferry that looks like new.