Baleària orders innovative ferry for Ibiza – Formentera route

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Baleària presented at the FITUR fair the first diesel-battery-electric ropax ferry, with zero emissions in port and during manoeuvring.

The vessel will also be a test lab for the use of green hydrogen (100kW). The shipping company participates in the European Green Hysland project, whose objective is to turn Mallorca into the first green hydrogen hub in southwestern Europe.

To be built by Armón, Vigo
Interior: Oliver Design
Delivered summer 2023
Crossing time: 1 hour
Pax: 350 | Trucks: 14
Length 83m | Width 15m | Speed 12.5 knots

From the point of view of passengers, the design prioritizes exterior accommodations, focused mainly on the summer market, with terraces at different levels where you can enjoy views of the sea during the journey and with services focused on the pleasure of travelling: chill-out areas, a large bar with space for a DJ and a shower area to cool off.

Oma Baatbyggeri to build three hybrid battery-electric ferries for Norled

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Oma Baatbyggeri has signed a contract with Norled AS for two hybrid battery-electric ferries. Soon, a contract with Florø Skyssbåt AS will be signed for another one.

All three ferries will operate route package 2 (RP2) in Sogn og Fjordane, Norway.

The RP2 ships are based on the well-known Combi-catamaran concept from Oma Baatbyggeri, which started in 2001 and can now be found along the entire long Norwegian coast.

The boats have the capacity to carry a truck of 20 tonnes, alternatively 7 passenger cars, in combination with 70 passengers.

The RP2 boats are delivered with hybrid battery-electric propulsion systems. This means a 100% electric operation in most of the routes they will operate.

Service speed is 22-25 knots, and the length of the vessel is 30 meters.

With this order, Oma Baatbyggeri ensures good employment until November 2023.

Vauban Infrastructure Partners acquired Boreal Holding AS

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Friday 14 January 2022. Vauban Infrastructure Partners announced the closing of the Odin Project for the acquisition, by an entity controlled by an investment fund managed by Vauban, of Boreal Holding AS and its subsidiaries from Everbright Overseas Infrastructure Investment Fund LP (“EOIIF”), a fund sponsored and managed by China Everbright Limited (“CEL”) (HKG: 0165).

This acquisition strengthens Vauban’s investment footprint in the mobility sector as well as its presence in the Nordics region.

Boreal is one of the largest operators in the Norwegian public transportation market. It operates contracts granted by public transport authorities in four key segments of car ferries, fast ferries, light rail and nationwide buses.

The transaction is the fourth investment managed by Vauban Infrastructure Partners in the Nordics region after the acquisition of stakes in Oslofjörd Värme (a Norwegian district heating company), Loiste Group (a Finnish multi utility company) and Borealis Data Center (an Icelandic data centre) respectively in 2018, 2019 and 2021.

Virtu Ferries buys a new high-speed ferry for Gozo

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Virtu Ferries announced the purchase of a new High-Speed Ferry for the Mgarr, Gozo to Valletta, Malta route.

This €7 Million investment indicates Virtu’s commitment to the Gozo route.

The HSC GOZO EXPRESS, will be registered under the Malta flag and was designed by lncat Crowther.

HSC GOZO EXPRESS has an overall length of 42.2 meters, with a carrying capacity of 322 passengers, in airconditioned lounges on two decks and outside seating for 40 passengers on the upper deck.

She 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.

She successfully completed sea trials in December 2021 and is expected to be delivered to Virtu Ferries by mid-March 2022.

HSC GOZO EXPRESS will replace the SES SAN PAWL and will operate alongside the SES SAN FRANGISK.

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

Visentini’s RoRo EXCELLENT was sold to a Greek Company

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The owner of the Trasporti Fluviomarittimi shipping company Mr Giovanni Visentini confirmed the sale of his RoRo EXCELLENT to a Greek Company for about EUR 3,8 million. The Memorandum of Agreement has already been signed and it is expected to be completed at the end of January in Venice.

The 125m ship is currently in the port of Brindisi as her long-term charter with the Italian Ministry of Defence ended, due to the age limit.

She was built in Croatia (Kraljevica) in 1994 as the CROWN LINK (Sea-Link Alpha BV) and served for many North European operators in her 30-year career.

1,026 lane metres | 15 knots

Navigazione Libera del Golfo purchased the HSC IRIS 1 from Greece

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Italian ‘Navigazione Libera del Golfo’ has purchased the High-Speed Craft IRIS 1 from Greece (Plaxiven Consulting also owner of the fast catamaran CAT I) for over EUR 5 million.

The ship came in Greece in November 2019 shipped on the vessel ROLLDOCK SUN. She was purchased from the Korean Nam Hae Express Co and her former name was GEOHUNG IRIS.

IRIS 1 will enter service on the Termoli – Tremiti Islands line.

Built in Norway (Kvaerner Fjellstrand) 1999 | 452 pax | 52 private cars | 40 knots

Photo: Barca Ferry

Stena Line and Associated British Ports sign £100M deal for new ferry terminal at the Port of Immingham

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Stena Line and Associated British Ports will jointly develop a new freight terminal at the Port of Immingham in the Humber region.

The £100M agreement will see the Swedish ferry company operate the new terminal for the next 50 years.

It is a major long-term commitment and boost for the region, where freight on routes to and from the EU has been booming since Brexit.

At the start of the year Stena Line relocated its Rotterdam freight service to the Port of Immingham, the largest port in the UK by tonnage, which is owned by ABP. The move has allowed the company to become the provider of both the terminal and shipping operations, which has resulted in improved benefits and expanded services to its significant freight customers in the region.

With freight levels continuing to grow for the company, Stena Line needs to add capacity and expand its operations at Immingham. It requires a long-term solution that has access to the main Humber Estuary. This would allow for quicker sailing times and the option to use larger vessels to cater for increased freight demand from exporters and importers from across the region and the rest of the UK.

The proposals outline the relocation of Stena Line’s current Immingham freight operations to a new site, adjacent to Immingham Outer Harbour, where ABP will develop a new purpose built terminal facility. The proposals will allow the company to further expand its services by providing increased freight capacity for its customers. It is a significant infrastructure development for the region.

The French flag flies on the SALAMANCA

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Tuesday 18 January, 2022, the tricolor was hoisted on Brittany Ferries’ new ship, the SALAMANCA. This flag indicates that the ship is now officially French and manned by a French crew.

The SALAMANCA becomes one of nine ships to sail under the tricolor flag of Brittany Ferries, the leading employer of French crew.

Photo: Jean-Marc Roué, captain Christophe Bergeroux and Christophe Mathieu

Successfully through the pandemic – 2021 cargo handling in Rostock reaches all-time high

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A total of 30.48 million tonnes of goods passed through the port of Rostock, an all-time record.

The strongest growth was achieved in the handling of wheeled cargo in ferry and roro traffic.

+18% roro cargo (18 million tonnes in total)

+63% roro cargo share

+11% trucks (407,000)

+27% trailers (161,000)

+31% cars and campers (429,000)

+41% railway wagons carried to and from Trelleborg (27,100 units)

Grimaldi’s EUROCARGO NAPOLI bound for Ukrainian interests

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Following a failed attempt in 2021 with the start-up company Morocco Cruise Line, Grimaldi Group is now selling again the roro ship EUROCARGO NAPOLI.

Market sources revealed (and the Italian shipping group confirmed to Ferry Shipping News) that the buyers are Ukraine-based interests.

Up to date the roro unit in question has been sailing on the Genova – Porto Torres – Cagliari link on the Italian motorways of the seas.

EUROCARGO NAPOLI: 175m | 18.5 knots | 1,940 lane metres | cars 400