Danish ferry tender officially awarded

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With signatures placed in the Danish Ministry of Transport, the ferry routes Alslinjen and Samsølinjen were finally awarded to Molslinjen for a new 10-year contract period.

The signatures also mean that the contracts for the construction of two new electric ferries in Turkey are activated.

Photo: Transport Minister Trine Bramsen and Molslinjen’s managing director, Carsten Jensen, with the contracts for the next 10 years on Alslinjen and Samsølinjen.

DFDS August volumes: strong passenger demand, freight remains robust in most regions

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Ferry – freight:

  • Due to lower volumes in the Baltic Sea region and on the Dover Strait, total volumes in August 2022 were 5.2% below 2021.
  • Freight volumes were higher than in 2021 in all other regions.
  • North Sea volumes were above 2021 despite a negative impact from a strike in Felixstowe port.
  • Volumes in the Mediterranean network continued to grow, even though fires in the Trieste region held back volumes, driven by higher Turkish industrial production and exports.
  • Channel’s volumes were below 2021 following a decrease on the Dover Strait due to partly lower total market volumes, and partly addition of capacity by a third ferry operator.
  • Baltic Sea’s volumes were below 2021 due to the war in Ukraine.
  • For the last twelve months 2022-21, the total transported freight lane metres decreased 1.4% to 43.3m from 43.9m in 2021-20.

Ferry – passenger:

  • The number of passengers increased fourfold to 693k equal to 82% of volumes in August 2019, the latest comparable month pre-Covid-19.
  • The number of cars equalled 85% of volumes in 2019.
  • The Channel business unit’s volumes were reduced by addition of capacity by a third ferry operator.
  • For the last twelve months 2022-21, the total number of passengers was 3.0m compared to 0.7m in 2021-20 and 5.1m in 2019.

Attica Group: EUR 120 million for green investments

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According to the Greek press, the management of the Attica Group submitted its EUR 120 million investment plan to the Recovery Fund for the energy upgrading of its existing ships, as well as the gradual replacement of its oldest vessels within a decade.

Attica Group has already completed a EUR 21 million investment for the construction of its three modern Aero Catamarans (AERO 1, 2 and 3), which were introduced last August in the Saronic Gulf service and officially presented to the press on September 8, 2022.

As far as the passenger traffic performance of the Group is concerned, the first eight months of 2022 (January-August) the traffic was reduced by 15% compared to 2019, while the traffic in August 2022, was reduced by 6% compared to August 2019.

More progress on the Greek Ports Privatization Process

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On September 8, 2022 the board of the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund was about to approve the documents of the candidates in the tender for the sale of the 67% of the Igoumenitsa Port Authority, while on September 22 will be the final deadline for the submission of binding financial offers for the port of Alexandroupolis.

So far, three are the submitted binding offers for the Port of Igoumenitsa (ATTICA S.A – AKTOR CONCESSIONS S.A., GRIMALDI EUROMED S.p.A. – MINOAN LINES and Thessaloniki Port Authority), while further development we will probably see after September 15.

As far as the Port of Alexandroupolis is concerned, within the framework of the Greek-American defense cooperation (Mutual Defense Cooperation Agreement – MDCA) the port is used by the American armed forces for the transfer of war material to Europe. In this tender, two investment partners are participating. On the one hand is Quintana Infrastructure & Development and on the other hand the consortium of Black Summit Financial Group, Euroports, EFA Group and GEK TERNA, as well as the consortium Cameron S.A., Goldair Cargo S.A. and Bollore Africa Logistics.

Guernsey will not buy a new passenger ferry for the island

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In January 2022, the Policy & Resource Committee of Guernsey announced its intention to buy a ferry to lease to Condor Ferries.

“The idea was that a conventional ferry would add support to Condor’s current cluster of ships, which would give more security and an enhanced service to the island,” said the President of the Committee, Deputy Peter Ferbrache

Last week, the Policy & Resources Committee said it has abandoned plans to buy the island a new passenger ferry.

Interislander confirms purchase of roro VALENTINE

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Interislander has confirmed it will buy the former CLdN roro VALENTINE to provide resilience and secure freight capacity heading into the busy summer and Christmas period.

Interislander leased the roro in November 2021 to provide freight capacity across Te Moana-o-Raukawa Cook Strait while repairs were undertaken on the KAIARAHI gearbox.

KiwiRail has exercised the purchase option, buying the ship from Gotland Shipping (see our news from 2 December 2021).

Cin-Moby roro GIUSEPPE LUCCHESI chartered by Cotunav for 1+1 years

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Cotunav is rumoured to have chartered the roro ship GIUSEPPE LUCCHESI owned by Compagnia Italiana di Navigazione, company part of Moby Group (12m+12m)

The 3,660 lane meter unit, is at the time of writing still deployed on the Italian cabotage linking the port of Cagliari and Olbia with Livorno.

The charter rate should be around EUR 20,000 per day according to broker sources.

Cotunav will deploy the vessel on the maritime links from Tunisia to Italy (Livorno and Genova) and France (Marseille), the same route where is already active the roro LEEVSTEN for which the charter from Siem Group has been extended for three years starting from next January. Daily rate should exceed EUR 22,000 per day.

Naming ceremony for the world’s biggest ice-rated ConRo vessel

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8 September 2022, Wallenius SOL’s new record-breaking vessel BOTNIA ENABLER was christened in the Port of Skellefteå.

BOTNIA ENABLER is not only the world’s biggest ice-rated ConRo vessel with multi-fuel operation, but also the biggest ship that has ever called at the Port of Skellefteå. It was with much due pomp and ceremony that invited guests, politicians and representatives of trade and industry bore witness to the ship’s godmother Ulla Löfven when she according to tradition broke a bottle of champagne against the ship’s 242 metre long hull.

BOTNIA ENABLER will share the Zeebrugge-Antwerp-Kokkola-Oulu-Kemi-Skellefteå-Travemünde route with her sister ship, BALTIC ENABLER. This means weekly calls with a total capacity of 6,442 lane metres (962 TEU).