Groundbreaking hydrogen ferries contract for Norway’s most challenging ferry crossing

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Norwegian Public Roads Administration and EQT-owned Torghatten Nord signed the contract to operate ‘Vestfjordstrekninga’ from 2025 till 2040. The ferries will run on hydrogen.

The contract is worth NOK 4.9 billion.

Vestfjordstrekninga connects Bodø, Røst, Værøy and Moskenes and is the longest ferry connection in Norway with 278 kilometres in total. Crossing the Vestfjorden between Bodø on the mainland and three islands in Lofoten involves a close to 100 km open ocean crossing above the Arctic Circle and is considered Norway’s most challenging ferry crossing.

Tourism makes the summer traffic very busy. It is also an important connection for the business development in the community.

Two new ferries will be used on Vestfjorden, with a minimum of 85% hydrogen-based fuels. The ferries will be bunkering between 5 and 6 tons of hydrogen per day.

The two ferries currently operating the routes will be converted from using LNG to use biofuels, and they will accompany the new ferries in the summer tourist season. The two hydrogen fuelled ferries will operate year-round and will daily require 5-6 t green hydrogen. They will also be able to use other fuels if needed.

From left Anders Sæternes (department director ferry, Statens Vegvesen), Minister of Transport Jon-Ivar Nygård (Labor Party) and Torkild Torkildsen (CEO of Torghatten Nord).

Photo: Kent Even Grundstad / Torghatten Nord

Illustration: Gaute Larsen, Statens vegvesen

The new ferries will be about 120 m long and with capacity to carry 120 cars and 599 passengers.

The ships will be developed by Norwegian Ship Design .

FORZA and TENACIA to start a 5-year bareboat charter with GNV

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The sister ships FORZA and TENACIA —owned by Grimaldi Holding— will start a new 5-year bareboat charter with Grandi Navi Veloci, starting in February.

Broker sources suggest that the daily rate should be EUR 14,500 for the first three years, 14,750 for the fourth and 15,000 for the fifth. No options included for extending the period or for purchasing the ro-pax sister vessels.

Since September 2020 both the ferries have been operating for GNV in sub-charter from Trasmediterranea.

Both have a capacity of 2,000 lane meters and 1,000 passengers and are currently deployed on the routes linking Italy mainland to Sicily (Civitavecchia – Palermo) and Spain with the Balearic Islands (Barcelona – Palma).

Norwegian ferry SVANOY will join the STQ fleet in early 2022

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Société des traversiers du Québec (STQ) has entered into a charter contract with the Quebec firm Logistec to add SVANØY to its operational fleet for the year 2022 with an option of extension for the year 2023. [SVANOY on MarineTraffic]

The ship is currently in Ålesund and will transit to Quebec in the coming days. She will be able to start her service at the Isle-aux-Coudres crossing next spring if everything goes as planned.

The return of JOSEPH-SAVARD, the main ship of the crossing is scheduled for June 2022.

The arrival of SVANØY will also allow the FÉLIX-ANTOINE-SAVARD to resume its role as relief ship.

The SVANØY lease contract is a new and unprecedented business model totaling $15,106,255 (EUR 10.5 million) if STQ uses the option year provided for in the contract.

According to the ratified agreement, Logistec will be responsible for the condition of the vessel, ensuring its proper functioning, ensuring its maintenance and is responsible for obtaining all the required certifications, including those of Transport Canada, to sail in Canadian waters.

Seajets RAPID LINK JET is preparing for service

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On 15 January 2022, Seajets’ HSC RAPID LINK JET and HSC CHAMPION JET 1 entered the large Spanopoulos group dry dock for schedules and annual repairs. RAPID LINK JET was purchased in October 2019 from the Bridgemans Trinidad LP and since December 2019 was laid up at Ambelakia Salamis. The repairs and dry docking reveal that the ship is preparing for service in the domestic market for the summer season 2022.

Seajets owns 17 High Speed Craft and serves 33 islands with 330 connections.

The fleet capacity is for 20,000 passengers and 3,500 private cars.

Photo: Kostas Papadopoulos

Hai You Shipping orders a CoCo Yachts Coastal Cruiser 400

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Hai You Shipping (Taiwan) ordered her first CoCo Yachts designed and Glow Marine of Singapore-built fast ferry, a Coastal Cruiser 400.

The Coastal Cruiser 400 is specially designed for Hai You Shipping, and features a reversed bow, a length over all of 42.80m, and a beam of 10.3m. The hull is specially designed for high-speed sailing in rough weather, while maintaining comfort and efficiency. The propulsion exists of four MTU 12V2000M86, each driving one Hamilton HTX-52 waterjet through a ZF 3050 gearbox.  Auxiliary power will be provided by two Kohler 99kW generator sets. The aluminium construction is designed for sailing in waves up to 4m and the vessel is fully compliant to the rules and regulations of ROC and CR for high-speed passenger ships sailing in Taiwan coastal waters.

The Coastal Cruiser 400 will have a service speed of 35 knots, and a range of approx. 350 NM.

Keel laid for two fully electric ferries for Riveer (City of Gorinchem, Netherlands)

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On 15 December 2021, the keel laying ceremony for two electric ferries for Riveer (Gorinchem) took place at Alumare, Poland. The two vessels are due to enter service early 2023 and will sail on the river De Merwede between the cities of Gorinchem, Sleeuwijk, Werkendam and Hardinxveld-Giessendam.

The ferries are designed by CoCo Yachts B.V. of The Netherlands after Riveer contracted them to design a fully electric ferry. The only requirements that Riveer gave the designer was that the ferry had to be 100% emission-free and that at least the current timetable of the ferry service had to be maintained with some allowance for battery charging.

This resulted in a 35.3m full aluminium double-ended catamaran, able to carry 100 passengers and 100 bicycles. After a long and intensive tender procedure, Holland Shipyards Group of The Netherlands has been awarded to build the ships.

ANTONELLO DA MESSINA chartered by BluNavy

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The ferry company BluNavy has just welcomed in its fleet the ropax unit ANTONELLO DA MESSINA chartered in from Siremar (jointly controlled by Caronte & Tourist and Liberty Lines).

After some tests the ship started covering the Piombino – Porto Ferraio route offering 4 roundtrips per day and operates ‘in combination’ with the ferry VESTA.

ANTONELLO DA MESSINA has been chartered to replace the ferry ACCIARELLO which is expected to be refitted.

740 pax | 70 cars | 16 knots speed | 71m | Built 1989 Shipyard Nuovi Cantieri Apuania

Photo: Mattia Montanelli

ForSea: Increase in traffic despite pandemic

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Throughout 2021, ForSea has sailed between Helsingborg-Helsingör according to the normal timetable regardless of the pandemic’s.

Freight traffic trends

  • +8.5% freight compared to 2020
  • +3.5% freight compared to 2019
  • This can be seen as an effect of changed consumption patterns, as more and more orders are placed online.

Passenger traffic trends

  • Shorter trips, preferably by car or train before air travel.
  • Holidays nearby, or touring” between Sweden and Denmark.
  • +12% passengers compared to 2020.
  • +13% increase in sales in the onboard shops compared with the normal year 2019

Environmental trends

  • Targets for reduced CO2 levels set for the year 2030 will be met as early as 2022.
  • Ferry AURORA continues to sail with battery operation.
  • The upgrade of TYCHO BRAHE’s batteries is expected to be completed shortly.
  • Calculations for 2022 show an expected reduction of 71% CO2 emissions compared to 2016.
  • New for the year are CO2 equivalents for all food served in restaurants and cafés. Thus, everything becomes measurable and the opportunity to produce more sustainable food is created. In addition, guests can easily compare the different offerings and make their own, active environmental choices.

“We leave 2021 with a positive feeling and look forward to 2022 “, says Kristian Durhuus, CEO of ForSea (photo).