Norled wins the contract for the Trondheimfjord

By | 2022 Newsletter week 42 | No Comments

On 14 October 2022, Norled AS won the contracts for:

  • Route 800 Trondheim – Kristiansund
  • Route 805 Trondheim – Brekstad
  • Route 810 Trondheim – Vanvikan

Contract lasts until 24 April 2030.

  • 2 new electric vessels for Trondheim – Kristiansund: aim to reduce CO2 emissions with 70%
  • 1 new electric vessel for Trondheim – Brekstad (route 805) – emission reduction is up to 80%.
  • During the start-up period, the connections will be operated by alternative vessels until the new boats are in place during 2024.
  • On the route Trondheim – Vanvikan (route 810), the vessel TIDEVIND will be converted into battery hybrid operation.

SHIFT will provide the new battery exchange solution.

Cross-Channel route Dieppe – Newhaven remains in the hands of DFDS

By | 2022 Newsletter week 42 | No Comments

The Seine-Maritime Department has confirmed DFDS, the current operator of the Dieppe Newhaven “Transmanche Ferries” route, as the operator until 2027.

Ferry company Brittany Ferries was the other candidate but was not selected.

Ropax ferries SEVEN SISTERS and COTE D’ALBATRE are owned by the region (Syndicat Mixte de Promotion de l’Activité Transmanche) and chartered to DFDS.

In the communication (see French press release on Twitter), a lot of emphasis is put on the values of the French flag against the social dumping on other ferry routes.

Achille Onorato (Moby) announced new investments for retrofit and newbuilding

By | 2022 Newsletter week 42 | No Comments

During a conference organized by the Italian shipowners’ association Assarmatori in Livorno, CEO Achille Onorato said to Ferry Shipping News:

  • Moby is preparing a new plan for investments into the retrofit of some ships in the company’s fleet. It will be presented in two weeks’ time.
  • Also considering a project for building new ships for Toremar.
  • The Italian Government put on the table some EUR 500 million, aimed at renovating the tonnage deployed on the cabotage market. Half of the funds coming from the EU Next Gen Program are for newbuilding projects and the remaining half for investments in retrofit.
  • Commenting on the ongoing year, Achille Onorato just said that “the current warm climate in Italy is offering a sort of second season thus resulting in high numbers of passengers travelling to and from the islands” (Sardinia and Elba).
  • Last but not least, both new ferries under construction in China are set to enter service on the Livorno – Olbia route in H1, 2023.

Godby Shipping: chartering situation

By | 2022 Newsletter week 42 | No Comments

In this year’s second edition of FlaskPosten (PDF), Godby Shipping reports the fleet deployment.

MIDAS was redelivered from the charter to Caribbean Linked Shipping in March, traded for a month as docking replacement for MIMER in the CMA CGM system, came ”home” to Landskrona for docking and started a 6+6+6 month time charter for Scandic Line. The traffic is similar to what Midas were doing for Wagenborg 2020, ie Riga-Södertälje.

Cargo volumes have been weak so it remains to be seen what happens in the future.

  • MIDAS Scandic Line November 2022 + options
  • MISTRAL Smyril December 2022 + options
  • BALTIC BRIGHT Holmen December 2023
  • MIMER CMA CGM December 2023 + option
  • LYSVIK and LYSBRIS DFDS December 2023 + options
  • MISANA and MISIDA Sea-Cargo December 2026 + option

Green Shipping Corridor (1): Dover, Calais, Dunkerque

By | 2022 Newsletter week 42 | No Comments

UK Transport Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan announced that the Port of Dover has been successful in its bid to fund the Green Corridor Short Straits (GCSS) consortium’s feasibility study to establish a zero-carbon trade route, a partnership which also includes French sister ports, Calais and Dunkirk.

The Green Corridor Short Straits study focuses on the route between the Port of Dover and the Ports of Calais and Dunkirk will support the transition to green crossings to and from the UK, making way for zero-emission vessels, leisure crafts and workboats in the future.

Green Shipping Corridor (2): Gent – Göteborg

The services between the Port of Gothenburg and North Sea Port (Ghent) have been a key route for Swedish and Belgian industry and food supplies. The route will become a green corridor, as the port authorities have come together, aiming toward using alternative fuels for seagoing vessels by 2025.

Green Shipping Corridor (3)

According to the Clydebank Declaration established at the COP26 climate summit a “Green Corridor” means that a shipping route between two ports is served by green marine transport operations. The Clydebank Declaration was signed by Sweden, Belgium and 30 other countries during COP26, and states that the countries in question shall promote the climate transition of the shipping industry by supporting and encouraging green shipping corridors.

Hansa Destinations increases intermodal

By | 2022 Newsletter week 42 | No Comments

Since September two new intermodal opportunities will speed up the transfer from road to rail and sea: 9 weekly additional train roundtrips connecting Duisburg as well as the hub Kaldenkirchen with Rostock.

The combination of trains and ferry schedules provides a fast and sustainable transport connecting southern, western with northern Europe.

Both train connections are tailormade to fit Hansa Destinations schedule to connect to/from middle and north of Sweden with Rostock.

Hansa Destinations are also expanding its services with cargo transport departures directly from Rostock to Visby on the island of Gotland.

Port of Antwerp-Bruges: slight growth despite ongoing challenges

By | 2022 Newsletter week 42 | No Comments
  • After nine months, the total throughput of Port of Antwerp-Bruges was 217.4 million tonnes, a slight increase of 0.8% compared to the same period last year.
  • Despite the negative impact of the geopolitical and macroeconomic context, all cargo flows are recording growth, with the exception of the container segment, which remains under pressure.
  • RoRo traffic saw an increase of 8.1%.
  • Throughput of new cars increased 8.5%, mainly due to strong arrivals from China.
  • Unaccompanied roro cargo (excluding containers) grew by 13%.