EU agrees preliminary ETS deal for shipping

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The European Parliament, the Council of Ministers represented by the Czech Presidency and the European Commission agreed preliminarily on the conditions on how to include maritime emissions in the EU ETS during the so-called trilogue on Tuesday 29 November.

As proposed by the Commission, not only trips inside the EU but also trips from EU ports to third countries and for third countries to EU ports (50%) will be included.

European shipowners welcome the outcome of yesterday’s trilogue negotiation and the provisional agreement on the EU ETS maritime. The Parliament and the Council have embraced the calls of the industry stakeholders to earmark  EU ETS revenues back to the maritime sector to support its energy transition.

At least 20 million ETS allowances, which correspond to 1.5 billion EUR under the current ETS carbon price, will be allocated to maritime projects under the Innovation Fund.

The provisional agreement on shipping is subject to an overall agreement on the ETS revision in late December.

BC Ferries Q2 shows another record level of vehicle traffic

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BC Ferries released its Q2 results for the three and six months ending September 30, 2022. Vehicle and passenger traffic, revenue and net earnings are all higher compared to the same periods in the prior year.

In Q2, the quarter ending September 30, 2022, BC Ferries carried 7.5 million passengers and 3.0 million vehicles.

Year-to-date, the company carried 12.9 million passengers  (+28%) and 5.4 million vehicles (+15%) respectively, compared to the same period in the prior year, primarily as a result of travel restrictions being in place through most of Q1 in the prior year.

BC Ferries’ net earnings for Q2 were $80.4 million, consistent with the same quarter the previous year.

Year-to-date since April 1, 2022, net earnings were $88.3 million compared to net earnings of $84.6 million in the prior year.

Revenue for the three months ending September 30, 2022, at $343.1 million, was up $26.3 million over the same period in the prior year primarily as a result of higher passenger traffic volumes, net retail sales, ferry transportation fees and fuel surcharges.

Year-to-date, revenue was $608.0 million, up $62.0 million over the same period in the prior year primarily as a result of higher traffic volumes, net retail sales and fuel surcharges partially offset by lower Safe Restart Funding.

Brødrene Aa is building autonomous ferry

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  • Torghatten and the autonomy supplier Zeabuz are behind the project of the first autonomous passenger ferry for commercial operation that will run in the middle of Stockholm.
  • Electric catamaran with a capacity of 25 people. I
  • Scheduled to be completed in April 2023.
  • The boat will operate a route between Kungsholmen and Søder Mellarstrand in Stockholm, with 15 hours of continuous electric operation each day.
  • The boat will be 12 meters long and will have an open, covered passenger deck with boarding and disembarking at both ends.
  • At first, the boat will always be led by a captain on board, while the trip will be monitored from a control room.
  • In the long term, the idea is that everything will be controlled from the control room on land.

Stena Line to add RoPax on Ireland-France service

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  • Stena Line will introduce a second ropax on its Rosslare – Cherbourg service, currently served by STENA HORIZON.
  • STENA VISION will increase frequency on the route to 6 departure days a week, starting June 2023.
  • 1,300 passengers and 485 passenger cabins (including) 42 pet cabins.
  • STENA VISION will also increase driver accompanied capacity with more cabin space for freight drivers.
  • STENA VISION will come fresh from the Baltic Sea, where it has been operating on the busy Swedish/Polish Karlskrona to Gdynia route. It will be replaced by the Stena Line’s new larger E-Flexer STENA EBBA early next year.
  • Stena Line currently charters SEATRUCK PANORAMA as freight-only vessel on the same route.

Green Orca’s for Liberty Lines

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EST-Floattech recently signed a long-term framework contract with Rolls-Royce Power Systems for the ‘Green Orca 1050’ battery module onboard 9 newbuild ferries and 1 mega yacht.

The first order of the new partnership are the lithium polymer battery modules of the ‘Green Orca 1050’ series as part of 9 hybrid fast ferries of Italian operator Liberty Lines equipped with mtu hybrid propulsion packs supplied by Rolls-Royce Power Systems.

The sister vessels of identical design will be built at the Spanish shipyard Armon between April 2023 and April 2024.

The vessels are scheduled to set sail between 2023 and 2026.

Short-term charter agreement extension

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AS Tallink Grupp and Corporate Travel Management (North) Ltd on behalf of The Scottish Government have agreed an extension to the short-term time-charter agreement for ropax VICTORIA I.

The vessel is providing temporary accommodation in Scotland.

The charter has been extended for five months from 14 January 2023.

Fjord1 starts testing electric ferries across the Tysfjord

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Fjord1 took over the operation of the national road ferries across the Tysfjord in Nordland today (1 December 2022), and will soon have the world’s longest electric ferry connection.

The new ferry contract between the Statens Vegvesen and Fjord1 covers both national road 827 between Drag and Kjøpsvik and E6 between Bognes and Skarberget.

The contract runs until 2032.

According to the contract, all the ordinary ferries across the Tysfjord must be operated with electricity. Now starts the test period between Drag and Kjøpsvik, which hosts the country’s – and the world’s – longest electric ferry connection.

Fjord1 put in three vessels, which have been rebuilt to be suitable for electric ferry operation.

Ferries LOTE and GLUTRA are already in place on the E6 between Bognes and Skarberget. However, the ferry quays are not adapted to electric operation yet, due to delays in the delivery of a new power line to Bognes. The ferry quays must be fully rebuilt and ready for electric operation by the autumn.

Thus, FANNEFJORD will be the first to launch electric operation across the Tysfjord when the vessel is completed in the new year. With a crossing of 14.8 kilometres, this is the world’s longest electric ferry connection.

In the meantime, the reserve ferry SULAFJORD will take the traffic between Drag and Kjøpsvik.

Construction started for the first RoPax ordered from MSC for GNV

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Guangzhou Shipbuilding International, a subsidiary of China State Shipbuilding Corporation, started the construction of the first of two (with option for further two) RoPax ships ordered last year by MSC and set to be operated by Grandi Navi Veloci.

The vessel has a length of 218m, a width of 29.6m, 3,100 lane metres capacity and a service speed of 25 knots.

There are 299 cabins on board and it can accommodate 1,500 passengers. It will be equipped with multiple themed restaurants, bars, lounges, children’s entertainment areas and other leisure and entertainment venues.

The first and second units of this series will be equipped with energy-saving and emission reduction devices such as SCR systems and waste heat recovery systems, while the third and fourth will be powered by an LNG dual-fuel propulsion system.

Grimaldi strengthens its presence on the RoPax lines between Italy and Greece

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Two events in the ports of Bari and Brindisi have been planned for the next week to celebrate some interesting news from Grimaldi Group on the Italy to Greece maritime services.

The Naples-based ferry group will introduce a fourth RoRo (still unidentified) on the route already linking the ports of Venice, Bari and Patras, thus increasing the frequency which is expected to become daily compared to the current three rotations per week.

Furthermore, Grimaldi Group will also present the already launched extension to Patras of the ferry link already operated between Brindisi and Igoumenitsa. The ferry EUROPA PALACE will follow the vessel named IGOUMENITSA already deployed on the line.

EUROPA PALACE has a capacity of 1,800 passengers and 2,600 lane metres garage.

MOBY LEGACY launched

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On 1 December 2022, MOBY LEGACY was launched at the GSI shipyard in Guangzhou.

It is the sister vessel of MOBY FANTASY, which is expected in Italy the coming months.

Both vessels will serve the Livorno-Olbia route (Sardinia).

MOBY LEGACY: 237m long | 32m wide | GT 69,500 |2500 passengers | 550 cabins | 3,800 lane meters | 1,300 cars or 300 trucks | Engine power 10.8 megawatts | Cruising speed 23.5 knots