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CLdN ro-ro signed a contract with Hyundai Mipo Dockyards for two hybrid 8,000 lane meter ro-ro vessels.

After the delivery of the new 5,000 lane meter LNG vessel FAUSTINE at the end of last year and the expected delivery of her sister SERAPHINE later this month, CLdN has now placed an order or for two new super-efficient 8,000 lane meter vessels with a technologically advanced propulsion train.

The order represents the largest investment in CLdN’s history and is a result of two years of intense engineering and development together with Hyundai Mipo Dockyard.

The new vessels, cargo wise, are modelled on the two 8,000 lane meter ships CELINE and DELPHINE, which CLdN operates since 2017.

Hybrid design

The new ships will be equipped with two LNG dual fuel main engines (ME-GI type) of 11MW each, as well as two electric propulsion motors of 6MW each.

In full electric mode the ship can achieve a cruising speed of 16-17 knots.

Both vessels will also be future proofed, to allow expansion or integration of technological advancements as time moves on. Compared with CLdN’s largest vessels currently in operation, the new ships will further reduce GHG emissions by 40% and will be NOx TIER III compliant.

Reducing carbon footprint

In 2021, CLdN announced they are the top performer amongst their ro-ro shipping peers in Northwest Europe for CO2 emissions per tonne of freight carried. These new vessels will strengthen CLdN’s current position as greenest ro-ro operator and push its ambition to further reduce its carbon footprint.

By investing in technologically advanced ships and terminals, CLdN enables its customers to improve their carbon footprint and support them at the same time in making their supply chains more efficient and robust.

Source: CLdN Press Release

Color Line resumes operations on the Oslo-Kiel and Sandefjord-Strømstad routes

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Due to the reduction of the Norwegian corona measures, Color Line will resume operations on the routes between Oslo and Kiel and Sandefjord and Strømstad. The decision means that all four ships that have been taken out of service will resume their sailings, and that the company’s approximately 950 laid off employees will gradually return to work.

12 February: COLOR MAGIC
25 February: COLOR FANTASY

9 February: COLOR HYBRID
28 February: COLOR VIKING

In a normal year, Color Line carries close to four million passengers and 200,000 freight units between Norway and Denmark, Sweden and Germany, divided into four year-round routes and seven ships. The booking rate for 2022 is already in line with or over the same time in 2019.

Stena Line sets sail to Finland for the first time – responds to market demand

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The new Stena Line Stockholm Norvik Port – Port of Hanko route was inaugurated on 1 February with a ceremony at Stockholm Norvik.

Since the 1st of February, URD operates on the route, with three departures each week.
A second vessel, STENA GOTHICA, will be added to the route in May, resulting in daily departures from both ports.
Both vessels have a lane metre capacity of 1,600 and can carry 186 passengers.

”This new service is primarily an outcome of customer dialogue and market demand,” says Johan Edelman, Trade Director Baltic Sea North Stena Line. “The new route marks the next step in Stena Line’s ambition to further expand and strengthen its position in the Baltic Sea.”

>>> Click on the map below to see an interactive route map

Group Photo:
Thomas Andersson, CEO Ports of Stockholm
Kristoffer Tamsons, Regional Minister for Transport of Region Stockholm
Harry Bouveng, Chairman of the municipal board Nynäshamn
Johan Edelman, Trade Director Baltic Sea North Stena Line

STEF’s subsidiary La Méridionale performed well on the freight side

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STEF, specialist in temperature-controlled transport and logistics for food products, announced a turnover of €3.5 billion for the year 2021, up 11.5%, including €950 million for the 4th quarter, which is up by 15.2%.

During Q4, La Méridionale achieved the expected performance on its crossings to Corsica under the current public service delegation.

On the Marseille-Tangier line, the company was affected by the closure of the Moroccan borders which considerably reduced passenger traffic in early December, even though its freight activities are showing a steady increase in fill rate.

2021, an exceptional year for Port Boulogne Calais

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In 2021, Port Boulogne Calais experienced a very full year which could be
described as “extraordinary”:

  • the entry into force of Brexit and the United Kingdom’s exit from the Common Market
  • the COVID-19 health crisis
  • the arrival of a third cross-Channel company, Irish Ferries
  • the start of the DFDS roro service Calais-Sheerness (temp. suspended in January 2022)
  • the opening of the new port of Calais which marks the completion of 6 years of work on the largest port site in Europe at the start of the century

Cross-Channel activity: 
-1.0% cargo 38,199,399 tonnes
-1.4% freight 1,638,695 units
-27% passengers 2,387,757
-42% passenger vehicles 248,217

Dublin Port sees full year impact of Brexit on unitised volumes

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83% of Dublin Port’s volumes are in the RoRo and LoLo modes and there were contrasting outcomes in these two modes:

  • The number of RoRo units fell by -9.3% or 99,000 trailers
  • This was significantly offset by an increase in LoLo units of +10.2% or 43,000 containers
  • Overall unitised volumes (RoRo and LoLo combined) were down by -3.8% or 56,000 units

The full year impacts of Brexit on Dublin Port’s unitised volumes (RoRo and LoLo) are now clear:

  • The overall decline in the number of containers and trailers was small (-3.8%).
  • Fewer goods are now moving in trailers in the RoRo mode and more are moving in containers in the LoLo mode.  LoLo’s share of unitised volumes increased from 29% to 33%.
  • Fewer RoRo trailers are moving driver-accompanied.  During 2021, their number declined by 90,000, contributing substantially to the overall decline in RoRo volumes of 99,000.
  • The decline in RoRo volumes was concentrated on routes to the GB ports of Holyhead, Liverpool and Heysham where volumes declined by 187,000 (-21%) to 703,000.
  • However, RoRo volumes on direct routes to Continental Europe increased by 88,000 to 259,000.
  • As a result, where GB routes accounted for 64% of all of the 1.5 million unit loads (RoRo and LoLo combined) in 2020, they only accounted for 52% of the 1.4 million unit loads in 2021.

Record year for Belfast Harbour

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  • Trade through Belfast Harbour has benefitted from an increase in global trade, the restart of domestic travel and cruise tourism and investment in new infrastructure projects during 2021.
  • +9% (25.6m tonnes handled)
  • +12% RoRo freight (almost 600k freight units), following significant investment in terminals and facilities and demonstrating the importance of Stena Line’s freight traffic routes to Scotland and England to the local economy.
  • +15% container traffic (highest level since 2008)
  • +69% ferry passengers (1.5 million people), with routes benefitting from the easing of travel restrictions and the growth in the ‘Staycation’ market.
  • Stena Line’s Belfast to Liverpool route proved particularly popular as over 400,000 passengers used the service in 2021, up over 150% on 2020 levels.

Source: Belfast Harbour

Port of Zeebrugge 2021: 4,6% growth and record-breaking volumes since 2010

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In 2021 port of Zeebrugge realized a growth of 4.6% and the total handled tonnage just does not reach the cape of 50 million tons (49,169,915 total tonnage). Only the year 2010, with 49.6 million tons, precedes 2021 in the records.

With the container sector leading the way (+15.1%), all sectors except liquid bulk (-10.9%) posted positive results last year: RoRo +5.1%, Bulk +6.7%, Solid bulk +2%.

For the port of Zeebrugge whose largest trading partner is the United Kingdom, Brexit posed an unprecedented challenge.
The existing connections to Ireland proved to be an absolute asset in the pre-and post-Brexit era.
In 2021, Zeebrugge saw traffic volumes on the UK liner services decreasing by 4.1%.
In contrast, traffic volumes on Irish destinations were up 38.7%.

The other shortsea ro-ro destinations also showed good growth: Scandinavia +10.4%, Southern Europe +22.8%.

Container traffic experienced growth of 15.1% to a total volume of over 20.6 million tons or 2,205,457 TEUs. Both the handling of RoRo containers (+5.2%), LoLo (lift-on lift-off) containers +30.7%, and container volumes via estuary shipping (36.5%) are increasing.

Three candidates for the Greece – Cyprus line

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The European tender for the selection of a Ferry Operator for the Greece – Cyprus line was successful. Three bids were submitted:

  • Scandro Holding Ltd (EUR 15,594,000)
  • N.RORO. Business Ties Ltd (EUR 14,100,000)
  • Kiara Naftiki Etairia (SeaJets)(EUR 16,500,000)

The evaluation committee will consider the proposals and they hope they have a result by the end of February.
The service will be offered on a weekly basis between April-May to September-October only as a seasonal service and have 22 return sailings annually on a limited service during peak periods.

The Cypriot government would include a subsidy of 5.5 million for a three-year contract (option for an extension for another three years).
The goal is to complete the procedure and start the line, after 21 years, next May.

Does Corsica need subsidies for the ferry services?

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“The current Maritime Public Service Delegation (DSP) between Corsica and Marseille expires on December 31, 2022. The European Commission’s questioning of the very existence of the public service principle puts a sword of Damocles on the territorial continuity,” writes Corse Net Infos in a long article in French, quoting several political stakeholders (but not the ferry operators).

Some interesting elements, quotes, remarks of the debate:

  • Brussels does not see the need to subsidize a service which could very well be provided by private companies. Compensation is against the rules of the market and free competition.
  • Why is what is granted to other regions, such as Croatia or Greece, becoming problematic for Corsica?
  • A decision needs to be taken soon, because the new (multi-year) DSP should start on 1 January 2023.
  • Why only having Marseille as continental port? Toulon, Nice or even Livorno are closer to Corsica. Less fuel. Better utilization of ships.
  • The need to resolve the “painful legacy of the past”.
  • What sense does it make to have ‘market tests’ if the market is changing? (which it does)
  • Corsica, today, imports 90 to 95% from France. We want a system where Corsica is economically connected with Tuscany, Sardinia and Catalonia.