Tallink Grupp’s 2022 annual passenger figure bounces back after COVID years and nearly doubles compared to 2021

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Tallink Grupp’s figures show improvement after the last two COVID years despite the global economic and security challenges and despite six of the company’s vessels being chartered out by Q4 of the year.

  • During the full year 2022, Tallink Grupp transported +84.4% passengers (5,462,085)
  • Passenger numbers increased on all three of the company’s current regular routes Finland-Sweden, Estonia-Finland and Estonia-Sweden compared to 2021, with the greatest increase of 96% on the Finland-Sweden routes, the Estonia-Sweden route following closely behind with a 93.4% increase, and the Estonia-Finland route seeing an increase of 76.9%.
  • The number of passenger vehicles transported in 2022 increased by 36,1%.
  • The number of cargo units carried by the company in 2022, although not seeing as sharp an increase as passenger numbers, also increased by 11%.
  • The greatest increase in the cargo units carried was seen on the company’s Estonia-Finland routes, which saw a 19% increase in unit numbers year-on-year.
  • The only decrease of the year was the company’s cargo units carried on the Finland-Sweden routes, impacted by the chartering out of the company’s vessel GALAXY, leading to reduced cargo capacity.

Viking Line: 2022 was eventful and successful

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Year 2022, like the previous year, continued to be exceptional for the whole world, as well as for Viking Line:

Negative: pandemic + Ukraine + sky-high fuel prices + market uncertainty.

Positive: a renewed demand to travel, especially locally.

Fleet changes:

  • AMORELLA and ROSELLA sold.
  • VIKING GLORY entered service in March. The ship has been very popular and will reach the 1 million passenger milestone after less than a year in traffic.

Traffic in 2022:

+114% Total passengers 4,945,564 (2,315,137)

+116% Turku – Åland – Stockholm 1,955,988 (904,321). Viking Line’s market share was 64 %.

+236% Route Helsinki – Åland – Stockholm (GABRIELLA) 515,445 (153,183) passengers.

+102% Route Stockholm – Mariehamn (cruise with VIKING CINDERELLA) 517,354 (256,344)

+33% Route Mariehamn – Kapellskär (ROSELLA) 464,375 (348,209)

+116% Route Helsinki – Tallinn (VIKING XPRS) 1,266,642 (586,354)

+42% Total passenger cars 630,651 (442,484)

-9% Total freight units 117,777 (129,278)

Photographer: Joonas Kortelainen

CalMac’s achievements outlined in latest annual report

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The David MacBrayne Limited Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ending March 2022 has revealed about CalMac:

  • Service levels remained high, with a contractual reliability of 98.8%, despite challenges facing the fleet including covid infections, travel restrictions, extreme weather, and vessel breakdowns.
  • Record levels of investment being spent on maintaining the fleet – an increase of 64% over five years from £21.0m in 2018 to £34.3m in 2022.
  • Customer satisfaction with the service remained high at 85%.
  • Turnover GBP 227 million (199 million)
  • Gross Profit GBP 28 million (29 million)
  • Operating Loss/Profit -1.2 million (4.8 million)
  • Loss/Profit before taxation -2.3 million (3.3 million)
  • Loss/profit for the financial year -3.7 million (2.5 million)

“We continue to work with partners including CMAL and Transport Scotland to support the successful delivery of additional vessels and are looking forward to welcoming 16 new vessels to the fleet over the next five years. This will bring significant service improvements to our fleet, improving reliability across the network that will benefit our customers, communities, and visitors.”

CEO Robbie Drummond

Fjord Line: from LNG to Dual-Fuel

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Fjord Line has decided to rebuild the two LNG-ships STAVANGERFJORD and BERGENSFJORD from single-fuel LNG-engines to dual-fuel LNG/MGO-engines.

  • Rebuilding of STAVANGERFJORD will start in January 2023 and will be finalized by the end of May 2023.
  • BERGENSFJORD will be rebuilt during February to medio June 2023.
  • The routes affected by the rebuilding are Bergen – Stavanger – Hirtshals, and Hirtshals – Langesund.
  • The ships are being rebuilt at Fosen Yard and the engines will be delivered by Wärtsilä.
  • Fjord Line has concluded a refinancing as part of the rebuilding of the two ships and due to the current energy crisis.

Molslinjen lowers the prices on the Kattegat

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“Our route is critical infrastructure in Denmark, and we will constantly work to get as many cheap tickets on the market as possible. Like everyone else, we are affected by the increased costs, but we have to make up for that loss by getting more passengers and cars on the ferries”, asserts Jesper Skovgaard, MD Molslinjen.

Molslinjen will have an extra fast ferry on the Kattegat in 2023.

KfW IPEX-Bank finances dual-fuel RoPax ferry for TT-Line

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KfW IPEX-Bank is providing financing in the amount of EUR 30 million for TT-Line’s dual-fuel RoPax ferry NILS HOLGERSSON.

“We are delighted to have gained the renown Baltic Sea ferry shipping company TT-Line as our customer. We are pleased to be able to support their commitment to environmentally friendly and sustainable ferry transport”, said Andreas Ufer, Member of the Management Board of KfW IPEX-Bank. “With this financing, we are once again underscoring our commitment to supporting our customers in their transformation to CO2-efficient shipping.”

The Nils Holgersson is one of two new green ships delivered to TT-Line in 2022. The ferries are equipped with a LNG package from MAN Energy Solutions SE and many other components from German, Swedish and European suppliers. In addition to the environmentally friendly dual-fuel engines, which TT-Line has already used with Bio-LNG, they are equipped with further cutting-edge technologies and innovative solutions, including heat-insulating windows and 32 charging stations for electric cars. A special low-friction underwater coating and the streamlined hull shape ensure a high degree of energy efficiency.

Scandlines’ new zero direct emission freight ferry is taking shape.

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Two-thirds of the steel plates for PR24 have now been cut at the Cemre shipyard in Turkey, and the ferry currently consists of eight sections which have already been placed on the bedding. Another 16 sections are under construction.

In close cooperation with the Scandlines site team, the yard is developing a 3D model of the ferry. The model enables users to digitally move around the ferry while simultaneously ensuring that construction drawings and the 3D model are continuously being updated with correct and revised information as the construction of the ferry progresses.

Swiss battery manufacturer Leclanché has started producing the record-breaking battery bank for the new ferry. With a capacity of 10 MWh it will be the largest lithium-ion battery installation on a ferry to date.

When the ferry starts operating on the Fehmarn Belt in 2024, it can charge in just 17 minutes in Rødby. With green power, of course.

Adaptive Recognition delivers foundation for SmartPort Project at Scandlines Ports in Puttgarden, Germany and Rødby, Denmark

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Adaptive Recognition is going to deliver automatic number plate recognition and vehicle identification technology at the entry and exit gates streamlining passenger and freight check-in flows.

This year, Adaptive Recognition will deliver the foundation – intelligent cameras, sensors and middleware – that will enable Scandlines to build a Smart Port that can automate the handling of ferry customers.

“This project marks Scandlines’ foray into digitizing ferry ports and turns the Puttgarden-Rødby connection into a real-time, end-to-end ferry operation with technology from Adaptive Recognition, making the two ports some of the smartest in Europe.”

Carsten Nørland, CEO Scandlines.