Andros Queen conversion nearly complete

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The major conversion of the Golden Star Ferries’ latest acquisition ANDROS QUEEN (former SILVER QUEEN) into a luxury day ferry is in full progress.

The ship has been at Perama Repair Zone since April 2022 and is expected to be completed by May.

ANDROS QUEEN is due to be introduced on the Rafina – Andros-Tinos-Mykonos line at the beginning of June. The cost of her impressive conversion, according to her operator, is EUR 20-25 million.

Photo: Kostas Papadopoulos

Gotlandia delivered to Seajets

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On 8 March Seajets took delivery of the HSC GOTLANDIA from Destination Gotland/Gotlandsbolaget at the port of Visby.

Purchased last week, she has been renamed SUPERRUNER JET 2 under the Cyprus flag.

The ferry will depart for Greece within the next few days. It seems likely that she begin her Hellenic Coastal Shipping career in 2024

Photo: Seajets

Seajets’ Superstar II arrived in Greece

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On 4 March Seajets’ SUPERSTAR II (former COLOR VIKING) arrived in Greece.

The ship left Sandefjord (Norway) on 23 February, with a stopover in Spain. After a brief visit to the port of Piraeus she proceeded to Neos Molos Drapetsonas (Keratsini).

She was purchased from Color Line at the end of November 2022 and the plan was to serve the Piraeus – Western Cyclades route.  However, the Hellenic Ministry of Shipping has now approved the introduction of her fleet mate SUPERSTAR on that line for the summer season 2023.  This makes it likely that she won’t be introduced to Greek Coastal services until summer 2024

Photo: Kostas Papadopoulos

ICG returns to profit in 2022

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Irish Ferries’ owner Irish Continental Group (ICG) returned to the black in 2022 with an operating profit of EUR 66.7 million (EUR 0.2 million loss in 2021).

The Ferry Division operating profit was EUR 46.4 million (EUR 17.4 million loss in 2021).  This includes charter revenue of EUR 17.2 million (2021: EUR 8.1 million).

  • Passenger, car and on-board revenue up 175.8% to EUR 162.7 million.
  • RoRo freight revenue up 95.2% to EUR 184.7 million.
  • Operating costs increased by 99.7% to EUR 304.2 million.
  • Company is confident of growth in 2023 despite global economic situation.
  • Dover – Calais route has met market share targets ahead of schedule and company has confidence in passenger carrying growth.
  • Traffic showing ongoing trend of returning from Ireland – EU routes to the Irish Sea landbridge.
  • Duty free sales performed in line with expectations on the Irish Sea, however the opportunity for increasing income exists, especially on the Channel.

2023 performance to date was also shared.

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Increased intermodal capacity for Stena Line

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From 13 March, the logistics and transport company NTEX increases its intermodal service with a new collaboration with Stena Line and the Italian railway operator Hannibal.

A twice weekly rail service between Europort and Melzo (Milan) will boost the existing daily departures in both directions between Italy and the UK.

Intermodal transport by train and ferry creates a 70% CO2 saving in comparison to delivering mainly by road.  In addition it delivers a quicker transit time and increased trailer capacity with loading up to 28 tons.

Photo: NTEX.

Hydrogen solution for Norwegian ferries

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Torghatten Nord, has ordered hydrogen fuel cells from PowerCell for two ferries, in a contract valued at EUR 19.2 million.  The two companies also intend to enter into a long-term service agreement.

The Norwegian government has set as a requirement that the new ferries across the Vestfjord at Lofoten must be emission-free.  The fuel cell systems will enable the two ships to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 26,500 tonnes a year, equivalent to the annual emissions of 13,000 cars running on diesel fuel.

The ships will have a capacity of 599 passengers, 120 cars and twelve trucks. Delivery is to take place during the fourth quarter of 2024.

Photo: PowerCell