Gotlandsbolaget & Austal: important step in climate journey

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Swedish Gotlandsbolaget and Australian shipyard Austal have signed a letter of intent to design Gotlandsbolaget’s new catamaran, “Gotland Horizon X”.

  • multi-fuel / fossil-free (such as hydrogen)
  • 35 knots | 1,650 passengers | 450 passenger cars
  • energy-efficient hull, minimal weight, optimal energy management, streamlined operations and flows throughout the vessel
  • to be used mainly during the summer months
  • crossing time between the island of Gotland and the Swedish mainland in under 3 hours

Tallink Grupp publishes 2023 March and Q1 statistics

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  • Increase in passenger numbers, but a decrease in carried cargo units.
  • Passenger numbers increased the most on the Tallinn-Stockholm route by 77% compared to Q1 2022 when BALTIC QUEEN operations were temporarily suspended due to travel restrictions, and on the Tallinn-Helsinki route by nearly 47% with greater route capacity this year with three shuttles operating on the route during the quarter.
  • The number of cargo units transported decreased compared to last year due to several of the company’s vessels being chartered out.
  • The most significant reduction in carried cargo units is evident on the Finland-Sweden routes and is the result of the chartering out of the company’s Turku-Stockholm route vessel GALAXY and the technical dockings of the company’s Finland-Sweden routes’ vessels SILJA SERENADE, SILJA SYMPHONY and BALTIC PRINCESS all during Q1 2023.

Tallink Grupp Audited Annual Report of the 2022 Financial Year

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Tallink published its annual report, audited.

Ferry Shipping News presented the unaudited version on 24 February 2023. [link]


  • Rebuild and recovery of core routes between Estonia, Finland and Sweden, and ensuring an optimal growth of these core routes in the future.
  • Pay close attention to the passenger numbers and occupancy levels of the ships in regular traffic. Changes in operations if there is a clear need to do so.
  • Monitor the need for short- and long-term vessel chartering and, if the timing and opportunity are right, carry on with the successful chartering projects, which have helped Tallink to keep its nose above water during the COVID-19 years and thereafter.
  • Stronger focus than ever before on sustainability. New environmental regulations and directives, such as the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) and amendments to the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) taking effect in the very near future.

Guernsey and Condor reach agreement on deal to buy additional conventional ferry

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  • Condor and the States of Guernsey have concluded a 50/50 joint venture agreement for the purchase of an additional ferry. [see the news: Condor Ferries buys STRAITSMAN]
  • The aim is to increase the resilience of the Island’s lifeline sea links with the UK, France and Jersey.
  • The deal will see both parties investing £3m of equity in the joint venture to own the second ‘ropax’ ship – the CONDOR ISLANDER – and receive a commercial return from the ferry operator. In addition, the States of Guernsey have made a loan from the bond of £26m, which will be repayable at a fixed rate of interest over 10 years.

Norsepower secures €28 million from investors to bring sails back to shipping

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Norsepower Oy Ltd., provider of mechanical sails for large ships, has successfully secured 28 million euros in its latest Series C fundraising round.

French asset manager Mirova, an affiliate of Natixis Investment Management dedicated to sustainable investment, led the fundraising through its impact private equity Mirova Environment Acceleration Capital fund*.

Additional participants in the round included:

  • The Finnish Climate Fund (Ilmastorahasto)
  • OGCI Climate Investments
  • Nefco – The Nordic Green Bank
  • Tesi
  • Power Fund III.

With a focus on impact, these organisations have joined forces to enable Norsepower to scale up production and expand the reach of its fuel-saving and emissions-reducing technology.

Photo: Matthias Tasler/Scandlines

Ponte Ferries to stop permanently its highspeed ferry service between Malta and Sicily

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Ponte Ferries has decided to shut down its highspeed ferry link between Italy (Augusta in Sicily) and Malta (La Valletta).

The newcomer which operated the line for some months last year has asked the port authority of Augusta to have its concession to operate the service revoked.

Ponte stopped crossings with HSC ARTEMIS in September saying it was taking a break for the winter season. That announcement followed delays and cancellations of various trips.

SNAV charters MOBY ZAZA for the Ancona-Split route

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The 1982-built ferry MOBY ZAZA has been chartered by SNAV, an MSC company.

During summer she will be deployed on the reopened maritime bridge linking the ports of Ancona in Italy and Split in Croatia.

The Moby ship, which offers 700 lane metres garage deck and can accommodate up to 1,860 passengers, will sail on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from Ancona and on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from Split.

In the summer of 2022, MOBY ZAZA was chartered to Balearia.

Jadrolinija’s ferry DUBROVNIK sold to unknown buyer

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According to recent information, Jadrolinija’s DUBROVNIK (1978, former DUCHESSE ANNE) was sold, probably to a Greek ferry operator for the Italy-Albania service.

However, Croatian media supports the idea that she might be scrapped.

The Irish-built vessel was serving on the Bari – Bar and Bari – Dubrovnik lines since 1996 and currently is at the Viktor Lenac shipyard in Croatia.

The ship was initially offered for sale on October 15, 2022, following a tender announced by the Croatian national shipping company at an estimated minimum price of EUR 2.85 million. However, none of the interested companies offered the minimum price and the ship was led to a second tender, where she was eventually sold at EUR 1,8 million.

What remains to be seen is who the mysterious buyer is.