A bold decision: only fossil-fuel-powered vehicles allowed on Havila Voyages ships

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Havila Kystruten has decided only to allow motor vehicles that use fossil fuel. This means electric, hybrid and hydrogen cars cannot be transported on board the hybrid vessels.

This is the first European (semi) ferry company to implement this restriction (in a country with plenty of electric vehicles). [press release in Norwegian]

The 12-day Norwegian Coastal Route is divided between Hurtigruten (8 ships) and Havila (2 ships with 2 more under construction).

This route is both a cruise route (people staying onboard for several days or for the whole Bergen-Kirkeness-Bergen voyage) and a public transportation route.

Havila has also decided that boarding and disembarking of private vehicles will only be carried out in Bergen and Kirkenes, except for service vehicles for personnel who do necessary work on board the company’s ships, and emergency vehicles. This also assumes that these are pure fossil cars.

It is not a requirement in the agreement with the Ministry of Transport that ships on the coastal route must transport private cars.

The decision to ban non-fossil-fuel cars is based upon the risk assessment produced by Norwegian consultant firm Proactima.

Kent gets 45 million pound to improve Dover traffic flow

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Kent County Council won a £45 million bid to improve traffic flow from Dover to the EU from the UK government’s Levelling Up fund, says a Port of Dover press release.

Roger Gough, leader of Kent County Council, said enhancements will not only have a positive impact on the Dover and the surrounding area but Kent and its economy as a whole.

He talked about improving the fluidity of traffic with security checks more logically arranged, a buffer zone so you can get a lot more queuing traffic off the roads, a doubling of the border control posts and a new exit route.

“Given the new border arrangements for the European Union, the so-called Entry Exit System or EES, which may well be coming in later this year, it is doubly important that we focus on this issue.”

New charters for the roro ship ALF POLLAK and MARIA GRAZIA ONORATO

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Broker sources report that both the ro-ro ships MARIA GRAZIA ONORATO and ALF POLLAK owned by Siem Ro-Ro and bareboat chartered by Moby-CIN, have been sub-chartered to DFDS for 24 months.

Daily rate would be EUR 25,500.

The news seems to be confirmed for ALF POLLAK since the ship has started operating early this month on the Turkey – France line operated by DFDS.

MARIA GRAZIA ONORATO, instead, is still deployed on the routes linking Belgium, Denmark and the UK for CLdN RoRo.

Arctic Umiaq Line’s new sailing schedule will change Autumn travel in Greenland

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CEO of Arctic Umiaq Line, Jens-Jakob Sandgreen and Minister of Housing and infrastructure, Erik Jensen, announced that the coastal ferry SARFAQ ITTUK will call at several cities in autumn.

Arctic Umiaq Line sails in the spring and high season with 7-day operations. Starting this year, guests can join a 14-day national and 7-day express program between the 15th of September and the 17th of November.

In the 14-day program, Upernavik, Uummannaq, Qasigiannguit, Kangaatsiaq, Itilleq/Igaliku, Narsarsuaq and Nanortalik have been added as new connections. The voyage to Narsarsuaq is also planned to coincide with international flights.

Photo by Aningaaq Rosing Carlsen

Havyard Leirvik signs important contract with new customer

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Norwegian Havyard Leirvik, which is owned by listed Eqva ASA, has signed a contract with Boreal Sjø for the conversion of the ferry VANNES.

The ferry will be rebuilt to meet requirements from the Norwegian Maritime Authority so that it can operate in an extended trade area.

“The reconstruction of VANNES is a typical example of rebuilding assignments, of which there are expected to be many in the years to come. They normally have a contract value somewhere between NOK 10 and 20 million and are executed over a three-, four-month period,” says Sales Manager Silje Smådal.

ANEMOS (former ROSELLA) will depart for Greece on January 23

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Aegean Sea Lines’ cruise ferry ANEMOS was officially delivered to her new owners on January 18. The ship raised the Greek flag during a short ceremony, while she is scheduled to depart for Greece on January 23, 2022.

Among the Greek crew is also the CEO of Aegean Sea Lines Mr Ioannis Depastas. The ship is expected to arrive at the port of Piraeus in early February and she will be led to Perama repair zone in order to undergo a small-scale conversion before entering service on the Piraeus-Western Cyclades line.

Photo: Aegean Sea Lines