Spain’s first passenger ships powered by 2G biofuels sailing from Algeciras in August

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Cepsa will supply second-generation (“2G”) biofuels for 84 voyages of Naviera Armas Trasmediterránea from the Port of Algeciras, reinforcing its commitment to sustainable fuels for maritime transport in Spain.

These biofuels are produced at the San Roque Energy Park (Campo de Gibraltar, Cádiz) from agricultural waste that would otherwise end up in landfills, thus promoting the circular economy.

The nearly 100 tons of renewable diesel supplied will avoid 63 tons of CO2 emissions, equivalent to planting 750 trees.

Biofuels can reduce CO2 emissions by up to 90% compared to conventional fuels, playing a key role in decarbonization of hard-to-electrify sectors like maritime transport.

Source: CEPSA

AS Tallink Grupp Statistics for July 2023

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In July 2023 AS Tallink Grupp transported 797,846 passengers, which is an 11.1% decrease compared to July 2022.

The number of cargo units decreased by 27.8% to 23,597 units and the number of passenger vehicles by 1.5% to 125,118 units year-on-year.

It must be noted that Tallink has several ships chartered out, which affected the capacity on the own routes.

Condor’s new ship arrives in Portsmouth

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Wednesday 3 August 2023, Portsmouth International Port welcomed CONDOR ISLANDER, the latest vessel in the fleet for Channel Island ferry service Condor, as part of berthing trials before it officially enters service in the autumn.

Andrew Williamson, Portsmouth International Port’s head of cruise and ferry said: “As a lifeline service to the Channel Islands Condor Ferries plays a crucial role making sure goods and passengers can travel efficiently and safely. This second ship in Portsmouth means more choice for both passengers and also extra resilience for freight too.”

As a critical shipping route for Channel Island trade, Portsmouth International Port and Condor Ferries recently agreed a new long-term deal, which cements their partnership until 2033. With sailings 364 days a year, the new addition of the Condor Islander and 10-year agreement, provides certainty for this vital freight and passenger service.

John Napton, Condor’s CEO, said, “We are making a few alterations from Islander’s previous operator so there are different requirements involved. Changes include installing a duty-free shop, changes to overnight cabin configurations and refreshing the passenger lounges.”

CONDOR ISLANDER was acquired by Condor in April 2023 from New Zealand, where she was operating for StraitNZ as the STRAITSMAN.

Photo: Compass Photography Services

Seajets purchased Trasmapi’s HSC INCAT 045

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According to the latest information, Seajets is the buyer of the Trasmapi’s HSC INCAT 045. The ship was purchased from the Spanish ferry operator in July 2021 with purpose to be introduced on the Algeciras – Tanger line. However, despite of her refurbishment, she remained inactive.

INCAT 045 will be the 18th High-Speed Craft in the Seajets fleet.

She will be delivered to her Greek owners within the next few days at Vigo.

The ship was built in Australia (Incat, Tasmania) in 1997 and she is a sister ship of HSC CHAMPION JET 1 and 2.


Passenger traffic data July 2023 in the ports of Piraeus – Rafina – Lavrio

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More than 2 million passengers moved this July from and to the ports of Piraeus, Rafina and Lavrio, registering a 7.85% increase compared to the same month last year.

Of these, 1.5 million were to and from the port of Piraeus, an increase of 8.55% compared to July 2022. (Cars +7.66%, trucks +5.73%, two-wheelers +7.82%.)

The largest increase in passenger traffic is observed in the Argosaronic Islands as 452,680 passengers moved this July compared to 389,908 in July 2022. This is an increase of 16.1% compared to last year.

A 4.99% increase in passenger traffic is also seen in the port of Rafina (cars +7.47%, two-wheelers +4.53%, trucks -2.9%).

It is noted that the port of Lavrio recorded an increase in passenger traffic by 7.57% and cars by 8.61%.

Bridgemans Services Group has taken delivery of ro-pax ISABELLE

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Bridgemans is now beginning an extensive retrofit of ISABELLE’s environmental systems and living, dining, recreation, and gathering areas to create a comfortable live-work home for large workforces.

When the retrofit in Estonia is finished in late 2023, the ferry will offer a luxurious home away from home that includes 650 newly renovated single cabins with private ensuites, a high-end dining room, lounges, meeting rooms, fast wi-fi, offices, first aid clinic, a state-of-the-art fitness facility, billiards and games room, and dedicated accommodations for crew members.

In April, Tallink Grupp signed a contract with Canadian enterprise Bridgemans Floatel LP/Bridgemans Services Group LP for a multi-year charter of the vessel ISABELLE, with a purchase option.

RFI’s IGINIA is the first dual fuel electric ferry active in Italy

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IGINIA, the hybrid ferry of RFI Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (Gruppo FS Italiane) built by the temporary association of companies between T. Mariotti and San Giorgio del Porto shipyards, has just arrived back in the Strait of Messina where she will resume service in the next few days.

The ship has returned from Genoa, after undergoing hybridisation work and the required warranty checks between March and July this year.

IGINIA was originally delivered to RFI with some equipment prepared for future hybridisation. Equipped with a photovoltaic system, the ship has been green-oriented since its first voyage.

The conversion to hybrid propulsion included the installation on each propulsion unit of an electric motor powered via a converter by battery strings, sized to allow manoeuvres to berth and depart ports in electric mode, without the aid of endothermic propulsion motors.

The battery strings are charged by the same electric motors, used in axis generator mode, during navigation and/or alternatively by the auxiliary generators or in port via the shore connection.

IMT Terminal in Genoa debuts in the Motorways of the Seas with Grandi Navi Veloci

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The IMT Terminal in the port of Genoa, terminal operator controlled by Ignazio Messina & C group, received this week the first call of two ro-ro ships operated by Grandi Navi Veloci, thus officially entering the market of the Motorways of the Seas.

CADENA 3 and CAROLINE RUSS are deployed on the Genoa-Termini Imerese and on the Genoa-Palermo-Malta links. The terminal move, away from the old port, helps to reduce the summer congestion at the ro-pax ferry berths.

GNV is 100% controlled by MSC Group. MSC Group has a 49% participation in Messina.