DFDS August volumes: freight closing in further on 2022, passengers up 3%

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Ferry – freight

  • Total volumes in August 2023 were 4.6% below 2022. Volumes were 1.6% below 2022 adjusted for Channel.
  • North Sea volumes were above last year driven by higher volumes on most routes.
  • Mediterranean’s volumes were below last year as growth is being reduced by measures to curb inflation in Türkiye and a slowdown in European demand.
  • Channel volumes were below 2022 which still reflects the redistribution of market shares that took place in August 2022 in the wake of a P&O Ferries’ suspension of sailings in 2022.
  • Baltic Sea volumes closed in further on 2022 with one route transporting volumes above 2022.
  • For the last twelve months 2023-22, the total transported freight lane metres decreased 10.9% to 38.7m from 43.4m in 2022-21. The decrease was 4.2% adjusted for Channel.

Ferry – passenger

  • The number of passengers increased 2.8% driven by more passengers in all three passenger areas.
  • The number of cars decreased 0.8% due to mainly fewer cars between the Netherlands and the UK.
  • For the last twelve months 2023-22, the total number of passengers increased 48% to 4.4m from 3.0m in 2022-21.

Smyril Line expands fleet

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Smyril Line has purchased Ro-Ro SEAGARD (1999) from Bore Ltd.

The vessel will be delivered to Smyril Line first week of January 2024 and will be renamed GLYVURSNES.

She will replace time chartered vessel MISTRAL (Godby Shipping) and will go into regular service between Tórshavn, Faroe Islands, Þórlakshöfn in Iceland and Hirtshals in Denmark.

When GLYVURSNES enters service, Smyril Line will own all 6 vessels in its fleet:


Scandlines’ new zero direct emissions ferry approaching launching

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At the Cemre shipyard and at the ferry terminals in Puttgarden and Rødby, everything is currently being prepared for the deployment of Scandlines’ new zero direct emissions freight ferry.

“PR24” will be launched in Q4.

The ferry terminals in Puttgarden and Rødby must also be prepared. Scandlines is currently installing a new and stronger ramp to the upper car deck in ferry Berth 3 in Rødby, as the PR24 will be transporting lorries on both the upper and lower deck. At present, a large crane is removing the current 59m ramp to the upper car deck.

When the ferry starts operating on the Fehmarn Belt in 2024, the world’s largest battery system of 10 MWh can be charged in just 17 minutes in Rødby. With green power, of course.

In 2019, Scandlines invested in a 50 kV / 25 MW power cable to Rødbyhavn. This cable has now been extended approximately 1.2 kilometres to the new transformer between ferry Berth 2 and 3. The supplier NES (Norwegian Electric Systems) is expected to begin the installation of the transformer, control and switchgear equipment and charging station for the new ferry in the autumn.

Now Scandlines is investing in a 30 kV / 15 MW power cable including transformer and charging station for the port of Puttgarden. As of 2025, this will reduce the charging time to just 12 minutes in each port and allow the ferry to cover the 18.5 km between Puttgarden and Rødby in 45 minutes with zero direct emissions.

Port of Trieste awards ro-ro concession to Samer – TIMT

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The port of Trieste has awarded a 19-year concession for the operations of Molo VI to the Samer Seaports and TIMT (45-55% joint venture between Samer and Ulusoy) combination.

This is the site of the concession held by Europa Multipurpose Terminal until 2022.

TIMT (Trieste Intermodal Maritime Terminal) previously operated at Molo VII but as this will undergo civil engineering works in the future, an alternative was needed.

The new concession covers ro-ro operations for Ulusoy Sealine’s maritime link between Trieste and Cesme (Turkey).

Ulusoy deploys five ro-ro ships, with 4,100/2,760 lane metre, or 283/165 trailer capacities.

Decline in Dublin H1 port volumes but ferry passengers, their cars and new cars doing well

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  • Imports fell by -3.6% to 10.8 million gross tonnes.
  • Exports declined by -3.5%, to 7.1 million gross tonnes.
  • Unitised trade (Ro-Ro and Lo-Lo) in the form of trailers and containers accounted for 81% of all cargo volumes in the first half of the year. Unitised freight fell by -5.4%, with both modes experiencing reductions of -4.4% and -7.6% respectively.

Positive growth indicators were seen in other areas of the port’s business, including:

  • Imports of new trade vehicles rose by 40.3% to 67,000 units. This rise is already on the back of strong import figures in 2022 when volumes increased by 8.1% for the full year.
  • Bulk Liquid imports of petroleum products continue to grow strongly, reaching 2.3 million gross tonnes matching the record levels achieved in the same period last year.
  • Passenger numbers on ferries increased by 13.6% to 758,454 while tourist vehicles reached 217,788 (+11.1%).


Dublin is expecting modest positive growth in the second half of 2023 as markets recover.

Wärtsilä solutions chosen for world’s first methanol fuelled hybrid Ro-Ro vessels

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Technology group Wärtsilä will supply an integrated hybrid propulsion system for the two new Ro-Ro vessels under construction at the China Merchants Jinling shipyard (Weihai) Co., Ltd for Stena RoRo.

The ships will be the world’s first methanol fuelled hybrid Ro-Ro vessels and will operate in the Stena Line Irish Sea system.

Each vessel will be equipped with two Wärtsilä 32M multi-fuel engines capable now of operating on methanol fuel and with ammonia ready notation.

Wärtsilä will also supply the MethanolPac fuel storage, supply and control system, the gearboxes, two controllable pitch propellers (CPP), three bow thrusters, the NACOS navigation system, three Wärtsilä 20 auxiliary engines, and the hybrid electric system consisting of shore power, batteries, shaft generators, converters, transformers as well as the Energy Management System making it all work together.

Each vessel will also benefit from the Wärtsilä Hybrid Solution, optimising the fuel consumption today and allowing for future full green operation. The vessels will also be equipped with Wärtsilä shore power solution enabling carbon-free operations when the vessels are in port.

The 147m ships will have 2,800 lane metre capacity.

They are scheduled for delivery in June and November 2025.

FINNSIRIUS named in Naantali

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The new ro-pax vessel FINNSIRIUS, part of Finnlines EUR 500-million Green Investment Programme, was named at a festive ceremony in Naantali on 13 September 2023. Following the tradition at maritime namings, ship’s godmother Tiina Ahola broke a bottle of champagne against the bow, wishing the ship, its crew and passengers good fortune and fair winds.

Trend: Cheap ski holidays attract more Danes to take the ferry to Sweden

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Several ski destinations in Sweden are experiencing a marked increase in the number of Danes who book their ski holidays ahead of the upcoming winter season – something that is also clearly noticeable at Stena Line, which operates two routes between Denmark and Sweden.

The Danish booking numbers have, in comparison with Q1, 2023, already risen by 61% for private bookings and 50% in group bookings ahead of the upcoming ski season.

A green revolution begins at Portsmouth’s Port as a £19.8m grant is secured

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Portsmouth International Port has been awarded £19.8m from the Zero Emissions Vessels and Infrastructure competition (ZEVI), funded by UK Government and delivered in partnership with Innovate UK. The grant will allow them to embark on a groundbreaking decarbonisation project with Brittany Ferries, alongside the University of PortsmouthMSE InternationalB4TIOTICS and Swanbarton.

The SEA CHANGE project will design, build and operate a ‘shore power’ system across the three busiest berths at Portsmouth International Port. This will allow visiting ferry or cruise ships to turn off their engines when in the port, as they will be able to ‘plug-in’ and use green electricity to run their onboard systems.