The Hellenic Ministry of Shipping announced the formation of a “green” fund for coastal shipping

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The formation of a state fund, for the “greening” of the coastal shipping fleet, was announced by the Greek Minister of Shipping and Island Policy the previous days.

According to the Minister, a consultant will be selected in order to proceed with the specific process after an international competition.

Meanwhile the EU has provided the Hellenic Coastal Shipping with an extension until 2030 to adapt to the new environmental requirements (exemption from the Emissions Trading System).

The Ministry of Shipping has already launched a series of actions for the financing and adapting coastal shipping to the new requirements of the EU.  The main axis of this plan is the financing of the barren coastal shipping lines and not the companies. Through a tender, the barren lines will be subsidized with a multi-year contract, while the contracting company will have the obligation to introduce a new “green” ship.

The construction of the “green” ship will be funded through the “National Strategic Reference Framework” (NSRF) as well as the “Nearchos” fund.

GALAXY chartered by Caronte & Tourist until next summer

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Messina-based Caronte&Tourist group charters ro-pax GALAXY for four months.

She will soon be deployed by subsidiary Siremar.

This 1979-built ferry is owned by A-Ships Management.

Ferrando & Massone of Genoa were the shipbrokers.

GALAXY is expected to enter service from February on the maritime link with Sicily and will replace some of the company’s ships soon to be stopped for maintenance works.

Ro-Ro CADENA 4 on Mainland Spain – Canary Islands

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Baleària and Fred. Olsen Express added chartered roro vessel CADENA 4 to the service between Huelva and the Canary Islands.

The former COLOR CARRIER left Huelva for the first time on Sunday morning 22 January 2023.

This service is added to the two departures that ropax MARIE CURIE already makes.

More freight on the roro frees up space for passengers on the ropax.

The joint venture transported 43,500 passengers in 2022, 44% more than last year.

Source: Baleària press release in Spanish and own sources

Three ships for Algérie Ferries?

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State-owned Algérie Ferries would like to grow its fleet with 3 ships.

During his hearing before the Committee on Transport and Telecommunications and the Committee on Foreign Affairs, which took place on 18 January, Mr Ouahid Lakehal Ayat has declared the intention to acquire two ferries and to charter one more.

General manager Ouahid Lakehal Ayat replaces Kamel Issad, who was sentenced for mismanagement and lack of maintenance of his company’s ships. He got six years prison.

Brittany Ferries confirms the order for rail wagons between Normandy and Nouvelle Aquitaine

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French Minister of Transport, Clément Beaune, presided the signing of the contract for the supply of wagons that will circulate on the Cherbourg-Mouguerre multimodal motorway on behalf of Lohr and Brittany Ferries.

Main characteristics of this ‘rail motorway’:

A rail service with sea connections linking Poole, Portsmouth and Rosslare to Cherbourg, allowing seamless transport of unaccompanied trailers from Ireland and UK to the Iberian Peninsula and vice versa.

A 970km rail journey replacing a 920km road journey.

A regular year-round service, with one daily return journey, six to seven days per week, operated by two trains:

Each train is composed of 21 MODALOHR UIC wagons with double pockets, allowing 42 trailers to be transported. Trailers are rolled on and off using specialised horizontal handling equipment.

From 2024 trains will be routed via Saintes, then from 2026 via the Poitiers-Angoulême-Bordeaux mainline.

Journeys have been timetabled to connect with ferry arrival and departure times, whilst also avoiding periods of peak road traffic in Cherbourg.

RoRo TENNOR OCEAN soon ready for service

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Newbuilt RoRo 782 ‘TENNOR OCEAN’ left the Flensburg Fjord bound for Lloyd Werft in Bremerhaven.

The ferry will move to Lloyd Werft’s Dock 3 for a week, so that the shipbuilders of Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft can carry out remaining work on the ship’s hull, to optimise the performance.

Subsequently TENNOR OCEAN will set off for sea trials.

The yard already tested the 2.11-metre-high folding mast, newly developed for this type of ship. It enables the passage through the Kiel Canal (height restriction of 40m)

Specifications:  4,000 lane meters over four decks | 279 trailers | LOA 210m

Photos: FSG/Finn Karstens

North Sea Handling to supply cargo and passenger access equipment for the 2 new KiwiRail ferries

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North Sea Handling AS is through its subsidiary NSH Ships Equipment AS awarded the contract to equip KiwiRails two new Rail-RoPax-Ferries being built by Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD) with cargo and passenger access equipment.

The NSH scope of supply will include a wide range of equipment serving the handling of both cargo, trains, cars/trailers as well as passengers.

CLdN Expands Services Between Santander, Liverpool And Dublin

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As announced in December 2022, CLdN started its upgraded service from Santander to Dublin and Liverpool

The new twice-weekly schedule from Santander to Dublin doubles capacity on this service in response to growing demand. The increased frequency means quicker turnaround times for customers and the ability to deliver cargo more flexibly throughout the week.

The upgrade has been facilitated by CLdN company Seatruck Ferries starting operations from its new premises within Dublin Port on 23 January, adjacent to CLdN. Spanish cargo for the UK market is now trans-shipped in Dublin onto the Seatruck Ferries regular shuttle service to Liverpool, into their dedicated terminal.

Oma Baatbyggeri delivered hybrid battery-electric FREY to Norled.

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Norled has been handed over the hybrid battery-electric vessel from Oma Baatbyggeri. The vessel will mainly run on batteries when it comes into service in Sogn next year.

FREY is one of three new low-emission vessels that will operate in the Florø basin from 1 May 2024. The vessel has a modern and universal design with a large saloon and large window surfaces. It has room for 72 passengers, as well as 7 passenger cars or a 40-tonne wagon train. The 30-metre-long vessel also has a hold and a crane.

The vessel is based on Oma‘s combi-catamaran concept, but unlike previous vessels, MS “Frey” is supplied with a hybrid battery-electric propulsion system. This means that the boat can run with zero emissions of CO2 and 100% electric operation in most of the routes that they will operate in Sogn.

In May, the sister vessel will be delivered. This is also to be included in the route in Sogn. These are two of three vessels being built for Sogn route package 2 that Norled won in 2021.

Before FREY goes into service in Florø, the vessel will go for a period on the Lysefjord route in Rogaland.

NORLED also signed a contract with OMA for a new ferry.

Source: Norled