Tallink Grupp statistics for February

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  • +51.3% passengers = 355,796
  • +11.0% passenger vehicles = 50,259
  • -18.7% freight units = 26,784


  • GALAXY stopped sailing Turku – Stockholm in September 2022 due to a charter contract.
  • SILJA SERENADE and SILJA SYMPHONY didn’t sail on the Helsinki – Stockholm route for 17 days due to annual maintenance.
  • MYSTAR was added to Tallinn – Helsinki route, leading to an increase in sailings.
  • SEA WIND freight ferry was sold in April 2022.  She sailed on the Muuga – Vuosaari route.
  • SILJA EUROPA stopped sailing on the Tallinn – Helsinki route in August 2022 due to a charter contract.

Finnlines report superb 2022

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January – December 2022 Finnlines reported (compared to 2021)

  • Revenue amounted to EUR 736.1 million, an increase of 27%
  • Result was EUR 133.3 million (EUR 74.7 million)
  • EBITDA amounted to EUR 221.2 million (EUR 160.3 million)
  • 750,000 freight units
  • 138,000 cars
  • 648,000 passengers (including drivers)

Finnlines describes freight volumes as “fairly good”.  This is despite the Ukraine war, inflation, higher interest rates and soaring energy costs.

The Superstar ro-paxes for the Naantali – Långnäs – Kapellskär route will be delivered this year, FINNSIRIUS in Q3 and FINNCANOPUS in Q4.

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Record year for Wasaline

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Wasaline has reported a record 2022:

  • Operating profit was EUR 3.3 million
  • Revenue up 78.6%
  • Fuel costs increased 55.4% to EUR 5.97 million
  • Labour and benefit costs increased by 37.5%
  • Passenger revenue was up 150.7 % and volumes up 149%
  • Freight revenue up 7.7% and volumes by 4.4%
  • Passenger vehicle numbers increased 126%
  • Departures of AURORA BOTNIA increased 14% to 1,133 sailings
  • Energy consumption reduced by 21% per trip and CO2 emissions by 19.6%

Ab Eckerö reports much improved performance in 2022

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Full year 2022 (compared to the full year 2021):

  • 2,624,674 passengers, 93% increase (1,357,442).
  • 159,228 freight units, 4% decrease (165,567)
  • Turnover EUR 185.8 million, 51% increase (EUR 122.9 million)
  • Operating profit EUR 4.1 million (EUR -38.1 million)
  • Overall profit EUR -2.7 million (EUR -30.6 million)

Profits were negatively affected by the high bunker prices arising from the Ukraine War.  The Group was also affected by the cost of living crisis and the weak Swedish krona.

Note – 2021 figures included the writedown of BIRKA STOCKHOLM.

25th Anniversary Year marks record for Baleària

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In 2022, Baleària transported 4.7 million passengers, 1.2 million vehicles and over 7 million lane metres of cargo.

The company recorded a turnover 42% higher than in 2021, at EUR 563 million, and EBITDA was up 36% at EUR 140 million.

Baleària celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2023 and these are the best ever figures in the company’s history.

The President of Baleària, Adolfo Utor, commented;

“Baleària has obtained historic revenues of EUR 563 million thanks to great marketing efficiency and effort and to the hard work and commitment of all teams”. He also described as “historic” the Result of EUR 67 million, 34% more than the previous year.

In 2022 Baleària invested EUR 61 million in fleet development.  This was mainly in new eco-efficient vessels under construction.

Photo: Baleària

Brittany Ferries welcomes Santoña

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The newest Brittany Ferries fleet member SANTOÑA sailed into Portsmouth for the first time last night (2 February) at the end of her maiden commercial voyage from Santander, Spain.  Her maiden trip from the UK is tonight.

Powered by LNG, the vessel has a capacity for 1,015 passengers and 2,705 lane metres of freight.

SANTOÑA is the third E-flexer class cruiseferry to join the Brittany Ferries fleet and will operate two roundtrips from Portsmouth to Santander per week, and one on the Portsmouth – Cherbourg route.

The next two Brittany Ferries E-flexer newbuild vessels will be hybrid, operating on both electric and LNG.  They will replace the BRETAGNE in 2024 and NORMANDIE in 2025 on the Portsmouth – Saint Malo and Portsmouth – Caen routes respectively.

Christophe Mathieu Chief Executive, Brittany Ferries at Santoña inauguration 1 March 2023.

Photos: Brittany Ferries

Keel-laying of SeaRoad roro

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The keel-laying of Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG) newbuild 784 for Tasmania’s SeaRoad took place on 27 February.  The LNG-powered vessel will be named SEAROAD I.

The first module, weighing more than 154 tonnes was lowered onto a pallet by crane and a coin was placed under the keel for good fortune.  The nails were hammered into the keel-laying plate by Philipp Maracke, Managing Director of FSG Nobiskrug Holding, Chas Kelly, CEO SeaRoad, Tony Johnson, Technical Marine Manager SeaRoad, and Dustin Lind, the youngest trainee at FSG.

The new roro ferry will sail on the Bass Strait between Devonport and Melbourne.

SEAROAD I will join SEAROAD MERSEY II in Q2 2024, replacing the chartered LIEKUT.  LIEKUT is a 4,076 lane-metre ro-ro also built by FSG.

The EUR 100 million contract is financed by the Commonwealth Bank of Australia.


  • Gross Tonnage 43,100 GRT
  • Length 210 metres
  • Width 29.30 metres
  • Power main engines 2 x 10,300 kilowatts
  • Speed 22.5 knots
  • Cargo Capacity 3,722 lane metres plus capacity for 101 cars
    (= 4,227 lane metres in total)  Ship will be able to accommodate heavy cargo weighing up to 100 tonnes.
  • Cabins 25 (27 berths)

Photos: Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG)

New Malaga – Tangier service

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A new Malaga – Tangier route will begin on 6 March.  The daily service will be served by the FRIEDRICH RUSS.

Marítima Peregar is behind the route.  This company has previously cooperated with Baleària on similar ventures.

The ship will connect Malaga to Tanger Med seven times per week.  The start of the route is said to have suffered various bureaucratic setbacks and had been due to begin in January

The route is expected to specialize in agricultural products with a midnight departure from Tanger Med and a 1400 sailing from Malaga.

The 10,471 GT FRIEDRICH RUSS has a capacity of 1,624 lane metres.

GNV to repair La Superba for summer

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Grandi Navi Veloci’s LA SUPERBA ro-pax cruiseferry, which suffered an onboard fire while it was berthed at the Sicilian port of Palermo on 14 January, is to undergo repairs and should be back in service later in the year.

The Genoa-based company, controlled by MSC Group, said in a statement to FERRY SHIPPING NEWS that it “is acting in order to have LA SUPERBA active on the market for the next summer season”.

The fire was successfully extinguished by the following week and now the vessel has been transferred to the nearby Fincantieri shipyard in Palermo.

Only the forward part of the vessel (two decks in the garage, some cabins and a public area) was seriously damaged by the fire.

Photo: Vigili del Fuoco