Corsican transport figures 2023

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In 2023, Corsican ports and airports handled 8.2 million passengers, excluding cruise passengers.

Overall traffic was down slightly (-0.6%) compared with 2022. This downturn is attributable to the fall in the number of air passengers (-1.5%).

In the maritime sector, excluding cruise passengers, traffic has not fully recovered its 2019 level (-2.1%), but increased slightly (+0.5%) in 2023 (compared to 2022).

The increase (+12%) in the number of incoming cruise passengers compared with 2022 confirms the recovery in cruise activity.

The tonnage of goods entering Corsica by sea, after recovering its 2019 level in 2022, shows a drop of 7.3% in 2023 mainly due to a reduction in incoming oil products (-17%).

On the other hand, commercial air freight transport grew by 11% in 2023.

Source: Corse Déveloopement (in French)

AS Tallink Grupp Statistics for May 2024

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  • The May Finland-Sweden results reflect the operation of the Helsinki-Stockholm and Turku-Kapellskär routes.
  • Baltic Princess did not operate the Turku-Kapellskär route for 3 days in May.


  • The May Estonia-Finland results reflect operations of the shuttle vessels of MyStar and Megastar as well as the operation of the cruise ferry Victoria I that started operating the cruise service from 12 October 2023.
  • From 31 May 2024, the cruise ferry Victoria I is operating the Tallinn-Stockholm route.


  • The May Estonia-Sweden results reflect the operations of the Tallinn-Stockholm and the Paldiski-Kapellskär routes by one cruise ferry and two cargo vessels until 31 May 2024.
  • Victoria I that was added to the Tallinn-Stockholm route on 31 May and will be operating the route until 31 August 2024.

Moby: new ferry routes to Corsica

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Moby has expanded its ferry services to Corsica with new and enhanced routes, catering to the growing demand from travellers. The additions include two new lines: Genoa-Ajaccio-Porto Torres and Piombino-Bastia.

The Genoa-Ajaccio-Porto Torres route will operate from June to September, with two services per week in June and three in July, August, and September. This new service is designed to provide a more convenient connection, allowing passengers to save travel time and enjoy their holidays in Ajaccio.

The Piombino-Bastia route, the fastest connection between the mainland and Corsica, will run two rotations per week on Saturdays and Sundays during July and August.

In addition to the new routes, Moby is strengthening its existing services. The Livorno-Bastia line sees increased frequency since Easter until November, with daily departures. The Genoa-Bastia route is strengthened from mid-May to the end of September, offering up to two trips per day.

These expansions reflect Moby’s commitment to enhancing accessibility to Corsica, complementing its historic routes: Genoa-Bastia, Livorno-Bastia, and Santa Teresa di Gallura-Bonifacio.

Swedish green-tech company Cetasol secures €2m seed round to accelerate sustainability in maritime segment

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Cetasol, a green-tech company, has secured €2M in seed funding from investors Sarsia, ShipsFocus, and Impact X Capital to enhance maritime sustainability. The funding will double R&D efforts and optimize AI and software for global sales of their iHelm solution, which reduces fuel consumption by 10-25%. The iHelm platform provides real-time insights and support for energy optimization, applicable to any vessel. This investment aims to scale Cetasol’s innovative technology and promote sustainable practices in the maritime industry.

For more details, visit Cetasol’s press release.

Wasaline introduces voluntary climate compensation also for passengers

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Passengers on the Vaasa-Umeå route can now opt to compensate for their journey by paying a nominal voluntary fee. Wasaline aims to reduce its climate footprint by at least 5% annually and achieve climate neutrality in Kvarken by 2030.

Operating with biogas and batteries has made the journey climate neutral. Since the launch of Aurora Botnia, CO2 emissions have decreased by 27.1%, with 10% of journeys in 2023 powered by biogas. The 2024 goal is a 15% reduction in CO2 footprint, according to Peter Ståhlberg, Managing Director of Wasaline.

Customer demand has driven the introduction of climate compensation, with fees used to purchase biogas. There is significant interest from cargo customers in climate-neutral operations. Currently, Wasaline offers emission-neutral intermodal transport to the continent via Sweden, using trains from Gothenburg and Trelleborg ports. The Vaasa-Umeå sea route aspires to be a Green Shipping Corridor by 2030.

Decatrip Project Completed

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The Decatrip project, launched in 2022, has successfully established one of the world’s first carbon-neutral maritime routes between Turku and Stockholm. Rauma Marine Constructions (RMC), Viking Line, Åbo Akademi, and Kempower collaborated to modernise ships, enabling the use of renewable fuels and battery technology.

Viking Line now offers green transport services, including biofuel options. RMC is prepared to retrofit existing vessels to promote sustainable shipping. The project highlights the feasibility of sustainable maritime transport and the potential for similar green corridors globally.

For more details visit RMC’s press release.

Maritime Montering wins 5 new contracts with Tersan Havyard

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Maritime Montering has secured five new contracts with Tersan Havyard for the interior outfitting of four hybrid ferries for Norled and a hybrid service boat for Nordlaks. The project involves designing, supplying, and installing high-quality interiors, enhancing comfort and functionality for both passengers and crew. This collaboration underscores Tersan Havyard’s commitment to innovative, state-of-the-art vessel construction, supporting local job creation and maritime industry growth. The ferries will begin operating in 2027, with deliveries starting in 2025.

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Restatement of the Lex Maritima

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The Comité Maritime International (CMI) has completed a project to restate the Lex Maritima, a body of international maritime law. This project, culminating in the “Gothenburg Draft,” aims to clarify and consolidate the principles and rules governing maritime activities globally. The initiative involved extensive collaboration and input from maritime law experts worldwide to ensure a comprehensive and cohesive restatement that can be used as a reference for legal practitioners and scholars.

For more details, you can visit the CMI website.

RoRo Cargo Vaitere 2 is on her way to Tahiti

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General RoRo Cargo vessel Vaitere 2, after more than a year of shipyard conversion in Poland (Remontowa), is now optimised for service in French Polynesia, extended by 15 meters and updated with a new design and colours.

This successful conversion, achieved with the help of various partners like Kongsberg Maritime and Bureau Veritas, has resulted in a vessel suitable for its intended purpose under a new class society and French flag.

Redwise Maritime Services are sailing her from Poland to Papeete.

Detailed information on the website of Alwena Shipping


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The fast ferry Margarita Salas of Baleària has commenced its first navigation trials in Gijón. This vessel, currently in the final stages of construction at the Armon shipyards, is notable for being the second fast ferry in the world equipped with dual gas engines. It is a sister ship to the Eleanor Roosevelt and features enhancements such as a 10% increase in power and additional passenger capacity due to a second passenger deck.

The Margarita Salas will connect Barcelona with Menorca and Mallorca, offering improved speed and comfort while maintaining eco-efficiency through the use of LNG engines.

For more details, you can visit the original press release on Baleària’s website (in Spanish).

EQT company Torghatten’s self-driving electric ferry Estelle had its premiere on Thursday, writes Dagens Industri.

The inauguration and maiden voyage took place on Thursday, but starting on Tuesday next week, Estelle, named after the princess, will operate on Norra Mälarstrand/Söder Mälarstrand in Riddarfjärden in Stockholm.

The ferry is described as the world’s first commercial self-driving passenger ferry and the EQT-owned Norwegian shipping company Torghatten is behind the venture.

Attica Group has chartered the RoPax Af Claudia from Adria Ferries for 12 months. The ship will serve the Patras-Igoumenitsa-Venice route, replacing Superfast Ferries’ Ariadne, which will be moved to the Piraeus-Heraklion line. Af Claudia began its journey from Patras on June 4 under the Superfast Ferries brand. Previously used by Grimaldi and DFDS, the vessel was built in 2001 at the Visentini shipyard in Italy and can carry 1,000 passengers (306 berths) and 2,044 lane meters.

Photo: Adria Ferries

Starting June 8, 2024, Blue Star Patmos will service the North Aegean route, connecting Piraeus with Mykonos, Mesta (Chios), and Sigri (Mytilene) until August 31, 2024. Departing at noon, the ship will reach its final destination at 11 PM. This route, successful since its inauguration in June 2021, will feature the modern vessel Blue Star Patmos, built in 2012 at Daewoo shipyard. The ship has a capacity of 2,000 passengers, 430 cars, and sails at 25.5 knots.

Photo: Blue Star Ferries

Dalmatia, the largest ship in Jadrolinija’s Adriatic fleet, set sail on 3 July, on her maiden voyage from Dubrovnik to Bari. The vessel is the former Oslofjord.

Source: Jadrolinija (in Croatian)