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DFDS New Business Unit Brings Routes Closer to Sales & Marketing Organisation

DFDS has created a new Business Unit (BU), called “Short Routes and Passenger”.

It contains almost all the DFDS passenger activities under one single management.

  • Business Unit Group Passenger
  • Route Dieppe-Newhaven
  • Route Dover-Calais
  • Route Dover-Dunkirk
  • Route Copenhagen-Oslo
  • Route Amsterdam-Newcastle

The new Business Unit will be headed by VP Kasper Moos, who will maintain his office in Dover and report to Peder Gellert, EVP and Head of Ferry Division.

The basic idea of the reshuffle is to bring the routes closer to the sales and marketing organisation.

BU Baltic will continue managing and operating all Baltic Sea routes using BU Short Routes and Passenger as its global sales agency.


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On May 31, 2019, HELLENIC HIGHSPEED (4.662gt/1997) will finally be introduced on the Rafina-Tinos-Mykonos-Naxos run on behalf of Fast Ferries.

The ship was chartered -last April- by Fast Ferries in order to replace EKATERINI P. (3.948gt/1990) which suffered serious engine failure.

HELLENIC HIGHSPEED will depart daily from Rafina at 08:05 and return from Naxos at 16:20.

LIVERPOOL SEAWAYS To Be Sold To La Méridionale

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NOTICE: Ferry Shipping News doesn’t want to bring rumours. Sometimes information is reliable, even before any official statement. This story is a good example. It has multiple sources. However, neither DFDS, nor La Méridionale confirmed the transaction.

La Méridionale, one of the two ferry companies operating between Marseille and Corsica, urgently needed an extra ferry to be able to respond to the conditions required by the “DSP” public service contract, which starts in October.

First the French company was going to charter Stena RoRo’s AF MICHELA, actually operating between Ancona and Durrës for Adria Ferries.

Since this vessel was not available (French media report that a Letter of Intent for the charter was cancelled just before the deadline), La Méridionale had quickly to find another vessel with similar characteristics, important to match the criteria described in the DSP contract.

LIVERPOOL SEAWAYS is a near sister of AF MICHELA, built by Visentini.

LIVERPOOL SEAWAYS is currently operating on Kapellskär-Paldiski.

Procargo Line Suspended Ro-Ro Service Between Italy and Tunisia

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The newly established shipping company Procargo Line was obliged to suspend the new ro-ro line between the ports of Cagliari in Italy and Sousse, Sfax and Zarzis in Tunisia, less than a year after the launch.

“After several months we preferred to temporarily stop the line due to economic, operative and political reasons” said the CEO of the company, Euan Lonmon. “In nine months of activity, Procargo Line has demonstrated high flexibility at transporting multipurpose cargoes (ro-ro but also containers and general cargoes) with an innovative handling system”.

The stop may not be definitive since Lonmon highlighted that “the company is officially recognized as a regular sea transport operator and has a sort of berth allocation with service priority in the smaller Tunisian ports”.

Procargo Line was jointly owned by the two shipping groups Grendi Trasporti Marittimi and Vittorio Bogazzi & Figli. The ship deployed on the service was the ro-ro ALTINIA, recently sold by Giovanni Visentini Trasporti Fluviomarittimi. She is actually in Cagliari as GALAXY F.

Damen Building Two LNG-Hybrid RoRo’s for Seaspan Ferries

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Damen is building two LNG-Hybrid RoRo vessels for Seaspan Ferries at Damen Shipyards Mangalia.

These two innovative 149m vessels will join Seaspan’s fleet with 1,034 lane metres and have 209m3 LNG storage onboard and 2 megawatt hours of battery capacity.

They will go into service for Seaspan Ferries as part of the company’s fleet replacement program and work alongside the SEASPAN SWIFT and SEASPAN RELIANT.

The vessels will be classed by Bureau Veritas and will go into operation in 2021 with construction starting in 2019.


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Nine Spanish Ports Prepare for The Annual “Operation Paso del Estrecho”

OPE 2019, or Operation Paso del Estrecho, is about to start in two weeks’ time, and all protagonists are getting ready.

Operation Paso del Estrecho is a Spanish plan to coordinate the arrival of large numbers of immigrants during holiday periods, traveling from Europe to their hometowns in North Africa. In Morocco it is called Opération Marhaba.

Forecasts indicate that the record figures reached in 2018 (3.2 million passengers and 734,240 vehicles passed through Spanish ports between 15 June and 15 September), could be exceeded.

In total, nine Spanish ports are involved: Algeciras, Tarifa, Malaga, Almeria, Motril, Alicante, Valencia, Ceuta and Melilla. Some 34 vessels are involved.

The busiest days are expected to be from July 27 to 30, August 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9 and 10, as well as late August. Last year thousands of travellers were stranded in Tanger, some for 48 hours.

As in previous years, the interchangeability of the tickets will be operational between the shipping companies, allowing the first ones arriving to take the first available ferry.

Brittany Ferries Commits to Portsmouth With Contract Extension

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Portsmouth International Port’s relationship with Brittany Ferries has been strengthened following the announcement of an additional five years to a joint long-term agreement.

This means Brittany Ferries is committed to Portsmouth until the end of 2031, during which time a further three ships will join the current fleet serving routes from the city. Alongside the HONFLEUR, GALICIA and SALAMANCA will both be based in Portsmouth from 2021.

Currently the port welcomes over 1.85 million Brittany Ferries’ passengers annually.

To make sure the Port can meet its customers’ expectations recently the council approved £19m of investment to transform the facilities and overhaul existing infrastructure.


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Monthly Message from Interferry’s CEO, Mike Corrigan Interferry Outcome of MEPC74

As a result of our partnership with DNV GL, Interferry is pleased to provide its members with DNV GL’s overview of IMO developments in their MAY 2019 IMO MARINE ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION COMMITTEE report and MAY 2019 TECHNICAL AND REGULATORY NEWS report.

With regards to the impact of MEPC74 on the ferry industry, Interferry’s Director of Regulatory Affairs, Johan Roos, highlights four developments:

  • Clear progress on current and future GHG requirements
  • The 2020 global sulphur cap
  • Discharge water from scrubbers
  • Potential new requirement for sewage treatment plants