European Ports Are A Strategic Partner In Building A Sustainable, Competitive And Smart Europe

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In view of the European elections, which will lead to a new Commission, a new European Parliament and a new vision for Europe, European ports have prepared a memorandum emphasising the role port managing bodies can play as facilitators of the port ecosystem. The ESPO memorandum identifies ten priorities, ten fields of action and importance for the next five years.

The memorandum has been presented during the ESPO annual conference in Livorno.


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What Happens When 30 Design Students Spend 3 Days On A Ferry?

OICL (Ocean Industries Concept Lab) is a research group in Norway focusing on innovation challenges facing the Maritime, Offshore and Subsea industries. They are based at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) and combine new technology with a user-centered design approach.

Field studies are an important method that may help in the design of more user-friendly ships. Therefore OICL sent 30 students to spend time on the DFDS Ferry between Oslo and Copenhagen.


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Bunker Rating Tool Brings Transparency in the Bunkers Industry

DFDS has begun to use BunkerTrust, a service which allows shipping companies to judge and view other people’s ratings of suppliers and bunkers.

Today, about 250 ships rate their bunkers deliveries on a regular basis via BunkerTrust, and DFDS is among the 23 shipowners using the platform.


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DFDS To Take Over the Ro-Ro Service from Turkish Company Alternative Transport

Alternative Transport is experiencing financial difficulties. The Turkish company announced to stop operating the route between Sète, France and Cesme, Turkey. To assure its continuation, DFDS will start to run the route as from 1 July.

The route represents 20,000 to 25,000 trucks a year.

DFDS will test the route for six months, with two sailings a week.

Two 310-unit vessels will be put on the route.

It also means Toulon will lose one of the three weekly calls.

Alternative Transport operated two ships: FADIQ and AYSHE. The first is still sailing on the route. The latter is in Perama.


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Liberty Lines Received Another High-Speed Craft from Liberty Shipyard

A new high-speed craft called CARMINE has just been delivered to the Sicilian ferry company Liberty Lines from Liberty Shipyard (formerly known as HSC Shipyard) based in the port of Trapani.

The unit in question is part of the Admiral 250 series and is a sister ship of the hydrofoils renamed AMMARÌ, CARLO MORACE and CARMEN M.

This high-speed vessel has a capacity for 250 passengers.

New LNG Vessels Rederij Doeksen Arrived on 29 May in Harlingen

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The two new LNG vessels for Rederij Doeksen arrived in Harlingen on Wednesday 29 May, all the way from Vietnam. They were carried by heavy lift vessel SUN RISE.

The catamarans will be towed to Harlingen, where the remaining work will be done at Nesta.

From 7 January 2020 the vessels will be structurally deployed on the Terschelling and Vlieland lines

A Glorious Name

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This past spring, Viking Line held a major competition to come up with a name for the line’s new cruise ship. Thousands suggestions were received from Sweden, Finland, Åland and the rest of the world. Of these, ten finalists were chosen, which some 30,000 people have now voted on. Viking Line announced that the new vessel will be named VIKING GLORY.

  • After having cancelled its newbuilding 531 at the Croation Uljanik yard, CLdN now had the legal possibility to cancel sistership 532, which it did.
  • CORSICA EXPRESS THREE, Corsica Sardinia Ferries’ high-speed monohull that connects Piombino to Portoferraio in 40 minutes, started its summer operations (29 May – 30 September).


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LIVEX 2019

On 25 May, Dutch Coast Guard organised a rescue exercise on P&O Ferries’ PRIDE OF HULL.

Watch a short movie (Dutch spoken)

Grimaldi Group Officially Presented The ‘Extended’ CRUISE ROMA

Grimaldi Group officially presented the renovated and lengthened ferry CRUISE ROMA in the port of Barcelona. She re-entered service on the Civitavecchia – Porto Torres – Barcelona route after completing a lengthening work at the Fincantieri shipyard in Palermo.

A new 29m section including 600 additional freight lane meters, together with 80 sleeping accommodations in new passenger cabins and two new public spaces was inserted at the centre of the 2007-built vessel.

A message saying “Zero emission in port” is now visible on both the sides of the vessel since the CRUISE ROMA was also fitted with a scrubber system, as well as a system to power the ship during the turnaround time in ports based on mega-lithium batteries.

The same works are to be done also for the sister ship CRUISE BARCELONA, which is currently dry docked at Fincantieri Palermo’s site.